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Motion 2012-01-21: Solid Ground Award 2012

Hi Fellow Directors,

we have an early nomination for the Solid ground Award. And although we traditionally vote on annual awards at the ADM, for timing reasons, Mark Dowsett submits the following for our consideration.

HPAC Board of Directors:

I would like to formally make a nomination for the Solid Ground Award - PID 232

I would like it to be a shared award in the names of "Greenhorizons Group of Farms" and "John & Michelle Weber and Family"

Some background:

We started Instinct Windsports in spring of 2010 to train hang glider pilots in South Western Ontario. We first received permission to use a sod farm in Breslau Ontario but it was in the control zone of the regional airport and we weren't allowed to tow very high over the ground. It was originally meant as a very basic training facility before graduating pilots to SOGAs main flying site. With the focused promotion we did and such a large population to solicit, it was a huge success and we quickly realized we needed more altitude to train our new pilots in and there was a bigger market for training and tandems than originally anticipated.

SOGAs facility wasn't ideal for stationary winch towing due to it's distance away from the larger cities in the area, relatively short runways (for winching) and it is rather narrow cross runways (not ideal for new pilots to focus on hitting on their first flights). And we were spoiled after starting our low-and-slow training on a sod field - the PERFECT possible training venue. We went on a hunt for a more ideal location...

In the Fall of 2010 we solicited Greenhorizons as their company was more than 10 times the size of the company which we were currently using for low-and-slow training. We found they managed four small farms well outside of the control zone which was still a very small amount of land they manage - the rest of which was in the same control zone we were trying to get out of. The owner of Greenhorizons needed some convincing - they didn't like the idea of us traipsing around their multi-million dollar crops. We assured them that we'd be only taking a few steps and then flying OVER their crops and not spending much time on it at all. After a few "no's" the owner finally said to go get permission from the actual land owners they lease these farms from and then they would reconsider - I am convinced he thought this was his way out of negotiations.

We scoped out the four sod farms, picked the only one that was truly ideal and went knocking on their doors - it was the Weber's farm. Three generations of Weber's live there now - the grandparents (John Sr) used to farm the land (John Jr) but their son now owns the place, teaches high-school for a living and leases the land to Greenhorizons - they have just over 40 acres of perfectly manicured grass in their 'backyard' thanks to Greenhorizons. The Weber's were instantly keen on helping us out which was a great surprise to us and were open to us using their land. They even said they would probably have 'some' storage for us in their old barn if we were interested.

Well, Greenhorizons were a little shocked when we told them the Webers were OK with having us there. We got some more of the run-around from them as, rightfully so, we were a bee in their bonnet. We treaded lightly in how much we were bothering them with this but we knew it was key to the future of our operations. They had some liability issues of course and it was a stroke of luck that Margit Nance was in town for a very short time visiting her daughter and she allowed us to drop her name with Ron (the owner of Greenhorizons) in order to get a meeting with Margit (HPACs site-preservation officer) and he to discuss risk and liability coverage. I picked Margit up for the meeting and rush her her back so she could catch her plane home. The meeting was a success and away we went!

From September until now we have enjoyed an amazing environment to teach about 30 full-time students, perform at least another 100 low-and-slow intro sessions and well over 300 tandems from this property. We also helped the Webers clear out decades worth of 'stuff' out of the above mentioned barn so we could store all of our gear on-site and leave 8 gliders fully set-up and ready to fly. There is no way our business and our growing hang gliding community would be as successful as it is today without the gracious use of the land made possible by the cooperation of Greenhorizons and the Webers. There was little concern of "the business side" of the agreement as they both knew that we are a small start-up company which is amazing in itself in this day-and-age.

The sod has since been harvested and will be many months until we are able to get back on to this valued land and we hope that presenting this award to both Greenhorizons and the Webers will hold favour to our future negotiations with them. We stay out of Greenhorizon's hair as much as possible so we doubt they realize how much of a bonus this has been to Instinct. We owe the Weber's so much more as well as we often feel we are invading their privacy in their beautiful country home.

Kindly advise us on the progress of this award and we look forward to presenting it to them! Mark Dowsett & Ryan Wood

Co-owners, Instinct Windsports Inc.

Voting:

Do you approve of the folowing nomination for the 2012 Solid ground Award?

  • Yes (5)
    • 2012-01-21 13:20:16 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-01-21 14:34:42 Bruce Busby - Alberta & NWT
    • 2012-01-21 15:32:25 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-01-22 19:12:23 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-01-23 09:31:12 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (1)
    • 2012-01-21 20:59:29 Robert Samplonius - British Columbia & Yukon
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-01-21a: Motion to approve a Bid for the 2012 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships

As submitted by Mark Dowsett and as recommended by HPAC's Competition Committee:

And here is the HG one! They 'talked' me into doing it!
2012 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships Bid Application

Overview
Event: FAI cat 2 sanctioned, HPAC sanctioned national "A" competition
Location: Pemberton BC
Dates: Aug 12 -18, 2012
Launch site: New Upper Mackenzie launch
Format: Race to goal - Possible new AAT (Assigned Area Task) format
Scoring: GPS track logs scored using GAP via FS Comp (w/GPSDump) scoring software
Maximum number of Pilots: no max (hoping for 50)
Entry fee: $200-$250
Classes: Floater (Single Surface), King-Posted, Open, Female
Prizes: Trophies 1st, 2nd and 3rd all classes.

The event will be run in accordance with all rules and regulations as set out in the 2007 HPAC/ACVL Competition Rulebook, and the FAI Sporting Code, Section 7B

Meet Organization:
Meet Director, Organizer: Mark Dowsett
Launch Director, Safety Director: TBD
Scorer: Mark Dowsett
Protest Committee: 3 pilots(plus 1 reserve) chosen during the original pilot briefing by the field to review and rule on any protests brought forward during the competition.
Task committee: 3 pilots chosen by the field during the initial pilot briefing to evaluate the conditions of the day and structure a task to challenge the field.
Safety committee: 3 pilots chosen by the field during the original pilot briefing to confer with each other and meet officials to ensure tasts start and take place within acceptably safe flying conditions.

Additional highlights:
Mentorship program: We will encourage and facilitate as much as possible to match new pilots with experienced pilots committed to helping them with: programming their GPS with the task and setting up the track log, judging launch and weather conditions, task strategy, radio communications, and the rules of competition.
Registration Packages: At pilot check-in, participants will be presented with an event package that will contain a variety of information. Included will be a sheet with basic competition rules and schedules, important contact numbers and radio frequencies, a map of the area, and local information.
Free camping: Camping and HQ at the Pemberton airport picnic area….to be confirmed
Awards dinner: Scoring will be completed during the final dinner and will be followed by the awards ceremony and final fest. The Pemberton soaring centre hanger has provided an excellent venue for occasions like this one and we hope to repeat this venue.

