Simply put, we want to get more people into our great sport of flying, whilst helping them get better and safer at flying. We do this by providing funding assistance to training courses, competitions and site improvements and maintenance.

“The NSWHPA will implement policies and programs defined by the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA) (formerly HGFA) and to promote the sport through competitions, fly-ins, participation rallies and training facilities to benefit NSW pilots in accordance with the SAFA Operations Manual and with the approval of the relevant State and Federal instrumentalities and land owners. 

The NSWHPA also aims to encourage more pilots to take up the sport through marketing, publicity and public exhibitions.”

  • NSWHPA will financially support NSW based clubs to help those clubs meet the requirements of improved pilot safety through training programs, access to flying sites and other pilot related programs.

  • NSWHPA will support competitions which allow pilots to improve their flying skills and learn from more experienced pilots.

  • NSWHPA will support NSW clubs to grow the sport across all disciplines, improve safety and pilot education.

  • NSWHPA will support NSW clubs to encourage community awareness and participation in the sport


How we are making NSW a better place to fly

Nine pilots comprising the NSW Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association executive committee meet monthly to go over projects that are helping to make NSW a better place to fly for all. 

This might be administering funds to a club who need financial help in maintaining a flying site. It might be helping create a flying and landing rights agreement with a landowner and club. Or it could be looking at ways to develop news sites or improve on existing ones with a local flying club. Not to mention applying for funding grants and helping to promote the sport just to name a few.

Our committee volunteer their precious time not just at these committee meetings but throughout the month in enabling all of these tasks and projects come to fruition.

Our activities include:

  • Funding flying site maintenance

  • Funding flying site improvements

  • Funding new flying site developments

  • Applying for state government grants

  • Developing and administering funding guidelines for NSW pilots

  • Developing flying/ landing right of use agreements

  • Lodging and acquiring NSW National park consents

  • Assessing and funding appropriate flying safety programs for NSW pilots

  • Assessing and funding competitions for NSW pilots

  • Assisting NSW clubs become affiliated with the SAFA and meet the NSW Department of Fair Trading requirements for an Incorporated Association

  • Assisting NSW clubs govern and administer themselves

NSWHPA has currently adopted the Model Constitution under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 as issued by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. As part of our current governance audit, the CoM is considering putting to the membership some changes to our constitution which better reflect our operating processes and our relationship with the SAFA.  Keep a lookout for these developments.

To access  the latest Annual General Meeting minutes, the NSWHPA constitution, or our Funding guidelines simply click on the relevant box to find out more or to acquire a download.

2021/2022 NSWHPA committee

We are here to help, so if you need to get in contact with any of the committee, please get in contact with one of the team and we’ll do our best to help out.

We usually meet on the second Wednesday of every month – while occasionally at  an RSL at 7:00pm more recent meetings have been conducted using a teleconferencing system to save time and money.

John Harriott

  • Club Liaison Officer for : Central Coast Sky Surfers
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Newcastle Hang Gliding Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Newcastle Paragliding Club

Committee Member, Club Liaison Officer
Matthew Te Hira

  • Club Liaison Officer for : Manilla Sky Sailors
  • Club Liaison Officer for : FlyStanwell
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Pico Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Mid North Coast Flyers
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Kosciusko Alpine PG Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Sydney Hang Gliding Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Illawarra Gliding Club

Vice President
Ralf Gittfried

  • Club Liaison Officer for : Blue Mountains Hang Gliding Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Forgotten Valley Paramotor Inc.

Michael Stott

  • Club Liaison Officer for : Sydney Paragliding and Hang Gliding Club

Committee Member / Marketing & Communication
Tim Sabre


Committee Member / Grants Coordinator
Judith de Groot


Matt Haes


Assistant Treasurer
Julian Belmonte

  • Club Liaison Officer for : Northern Rivers Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : South Coast Paragliding Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Flatlands Towing Club
  • Club Liaison Officer for : Northern Beaches Hang Gliding Club

SAFA Liason Officer
Philip de la Hunty


Committee Member / Female Pilot Subcommittee
Catherine McMillan


Presidents’ Report 2020/21

The President, John Harriott presented the 2020 / 21 Presidents’ Report at the NSWHPA AGM on 23 September 2021.
The report can be accessed by clicking on the button below.