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Date of Issue: 24 February 2002

Purpose of this Policy and Regulatory Directive

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

Description of the HPAC/ACVL Pilot Rating System

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

Requirements for Student through Advanced ratings

  1. The table below specifies the requirements that must be met by a pilot in order to obtain Student, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced ratings.
  2. The HAGAR examination is administered by Transport Canada.
RATING PARAGLIDING HANG GLIDING
Student Beginner course that includes:
  • Five supervised flights
  • Written examination
  • Five minutes airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper layout, preflight and packing of equipment.
    2. Adherence to static harness check procedure.
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds.
    4. Demonstration of consistent proper launching skills.
    5. Ability to establish proper flight plans in accordance to wind conditions and to fly to it.
    6. Ability to control speed range in level flight.
    7. Ability to do consistent stand up landings within a 30 meter diameter area.
Beginner course that includes:
  • 20 supervised flights
  • Written examination
  • Five minutes airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper assembly, preflight and disassembly of equipment.
    2. Adherence to static harness check procedure.
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds.
    4. Demonstration of consistent proper launching skills.
    5. Ability to establish proper flight plans in accordance to wind conditions and to fly to it.
    6. Ability to control speed range in level flight.
    7. Ability to do consistent stand up landings within a 50 meter diameter area.
Novice
  • 30 supervised flights
  • Written examination
  • Two hours airtime in an HPAC/ACVL log book
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper layout, preflight and packing of equipment.
    2. Adherence to 5 point harness check procedure.
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds (up to 20 km/h, with proper visual check).
    4. Perform smooth transition from running to flying.

    5. Demonstrate two 360° turns in the same direction within 20 seconds. *
    6. Demonstrate reversing 360° turn within 30 seconds. *
    7. Demonstrate pitch and roll in level flight.
    8. Perform standard aircraft approach with a final leg of at least 3 seconds.
    9. Controlled landing on feet within 30 meter diameter circle.
    * These manoeuvres may be done on successive flights.
  • 75 supervised flights
  • Written examination
  • Two hours airtime
  • Flight test, which includes:
    1. Proper assembly, preflight and disassembly of equipment.
    2. Adherence to static harness check procedure.
    3. Ground handle and launch alone in light winds (up to 25 km/h).
    4. Perform smooth transition from running to flying.

    5. Demonstrate 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.
    6. Fly the speed range of the glider in level flight.
    7. Demonstrate slow stall progression (at altitude) in level flight.
    8. Perform standard aircraft approach.
    9. Controlled landing on feet within 50 meter diameter circle.
Intermediate
  • 80 flights above 250 metres or
    40 flights above 250 metres & 40 flights below 250 metres of at least 10 minutes
  • Ten inland flights
  • Five different sites
  • HAGAR
  • Ten hours airtime
  • Basic first aid recommended
  • 150 flights
  • Ten inland flights
  • Five different sites
  • HAGAR
  • Ten hours airtime
  • Basic first aid recommended
Advanced
  • 150 flights
  • 10-km cross-country flight
  • Written examination
  • Fifty hours airtime
  • Basic first aid recommended
  • Advanced manoeuvre clinic recommended
  • 200 flights
  • 10-km cross-country flight
  • Written examination
  • Fifty hours airtime
  • Basic first aid recommended

Application for Novice to Advanced Rating

  1. Certified Instructors are responsible to award Student diplomas directly to the students. Blank copies of student diplomas are available from the Business Manager.
  2. Certified instructors are responsible to forward applications for novice students to the Business Manager. The application must be accompanied with a marked copy of the Novice examination showing that the applicant has passed the examination.
  3. Pilots are responsible for forwarding their application for Intermediate ratings to the Business Manager. The application must be accompanied with a photocopy of the result of the HAGAR examination showing that the pilot has passed the examination. The application must also be accompanied with a copy of the pilot logbook confirming that the pilot has met the flight requirements for the intermediate rating.
  4. Certified instructors are responsible for forwarding applications for Advanced ratings to the Business Manager. The application must be accompanied with a marked copy of the Advanced examination showing that the applicant has passed the examination.
  5. The fee for a Novice to Advanced rating application is $10 payable to the HPAC/ACVL. The fee must be enclosed with an application.
  6. Rating application forms are available on the HPAC/ACVL web site. Copies of the rating application forms are also available through the Business Manager.

Requirement for Master Rating

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

Accomplishments Point Value

Service on the Executive, Board of Director and/or Officer level of the national association.

0-6

Service in outreach programs or committee levels of the national association. This includes HPAC/ACVL committee chair person, representative to the FAI/CIVL or provincial or national aviation related associations.

0-4

Service on the Executive or Board of Directors of a Provincial Association

0-4

Service at the committee or officer level of any provincial association. Includes Board of Director's, secretaries, representatives to the HPAC, committee chair persons, representatives to provincial aviation related associations

0-2

Service at the executive or director level of a club or regional association

0-6

Service at the committee or officer level of any club or regional association. Includes secretaries, representatives to the provincial associations, committee chair persons, representatives to local or provincial aviation related associations.

0-3

Responsibility for the organization of a hang gliding or paragliding competition or responsibility for direction of the meet

0-4

Responsible assistance in the operation of a hang gliding or paragliding competition. Eg: launch director, launch assistant, landing director or landing assistant, chief scorer or scoring assistant, pylon judge

0-2

Certification and record of accomplishments as an HPAC Instructor

0-4

Editing a local, provincial or national Newsletter or Webmaster for a Web site pertaining to Hang Gliding and / or Paragliding

0-5

Canadian Correspondent for a foreign hang gliding or paragliding publication

0-2

Contribution of articles on hang gliding or paragliding for publication or for press release

0-2

Representing Canada in FAI/CIVL sanctioned competitions

0-5

Production and release of a documentary, film, television coverage or commercial advertisement on hang gliding or paragliding

0-4

Establishing an FAI approved world record in a category pertaining to hang gliding or paragliding

0-4

Other contributions worthy of consideration — Noting the total point total awarded will take into consideration the weighting of the above criteria

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

Foreign Rating Equivalent

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

Responsibilities

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: For information on the Tandem Endorsement Program, please read SOP 430-0.

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