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Arizona Hang Gliding & Paragliding

Jerry Hangin :: Jerry D on approach Chandler Papas :: On Final Hawk Friend :: Our teachers often fly with us Sean at Apache Maide :: Ahh the beauty

Year-Round Hang Gliding & Paragliding

We've got many sites to choose from - Big Air at Mingus, Thermal Ridge at Shaw Butte, the Craters up north & good old South Mountain never disappoints.

Since 1975 the Arizona Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (previously known as AHGA) has represented free flight pilots in the Grand Canyon State. Our members share a fanatical interest in soaring hang gliders and paragliders, the sites we fly from, and 'the life' we all live. Sometimes we launch by running off a mountain into the blue (foot launch) or we can be towed aloft by an ultralight or a ground-based unit, but to us it's all the same: Get me up so I can play in the most amazing playground ever known to man!

Do you want to fly? Learning to fly will take some time and effort. Look at it this way: walking is something we were designed to do, and how long did it take you to learn to do that? Then again birds can fly and they have tiny little bird brains. Talk to one of our instructors (links on the left) to learn to hang glide or paraglide. Either way, get ready for an adventure that will last you the rest of your life.

A comprehensive list of FAQs is available from the U.S. Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association.

AZHPA Club Meetings

Paraglider Pilots :: South Mountain desert deviants Mingus :: Working to create a world class flying site Hang Glider Pilots :: Friendships and the stories we all have

Stay In The Know - Attend a Club Meeting

Promoting Site Preservation, Safety, Fun and Growing Our Friendly Community.


The Arizona Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings locations are posted in the upcoming events section on the left side of this page. Meetings are open to anyone interested in hang gliding and/or paragliding, with any level of experience, if any. Discussions concentrate on site development and maintenance issues, organizing flying events, and other ongoing topics, plus the monthly eagle, turkey, and driver awards, and good, old-fashioned socializing.

Membership for Arizona pilots is $50 per year. Membership includes a subscription to The Thermal Flyer (our monthly newsletter), the opportunity to vote on issues and for officers, access to our private forums, invitation to 'members only' events, and bragging rights for being a member of the coolest free flight club around. Visiting Pilots are required to join the AZHPA to fly our sites, pay only $25 per year, and get the Thermal Flyer. Additional fees and deposits are required for gate keys to some flying sites, flying events, and hang gliding merchandise.

Don't be a stranger, come to a meeting and get involved.

Recent Safety Articles

What Every Pilot Should Know ...About Oxygen

What Is Air?
The air surrounding us is a mixture of gases consisting of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. The remaining 1% is made up of argon, carbon dioxide, and traces of rare gases.

What Is Oxygen?
Under normal conditions, pure oxygen is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, non-combustible...

Radio Etiquette and Usage

Yesterday one of our more experienced local pilots asked me "Who is gonna make the post about pilots learning how to use their radios?"....and I had to admit I agreed with him. So I promised I'd make a post to hopefully eliminate the couple challenges we've been having here. Which are not new to paragliding...

The Importance of Mentoring - How To and How Not To

The Importance of Mentoring - How To and How Not To
Mentoring Tips and Advice
Mentoring plays a huge part in growing as a pilot, so here’s some guidance on mentoring from the clubs experience.
Why should we mentor other pilots or communicate valuable tips and advice? Because many of us share a passion and common interest in flying ...
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Recent Pilot Stories

Lone Star Air

Article by: Wyatt LinesThis is a long article, so I divided it into two sections.  The first section is about flying with the local TX pilots. For those of you more interested in the Lone Star National...
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Up Coming Events

Dixon White Memorial Fly-in :: Sat Oct 04
2 days of flying fun with friends.
The Craters, AZ


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Our Roots

AHGA LogoArizona Hang Glider Association - Working hard to promote free flight, open and preserve flying sites and representing hang glider pilots in Arizona Since 1975. A huge heart felt and well deserved THANKS goes out to all of you for everything you've done!



AZHPA is a proud member of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. We work closely with our parent organization as it relates to safety, knowledge,  preservation and promotion of free flight in our state and region.

Today and Beyond

We are now known as the Arizona Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, same mission, same passion, same dedicated members and officers that work hard to ensure the health and well being of Free Flight in Arizona for years to come.