ブルース ゴールドスミス デザイン

個性あるパラグライダー

ブルース・ゴールドスミス デザイン創設者

BGDはガレージの小さな会社として始まりましたが、今ではブルースゴールドスミスデザインは高品質のパラグライダーとパラグライダー関連機材の大手メーカーです。ブルースにインスパイアされた研究開発部門は、太陽が常に輝くフランス南部に拠点を置き、物流はオーストリアにあります。そして工場はスリランカにあります。

BGDファミリーは強く、そして私たち全員はパラグライディングに対する我々の愛情によって繋がっています。私たちの使命は、私たちのスポーツを友人や家族と共有することです。私たちはエアーと繋がる感覚が大好きなので、製品はそれを念頭に置いて設計されています。安全で、楽しく、そして新しい製品を生産しています。それらはブルースのデザインを有名にした洗練されたハンドリングと革新的な品質で安全で、楽しい製品を届けます。

ブルース・ゴールドスミス デザイン創設者

取締役

ブルース

研究と開発

bruce@flybgd.com
ブルース ゴールドスミス

BGDは、商品化計画および開発チーム責任者ブルースにちなんで名付けられました。飛ぶことはブルースのDNAにあります。彼は1980年代にロンドンのインペリアルカレッジの工学部学生としてハンググライドを学び、1991年にスーパーリーグで優勝し、イギリスのハンググライダーのトップへと躍進しました。彼は1986年から10年間イギリスのハンググライダーチームに所属しており、2度のイギリスのハンググライダーチャンピオンになりました。そして1989年からはイギリスのパラグライダーチームにも所属し、イギリスのパラグライダーチャンピオンに3度輝き、2007年にはWPRSナンバー1パイロットにランクされ、ワールドチャンピオンにもなりました。

ロンドン生まれのブルースは現在、フランス南部に妻のアルナと3人の子供と共に住んでいます。 エアーウェーブとオゾンの創設メンバーで、2012年にBGDを創立する前の2年間はアドバンスで設計をしました。ライター、セミナー講演、教育者でもあるブルースは、クロスカントリー誌に定期的にコラムを持っており、APPI(パラグライダーパイロットとインストラクター協会)の会長を務めています。

ブルース

アルナ

Marketing

arna@flybgd.com
アルナ ゴールドスミス

"彼女はハンググライダーの父からスカイダイビングから誘われ、17歳の時にハンググライダーを飛ばした最初のアイスランドの女性でした。父は彼女にウイルスウイングハリヤーを買い、そしてそれは一目惚れでした!アルナはアイルランドとウェールズでのケルティックカップに何度か出場し、ブリティッシュリーグのスターたちとの付き合いをしましたが、1997年に南フランスの駐車場での偶然出会うまでブルースを知りませんでした。

ブルースのテストパイロットが彼女のコンペ機エアーウエーブ マジックにクラッシュして破壊したときに、彼女にパラグライダーを貸したのが、彼女のパラグライダーキャリアの始まりでした。アルナとブルースは1997年に結婚しました、そしてアルナは年間最大14のコンペにブルースに同行し、たくさん飛びました。彼女が家庭に専念していた数年間、飛ぶことは二の次になっていましたが、今では子供も成長し、彼女の居場所である空に戻り、今マジックに乗っています。

アルナ

クリストフ

ファイナンス

christoph@flybgd.com
クリストフ シェール

クリストフのフライト歴は2002年当時のガールフレンドの影響を受け始まりました。彼はオーストリアのヴォルフスベルクにある自宅の近くでパラグライダーを学び、すぐにこのスポーツに熱中し、エアーウェーブパラグライダーでいくつかのビッグXCフライトをし100kmの壁を大幅に更新しました。彼は続いてオーストリアAリーグに出場しました。職業はエンジニア、彼はオーストリア最大の建設会社の1つであるPORRでオーストリアとセルビアにかかる橋の建設を含むいくつかの大きな建設プロジェクトに関わる仕事をしました。

2012年には別の人生への誘惑が起こった。、彼は建築界をやめ、ブルースとアルナと共にエキサイティングな新しいプロジェクト - BGDを設立しました。 クリストフは現在も妻のミーラと息子のマキシミリアンと共にヴォルフスベルクに住んでおり、そこでオーストリアのオフィスと流通センターからBGDヨーロッパの流通を管理しています。

クリストフ

Tom

研究と開発

tom@flybgd.com
Tom LOLIES

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.”

Tom

Crew

Killian Kopczynski

Killian Kopczynski

Product designer

killian@flybgd.com

Killian is our in-house harness designer. He has been flying since the age of 15, encouraged by his father. He also has a younger brother who started flying at the age of 13 – you could say it's a family passion! He studied Industrial Engineering in Grenoble, specialising in materials strength and worked with the R&D team in the summer of 2022. He joined the R&D team full-time in 2023.

