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Dave Underwood(left) and Randy Rauck (right), HG instructor and owner of Freedom Flight Park in Lumby BC
Solid Ground Awards
Jerry Mason for his work on drone implications for the sport
Award winner Jerry Mason in the middle, with Edmond Rivere on the left and Norm Krcmar, instructor and owner of Paraglide Canada on the right.
Peter Graf for forensic accident investigation
Award winner Peter Graf(middle), and James Elliott, President of the West Coast Soaring Club on the left, and Bill Nikolai on the right
May 27, 2021
2021 AGM Advance Notice
This has certainly been a year of surprises and disappointments across Canada. As most of the country emerges from the third wave of COVID and we see the restrictions loosening once more, international travel and tourism is still very limited.
As a surprising side-effect of most Canadians staying at home we have seen our membership rise to record levels, approaching 1200 as I'm writing this. We are seeing significant activity in new pilot training and some pilots have been returning to the sport. We ask all members to continue to be aware of and comply with all local requirements and recommendations related to resumption of business and social gatherings Hopefully with expanded vaccine coverage we can look forward to the possibility of flying trips in 2022.
FromFriday, May 28 to Sunday, June 6 inclusive, HPAC is conducting its 2021 Annual General Meeting online.
New Safety SOP, expanding the role of Safety in the Association
The new Safety Standard Operating Procedure, developed by Bastien Dufour, who holds the Safety Portfolio on the Board of Directors, was approved by the Board. It can be found here: https://hpac.ca/files/sop/400-3_en.pdf.
School Profile: Air Adventure, Drayton Valley, Alberta
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.
Some pilots who earned their Intermediate rating several years ago may not yet have done their HAGAR exam, which has been a prerequisite for the Intermediate rating for a couple of seasons now. If you are one of these pilots, the winter months are a good time to catch this up. There is a comprehensive Study Guide at: https://hpac.ca/pub/doc/HagarStudyGuide-3.1-2016-06-20.pdf
HPAC/ACVL Board of Director Elections 2020
Four regions are open for election at the end of this year 2020: Atlantic Canada, Ontario, British Columbia and Prairie Region. A Director serves for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 2021 (https://hpac.ca/files/sop/200-6_en.pdf).
Calls for nomination in each region will go out to that region’s pilots by end of October, with the elections to take place in mid-November.
The 2020 Jamie Christensen Memorial Award in Recognition of Long-Term Contribution to our Sport goes to Randy Parkin (HPAC/ACVL VP, and Alberta Director) (L). Presented by Keith McCullough, Senior Instructor (R).
Members are advised that HPAC’s Official Facebook Page is located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1203572566353229/. This page is home to current active members of the Association and the only one that is moderated directly by the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada.
The July 2019 issue can be found here. Included in this issue:
- The Annual Online General Meeting happening now
- Pending Airspace Reviews
- Changes to H3/P3 Ratings Requirements
- Quick Guide to Writing the HAGAR
- Seeking a Volunteer Insurance Professional
If you are planning on flying the Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, click here to download a printable version of the 2019 Qu'Appelle Valley Site Protocol (pdf, doc).
Please fill in the acknowledgement form and either mail it of give it in person with your site fee to the Qu'Appelle Valley Site Contact.
REGIONAL BOARD ELECTIONS FOR 2018-2020 TERM COMPLETED
In addition to the Board members from Quebec, Yukon and Alberta, who are in the middle of their two-year term, new Board members have been elected in British Columbia, the Prairie Region (Saskatchewan/Manitoba) and Atlantic Canada, and a sitting Board member in Ontario has been reelected there.
Congratulations to Tyler G. (Tyler Gillies) in BC, Jon Lovering in the Prairie Region and Brendon McKenna in the Atlantic Region. Also congratulations to Nick Jones, who was reelected in Ontario and is serving as the current President of HPAC.
These Board members join current Board members Eric Olivier (Quebec), Randy Parkin (Alberta)(current Vice-President), Steve Kurth (Yukon) and Tim Parker (Board-Member-At-Large, serving as Secretary/Treasurer of HPAC).
Thank you from the Association to all pilots who agreed to stand in nomination for any of these Directorships.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Website for registration or other means of registration.
Maximum pilots registration
Type of launch and race format
Local info such as hotel, camping etc.
At the completion of the bidding process, the competition committee will send recommendations to the BoD of HPAC for awarding event venues.
HPAC Competition Committee Chair
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!
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.
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
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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.
XCanada 2016 Results
The XCanada 2016 season ended on November 1st. The winners of this year’s contest are:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 email@example.com, if you should have any questions about this new system.
2016 HPAC/ACVL CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER
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!
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
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!
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