- 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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Kari Ellis for winning Bronze in the Women’s category at the 2019 FAI Paragliding World Championship, held in Macedonia this August.
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.
A Canberra paragliding pilot has flown sky high for Australia and women in her sport, coming third in the Women’s Superfinal at the 2018-19 Paragliding World Cup, held recently in Brazil.
Travelling 20,000km over six months, SAFA member and microlight pilot, Amellia Formby from Perth is planning to embark on an Australian-first expedition for a female pilot, flying her microlight around the country to support shorebird conservation.
As a renowned pilot in Port Douglas, Kevin Gilligan was passionate about the freedom of flight, giving people a unique aerial view of Northern QLD.
According to Chief Flight Instructor and microlight pilot, Gavin Penfold, taking a ‘Birds Eye View’ of the renowned and world-heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is the best and only way to experience the beauty of this growingly popular tourist hot spot.
The upcoming summer sizzle and recent dry spell across central-west NSW could make for some record breaking conditions at the 2018 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship - held from December 27 - January 5.
The Sydney Paragliding and Hang Gliding Club (SPHGC) are spreading their wings further afield from their Northern Beaches skyline, catering and even mentoring a variety of pilots across various Sydney locations.
We look into the life, determination and passion behind one of the founding fathers of the hang gliding world, Pat Crowe and how his skill and love of aircraft has helped shape the sport that it is today.
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.
In this article Peter Allen from the SAFA links the space shuttle disasters to your personal flying limits. How could these two things be related?
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.
Taking place between 8th -14th April, 67 pilots competed at Dalby Big Air, which is recognised as the last cross-country competition of the season.
Your response is needed to CASA's Proposal for Multicom Frequency usage below 5000ft and Expanded CTAFs
The first element of the CASA proposal will have little effect on our operations. However, the second element to increase the size of CTAFs to double their current size, is completely untenable and will severely affect and limit our operations throughout Australia.
We 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.
We take a look at two recent paragliding events: The Bright Open and the subsequent opening round of the Paragliding World Cup (also held at Bright) and speak to some of the participating pilots, (including PWC national champion Peter Slade) to see how their skills and piloting expertise have been triumphantly put to the test.
When Andrew Menzies awoke in a dark painful place back in 2009 he had no idea what was happening; someone told him he’d been in a car crash … then he passed out. When he woke again, it was the start of a long journey to recovery and the discovery of a passion for free flying that today is as much about being part of the tribe as the thrill of flying solo in the clouds.