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The Hong Kong Paragliding Association Limited (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).


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.


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.


History of the HKPA

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.

The founders and several members have participated in a few world championships, e.g. 1992 World Paragliding Cup. 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.  

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. 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.

With the successful formation of the Hong Kong Paragliding Team, the representative were then able to compete at the Asia Games in 2018.

Hong Kong Paragliding Association was then officially incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2021, renamed as the Hong Hong Kong Paragliding Association Limited, to further promote paragliding activities.  

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