Current COVID-19 Policy (updated 20 April 2020)

All of ACTHPA’s sites are currently open, but please see the advice below. We note the current NSW government restrictions on travel for essential purposes only and advise pilots to ensure their travel for exercise purposes complies with these NSW government restrictions.

We reiterate our previous hygiene and social distancing advice:

  • Fly at your closest currently flyable site.
  • It is strongly advised you carry hand sanitiser and/or wash your hands before and after opening and closing any gates or interacting with any fences.
  • When on site you must stay 2m away from any other pilots at all times.
  • Fly within the footprint of the site and only land in the designated landing zones for the site.
  • XC flying is not advised.
  • No car pooling or lifts up the hill.
  • Please do not drive another pilot’s car down the hill if possible.
  • If you require an SO or duty pilot to fly you can post a request for someone to contact you to arrange a site briefing and ok to fly.

Each pilot is individually responsible to ensure that they comply with all laws and regulations, including all aspects of the public health order related to having a reasonable excuse for leaving home. You must not rely on this notice for that reasonable excuse. Should pilots be queried about travel to and from these sites by police, please abide by the police directive and report your interaction to the ACTHPA committee so that information can be passed to members and ACTHPA guidance updated.

About ACTHPA

The ACT Hang gliding and Paragliding Association (ACTHPA) is the club for all hang gliders, paragliders and their motorised forms in the region. The region is excellent for carbon-free flying and there are some great areas for motorised flight as well. We have many excellent sites, local paragliding instructors and an active pilot community. We maintain a number of launch sites, and wind talkers in the local area to help in deciding when and where to fly.

Flying in Canberra

If it is ‘on’ then you can pretty much guarantee that someone will be out flying. If you are planning to go for a fly at one of our sites, please post a message on our Facebook group so you can meet up with others. The wind talkers provide current wind speed and direction and records this information for the previous 12 hours. The weather resources page links to useful weather information.

If you are a visiting pilot, remember to contact one of the locals prior to flying any site.

Learn to Fly

If you’re interested in learning to fly, take a look at the SAFA Schools page, and you could also join our Facebook group or come along to a club meeting to ask for recommendations.

Club Meetings

Club meetings are now held on the first Saturday of each month at Spring Hill, at 10am. At the meetings we talk about flying and put members in contact with each other.

Recent Flights Around Canberra

These are just a few of the recent flights by club members in the ACT region.

NameSiteAircraftModelDistanceDate
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Iota15.28km2020-11-22
Ken CroweLake GeorgeParagliderSwing Arcus 78.73km2020-11-21
Jonathan BishopBoob HillParagliderNiviuk Peak 36.91km2020-11-21
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Iota16.36km2020-11-19
Ken CroweSpring HillParagliderSwing Arcus 73.24km2020-11-14
Jonathan BishopYellowboxParagliderNiviuk Peak 370.13km2020-11-10
Marco GandiLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Epsilon 71.98km2020-11-09
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Iota16.92km2020-11-09
Ken CroweLake GeorgeParagliderSwing Arcus 719.01km2020-11-08
Marco GandiLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Epsilon 725.76km2020-11-08
Jonathan BishopCollectorParagliderOzone Delta 3116.52km2020-11-07
Sam RybakCollectorParagliderTriple Seven Rook 2113.94km2020-11-07
Jonathan BishopBoob HillParagliderNiviuk Peak 36.04km2020-11-03
Mathew FiddesLake George Nth Laun... - AUParagliderOzone Delta 32.20km2020-11-02
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Iota16.20km2020-10-21
Jonathan BishopLake GeorgeParagliderNiviuk Peak 317.05km2020-10-20
Marco GandiLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Epsilon 73.83km2020-10-20
Jonathan BishopBoob HillParagliderNiviuk Peak 324.05km2020-10-19
Ken CroweSpring HillParagliderSwing Arcus 72.66km2020-10-10
Jonathan BishopLake GeorgeParagliderOzone Delta 317.72km2020-10-06

Longest Flights in the Canberra Region

These are some of the longest cross-country flights recorded in the Canberra region. Also see the site records page for records broken down by site and wing category.

