Mark Leavesley started
model flying at the age of 7. He has flown in many jet and helicopter
competitions all his life, coming second at the World Jet Masters in
Austria in 1999. He also scored the highest flight score at the whole
world championships winning him a special trophy. He started hangliding
in 1989 at the Peak school of hangliding with Paul Willis and Allen
Hethrington, both are fantastic instructors. After a year he started
to learn to paraglide. Since then he has clocked up thousands of hours
on many aircraft types, Mark is also the chief flying instructor for
the British Model Association and the chief flying instructor for BHPA/LEAVESLEY
AVIATION'S AIR EXPERENCE SCHOOL.
Cherry and Mark Leavesley at the World Masters in 1999 in Austria
with there 2nd place trophy, Mike built the scale F15 Eagle &
Mark flew it winning the highest flight score of the whole competition.
The model now lives in a museum in the USA.
In 2003 Mark started
thinking about competing so he started flying a lot with Kai Coleman,
John Kennedy and Neil Roberts who all helped him in many different ways.
was taken at the 2006 British Nationals in Ager, Spain. Mark was
picking up 2nd place for serial class paraglider, he also won
rookie of the year and came 5th overall.
In 2007 he
had the great honour of flying for Great Briton in the Bleriot
Cup and won with team GB. He was then asked to fly at the world
paragliding championships as an air Marshal and camera ship, a
great honour indeed.
The British Squad
selected for training in 2007 is as follows : Adrian Thomas, Bruce Goldsmith,
Craig Morgan, Fiona Macaskill, Innes Powell, John Ellison, Kai Coleman,
Louise Burnham, Mark Leavesley, Mark Watts, Nia Harland, Nicky Moss,
Steve Ham, Steve Nash and Russell Ogden.
Many of the squad
are intending to enter the Paragliding World Cup tour, the highest competition
circuit in the world. It is hoped that Bruce Goldsmith and Russell Ogden
will be mentoring our top pilots during the World Cup events in preparation
for the Europeans in 2008.
In 2010 Mark decided
to give up competing for a bit to concentrate on guiding and passing
on his skills to others. Now living and working 7 days a week guiding
in the lovely Shropshire hills with his wife Sian and two children Chloe
and Olivia, life is coming on a treat with many happy customers.
In January 2011
Mark became a (C.F.I) Chief flying instructor and also registered Leavesley
Aviation with the BHPA as a school. Thank's to all the many pilots that
pushed me in this direction and a massive thank you to Sian for putting
up with me over the years.
In 2012 Mark started
a totally new concept in paraglide fly/guiding were you can join his
flying club "Team Leavesley Aviation" for a one off fee and
get one to one and group fly/guiding all year round with no extra hidden
costs. This makes for very good value for money as many pilots come
to us and pay £25 per day, so 12 days of fly/guiding and you have
spent £300! Our joining fee for a full year is £300 and
you can come to us 7 days a week if you want. Within
1 hour of this idea going on the forum we had 4 members, since then
we have nearly a full membership for 2012.
For more information on becoming a Team Leavesley Aviation member go
to the guiding section.
2013, one hell of
an amazing year for Leavesley Aviation and the busiest yet. A full 32
member team of all levels of pilot, many disabled flights done for charity
this year with great success and lots of fly/guiding for the team pilots
again with 100% success and not one accident, some of the lads are going
to be training to be tandem pilots in 2014 too, we did some air ambulance
charity flights donating money to this great cause too. I am so thrilled
with how the team and company is coming on, thank you to all the customers
and my new team mates for their custom and help.
In 2016 Mark became
a fully licensed flying school with the British hangliding and paragliding
association (BHPA) to be able to teach absolute beginners up to getting
there full flying licences.
Leavesley Aviation has a fully stocked school with gliders-harness-helmets-
radios and everything else you need to learn with us, we have our own
classroom with projector for lectures and DVDs to relax in when
its not flyable to do some theory ready for your exam. The school
is run on a very small one to one basis so you get maximum instruction
from Mark, a typical course is 3 to 4 students maximum.
