SAFA marks 60 years of free flight in Australia

SAFA marks 60 years of free flight in AustraliaIt was 60 years ago in September 1963, Australian inventor John Dickenson set out to build a water ski wing that could be released at altitude and glide to a safe landing.  John’s developments leading the way for sports aviation globally.

In the years that followed, adventure-seeking pilots turned hang gliding and other free flight sports such as paragliding and microlight flying into a world-popular pastime that only continues to evolve in 2023.

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Changes in Email Addresses for the SAFA

Birds in sky SAFA changes in email addresses for the SAFA

Operational excellence is one of the six pillars of the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia’s strategic framework.

The SAFA Board is continuing to improve our operational effectiveness, which includes modernising our administration and technology and other areas.

As part of this initiative, we will replace Gmail and Google office with Microsoft Office 365.

What does this mean for you?
The main difference for you will be a slight change in the email addresses that you use to communicate with the SAFA.

When you email people at the SAFA, you simply need to replace with in the email address.

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SAFA Ukraine Statement

Hello SAFA Members,

 The SAFA Board has met and discussed matters related to the events in Ukraine and we advise the following:

  • In line with the Air Sport Australia Confederation (ASAC), who represent the interests of sports aviation groups in Australia with the FAI, 
    SAFA supports the actions taken by the FAI in responding to the events in Ukraine. 
  • FAI Ukraine Statement Feb 2022
  • ASAC Ukraine Statement
  •  Kind Regards,

     Paul Green

    When Two Become One

    Building a strong foundation for the future of sports aviation, a Toowoomba Club, Wicked Wings, joined forces with a neighbouring club, Fly Killarney in 2009 to create one of the most scenic and expansive flying locations in South East Queensland.

    Pilots soar from all over the state to experience this picturesque part of Queensland with the clubs flying sites spanning from east of the Toowoomba range to west side of the range all the way down to Killarney.

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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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    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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    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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    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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