Competitor Qualifications: In accordance with sections 3.1 and 4.2 of the 2007 HPAC Competition Rulebook:
All Canadian pilots will be required to have full (one year) HPAC membership, and all foreign pilots will be required to purchase a temporary membership;
Have a Minimum Pilot Proficiency Rating: Novice;
It is suggested to have a minimum of 50 hours thermalling experience and be comfortable in active, midday, midsummer air at a Canadian Mountain flying site:
Will be briefed regarding the airspace regulations of the area, and will have access to an airspace map that will be posted at meet headquarters;
Must be equipped with appropriate safety equipment including a helmet and parachute:;
Will be required to carry a GPS for scoring purposes;
Will be encouraged to fly with a radio and monitor a designated meet frequency; cell phone and/ or a SPOT device as a back up of emergency contact.
Entry Fee: A two tiered entry fee structure will be used for the event in order to facilitate planning purposes, and will be structured as follows
Early entry 200.00 can until July 1, 2012
Late entry 250.00 can after July 1, 2012

Task Scoring: All pilots will be required to fly with a GPS and submit a valid track log for the purposes of flight verification and scoring, in accordance with section 6.3 of the 2007 HPAC Competition Rulebook. In addition, the track log must satisfy all criteria laid out in the rulebook. Each task will be scored on a daily basis using the approved FAI scoring program: FS Comp, in tandem with GPS Dump. Provisional and Official Scores will be posted in a timely fashion, and will also be posted on the web. Complaints, protests and appeals will be dealt with in accidence to the regulations laid out in section 7 of the 2007 HPAC Competition Rulebook.

Free Flyer Policy: The organization behind this bid takes the position that events should disrupt public use of the launch and LZ as little as possible. Comps need to be friendly and inclusive of all pilots who want to fly in an area, not just the competitors. We propose to manage free flying during the comp by encouraging free flyers to launch before the launch window opens and communicating clearly to free flyers when this is, while encouraging them for safety purposes to fly away from launch gaggles and the meet task itself.

First Aid/SAR Planning: The organization plans to engage the local SAR group and advise them of the event and what to expect should they receive a call. We will also confirm a communications protocol at this meeting. We will communicate with the local BC Ambulance service and RCMP to advise of the event, its specifics, and what to expect should an emergency arise. We intend to have a level 1 First Aid Kit, Spinal immobilization equipment and Oxygen on site at launch and in the goal field at every task.

Conclusion: I can't help but to jump on Jim Orava's band-wagon and piggy-back on his PG Nationals. We started some Cat2 PG events in Pemberton back in 2003 and 2004 and unfortunately never followed through with future ones. Launch used to be a bit of an issue but now that it is double the height above the valley and 10x the size, launching above the inversion and valley winds will be a breeze! It also opens up many needed options for bail-out landing fields below launch. It's time to put Pemberton on the map of world-wide competition destinations! I have taken a five year hiatus from hosting the Nats and I hope to invigorate the Canadian Hang Gliding competition scene...once again!

Mark Dowsett.

Voting:

Do you approve of the following bid for the 2012 Canadian Hang Gliding National Championships?

  • Yes (5)
    • 2012-01-21 13:30:11 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-01-21 14:35:33 Bruce Busby - Alberta & NWT
    • 2012-01-21 15:33:42 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-01-22 19:11:28 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-01-23 09:30:20 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (1)
    • 2012-01-21 20:10:05 Robert Samplonius - British Columbia & Yukon
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-01-21b: Motion to approve a Bid for the 2012 Canadian National Paragliding Championships

text of PG Nats Proposal:

2012 Canadian National Paragliding Championships Bid Application

PURPOSE: to host a successful high level National "A"competition for the purposes of Canadian National ranking, to promote competition in the sport, and to bring together pilots of all skill levels in a competitive and learning atmosphere.

Overview
Event: FAI cat 2 sanctioned, HPAC sanctioned national "A" competition
Location: Pemberton BC
Dates: Aug 5 to 12 (4th will be non mandatory practice day)
Rationale: this date was chosen to avoid all other competitions occurring during the North American 2012 comp season.
Launch site: New Upper Mackenzie launch
Format: Race to goal
Scoring: GPS track logs scored using GAP2007 via FS Comp (w/GPSDump) scoring software
Maximum number of Pilots: 125
Entry fee: $275-325
Classes: Novice (EN A, LTF1), Sport (EN B, LTF1-2) Serial EN C-D, LTF 2 & 2-3), Female
Prizes: Trophies 1st, 2nd and 3rd all classes, cash prizes for Serial 1st to 3rd, Female 1st to 3rd.

The event will be run in accordance with all rules and regulations as set out in the 2007 HPAC/ACVL Competition Rulebook, and the FAI Sporting Code, Section 7B
Meet Organization:
Meet Director, Organizer: Jim Orava
Launch Director, Safety Director: Peter Michelmore
Scorer: TBD

Protest Committee: 3 pilots(plus 1 reserve) chosen during the original pilot briefing by the field to review and rule on any protests brought forward during the competition. Task committee: 3 pilots chosen by the field during the initial pilot briefing to evaluate the conditions of the day and structure a task to challenge the field.

Safety committee: 3 pilots chosen by the field during the original pilot briefing to confer with each other and meet officials to ensure tasts start and take place within acceptably safe flying conditions.

Weather briefing: Daily weather briefing will be provided by the most experienced weather savvy pilot willing to volunteer this device in the competition.

Volunteers: Volunteers will be actively solicited and utilized for various functions. (assistance on launch, communications assistance, parking, base camp assistance.

Additional highlights:
Mentorship program: We will encourage and facilitate as much as possible to match new pilots with experienced pilots committed to helping them with: programming their GPS with the task and setting up the track log, judging launch and weather conditions, task strategy, radio communications, and the rules of competition.

Canadian National Event Website:
This event will have a dedicated website for specific purpose of promoting the event and providing information. It will include event specific information, registration information, competition and site rules, local information regarding food and lodging, photos, links to other sites such as HPAC, the West Coast Soaring Club, promotion for our sponsors and links to bloggers and social media. Another purpose of this website will be to promote both the flying site, the town and local area of Pemberton,BC, and the sport of Paragliding.

Event postings HPAC, WCSC, Paragliding Forum as well as local media. International promotion will also occur in Crosscountry Magazine, USHGA and social media networks.

Online registration and payment: Will be set up via Google Docs to collect all relevant registration information required by FS Comp, as well as important safety info (cell numbers, pertinent heath info) and logistical info (ride/retrieve organization). This form will be linked into the website early in the new year 2012. Payment options will include internet email $ transfer for convenience.

