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 held on the first Tuesday of each month (except December and January) at the Canberra Labor Club in Weston Creek starting at 7.30 pm. At the meetings we talk about flying and put members in contact with each other. We have a strong social scene.

Recent Flights Around Canberra

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

Alex ChapmanCollector188.15km2020-01-19
Alex BoikoLake George16.37km2019-12-12
Pete CohnLake George Nth Laun... - AU1.20km2019-12-08
Pete CohnLake George Nth Laun... - AU1.20km2019-12-08
Jonathan BishopCollector121.30km2019-12-08
Haydon GrayCollector26.31km2019-12-08
Trent B?1.59km2019-11-26
Trent B?2.32km2019-11-26
Phillip RobinsonCanberra, Spring Ran... - AU6.30km2019-11-17
Phillip RobinsonCanberra, Spring Ran... - AU8.00km2019-10-30
Matt KinchCollector6.60km2019-10-28
Alex ChapmanCollector39.90km2019-10-28
Phillip RobinsonCanberra, Spring Ran... - AU6.00km2019-10-24
Phillip RobinsonCanberra, Spring Ran... - AU13.50km2019-10-21
Ken CroweSpring Hill2.62km2019-10-20
Ken CroweLake George2.61km2019-10-12
Ken CroweLake George18.60km2019-10-05
Jonathan BishopLake George23.81km2019-10-05
Matt KinchSpring Hill1.49km2019-10-01
Jonathan BishopCollector76.13km2019-09-30

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.

Dave MayLake George ...318.63km2010-02-01
Dave MayLake George Nth Laun... - AU318.60km2010-02-01
Dave MayLake George Nth Laun... - AU318.60km2010-02-01
Trent BrownCarols209.72km2008-01-27
Trent BrownLake George Nth Laun... - AU195.40km2011-01-28
Igor LikhosherstovBowning188.80km2013-11-30
Alex ChapmanCollector188.15km2020-01-19
Rafael EsquillaroLake George183.23km2017-01-04
Trent BrownBinalong - AU164.70km2009-12-12
Rene SedlmLake George Nth Laun... - AU162.00km2018-02-04
Lukas VymetalBowning158.07km2013-11-30
Trent BrownCanberra, Pig Hill... - AU153.10km2012-01-28
Trent BrownCanberra, Spring Ran... - AU152.80km2012-11-04
Grant EdwardCanberra, Pi...140.19km2008-12-06
Trent BrownLake George Nth Laun... - AU137.30km2011-12-15
Trent BrownLake George Nth Laun... - AU135.30km2012-03-18
Igor LikhosherstovBowning131.27km2015-03-15
Lukas VymetalBowning127.53km2013-12-01
Dave MayLake George ...126.44km2010-03-11
Dave MayLake George Nth Laun... - AU126.40km2010-03-11