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 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.

NameSiteAircraftModelDistanceDate
Alex ChapmanSpring HillParagliderNova Mentor 44.71km2020-07-04
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Epsilon 722.11km2020-06-17
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Epsilon 717.16km2020-06-17
Ken CroweLake GeorgeParagliderSwing Arcus 711.54km2020-05-18
Jonathan BishopLanyonParagliderOzone Lm 69.11km2020-05-16
Paul ShipleySpring HillParagliderOzone Buzz Z52.82km2020-05-13
Jonathan BishopLanyonParagliderOzone Lm 65.59km2020-05-03
Ken CroweCanberra, Lake Georg... - AUParagliderSwing Arcus 72.30km2020-03-28
Jonathan BishopCastle HillParagliderOzone Lm 617.78km2020-03-28
Ken CroweLake GeorgeParagliderSwing Arcus 72.66km2020-03-23
Brendan FraserLake GeorgeParagliderOzone Swift 412.40km2020-03-09
Jonathan BishopBoob HillParagliderNova Mentor 410.81km2020-02-28
Jonathan BishopCastle HillParagliderNova Mentor 46.10km2020-02-23
Ken CroweLake GeorgeParagliderSwing Arcus 723.65km2020-02-16
Ken CroweLake GeorgeParagliderSwing Arcus 72.93km2020-02-16
Alex ChapmanCollectorParagliderNova Mentor 4188.18km2020-01-19
Alex BoikoLake GeorgeParagliderAdvance Epsilon 716.37km2019-12-13
Pete CohnLake George Nth Laun... - AUParagliderOzone Swift 41.20km2019-12-08
Jonathan BishopCollectorParagliderOzone Lm 6121.30km2019-12-08
Haydon GrayCollectorParagliderLm626.31km2019-12-08

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