Bertie Kennedy is the Chief Flying Instructor. After a spell building and flying radio controlled model aircraft, he started hang gliding in 1974 and introduced paragliding to Northern Ireland in 1990. He has accumulated many hours' airtime in a wide variety of hang gliders and paragliders and has been teaching people to fly both types of aircraft. He also flew a flexwing microlight for a while in the early days, including displays at the Dublin Air Show and at Eglinton airport but he abandoned that for the challenge of free silent flight.
In 1996 he formed First Flight Paragliding, after formally qualifying as a Senior Instructor with the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA), the Governing Body for the sport throughout the UK. Bertie is also a BHPA qualified tandem hang glider and paraglider pilot, club coach and instructor for tandem paragliding ratings.
From time to time other Instructors and Trainee Instructors may be there to help.