Comenzó como una pequeña empresa en un garaje, pero Bruce Goldsmith Design es ahora un fabricante líder de parapentes de calidad y equipos relacionados con el parapente. Inspirado e impulsado por Bruce, el departamento de I+D tiene su sede en el sur de Francia, donde el sol siempre brilla; la distribución está en Austria y la fábrica, en Sri Lanka.
La familia BGD es fuerte y todos estamos conectados por nuestro amor al parapente. Nuestra misión es compartir nuestro deporte con amigos y familiares. Nos encanta la sensación de estar conectados al aire, y nuestros productos se diseñan con eso en mente. Fabricamos productos seguros, divertidos y frescos que siempre se entregan con el mando refinado y las cualidades innovadoras por las que los diseños de Bruce se han hecho famosos.
BGD lleva el nombre de Bruce, Director General y jefe del equipo de desarrollo. Volar está en el ADN de Bruce. Aprendió ala delta cuando era estudiante de ingeniería en el Imperial College de Londres, en la década de 1980, y rápidamente alcanzó la cima del ala delta británico, ganando la Superliga en 1991. Estuvo en el equipo de ala delta británico durante una década a partir de 1986 y fue dos veces campeón británico de ala delta. Desde 1989 también estuvo en el equipo de parapente británico, convirtiéndose en campeón británico de parapente tres veces y clasificándose como piloto Nº1 del ránking mundial WPRS y campeón del mundo en 2007.
Bruce, nacido en Londres, ahora vive en el sur de Francia con su esposa Arna y sus tres hijos. Miembro fundador de Airwave Paragliders y Ozone, diseñó para Advance durante dos años antes de fundar BGD en 2012. Escritor, orador y educador, Bruce tiene una columna regular en la revista Cross Country y es presidente de la APPI (Asociación de Pilotos de Parapente e Instructores).
Arna fue la primera mujer islandesa en volar en parapente cuando comenzó, a la edad de 17 años, seducida por su padre aladeltista. Él le compró una Wills Wing Harrier, ¡y fue amor a primera vista! Arna compitió en varias Copas Celtas en Irlanda y Gales, codéandose con estrellas de la Liga Británica, pero no conoció a Bruce hasta un encuentro casual en un estacionamiento en el sur de Francia, en 1997.
Cuando el piloto de pruebas de Bruce se estrelló y destruyó la nueva ala de competición de Arna, una Airwave Magic, él le prestó el parapente con el cual comenzaría su carrera de parapentista. Arna y Bruce se casaron en 1997 y Arna voló mucho, acompañando a Bruce hasta a 14 competiciones al año. El vuelo pasó a segundo plano durante unos años mientras ella se concentraba en la familia, pero ahora que los niños han crecido está de vuelta en los cielos a donde pertenece, en una Magic.
La carrera de vuelo de Christoph fue impulsada en parte por su novia de la época, en 2002. Aprendió a volar en parapente cerca de su casa en Wolfsberg, Austria, e instantáneamente se enamoró del deporte, volando su parapente Airwave en grandes vuelos de cross y rompiendo la marca de los 100km por un gran margen. Luego pasó a competir en la Liga A de Austria. Ingeniero de oficio, su vida laboral lo involucró en algunos grandes proyectos de construcción, entre ellos la construcción de puentes en Austria y Serbia para PORR, una de las empresas de construcción más grandes de Austria.
En 2012, el atractivo de una vida diferente lo llamó, abandonó el mundo de la construcción y se unió a Bruce y Arna en un proyecto nuevo y emocionante: fundar BGD. Christoph sigue viviendo en Wolfsberg, con su esposa Mila y su hijo Maximillian, donde administra la distribución europea de BGD desde la oficina y centro de distribución de Austria.
Tom started paragliding at the age of 14 in Saint Hilaire du Touvet. At 15 he bought a sewing machine and started designing his first kites and paragliders in his bedroom. His enthusiasm for paraglider aerodynamics and structures grew even more when he entered one of the top aerospace engineering schools in France, ISAE-Supaero in Toulouse. He started working for BGD in 2017, when he was entrusted with the development of a new simulation software that became operational in 2018.
The software is now an integral part of BGD’s R&D tools, and Tom and Bruce work closely together on the new designs. Alongside this work, Tom is pursuing academical work to better understand the physics of our flying machines. His PHD is the first to be dedicated to paragliding: “Fluid-structure interaction simulations of highly deformable sails.”
David CHAUMET is BGD sales manager for France, helps with R&D, and runs a service center. He has been flying sailplanes, paragliders, hang gliders, and UL aircraft since 1989 and was part of the French hangliding and paragliding team from 2002 to 2008 winning several world championship podiums in class 5 hang gliders! He's specialized in composite materials and electrical engines for aeronautical applications. Check out his electric Swift and electric paraglider.
Bruce and Arna's eldest son, Tyr was born into paragliding and has flourished. He has already won numerous paragliding competitions (Us Nationals, Rio Cup, Weightless, etc.) and loves everything related to the air. He is a test pilot as well as working on graphic design for BGD.
Flying at age 11, David has paragliding in his blood. A former world cup competitor he now teaches in Saint Hilaire du Touvet. He has always been a dreamer and is most comfortable at cloud base. Working as a test pilot for BGD he draws on his year of acrobatics and XC flying to do his part to make the sport safer and fun for everyone.
