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Date of Issue: 26 may 2015

Purpose of this operating procedure (OP)

  1. To define and describe the process of granting the Lew Neilson Award.


  1. The Lew Neilson Award is presented annually to the Canadian National Hang Gliding Points Champion based on points accumulated in hang gliding competition during the preceding two years. The Award is the premier mechanism the HPAC/ACVL has for recognizing competition achievement in hang gliding.


  1. All HPAC/ACVL sanctioned competitions are eligible for points. A member pilot of the HPAC/ACVL can accumulate hang gliding competition points at the international, national, regional or local levels.


  1. HPAC/ACVL sanctioned competition results are weighted by the Competition Committee Chairperson and entered into the National Points Ranking System. Meet directors of Canadian competitions are responsible for forwarding results to the Competition Committee Chairperson. Pilots entering internationally sanctioned competitions are responsible for forwarding the meet results to the Competition Committee Chairperson.
  2. The Award is presented by the HPAC/ACVL Directors at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. It shall be either presented to the recipient in person, or mailed.
  3. The Award shall remain with the recipient for one year less a month (to allow time for shipping and engraving for the next recipient). It shall be the responsibility of the recipient to ship the Award back to the HPAC/ACVL, and the HPAC/ACVL shall reimburse the cost of shipping and packaging. If the HPAC/ACVL believes that the Award for the current year shall be given to the same recipient as the previous year, special arrangements may be made. It is the responsibility of the recipient to inform the HPAC/ACVL of any address changes while in possession of the Award.
  4. The HPAC/ACVL shall be responsible for shipping and engraving costs.

About Lew Neilson

Lew Neilson was Canada's first Hang Gliding National Champion. A resident of Vernon, British Columbia, Lew began flying hang gliders in the 1974. He was one of the driving forces in the creation of the Vernon Hang Gliding Club (later renamed to the Okanagan Soaring Association) and in the development of the competition scene in Canada. He died in a hang glider crash as a result of a luff dive on Vernon Mountain in 1977.

About the Award

The Lew Neilson Award was created by Chris Florkow and commissioned by Fred Wilson in 1988. The plaque "Cloud Dancers" carries a west coast theme: two Haida Indians in full feather headdress dancing on clouds. A Gary Oak packing case was commissioned for transportation, display and storage.

    Revision history:
  • 2005-12-01: created
  • 2015-12-14 SL: new version conform to canadian regulations
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