Local Media and Sponsorship Package: The event will be advertised in the local media. In addition, local businesses (including paragliding schools) and governments will be solicted in order to increase the profile of the event. Pilots will be encouraged to support community business and positively enhance the profile of the sport during their stay.

Canadian Paragliding Nationals T-shirt: Local artist, quality printing Stunning!

Prizes: In addition to awards and cash prizes, local businesses will be solicited for prizes to be awarded for sportsmanship and other acts/ events of merit.

Registration Packages: At pilot check-in, participants will be presented with an event package that will contain a variety of information. Included will be a sheet with basic competition rules and schedules, important contact numbers and radio frequencies, a map of the area, and local information.

Opening BBQ: Evening of the practice day a (included for the competitors, per head cost others) friendly BBQ social evening. Local bluegrass group, family atmosphere, home grown salads etc.
Free camping: Camping and HQ at the Pemberton airport picnic area...to be confirmed
Midweek fiesta: To ensure our reputation… a good shaker/ local launch fundraiser.

Awards dinner: Scoring will be completed during the final dinner and will be followed by the awards ceremony and final fest. The Pemberton soaring centre hanger has provided an excellent venue for occasions like this one and we hope to repeat this venue.

Amenities and Activities for non-flying partners, family and non flyable days: Pemberton/Whistler is known worldwide as an exceptional travel destination where a myriad of recreational opportunities abound. ( glider flights, hiking, horseback, golf, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, road riding, rafting, swimming,climbing/bouldering, site seeing via helicopter, tram, sailplane or just your own two feet!) We are also hoping to have a tow boat situated at Lillooet lake for the duration of the event with Potential for self administered or instructional tows depending on lake levels and conditions at this time. Pemberton at this time of year is also renowned for organic food production with all the berries and greens you can dream of, and local organic meats for the carnivours amongst us. The town has great dining and accommodation options. We plan to provide on the website links to all local resources to these effects.
Donations: on behalf of the field to the local SAR GROUP.

Competitor Qualifications:
In accordance with sections 3.1 and 4.2 of the 2007 HPAC Competition Rulebook:
All Canadian pilots will be required to have full (one year) HPAC membership, and all foreign pilots will be required to purchase a temporary membership;
Have a Minimum Pilot Proficiency Rating: Novice;
It is suggested to have a minimum of 50 hours thermalling experience and be comfortable in active, midday, midsummer air at a Canadian Mountain flying site:
Pilots will be briefed regarding the airspace regulations of the area, and will have access to an airspace map that will be posted at meet headquarters;
Entrants must be equipped with appropriate safety equipment including a helmet and parachute:;
Entrants will be required to carry a GPS for scoring purposes;
Entrants will be required to fly with a radio and monitor a designated meet frequency;
Entrants will be encouraged to fly with a cell phone and/ or a SPOT device as a back up of emergency contact.

Entry Fee:
A two tiered entry fee structure will be used for the event in order to facilitate planning purposes, and will be structured as follows
Early entry 275.00 can until July 5, 2012
Late entry 325.00 can after July 5, 2012

The entry fee will be used to cover following costs
Daily participant transport from HQ to launch and retrieve.
Opening BBQ and final banquet
Prize money (based on subscription)
T-shirt production
Registration package
sanctioning fees
Event advertising
Donation to local SAR group.
Communications

We plan to have a cancellation policy in place which will be fair but encourage pilots to commit and participate. (who can guess mountain weather really?)

Task Scoring:
All pilots will be required to fly with a GPS and submit a valid track log for the purposes of flight verification and scoring, in accordance with section 6.3 of the 2007 HPAC Competition Rulebook. In addition, the track log must satisfy all criteria laid out in the rulebook.

Each task will be scored on a daily basis using the approved FAI scoring program: FS Comp, in tandem with GPS Dump. Provisional and Official Scores will be posted in a timely fashion, and will also be posted on the web.

Complaints, protests and appeals will be dealt with in accidence to the regulations laid out in section 7 of the 2007 HPAC Competition Rulebook.
Free Flyer Policy:
The organization behind this bid takes the position that events should disrupt public use of the launch and LZ as little as possible. Comps need to be friendly and inclusive of all pilots who want to fly in an area, not just the competitors. We propose to manage free flying during the comp by encouraging free flyers to launch before the launch window opens and communicating clearly to free flyers when this is, while encouraging them for safety purposes to fly away from launch gaggles and the meet task itself.
First Aid/SAR Planning:
The organization plans to engage the local SAR group and advise them of the event and what to expect should they receive a call. We will also confirm a communications protocol at this meeting. We will communicate with the local BC Ambulance service and RCMP to advise of the event, its specifics, and what to expect should an emergency arise. We intend to have a level 1 First Aid Kit, Spinal immobilization equipment and Oxygen on site at launch and in the goal field at every task.

Conclusion:
We feel we have consulted as widely as possible, and considered every possible option in putting forward this bid. By selecting this bid, and by extension of the organization, HPAC can be certain of a tremendous event in a NEW venue for this level of meet. We expect to make this meet all that everyone would want a Nationals Competition to be, as well as a safe, fun and memorable week for all participants, their families and friends, and to introduce a new ambience of airports event in Canada.

Jim Orava Dec 27/ 2011

Voting:

Do you approve of the following bid for the 2012 Canadian Paragliding National Championships?

  • Yes (6)
    • 2012-01-21 13:36:58 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-01-21 14:36:54 Bruce Busby - Alberta & NWT
    • 2012-01-21 15:34:36 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-01-22 19:09:17 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-01-23 09:28:45 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-01-26 01:42:43 Robert Samplonius - British Columbia & Yukon
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-01-21c: Motion to Approve the expulsion of member --- name withheld

After all our discussions and exchanges on this disciplinary matter, PRD 320 brings to consider a year long expulsion for Mr. ***** ****** of *********. This measure will offer M. ****** some possible remedies that we won't consider before one full year.

Here is the last letter sent to Mr. ******. It will be followed by a final letter communicating our decision.

