About UK Airsports
UK Airsports Ltd. was formed in 2004 following the amalgamation of Edel Sport UK (est. 1994) and Gin Gliders UK (est. 1998) to continue the UK distribution of some of the worlds best free flight brands.
We currently distribute the following brands to UK schools, clubs, shops and instructors: Gin Gliders, BGD Gliders, Brauniger Flight Instruments, FLY GIN Clothing and Flight Accessories, Flymaster Avionics, Lazer Helmets, GoPro Cameras, JDC Skywatch Instruments, Peguet Maillon Rapides, Austrialpin Hardware, Plusmax Helmets and Eyewear, Skyline Harnesses and Flight Accessories and BluEye Eyewear.
We operate from an office and warehouse based near Keswick in the Lake District. Aerofix Paragliding Workshop and Repair Centre are based close by.
We also have an online shop, where we only sell products we actually keep in stock.
Our aim is to offer the best products combined with the best service possible to our retailers and customers. We have close relationships with our suppliers, and we are regularly involved in product conception, design and improvement.
Our staff are experienced and professional, but friendly and approachable; whether you're a World Champion or a complete beginner, you'll receive the same level of customer care.
Patrick Holmes is the owner and managing director of UK Airsports Ltd. He first flew a paraglider in 1985. He has worked in paragliding since 1989, initially as a development pilot and technical consultant for Edel Paragliders, and then to distribute paragliders and equipment for Lyon Equipment. He was British Champion in 1994, XC League Champion in 1998, and won many PWC tasks. He has been a member of the British Team for FIA European and World Championships, winning an FIA Silver team medal in Japan in 1995.
Managing a full time business and family commitments means Patrick no longer takes part in international competitions, but he still enjoys flying paragliders, kitesurfing and snow kiting. Patrick's current wings are the Gin Boomerang X and a Gin Bobcat.
Mark Stuart helps with all aspects of the business. He first flew a paraglider in 1988, aged 17. In 1991 he started work for Jocky Sanderson at Eagle Quest, teaching paragliding and distributing paragliding equipment to UK schools. In 1995 he moved to the newly established Sick and the Wrong in Keswick to help develop their paragliding department. In 1998 he joined Patrick to help distribute the newly established Gin Gliders brand. Mark's current wing is a GIN Atlas X-Alps.