Why and when TheParaplanner.com will be closing down

by Richard Allum on 24 November 2015

It’s been almost eight years since TheParaplanner.com launched as a destination for paraplanners across the UK.

And we think it’s fair to say that, when it launched, TheParaplanner.com served a unique purpose: The one place for paraplanners across the UK to connect.

But since 2008 the web’s changed a lot. And paraplanning’s changed a great deal too.

The influence of sites like Twitter and LinkedIn have offered paraplanners new ways to communicate. Plus the number of events laid on for paraplanners by the IFP, the PFS and the Powwows have given more paraplanners more opportunities to keep in touch with the profession than ever before.

The consequences for the most popular part of TheParaplanner.com – the Forum – has been a steady but marked decline in the number and currency of discussions.

That’s why we’ve decided to call time on TheParaplanner.com – but not on the principle behind its foundation.

The kind folk at Aegon UK have agreed to support the site for the next twelve months but – on 1 December 2016 – TheParaplanner.com will close and a new discussion forum – the ‘Big Tent’ – will be up and running at ParaplannersPowwow.co.uk

Rather than close down TheParaplanner.com, and lose all the discussions from the past 8 years, we wanted to ask a simple ‘Yes/No’ question: ‘Would you like us to archive all the existing discussions in TheParaplanner.com’s forum so it’s still accessible when we close the site?’.

Click the link to let us know what you would like us to do and we’ll bow to the wishes of the majority (plus, you can sign-up for an alert to let you know when the Big Tent is ready for you to register). Here’s the link:


Over the years TheParaplanner.com has proved a great source of ideas, insights and information thanks to the participation of paraplanners. We wanted to give you plenty of notice of our plan, and to thank each and every one of you for contributing to such a successful site over the years.

Thank you!
Richard and Martin

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