Has competition changed the way I fly cross-country?

By JP Robert Vandenbegine, Chair, HPAC/ACVL Competition Committee

Although much of this topic can be applied to various other competitive disciplines and obviously to hang gliding as well, before I start it is worth mentioning that I am a paraglider pilot and that my type of competition is XC racing, also called “race to goal”.

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More 2021 HPAC/ACVL Awards to Outstanding Pilots

Jamie Christensen Memorial Award

Stephen Johnson, Dawson City, Yukon

Solid Ground Award

Solid Ground Award to Peter Spear for his work representing HPAC at the Vancouver Airspace Modernization Project (VAMP) (Peter Spear on left, James Elliott, President of West Coast Soaring Club, on right.)

Post-Covid Thoughts

By Michael Robertson, High Perspective, Locust Hill, Ontario

To fly or not to fly, that was and is the Covid question. Of course, each individual and school must make their own decisions according to their beliefs. Here’s what we did in 2020 and our rationale. This year will be similar, with Ontario’s lock-down situation just easing up now. Those who flew in 2020 felt good about it, as did I. Some chose not to. We started mid-June this year, 2021.

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2021 AGM Advance Notice

Dear Members,

This has certainly been a year of surprises and disappointments across Canada. As most of the country emerges from the third wave of COVID and we see the restrictions loosening once more, international travel and tourism is still very limited.

As a surprising side-effect of most Canadians staying at home we have seen our membership rise to record levels, approaching 1200 as I’m writing this. We are seeing significant activity in new pilot training and some pilots have been returning to the sport. We ask all members to continue to be aware of and comply with all local requirements and recommendations related to resumption of business and social gatherings Hopefully with expanded vaccine coverage we can look forward to the possibility of flying trips in 2022.

From Friday, May 28 to Sunday, June 6 inclusive, HPAC is conducting its 2021 Annual General Meeting online.

AGM Discussion

Members will be invited to ask questions related to the AGM either using the official HPAC Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/hpac.acvl.members) or by email to agm@hpac.ca.

Requiring your Vote

    1. Approval of the 2020-2021 Financial Statements
    2. Selection of the Accounting Firm conducting the Review of the Financial Statements

Relevant Links will be provided at the beginning of the AGM on Friday, May 28.

Thank you in advance for participating in the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Nick Jones,
President, HPAC/ACVL