Airborne was originally founded in 1973 as the Northern School of Hang Gliding, by the former Hang Gliding World Champion Graham Hobson.
In 1979 he was joined by Tony Delaney who took his first steps on the same slopes used today. Tony then spent time at various location across the country and in South Wales before returning to Manchester. Where he reunited with Graham.
Tony liked the school so much that he became a partner in 1981. Tony is now the Club Chief Flying Instructor.
The school, which is widely regarded as the most experienced in the country, flourished teaching only hang gliding until paragliders were invented. In 1989 the company had a name change to "Airborne" to incorporate paragliders.
Throughout the 1990's, Tony whilst running the school full time with his team of instructors was also dominating the competition scene, winning a string of national and international titles.
Tony runs the school with his son Oliver, who is office manager.
John, Head Of Training is Club Senior Instructor and acts as CFI when Tony is not out.
Other team members are Graham - Senior Instructor and Ned & Kevin who are assistant instructors.