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  • ELECTIONS FOR REGIONAL BOARD DIRECTOR NOW UNDERWAY IN ONTARIO, PRAIRIE REGION (SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA) AND BRITISH COLUMBIA

    Voting for HPAC BC director is under way.

    Nominations for HPAC directors for Ontario and the Prairie Region are open.

    All current members with home addresses in those regions have been notified by email.

    If you are a resident in one of these regions and have not received an email please first check your junk email folder and then call the office by phone for assistance. You must be a current member and HPAC must have your correct home address and email address on file for you to be included in the election process.

  • OUTSTANDING ACCIDENT/INCIDENT REPORTS 2018

    As the season comes to a close in some parts of Canada, please be sure to submit all incident and accident reports to the Safety Committee (Suzanne Francoeur and Tyler Gillies, Co-Chairs) at log in for email link as soon as possible. The Safety Committee is in the process of producing our sport's 2018 safety statistics and submission of reports is a mandatory component of HPAC membership. All data are kept strictly confidential and only aggregate information is presented for ongoing safety education for our membership.

    The report forms are available at https://www.hpac.ca/pub/?pid=58

  • PARAGLIDING ACCURACY WORLD CUP 2018/CANADIAN NATIONAL ACCURACY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 AT MONT YAMASKA, QUEBEC

    The first Canadian Paragliding Accuracy Championship will be held on October 5th to 7th 2018 at Mont Yamaska Qc.

    At the same time the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) in Canada will be held.

    You can follow the results of the competition at https://paraccuracy.ca/pilots-rank/

    For more info go to https://paraccuracy.ca/

  • 55-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HANG GLIDING: CELEBRATION IN GRAFTON, AUSTRALIA

    https://www.fai.org/news/55-years-hang-gliding-pat-crowe-honoured

  • 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOW ONLINE UNTIL END SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2018

    The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held online from Wednesday August 8, 2018 – Sunday August 19 (inclusive). Members access the agenda at hpac.ca or acvl.ca, and select Forum on the left hand side menu on the homepage and the 2018 Annual General Meeting is displayed. Please be sure to be logged in and then log into the Forum using your member name and password. Call the Office if you have any difficulties accessing the 2018 AGM and we will help.

  • "THE LAUNCH" NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2018 NOW ONLINE

    https://www.hpac.ca/pub/?pid=467

  • 2018 Annual Directors Meeting Minutes

    now online: PDF

  • THE LAUNCH MARCH 2018, HPAC'S OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER, NOW ONLINE

    Topics include:

    • a message from Nick, Jones, VP of HPAC;
    • a Tribute to Barry Bateman by Martin Henry;
    • News about our Insurance renewal and Site Insurance Certificates;
    • Locations for the PG and HG Canadian National Championships;
    • why there are two Facebook pages for our sport;
    • the Subject Portfolios of each of the HPAC Board members; and
    • the availability to clubs and pilots of HPAC's Environmental Impact Assessment, for use in site development and tenure applications.

  • FELLOW COMPETITION PILOTS AND EVENT ORGANIZERS:

    The bidding process is now open for the Canadian Paragliding and Hang Gliding Nationals 2018. If you want to organize a Nationals competition, you can send in your bid before February 15th 2018 to competition@hpac.ca.

    All bids should include information such as:

    Event location and dates
    Organizing team or person
    Staff such as meet director, safety director etc if assigned
    Entry fee
    Website for registration or other means of registration.
    Maximum pilots registration
    Type of launch and race format
    Local info such as hotel, camping etc.

    Competition rules need to match the Canadian Competition rule book available at http://www.hpac.ca/pub/doc/HPAC-ACVLCompRuleBook.pdf.

    Also FAI sanctioning should be pursued (Cat. II)

    At the completion of the bidding process, the competition committee will send recommendations to the BoD of HPAC for awarding event venues.

    Eric Olivier
    HPAC Competition Committee Chair

  • STEWART'S STORY

    Dear fellow free flyers,

    Some of you may have already seen the following article in Cross Country Magazine 178, but "Stewart’s Story" is not to be missed by those who aren’t subscribers to “XC Mag". We have received permission to repost this article for the HPAC community. It highlights one of Canada’s most recognized and involved pilots, Stewart Midwinter. Stewart is currently HPAC's records keeper and FAI/CIVL delegate and is often called upon for his meteorological knowledge for events nationally and internationally. He has taken part in and extensively contributed to the sport since the early beginnings though and his passion for it tangibly soars on to this day. Please read the enclosed article and reflect, get awestruck or simply take in, Stewart’s Story!