HANG GLIDING AND PARAGLIDING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DE VOL LIBRE
#308 – 1978 Vine Street, Vancouver, BC V6K 4S1
Tel: 1 (877) 370-2078 Fax: 604-731-4407 Email: admin@hpac.ca
http://hpac.ca

January 17, 2012
***** ******
address withheld
****@shaw.ca

Dear ***** ******:

On December 9, 2011 you were notified in writing of the decision of the Board of Directors of HPAC/ACVL to vote on a resolution expelling you from membership in the Association. This decision was taken as a result of your continuing to carry out tandems during the past flying season (2011), in disregard of the Indefinite Suspension of your Current Instructor and Tandem Rating under HPAC/ACVL.
In accordance with Section 6 of the Policy and Regulatory Directive 320-0 (HPAC/ACVL Disciplinary Measures) (quoted below), the Board of Directors of HPAC gave you 30 calendar days from the date of the December 9, 2011 letter to present your case to each Director. The 30 calendar days have now passed. The Board of Directors will shortly be voting on a resolution of expulsion and will notify you of the result of the vote after it is taken.
Yours truly,

Margit Nance
Business Manager On behalf of the Board of Directors

320-0 HPAC/ACVL Disciplinary Measures
Date of Issue: 24 February 2002
Purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive
Expulsion
4. Expulsion from the HPAC/ACVL is the most severe disciplinary measure available to the HPAC/ACVL. The HPAC/ACVL by-laws state that "any Member may be expelled by a resolution to that effect at a meeting of the BoD and shall be carried by an 85% majority of the vote of Directors present."
5. Expulsion from the HPAC/ACVL will be taken as a last measure when other disciplinary measures have been unsuccessful or when the BoD judges that the action(s) in question warrant an expulsion as the most viable option.
6. No vote on the expulsion of an offending Member shall be taken without giving that Member an opportunity to present his/her case to each Director who will be voting on the resolution for expulsion. The offending Member will be given 30 calendar days from the day the resolution is proposed to present his/her case. It is the responsibility of the Member to contact the directors, and the discourse may be conducted in a format (email, regular mail, fax, telephone, in person) mutually

Voting:

Do you approve of Expulsion of Mr. ***** ****** for Reasons Stated in prior exchanges of the Board of Directors following the terms set forth in PRD 320

  • Yes (6)
    • 2012-01 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-01 Bruce Busby - Alberta & NWT
    • 2012-01 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-01 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-01 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-01 Robert Samplonius - British Columbia & Yukon
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-01-25: Motion to grant a Tandem II Rating to Stéphane Cantin

PRD 430-1 Tandem Endorsement Program

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--YES
- have logged at least 100 tandem flights as pilot-in-command (submit a list of names & dates) -- Your president has personally witnessed well over 100 tandem performed by the applicant and flew with him once as passenger-student
- assist a Tandem 2 instructor in conducting a Tandem 1 seminar--YES
- have the recommendation of a Tandem 2 instructor (in the same activity: HG or PG)--YES
- write a letter of application to the HPAC/ACVL Board of Directors--YES
- 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.

Most documentation submitted in French. Your president can vouch that they do fill the requirements above.

Voting:

Should HPAC's BOD grant a Tandem II Rating to Stéphane Cantin, member #1751?

  • Yes (4)
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-02-05: Motion to approve the Appointment of Jason Warner as HPAC's Safety Chair

Hi Dom,

Fred has approached me and I have talked to Quinn as well.
I am interested but would need much more information on the legal aspects of the position, the voting rights, the authority, and the expectations.

I work for Corrections Canada for the past 12 years. I am the union president of my local. I run and own my own, very successful, Community dance club. I am a Dj and photographer on the side, and I have a new baby (thus why I am on Paternity). I love paragliding, and love to help and organize. However I found being in the WCSC team, I was mainly satisfied with the safety and event position, but then running into pilots and instructors that don't report serious accidents was frustrating and I learnt we had no power to make changes. I want to fly and stay out of the political way of schools and mountain entitlements. If there is a need in the HPAC team for what I can offer I would like to join that team and learn more about making this sport more safe, more fun, and more successful in Canada.

There are many good pilots out there and many great sites! The majority are responsible and respectful. I would want to foster this as what Canadian pilots are known for.

A Skype could be beneficial. I am available most mornings these days. Give me a heads up when we can talk.

Cheers

Jason @ Crystal
www.suburbanswing.com
604-308-3662

=========================

Here was a reprint of PRD 400-0 Flight Safety

Voting:

Do you approve of the appointment of Jason Warner as HPAC's safety chair?

  • Yes (4)
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-02-11: Motion to offer a Completion Bonus to Xplorex for the Completion of the Website.

After discussion regarding the long delay for the work, the BoD hope to obtain a finalized work completed in April 2012.

- Serge Lamarche, webteam.

Voting:

Do you approve of a completion bonus of $3000 for the developers of HPAC's new website?

  • Yes (3)
    • 2012-02-11 12:33:02 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-02-11 22:53:25 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-02-12 17:37:07 Robert Samplonius - British Columbia & Yukon
  • No (1)
    • 2012-02-12 22:07:21 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-02-14: Motion to renew HPAC's Insurance Policy for 2012-2013

Motion to renew HPAC's Insurance Policy for 2012-2013 under the terms recommended by Gregg Humphries
(Gregg Humpries comments hereunder)

Subject: RE: Insurance policy renewal 2012-2013

Dear Gregg,

As you've know, some hearsay about some insurance turmoil from south of the border got us very worried recently. Considering this, we are even more appreciative of your hard work to secure us the best terms possible this year. [...]

In the name of all of us here at HPAC, thanks for always being around when we need you most.

Dom Juretic
HPAC President

De : Margit Nance [...]
Envoyé : 7 février 2012 12:31
À : domjuretic@...
Objet : Re: Insurance policy renewal 2012-2013

Hi Dom,

I am so pleased. Cheque goes out at end of week (will check with David FitzPatrick before sending it to make sure that it gets to who it needs to go to right away so that it is in their hands prior to our 2011-2012 insurance policy running out.

Best,

Margit

----- Original Message -----
From: Domagoj Juretic
Date: Monday, February 6, 2012 12:27 pm
Subject: Re: Insurance policy renewal 2012-2013
To: 'Margit Nance' , Board of Directors

Fellow directors,

Speak now or hold your peace for the coming year! This is great news, considering the possible insurance woes of our neighbors to the south.

Dom

Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell. Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregg Humphreys
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:31:46
To: ; 'Margit
Nance'; 'Board of Directors'
Subject: Insurance policy renewal 2012-2013

Dom et al, Feb. 6, 2012

This is further to my letter to you of January 26. I have added that as a copy at the end of this email for easy reference.

On Friday, Feb. 3, I received the following quotation from Lloyds of London via David FitzPatrick. I am very glad to see that they are willing to take us on again, under the terms of last year's policy with no net increase in cost. In fact, as our numbers are slightly reduced, the quote is proportionately lower.

His email is as follows:

Hello Gregg:

The underwriter has quoted $31,130 for renewal of the Commercial General Liability policy for HPAC. This is based on 835 members. This compares to the expiring premium of $32,190 which was based on 870 members. All terms and conditions of the policy will remain as expiring.

Please confirm that we can proceed with the renewal of the policy.

Regards

David FitzPatrick

Our expiry date is February 14, 2012. We should get back to the broker as soon as we are able.

