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national parks - new policy ** note ** flying still not currently allowed - please read complete document

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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 02:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Banff Crag and Canyon Local News.
"provisional guidelines dictating how and where these activities can take place are out for public comment until July 8."

Provisional Guidelines for New Recreational Activities in Banff

Our BoD should be very proud of themselves. One of the most notable achievements in our sports history is coming to fruition.

It would be great if someone could post where we could put our public comment on this!
Noting I believe Will Gadd has been designated to be the person responsible for determining appropriate launches and landing zones for our sport. Correct?
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Gerry Grossnegger
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 04:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

from PDF linked above wrote:
Proposals for recreational non-motorized hang gliding and paragliding (structured and unstructured) can be considered Banff National Park consistent with park management plan direction, to be confirmed through local/park-specific planning and consultation. Decisions related to recreational activities at ski areas will be made within ski area planning processes. Commercial proposals for tandem operations could be considered on a case-by-case basis.

(Note that Parks Canada‟s National Park Aircraft Access Regulations must be amended prior to hang gliding or paragliding being allowed in any national park. National guidelines and Banff National Park‟s guidelines for this activity will be approved when this occurs.)

Only non-motorized forms of hang gliding and paragliding will be allowed (no motorized launches / towed launches).

Parks Canada will work with the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada and local flying clubs in order to:
- Identify management approach (structured, unstructured);
- Identify necessary safety measures;
- Manage communications with pilots; and
- Manage potential impacts, including to iconic viewscapes.

Hang gliding and paragliding will be practiced according to industry/association standards and rules.

Pilots are required to have proper certification and insurance.

HPAC has secured the authority from Transport Canada to self-regulate its own hang gliding and paragliding activities, subject to Canadian Aviation Regulations. In Canada, all pilots need to be members of HPAC in order to have the applicable Limited Liability coverage or temporary membership based on International Pilot Proficiency Information cards (IPPI).

Participants will use existing trails and routes to access areas for hang gliding and paragliding and will respect any existing/new closures or restrictions.

No new roads will be created to support hang gliding and paragliding.

Safety, risk and liability will be considered throughout the ongoing management of the activity.

Unstructured and cross-country flights that involve launching, landings or close proximity to core grizzly bear areas, critical caribou habitat, eagle nest sites, important mountain goat habitat or other sensitive wildlife locations will not be permitted.

Non-commercial structured hang gliding and paragliding launch and land sites must be approved by Parks Canada and will be managed by 3 rd parties (i.e., local flying clubs) through a license of occupation.

Commercial tandem operations must obtain appropriate permits and licenses, and adequate liability insurance.

Commercial operators offering tandem tours will be well versed in Parks Canada‟s mandate. Guides must be certified by the Interpretive Guides Association (or equivalent) to provide heritage interpretation to participants.

In Banff National Park, outside of existing leases, the disturbed footprint of development associated with new licenses of occupation for commercial operations will be offset by at least an equal amount of rehabilitation of lands to a natural state elsewhere in the park. This will ensure no net increase in disturbed footprint. This will be managed and monitored by Parks Canada on a five year basis.

In Banff National Park, no new licenses of occupation will be issued for commercial tandem launch sites.

Resource inventories, assessments and monitoring will inform site selection and ongoing management as necessary. Costs for resource surveys, environmental assessments, ongoing monitoring and active management associated with structured launch/land locations will be the responsibility of the proponent/operator/club and will be based on terms of reference provided by Parks Canada.

Structured launch/land sites will:
- Be located on and make use of durable surfaces;
- Will avoid direct disruption to areas known to be important to wildlife lifecycle requirements (including important mountain goat habitat) and maintain appropriate distance buffers;
- Avoid impact to sensitive species and important resource values;
- Avoid impact to, or alteration of, cultural resources;
- Be located and designed in ways that are sympathetic to the values that connect other visitors to place, and which do not physically displace or diminish other established uses;
- Avoid disruption of iconic viewscapes.

Structured launch/land sites will make use of existing facilities (parking, toilets, trails etc.) with sufficient capacity as much as possible.

