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All sanctioned competitions must be approved by the club controlling the site on which the competition is held. Provincial association must then approve the competition and forward the final request for all sanctioned competitions to be held in the Province to the HPAC Administrator.

  • Organize the Competition with local flyers and volunteers.
  • Obtain the permission of land owners.
  • Applications for all sanctioned competitions with a longer duration than regular weekends or long weekends must be received by the HPAC Competition Chairman by March 1st of the competition year. All other events must be applied for at least 60 days before the start date.
  • First Aid and or ambulance coverage must be available for launch and landing sites.
  • All competitors must have their HAGAR and HPACinsurance and are recommended to have a level 3 rating or equivalent flying experience, a helmet and a reserve parachute.
  • Basic hang gliding safety procedures regarding Airpsace, equipment and weather must be observed.
  • Obtain special permission as necessary from Regional Transport Canada through the HPAC Airspace Committee for: NOTAMs,
    • Special Aviation Event Orders,
    • Special Use Airspace (Airspace reclassification.)


All competitors must be insured members of the HPAC. Short term temporary insurance is available and is mandatory  for Foreign residents only or:
  • Obtain Special Event Insurance as required:
  • Additional Named Insured if required
  • Competitor Requirements
  • Pilots must have insurance, their HAGAR, a rating and a logbook available for inspection by Meet Director.
  • Helmets  and reserve parachutes are mandatory.
  • Pre-flight Inspections
  • Shall be accomplished by the pilot before each flight,
  • In addition, the Launch Inspector shall check the hang glider to assure that it is in the proper configuration for launch take-off.

Flight limitations

A glider shall fly throughout the championships as a single structural entity using the same set of components used on the first day. Concessions to this rule are made to cover the case of essential repairs.

Each glider shall be flown within the limitations of its certificate of airworthiness. Any maneuver hazardous to other competitors shall be avoided. Unauthorized aerobatics are prohibited.

Cloud flying is prohibited and gliders may not carry gyro instruments or other equipment permitting flight without visual reference to the ground. The organizers may include special instruments by type or name under this prohibition.

Circuit, turning and landing patterns shall be complied with and a proper look-out kept at all times. A glider joining another in a thermal shall circle in the same direction as that established by the first regardless of height separation.

Ballast A competing glider may carry jettisonable ballast only in the form of fine sand or water. A pilot shall avoid dropping ballast at any time or in a manner likely to affect other competing gliders or persons or buildings on the ground.

How to draw a crowd

  • Choose an experienced Task Master and Director who have the respect of the pilot population, experience at the sites chosen for the event and proven experience in competitions.
  • If this is not possible, obtain the assistance or advice of some pilots who do have this background.
  • Advertise as far ahead and as wide an area as possible.
  • Free advertising is available in Newsletters or magazines published by your local Club, Provincial and National Associations.
  • Include an information package about the site, valleys, roads with any noteworthy information about hazards.  Advise them of road routes to drive prior to the event in order to become familiar with tasks and routes.
Feb 19 2012   Top Top