Here are some testimonials
from just a few of our many satisfied customers.
a privilege to fly alongside one of the best pilots out there!"
- Bear Grylls.
writing to say thank you to you and Mark for a wonderful day on
Thursday when I had my tandem flight on the Longmynd.
had been looking forward to it for some time but it was even better
than I imagined. A bit nervous at first but Mark put me at my
ease and I really enjoyed the flight. The views were magnificent.
was great meeting you both on the day and thanks for all your
help in booking the flight."
- Richard (Flown August 2017 from the Long Mynd Hill).
to meet you and Mark today. I just wanted to thank you both for
a fantastic day. The flight was amazing - well worth the wait!"
- Carole (Flown 13/4/17 from the Long Mynd Hill).
was lovely to meet you both too. Please give my thanks to Mark.
I am very impressed by his video which will provide me with many
great memories of a fantastic experience. And thanks once again
to both of you for arranging this experience, I certainly would
recommend it." - John & Tracy.
I would drop you an email to thank you for a wonderful experience
I had this evening, as you have said all along its best to wait
for the right weather so that you can enjoy the flight. I don't
think I've stopped grinning yet & its been over 6 hours since
we landed. It was more than a flying experience with the running
commentary of what we where doing and how to find lift on different
parts of the hill, I would really be up for a " Full Beans"
experience after the adrenaline junkie package I tried today.
Once again I would like to say thanks to you both for the wonderful
time I've had, I would recommend you to anyone thinking of trying
a Paragliding experience. Happy landings. (One very happy customer)."
- Owen Evans (Flown March 2017).
like to thank Mark & yourselves for the brilliant experience
you gave our son Dan on the 4th Nov 2016 from the long mynd hill,
he enjoyed it so much. After our weekend away we enjoyed watching
the video and looking at the photos, he never stopped smiling."
- Sue (Flown on 4th November 2016).
just want to say thank you for my paragliding experience earlier
today. I had such a wonderful day and I would definitely recommend
you to anyone! You and your wife are such lovely people and made
me instantly feel at ease :)" - Brittany (Flown on 18th
for the amazing tandem paragliding from Corndon Hill today. The
flight and experiencing your wonderful company was a great experience
that will stay with me for ever. To fly in such beautiful countryside
in winter with blue skies and snow on the distant hills was truly
awesome. I highly recommended Mark who is a very professional
guy whose main aim is for his guests to enjoy their paragliding
experience." - (Flown on 20th January 2016 from Corndon
you so much for a cracking experience today, it will live with
me for ever and very vividly thanks to your acrobatics - fabulous!"
- Eric (Flown on 12th August 2015 from Corndon Hill).
just wanted to say thanks for an amazing day today, was awesome!
Many thanks & I'll no doubt see you again for another flight
hopefully. Take it easy Mark." - Stuart Jos & Craig
(All 3 flew from Corndon Hill on 12th August 2015).
both wanted to say a big thank you for what is probably the most
wonderful experience we have had. To fly above the Shropshire
hills and be able to see Wales in the distance was truly amazing.
You were fantastic and put us both at our ease and made the experience
unforgettable. Thank you so much." - Claire and Earl (Flew
from the Long Mynd Hill 25th July 2015).
finally made it! Thank you for a super experience, a really enjoyable
flight. For a very nervous wimp like me your calm and encouraging
manner helped tremendously to allay my fears. Thank you once again."
- Dawn and Vernon (16th July 2015).
just like to say a big thank you for the paragliding experience!
I brought the voucher through Buy a Gift for a my partner, for
his birthday. He absolutely loved it ! We were very lucky that
the first date booked all went ahead. Thank you so much for your
time, and i have left a 5 star review on Buy a Gift. It looked
that good im considering a go myself, and we have recommended
to others. Thanks again." - Kerry (10th July 2015).
done on the 18th Feb 2015 after a 1 year wait but we honoured
it because that's what we do!
just wanted to say thank you for my tandem flight on Friday. I
really enjoyed it , circling high over the Long Mynd in the thermals
with red kite was a once in a lifetime experience which I will
not forget. I really did feel like a bird myself. It had been
a long wait , with many cancelled flights due to weather conditions,
at one point I thought it would never happen but in the end it
was well worth it and the experience exceeded my expectations.
