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A journey through the Western Arthurs mountain range

A journey by paraglider Laurent Besnard through remote south western Tasmania in the Western Arthurs has only been achieved by two other pilots. The iconic mountain range has no roads leading to it and no infrastructure, only mountains, dense forest and buttongrass plains.

This incredible landscape offers stunning views with glacial tarns surrounded by jagged quartzite cliffs.

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Mick Farrell takes a trip down memory lane

Taking a trip down memory lane, former hang gliding pilot Mick Farrell of Boorowa NSW tells how he first fell in love with flight after seeing a group of men jumping off sand hills in Kurnell on the outskirts of Sdney and then taking to the skies in a hang glider. Watching the hang glider soar skyward, chasing the thermals with wedge-tailed eagles seemed like a surreal experience he wanted to be part of.

The sport and the aircraft were very different back in those days. Mick recalls that it wasn’t long after witnessing the hang gliders taking flight and being influenced by Fred Fahey, that he went to Canberra and bought a brand new Seagull 3 for $375. It came equipped with a harness and an instruction book, that was it.

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Changes in Aerology at Mystic, Vic.


Recently, plantation harvesting operations have been conducted at Mystic in NE Victoria. Specifically, the back of Emily Spur has been logged. This has resulted in a lot of bare ground being exposed. As a consequence, the aerology over Mystic has been altered in quite a significant manner.

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Disciplinary Tribunal

Statement from the SAFA board - (8/11/2019)
Recent public commentary in relation to a disciplinary matter involving Mr Robert Steane has prompted the SAFA board to clarify a number of procedural facts:
  • Over the last year the HGFA executive and Committee of Management received a number of complaints from members about Mr Robert Steane's behaviours as well as complaints from Mr Steane about others. 
  • The series of complaints and counter complaints prompted the CoM to undertake an initial consideration of all complaints as a single matter. 
  • Consideration of the matter was complicated by the fact that two of our staff and two members of the HGFA Committee of Management were either the subject of complaints, or had lodged complaints themselves..
  • The SAFA Operations Manager and other parties to the complaints have not been involved in decision making regarding the matter. 
  • Based on the findings from the initial consideration the SAFA board decided that a disciplinary tribunal should be established and complaints regarding Mr Robert Steane be referred for consideration.
  • The establishment of a disciplinary tribunal is underway. 
It is of paramount importance to the SAFA board that the disciplinary tribunal apply the principles of natural justice: the opportunity to be heard; there must be no bias; and any decision made must have some basis in fact or reasoning.
The SAFA board respects the rights of privacy for all parties involved in the matter and it would be inappropriate to make any further public statement until the matter is concluded.

Australian-first feat for nanolite pilot


Flying across our great country, witnessing the vast, rustic red desert of WA to the crystal clear coastline of Byron Bay, was all in memory of legendary weightshift pilot, John Oliver – a tribute flight flown by friend, Mark Rindel from Mount Waverley.

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Forbes Flatlands 2020


Excitement is building for the world-renown Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship, to be held from Friday 3rd thru Saturday 11th January. It is expected to be a great turn out with over 60 pilots from Australia and across the globe set to take part in this thrilling event, that has been running for nearly 30 years.

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SAFA -The Hang Gliding Federation of Australia has changed to Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA)

(HGFA)The Hang Gliding Federation of Australia has changed to Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA)


The Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) has evolved and because of this, we are leading our sport into the future with a new name. Our new name is the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA) - this was the name preferred by a majority of members.

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Sky High in Australian-first feat for paramotoring

It’s an enormous thrill to see our members soar high, spreading their wings and setting their sights on new horizons- all in the name of promoting our sport and demonstrating the incredible capabilities of our aircraft. In an Australian-first feat, a group of our passionate, paramotor pilots have conquered the skies in the longest paramotor climb- travelling 1600km from Lake Eyre to the snow-capped crest of Mount Kosciusko.

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Interview with Wally Arcidiacono

We talk to passionate paragliding pilot and instructor Wally Arcidiacono about his life-long enthusiasm for the sport and his efforts to open a new flight school in Bright, Victoria amongst other things. 

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3 Questions with: Pilots Sonya Fardell & Jonny Durand Jnr.

290817 Provided by Jonny Jonny Durand in flight modeWe asked two of our skilled pilots, including world record setting hang gliding champion Jonny Durand Jnr. and enthusiastic and experienced paraglider Sonya Fardell, about their preferred gliders, their proudest competition achievements and what they believe it takes to become an effective gliding instructor. 

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