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This site was last updated on 18.3.19.

MARCH GLIDERS SALE! My recent health scare has lead me to decide to reduce activities that involve heavy lifting and carrying, so I want to reduce my range of secondhand gliders. Check out the ne Glider Clearance page in the shop!

I may also be open to offers of new homes for my collection of Vintage gliders....

As a responsible business proprietor I've been considering the likely effects of Brexit. Assuming the worst, we are repeatedly being told that there will be uncertainty, price fluctuations and increases, delays in supplies arriving, and increased paperwork. I've only been in business for forty years, but that sounds to me as though everything is going to be exactly as it always has been. Politicians and media idiots aways make everything worse than it needs to be. Just get it done and we will work it out.

The top photo shows my used Rio 2 (now sold) taking me on a long coastal run from North Hill. We have just crossed the yawning gap from Bossington to Porlock Weir! Read all about it on my blog, plus an account of some great paragliding in Algodonales (see Colin Blagdon's photo of me on my BGD Cure, below).

I can help you fly like this! You could start by choosing from my selection of new and used paragliders and hang gliders.

Do you want to make a few pounds? Sell me your unwanted gliders! Much of my business revolves around the buying and selling of secondhand flying kit, and the stock is constantly changing. There is rather a lot to browse through - but have a go - you may find just the thing you need! Looking for an ideal first hang glider? I have some in stock, and am usually trying to buy more. I also need a K4 if anyone has one they want to move on or part-exchange.

I'm involved in the slow process of trying to build a new website to replace this poor old, slightly broken, one. However, this one is up to date as far as stock is concerned (check the date above), so if you have any problems finding what you want, let alone ordering it, just give me a ring on 01404 891685. Almost everything is available immediately from stock!

Currently, we are UK Distributors for:-

> CHARLY: Crash helmets, Harnesses, Reserves and Accessories
> RENSCHLER: Instruments for Free Flight and Radio-controlled sailplanes
> SKYMAN: Paragliders and eguipment
> BIPBIP: Variometers from France.
> GLIDERIDER: Hang glider rack supports (World distributors)
> VON BLON: Hang gliding harnesses
> FILLO: Hang gliding harnesses
> ZOOT: Free Flight accessories, Headsets and radios (World Distributors)

PLEASE NOTE this site is currently not on a secure server so, after I have received your online order, I will contact you to arrange payment. Thie new site will be able to accept your card payments direct, but I'm always happy to talk to my customers, so don't hesitate to call me for a chat.

Customer Comments

Here are a few flattering comments that have been made by some of our customers over the years. If only my ex-girlfriends felt the same! Is this proof that you can fool some of the people, some of the time?! #8-)

Peter Holdy: "Love your positive attitude, if everyone will be like you flying will be like a dream ;-) "

Niall MacCarthy: "Thank you very much. You have to be one of the most honest and helpful people I have ever dealt with."

Wing Cdr. Matt Tandy (Treasurer, RAF HPA): "You're the nice guy of paragliding, Simon"

John Rudge (again!) : "Thank you once again for your brilliant service and 5-star communication. It is really appreciated. You've got a customer for life with me now."

John Rudge: "I will let you know if there's anything else I need, and will also be recommending you to my flying friends as I do think your service is brilliant."

Nick Jenkins: "Thank you very much for the new Charly Loop helmet, I found it to be lovely and comfortable at Beer on Sunday, I am very pleased with it, no more headaches now ! ! !"

Al Westle: "Excellent service yet again, thank you. Super fast and I love the Christmas pressie, too".

Stan Biddlecombe: " Received the new helmet and radio on Thursday, man that was quick. Thank you very much."

Sandor Hunt: "I am so glad find your website on the internet, you well informed what I wish to by from you, and very very helpful. Thank you for you, I received my pod harness and I'm so happy, I wish more people know about you. Thank you and speak you soon!"

