ACTHPA

The ACT hanggliding & paragliding association fly and look after the key flying sites around Canberra including the sites in NSW such as Lake George.

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.

Club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month 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.

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 the sites listed on the "Flying Canberra" tab of the website, please tag a message on Twitter @ACTHPA so you can meet up with others. The wind talker provides current wind speed and direction and records this information for the previous 12 hours.  The weather section links to the Bureau of Meteorology and other useful weather information.

If you are a visiting pilot, remember to contact one of the locals prior to flying any site.

Contact: Terri Jewell (President) - 0411 236 715


Lake george site- nsw

The primary site used is known as the South launch.  Access is from Weereewa Lookout carpark.  The launch is a small hike up the hill from the eastern side of the car park near the fence. The path will take you through a small gate (please keep it closed) and onto the ridge. A picture is attached below that gives you an idea of the layout of the land.

Pilots can either land on top of the escarpment on launch or use anywhere on the lake bed. If you require access to the lake bed please contact someone from the club committee for a key to the gates indicated on the map. Please click on this Google Map Link for directions to Weereewa Lookout carpark.

 towing from lake george

towing from lake george

honeysuckle site - tumut nsw

The Honeysuckle site at Tumut provides launches for both paragliders and hang gliders.  A dedicated ramp has been built for hang gliders.  The launch is owned by the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FC) and adjoins the Red Hill State Forest.  The ACTHPA has a permit issued by the FC granting access to the site.  The landing zone is on private property.

Use of the site and granting of the permit by the FC is conditional on the development of a Site Safety Plan and adherence to a number of Activity Conditions.  These documents are linked to this page and you should familiarise yourself with the requirements of these documents and be prepared to abide by them before flying at Honeysuckle.

Importantly:

  • Do not drive off the marked roads or tracks
  • No smoking on launch or landing
  •  The permit does not cover events and any planned events will require additional approval from FC

The landing zone is private property and the landowner requests we stay on marked tracks only. Do not drive through paddocks. Normal farm etiquette applies, please leave open gates open, and closed gates closed.

A map of the site can be viewed on google maps by clicking on this link - Honeysuckle Site Map

Before flying at Honeysuckle, ensure you have reviewed the risk and activity rules agreed with the Forestry Corporation here - Forestry Permit Activity Conditions and Site Safety Plan.  It is a requirement of flying at Honeysuckle that you agree to abide by these conditions.