Começou como uma pequena empresa trabalhando em uma garagem, mas a Bruce Goldsmith Design é hoje um dos principais fabricantes de parapentes de qualidade e equipamentos relacionados com parapente. Inspirado e dirigido por Bruce, o departamento de P&D é baseado no sul da França, onde o sol sempre brilha; a distribuição é na Áustria, e a fábrica está no Sri Lanka.
A família BGD é forte e estamos todos ligados pelo nosso amor ao parapente. Nossa missão é compartilhar nosso esporte com amigos e familiares. Nós amamos a sensação de estar conectado ao ar e nossos produtos são projetados com isso em mente. Produzimos produtos seguros, divertidos e modernos, que sempre são entregues com a pilotagem refinada e as qualidades inovadoras pelas quais os projetos do Bruce se tornaram renomados.
BGD leva o nome do Bruce, Diretor Geral e chefe da equipe de desenvolvimento. Voar está no DNA de Bruce. Ele aprendeu a voar de asa delta como estudante de engenharia no Imperial College de Londres nos anos 80 e rapidamente saltou para o topo da asa delta britânica, vencendo a Superliga em 1991. Ele foi da equipe de asa-delta inglesa por uma década, desde 1986, e foi duas vezes campeão britânico de asa-delta. A partir de 1989, ele também participou da equipe britânica de parapente, tornando-se três vezes campeão britânico de parapente e classificou-se como piloto WPRS # 1 e campeão mundial em 2007.
Nascido em Londres, Bruce vive no sul da França com sua esposa Arna e três filhos. Membro fundador da Airwave Paragliders e Ozone, ele projetou para a Advance por dois anos antes de fundar a BGD em 2012. Escritor, palestrante e educador, Bruce tem uma coluna regular na revista Cross Country e é presidente da APPI (Associação de Pilotos de Parapente e Instrutores).
Arna foi a primeira mulher islandesa a voar de asa-delta, quando começou aos 17 anos, seduzida pelo pára-quedismo do pai, piloto de asa-delta. Ele comprou para ela um Wills Wing Harrier e foi amor à primeira vista! Arna competiu em várias Copas Celtas na Irlanda e no País de Gales, saindo com as estrelas da Liga Britânica, mas ela não conhecia Bruce até um encontro casual em um estacionamento no sul da França em 1997.
Quando o piloto de teste de Bruce caiu e destruiu sua nova Airwave Magic de competição, ele emprestou o parapente que iniciou sua carreira de parapente. Arna e Bruce se casaram em 1997 e Arna voou muito, acompanhando Bruce por até 14 competições por ano. O voo ficou no banco de trás por alguns anos, enquanto se concentrava na família, mas agora as crianças crescem e ela está de volta aos céus, onde ela pertence, em uma Magic.
A carreira de piloto de Christoph foi motivada em parte por sua namorada da época, em 2002. Ele aprendeu a praticar parapente perto de sua casa em Wolfsberg, Áustria, e instantaneamente se apaixonou pelo esporte, pilotando seu parapente Airwave em alguns grandes voos XCs e quebrando o barreira de 100km por uma grande margem. Ele passou a competir na liga principal da Áustria. Engenheiro de profissão, sua vida profissional o envolveu em grandes projetos de construção, incluindo a construção de pontes entre a Áustria e a Sérvia para a PORR, uma das maiores empresas de construção da Áustria.
Em 2012, rolou uma atração por uma vida diferente e ele deixou o mundo da construção, uniu forças com Bruce e Arna para um novo projeto excitante - fundar a BGD. Christoph ainda vive em Wolfsberg, com sua esposa Mila e seu filho Maximillian, onde gerencia a distribuição européia da BGD a partir do escritório e centro de distribuição da Áustria.
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 now helping test paragliders and some 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 travelling 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
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.
Mila lives in Wolfsberg, with her husband Christoph and son Maximillian, where she helps manage the Austrian office and distribution centre.