Paragliding Organisations


FAI Logo  

The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) 

(International free flight commission or sometimes called the "world airsports federation") This is the organisation through which world pilot rankings are registered and controlled. Many competitions require registration with the FAI prior to competing. Website:

International Commission for Free Flight Logo   International Commission for Free Flight 
EHPU Logo   European Hang Gliding and Paragliding Union 




USHPA Logo   U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) 
USPPA Logo   U.S. Powered Paragliding Association (USPPA)
Foundation for Free Flight Logo   Foundation for Hang Gliding & Paragliding
FAA Logo Federal Aviation Administration


Other National Organisations.


HGFA: Hang gliding federation of Australia

This organisation supervises insurance, course content and licencing of paraglider pilots in australia. To legally fly in australia one needs to be a member of the HGFA.



New Zealand:

New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Organisation

The NZHGPA is the governing body of paragliding and hang gliding in New Zealand and exists to develop, protect and promote
  the sport of hang gliding and paragliding in New Zealand. On this site you can find information about paragliding schools,
  hang gliding schools, tandem flight operators, local paragliding and hang gliding clubs, paragliding and hang gliding competitions
  and national distance records.



United Kingdom:

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

The British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association oversees pilot and instructor training standards, provides technical support, such as airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilots, and supports a country-wide network of recreational clubs and registered schools, providing the infrastructure within which UK hang gliding and paragliding thrive.



South Africa:

South African Hang gliding and Paragliding Association

Provides information on the sport of paragliding in South Africa




Hang Gliding and Paragliding association of Canada

Canada's official hang gliding and paragliding organization, hosting useful information for all pilots, including the Towing Procedures Manual.



Swiss Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association SHPA

Website: english pdf guide