Competitions, XC and Minimum Ratings

Currently there does not exist a minimum rating requirement for participating in any HPAC/ACVL sanctioned competitions that are by definition cross-country task events nor to claim Canadian Records through the XContest.

At its annual meeting, the Board of Directors considered a proposal from a Senior Instructor that the requirements for flying XC in HPAC/ACVL sanctioned competitions or to claim records in the XContest, be brought in line with the minimum P3 and H3 rating requirements for flying XC in SOP 410 Pilot Ratings.

The Board approved the proposal, which will not kick in until the 2018 competition season, to allow pilots planning on participating in 2018 sanctioned competitions to upgrade to a minimum P3 or H3.

HPAC’S Competition Chair Steps Down

By Nicole McLearn

Effective August 1, I stepped down as HPAC’s competition chair.  I have recently decided to focus less on high-level competitions and more on recreational XC, so I think the role would be better-served by a current and enthusiastic competition pilot who can offer a fresh perspective.

If you would like to contribute yourself or have a nomination for a new comp chair, please send it to

In some ways I will miss being in the loop regarding all things competition, but I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to focus on other projects.  I would like to thank the competition committee and the HPAC BoD for assisting me with various activities and giving guidance where needed.  Volunteering is very important to our community and I wanted to express my appreciation for all the hard work they do for the sport in Canada!