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Purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive

  1. The purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive (PRD) is to define the HPAC/ACVL pilot rating system and specify the requirement that pilots must meet in order to obtain specific ratings.

Description of the HPAC/ACVL Pilot Rating System

  1. The HPAC/ACVL rating system consists of five levels each for hang gliding and paragliding. A pilot can hold one rating for hang gliding and one rating for paragliding.
  2. The Beginner diploma is given at the introductory level of instruction and is aimed at introducing pilots early on to the HPAC/ACVL rating system and to make them aware of the Association.
  3. The Master rating is awarded to selected individuals who have contributed significantly to the sports of hang gliding and paragliding in Canada.

Requirements for Beginner through Advanced ratings

  1. The table below specifies the requirements that must be met by a pilot in order to obtain Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced ratings.
  2. The HAGAR examination is administered by Transport Canada.
RATING PARAGLIDING HANG GLIDING
Beginner Beginner course that includes:
  • Beginner Rating written examination
  • Minimum twelve minutes airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper layout, preflight and packing of equipment.
    2. Adherence to multi-point harness check procedure. (1)
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds.
    4. Demonstration of consistent proper launching skills from both the forward and reverse inflation positions.
    5. Ability to establish proper flight plans in accordance to wind conditions and to fly to it.
    6. Ability to control speed range in level flight including proper use of accelerator.
    7. Ability to do consistent stand up landings within a thirty meter diameter area.
Beginner course that includes:
  • Beginner Rating written examination
  • Minimum twelve minutes airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper assembly, preflight and disassembly of equipment.
    2. Adherence to static harness check procedure.
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds.
    4. Demonstration of consistent proper launching skills.
    5. Ability to establish proper flight plans in accordance to wind conditions and to fly to it.
    6. Ability to control speed range in level flight.
    7. Ability to do consistent stand up landings within a fifty meter diameter area.
Novice NOTE: The Beginner rating is not required to continue to the Novice rating but is recommended
  • Thirty five flights. Ten flights must be above two hundred and fifty meters and ten flights must be soaring flights
  • Novice Rating written examination
  • Four hours logged solo airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper layout, preflight and packing of equipment.
    2. Adherence to multi point harness check procedure.. (1)
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in moderate laminar winds (up to 15 km/h, with visual check).
    4. Ground handle and launch alone in light thermic winds (up to 10 km/h, with visual check)
    5. Perform smooth consistent inflations from both the forward and reverse positions and make a smooth transition from running to flying.

    6. Demonstrate two 360° turns in the same direction. *
    7. Demonstrate reversing 360° turn. *
    8. Demonstrate pitch and roll in level flight.
    9. Perform standard aircraft approach with a final leg of at least three seconds.
    10. Controlled landing on feet within thirty meter diameter circle.
    11. Demonstrate consistent and controlled ground handling skills by kiting the wing for a period of three minutes.
    12. Give a verbal analysis of current conditions, possible hazards, areas of caution, flight plan and self-assessment.
    * These manoeuvres may be done on successive flights. -- A reserve toss and repack seminar is highly recommended. --
NOTE: The Beginner rating is not required to continue to the Novice rating but is recommended
  • Seventy five supervised flights - ten flights must be above two hundred and fifty meters and ten flights must be soaring flights
  • Novice Rating written examination
  • Four hours solo airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Demonstrate proper setup and pre flight of glider, harness and reserve parachute.
    2. Proper assembly, pre flight and disassembly of equipment.
    3. Adherence to harness check procedure.
    4. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds (up to 25 km/h).
    5. Perform smooth transition from running to flying To include a smooth treansition to prone position during launch and from prone position upon landing.
    6. Demonstrate smooth linked turns around applicant pre-selected points that are crosswind. Note - steep and gentle turns must be performed smoothly with no stalling or excessive side slipping.
    7. Fly the speed range of the glider in level flight.
    8. Demonstrate slow stall progression (at altitude) in level flight.
    9. Perform standard aircraft and figure 8 landing approaches.
    10. Controlled landing on feet within 50 meter diameter circle.
    11. Give a verbal analysis of current conditions, possible hazards, areas of caution, flight plan and self-assessment.
    12. Be familiar with a reserve parachute and how it is deployed. Attendance of a chute clinic recommended.
Intermediate
  • One hundred and fifty flights with a minimum of the following: Forty flights above two hundred and fifty metres & forty flights below two hundred and fifty metres of at least ten minutes duration
  • Ten different sites, including cliff launch, ridge/dynamic and inland/thermic.
  • Twenty five hours airtime
  • Be able to kite forward & reverse inflated for five minutes each
  • Intermediate Rating written examination including the a discussion of the entry/exit of a safe and effective rapid descent maneuver, of the pilot's choice
  • Basic first aid strongly recommended
  • A reserve toss and repack seminar is highly recommended
  • One hundred and fifty flights
  • Ten inland flights
  • Five different sites
  • Intermediate Rating written examination
  • Twenty five hours airtime
  • Basic first aid strongly recommended
  • A reserve toss and repack seminar is highly recommended
Advanced
  • Two hundred flights
  • Forty kilometre cross-country flight
  • Advanced Rating written examination
  • Must write and pass Transport Canada HAGAR examination
  • One hundred hours airtime
  • Basic first aid strongly recommended
  • An SIV course in recovery manoeuvres is recommended
  • Two hundred flights
  • Forty kilometer cross-country flight
  • Advanced Rating written examination
  • Must write and pass Transport Canada HAGAR examination
  • One hundred hours airtime
  • Basic first aid strongly recommended