Lucas Bonin

R&D

lucas.bonin@flybgd.com

Lucas started paragliding when he was 15 years old. He is studying aerodynamics at ENAC, the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (National Civil Aviation School) in Toulouse, to be an aerodynamic engineer or researcher. He's interested in all aircraft and how they fly, and works for BGD in research and development.

Lucas Bonin
Tyr Goldsmith

Tyr Goldsmith

Test Pilot / graphics

TYR@FLYBGD.COM

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 and works on glider graphic design for BGD.

Mila Scheer

Office Austria

Mila@flybgd.com

Mila lives in Wolfsberg, with her husband Christoph and son Maximillian, where she helps manage the Austrian office and distribution centre.

Mila Scheer
Maria Baumgartner

Maria Baumgartner

Accounts / Book-keeping

maria@flybgd.com

Maria works in the accounts department in the Austrian office. A mother of two, she loves to travel, and enjoys skiing, snowboarding and tennis in her spare time.

Irena Koler

Shipping Austria

Irena@flybgd.com

Irena lives in Slovenia, near the Austrian border, and looks after stock and shipping at BGD’s warehouse in Austria. Before moving to BGD she was a wood technology engineer for 25 years. She loves the great outdoors and beautiful landscapes, but she feels most connected to nature through her sports – paragliding, mountaineering, skiing, cycling and surfing.

Irena Koler
Nikola Dukleski

Nikola Dukleski

Software developer

nikola@flybgd.com

Nikola has a short history of flying, but a passion for writing long lines of code. An in-house developer, he is responsible for the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, making sure every part of the process runs smoothly and error-free. He lives with his wife and his two lovely children next to the oldest lake in Europe, Ohrid. He loves playing guitar and traveling.

Kay Arianpour

IT guru

kay@flybgd.com

Kay is a paraglider pilot who is enthusiastic about hike & fly, and a kiteboarder who likes to go far in the sea. He has been a computer programmer since 1994. He lives in Fethiye close to the famous paragliding site of Ölüdeniz, and is here to boost the BGD IT infrastructure.

Kay Arianpour

Media

Anthony GREEN, Test Pilot/Social Media

Anthony GREEN

Graphic Design / Film

ant@flybgd.com

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 King

Editor

Charlie@flybgd.com

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.

Charlie King

Sales Agents

Blaise Brogan

Blaise Brogan

Sales Team Leader

blaise@flybgd.com

A father, pilot, windsurfer, and tree surgeon, Blaise was born with adventure in his blood and started flying in 2009. He works for Miniplane Paramotors, Rise Paragliding, FlySpain and Freeflight Academy and now heads up BGD's sales team and looks after our UK sales

Alex Schweig

Sales Austria

alex@flybgd.com

Born and raised in Peru but now based in the Austrian Alps, Alex is on a lifelong quest to discover and master all types of flying, from coastal soaring, to acro, hike and fly, and most recently, the Paragliding World Cup. An avid outdoor sportsman, he now manages BGD Sales in Austria where his colourful personality is a match for the most colourful brand out there!

Alex Schweig
Masta (Francesco Delpiano)

Masta (Francesco Delpiano)

Sales Italy

MASTA@FLYBGD.COM

Masta, born Francesco Delpiano, was infected with the paragliding virus in 2012 during a trip to Nepal. In 2018, thanks to his friend Malcom Deodati, he started flying under the colours of BGD. He lives with his partner Alessia and his son Theo in the north west of the Alps, works as a show technician and keeps an eye on sales for BGD. If he doesn't answer the phone he is probably smiling under the clouds or on a mountain take-off somewhere!

Navid Saleki

Sales International PPG

NAVID@FLYBGD.COM

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.

Navid Saleki
Timo Schumacher

Timo Schumacher

Sales Germany

TIMO@FLYBGD.COM

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.

Val Tanniger

Sales Switzerland

valentin@flybgd.com

Valentin has been flying since the age of 21, first on planes, then moving to paragliders, drawn to it by the simplicity of an aircraft in a bag you can hike with. He loves flying vol-biv with friends, or combining it with skiing or biking – he is an avid cyclist. He studied geomorphology and is cares deeply about our environment.

Val Tanniger
Raphael Laghi

Raphael Laghi

Sales International PPG

raphael@flybgd.com

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.

David CHAUMET

R & D

David@flybgd.com

David CHAUMET works 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.

David CHAUMET
Mario Koller

Mario Koller

Sales Germany

Mario@flybgd.com

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.

Benedikt Bös

Sales Germany PPG

bene@flybgd.com

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.

Benedikt Bös

Test Pilots

Pasquale Biondo

Pasquale Biondo

Paramotor test pilot

Paramotor World Champion Pasquale Biondo has been passionate about flying since playing with his father's wing at the age of 13. He pursued a degree in aerospace engineering before starting out in paramotor competitions. He has been Italian Paramotor Champion multiple times, and in 2022 was crowned Paramotor World Champion. He is part of the R&D team, helping to develop and improve the PPG range.

Wingmen

Franck Largeault

Franck Largeault

Branding/marketing

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.