    /files/stewarts-story.pdf

    Tom Sliepen, Saskatchewan Director, HPAC

  • MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

    If you are trying to renew your membership or order IPPI cards, please use the buttons in the Quick Links on this page.

  • NEW CANADIAN RECORDS SET IN 2017

    Hang Gliding: Doug Keller 321.6 KM (Distance to a Goal) (record presented by Bruce Busby, HPAC President, and Stewart Midwinter, HPAC Records Chair)
    Doug Keller

    Paragliding: Alex Raymont 340.65 (Free Distance - up to 3 Turnpoints) and 334.8 KM (Open Distance)
    Alex Raymont

  • 2017 CANADIAN PARAGLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS, PEMBERTON, BC

    Open Class Winners:
    Brett Hazlett (CAN)
    Tyler Bradford (USA)
    Andrew Berkley (CAN)
    Brett Hazlett, Tyler Bradford, Andrew Berkley

  • NEW MEMBERSHIP FORM, FEES AND WAIVER NOW IN EFFECT

    The new forms reflecting the new fees and the new waiver, allowing for minors to participate in our sport are now in effect.

  • 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ONLINE SEPTEMBER 8-17, 2017

    The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held online at hpac.ca from September 8-17, 2017. Please go to the Forum page on the HPAC website, log in, and click on 2017 AGM.

    You must be logged in to the Forum (log in at the top of the Forum page) to be able to participate. Please call the Office if you have any difficulties.

    HPAC is your Association. Please make your views known and your vote count.

  • JASPER PARK TWO-YEAR TRIAL A SUCCESS

    The two-year trial of our sport in Jasper National Park concluded and the review is positive. For an extended review of how we got from there to here, go to http://www.fitzhugh.ca/paragliding-pilot-project-deemed-a-success/.

    Please be sure to review and adhere to the Guidelines on the left of this homepage (click on Jasper Park in the menu) as they continue to be in force. And please contact the Office if you have any questions about this precious site for our sport.

  • MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE

  • Of Particular Interest to Instructors

    Motions Passed at the HPAC/ACVL ADM, Winnipeg, Mb, 2009

    Motion: Eliminate instructor rebate program. Michael and Amir put forward motion. All in favour except Cas voted against. 5 in favour 1 declined. Motion passed.


    Motions Passed at the HPAC/ACVL ADM, Hamilton, On, April 10-11th, 2004

    8. Instructor Membership Incentives

    Motion: To establish a rebate system for instructors of $10 for each of his students who becomes an HPAC member as a newly rated novice pilot, to a maximum of their basic school insurance fee. Rebate will be issued upon receipt of the schools annual report with all newly rated novice pilots' names listed separately.
    By Gerry Grossnegger. Seconded- Cas Wolan. Passed unanimously.

    18. Instructor Liability Insurance/Defense Fund

    Motion: To take any remainder of the School Insurance fee (Item 8: Instructor Membership Incentives) and redirect it towards a “Legal Defense Fund.”
    Discussion: HPAC/ACVL would like to assist any schools or individuals that are under threat of legal action by creating a “Legal Defense Fund.” This money will be deposited only if the school insurance fee totals remain positive after the Instructor Membership Incentives are disbursed.
    The fund will be accessible for incidents that occur after the establishment of the fund.
    Action: Mike Miller and Michael Fuller will create A PRD, due by May 10th. In addition the Business Manager will look further into the relationship an organization such as the HPAC/ACVL/acvl would have on a collective liability protection plan as organized by the Fed. Tourism Initiative.
    By Mike Miller. Seconded- by Cas Wolan. Passed unanimously.


  • NEW OFFICE ADDRESS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 25, 2017

    #302 - 5628 Birney Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6S 0H7

  • 2017 HPAC/ACVL CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER

    The new calendar for 2017 shows off Canada's pilots and flying activities with stunning pictures submitted by members. Calendars make great gifts to friends and family, and, most importantly, to our landowners who so generously allow us to use their sites for our sport. Clubs as well as individual pilots are encouraged to order these calendars right online on this homepage. Look under Quicklinks and click on 2017 calendar.

  • FALL AND WINTER A GREAT TIME FOR HAGAR!

    The fall and winter are an excellent time to study for that all-important HAGAR examination, the single only item required of hang glider and paraglider pilots by Transport Canada, in order to be able to fly in airspace, a great privilege. It is an exam that should be taken by every pilot, regardless of rating level.

    André Nadeau, HPAC's Transport Canada Liaison, has updated the HAGAR Study Guide on this website and has added a mapping section. You can find it at PID 95. It is easy to follow and is an excellent preparation for the HAGAR exam which can be scheduled at any fixed-wing flight school in your area. Please contact the Office if there are questions about the process.

