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  • 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.


    2017 Winners Best Calendar Picture: Mark Dowsett HG and Ben Jordan PG.
  • XCanada 2016 Results

    The XCanada 2016 season ended on November 1st. The winners of this year’s contest are:

    Final Open PG (CCC and below)Final Open HG
    1Peter Spear1Ross Hunter
    2Alex Raymont2Doug Keller
    3Guy Herrington3Ken Kinzie
    Final Sport PG (EN C and below)Final King Post HG
    1Peter Spear1Rod Regier
    2Alex Raymont2Beverly Johns
    3Gary Penninga3Nick Jones
    Final Standard PG (EN B and below)
    1Pierre Boyer
    2Mark Florence
    3Claudia Schwab

    There were some truly ground-breaking flights this year… except some were also airspace-breaking. For slightly more detail, including those adjustments due to airspace and HPAC membership, see: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17h2sqrebp8bkh6dEsPH58iouU4vKfIkmShxsQ08OG08/edit?usp=sharing

    Due to unfavorable financials, HPAC is not awarding prizes this year.

    Andrew Berkley
    Deputy Competition Chair
    HPAC

  • 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ONLINE ON THE FORUM FRIDAY OCTOBER 21 - SUNDAY OCTOBER 30, 2016:

    PLEASE VOTE AT http://hpac.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=41

  • NEW SENIOR INSTRUCTOR APPOINTED

    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.

  • MAJOR CANADIAN COMPETITION DATES 2016

    THE WILLI MULLER XC CHALLENGE: July 22-August 1, 2016, Golden, BC; Information at http://thewillixc.com/

    THE CANADIAN NATIONAL PARAGLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: August 6-13, 2016, Yamaska, QC; Information at https://airtribune.com/can-pg-nats-2016/info/details__flying

  • 2016-2017 Board of Directors Named

    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!

  • MAJOR CANADIAN COMPETITION DATES 2016

    MILES IN MAY: May 15-May 22, 2016; Information at https://sites.google.com/site/milesinmay2011/

    11TH ANNUAL LUMBY AIR RACES: June 5-11, 2016, Lumby, BC; sponsored by Lumby Air Force; Information at http://lumbyairforce.weebly.com/events.html

    CANADIAN NATIONAL HANG GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: July 3-9, 2016, Golden, BC; Information at https://airtribune.com/canada2016/info

  • Potential Website Data Breach

    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.

    Nicole McLearn, Alex Raymont and Andrew BerkleyRecord attained by Nicole MacLearn

    Record attained by Alex RaymontRecord attained by Alex Raymont

  • 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.

    Mark Dowsett and Nick JonesRecord attained by Mark Dowsett

    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)

    Stewart Midwinter and John JanssenRecord attained by John Janssen

    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.

    Ross Hunter and Stewart MidwinterRecord attained by Ross Hunter
    Record attained by Ross Hunter

    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 admin@hpac.ca, if you should have any questions about this new system.

  • 2016 HPAC/ACVL CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER

    2016 calendar

    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!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • 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

    More details in Google docs

    Andrew Berkley, HPAC Competition Deputy-Chair

  • ELECTIONS FOR REGIONAL DIRECTORS

    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!

  • UPCOMING ELECTIONS FOR REGIONAL DIRECTORS

    In 2015, as an odd-numbered year (see http://www.hpac.ca/pub/?pid=368), elections will be held for the Directors from Yukon, Alberta, Manitoba and Québec.

    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

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