Here are some testimonials
from just a few of our many satisfied customers.
watched video....absolutely amazing! Money well spent. Can't thank
you enough!! Tandem paragliding flight done on Sunday 21/10/12."
- Marie Hillman
have been paragliding since the early 1990 and originally learnt
with Airplay Arizona run by Dixon White, arguably one of the finest
US instructors of his time. I recently had the good fortune to
spend a few days in Spain with Mark Leavesley who has many similar
qualities to Dixon, plus his own unique modern approach to paragliding
instruction. Mark is a fantastic pilot and his enthusiasm is infectious
but above all he is a great instructor and these combined skills
help the pilot to belief in their own ability. There are of course
many good instructors out there but if you want to be a better
pilot and safely increase your air miles I would certainly recommend
taking a closer look at Leavesley Aviation." - Steve Hill
thanks for the flying on Tuesday. It was great to get up in the
air, even if it was a bit strong! I
very much appreciated your guidance. You have a very good style
for instruction and quite obviously immense experience and skill
to pass on. Your enthusiasm for the sport is outstanding. So I
certainly look forward to more. I learned a lot, and had fun!"
- Nick Putnam
had my most amazing days flying and can't stop smiling. I used to
hate reading about people like me but on Wednesday 11th I had my
1st XC from the Mynd, I don't know quite how I managed it but 4hrs
later landed just past Evesham! 81.5km!(straight line).
I must have picked up more than I realized on them trips to Bulgaria
with Mark, cheers mate!" - Steve Watts
cant agree more with you Phil B, Marks skill at judging the
weather systems and expert teaching skills allowed me to achieve
what I would have thought to be impossible, having only passed my
CP in March/April of this year and not had a chance of flying since.
The mountain looked enormous going up in the chair lift so I was
a little apprehensive to say the least, but Mark soon put me at
ease and sent off into the wide blue yonder BRILLIANT.
I cannot praise Mark enough for instilling the confidence I was
I finished up beating all my personal bests and much more all adding
to my confidence in the air.
Mark and best of luck with the future guiding holidays, I will
certainly be back and will recommend you to anyone who is looking
for a cheap holiday and expert guiding.
and not forgetting Phil B and James who assisted Mark, great work
and many thanks.
forward to catching up with you guys again." - Bernie
wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to Mark for all his energy and hard
work over the last two weeks in Bulgaria.
have never seen such enthusiasm and energy put into guiding! Mark
worked his sox off to maximise the enjoyment and learning of his
clients, what ever the standard of the pilot on arrival. He is
brilliant at observing a pilot and then giving the right advice
in a friendly way.
he can talk a pilot 2,000ft above his head into a thermal, I will
never know! Bionic thermal seeking sight maybe?" - Phil
only met Mark once briefly on the hill before my trip to Bulgaria
I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of guiding but no worries
there, Marks enthusiastic approach and air to air coaching really
worked for me, helping me to break my PB's in both height and distance!
Even on our none flyable days I still learnt a bundle from the many
flying and ground handling tips available. Many thanks Mark, top
notch guiding, can't wait for the next one!" - Steve Watts
Aviation - The number 1 Guiding Centre ..... not 'arf..
'does what it says on the tin' and gives a master class in ground
handling and thermalling.
holiday, excellent company, lovely country and a steep personal
learning curve. what more can you ask for.
already working on the wife for leave of absence for the next
trip(s)" - Ken
first meet mark when trying to find out more about paragliding over
6years ago. His enthusiasm for flying was infectious ... after taking
my lessons and passing club pilot, Mark helped and advised me tremendously.
He was especially helpful (and incredibly patient) with ground handling,
he taught me how to thermal (which is not really covered in the
CP qualification) either from the ground or air to air via radio.