Paul Graves: "You are just a legend"

Keith Matthews in Skywings magazine: Who do you most admire in the sport? "Simon Murphy for his fair and honest trading as long as I can remember. He gives free, unbiased advice on equipment whether it leads to a sale or not"

Keith Williamson: "I ordered this on Friday mid-morning - it arrived on Saturday morning!! Other than you driving it up personally, I don't know how you did it. Great helmet, stunning service, many thanks (again).

Mike Nevitt: "I read your customer testimonials yesterday, and you are either writing them yourself, paying your customers to do so, or you are the best business in the world"

Tim Dotchin: "Thanks for being amazing."

James Roy: "Hi Simon, Headset arrived today, just wanted to say: Great product, looks and feels bulletproof. Great price, same price as the inferior ones I had previously (which broke). Great Service, next day delivery. Keep up the good work!"

Tim Clarke: "Simon, you’ve been a great help towards getting me back into flying. Confidence in my equipment will play a big part when it comes down to it. I’m looking forward to posting you some progress reports!"

Erik Orisko:- "Also thank you for that order, post from Devon comes here by speed of lightning. Only words I can say is: perfect service all the way. Many many thanks Simon."

Steve Uzochukwu: "May 2011 will mark 22 years as a Simon Murphy customer and still 100% satisfaction. You need to be on a six figure consultancy fee to the twits running phone companies, ISPs and banks."

Darren Shepherd: "Your friendly approach and nice long chats make your service one of the best I have received from anyone in any industry or hobby I have been involved in. I wish you continued success, you are a true gentlemen and once again many thanks."

Miles Hockliffe: "Many many thanks for all your support, & such inspired directions, despite never having seen the glider. Certainly a lot of the improvement is down to your stunning support & knowledge".

Colin de Gasperi: "Yesterday I flew with the speed arms that you so graciously gave me when I purchased the Malibu. Originally, I thought the idea of them was just another gimmick and they had stayed in my bag. However having used them with just a tee shirt under, I have to say that they are amazingly warm, even at cloud base, and so much more comfortable than a flying suit inside and outside the harness. Ideal for this time of year and if it gives me any less drag, so much the better. Thanks again"

Keith Worsdell (ex-Chairman of the mighty Dunstable Club):
"Just to let you know I have received the camera mount, really pleased with it.
talk about quick delivery almost the next day . I've said it before and I will say it again this is a service second to none and long may you continue and prosper ."

Patrick Joyce (USA)
"I wanted to say thanks, the Gliderider is truly awesome. Not only did it survive the 5500km journey from Nevada to Alaska, it proved itself as a dependable workhorse. Thanks!"

Bryant Wood:
"By far the best customer service I've come across in my search for a helmet. Thanks again".

George Ransome:
"Thankyou again Simon, it is really refreshing to have someone u can rely on, so rare these days! But I bet u get that a lot - if you dont you should!!!"

Paul Johnson
"You are probably the most reasonable person I have ever met".

Chris Fairhurst:
"Couldn't beleeeeve your amazingly quick delivery! If only the rest of life could be so simple!"

Matthew Whittal:
"You are one of the very few people in the flying industry I really miss!"

Spencer Newman:
"AHH thankyou simon. Man i love making bisness with you your so nice and understanding i just really appricate u letting me know each thing you do if i ever need to buy a helmet agin i know were im going man thanks alot u have helped me alot with this"

Stu Belbas (Verbier Summits):
"Simon is the funniest man I have ever met."

Rob Dowdell Chairman (and ex Secretary) of the RNHPC (for the last 15 years!)
"Firebird UK has supplied the Royal Navy HG & PG Club with a whole range of equipment over the 20 years of the Club's existence - varios, radios, tow releases, parachutes, harnesses and recently our 3 Litespeed-S and 2 Sonic hang gliders. They have also been our annual hang glider servicing agent for the last 2 years - we moved to FBUK after the demise of the Joint Services maintenance facility at Crickhowell. Simon and Martyn have provided us with a top notch facility since and as a result I am certain that our Club members are using equipment that is in perfect condition. There is no doubt that Firebird are streets ahead of the other suppliers that we have dealt with in the past in terms of quality of service - well done guys we intend using you for the next 20 years at least! Fly Navy."

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