I have again read through our policy and I suggest that this is a reasonable premium in today's market for the coverage that we have sought and I recommend that the Board accept this quote to secure our association'scoverage for the coming one-year term.

I also confirm Dom's recent email regarding the Director's and Officer's Liability package. This is quite a separate thing and it was negotiated and purchased well after our Comprehensive General Policy had renewed. As such, the above renewal quote is separate from the D & O coverage, which will be dealt with closer to it's renewal date. (I was not involved in the decision to secure or the negotiations to purchase the D & O cover. I believe the expiry date is in the fall of 2012).

Please provide me with your instructions as soon as you are able.

Regards.

Gregg

Email - ghumphreys@...

PH. 250 - 381-9411

FAX 250- 381-9811

FOLLOWING IS A COPY OF MY EMAIL OF JANUARY 26, 2012

HPAC
Board January 26, 2012

This is a short note to give you a brief report on the status our insurance renewal activities for the coming term of 2012 -2013.

I have had a few meetings with our insurance broker, David FitzPatrick of Megson FitzPatrick Inc in the past months, to go over a number of issues. Our most recent meeting was a week ago, to set out our goals in coverage and to seek renewal terms. We are now in a position to actually go to the market to get the renewal quoted upon. (You will recall from my letters of previous years, that insurers will not tender quotes very long before the renewal date due to the variable nature of the costs of insurance, reinsurance and so on)

Firstly, let me say that things look very good for a smooth renewal this year, with little change in the cost. I say this as I have recentlyreceived a number of enquiries about the renewal "atmosphere" for hang gliding and paragliding organizations, as there is apparently a rumour that insurance for our class of business, and for other hang gliding and paragliding associations in other countries, will go up dramatically. That is not the tone of our discussions.

I say that with some caution, as we never really know our likely premiumuntil we actually receive our proper quote but, our broker did not have any indication of a significant rate change. Insurance markets are generally in a "hardening" trend, which is simply part of the global financial cycle. This means that we can anticipate that insurance will be more difficult to obtain and to be more costly in the future, but that holds true for your insurance on your home as well as for the HPAC coverage. The likely time-frame of the hardening cycle is expected to be over the "coming years", not tomorrow.

Now as for the facts of the negotiations:

[...] I won't dissect the entire policy in this note but, the key points for your consideration are:

  • $5,000,000 coverage - this is the key driver of premium or cost; Less of a limit is cheaper, higher is more costly. We have explored limits of $3 million but, the $ 5 million amount was set several years ago in response to demands by several groups of land owners - especially Provincial Governments, forest companies and other corporate land owners. Because of representations that we have made to these important entities, it is really impossible to reduce the amount of coverage at this point. We have explored increasing the coverage but, as I have heard little true demand for that, and therefore we are leaving the limit as it existed.
  • World wide coverage - this is important and a valuable expansion on coverage from a few years ago. The insurers have not yet suggested introducing restrictions in the coverage territory.
  • Named insureds - HPAC/ACVL and all members, clubs, certified schools and valid students as shown last year
  • Additional insureds - owners, landowners, volunteers
  • The participant exclusion - this continues and is a mandatory restriction to enable us to get coverage at all. It essentially means that this policy will NOT respond for a claim by one participant against another. This policy is for damage to property and bodily injury to third parties (non- participants).
  • Forest fire expenses are covered to $ 1 million - this has been an important clause in our negotiations with some of the large forest companies.
  • Non motorized coverage - this policy is strictly for non motorized aviation based activity
  • $2,500 deductible - the insurers will only pay amounts over $2,500. This initial amount of any loss is payable by the insured.
  • Lloyds Underwriter - our ultimate coverage is through Lloyds of London.

That is a very short snap shot of our coverage goals again. If the Board has issue with any point, I should hear back from them, preferably through Dom, very shortly.

The policy is now in the process of underwriting (that being the process where specialists at Lloyds analyse our history, the sport in general, the world wide trends and all other factors to allow them to put a price on the risk to them of putting up $ 5million to protect us). I expect to hear back from them very shortly.

I do NOT expect to run into the type of problems that we have had in the past, where we were simply unable to obtain any insurer's interest in our risk.

David FitzPatrick has done, what seems to be, a good job in keeping the insurers prudently aware of our very well-organized association, our earnest efforts to manage risk and our generally good history. He is however, also aware of some of the negative things that have occurred in the last term (and the previous ones) and he is obligated to make the underwriters aware of these as well. Overall, they still see us as an unusual risk group, comprised of people willing to run off of perfectly good mountainsides, but they seem to be willing to take on HPAC again in general, largely due to our past history, our good relationship thus far and our professional image and presentation to them.

Thanks to the officers and volunteers who provided me with the statistical information as to the number of members and schools, to allow the insurers to better analyse our risk and to provide us with a quote.

[...]

Gregg Humphreys January 26, 2012

Voting:

Do you approve of renewal of HPAC's Insurance Policy for 2012-2013 under the terms recommended by Gregg Humphries?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-02-14 16:39:25 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-02-14 22:20:37 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-02-15 04:23:16 Robert Samplonius - British Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-02-16 09:39:51 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did Not Vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-02-25: Motion to authorize Mark Kowalski (HPAC Legal Advizor) to prepare and file a Defense to Steve Parson's claim on behalf of HPAC.

Motion to authorize Mark Kowalski (HPAC Legal Advisor) to prepare and file a defense to the claim brought by Steve Parson in BC small claims court on behalf of HPAC and the member co-defendants.

Vote:

Do you approve giving Mark Kowalski (HPAC Legal Advizor) authorization to prepare and file a defense to Mr. Parson's claim on behalf of HPAC and the member co-defendants?

  • Yes (6)
    • 2012-02-25 13:39:53 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-02-26 13:01:31 Steven Younger - Ontario
    • 2012-02-27 10:27:16 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-02-26 18:06:05 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-02-27 11:30:39 Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-02-27 16:50:57 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-04: Motion to amend PRD 320 to include immediate and temporary Suspension of Rating.

The motion is for the addition of the sections and sub sections highlited in red.

new section:
Temporary Suspension of Ratings and Endorsements
12. In exceptional circumstances when public safety is an immediate concern, the BOD can temporarely suspend the ratings of a pilot or instructor's ratings and endorsements pending investigation and prior to further disciplinary measures for a period not exceeding two months. The offending Member will be given 30 calendar days from the day the resolution is proposed to present his/her case. It is the responsibility of the Member to contact the directors, and the discourse may be conducted in a format (email, regular mail, fax, telephone, in person) mutually agreed between the Member and each Director.
13.The resolution for the suspension of ratings and endorsements must include the conditions by which the member may temporarely regain the rating or endorsement that is being affected.

