The HPAC/ACVL is a Canadian non-profit corporation created
to represent and support the sports of hang gliding and paragliding
in Canada. Our vision, mission and goals guide our
The HPAC/ACVL is a member of the Aero Club of Canada and affiliated to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and the Commission Internationale de Vol Libre (CIVL).
About Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Hang gliding and paragliding are two sports that provide unparalleled
freedom and recreation. Hang gliding and paragliding are the most
accessible and affordable ways for people to achieve man’s oldest
dream — flying with the birds.
To learn more about hang gliding and paragliding, check out our FAQs
or John Penfold’s excellent Discover Hang Gliding and Paragliding site.
This article on
hang gliding in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia also has good information. There is also useful information on paragliding as well.
About Hang Gliding and Paragliding in Canada
In this age of government regulations, it is significant that hang
gliding and paragliding are the least regulated segments of aviation.
This is due to the nature of these sports and the unrelenting effort
of the HPAC/ACVL to keep these sports free of regulation.
In Canada, hang gliders and paragliders are not required to be registered
or to bear identification marks. There are no airworthiness standards
or requirements imposed by the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).
The CARs do not impose any training requirements for hang glider or
paraglider pilots and the regulations do not require these pilots
to hold any pilot licence or permit to operate their aircraft. There
is, however a requirement to obtain the HAGAR annotation prior to piloting hang gliders and paragliders in controlled airspace.
Most of the CARs about airspace apply to hang gliders and paragliders.
Hang glider operators may use an ultra-light aeroplane to tow a hang
glider. Before doing so, these operators are required to notify Transport
Canada through the Recreational Aviation division of their nearest
General Aviation office.