Thanks very much!" - Amanda (Bridgnorth).
what an experience!!!! My children booked this Tandem paraglide
as a Father's Day present for their Dad; 3 times we booked but
due to bad weather, never got off the ground. It was at the venue
on the 3rd time whilst waiting to see if the wind would pick up,
that we were talking to Mark who mentioned he was off to France
later that week. We were also travelling to France the same day
for our summer holidays albeit a different area. Unfortunately,
the wind didn't pick up and our session was again cancelled, Mark
said that if we could get over to where he would be in France
he would honour the tandem flight there (weather depending). We
were able to travel to this area and despite Mark being unfit
to fly he still arranged for someone else to provide the Tandem
flight and wow what a flight!!!! I would recommend this experience
to anyone, Leavesly Aviation is a very professional outfit and
in fact I will soon be booking my 10 year old son a Tandem experience
with him. Thanks
again for arranging Paul to go up with Biere (not sure I've spelt
her name correctly), he had an amazing time and will never forget
the experience. I will be in touch soon as my boys want to have
a go now." - Sara Campbell.
a note to say how brilliant the trip was last week. Breath taking
experience at 3,000ft over the Shropshire Hills and I was so impressed
by your professionalism and skill. I'd recommend the trip to anyone
(I already have to my mates) - Richard Lawson.
Mark, just wanted to contact you to say thank you from the bottom
of my heart, for a fantastic experience tandem paraglyding on
My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I must say you made
the experience. You make the customer your priority and you thrive
on making sure that everyone has the best flight. From two women
who have no clue at all, you could of got away with gliding and
dropping us off at the bottom, but no!!! you had patience and
waited for the weather to change to give us the best.
Bishop Castle is a lovely village and everyone we spoke to spoke
very highly of you. It was so nice to meet Sian too :-) I will
highly recommend you to friends and family and look foword to
the next flight. All the best and good luck in moving house."
- Eirian and Marian Ellinson.
e-mailed so many times trying to get organised, we thought wed
better just send one more to say thank you very much for our experiences
on Tuesday afternoon.
It was very special, and it proves the old adage that it
comes to those who wait - Richard and Penny Durance.
awaited flight finally happened - what an amazing day! Would definitely
recommend to anybody. Mark is a fab instructor, nothing too much
trouble, and absolutely brilliant over all the cancellations and
re-arrangements! Thank you Mark :)" - Damian from Derbyshire.
several cancellations due to weather conditions that are way out
of the control of Mark I finally got my flight today and it was
well worth waiting for. His sole intention was to give me a great
flight with our safety being paramount. He succeeded, it was absolutely
fantastic with a bonus adrenalin rush at the end. If you are thinking
about trying this stop thinking and give him a call I cant
recommend this enough. If it gets cancelled its done for
the right reasons trust him." - Andy, Bicester. Oxford
flown on the 22/9/13
a couple of failed attempts, because of unsuitable weather conditions,
it came as a great surprise when a window of opportunity suddenly
presented itself and we took to the air. What an experience! Everything
was perfect. A beautiful balmy summer day with fantastic visibility.
Soaring to great heights with Sonya squealing to the thrill of
coming back to earth with a nicely executed series of tight turns.
A perfect day with memories that will last us for the rest of
our lives. " - Tom and Sonya
Friday 07/06 met up with Mark on Cordon Hill. It was looking like
we could not fly due to the wind, but then we had a break in the
weather, what an awsome time I had. I can't thank you enough just
be prepaired to get the bug. I just need my license and glider
now better get saving. Cheers." - Ste Golborne
recently did the paragliding with Mark, it was a fantstic experience,
well worth travelling the distance to get to Shropshire and experience
the beautiful countryside from 2000ft! Mark went far and beyond
to make sure that everyone had a good paragliding experience that
day - definitley recommended!" - Mark from Nottinghamshire
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!"