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The new calendar for 2017 shows off Canada's pilots and flying activities with stunning pictures submitted by members. Calendars make great gifts to friends and family, and, most importantly, to our landowners who so generously allow us to use their sites for our sport. Clubs as well as individual pilots are encouraged to order these calendars right online on this homepage. Look under Quicklinks and click on 2017 calendar.
FALL AND WINTER A GREAT TIME FOR HAGAR!
The fall and winter are an excellent time to study for that all-important HAGAR examination, the single only item required of hang glider and paraglider pilots by Transport Canada, in order to be able to fly in airspace, a great privilege. It is an exam that should be taken by every pilot, regardless of rating level.
André Nadeau, HPAC's Transport Canada Liaison, has updated the HAGAR Study Guide on this website and has added a mapping section. You can find it at PID 95. It is easy to follow and is an excellent preparation for the HAGAR exam which can be scheduled at any fixed-wing flight school in your area. Please contact the Office if there are questions about the process.
BEN JORDAN AND MARK DOWSETT WIN FIRST AND SECOND PLACE FOR TOP PICTURES IN HPAC/ACVL 2017 CALENDAR
Our Calendar Editor, Douglas Noblet, of Wild Air Photography, has completed his selection of the best two photos in the 2017 Calendar. Thank you and congratulations to Ben Jordan and Mark Dowsett for the submissions of their spectacular photos.
XCanada 2016 Results
The XCanada 2016 season ended on November 1st. The winners of this year’s contest are:
The Board of Directors has appointed a new Senior Instructor: Max Fanderl of Invermere, BC, to join the other members of HPAC's Council of Senior Instructors (CSI). Max has been involved in hang gliding and paragliding since the late 1980's and worked as a Paragliding instructor and test pilot for manufacturers in Germany. He also flies single engine aircraft, sailplanes and is a licensed Ultralight Flight Instructor. Max Fanderl has represented Canada four times in the Red Bull XAlps Competition and has been a very active Instructor and Tandem Pilot. Welcome to Max.
The 2016 Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held in Bromont. Bruce Busby, Alberta Director, has been elected President of HPAC/ACVL and Nick Jones, Ontario Director, has been elected as Vice-President. Eric Olivier is the new Québec Director. Congratulations to all!
The Board of Directors of HPAC feels a responsibility to inform our members that their membership data (name, address, phone number) could have been inappropriately accessed. Action was taken immediately to restore the security of our database. No financial information is stored in HPAC's database (as all such information is handled off-site by PayPal direct).
Domagoj Juretic Honored at Yamaska
Saturday May 14, 2016 on Mount Yamaska saw the celebration of Domagoj Juretic's life, President of HPAC/ACVL from 2008-2016. A plaque was permanently affixed at one of the launches, named in his honour, and his ashes scattered above the mountain he loved to fly. RIP Dom!
MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
There is important information for pilots included in the latest newsletter May 2016. If you did not receive it due to your membership having lapsed when it was sent out, please find a link to it on this homepage to the right in the QuickLinks.
DUBAI WORLD AIR GAMES VIDEO RELEASED
Canada's David Thibodeau competed in the 2015 World Air Games in Dubai. The newly released FAI video features the integration of our sport into this world class Aerobatics event, the only one on that scale in the world, and a visual feast for all things aerobatic aviation.
PARAGLIDER IN NORTH VANCOUVER ACCIDENT APRIL 18, 2016 NOT A MEMBER
A paraglider pilot named Bruno reportedly landed in power lines in North Vancouver, cutting out power to the community, after having flown off a North Shore mountain at dark. This pilot is not a member of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada and there is no record of him as a member going back to 2002.
CANADIAN PARAGLIDING RECORDS AWARDED
A recent ceremony celebrated the Canadian Record set by Nicole McLearn (below left) and two Records by Alex Raymont (below middle). The award was presented by Andrew Berkley (below right), HPAC's Deputy Chair for Competition.
CANADIAN HANG GLIDING RECORDS AWARDED
A recent ceremony celebrated the Canadian Record attained by Mark Dowsett (below left) and awarded by Nick Jones, Ontario HPAC Director (below right) in Ontario.
Another ceremony celebrated three Canadian records attained by Alberta pilot John Janssen (below middle) and awarded by Stewart Midwinter (HPAC's FAI Rep and HPAC Records Chair, left) (Bruce Busby, HPAC's Vice-President, right, also participated in the proceedings)
The other Alberta pilot, Ross Hunter (below left), attained two separate Canadian HG Records with the presentation made by Stewart Midwinter, with Bruce Busby looking on.
Congratulations to Mark, Ross and John for their Record Achievements!
NEW PERMANENT MEMBERSHIP CARDS NOW IN DISTRIBUTION
The permanent member cards showing the pilot's name and member number are now being distributed by Canada Post to all member pilots rated Novice P2 or Novice H2 and higher who were members on November 1, 2015. These cards come with a clear plastic sleeve and are accompanied by a letter describing our new membership card system.
On their own, the permanent plastic cards do not prove current membership. To be valid, they have to be accompanied by the currency card pilots print from the website, showing membership expiry date, ratings, etc. Together they are proof of current membership and insurance.
Any pilots who were not current members on November 1, 2015, are automatically added to the next print batch when they renew their membership, and will receive their permanent cards in due course.
Please contact the Office at email@example.com, if you should have any questions about this new system.
2016 HPAC/ACVL CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER
The calendar as a holiday gift is a great way to say thank you to our landowners, to our friends, families and work colleagues and a great way to promote our sport. In the Shop Section of this page, click on the calendar picture and complete the easy online order. Order now. Shipping begins November 15, 2015. Happy 2016!
XCANADA 2015 WINNERS...
The 2015 XCanada cross-country competition ended on November 1st 2015 after a record year for flights submitted. Congratulations to the winners:
PG Open: Alex Raymont, Peter Spear, Andrew Berkley
PG Sport: Alex Raymont
PG Standard: Patrick Dupuis
HG Open: Ross Hunter, Doug Keller, Serge Lamarche
HG King post: Serge Lamarche
The 2015 elections for Regional Directors recently concluded: Stephen Kurth, Yukon Director, Gilles Normandeau, Manitoba Director, and Dom Juretic, Québec Director were all reelected by acclamation. Bruce Busby, Alberta Director, was reelected after an election runoff in Alberta.
Congratulations to all of these valuable volunteers to our Association!
Call for nominations will go out on Friday October 9 to all current HPAC members in each region. If you reside in one of these regions and are a current member but have not received the e-mail in your region, please contact the Office after October 9, 2015.
These elections are important for electing the critical volunteer Board members that make our Association and its work possible. Please be sure to vote.
Margit Nance, Executive Director
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