The ACTHPA Committee met by phone hookup this week to review the recent decision to suspend flying at the sites we manage, after we sought clarification from ACT Sport and Recreation regarding the status of hang gliding and paragliding as sports that could be regarded as forms of individual exercise.
We are pleased to inform you that advice has been received from the Executive Branch Manager that hang gliding and paragliding fall outside the current restrictions and may proceed. The full statement is here. It is important that you read it in full.
This means that flying at ACT sites is lawful, although it is always subject to change and it is our individual responsibility to monitor the ACT Government website (https://www.covid19.act.gov.au). Access to State and National Parks is a matter for the ACT Government and/or the Federal Government and if there is a decision to close the parks our flying sites will close. The site most commonly used in the ACT is Lanyon.
Tandem Flight restrictions handed down from SAFA still apply in the ACT as is does across Australia.
The situation is not yet resolved for ACTHPA managed sites in NSW. The NSWHPA has likewise engaged with NSW Sport and Recreation. Any advice they receive will be provided to members as soon as practicable. We have provided them with a copy of the advice from the ACT.
So that is good news for those that are keen to continue flying.
When you read the document from ACT Sport and Recreation you will see that it is no longer “business as usual”. There are strict directives that must be followed about the size of groups, physical distancing, use of equipment, transport and the like.
The committee considered how to interpret these directives for our sport and we list them as follows:
We are restricted to groups of two, so we recommend only one pilot on launch at any one time
If there are four pilots in the air already, please wait until someone has landed before launching
No car pooling
No cross country flights. Land only in the site designated LZ
Please use radios at the site and also carry a mobile phone and other safety devices you may regularly use
Please assess the conditions carefully to ensure they are within your capability. Safety is a critical factor at this time
Please be careful using padlocks and gates. The virus can live on hard surfaces for an extended time
Our strong preference is that you do not post your intentions or activities on the ACTHPA Facebook page (this could be seen as an invitation to a social gathering).
The most obvious directive is not specific to flying, ie physical distancing, but it should be obvious that this is the most crucial factor of all. It should be easy enough to maintain your four square meters on the hill and indeed in the air.
Finally, we ask that you respect the decisions people make right now. Some will choose not to fly. Others will be in the air as soon as conditions allow and they will be flying lawfully, at least in the ACT.
As we stated above, the situation for ACTHPA managed sites in NSW is under active review.
In fact all the committee’s decisions need to constantly monitored and reviewed as this is a rapidly changing situation and the laws may be tightened or relaxed at any time.
As ever the committee is keen to promote the sport, to improve safety and to protect and develop our sites. This also means maintaining close working relationships with land owners and land holders.
Thank you all for your patience.
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 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.
These are just a few of the recent flights by club members in the ACT region.
|Ken Crowe||Canberra, Lake Georg... - AU||Paraglider||Swing Arcus 7||2.30km||2020-03-28|
|Jonathan Bishop||Castle Hill||Paraglider||Ozone Lm 6||17.78km||2020-03-28|
|Ken Crowe||Lake George||Paraglider||Swing Arcus 7||2.66km||2020-03-23|
|Brendan Fraser||Lake George||Paraglider||Ozone Swift 4||12.40km||2020-03-09|
|Jonathan Bishop||Boob Hill||Paraglider||Nova Mentor 4||10.81km||2020-02-28|
|Jonathan Bishop||Castle Hill||Paraglider||Nova Mentor 4||6.10km||2020-02-23|
|Ken Crowe||Lake George||Paraglider||Swing Arcus 7||23.65km||2020-02-16|
|Ken Crowe||Lake George||Paraglider||Swing Arcus 7||2.93km||2020-02-16|
|Alex Chapman||Collector||Paraglider||Nova Mentor 4||188.18km||2020-01-19|
|Alex Boiko||Lake George||Paraglider||Advance Epsilon 7||16.37km||2019-12-13|
|Pete Cohn||Lake George Nth Laun... - AU||Paraglider||Ozone Swift 4||1.20km||2019-12-08|
|Jonathan Bishop||Collector||Paraglider||Ozone Lm 6||121.30km||2019-12-08|
|Trent B||?||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rx Pro 3.5||1.59km||2019-11-27|
|Trent B||?||Hang Glider||Moyes Litespeed Rx Pro 3.5||2.32km||2019-11-27|
|Phillip Robinson||Canberra, Spring Ran... - AU||Paraglider||6.30km||2019-11-17|
|Phillip Robinson||Canberra, Spring Ran... - AU||Paraglider||Bgd Bgd Cure||8.00km||2019-10-30|
|Matt Kinch||Collector||Paraglider||Advance Iota 2||6.60km||2019-10-28|
|Alex Chapman||Collector||Paraglider||Nova Mentor 4||39.90km||2019-10-28|
|Phillip Robinson||Canberra, Spring Ran... - AU||Paraglider||Bgd Bgd Cure||6.00km||2019-10-24|
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|
|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|
|Trent Brown||Canberra, Pi...||Hang Glider||Airborne C4 13.5||125.11km||2009-03-01|