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The Launch | November 2020

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC)
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Margit Nance, Editor 

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

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 and the HPAC FB page at 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:

Competitions / Events / Competitors

Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship 2021
January 18-26, 2021
Forbes, NSW, Australia


  • We are an association of Hang Glider, Paraglider and Speedflying pilots across Canada, represented by an elected Board of Directors from each region, and served by an Executive Director and national office.


  • To self-govern and promote free flight (hang gliding, paragliding, speedflying) in Canada.


  • Represents the interests of members to regulatory bodies, including Transport Canada, NavCanada, Parks Canada, all levels of provincial and local governments managing public land, resorts, corporations and private landowners.
  • Establishes National Standards for pilot ratings and instructor/tandem certification and maintains a national pilot certification database.
  • Promotes Safety through accident and incident investigation, an Accident/Incident Reporting System, and advisories to members.
  • Conducts a National Awards Program to recognize exceptional achievement and contribution to the sport.
  • Negotiates an annual third-party liability insurance policy to protect the interests of members, landowners, and those volunteering on behalf of the organization
  • Sanctions Canadian National and other local competitions to ensure safety and fairness for participants.
  • Facilitates the participation of Canadian pilots in national and international competition through direct financial support and membership in Aero Club of Canada and FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale).
  • Conducts a National Awards Program to recognize exceptional achievement and contribution to the sport.
  • Communicates frequently with members, by publishing a Newsletter “The Launch/Le Déco”, annual safety and instructor communiques, and maintaining a web site available to both members and the public, in both official languages.
  • Advises pilots, clubs, and regional associations as they address local issues that include site acquisition and development, accessing instruction, organizing competitions, etc..
  • Cultivates mutually beneficial relationships with other national free flight associations and organizations world-wide.

Your Regional Directors

British Columbia
Tyler Gillies •

Alberta & NWT
Randy Parkin • / • 403-607-9888

Jon Lovering • • 306-222-9955

Nick Jones • • 519-590-6425

Bastien Dufour • • 514-565-3013

Chris Jette • • 902-940-0357

Logan Small • • 867-334-8649

Director at Large: Treasurer
Tim Parker • • 902-426-4109
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