By age 16 Ant’s passion for adventure led him to paragliding. He has flown competitively since 2004 in acrobatics and cross country. Studying film, business and math he has been with BGD since the start bringing all the wild colors to the products. Ant is currently our graphic and in-house film guy and lives and works in Morzine, France.
Charlie’s first paragliding flight was back in 1994, a 21’st birthday gift that has lasted 25 years and counting. She now flies an Echo, a far cry from the parachute used on that first tow launch in rural England. She lives with her family in southern France and is a daytime desk jockey who works on BGD’s newsletters, manuals and brochures.
Martin has always dreamed of flying and loves the mountains. He spent many years flying RC sailplanes, kite surfing, and is a Ironman triathlete which led him to hike and fly. Martin is a professional photographer and marketing specialist acting as a consultant, photographer and covers sales in Austria. Martin lives near Vienna, AU.
Lucas is a medical doctor, and took up hang gliding in the early ‘80s. He flew Airwave hang gliders and paragliders – his first paraglider in 1993 was a Bruce design. He and Bruce have been friends since then, and Lucas has been with BGD from the start. He’s since thrown in the stethoscope to be BGD’s Brazilian importer. “Still working while others play”, he sighs!
Yan discovered paragliding while in Nepal in 2012, a life-changing experience that led to her quitting her management consultancy career to pursue her love of free-flight. With a background in journalism and public communication, Yan is now a paragliding freelance writer and Chinese interpreter / translator, sometimes she’s even the Chinese commentator / host in flying events. Yan currently lives in Spain, and looks after BGD’s southeast Asia sales.
Mario lives, breaths, and dreams paragliding. He is always smiling and strives to share his passion with everyone. Mario lives and works mostly from home in Nesselwang, Germany.
Another medical man, orthopaedic technician and prosthetics-maker Bene was infected with the flying bug at the age of 16. Powered paragliding is the bug that has bitten the hardest, and Bene is an international competitor in classic and endurance paramotoring. He is also a PPG test pilot and has headed up BGD’s motor division since 2013.
Born in the German flatland Timo has craved to fly since he was a little boy. After starting paragliding at the age of 14 he began to push the limits of Cross-Country flying in his region, along the way he fell in love with BGD and joined the team at first as a team pilot. Now he is supporting the German sales from the flatlands.
BGD’s Italian importer, Malcom is as much at home under the sea as in the sky. He travelled the world as a scuba-diving instructor for 12 years before discovering paragliding. He now lives in the Italian Alps, where he works as a tandem pilot and looks after BGD’s sales. His enthusiasm for flying is infectious, and he’s a font of knowledge about BGD wings.
Claudia started paragliding in 1994, and since the beginning of the millennium has worked as a professional journalist and translator specialized in paragliding and paramotor. With a deep knowledge of the sport and the Spanish-spoken scene, she oversees our sales in Spain and Latin America.
Born in Turkey but living in Germany Alev first started paragliding in 2009. A anesthesiologist by profession she is now also working in a flight school in Germany to become an instructor and tandem pilot in order to share the joy of flight. Since June 2018 she became responsible for the BGD Sales Turkey.
Coming from a family of pioneering pilots in Brazil, Flying is part of Raphael's DNA. He has been flying paragliders and paramotors since 2008 and works as an instructor and tandem pilot in Sri Lanka and Europe. He is passionate about XC across Brazil and paramotoring over the Amazon. Raphael knows our paramotor range well and is our international paramotor sales guy.
Anna was born and raised in the Caucasus mountains in Russia. She started paragliding in 2007 and was instantly hooked. She is an interior designer by trade but has put her artistic life aside for now and made paragliding her work. Anna is a professional tandem pilot, working and traveling all over the world. She is in charge of BGD sales in Russia and the Balkans.
Jo is our guru and a true encyclopedia. Previously working in the yachting industry, she now works in our BGD office in France looking after everything from administration and sales through to company accounts
Half Swedish, Half Iranian grew up in Sweden and lived in many places. Navid Saleki has a mechanical/business engineering background and has been passionate of extreme sports since he started learning riding a bicycle. After reaching the top in freestyle BMX riding he turned to the sky. After skydiving and paragliding he is all about paramotoring. Navid is rooted in the paramotor and paratrike world.
Although Martin is not a qualified paragliding pilot yet, he is passionate and enjoys participating in many sports like Scuba Diving, Skiing, Squash & Fitness Training. Previously a Professional DJ / Producer, Martin now heads up our Sales Team based at the BGD office in France.
Irena lives in Slovenia, near the Austrian border, and looks after stock and shipping at BGD’s warehouse in Austria. Before moving to BGD Irena has worked as wood technology engineer for 25 years. She loves the great outdoors and nothing beats a beautiful landscape, but she feels most connected to nature through her sports – paragliding, mountaineering, skiing, cycling and surfing.
Franck learnt to fly after a bet with his brother in 2019 and immediately fell in love with the sport. He is a trail runner, father, and general outdoor enthusiast. He has already flown several nice triangles around his home site of Aix-les-Bains and plans to break the site distance record. He is a specialist in outdoor sports marketing strategy and helps BGD with branding, social media, and marketing.