2018 Festival of Flight

24th Annual Festival of Free Flight : May 18-21, 2018

The event marks the start of the flying season for many people and is the largest gathering of Maritime pilots during the year.  With over nine different potential flying sites and friendly competitions, it is a social highlight for many pilots.

Flying Sites - Festival of Free Flight


2012 Festival of Flight at Fox River
Pilots enjoying the bountiful air of the 2012 Festival of Flight at Fox River.


Flying (Friday – Monday) locations depend upon wind and weather conditions.
Location updates will be posted on white board in front of BlackRock Bistro (Main Street) and on Twitter @HPAAC – and see site map above.

Friday May 18

  • Pilots breakfast 8:30 am @ Harbour View Restaurant
  • Pilot arrival staggered throughout the day. Location of pilots will be posted on white board at the Black Rock Bistro on Main Street
  • 7:30 (ish) dinner – Pizza and Movie night at Diligent River Hall.

Saturday May 19

  • Paramotor demo at the Pier 0730 – 0800
  • Pilots breakfast 8:30 am @ Harbour View Restaurant
  • Flying – Check the white board for locations (dependent on wind conditions)
  • 7:00 pm – Lobster Boil – members only

Sunday May 20

  • Paramotor demo at the Pier 07:30 – 08:00
  • Pilots breakfast 8:30 am @ Harbour View Restaurant
  • Flying – Check the white board for locations (dependent on wind conditions)
  • 18:30 – Dinner and AGM – Harbour View Restaurant

Monday May 21

  • Paramotor demo at the Pier 07:30 – 08:00
  • Pilots breakfast 8:30 am @ Harbour View Restaurant
  • Flying -Check the white board for locations (dependent on wind conditions)
  • Pilots leave throughout the day
  • Often the best flying of the Festival to be had by those who stick it out.


Hang Glider at High Head
Hang Glider at High Head, Nova Scotia.

Pilots from across Canada looking to visit the East should consider making the journey to Nova Scotia for this premier event.  With several days of potential flying and a lobster boil on the beach overlooking the scenic Bay of Fundy, this is a very special event.

Successful Site Development

New Brunswick will be THE place to fly in 2013.

The HPAAC members have implemented improvements to a prominent New Brunswick coastal hang gliding and paragliding flying site at Dennis Beach.  Scott Newman lead the project from the NB logistics side.  Financial support was provided by HPAAC based on an plan approved by the membership at the 2012 Annual General Meeting.  Michael Fuller and Scott Newman collaboratively established a plan to widen and resurface the launch, then other members, family and friends all joined in to lend a hand.

The enhancement work was carried out in the last week of October.  Scott Newman was already busy betting prepared, and with the help of his father the two cut and stacked 250 square feet of sod.  A huge job done!  Then… “all hands on deck”.

With weather cooperating (and wind no good for flying – of course)… an excavator arrived on site to resurface the ground, then many hands began laying the sod.  Pilots from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick spent a very physical day raking and sodding the new launch.  A big thanks to the work crew of Scott, Michael, Ed Eustace, Ross Manning, and Brian Wheaten.

The Dennis Beach launch has now been resurfaced, the sod fertilized, and the winter winds have begun to blow on the Fundy shore.  With the new launch the Dennis Beach site will be THE thing to do in 2013 flying season.  The site is definitely something to put on your New Year’s Resolution list.

A very special THANK YOU to those members and friends of HPAAC who have donated money to cover the costs of this project.  You gave, and results have been achieved!



New Logo & Website

As Chairman of this organization one of the joys and pay offs for being in the position is when I can bring you great news of the work done by your executive to help advance our small world of free flight here in Atlantic Canada. So I am very pleased to announce that your Executive has worked to reconstruct the website, giving it a fresh new look. The website includes business and financial information along with project development details and other links.

To complement the new look of the website we have also collaborated in the revamping of our logo.  It was a good creative process.  So we hope you enjoy and find our work useful.

Fly Safe and Fly Far

Michael Fuller
Chair – HPAAC


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