Where supported by park management plan direction, new or modified staging areas could be considered for structured launch and land sites under license of occupation or other agreement. These would include only basic infrastructure (parking, picnic tables, and toilets). New or existing staging areas requiring modification will be funded and maintained by 3 rd parties. Other supporting facilities associated with commercial operations, such as concession stand and ticketing, will be managed off-site in areas already leased or licensed for commercial services.

Structured hang gliding and paragliding launch and land sites can occur in Zone III and IV areas.

Unstructured hang gliding and paragliding can occur in Zone II / Declared Wilderness, III and IV areas.

Take off and landings cannot occur in Environmentally Significant Sites or in Zone I areas.

New or modified staging areas to support structured launch and land sites can only occur in Zones III, IV and V.

Special event proposals will go through normal park approval processes.
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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 03:59 pm    Post subject: Mount Norquay news Reply with quote

News clip: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/index.php?cat=C_News&content=Mtn+news+1829

Paragliding possible in Banff

BANFF, Alberta - Liberalized rules in Banff National Park might allow hang gliding and paragliding operations. At least one of the existing ski area operators within the park, Mount Norquay, is interested but without specific plans to move forward.

Under the draft regulations, via ferrata and aerial parks and traction kiting can also be considered under certain conditions. However, zip line and canopy tours would remain off limits under any conditions, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Conservationists dislike the rules being considered. "Such activities can be had elsewhere, said Mike McIvor, president of the Bow Valley Naturalists. "The more Banff National Park is managed and celebrated for the landscape itself and the ecosystem, the more different it will be from other places and, therefore, the more attractive."

Will Gadd, mountain parks coordinator for the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, countered that the aerial activities being considered are silent, human-powered and very low impact.

Ancient history, but we did use to fly off Norquay. http://www.mullerwindsports.com/slides/endless.html
± Held a meet there once upon a time too, maybe the Nationals... if I remember correctly.
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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 05:00 pm    Post subject: Banff’s Mount Norquay may allow commercial hang gliding and paragliding. Reply with quote

See also: http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/20110714/RMO0801/307149997/-1/rmo0801/banff-ski-resort-eyes-aerial-activities

Banff’s Mount Norquay may take the plunge into commercial hang gliding and paragliding.

The local ski resort is considering a commercial hang gliding and paragliding operation as part of its summer use proposals, which include via verrata and reopening the teahouse at the top of the North American chair.

Peter Sudermann, one of the partners at Norquay, said Parks Canada, during the planning process on new recreational activities, asked if the ski hill was interested in hang gliding.

“It was brought up if would we be interested in it, and I said, ‘sure I’d be interested in it,’ but I don’t know how it would take place,” said Sudermann.

“It’s under consideration, but it’s not integral to our proposals. I’d have to get hold of the hang gliding association to see what’s involved. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I don’t want to incur additional costs.”

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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 03:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two years hence and still no results from our Board?
- Not to mention the tens of thousands the BCHPA spent on the "Report on Overview-Impact Assessment of the Sport of Hang Gliding and Paragliding" ?

Two Australians have been charged after paragliding in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island.

Christopher Warner, 33, and Chris Fitzgerald, 27, have been charged under the Canada National Parks Act. Paragliding is prohibited by park regulations.

The men are accused of jumping off Mount Thor, a landmark in Auyuittuq National Park towering more than 1,600 metres above sea level, sometime in June or July.

Both paid $500 bail and are scheduled to appear in court this November in Pangnirtung.

An internet forum for Australian climbers says the men were the first Australians to climb Mount Thor and that a third man was involved with the stunt.
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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 04:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foreign News:
Paragliding has been introduced for the first time for both domestic and foreign tourists in Assam's Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

The sanctuary became the first in the state to introduce the aerial sport to promote wildlife tourism, Morigaon Deputy Commissioner Vishal Solanki said here today.

See: http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/paragliding-introduced-in-assam-sanctuary/97815/
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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 02:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Recommendations put forward by the Privy Council Office last month outline how these regulations can be amended to allow gliders to take to the air in parks such as Banff National Park and Jasper National Park."
See: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Goodnewsgliders/7943848/story.html

"Two years later, Parks Canada approved hang gliding and paragliding as acceptable park activities along with mountain biking, kite-surfing, community gardening and guided tours that include zip lines. Individual parks were allowed to conduct local assessments to determine whether to pursue these activities, which had been deemed safe and of low environmental impact.

