This guidebook and associated forms are provided to assist organizers
of Competitions Fly-Ins and other events.
Contact: HPAC Competition Chair
Competitions and Fly-Ins have had a major impact on our sport: as
proven method to improve pilot skills; promoting some of our most
important safety standards and to provide a learning environment for
our pilots who strive to achieve personal milestones.
Without competitions, many of the performance or safety standards
we take for granted would never have been implemented - including
the use of helmets, parachutes, minimum pilot qualifications (our
ratings system) and preflight checks (not to mention enormous increases
in glider performance).
The HPAC formed the Competition Committee in 1977, to be responsible
for the rules and regulations of HPAC sanctioned meets. The HPAC established
- to ensure fair implementation of HPAC rules, policies of competition
and National team selection,
- a scoring System sub-committee and;
- the Worlds sub-Committee.
The World Championship Committee has full authority to make all decisions
regarding the operation and organization of World meets, subject to
the guidelines set by the HPAC. It will include at least two currently
elected members (directors) of the HPAC. One of these two shall be
the President of the HPAC or his delegate.
If you have modifications, improvements or ideas to contribute to
this package, please submit them to the HPAC so this process can continue
to evolve for everyone's benefit.
All Hang Gliders and Paragliders competing in National or Provincial
Competition must be certified.
Gliders not certified must provide the HPAC with documentation of
the completion of equivalent standards for approval. The HPAC Certification
committee will notify the HPAC within 30 days of receiving documentation
of its decision. The approval by three members of the committee will
constitute committee approval. The HPAC will then immediately notify
the manufacturer. Documentation and the related committee decision
will remain on file for reference by HPAC members. Deleted by 1994-11
- For a “Prototype” glider to fly in a sanctioned Meet, the owner
should meet the following criteria:
- be a member of the HPAC,
- the glider must be flown by a factory test pilot and
- no more than three gliders of that design are to have been built.
- They must also provide load testing, pitch testing and structural
documentation to a certification committee member (a copy of this
information must be filed with the HPAC by that Certification Committee
Transport Canada Regulations:
The HPAC passed a resolution at the 1994-11 AGM in support of Canadian
Aviation Regulations as they apply to Hang Glider and Paraglider Pilots
- All pilots entering an HPAC Sanctioned Event must present proof
to the organizers of their HAGAR license and must comply with all
requirements of the act.
- Each pilot’s glider must be equipped with a functioning magnetic
compass and altimeter and the pilot shall be familiar with the proper
use of both instruments.
- The flight shall be intended as a cross-country flight
- The glider shall be operated in day VFR weather conditions only
- Each pilot is individually responsible to advise the nearest FSS
of the time of departure and planned duration of the flight in Class
- The Meet Director may prearrange to advise FSS of a “group” departure
and planned duration of the flight in Class “E” airspace provided
a list of competitors names and HAGAR license numbers is submitted
to Transport Canada FSS.
- A VFR flight plan must be filed for International flights.
- The organizers shall specify in the local regulations, or at briefing,
controlled airspace or other areas where flight by competing gliders
is prohibited or restricted. Such areas shall be precisely marked
on published maps.