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  • PILOTS LEARNING AND FLYING PARAMOTORS

    Pilots who are taking paramotor instruction or flying paramotors are reminded that the HPAC third-party liability insurance is restricted to non-motorized foot-launched hang gliding and paragliding only. It will not cover any form of motorized flight. Under Transport Canada, paramotors fall under the category of ultralight and are part of a completely different branch of aviation.

    Please seek paramotor instruction only from Transport Canada-licensed paramotor instructors, since an ultralight license is required to fly paramotors and other ultralights. Pilots can seek information for ultralight insurance through the UltraLight Pilots Association of Canada (upac.ca)."

  • THE WILLI 2015: BIGGER AND FURTHER

    The 2015 Willi Team reports a number of firsts in the evolution of this popular event in our sport:

    • 117 registered pilots, a potential record for any free flight competition ever held in Canada; they came from 5 provinces, 8 U.S. states and from Belgium, Kazakhstan and Scotland
    • Over 16,000 Km's flown in total, with the longest flight of 298 km possibly setting a new Canadian record
    • 26 flights over 150 kms, 24 more over 100 kms and numerous personal bests
    • more than 100 pilots tracked from launch to landing every flight, making everyone safer and our community more responsible
    • more than 50 local and industry sponsors donated prizes, services and discounts and $1000 was donated to Golden Search And Rescue

    Willi 2015From left to right: Moore Newell, John McIsaac (Winner of an HPAC Solid Ground Award 2015), Stewart Midwinter (HPAC FAI Rep), Ross Hunter (with his new HG Master Rating) and Bruce Busby, HPAC Vice-President. Photo by Cathie Hunter.

  • NEW VIDEOS ON SAFETY IN HANG GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING ON HPAC'S NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    Two new Videos on the critically important subject of PILOT SAFETY have been placed on HPAC's YOUTUBE Channel. These excellent videos were produced by our sister organization in the US, USHPA. They kindly allowed our use of these important contributions to safety. All pilots and instructors are encouraged to view them and promote them throughout our flying community.

    The videos have been translated into French for our francophone members. They will be embedded in our Safety pages in the future but are immediately accessible by clicking on the YouTube channel icon in the top right hand corner of the QuickLinks on this homepage.

  • FLYING IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK: KNOWLEDGE OF GUIDELINES REQUIRED

    Photo: courtesy Will Gadd
    Photo: courtesy Will Gadd

    After 9 years of work by your Association, we have achieved a two-year trial period of flying hang gliders and paragliders in Jasper National Park. This means a fantastic addition to the possibilities for our sport. However this opportunity can also be lost again in a heartbeat.

    It is mandatory that pilots familiarize themselves with the Guidelines that have been negotiated with Jasper National Park, that ecologically sensitive areas are strictly avoided and that all flights are logged.

    Advance planning is required to fly Jasper. Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with the Guidelines by clicking on Jasper on the left where you will also find maps.

    Please be aware that all other mountain parks remain closed to our sport.

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