  • BEN JORDAN AND MARK DOWSETT WIN FIRST AND SECOND PLACE FOR TOP PICTURES IN HPAC/ACVL 2017 CALENDAR

    Our Calendar Editor, Douglas Noblet, of Wild Air Photography, has completed his selection of the best two photos in the 2017 Calendar. Thank you and congratulations to Ben Jordan and Mark Dowsett for the submissions of their spectacular photos.


    2017 Winners Best Calendar Picture: Mark Dowsett HG and Ben Jordan PG.
  • XCanada 2016 Results

    The XCanada 2016 season ended on November 1st. The winners of this year’s contest are:

    Final Open PG (CCC and below)Final Open HG
    1Peter Spear1Ross Hunter
    2Alex Raymont2Doug Keller
    3Guy Herrington3Ken Kinzie
    Final Sport PG (EN C and below)Final King Post HG
    1Peter Spear1Rod Regier
    2Alex Raymont2Beverly Johns
    3Gary Penninga3Nick Jones
    Final Standard PG (EN B and below)
    1Pierre Boyer
    2Mark Florence
    3Claudia Schwab

    There were some truly ground-breaking flights this year… except some were also airspace-breaking. For slightly more detail, including those adjustments due to airspace and HPAC membership, see: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17h2sqrebp8bkh6dEsPH58iouU4vKfIkmShxsQ08OG08/edit?usp=sharing

    Due to unfavorable financials, HPAC is not awarding prizes this year.

    Andrew Berkley
    Deputy Competition Chair
    HPAC

  • 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ONLINE ON THE FORUM FRIDAY OCTOBER 21 - SUNDAY OCTOBER 30, 2016:

    PLEASE VOTE AT http://hpac.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=41

  • NEW SENIOR INSTRUCTOR APPOINTED

    The Board of Directors has appointed a new Senior Instructor: Max Fanderl of Invermere, BC, to join the other members of HPAC's Council of Senior Instructors (CSI). Max has been involved in hang gliding and paragliding since the late 1980's and worked as a Paragliding instructor and test pilot for manufacturers in Germany. He also flies single engine aircraft, sailplanes and is a licensed Ultralight Flight Instructor. Max Fanderl has represented Canada four times in the Red Bull XAlps Competition and has been a very active Instructor and Tandem Pilot. Welcome to Max.

  • MAJOR CANADIAN COMPETITION DATES 2016

    THE WILLI MULLER XC CHALLENGE: July 22-August 1, 2016, Golden, BC; Information at http://thewillixc.com/

    THE CANADIAN NATIONAL PARAGLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: August 6-13, 2016, Yamaska, QC; Information at https://airtribune.com/can-pg-nats-2016/info/details__flying

  • 2016-2017 Board of Directors Named

    The 2016 Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held in Bromont. Bruce Busby, Alberta Director, has been elected President of HPAC/ACVL and Nick Jones, Ontario Director, has been elected as Vice-President. Eric Olivier is the new Québec Director. Congratulations to all!

  • MAJOR CANADIAN COMPETITION DATES 2016

    MILES IN MAY: May 15-May 22, 2016; Information at https://sites.google.com/site/milesinmay2011/

    11TH ANNUAL LUMBY AIR RACES: June 5-11, 2016, Lumby, BC; sponsored by Lumby Air Force; Information at http://lumbyairforce.weebly.com/events.html

    CANADIAN NATIONAL HANG GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: July 3-9, 2016, Golden, BC; Information at https://airtribune.com/canada2016/info

  • Potential Website Data Breach

    The Board of Directors of HPAC feels a responsibility to inform our members that their membership data (name, address, phone number) could have been inappropriately accessed. Action was taken immediately to restore the security of our database. No financial information is stored in HPAC's database (as all such information is handled off-site by PayPal direct).


  • Domagoj Juretic Honored at Yamaska

    Saturday May 14, 2016 on Mount Yamaska saw the celebration of Domagoj Juretic's life, President of HPAC/ACVL from 2008-2016. A plaque was permanently affixed at one of the launches, named in his honour, and his ashes scattered above the mountain he loved to fly. RIP Dom!

  • MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE

    There is important information for pilots included in the latest newsletter May 2016. If you did not receive it due to your membership having lapsed when it was sent out, please find a link to it on this homepage to the right in the QuickLinks.