01 May 2012 21:23 Robert Samplonius: If it is immediate, then what is the stuff about 30 days notice about? We need to word this properly so there is no confusion. I suggest the following: (suggestion not included here)

01 Mai 2012 22:43 Robert Samplonius: At this point I have no idea why we even bother with PRDs. If we can change them at anytime, then what is the point. Are they not then just suggestions?
If we want to change this PRD, we need to do it properly. Thus the suggestion that I have for wording.
We should also consider adding something to the bylaws that links the PRDs to them. Finally the PRDs shoud be routinely ratified by the membership.
I'm going to with hold my vote. I may either vote no or abstain. Leaning heavy on the No side. This is despite wanting to toss Jon in the worst way. I don't want to kick out Jon and in the process knock over the house of cards that is the PRDs and the bylaws of the associaiton.

Vote:

Do you approve the this amendment to PRD 320?

  • Yes (6)
    • 2012-05-01 11:55:17 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-05-01 12:46:13 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-05-01 13:33:17 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-05-01 19:46:58 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-05-02 20:50:02 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-05-02 22:38:11 Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-05-01: Motion to suspend Tandem Instructor Jon Orders.

01 May 2012 09:44 Domagoj Juretic: According to PRD 320 and because of the facts already publicly known about the accident involving tandem instructor Jon Orders and the death of his "tandem student", the above motion is for the immediate suspension of his tandem endorsement.
The rationale is based on his total lack of airmanship (in the wide and noble sense) demonstrated by the prima facie evidence of destruction of evidence and the obstruction of justice criminal charge. This raises enough doubts about his attitude towards public safety to warrant this measure.
Mr.Orders will have 30 calendar days to present his case to put an end to the suspension by convincing a majority of the board that public safety wouldn't be compromised. This would be measured by a majority vote of the board. (see PRD 320)

01 Mai 2012 21:38 Robert Samplonius: OK this is just plain confusing. I must be more tired than I thought.
Are we suspending Jon effective today or what? What is this stuff about 30 days notice?
Finally I think that we first have to finish voting on the PRD before doing this vote.
I really think that we are going down a road here that could potentially be trouble. I think that since Jon is in jail as of today, and that he will not likely even want to show his fase at a flying site for the next month, this is un-needed. Lets use the PRDs that we have. I can personally stop Jon from flying with just a few words. Something like, "I've CTV on speed dial" should do it.
The risk here is that we screw this up and make things worse for ourselves in the real courts. If we screw with the PRDs any time we feel like and don't inform people of what the rules are before we start implementing them, we are in serious trouble. This is the sort of stuff that Magna Carta is about. Being subject to the PRDs doesn't mean that we can change them on a whim, not inform members, and do what we want.
As much as I want to throw Jon under the bus, my spidy senses are tingling here big time. I'm not going to vote for a little while, but I may abstain when I do.

01 Mai 2012 22:32 Robert Samplonius: I'm really concerned that we can't do this without busting our own PRD PRD. We need to have the draft version circulated for consultation. No way that this is being done with the proposed revision. What a mess...
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while we are at it, there is a PRD that Jon could use to ask us for legal defence funds:
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02 Mai 2012 10:46 Domagoj Juretic: Public and member safety is the paramount principle here. Using the board's sovereignty is perfectly justifiable in this case. Only changes to bylaws require member consultation. And that is understandable since these are like constitution.
Public consultation is sometimes warranted, but like for our parliament, if it were equired each time, it would make our democracy total inefficient and paralyzed. We know that Jon is in custody, but as public perception is concerned, not acting right away because our original PRD doesn't allow it (because of member consultation and the 30 day window that allows the alledged delinquent instructor to present his case) would make us look lack a toothless banana republic outfit and further jeoperdize the future of our sport.
If next time we stumble on a remorseless instructor or pilot that is not in custody, we will have this very reasonable measure as a tool to act asap.

Vote:

Do you approve the temporary suspension of Mr. Orders Tandem Endorsement?

  • Yes (6)
    • 2012-05-01 12:44:42 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-05-01 13:04:49 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-05-01 13:36:13 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-05-01 19:51:32 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-05-02 20:53:28 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-05-02 22:36:53 Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-06-16: Motion to grant Colleen Varcoe a PG Senior Instructor Rating

Posté le: 16 Juin 2012 06:19

Requirement to Obtain a HPAC/ACVL Senior Instructor Certification

[In order to qualify for a HPAC/ACVL Senior Instructor certification for hang gliding or paragliding, candidates must meet the following requirements:
Be a member in good standing of the HPAC/ACVL;
have a HPAC/ACVL Advanced rating and 100 logged hours of airtime in the desired activity;
have held a valid HPAC/ACVL Instructor rating for a minimum of three years in the desired activity;
have taught a minimum of 100 students that have obtained at least a Student Certificate in the desired activity;
have a valid first-aid certificate;
have assisted a Senior Instructor in conducting an Instructor Certification Seminar for the desired activity;
have the recommendation of a Senior Instructor certified in the desired activity; and obtain the approbation of the HPAC/ACVL BoD.
Submit a letter of application to the board of directors. As this letter is also a letter of introduction to some of the board, it is recommended that it contain any relevant information the applicant would like the board to know and state why the candidate would like to attain this rating.

De : Jim FlyBC [mailto:flybcpg@gmail.com]
Envoyé : 11 juin 2012 13:07
À : IAC; HPAC Admin; Board of Directors
Objet : Colleen Varcoe recommendation for Senior Instructor & Tandem II appointment

Colleen has been instrumental in running Instructor & Tandem PG Courses at our School for the past 10 years and is certainly qualified to become a Senior Instructor & Tandem II PG rated pilot.

Attached is her latest renewal form from our May 2012 Instructor Course.

Please accept my recommendation for her appointment to Senior Instructor & Tandem II.

Jim Reich

A second motion is posted to amend the first aid requirement and to allow health care professionnals (Nurses, Mds and emergency technicians) to self-declare their currency and readiness instead of providing a first aid certificate.

Domagoj Juretic HPAC President

Vote:

Do you approve the granting of a PG Senior Instructor Rating to Colleen Varcoe?

  • Yes (5)
    • 2012-06-16 13:25:05 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-06-16 13:36:59 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-06-18 09:21:16 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-06-18 11:32:50 Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-06-18 13:38:49 Blake Daley - Maritimes
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-06-16a: Motion to allow Health Care Professionnals (Nurses, Mds and Emergency Technicians) to self-declare their Readiness and Currency "in lieu"of the First Aid Certificate.

Posté le: 16 Juin 2012 06:53

This motion amends all ratings the where first aid is required by allowing health care professionnals to self declare their readiness and currency with first aid techniques "in lieu" of presenting a valid first aid certificate. This self declaration puts an onus on the health care professionnal to be and remain ready to apply first aid among other emergency techniques in cases where it might be needed.

