November 26, 2020
Tandem Certification under Review by HPAC
Jon Lovering, Prairies Director on the HPAC Board…
2020 Elections to Board of Directors
Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Prairies and BC all had elections in November 2020 for the term January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022. In all four regions, the incumbents were renominated and, due to no other nominations, all were reelected by acclamation:
Ontario: Nick Jones
Atlantic Canada: Chris Jette
BC: Tyler Gillies
Prairies: Jon Lovering.
Final Award of the Year
Winner of the Solid Ground Award Trevor MacMurray, with Norm Krcmar, owner of Paraglide Canada in Vernon (on left) and Glenn Derouin, HPAC Senior Instructor at Paraglide Canada (on right), for Trevor's development of weather stations throughout the Okanagan region of BC.
Competition: NTSS Awards for 2020
The HPAC/ACVL Competition Committee, chaired by Eric Olivier, has determined that due to COVID-19 in 2020 resulting in the cancellation of most competitions, the 2019 Rankings in Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Hang Gliding Sports Class and Paragliding Accuracy would be frozen for 2020. The 2019 rankings can be found at https://hpac.ca/pub/?pid=94.
Instructors/Tandem pilot certifications extended to May 31, 2021
Due to the pandemic, there was a scarcity of instructor recertification and in-person First Aid courses available in 2020 throughout Canada. The HPAC/ACVL Board therefore extended all instructor/tandem pilot certifications to May 31, 2021.
Hang Glider/Paraglider Interactions with Terrestrial Wildlife
Brett Yeates, long time paraglider pilot in Cranbrook, BC, is conducting an informal survey worldwide about pilots’ encounters with terrestrial wildlife and any formal studies on this topic that may be out there, in particular ungulates. He has posted his question on the Paragliding Forum (General Section) at https://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=102259 and the HPAC FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HPAC.ACVL.MEMBERS/. Please share any of your experiences as HPAC/ACVL hopes to develop a document on this topic.
Flight at Savona, BC
Pilot Michel Mann from Calgary…
School Profiles: Schools across Canada…are invited
PG and HG Schools across Canada are invited to provide profiles of their schools for the information of all pilot members in HPAC/ACVL. Here are three: