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The Launch | May 2021

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC)

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Margit Nance, Editor 

2021 HPAC/ACVL Annual General Meeting now Online

Please check email sent on May 28 for more information and a link to vote.

World Record set in Canada!

FAI has ratified…

FlyTerrace: Newest Club in Canada

Having flown Mt7 in Golden…

Behind the Scenes of Production for CBC’s “The Nature of Things”

HPAC/ACVL 2021 Annual Director Meeting

Keeping the Sport in the Air in Canada…

2021 Awards to “Special” Pilots

Instructor of the Year

Dave Underwood(left) and Randy Rauck (right), HG instructor and owner of Freedom Flight Park in Lumby BC

Solid Ground Awards

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Competitions / Events / Competitors

The Urubu Cup
May 1 – October 31, 2021
Yamaska, QC

Outlook Open
June 20 – 27, 2021
Outlook, SK

The Willi XC Challenge
July 23 – August 8, 2021
Golden, BC


  • 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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