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The Launch | July 2021

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC)

Margit Nance, Editor 

Fatal Accident in Quebec

It is with great sadness that HPAC/ACVL reports a fatal accident at Mont Yamaska on June 10th, 2021. On behalf of the whole Canadian Hang Gliding and Paragliding community, we offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends. To better understand the circumstances and prevent similar occurrences in the future, HPAC/ACVL has launched a Safety Investigation and will advise the community of the outcome in due time.

Safety Committee Members Needed

Safety is the core ...

Another day at the Office in BC’s Okanagan

Courtesy Jeremy Mason

Has Participation in Competition Changed the Way I fly Cross-Country?

By JP Robert Vandenbegine, Chair, HPAC/ACVL Competition Committee

Often, pilots I meet ask me…

More 2021 HPAC/ACVL Awards to Outstanding Pilots

Jamie Christensen Memorial Award

Stephen Johnson, Dawson City, Yukon

Solid Ground Award

Solid Ground Award to Peter Spear for his work representing HPAC at the Vancouver Airspace Modernization Project (VAMP)
(Peter Spear on left, James Elliott, President of West Coast Soaring Club, on right.)

Flying in the Alberta foothills in late spring

By Brandon Hopkins, Director on the Board of the Alberta Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, with Will Gadd flying in the distance

Post-Covid Thoughts

By Michael Robertson, High Perspective, Locust Hill, Ontario
To fly or not to fly…

Competitions / Events / Competitors

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

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

El Nido Fly-In
August 6- 9, 2021
Clearwater, 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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