The four main ACTHPA sites (Lake George, Lanyon, Spring Hill, and Collector) are currently open. However, both the ACT and NSW governments still have restrictions in place in relation to gatherings of people.
All pilots must comply with all government guidelines and restrictions when travelling to and flying or gathering at all ACTHPA sites.
If flying XC, please be aware that hitchhiking may be more difficult than usual.
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.
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.
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.
These are just a few of the recent flights by club members in the ACT region.
|Adam Bryden||Lake George||Paraglider||Bgd Base 2||1.68km||2021-01-20|
|Adam Bryden||Spring Hill||Paraglider||Bgd Base 2||3.05km||2021-01-17|
|Adam Bryden||Lake George||Paraglider||Bgd Base 2||4.11km||2021-01-15|
|Trent Brown||Collector||Hang Glider||Lites Peed Lrx 3.5||78.69km||2021-01-09|
|Alex Boiko||Collector||Paraglider||Advance Iota||12.84km||2021-01-09|
|Alex Chapman||Collector||Paraglider||Advance Sigma 10||113.52km||2021-01-09|
|Matthew Pengelly||Lake George||Paraglider||Gin Sprint 3||33.51km||2021-01-06|
|Adam Bryden||Lake George||Paraglider||Bgd Echo||20.61km||2021-01-06|
|Alex Boiko||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Iota||15.99km||2021-01-06|
|Marco Gandi||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Epsilon 7||31.70km||2021-01-06|
|Alex Boiko||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Iota||21.94km||2021-01-03|
|Matthew Pengelly||Lake George||Paraglider||Gin Sprint 3||54.90km||2021-01-02|
|Adam Bryden||Lake George||Paraglider||Bgd Echo||38.58km||2021-01-02|
|Marco Gandi||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Epsilon 7||21.05km||2021-01-02|
|Matthew Pengelly||Lake George||Paraglider||Gin Sprint 3||2.17km||2021-01-02|
|Alex Boiko||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Iota||2.65km||2021-01-02|
|Alex Boiko||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Iota||16.05km||2021-01-01|
|Matthew Pengelly||Lake George||Paraglider||Gin Sprint 3||18.10km||2020-12-31|
|Matthew Pengelly||Lake George||Paraglider||Gin Sprint 3||17.36km||2020-12-31|
|Marco Gandi||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Epsilon 7||14.07km||2020-12-31|
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.
|Dave May||Lake George ...||Hang Glider||Moyes Rs3.5||318.63km||2010-02-01|
|Trent Brown||Carols||Hang Glider||Airborne C4 13.5||209.72km||2008-01-27|
|Trent Brown||Lake George Nth Laun... - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rs3.5||195.40km||2011-01-28|
|Igor Likhosherstov||Bowning||Paraglider||Niviuk Peak 3||188.80km||2013-11-30|
|Alex Chapman||Collector||Paraglider||Nova Mentor 4||188.18km||2020-01-19|
|Rafael Esquillaro||Lake George||Paraglider||Niviuk Icepeak 7 Pro||183.23km||2017-01-04|
|Daniel Thuillier||Honeysuckle||Paraglider||Airdesign Rise 4||165.71km||2020-12-10|
|Trent Brown||Binalong - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rs3.5||164.70km||2009-12-12|
|Rene Sedlm||Lake George Nth Laun... - AU||Paraglider||Advance Sigma 10||162.00km||2018-02-04|
|Lukas Vymetal||Bowning||Paraglider||Axis Venus 3||158.07km||2013-11-30|
|Trent Brown||Canberra, Pig Hill... - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rs3.5||153.10km||2012-01-28|
|Trent Brown||Canberra, Spring Ran... - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rx3.5||152.80km||2012-11-04|
|Grant Edward||Canberra, Pi...||Hang Glider||Airborne C4-13.5||140.19km||2008-12-06|
|Trent Brown||Lake George Nth Laun... - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rs3.5||137.30km||2011-12-15|
|Trent Brown||Lake George Nth Laun... - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rs3.5||135.30km||2012-03-18|
|Igor Likhosherstov||Bowning||Paraglider||Niviuk Peak 3||131.27km||2015-03-15|
|Lukas Vymetal||Bowning||Paraglider||Axis Venus 3||127.53km||2013-12-01|
|Dave May||Lake George ...||Hang Glider||Moyes Rs3.5||126.44km||2010-03-11|
|Andrew Luton||Lake George Nth Laun... - AU||Hang Glider||Airborne C4 13.5||125.60km||2013-11-17|
|Dave May||Canberra, Lake Georg... - AU||Hang Glider||Moyes Rs4||125.60km||2010-12-05|
The ACTHPA committee is proposing that we switch our standard frequency to HGFA1, and are looking for feedback.
Our previous club meeting / fly-in was on Sunday November 15 at Spring Hill.
On Saturday 7 November Jono and Sam launched their paragliders from Collector and flew together for over 100km, past Boorowa, finally landing near Murringo.
Alex Chapman gives us some tips for flying XC from the site just north of Canberra, at the northern end of Lake George.
We held our AGM on Saturday October 3rd at Spring Hill.
Our first annual turnpoint challenge will run from 1 October 2020 until 31 August 2021.
Spring Hill turned on some great flying weather for our first combined club meeting and fly-in on Saturday September 5.
We held a trial turnpoint challenge during September.
The parachute repack night was held on Friday September 4.
The club trip to Corryong over the Easter long weekend has been cancelled.
The Paragliding State of Origin has unfortunately been cancelled this year due to unforeseen pandemic.
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.
The Bright Open was held in early February. Three Canberra pilots competed.
Alex Boiko reflects on his trip to the Manilla XC Camp as a novice pilot this year.
Grum, Alex B and others took part in the 2020 Manilla XC Camp
Phil Lyng gave us a presentation on reserve parachutes (MS PowerPoint) at a recent club meeting.
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 gives us a detailed breakdown of what it was like to fly in the world paragliding championships in Krushevo, Macedonia in 2019.
Phil Lyng gave us a presentation on Airspace (MS PowerPoint) at the February 2020 club meeting.
Barry Oliver gives us a guide to deciding where and when to fly, and how to fly Lake George in particular.
Wes Kilham gives us some sage advice on avoiding this common peril.