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Flystanwell Vision and Mission Statement
Training & Tandem Flights
Stanwell Park Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club was formed around “1976”.
Our inspiration and heritage owes its origins to an engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer, Laurence Hargrave. He is remembered by Australians on the old $20 note that was in circulation between 1966 and 1994.
In 1893, he wrote…
“The flying machine of the future will not be born fully fledged and capable of a flight for 1000 miles or so. Like everything else it must be evolved gradually. The first difficulty is to get a thing that will fly at all. When this is made, a full description should be published as an aid to others. Excellence of design and workmanship will always defy competition.”
As a club, we also live and fly with the same passion Laurence devoted to his flying machines and our site is made famous by the historical significance he left behind, as this was the location he chose to live, and to experiment with his flying machines.
It is so very easy to be completely immersed in the sheer beauty and expanse of the wonderful Royal national Park to our North and the magnificent scenic flight along the ridge to Bulli pass to our South, a total coastal ridge flying distance of some 30km.
As pilots and members at Australia’s Premier and one of the World’s most well known tourist attractions and coastal flying sites, we believe strongly in living by Laurence Hargrave’s philosophy.
The Flystanwell Club welcomes all pilots to come and share in our history whilst enjoying the wonderful club atmosphere and spectacular scenery that is the mountain ranges surrounding the lovely Wollongong Shire.
Some of the covid 19 initiatives have been so successful on the hill and we have been thrilled at the positive contribution these iniatives have made to flying operations at our site. These are things [...]
For many years SPHGPC known as Stanwell Park Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club has been the name we have used to denote our club. However, this is not actually the registered club name. Our club [...]
Rules of the Air
Sometimes for safety reasons it is necessary to cease flying operations on the hill and clear the air. E.g Helicopter evacuation of injured pilots.
If this happens the procedure will be for the duty pilot to place a large white cross on the ground at the front of the hill.
They will also sound an air horn three times in quick succession to try to draw the attention of those pilots who may not have visibility of the cross. On seeing the cross or hearing the horn all pilots are required to land as soon as it is safe to do so.
If for some reason you have not seen the cross or heard the horn but you do see a helicopter approaching the area keep a safe distance away from the helicopter and land as soon as it is safe to do so.
Remember the helicopter may land near to our usual landing area in which case you must choose a suitable area at a safe distance away from it to land