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2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOW IN PROGRESS - EXTENDED TO FRIDAY OCTOBER 2
All members are asked to please take a moment to vote on the motions related to important financial matters of your Association. Please go to the
2015 AGM and vote. If you have any difficulties accessing the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact the Office and we will help.
Your vote is important. It is your Association. Thank you.
THE SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER 'THE LAUNCH/LE DECO' IS NOW ONLINE
To read the latest news in the September issue of the Launch, click on the Quick Link on the right. Read about the HPAC latest awards, the message from HPAC President Dom Juretic, news about speedflying in Canada and the upcoming Annual General Meeting Online.
YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXEC. DIRECTOR
From left to right Maxine Westhead (Maritimes), Tom Sliepen (Saskatchewan), Dom Juretic (HPAC President, Québec), Steve Kurth (Yukon), Scott Watwood (BC), Bruce Busby (HPAC Vice-President, Alberta/NWT), Margit Nance (Executive Director), Gilles Normandeau (Manitoba/Nunavut), Nick Jones (Ontario), Tim Parker (HPAC Treasurer).
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 view them and promote them throughout our flying community.
The videos have been translated into French for our francophone members. They will be embedded in our Safety pages in the future but are immediately accessible by clicking on the YouTube channel icon in the top right hand corner of the QuickLinks on this homepage.
FLYING IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK: KNOWLEDGE OF GUIDELINES REQUIRED
Photo: courtesy Will Gadd
After 9 years of work by your Association, we have achieved a two-year trial period of flying hang gliders and paragliders in Jasper National Park. This means a fantastic addition to the possibilities for our sport. However this opportunity can also be lost again in a heartbeat.
It is mandatory that pilots familiarize themselves with the Guidelines that have been negotiated with Jasper National Park, that ecologically sensitive areas are strictly avoided and that all flights are logged.
Advance planning is required to fly Jasper. Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with the Guidelines by clicking on Jasper on the left where you will also find maps.
Please be aware that all other mountain parks remain closed to our sport.