About Us

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.

Mike 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.

This picture 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 DVD’s to relax in when it’s 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.

Mark's Sponsors have been


Àger Competition 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

4 Andre 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

12 Mark 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

British Open Championship 2007 FRANCE

1 OGDEN, 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 5)


1 HAYMAN, 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)

Chief Flying Instructor
British 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.


Competitions: from 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.

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