What Is The HGMA?
The HGMA is the Hang Glider Manufacturers Association - an international association of hang glider manufacturers that administers a set of airworthiness testing standards for hang gliders.
The beginnings of the HGMA date back to December of 1973, when a group of hang glider manufacturers met in Westchester, California to talk about forming an industry association and developing construction standards for hang gliders. Although the first few attempts to develop and administer such standards were not successful, eventually a viable manufacturers association came into being and meaningful hang glider design and testing standards were developed, based initially on the FAA standards for certifying light airplanes.
Today, the HGMA is an international organization administering a highly evolved set of standards that constitute the current industry definition of what represents airworthiness in a hang glider, and how to test for and document it.