Background & history

SAHPA is an acronym for the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association which has the following scope of included sports:

  • paragliders (PG)
  • hang gliders (HG)
  • powered paragliders (PPG)
  • powered hang gliders (PHG)
  • para-trikes

All pilots that part take in these sports must be licensed by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), as required by the Civil Aviation Act. Please see Legislation & Regulations for more information.


Many people are confused about role of SAHPA, when contrasted against SACAA. SAHPA is a membership organisation which represents the interests of pilots, and facilitates administration of licences with SACAA.

DescriptionSAHPAAero ClubSACAA
Facilitate Applications & RenewalsYesNoNo
Issue LicenceNoNoYes