In 2017 Mark and
Sian started working with the Shrewsbury Cubs and Scouts doing talks
on flight and all to do with aviation. We look forward to doing more
work with them in the future.
2017 Film Work
with Bear Grlls
Mark is now part
of the team working with Bear Grylls as camera pilot and flight safety.
Super proud to be a part of this great team and project. Keep an eye
open for Running Wild with Bear Grylls coming soon.
Report, 26 August to 01 September 2006
1 Xevi Bonet ESP 4691 : Gin Boomerang 4
2 Bruce Goldsmith GBR 4681 : Airwave Magic FR
3 Mark Watts GBR 4576 : Gradient Avax SR7
Rainsford ZAF : Gin Boomerang 4
5 Miquel Martinez ESP : Axispara Mercury
6 Adrian Thomas GBR : Airwave Magic FR
7 Craig Morgan GBR : Aircross Ultima3
8 Jose-Manual Reina Lagos ESP : Axispara Mercury
9 Innes Powell GBR : Advance Omega 6 1st Serial class
10 Yann Martail FRA : Niviuk Icepeak
Leavesley GBR : Gin Boomerang Sport 2nd Serial class
36 Nicky Moss GBR : Axispara Venus 1st woman
41 Nia Harland GBR : Advance Sigma 5 1st Sports class, 2nd woman
43 Alan Davis GBR : Gradient Aspen 2nd Sports Class
Championship 2007 FRANCE
Russell (Ozone) 187 2 ETHERINGTON, Steve (Claire Etherington) 144 3
HAYMAN, Mark (www.chaletchardons.com) 16 4 THOMAS, Adrian (Airwave)
1 5 ROBERTS, Neil (Gradient Snowdon Gliders) 43 6 WATTS, Mark (Axispara
UK) 3 7 POWELL, Innes (Southwest Paragliding) 7 8 HAM, Steve (flypiedrahtia.com)
2 9 CHAMBERS, Jon 219 10 LEAVESLEY, Mark (Leavesleyaviation / gin boomerand
Mark (www.chaletchardons.com/O 16 2 ETHERINGTON, Steve (Para Excellence)
144 3 CHAMBERS, Jon 219 4 POWELL, Innes 7 5 COLEMAN, Kai (Axis UK) 4
6 COLTMAN, Alex 13 7 MORGAN, Craig (Ozone/South West Paraglid 9 8 HAM,
Steve (Flypiedrahtia) 2 9 OGDEN, Russell (Ozone) 187 10 THOMAS, Adrian
(Airwave) 1 11 LEAVESLEY, Mark (Leavesleyaviation / Gin Boomerang 5)
Model Flying Assocation
In late 2014 Mark
bought a 1/4 Scale DH Vampire jet and started doing a small amount of
display flying ready for some big events in 2015. The jet runs at an
incredible 147,000 RPM & fly's at a speed around 180MPH, it has
a real working gas turbine that powers it around the sky.
have been: AVON COSMETICS-FUTABA-JR RADIO-SANWA-RIPMAX-PERKINS-IRVINE-CRISS
FOSS-AMT-SIMJET-JPX-WREN-BEN BUCKLE-CAMBRIAN MODELS-BVM-SPIDER JETS-AVONDS-AVIATION
DESIGN-YELLOW AIRCRAFT-MUTIPLEX-GRUPNER-OS-WEBRA-COTSWOLD-KALT HELICOPTORS-HIROBO
HELICOPTORS-SCLUTER HELICOPTORS-MFA HELICOPTORS-HEIM HELICOPTORS.
way back in the early 70's too 2004 when it all stopped due to the paragliding
business Mark won the brits, limbo champ, spin champ, climb glide record,
speed record, best scale flight, highest flight score, won helicoptor
hirobo cup, won drag race 3 times, euro cup 3 times, vice world champion,
highest flight score in the world champs masters, florida champs most
spectaculer flight and won best scale flight, jets over pampa won 3
times, won st athens jets 2 times, won british champs display line.