Date of Issue: April 16, 2005
Purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive
- The purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive (PRD) is to:
- state the aims of the HPAC/ACVL tandem endorsement program;
- describe the HPAC/ACVL tandem endorsement program; and
- specify the requirements to hold a tandem endorsement.
Aims of the Tandem Endorsement Program
- Hang gliding and paragliding tandem flights can only be conducted for the purpose of instruction in Canada as specified in Canadian Air Regulation 602.29. The aim of the HPAC/ACVL Tandem Endorsement program is to ensure that instructors conducting instructional tandem flights have some prior experience as pilots in command of tandem flights.
- To promote effective and safe instruction in Canada, the HPAC/ACVL manages a tandem endorsement program which ensures that its certified Instructors have met the qualification requirements set forth below. The HPAC/ACVL has no formal association with schools and instructors, other than to certify that they have met qualifications stated herein. The HPAC/ACVL does not specify, regulate or inspect the content and the delivery of tandem endorsement courses. The HPAC/ACVL makes no warranty or representations as to the competence, expertise or aptitude of any HPAC/ACVL-certified tandem instructor, although such qualities are informally assessed when a tandem endorsement is first applied for.
Types of Tandem Endorsements
- There are two tandem endorsements: Tandem 1 and Tandem 2. A certified instructor can hold one of the two tandem endorsements for hang gliding and one of the two tandem endorsements for paragliding.
Requirement to Obtain a Tandem 1 Endorsement
- In order to qualify for a HPAC/ACVL Tandem 1 endorsement, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- hold a HPAC/ACVL instructor or senior instructor certification;
- have a HPAC/ACVL advanced rating in the desired activity;
- have a minimum airtime of 100 hours and 50 flights or 50 hours airtime in the past 12 months in the desired activity;
- successfully completed a Tandem 1 seminar;
- conduct five flights with a Tandem 2 instructor and 15 flights with a rated pilot; and
- have the recommendation of a Tandem 2 instructor.
- In order to retain a Tandem 1 endorsement, instructors must:
- log at least 50 flights or 50 hours air time in the desired activity per year;
- log 10 tandem flights or five tandem-hour per year;
- use a certified tandem glider and reserve parachute (plus safety wheels for hang gliders);
- use tandem flight only for instructional purposes.
Requirement to Obtain a Tandem 2 Endorsement
- In order to qualify for a HPAC/ACVL Tandem 2 endorsement for hang gliding or paragliding, instructors must meet the following requirements:
- hold a current HPAC/ACVL Instructor or Senior Instructor certification
- have logged at least 100 tandem flights as pilot-in-command (submit a list of names & dates)
- assist a Tandem 2 instructor in conducting a Tandem 1 seminar
- have the recommendation of a Tandem 2 instructor (in the same activity: HG or PG)
- write a letter of application to the HPAC/ACVL Board of Directors
- be approved by the HPAC/ACVL Board of Directors
- In order to retain a Tandem 2 endorsement, instructors must:
- log at least 50 flights including 10 tandems annually;
- use a Certified tandem glider and reserve parachute (plus safety wheels for hang gliders);
- use tandem flight only for instructional purposes; and
- conduct at least one Tandem 1 Seminar every three years.
Application for Tandem Endorsement
- The Tandem 2 Instructor recommending Tandem 1 and Tandem 2 endorsements is responsible for forwarding the recommendation and supporting documentation to:
Instructors Advisory Council Chair
c/o Business Manager
Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC)
7 Windal Ave., Toronto ON, M9N 2C2, Canada
- The BoD will appoint new Tandem 2 endorsement.
Loss of Tandem Endorsement
- An instructor will automatically lose his certification when he stops meeting the requirements for that endorsement.
- A Senior Instructor can remove a tandem endorsement.
- The BoD is responsible to endorse Tandem 2 pilots.
- The Business Manager is responsible to endorse Tandem 1 pilots upon the recommendation of a Tandem 2 pilot.
- Tandem 2 pilots are responsible to recommend the appointment of Tandem 1 and Tandem 2 pilots.