Notes for site managers and administrators

Why this site guide?

In April 2017 a nationwide pilot survey was conducted by HGFA. The response from throughout the membership was overwhelmingly for the generation of a national site guide. In December 2017 a meeting of all state presidents was held where similar discussions about site establishment, maintenance, development and security of tenure were had. Pilots asked for an ANSG in part, to have a single, standardised information source to find sites, who to call, and how to find out about site protocols, without having to trawl numerous information sources, or access sites unknowingly and risk site loss or closure.

The Australian National Site Guide is designed to go someway to provide the requested information. It is not an attempt to wrest away the clubs site management responsibilities.

The information contained in the Australian National Site Guide has been obtained direct from SRA's, clubs or from open source information available from the web. E.g.,,, OzReport, ParaglidingEarth, Airservices Australia,, YouTube, Vimeo, Govt park management plans, councils, commercial operators, other websites, etc. Copyright in the material resides with the originators.

The ANSG has been compiled by a volunteer group of HGFA pilot members from around the country. There is a permanent ANSG webmaster appointed for updates and changes.

Site Managers

All site managers are encouraged to ensure their sites and the information shown is as accurate and up to date as possible (or is linked to a maintained club site guide). There are several long outdated site guides on the web, particularly where clubs have folded.

There are several ways site information is displayed in the ANSG.

  1. The ANSG is used by the site managers as THE site guide and contains all information for the site (eg Flinders, Vic)
  2. The ANSG provides a 'stub' link to the administrating clubs site guide. (eg North Brother, NSW)
  3. The ANSG provides a 'stub' link to the administrating clubs site guide, and provides a little more generic information. (eg Rainbow Beach, QLD)

The amount of information above the minimum required, is at the discretion of the club site administrators. You can put as much, or as little, information in the site guide as necessary. To maintain information accuracy and reduce review and update, ideally information shown should not become dated. Such as, Heights, wind directions etc. Sometimes this is unavoidable. Site guides with access closed by the land owners can be indicated 'Closed' (as per several existing sites). Site guides will not be removed/deleted immediately. This is to ensure 'long membership' pilots do not simply turn up on the site expecting it to 'be like the old days'.

The ANSG group intend to continue to add sites, or stub links to club site guides as sites are discovered.

The minimum information required for a site in the ANSG is:

  • Site Name
  • Site Location
  • Contact Details

Other preferred minimum information is:

  • Site rating: for both PG & HG (site ratings not required for PPG/PHG locations)
  • Height
  • Wind direction

Sensitive sites

All sites are sensitive. All sites are subject to the whims of nearby residents, environmental groups, local or state governments, access agreements, noise control, flight restrictions, landing restrictions, and the list goes on. Your management requirements are the same as everywhere!

If you are managing a 'more' sensitive site, make this very clear in the entry. Tell the pilots who to contact for site protocols, and other information, if it is not already in the site guide. You may wish to change site location co-ordinates to a nearby landing or meeting point.

Comments we have heard

"Our sites are sensitive"

Use the ANSG to tell pilots the site protocols.

"We dont want our sites published"

It is not mandatory for sites to be published, however, the horse has bolted. Site location details can be found on many websites. Use the ANSG to help you manage and reinforce your site protocols or restrictions.

"Our sites are restricted to club members only"

Use the ANSG to tell visiting pilots. If you have access or use consent agreements with the landowner, they should mention that pilots are certified by HGFA. Think about reciprocal arrangements, why are they restricted to club members only?

"The ANSG is not up to date"

The ANSG is a shared resource for, and created by, all pilots and relies on us to keep the info as up to date as possible. A quick email to the webmaster will fix it.

In fair representation of the membership request, we would encourage all club site managers and other site administrators (if managed by local pilots) to assist with continued development of the Australian National Site Guide. Your ideas are welcome. The HGFA may provide favourable loans or grants to affiliated SRA’s or clubs to assist with site establishment, development and retention.

Please contact the webmaster.