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Domagoj Juretic, Tue, Mar 17 2009 09:11 am

Beginner Rating Preamble

It was never the intent of the recommendation that the beginning pilot could/should fly absolutely alone even on a training hill. It should have been stated that they would be flying with or under the observation of an experienced pilot. Let's call this pilot "a mentor". To be clear, any rating flight numbers and times are the minimum and maybe in the case of Beginner that the instructor feels that even with 20 flights they haven't reached a sufficiently proficient level to allow them to be free of instructional control. We agreed that the freedom offered by the beginner rating is a critical step in the progressive transfer of responsibility from the instructor to the student.

Beginner flight numbers

Given the unique circumstances that the instructors in BC have with respect with low level training hills I think it is perfectly acceptable to subdivide the 20 flight minimum into two categories. 10 flights can be less than one minute. 10 flights must exceed one minute. This would necessitate a increase in the total flight time to 12 minutes.

Again, confirmation that the beginner level flight test is all about consistent safe launching and safe landing. I will advise the IAC of this change which makes perfect sense and also further clarifies the concerns that Mike Miller (IAC) from BC had on behalf of BC instructors.

Delivery method for the beginner rating and welcome package

Recommend that the filing of the beginner rating triggers the delivery of the welcome package which would now logically contain the HPAC Hagar study guide. This will cut down on the administrative burden.

Possibility of offering a subsidized membership for students

Instructional Standards Preamble

It is the IAC stated intent to work on a set of national instruction standards that will complement these new rating requirements in the coming off season. Hopefully those standards would be ready for implementation for the 2010 season.

Their first goal will be to ensure the consistency of instruction across the country.

Special Skills Preamble

HPAC will install a system of special skill sign offs starting immediately with the implementation of the HAGAR special skill sign off. Aerotow, Cliff Launch , SIV and Chute Packing and others will be added as soon as they are developped by the IAC and approved by the BOD.

A PADY like system could be considered to alleviate the topographical and meteorological limitations of certain regions.

Editor's note: "PADY" should be "PADI".

Instructor Ratings (Instructor, Tandem, Tandem II and Senior) Preamble

It is understood by the directors that the Instructor Ratings are still up for BOD review and will be looked at shortly following this vote.

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada
Rating Review 2009
Recommendation of the IAC

Beginner - HG

Beginner course that includes:

20 supervised flights (10 flights can be less than one minute. 10 flights must exceed one minute. This would necessitate a increase in the total flight time to 12 minutes)

Written examination

Ten minutes airtime This should be incremented to increase to thirty minutes over the next 5 years

Flight test, which includes:

Proper assembly, preflight and disassembly of equipment.

Adherence to static harness check procedure.

Ground handle and launch alone in light winds.

Demonstration of consistent proper launching skills.

Ability to establish proper flight plans in accordance to wind conditions and to fly to it.

Ability to control speed range in level flight.

Ability to do consistent stand up landings within a 50 meter diameter area.

Beginner - PG

Beginner course that includes:

Twenty supervised flights (10 flights can be less than one minute. 10 flights must exceed one minute. This would necessitate a increase in the total flight time to 12 minutes)

Written examination

Thirty minutes airtime

Flight test, which includes:

Proper layout, preflight and packing of equipment.

Adherence to multi point static harness check procedure.

Ground handle and launch alone in light winds.

Demonstration of consistent proper launching skills from both the forward and reverse inflation positions

Ability to establish proper flight plans in accordance to wind conditions and to fly to it.

Ability to control speed range in level flight including proper use of accelerator

Ability to do consistent stand up landings within a 30 meter diameter area.

Novice HG

75 supervised flights - 10 flights must be above 250 m and 10 flights must be soaring flights

Novice Raing Examination

Two hours solo airtime

Flight test, which includes: Demonstrate proper setup and preflight of glider, harness and reserve parachute.

Proper assembly, preflight and disassembly of equipment.

Adherence to harness check procedure.

Ground handle and launch alone in light winds (up to 25 km/h).

Perform smooth transition from running to flying. To include smoothly to prone position during launch and from prone position upon landing.

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.

Fly the speed range of the glider in level flight.

Demonstrate slow stall progression (at altitude) in level flight.

Perform standard aircraft and figure 8 landing approaches.

Controlled landing on feet within 50 meter diameter circle.

Give a verbal analysis of current conditions, possible hazards, areas of caution, flight plan and self-assessment.

Be familiar with a reserve parachute and how it is deployed. Attendance of a chute clinic recommended.

Novice PG

35 flights 10 flights must be above 250 m and 10 flights must be soaring flights

Novice Rating Examination

Ten hours logged solo airtime

Flight test, which includes:

Proper layout, preflight and packing of equipment.

Adherence to multi point harness check procedure.

Ground handle and launch alone in moderate laminar winds (up to 25 km/h, with visual check).

Ground handle and launch alone in light thermic winds (up to 20 km/h, with visual check).

Perform smooth consistent inflations from both the forward and reverse positions and make a smooth transition from running to flying.

Demonstrate two 360░ turns in the same direction within 20 seconds. *

Demonstrate reversing 360░ turn within 30 seconds. *

Demonstrate pitch and roll in level flight.

Perform standard aircraft and figure 8 landing approaches with a final leg of at least 3 seconds.

Controlled landing on feet within 30 meter diameter circle.

Demonstrate consistent and controlled ground handling skills by kiting the wing for a period of 3 minutes

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.

Intermediate HG

150 flights

Ten inland flights

Five different sites

Intermediate Rating Examination

Twenty five hours airtime

Basic first aid required. No renewal requirement

Intermediate PG

150 flights with a minimum of the following: 40 flights above 250 metres & 40 flights below 250 metres of at least 10 minutes duration

Ten inland flights

10 different sites including at least 1 cliff launch

Twenty five hours airtime

Be able to kite forward & reverse inflated for 5 minutes each

Intermediate Rating 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 required. No renewal requirement

Advanced HG

200 flights

10-km cross-country flight

Written examination

HAGAR examination

Fifty hours airtime

Basic first aid required. No renewal requirement. (Must be different from the course taken for the Intermediate rating.)

Advanced PG

150 flights

10-km cross-country flight

Written examination

HAGAR examination

Fifty hours airtime

Basic first aid required. No renewal requirement. (Must be different from the course taken for the Intermediate rating.)

Advanced manoeuvre clinic recommended

Voting:
  • Yes (7)
    • 2009-03-17 11:11:52 Michael Fuller - Atlantic Canada
    • 2009-03-18 13:05:55 Steven Younger - Ontario
    • 2009-03-18 17:01:19 Cas Wolan - Saskatchewan
    • 2009-03-19 01:32:47 Domagoj Juretic - Quebec
    • 2009-03-19 02:00:52 Bruce Busby - Alberta & NWT
    • 2009-03-19 09:10:56 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba & Nunavut
    • 2009-03-19 12:29:51 Amir Izadi - British Columbia & Yukon
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Passed.

reference: Board of Directors forum

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