The Committee & Staff

The HGFA currently has approximately 3,600 full members drawn across the three disciplines. About 15 to 20% of those members participate in competition with the remainder involved as recreational participants. Australia currently has approximately 8 world record holders. Australian companies are leading manufacturers of hang gliders and microlights.

The HGFA is administered by a volunteer Committee.

Committee:

Role
Name
State Rep
Email
President
Matthew Smith
Vice President
Rob Woodward
SA
Secretary
Mark Rossi
Treasurer
Brian Webb
 


Board Member
Chris Noye
Board Member
Peter South
WA
Board Member
Phillip de la Hunty
NSW
Board Member
Iain Clarke
Tas
Board Member
Mark Pike
Vic
Board Member
Board Member
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Staff:

Role
Name
Email
General & Operations Manager
Brett Coupland
Assistant Operations Manager
Peter Allen
Office Manager
Melinda Goullet
Office Staff
All
Sky Sailor
Suzy Gniest

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER:

In the event of an emergency or the need to clarify operational procedures or requiements, please call:

0417 644 633

This number is diverted to the currently "On Call" HGFA representative.

Postal Address & Office Phone:

Hang Gliding Federation of Australia
4C/ 60 Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East, Vic 3033

Phone: 03 9336 7155

ABN: 15 276 389 269

History:

The sport began in Australia in 1963 with delta wing kites being towed behind speed-boats. Australia was a leader in the development of the sport internationally. In 1970 the first Australian Championships were held for towed delta wing kites and around that time the first foot launched flight occurred in Australia. The Australian Self Soaring Association (TASSA) was formed by foot-launched pilots in 1974. Tow kiting remained a part of the Australia Water Ski Association - Kite Flying Division (AWSA-KFD). The first foot launched Australian Championships were held in 1976 and separate boat-tow launch championships were held until the early 1980s.

The first world championships (foot launched) were held in 1975 and Australia won 1 gold medal and 2 bronze medals.

In 1978, TASSA (which was seen in some States as being a 'New South Wales' organisation), was reorganised to become a proper national body, with its members being the State Associations which in some cases, had been formed prior to TASSA.

Also in 1978, in response to Federal Government insistence on having one body controlling all hang gliding activities, the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) was established, having two members – TASSA and AWSA-KFD. By 1979, the name ‘TASSA’ was changed to The Australian Hang Gliding Association(TAHGA). At this stage, individuals still belonged directly to their State Association.  By about 1980, with boat-towed hang gliding having virtually disappeared, the AWSA relinquished any involvement with hang gliding. Subsequently, TAHGA was wound up and its place taken by HGFA – with State Associations as its members.

In 1991 a new constitution was adopted by which individual pilots joined HGFA directly.

Soaring parachutists began launching from hills in Australia in approximately 1982.  Paragliding with purpose built paragliders became popular in the late 1980s and instruction in paragliding commenced in around 1989. Weightshift Microlights were developed in the late 1970s. Each discipline is now represented by the HGFA.
 

Regulation:

The HGFA is charged with maintaining the regulations of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

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