Site Development

Who’s Responsible for sites?

Not us!....them! (not)

HGFA role

The ‘HGFA’ committee of management does not participate in site management.


  • provides the 3rd party, and landholder insurance umbrella.
  • Sets site-guide standards for flying sites.
  • Provide site guide appraisal or land owner consent forms.

State and Regional Associations (SRAs) and their affiliated clubs are responsible for the retention, development and management of flying sites.

Perusing the operations manual;

2.2 The role of State and Regional Associations (SRAs)

(b) assist, and coordinate as necessary, the activities of affiliated clubs in;

(ii) Retention and development of sites

2.2.1 The role of affiliated Clubs

(c) be responsible to members for the retention and development of sites

What does this really mean if you want to open a new site? It reduces to the grassroots pilots, to scout for, assess and open new sites. Help can be sought from fellow pilots, clubs, SRA’s and HGFA documentary resources.

Opening a new site?

Your country needs you!

Now it becomes an interesting exercise......

We have all seen ‘the ideal spot and we should open a site here’

There are many, many, establishment considerations (where all the work is required) followed by the implementation work (more work), not to mention ‘who’s going to pay for it!’

Guidelines and helpful considerations are detailed in the HGFA document entitled ‘Management Procedures Manual’.

There is lots of good stuff there to help you, gleaned from many members over the years. Fortunately not all will be applicable to the location you are scouting.

Where to get funding?

Need site funding? Talk to your club and SRA committees.

State Develop Levies are collected by HGFA for the pooling of funds by SRA’s to contribute to retention & development of existing and new sites. The HGFA as a body does not directly control any site nor does it usually provide any direct funding to sites. While there is always an interest in developing and maintaining access to all sites, the management, development and procurement of sites is left at club and SRA level.