Application for Novice to Advanced Rating

  1. Certified instructors are responsible to forward applications for the Beginner, Novice and Intermediate Ratings novice beginners to the HPAC Office. The application must be accompanied with a marked copy of the Rating Examination signed by the instructor certifying that the applicant has passed the examination.
  2. Certified instructors are responsible for forwarding applications for Advanced ratings to the HPAC Office. The application must be accompanied with a marked copy of the Advanced Examination certifying that the applicant has passed the examination. The application must indicate that the pilot has passed the HAGAR examination and the instructor or pilot must send in a scan of the letter from Transport Canada before the Advanced Rating can be recorded at the Office.
  3. The fee for a Beginner Novice to Advanced rating application is $10 payable to the HPAC/ACVL. The fee must be enclosed with the application.
  4. Rating application forms are available on the HPAC/ACVL web site.

Requirement for Master Rating

  1. The HPAC/ACVL BoD will award all Master pilot ratings.
  2. Pilots seeking a Master Rating can apply in writing to the President. In the application, the candidate must describe his/her accomplishments and contributions to the sport of hang gliding and paragliding. Alternatively, a HPAC/ACVL member can submit a nomination on behalf of a pilot.
  3. An applicant for a Master’s rating must have an advanced rating and 250 hours of flight time in the activity for which the rating is sought. Upon reception of an application for a Master's rating, the BoD will rate the applicant's accomplishments against the criteria below. A score of 25 points is required to qualify a pilot for a Master’s rating.

Accomplishments Point Value
Service on the Executive, Board of Director and/or Officer level of the national association. 0-6
Service in outreach programs or committee levels of the national association. This includes HPAC/ACVL committee chair person, representative to the FAI/CIVL or provincial or national aviation related associations. 0-4
Service on the Executive or Board of Directors of a Provincial Association 0-4
Service at the committee or officer level of any provincial association. Includes Board of Director's, secretaries, representatives to the HPAC, committee chair persons, representatives to provincial aviation related associations 0-2
Service at the executive or director level of a club or regional association 0-6
Service at the committee or officer level of any club or regional association. Includes secretaries, representatives to the provincial associations, committee chair persons, representatives to local or provincial aviation related associations. 0-3
Responsibility for the organization of a hang gliding or paragliding competition or responsibility for direction of the meet 0-4
Responsible assistance in the operation of a hang gliding or paragliding competition. Eg: launch director, launch assistant, landing director or landing assistant, chief scorer or scoring assistant, pylon judge 0-2
Certification and record of accomplishments as an HPAC Instructor 0-4
Editing a local, provincial or national Newsletter or Webmaster for a Web site pertaining to Hang Gliding and / or Paragliding 0-5
Canadian Correspondent for a foreign hang gliding or paragliding publication 0-2
Contribution of articles on hang gliding or paragliding for publication or for press release 0-2
Representing Canada in FAI/CIVL sanctioned competitions 0-5
Production and release of a documentary, film, television coverage or commercial advertisement on hang gliding or paragliding 0-4
Establishing an FAI approved world record in a category pertaining to hang gliding or paragliding 0-4
Other contributions worthy of consideration — Noting the total point total awarded will take into consideration the weighting of the above criteria Open

  1. Master Pilot ratings will be awarded at the ADM following the receipt of an application provided the application is received no later than two months before the ADM.
  2. There is no fee for an application for a Master rating.

Foreign Rating Equivalent

  1. Members of the HPAC/ACVL who already have a foreign rating may obtain the equivalent HPAC/ACVL rating in some cases. However, no rating above Intermediate will be awarded until the applicant provides proof that he has completed the HAGAR examination.
  2. The HPAC/ACVL will recognize an IPPI Card and equivalent USHGA rating. The HPAC/ACVL may also recognize other foreign ratings. The applicant must provide proof of his foreign rating as well as a verifiable reference so the HPAC/ACVL can verify the equivalency.

Responsibilities

  1. The BoD is responsible for reviewing applications for, and award Master ratings.
  2. The Executive Director is responsible for reviewing applications for, and award Novice to Advanced ratings.
  3. Certified instructors are responsible for awarding Beginner diplomas.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For information on the Instructor Certification Program, see PRD 420; For information on the Tandem Endorsement Program, see PRD 430.


Footnotes:

1) Multi point harness check procedure:
  • check that each carabiner is properly closed
  • check that 2 leg straps are securely fastened
  • check that the chest strap is securely fastened (if applicable)
  • check that any other straps, clips or linkage specific to your gear is as it should be for safe flight.
  • check that speed bar linkage is secure and clear
  • check that helmet strap is secured
  • check to ensure reserve is secured & handle in place

    Revision history:
  • 2013-04-03 SL: text edits by executive director, typo.
  • 2011-12-13 SL: replace first aid requirement by strong recommendation
  • 2010-11-03 GG: add link to PID 344 "Existing Master Ratings Recipients"
  • 2010-09-30 4:01 AM #425 GG: added "Multi point harness check procedure" footnote & links to it
  • 2009-09-21 1:05 PM #425 GG: added "written" to all ratings exams
  • 2009-08-30 1:43:10 PM #122 SL: translated to French
  • 2009-08-29 5:21:43 PM #3155 Quinn Cornwell: (unknown edits)
  • 2009-08-19 11:18:43 PM #425 GG = Revision 2: #18. Novice -> Intermediate
  • 2009-05-26 Revision 1
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