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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).

香港滑翔傘協會是香港滑翔傘運動在香港的運動總會。本會成立於1991年,為國際航空聯盟(FAI)中國香港體育協會暨奧林匹克委員會(港協暨奧委會)香港飛行總會之認可機構。本會亦為民航處香港非控制區飛行安全小組一員,代表香港滑翔傘愛好及參加者。

Anyone undertaking paragliding activities within the territory of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region should possess a HKPA paragliding rating to illustrate you are qualified, competent and fit to conduct the paragliding activity. For further reading, Civil Aviation Department - Safety Guidance on Paragliding Activities.

在香港特別行政區範圍內從事滑翔傘活動的任何人士,應持有香港滑翔傘協會的滑翔傘証書以闡明自己具備合適資格和能力,及身體狀況適合的情況下進行滑翔傘飛行活動。請查閱 民航處- 滑翔傘活動安全指引

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.

本會作為本地體育總會,香港滑翔傘協會決定滑翔傘運動員參賽資格,並選拔運動員代表香港參加國際賽事,包括亞洲運動會和世界錦標賽等。

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

本會認證具不同程度技能的滑翔傘運動員 。持有FAI認可機構發出的滑翔傘證書者,可透過互換制度獲取香港滑翔傘協會的滑翔傘証書。


The HKPA provides IPPI card and sporting license, please login to order.

香港滑翔傘協會更提供IPPI卡體育執照,請登入後訂購。




History of the HKPA

Early days

The HKPA was established by the following three founders, in 1990/91:

  • Gus Scott - Chairman (membership #001) ... Police Inspector
  • Tony Bird - Treasurer  (membership #002)... Cathay Pacific Captain, AHGA member, also a qualified hang glider pilot
  • Rupert Utley - Secretary  (membership#003)... Police Inspector, BHPA member
Later, Paul Collins, a HSBC Accountant, took over as Treasurer and Tony Bird assumed the role of Vice Chairman. Paul worked on the Association insurance policy and our membership accounts. In 1992 Chris Lodge joined as Safety and Site Officer. 

At the beginning of the 90's, Tony and Rupert worked on the administration of the HKPA and HK Societies Registration with the Police, exemption from societies ordinance, BHPA recognition and pilot rating schemes, started negotiations with CAD,  Agriculture and Fisheries Department, and the Country Parks Authorities, Association Insurance, etc. Subsequently, the same team drafted the first version of the HKPA constitution. Tony Bird and Rupert Utley used the BHPA constitution, Operations Manual, Pilot Rating System and applied it to the HKPA. Both also designed the HKPA logo; it is very similar to what you see today. The logo was originally designed with the idea of placing a paraglider over the top of the then HK Tourist Association logo (used with permission from the HKTA). The first run of HKPA tee-shirts with "Fly Hong Kong" were manufactured in Sham Shui Po in 1992-93.

The HKPA's first local member was Man Kam Fai, then a Fireman with HKFS in 1991.
 

Beginnings as a competitive association

The founders and several members have participated in a few world championships, e.g. 1992 World Paragliding Cup (Gus Scott, Tony Bird and Man Kam Fai).In 1992/93 there was the Hong Kong Paragliding Championship held at Shek O and that was made as selection process for the HKG/HKPA Team. The 1993 Paragliding World Championships was held in Chamonix and comprised Gus Scott, Ruprt Utley and Christian Ronning, with members Michael Spurling and Neil Moody as team managers. The 1995 Paragliding World Championship team comprised of Scott Ligertwood, Christian Ronning and Rupert Utley.  

Developing flying sites in Hong Kong

In the early days the Founders labeled all the registered and unregistered paragliding sites on survey maps and designated the code based on the first pilot to fly on that site. Tony Bird was the first to fly off the Peak, Tai Mo Shan, Long Ke Wan, Ma On Shan and several other Sai Kung sites (mostly hills). Tony was also the first to venture over to D'Aguillar, as well as to the Junk Bay site.
Rupert Utley was the first to fly at Shek O (both East and West ), Sunset Peak on South Lantau, and Pat Sing Leng.

The early growth era

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.


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