I think the biggest things i learnt was while on tandem flights
with him. To experience the feel of the glider and the air while
you are flying with someone explaining what is happening or you
are feeling while it happens allows you to move forward in your
flying quite dramatically. I believe this is one of the best teaching
products any new pilot could experience.
have been on 3 holiday trips with Mark which were all great fun,
we had great flying and learnt loads at the same time." -
to say that after a few tips from Mark on strong wind take off's
using A & Cs risers it has been a great help, with him assisting
you till you get it correct.
We then had a couple of flights on his new tandem to get spacer
bar & harness set up correctly, when this was done we had a
ridge run flight at the Long Mynd, then spotting a couple of red
kites out front headed to them and was talked through thermaling
techniques while at the controls.
On the way back to landing Mark doing some big wing overs (optional!!)
I could recommend this guiding/tandem flight as there is always
something you can learn, especially if you are taught from a top
A worth while day." - Andrew Johnson
was advising and guiding our BCC team (I wasnt in it, but
Judith was), so he hung around so we could all fly together. This
worked really well flying in a small gaggle, with one or
two other people, meant we could work the thermals really well,
and there were some gliders ahead of us as thermal markers. The
sky was excellent, and there was plenty of lift, and it was, for
most of the flight, reasonably smooth. Mostly Mark led out, once
or twice I went first, but really it was a fairly easy day with
clearly defined clouds to go for." - Geoff Minshal
with Mark was brilliant. Hes incredibly generous in the air
and he waited for us at points to make sure we could carry on together.
He also showed us just what an incredible thermaller he is. Hes
offered people in the LMSC XC coaching/guiding and I dont
understand why people are not biting his hand off it was
a great learning experience as well as a giggle at cloudbase."
- Judith Mole
nothing to boost your confidence quite like having your own skygod
for the day!
a couple of years flying experience but no confidence to
leave the lift-band I was excited to hear (the) Mark Leavesley
was offering guiding days. He suggested a tandem first and a swift
thousand foot later he was pointing out little fluffy clouds that
looked days away to me and saying we could reach those from
Its his calm and confidence you
believe it really is possible when Mark says it.
UK weather being what it is, you need all the help to get airborne
you can find. A days guiding with Mark is the perfect intro
to local sites and you might even get an intro to the local
pubs thrown in!
keep finding people on the hill with a story to tell about Mark
disappearing into the skies when no-one else can leave the ground.
So to get a chance at him waiting for you, mapping out the thermals
as he goes
not one to turn down! I dont doubt that
this summer I will escape the hill clinging and venture out -
with a little help from my skygod
" - Claire, CP+3
perfect first flight
daughter arranged for Mark to take me on an introductory tandem
flight for my 60th birthday. One fine day in October found me
walking off a hill and flying straight up, following birds and
overtaking circling sailplanes! I remember flying above my daughter
with Mark waving with both hands to show he'd let me have a go
on the controls. She took off in her wing to try to follow but
couldn't keep up! Out over the valley with surely no chance of
return, then up to the cloud base, and the best part of an hour
later we float back to land exactly where we left in time for
Mark to pickup his kids from school. A perfect first flight."
- John Edwards, 61 years
was so jealous when John had his tandem with Mark. But my turn
was well worth waiting for. The take-off was so painless, and
we went way above the other flyers. Watching birds of prey from
above, finding the thermals they used and turning into them to
go up even further was thrilling. It was magical. The whole experience
was such fun and really memorable. The landing was especially
brilliant. From high up above the others, Mark said You
see that paving slab down there? Yes, I said.
Were going to land on that. And minutes later,
while other flyers were aiming for a field or a hill, we did.
It was so incredible. I always laugh out loud in amazement when
I think about it. Wow! And Mark lent me his camouflage helmet."
Leavesley has won the LMSC PG XC league (447.3km), as well as being
placed LMSC pilot in the national league. Mark had a really relaxed
attitude to the league this year, flying for fun and doing a lot
of flights with less experienced pilots, slowing down to help and
mentor them on the flight. Its a credit to his immense flying
skills that he won the LMSC XC league while helping others to achieve
long flights and then going off and adding more kilometres after
they had gone down. Well done!"