But despite the announcement, parks couldn’t give gliding the green light because hang gliders are considered aircraft under the Canada National Parks Act and so are forbidden to operate in the parks.

Parks Canada began taking steps to change that regulation."

HPAC/ACVL Administrator wrote:
Margit Nance" ed@hpac.ca Sent: Friday, 15 February, 2013
Yes, we are aware of this but it still does not give us approval for flying in any specific National Park.
Parks Canada just informed me a couple of days ago and has just asked us to withhold any publicizing of it as they wish to do it themselves first and consult with us as to how we do it.
Also, both Parks and me also don't want anything to come along and jinx it while it is being gazetted.

I was just in the process of sending my most recent info from Parks Canada to our Board and to our Parks team.
So please let's hold off on publicizing in case people speculate it is ok now to just go and fly in any park. It is not.

HPAC Board and National Parks group will be making formal announcements shortly as to what this means for us and when.
Any premature flying by anyone will ruin that park from the get-go.

So yes, there has been another major and final step forward after all these years of working on it, but no flying is yet allowed in any individual national park.
Our Parks Team will announce shortly as to how they will proceed to phase in after consulting with the parks themselves.
More will be forthcoming very shortly. Thanks you guys.

Margit Nance
Executive Director / Directrice générale
Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC)/
Association Canadienne de Vol Libre (ACVL)

308-1978 Vine Street Vancouver, B.C. V6K 4S1 CANADA
Tel: 1-877-370-2078 Fax: 1-604-731-4407

http://www.hpac.ca / http://www.acvl.ca

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Scott Watwood
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 08:51 am    Post subject: Parks 'Policy' Reply with quote

Even if they do change the 'regulations' it appears that this might be the 'policy' that they adopt:

The economic consequences of removing paragliders and hang gliders from the scope of the Regulations would be negligible. Their future regulation under the National Parks General Regulations would mean that in addition to park admission fees, participants in these activities would have to purchase a permit to carry out these activities. At most, the permit would cost $15 per person, per day. It is estimated that about 100 permits per year, per park, may be issued in total. No additional resources would be required as the administration of these activities would be managed within current resources. Local businesses may benefit from a slight increase in revenue attributable to people engaging in paragliding and hang gliding activities.

Canada Gazette Oct 2011.
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Scott Watwood
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 08:36 am    Post subject: Changes to policy Reply with quote

It looks like another step forward has happened. See page 43 of this Canada Gazette:


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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 01:38 am    Post subject: Re: Changes to policy Reply with quote

Scott Watwood wrote:
It looks like another step forward has happened.

See: http://www.windsorstar.com/Hangglidinglinesgivengreenlightnationalparks/8325050/story.html

"This spring, Parks Canada completed a four-year review of activities it would allow in areas it controls.
<SNIP> hang-gliding and paragliding were given the nod in February."


"Jager said any new activities would have to include an interpretive element to them.

"The experience must be guided and interpreted.
That's part of trying to create the framework so the experiences are about all aspects of Parks Canada's mandate."
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Fred Wilson
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From: http://www.davisstraub.com/OZ/index.php

Hang gliding permitted in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada

Paraglider Pilots will be making their first flights in a national park in Canada from Whistlers Mountain on Saturday morning.
Pilots will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the base of the Jasper SkyTram and ride up on Whistlers Mountain.
On top they will prepare their wings for flight, soar high above (weather permitting) and then will land at Marmot Meadows.

The inaugural flight is a celebration of the new partnership between the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada ( http://hpac.ca ), the National Governing Body for hang gliding and paragliding, and Parks Canada, after eight years of joint work.
Jasper National Park will be the first to implement a two-year trial to add hang gliding and paragliding activities to the Park.

The pilots will include HPAC member Will Gadd, who hails from Jasper, and is an internationally renowned paraglider pilot and ice climber and the recipient of a recent National Geographic Award.
Dom Juretic, President of HPAC from Montreal, will also be in attendance.

Media are asked to meet at the base of Jasper SkyTram at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday to Observe the launch and/or to observe the landing at Marmot Meadows.
Further information: Margit Nance, Executive Director, HPAC (604) 880-9807
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