Who We Are
The Aero Club of Canada (ACC) is a national air sports authority member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale / World Air Sports Federation (FAI). The ACC is the umbrella organization for Canadian sports aviation member associations. Those associations are Aerobatics Canada , the Canadian Balloon Association , the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association , the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada , the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada , the Soaring Association of Canada and the Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada .
Our mission is to support Canadian sport aviation associations and encourage the exchange of ideas among members. We also help identify and resolve common issues among members, particularly those related to regulation, safety and technological advancements. As a member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale / World Air Sports Federation (FAI), we are responsible for issuing sporting licences required for international competition or record setting by Canadian pilots and aerospace participants.
Please note the Aero Club of Canada needs to receive all submissions by January 15, 2024. This will allow the ACC enough time to judge them at the national level if there are more than three in each category entered and to mail the finalists' art to Switzerland for...
Aerobatics Canada (AC) is the national organization for amateur sport aerobatic flying. It oversees all aspects of aerobatics and aerobatic competitions in Canada, as well as all local aerobatic chapters in the country. Members consist of amateur aerobatic pilots and enthusiasts, ranging from international competitors at the highest skill levels to volunteers that judge the flying. AC also develops aerobatic flight education, sanctions and promotes aerobatic contests, trains and qualifies judges, and offers recommendations on airworthiness and operation of aerobatic aircraft. Please visit www.aerobaticscanada.org to learn more.
Canadian Balloon Association
The Canadian Balloon Association (CBA) is the representative organization for hot air ballooning in Canada. The CBA works in close collaboration with its members to ensure their interests, and those of all balloonists, are well represented to Transport Canada. The CBA sanctions hot air balloon championships in Canada and validates records. The CBA is made up of balloon pilots and qualified technical members such as officials, crew members and others interested in ballooning. The CBA’s objective is to promote and represent ballooning for all Canadians. Please visit www.canadianballoonassociation.ca to learn more.
The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) is the official organization for sport parachuting in Canada, first incorporated in 1956. The CSPA promotes safe, enjoyable sport parachuting through cooperation and adherence to rules and regulations. It is run by its members and registered participants, who have joined together voluntarily in order to promote and grow sport parachuting in Canada. Please visit www.cspa.ca to learn more.
Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada
The Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (HPAC) / Association Canadienne de Vol Libre (ACVL) is a Canadian non-profit corporation created in 1977 to represent and support the sports of hang gliding and paragliding across the country. The association’s role is to promote safety, represent the sport to Canadian regulatory bodies, set national standards for pilot ratings and instructor certifications, provide a third party liability insurance policy for its members, sanction Canadian competitions, and facilitate the participation of members in international competition. Please visit www.hpac.ca to learn more.
Association of Canada
The Soaring Association of Canada (SAC) is the governing body for the sport of gliding in Canada. Mandated to safeguard and promote the sport, SAC provides support and representation to glider pilots and gliding clubs across the country through a variety of committees. The organization also invests in the renewal and expansion of its sport by offering bursaries for young pilots, financial support for contenders in international competition and financial aid for clubs carrying out marketing and publicity initiatives. SAC keeps its sport safe by providing extensive development and training programs for instructors, safety seminars for various audiences, and setting high standards for safety programs. Its purpose is to promote, enhance and protect soaring in Canada by working with the aviation authorities on issues such as licensing requirements, aircraft certifications, medical requirements, air space, communications, and other technical issues. Please visit www.sac.ca for more.
Ultralight Pilots Association
The Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada (UPAC) is the national voice for Canadian Ultralight Pilots. It was formed in 1986 when the Ultralight Aircraft Association of Canada (UAAC) and the Microlight Owners and Pilots of Canada (MOPAC) joined forces in 1986. UPAC speaks for Canadian ultralight aviation interests in discussions with the federal government. The association is committed to protecting the rights and privileges of all ultralight pilots and owners to assure freedom of flight in a minimally controlled flying environment. Please visit www.upac.ca for more.