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The Team

Our team is made up of highly experienced paragliding and speed flying instructors.  Not only do they enjoy flying all over the world themselves, they are enthusiastic teachers with patience and positivity who love to see pilots progress from the first time they meet them right up to them becoming Ninja skygods.   

 Pete Gallagher

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Pete Gallagher is the Director of Sunsoar and the Chief Flying Instructor.  He is a BHPA senior instructor and has been flying paragliders for 20 years and an instructor for 15 years. He is a keen cross country pilot and tandem pilot.  He runs the Sunsoar office and organises many of our trips abroad.  He also runs the speed flying courses in South Wales. 

 

 Pete Morris

 

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Pete Morris was previously the Director of Sunsoar and the Chief Flying Instructor.  In 2019 he stepped down to focus on a barn conversion project.  He is now a freelance instructor who you may meet on a guided trip abroad.  He is a BHPA senior instructor and has been flying paragliders for more than 20 years and instructing for more than 15 years. He is a keen cross country pilot and tandem pilot.  

 Brian Doub

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Brian has been paragliding for 17 years and a BHPA instructor for 4 years with Sunsoar.  He is a keen cross country and competition (FAI category 2) pilot and enjoys exploring different countries by paraglider.  He has flown in the Alps, Norway, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzsatn, Egypt, Algeria, Malaysia, Dubai, Nepal, the USA and New Zealand.  He loves teaching, coaching and guiding - and travelling!

 Jerry Thwaites

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Jerry has been flying for over 40 years. Firstly as a hang glider pilot, then as a military helicopter and fixed wing pilot. He has been paragliding for 20 years and is a BHPA instructor and tandem pilot. He is an immensely experienced aviator who loves the sport and enjoys passing on his experience. 

 Shane Askam

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Shane is a very experienced cross country and tandem Pilot.  He has been a BHPA paragliding instructor for many years and is our South of England instructor.  Shane is often involved in teaching on our trips overseas.  He loves talking about paragliding and passing on his extensive knowledge of the sport, even when everyone else has fallen asleep!

Dave Neal

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Dave is a recent addition to the team, making his first appearance in Morocco in March 19 as a willing victim for our tandem pilot course there.  He has been instructing for the Services for many years and is an experienced pilot, tandem pilot and a BHPA Trainee Instructor.

 



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