The Hong Kong Paragliding Association (HKPA) is the national sports association representing paragliding in Hong Kong. Founded in 1991, the HKPA has affiliations with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) and the Hong Kong Aviation Club (HKAC). The HKPA is also the representing body for recreational paragliding on the Hong Kong Sector Flight Safety Committee (Under the HK Civil Aviation Department).
As the National Sports Association for paragliding in Hong Kong, HKPA is also tasked with determining eligibility and making selections for our athletes to represent Hong Kong at international events, such as the Asian Games and the Paragliding World Championships.
The HKPA certifies individuals qualified to teach and certifies paraglider at various levels of competence. Holders of other foreign pilot rating may apply for HKPA rating through equivalence.
The HKPA was established by the following three founders, in 1990/91:
Later HKPA pilots Steve Wordsworth and Jack McDonald took up the HKPA Committee positions, as with pilot members Michael Spurling, Ah Fai, Paul Zimmerman, and Paul Collins, and all are credited for the huge amount of hard work in making the HKPA more mainstream, getting more local membership, refining the Constitution, site maps, as well negotiations with government authorities, including the introduction of radios.