A few words about us

Hang gliding is our passion and our instructors love sharing it with everyone who has ever dreamed of flying. We understand that for most people their first hang glide takes trust and courage. Our instructors have helped many passengers experience the thrill of a lifetime. Our team boasts 115 years of collective experience, so you know you are in safe hands.

Meet your Hang Gliding Instructors

Since 1987 HangglideOz has introduced more than seven thousand students and tandem passengers to the sport of hangliding, operating from the Stanwell Park and Wollongong sites. We are Australia's most experienced and professional instructional and tandem hanggliding flight centre, and are open seven days a week - weather permitting.

Tony Armstrong
39 Years of Experience
Chief Flying Instructor
Career Highlights
  • 2017 - Competed for Australia at the World Hang gliding Championships, Brazil
  • 2017 - 25th place in the World Hang gliding Rankings
  • 2017 - 2nd place NSW Hang Gliding state titles, Manilla, NSW
  • 2017 - 2nd place, Central West Classic Hang gliding Championships
  • 2016 - Competed for Australia at the Pre World Hang gliding Champ
  • ionships, Brazil winning a bronze medal
  • 2016 - 1st Place NSW Hang Gliding State Titles, Manilla (NSW)
  • 1994 - Australian hang gliding freestyle champion
  • 1995 - Commentator for HGFA series (PayTV)
  • 1990+ - Ran international and national hang gliding tours and courses
  • 1990+ - Filmed Commercials in Australia, and Asia and featured on Getaway, Sydney Weekener and Grant Denyer’s Weather Report.
  • 1984 - Daly M Winner - Highest Point Scorer, (Cronulla Sharks) Rugby League
  • 1979/1986 - Played first grade rugby league Wests, Canterbury, Cronulla & Illawarra

In his own words: After a successful rugby league career for Wests, Canterbury, Cronulla and St George, I began searching for a new sport. An avid surfer, hang gliding to me was surfing the skies! Hang gliding is the most natural feeling in the world and I have been privileged to share the feeling of free flight with over 3,000 passengers and students.


Rohan Taylor
25 Years of Experience
Flight Experience Instructor
Career Highlights
  • 2018 - 5th place, Forbes Hang gliding Competition, NSW
  • 2017 - 1st place, Canungra (QLD) Hang gliding Competition
  • 2017 - Competed for Australia at the World Hang gliding Championships, Brazil
  • 2015 - 1st place, NSW Hang gliding Competition, Manilla NSW
  • 2013 - 1st place, Open Class Hang gliding Competition, Manilla NSW

In his own words: I enjoy all forms of hang gliding from relaxed coastal flying to challenging new and uncharted coastal cross-country areas. My passion is cross country racing and flying thermals. When clients join me I use our time to share my love of hang gliding and know they leave knowing how it feels to fly.


Greg Newnham
31 Years of Experience
Chief Flying Instructor
Career Highlights
  • Over 10,000 hours of air time.
  • One of the most experienced tandem instructors in Australia.
  • Founder of Airplay Hang gliding School, Cairns

In his own words: I join the team at HangglideOz for their Summer season. After all the years of hang gliding, it still my absolute passion. I can think of nothing better than hang gliding and enjoy sharing this amazing sport with each and every one of my clients.


Mark Doherty
18 years of experience
Flight Experience Instructor
In his own words: I have flown hang gliders for many years in Australia, USA and Europe and particularly enjoy cross-country flying in alpine areas. I am an avid "dune gooner" and spend many hours flying coastal sites. I enjoy sharing my love of flying with anyone keen to try the tandem experience with HangglideOz.
Dan Palmer
26 Years of Experience
Flight Experience Instructor

In his own words: After 26 years of flying, I am as enthusiastic about hang gliding as I was on my very first day. I enjoy flying the local coastal sites or travelling inland to fly cross country. As an Ambulance Officer and hang gliding instructor, I provide reassurance to all my passengers of a safe ride, on the road or in the air!

Chris Clements
24 Years of Experience
Flight Experience Instructor

In his own words: I enjoy the challenges of flying coastal sites and have flown more than 30 sites from Sydney's northern beaches down to Merrimbula. My first passion was sailing, and was lucky enough to complete in Sydney to Hobart yacht races. Having worked many different jobs, there is nothing better than taking passengers on their first tandem hang gliding experience. Hard to beat that for a job! Chris is currently traveling around Australia and will join the team at Hangglideoz shortly.