The following text would preceed our pilot and our instructor rating requirements pages:

If a member applies for a rating requiring first aid, he (she) can present a self-declaration stating that they are a health care professional (Nurse, Md or Emergency Technician) and that first aid readiness and currency are part of the requirements of their profession (occupation). The onus is on the applying member to make sure that they continue to meet this requirement as long as they hold that HPAC rating.

Vote:

Do you approve of allowing Health Care Professionnals (Nurses, Mds and Emergency Technicians) to self-declare their Readiness and Currency "in lieu" of a First Aid Certificate

  • Yes (6)
    • 2012-06-16 13:24:39 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-06-16 13:36:10 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-06-16 20:50:40 Steven Younger - Ontario
    • 2012-06-17 00:24:18 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-06-18 09:20:45 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-06-18 11:33:25 Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-06-20: Motion to grant a PG Tandem II Endorsement to Colleen Varcoe.

Posté le: 20 Juin 2012 10:28

All requirements having been met by the applicant, do you approve HPAC granting Colleen Varcoe a Tandem II Endorsement?

Requirement to Obtain a Tandem 2 Endorsement

7.In order to qualify for a HPAC/ACVL Tandem 2 endorsement for hang gliding or paragliding, instructors must meet the following requirements: a.hold a current HPAC/ACVL Instructor or Senior Instructor certification
b.have logged at least 100 tandem flights as pilot-in-command (submit a list of names & dates)
c.assist a Tandem 2 instructor in conducting a Tandem 1 seminar
d.have the recommendation of a Tandem 2 instructor (in the same activity: HG or PG)
e.write a letter of application to the HPAC/ACVL Board of Directors
f.be approved by the HPAC/ACVL Board of Directors

8.In order to retain a Tandem 2 endorsement, instructors must:
a.log at least 50 flights including 10 tandems annually;
b.use a Certified tandem glider and reserve parachute (plus safety wheels for hang gliders);
c.use tandem flight only for instructional purposes; and
d.conduct at least one Tandem 1 Seminar every three years.

Vote:

Do you approve of HPAC granting Mrs. Colleen Varcoe a PG Tandem II Endorsement?

  • Yes (7)
    • 2012-06-20 13:32:24 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-06-20 13:41:03 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-06-20 13:45:20 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-06-20 21:58:48 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-06-21 11:09:39 Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-06-21 13:31:49 Steven Younger - Ontario
    • 2012-06-21 23:07:52 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-08-09a: Motion to pay Glenn Derouin's airfare (to Whitehorse, Yu.) for his attendance at a Certification-S.I.V.-Repack clinic.

Posté le: 09 Aoû 2012 08:50

We have a sizeable bunch of unregistered pilots in the Yukon. Many of them unregistered and unofficially trained.

This community of pilots had one instrcutor who needs to recertify. He wants to but there was no opportunity because of distance issues.

Many pilots there have not repacked their parachutes in a long while.
Needless to say that they always fly in remote areas.
Many of them wish also to take an SIV course.

Many of them (and I share their their belief) think that Glenn's visit will increase their collective safety.

Our executive director and I also believe that we might get many new memebers out of this effort as Glenn will be able to recertify ex instructor Steven Kurth who in turn will be able to certify many pilots without membership or ratings. He will be able to take new students too. He will also be able to give repack clinics and maybe SIV courses in the future.

To make this financially viable, the organizers are asking for HPAC to pay for Glenn's airfare (around $600-$700).

I believe that this is about replanting HPAC's seed in a remote area and we might have to consider such efforts in other areas of the country in the future.

Vote:

Do you approve of the payment of Glenn Derouin's airfare (to Whitehorse, Yu.) for his attendance at a Certification-S.I.V.-Repack clinic?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-08-09 11:51:48 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-08-09 12:17:41 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-08-09 20:24:34 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-08-10 21:57:05 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (3)
    • Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-08-09: Motion to pay HPAC's Executive Director's Lodging Expenses (business presence at PG Nationals)

Posté le: 09 Aoû 2012 08:33

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

Our Executive Director, Margit Nance spent two days at the PG Nationals to help mainly with registration of visiting pilots.

She also transported our new HPAC flagpoles to the site.

She helped with many other administrative duties.

Her lodging expenses amount to $290.

Gilles Normandeau

Those new flags sound great. Do we have any pictures? I'd like to see what they look like. Would our club be able to buy a couple for ourselves.

Domagoj Juretic

we'll ask Margit to post a picture when the motion gets past. The plan is to have a bunch made for every region.

Vote:

Do you approve the payment of our Executive Director lodging expenses for her presence at the 2012 PG Nationals?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-08-09 11:33:38 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-08-09 12:17:03 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-08-09 20:17:58 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-08-10 21:56:32 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (3)
    • Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-10-05: Motion to grant an HG Tandem II Rating to Vincent Vaillancourt

Posté le: 05 Oct 2012 08:04

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

All requirements having been met by the applicant, do you approve HPAC granting Vincent Vaillancourt an HG Tandem II Endorsement?

Vincent gave a Tandem I certification under the supervision of Normand Michaud HG T2 last month. Our business manager has gotten all the proper paperwork. Vincent does have a stellar reputation as an HG Tandem Instructor eventhough he is only 26 years old!

Vote:

Do you approve HPAC granting Vincent Vaillancourt an HG Tandem II Endorsement?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-10-05 11:05:21 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-10-05 14:05:16 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-10-05 15:27:25 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-10-06 15:01:22 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (3)
    • Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-10-05a: Motion to compensate the expenses of our legal Advisor's presence at the Steve Parson Settlement Conference

Posté le: 05 Oct 2012 10:51

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

Mark Kowalski has graciously agreed to represent HPAC and the named parties at the settlement conference for the Steve Parson lawsuit against HPAC and 3 named members of HPAC. Mark will try to keep expenses to a minimum. Amir proposed to have him stay over his place as a guest (in Victoria, BC)

Mark's presence could stop this case in its tracks and give us a single representative which is always the most desirable strategy. It will also provide great relief to all the named parties which are currently under some stress at the idea of appearing at this conference.

Vote:

Do you approve of HPAC paying our legal advisor's expenses to attend the settlement conference of the Steve Parson case?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-10-05 13:51:55 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-10-05 14:01:40 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-10-05 15:34:24 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-10-06 15:00:43 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (3)
    • Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-10-16: Motion to approve the Appointment of Nicole McLearn as HPAC's Competition Chair

Posté le: 16 Oct 2012 08:52

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

Following Mark Dowsett's resignation as Comp Chair, he submitted Nicole McLearn's name as possible replacement. Nicole has been on our comp committe for years. She has been competing for years on our national scene and on the international stage as member of Canada's PG World Team. She has often been our highest ranked Canadian pilot based on the international point system, and consistantly the highest ranked female Canadian pilot. She has a vast knowledge of the inner workings of international comps and still has many contacts out there.