NameSiteAircraftModelDistanceDate
Dave MayLake George ...Hang GliderMoyes Rs3.5318.63km2010-02-01
Trent BrownCarolsHang GliderAirborne C4 13.5209.72km2008-01-27
Trent BrownLake George Nth Laun... - AUHang GliderMoyes Litespeed Rs3.5195.40km2011-01-28
Igor LikhosherstovBowningParagliderNiviuk Peak 3188.80km2013-11-30
Alex ChapmanCollectorParagliderNova Mentor 4188.18km2020-01-19
Rafael EsquillaroLake GeorgeParagliderNiviuk Icepeak 7 Pro183.23km2017-01-04
Trent BrownBinalong - AUHang GliderMoyes Litespeed Rs3.5164.70km2009-12-12
Rene SedlmLake George Nth Laun... - AUParagliderAdvance Sigma 10162.00km2018-02-04
Lukas VymetalBowningParagliderAxis Venus 3158.07km2013-11-30
Trent BrownCanberra, Pig Hill... - AUHang GliderMoyes Litespeed Rs3.5153.10km2012-01-28
Trent BrownCanberra, Spring Ran... - AUHang GliderMoyes Litespeed Rx3.5152.80km2012-11-04
Grant EdwardCanberra, Pi...Hang GliderAirborne C4-13.5140.19km2008-12-06
Trent BrownLake George Nth Laun... - AUHang GliderMoyes Litespeed Rs3.5137.30km2011-12-15
Trent BrownLake George Nth Laun... - AUHang GliderMoyes Litespeed Rs3.5135.30km2012-03-18
Igor LikhosherstovBowningParagliderNiviuk Peak 3131.27km2015-03-15
Lukas VymetalBowningParagliderAxis Venus 3127.53km2013-12-01
Dave MayLake George ...Hang GliderMoyes Rs3.5126.44km2010-03-11
Andrew LutonLake George Nth Laun... - AUHang GliderAirborne C4 13.5125.60km2013-11-17
Dave MayCanberra, Lake Georg... - AUHang GliderMoyes Rs4125.60km2010-12-05
Trent BrownCanberra, Pi...Hang GliderAirborne C4 13.5125.11km2009-03-01

November Club Meeting / Fly In

Our previous club meeting / fly-in was on Sunday November 15 at Spring Hill.

November Club Meeting / Fly In

Jonathan Bishop and Sam Rybak fly over 100km from Collector to Murringo

On Saturday 7 November Jono and Sam launched their paragliders from Collector and flew together for over 100km, past Boorowa, finally landing near Murringo.

Jonathan Bishop and Sam Rybak fly over 100km from Collector to Murringo

Tips for Flying Cross-Country from Collector

Alex Chapman gives us some tips for flying XC from the site just north of Canberra, at the northern end of Lake George.

Tips for Flying Cross-Country from Collector

October AGM / Fly In

We held our AGM on Saturday October 3rd at Spring Hill.

October AGM / Fly In

ACTHPA Turnpoint Challenge 2020

Our first annual turnpoint challenge will run from 1 October 2020 until 31 August 2021.

ACTHPA Turnpoint Challenge 2020

September Club Meeting / Fly In

Spring Hill turned on some great flying weather for our first combined club meeting and fly-in on Saturday September 5.

September Club Meeting / Fly In

September Turnpoint Challenge

We held a trial turnpoint challenge during September.

September Turnpoint Challenge

Parachute Repack Night

The parachute repack night was held on Friday September 4.

Parachute Repack Night

2020 Corryong Easter Club Fly-in

The club trip to Corryong over the Easter long weekend has been cancelled.

2020 Corryong Easter Club Fly-in

Paragliding State of Origin

The Paragliding State of Origin has unfortunately been cancelled this year due to unforeseen pandemic.

Paragliding State of Origin

March Club Meeting

Our previous club meeting was held on Tuesday 3 March at 7:30pm at the Weston Creek Labor Club. After our regular meeting we discussed ‘The Life Cycle of a Paraglider Pilot’.

March Club Meeting

Corryong PG Open 2020

The Corryong Paragliding Open took place in late February, with six Canberra pilots competing: Kari Ellis (3rd overall, 1st woman), Johno Quinn (1st in reynolds class), Cameron Lawrence, Alistair Dickie (2nd in fun class), Phil Robinson, and Alex Chapman.

Corryong PG Open 2020

Bright Open 2020

The Bright Open was held in early February. Three Canberra pilots competed.

Bright Open 2020

Novice Experiences at the Manilla XC Camp

Alex Boiko reflects on his trip to the Manilla XC Camp as a novice pilot this year.

Novice Experiences at the Manilla XC Camp

February Club Meeting

Our last club meeting was on Tuesday 4 February at 7:30pm at the Weston Creek Labor Club.

February Club Meeting

Manilla XC Camp 2020

Grum, Alex B and others took part in the 2020 Manilla XC Camp

Manilla XC Camp 2020

How Not to Throw Your Reserve

Phil Lyng gave us a presentation on reserve parachutes (MS PowerPoint) at a recent club meeting.

Kari Ellis 3rd in World Championships

Canberra pilot Kari Ellis secured third place in the women’s category of the Paragliding World Championships held in Krushevo, Macedonia. She came 65th overall, racing the world’s best pilots over ten cross-country tasks of between 63km and 130km. Read all about her experience here.

Kari Ellis 3rd in World Championships

Racing at the Paragliding World Championships 2019

Kari Ellis gives us a detailed breakdown of what it was like to fly in the world paragliding championships in Krushevo, Macedonia in 2019.

Racing at the Paragliding World Championships 2019

A Few Things about AIRSPACE

Phil Lyng gave us a presentation on Airspace (MS PowerPoint) at the February 2020 club meeting.

Flying in Canberra - a few tips

Barry Oliver gives us a guide to deciding where and when to fly, and how to fly Lake George in particular.

HOW TO THWART AN EAGLE ATTACKING

Wes Kilham gives us some sage advice on avoiding this common peril.