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, Skywalk Paragliders, FLY GIN Clothing and Flight Accessories, Flymaster Avionics, Lazer Helmets, JDC Skywatch Instruments, Peguet Maillon Rapides, Austrialpin Hardware, Plusmax Helmets amongst others.
We operate from an office and warehouse based near Keswick in the Lake District. We sell through a network of paragliding schools, dealers and test centres around the UK, some of these UK schools have bases abroad. If you can't get to one of these then you can also buy accessories and spares directly from our online web shop. Alternatively you can call us on 01768 779800 and we will try to help you source what you need and put you in touch with an appropriate dealer.
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 and has worked in paragliding since 1989. Patrick was initially employed to distribute Edel paragliders, then was employed by the brand as a development pilot and technical consultant for Edel Paragliders. He was British Champion in 1994, XC League Champion in 1998, ranked 3rd tin the World in 1993 and won many World Cup 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 competitions but he still enjoys flying paragliders, kitesurfing and snow kiting. Patrick's current equipment of choice is the GIN Explorer along with a Genie X-Alps.
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 Yeti 4.
Richard Bungay Joined UK Airsports at the start of 2016, quickly establishing a role as UK Airsport's technical guru. His background in electronics has been the perfect preparation for dealing with enquiries and servicing of our range of instruments, amongst other things.
Richard started flying in 1999, started flying competitions in 2004 and then got involved with organising the BPCup in 2006, the British Championships in 2007 as well and has served on the Competitions Panel Committee since as well as helping run the UK Paragliding XCLeague.
Richard spent a lot of time exploring and flying in the Alps with Steve Nash in their preparation for the Red Bull X-Alps in 2011 where Richard was Steve's team mate and flying support throughout the event.
Richard still loves to go flying whenever he can and currently flies his GIN GTO2 with a Genie X-Alps harness.