Bruce Goldsmith Design

个性化的滑翔伞

BGD创始人

从最初在车库工作间里的小公司,到现在行业领先的滑翔伞制造商,BGD致力于生产高品质的滑翔伞及相关装备。由灵魂人物金匠Bruce带队,我们的研发部门位于阳光充足的法国南部;物流中心位于奥地利;工厂位于斯里兰卡。

BGD家族很强大,对滑翔伞的热爱让我们走到了一起。我们的使命是与朋友和家人分享我们的运动。我们喜欢与空气相连的感觉,我们的产品在设计时就特别考虑了这一点。我们生产安全而有乐趣的全新产品,这些产品始终拥有著名的“金匠设计”的精致操控及创新品质。

BGD创始人

董事

Bruce

研发

bruce@flybgd.com
Bruce GOLDSMITH

BGD的名字来自于金匠Bruce,他是BGD的总经理及研发负责人。可以说,飞行就在Bruce的DNA里。早在上世纪80年代,当Bruce还是伦敦帝国理工学院工程专业的一名学生时,他就开始飞三角翼,并迅速成为了英国的顶尖选手,于1991年赢得了超级联赛冠军。Bruce从1986年起为英国三角翼国家队效力长达十年,并两次赢得英国三角翼冠军。从1989年起,Bruce还同时是英国滑翔伞国家队的主力,三次赢得英国滑翔伞冠军,并在2007年成为WPRS排名第一的飞行员,赢得了滑翔伞世界冠军。

出生于伦敦的Bruce如今跟妻子Arna和三个孩子一起生活在法国南部。作为Airwave滑翔伞和Ozone滑翔伞品牌的创始人之一,并在Advance担任过两年设计师,Bruce于2012年成立了BGD。作为一名作者、演讲者和教育者,Bruce在《越野杂志》上有常规专栏,并担任APPI(滑翔伞飞行员及教练员联盟)组织的现任主席。

Bruce

Arna

Marketing

arna@flybgd.com
Arna GOLDSMITH

受飞无动力三角翼的父亲“引诱”,Arna在17岁时从跳伞选手变成了冰岛第一位飞三角翼的女飞行员。父亲给她买了一架Wills Wing Harrier,她第一眼就爱上了!Arna参加过几届爱尔兰和威尔士的凯尔特杯比赛,在比赛中与当时英国联赛的明星飞行员熟识。但一直到1997年,在南法的一个停车场,她才第一次认识了金匠Bruce。

当时,Bruce的一名测试飞行员摔了,弄坏了Arna的崭新的竞赛伞Airwave Magic,Bruce借给Arna的伞成为了她滑翔伞生涯的开始。两人在1997年结婚,那时候的Arna飞得很多,她陪着Bruce在一年的时间里参加了多达14场比赛。后来的若干年,Arna把精力放在了家庭上,慢慢淡出了飞行。而现在,孩子们长大了,她也重新回到了她所属的天空,再次与Magic伞一起。

Arna

Christoph

财务

christoph@flybgd.com
Christoph SCHEER

在2002年,Christoph因当时的女朋友而开启了飞行生涯。在奥地利沃尔夫斯堡,他在自己家附近学会了滑翔伞,并立刻爱上了这项运动,他在一些长距离越野飞行中使用Airwave伞,并远远超过了100km距离大关。随后他继续参加了奥地利A级联赛。作为一名工程师,他曾参与过一些大型建筑项目,包括为奥地利最大的建筑公司之一的PORR公司,在奥地利和塞尔维亚修建桥梁。

在2012年,不一样的生活在向他招手,他退出了建筑界,与Bruce和Arna开始合作一个令人兴奋的新项目——成立BGD。现在,Christoph与妻子Mila和儿子Maximillian一起,仍然居住在沃尔夫斯堡。从位于沃尔夫斯堡的BGD奥地利办公室和物流中心,Christoph负责管理着BGD在欧洲的配送。

Christoph

Tom

研发

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.

Kyle Mooney

R&D / PPG Team Pilot Leader

kyle@flybgd.com

Kyle started flying from his back yard with his father and paramotoring quickly took over his life. He is a paramotoring instructor in Florida, and works with BGD's R&D team in the development of paramotor wings. He also heads up the BGD team pilots on the paramotor side.

Kyle Mooney
Lucas Bonin

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.

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.

Tyr Goldsmith
Mila Scheer

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.

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.

Maria Baumgartner
Irena Koler

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.

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.

Nikola Dukleski
Kay Arianpour

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.

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 21st birthday gift that has lasted 30 years and counting. She now flies an Echo 2, 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

Blaise learned to fly in 2009 and soon after became involved in guiding and social media for PG/PPG brands. A former tree surgeon and windsurfing instructor he has always sought adventure. He works with RISE Paragliding in SIV and ACRO, and this role was instrumental in bringing about the EPIC FreeStyle. Blaise 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
Val Tanniger

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.

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.

Raphael Laghi
David CHAUMET

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.

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.

Mario Koller
Benedikt Bös

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.

Test Pilots

Pasquale Biondo

Pasquale Biondo

Paramotor test pilot

pas.biondo@gmail.com

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.