Benefits of Flying


Take in a bird’s eye view of the world

There’s nothing like the thrill of pure flight. The sensation of soaring with the clouds, carried high, far and wide on warm air currents, with the world laid out before you and nothing but the horizon as your goal.

Experience the freedom and exhilaration of being airborne and the euphoria of chasing clouds as you’re carried high on the wind like a bird.

With an emphasis on training and safety, the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA) helps build the skills and confidence needed to tackle the challenge of flying further and for longer.

Bring a sense of adventure and join other aviation enthusiasts, finding freedom in the air with Hang Gliding, Paragliding and Microlight adventure sports.

Be part of a sporting legacy that stretches back over 50 years

From early experiments with kites and speed boats in the 1960s, Hang Gliding, Paragliding and Microlight flight has evolved into a world-class competitive and recreational sport.

Today over 3500 Australian members and their clubs are represented by the SAFA which is:

  • Recognised as a National Sporting Organisation by the Australian Sports Institute
  • Affiliated with the Federation Aeronautic Internationale (FAI)
  • The national representative of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) 
  • The author of recognised pilot training programs

Enjoy the camaraderie of the SAFA community, confident that you are supported by the foremost authority on safe, fun, pure flight in Australia.

Feel the thrill of pure flying today…

  • To learn about the Four Steps to Pure Flight click here or call our office on 03 9336 7155.
  • To locate your nearest instructor click here for a list of SAFA approved schools.

Ben West shares the Thrill of his First Solo Paraglide 

“As the grass gives way to cliffs which quickly disappear to reveal distant waves crashing onto rocks I realise with a breathlessness that I am up and flying solo for the first time. Adrenaline courses through my veins as I turn to face the cliff and gently steady the wing above my head. I feel the rising lines push back on my shoulders, a guarantee of lift. My initial anxiety gives way to exhilaration, and I start to relax and enjoy the experience. Too soon it’s time to land and sliding from my harness, I lower my landing gear and set down ten metres from my goal. Not bad for a first time. As I turn to look back up the cliffs a sense of relief and accomplishment floods over me. Grinning from ear to ear I head up the beach to plan my next flight!”