  • DUBAI WORLD AIR GAMES VIDEO RELEASED

    Canada's David Thibodeau competed in the 2015 World Air Games in Dubai. The newly released FAI video features the integration of our sport into this world class Aerobatics event, the only one on that scale in the world, and a visual feast for all things aerobatic aviation.

  • PARAGLIDER IN NORTH VANCOUVER ACCIDENT APRIL 18, 2016 NOT A MEMBER

    A paraglider pilot named Bruno reportedly landed in power lines in North Vancouver, cutting out power to the community, after having flown off a North Shore mountain at dark. This pilot is not a member of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada and there is no record of him as a member going back to 2002.

  • CANADIAN PARAGLIDING RECORDS AWARDED

    A recent ceremony celebrated the Canadian Record set by Nicole McLearn (below left) and two Records by Alex Raymont (below middle). The award was presented by Andrew Berkley (below right), HPAC's Deputy Chair for Competition.

    Nicole McLearn, Alex Raymont and Andrew BerkleyRecord attained by Nicole MacLearn

    Record attained by Alex RaymontRecord attained by Alex Raymont

  • CANADIAN HANG GLIDING RECORDS AWARDED

    A recent ceremony celebrated the Canadian Record attained by Mark Dowsett (below left) and awarded by Nick Jones, Ontario HPAC Director (below right) in Ontario.

    Mark Dowsett and Nick JonesRecord attained by Mark Dowsett

    Another ceremony celebrated three Canadian records attained by Alberta pilot John Janssen (below middle) and awarded by Stewart Midwinter (HPAC's FAI Rep and HPAC Records Chair, left) (Bruce Busby, HPAC's Vice-President, right, also participated in the proceedings)

    Stewart Midwinter and John JanssenRecord attained by John Janssen

    The other Alberta pilot, Ross Hunter (below left), attained two separate Canadian HG Records with the presentation made by Stewart Midwinter, with Bruce Busby looking on.

    Ross Hunter and Stewart MidwinterRecord attained by Ross Hunter
    Record attained by Ross Hunter

    Congratulations to Mark, Ross and John for their Record Achievements!

  • NEW PERMANENT MEMBERSHIP CARDS NOW IN DISTRIBUTION

    The permanent member cards showing the pilot's name and member number are now being distributed by Canada Post to all member pilots rated Novice P2 or Novice H2 and higher who were members on November 1, 2015. These cards come with a clear plastic sleeve and are accompanied by a letter describing our new membership card system.

    On their own, the permanent plastic cards do not prove current membership. To be valid, they have to be accompanied by the currency card pilots print from the website, showing membership expiry date, ratings, etc. Together they are proof of current membership and insurance.

    Any pilots who were not current members on November 1, 2015, are automatically added to the next print batch when they renew their membership, and will receive their permanent cards in due course.

    Please contact the Office at admin@hpac.ca, if you should have any questions about this new system.

  • 2016 HPAC/ACVL CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER

    2016 calendar

    The calendar as a holiday gift is a great way to say thank you to our landowners, to our friends, families and work colleagues and a great way to promote our sport. In the Shop Section of this page, click on the calendar picture and complete the easy online order. Order now. Shipping begins November 15, 2015. Happy 2016!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • XCANADA 2015 WINNERS...

    The 2015 XCanada cross-country competition ended on November 1st 2015 after a record year for flights submitted. Congratulations to the winners:

    PG Open: Alex Raymont, Peter Spear, Andrew Berkley
    PG Sport: Alex Raymont
    PG Standard: Patrick Dupuis
    HG Open: Ross Hunter, Doug Keller, Serge Lamarche
    HG King post: Serge Lamarche

    More details in Google docs

    Andrew Berkley, HPAC Competition Deputy-Chair

  • ELECTIONS FOR REGIONAL DIRECTORS

    The 2015 elections for Regional Directors recently concluded: Stephen Kurth, Yukon Director, Gilles Normandeau, Manitoba Director, and Dom Juretic, Québec Director were all reelected by acclamation. Bruce Busby, Alberta Director, was reelected after an election runoff in Alberta.

    Congratulations to all of these valuable volunteers to our Association!

  • UPCOMING ELECTIONS FOR REGIONAL DIRECTORS

    In 2015, as an odd-numbered year (see http://www.hpac.ca/pub/?pid=368), elections will be held for the Directors from Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba and Québec.

    Call for nominations will go out on Friday October 9 to all current HPAC members in each region. If you reside in one of these regions and are a current member but have not received the e-mail in your region, please contact the Office after October 9, 2015.

    These elections are important for electing the critical volunteer Board members that make our Association and its work possible. Please be sure to vote.

    Margit Nance, Executive Director

  • 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).

  • 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

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