I humbly submit that we are lucky to have her as a candidate.

Domagoj

Vote:

Do you approve of the nomination of Nicole McLearn as HPAC's Competition Chair?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-10-16 11:52:52 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-10-16 12:15:02 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-10-16 12:26:45 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-10-18 11:07:47 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (3)
    • Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
    • Loren White - Saskatchewan
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-10-16a: Motion to start the Withdrawal of Ratings Process (of Jon Orders' instructor ratings)

Posté le: 16 Oct 2012 09:43

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

Having gone through the temporary suspension process,
considering the conclusions of our own investigation,
considering the many unofficial testimonies heard,
considering information coming from different authorities,
considering information coming from media sources,
considering public statements made by the instructor,

HPAC will put in motion the withdrawal of ratings process which starts with a period of thirty days (following reception of notification by Mr. Orders) during which he will be given the opportunity to contact each director individually and state his case as to why these disciplinary measures are unwarranted.

The process will be set in motion by a letter from our executive director

See PRD 320

Vote:

Do you approve of the initiation of the withdrawal of ratings process against Mr. Jon Orders?

  • Yes (4)
    • 2012-10-16 12:43:39 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-10-16 13:42:28 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-10-18 11:16:43 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-10-18 13:23:22 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (3)
    • Robert Samplonius - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
    • Loren White - Saskatchewan
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-11-14: Motion to approve the Expenditures of the First HPAC Senior Instructors' Conference

Posté le: 14 Nov 2012 09:39

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

[...] Because of years of us trying to forward the renewal of our instruction and rating system through long distance committee work and the failures of these attempts, we were successful in organizing the first face to face meeting of all of our senior and tandem II instructors in Vancouver this november. We are sure that this conference will yield concrete results in renewing and beefing up our system which was made crucial with this year's accident (which followed the death of Steve Parson's student.

The organisation of this conference involve paying for the airfares of about ten people and the accomodations of the total group of about 16 people. Other expenses are assumed by the participants.
Margit tried to keep expenses to a minimum but still provide for nice accommodations that will be conducive to a weekend of hard work. The meeting room will be in a nearby university campus.

This will be a very sizeable expense and I ask you to approve it without knowledge of the final total.
But this expense shouldn't controversial because it should be viewed as the biggest investment made in our instructional system's history. [...]

Vote:

Do you approve approve the Expenditures of the First HPAC Senior Instructors' Conference?

  • Yes (5)
    • 2012-11-14 11:39:13 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-11-14 12:31:07 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-11-14 20:01:37 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
    • 2012-11-14 23:38:28 Doug Nitchie - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-11-16 14:23:01 Loren White - Saskatchewan
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (2)
    • Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • Steven Younger - Ontario
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-12-14: Motion to approve a funding program for Pilots participating in international Competitions

Posté le: 14 Déc 2012 10:40

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

The following is the proposal made by Nicole McLearn, HPAC Competition Chair

2013 FAI and PWC competition funding

Funding is available to qualified pilots going to FAI category 1 championships and World Cup Superfinals. These are elite competitions with rigorous selection criteria; few pilots are accepted into such competitions. Funding is meant to partially offset the costs of attending these 2-week competitions and is directed at expenses such as airfares, entry fees, and tow fees.

Comps that qualify are FAI category 1 championships (Worlds, Europeans, Asians, Pan-Americans) and Paragliding World Cup Superfinals. Both HG and PG pilots are eligible.

Pilots must be members of HPAC. Pilots are eligible for funding for 1 comp per fiscal year; pilots attending an FAI category 1 comp and a PWC Superfinal in the same year cannot get funding for both. HPAC and the comp chair will arrange for funding, and eligible pilots will be notified after attendance is confirmed. Funding will be given AFTER the competition is finished. Funding is dependent on HPAC's annual budget but is anticipated to be ~$3000 in total.

Vote:

Do you approve of the funding program for Canadian pilots participating in international competitions as presented by HPAC's competion chair?

  • Yes (7)
    • 2012-12-14 12:40:53 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-12-14 14:18:31 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-12-14 21:01:18 Doug Nitchie - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-12-15 09:27:11 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-12-15 12:18:31 Steven Younger - Ontario
    • 2012-12-16 10:12:41 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-12-17 11:05:41 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

Motion 2012-12-14: Motion to withdraw the Instructor and Tandem Instructor Rating of Jon Orders

Posté le: 14 Déc 2012 11:44

Discussion:

Domagoj Juretic

This motion follows motion 2012-10-16a;

Considering that the timeframe allocated for Mr. Jon Orders to contact the board to oppose the witrhdrawal of his instructor and tandem instructor ratings has passed and;
Considering that Mr. Orders has stated that he has no desire to dispute the withdrawal of his ratings we are left with the original considerations for the withdrawal of his instructor and tandem instructor ratings which are:

Having gone through the temporary suspension process,
considering the conclusions of our own investigation,
considering the many unofficial testimonies heard,
considering information coming from different authorities,
considering information coming from media sources,
considering public statements made by the instructor,

HPAC has put in motion the withdrawal of ratings process which started with a period of thirty days (following reception of notification by Mr. Orders) during which he was given the opportunity to contact each director individually and state his case as to why these disciplinary measures are unwarranted.

The process was set in motion by a letter from our executive director.

This motion is for the withdrawal of Mr. Orders instructor and tandem instructor ratings for a period of no less than one year after which Mr. Orders could reapply and regain his ratings provided he goes through a complete recertification process and gets board approval for the reinstatement of those ratings.

Here is the PRD pertaining to these measures:

320-1 HPAC/ACVL Disciplinary Measures (See in website).

Vote:

Do you approve the withdrawal of the instructor and tande instructor ratings of Mr. Jon Orders?

  • Yes (7)
    • 2012-12-14 12:40:53 Domagoj Juretic - Québec
    • 2012-12-14 14:18:31 Blake Daley - Maritimes
    • 2012-12-14 21:01:18 Doug Nitchie - British-Columbia & Yukon
    • 2012-12-15 09:27:11 Bruce Busby - Alberta
    • 2012-12-15 12:18:31 Steven Younger - Ontario
    • 2012-12-16 10:12:41 Loren White - Saskatchewan
    • 2012-12-17 11:05:41 Gilles Normandeau - Manitoba
  • No (0)
  • Abstain (0)
  • Did not vote (0)
Resolution:

Yes, approved.

Reference: BoD Forum.

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