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The Launch | October 2020 - 2

Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC)
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Margit Nance, Editor 

Red Bull 2021 X-Alps Athletes

The Red Bull X-Alps 2021 athlete line-up was announced on Wednesday 14 October – 33 athletes including 13 rookies and three women – and the questions started immediately

Landowner Relations

Keeping landowners happy…

Intermediate H3 and P3 pilots without HAGAR

Some pilots who earned their Intermediate rating several years ago may not yet have done their HAGAR exam, which has been a prerequisite for the Intermediate rating for a couple of seasons now. If you are one of these pilots, the winter months are a good time to catch this up. There is a comprehensive Study Guide at:

HPAC/ACVL Board of Director Elections 2020

Four regions are open for election at the end of this year 2020: Atlantic Canada, Ontario, British Columbia and Prairie Region. A Director serves for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 2021 (

Calls for nomination in each region will go out to that region’s pilots by end of October, with the elections to take place in mid-November.


  • We are an association of Hang Glider, Paraglider and Speedflying pilots across Canada, represented by an elected Board of Directors from each region, and served by an Executive Director and national office.


  • To self-govern and promote free flight (hang gliding, paragliding, speedflying) in Canada.


  • Represents the interests of members to regulatory bodies, including Transport Canada, NavCanada, Parks Canada, all levels of provincial and local governments managing public land, resorts, corporations and private landowners.
  • Establishes National Standards for pilot ratings and instructor/tandem certification and maintains a national pilot certification database.
  • Promotes Safety through accident and incident investigation, an Accident/Incident Reporting System, and advisories to members.
  • Conducts a National Awards Program to recognize exceptional achievement and contribution to the sport.
  • Negotiates an annual third-party liability insurance policy to protect the interests of members, landowners, and those volunteering on behalf of the organization
  • Sanctions Canadian National and other local competitions to ensure safety and fairness for participants.
  • Facilitates the participation of Canadian pilots in national and international competition through direct financial support and membership in Aero Club of Canada and FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale).
  • Conducts a National Awards Program to recognize exceptional achievement and contribution to the sport.
  • Communicates frequently with members, by publishing a Newsletter “The Launch/Le Déco”, annual safety and instructor communiques, and maintaining a web site available to both members and the public, in both official languages.
  • Advises pilots, clubs, and regional associations as they address local issues that include site acquisition and development, accessing instruction, organizing competitions, etc..
  • Cultivates mutually beneficial relationships with other national free flight associations and organizations world-wide.

Your Regional Directors

British Columbia
Tyler Gillies •

Alberta & NWT
Randy Parkin • / • 403-607-9888

Jon Lovering • • 306-222-9955

Nick Jones • • 519-590-6425

Bastien Dufour • • 514-565-3013

Chris Jette • • 902-940-0357

Logan Small • • 867-334-8649

Director at Large: Treasurer
Tim Parker • • 902-426-4109
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