The annual Thanksgiving Fly-In and Potluck dinner was held on a glorious fall day last Saturday. All pilots were treated to fantastic conditions with rare October thermals allowing for some super flights.
As usual we had the "flour bomb drop" competition (little brown paper bags with flour that tend to explode when they hit the ground) and a spot landing event was also added this year. Congratulations to Jesse Scrimbit who won the hang gliding spot landing and Matt Paley who won the paragliding division. Dave Underwood and Victoria Gladue were closest on the bomb drop but that wasn't a difficult task as they were flying tandem so they had a dedicated bombardier...but it was all in good fun.
Over 50 people enjoyed the turkey dinner and a great bonfire to finish off a wonderful day.
Looks like a backlog on the main runway...but it's just some new students ground handling.
Congrats on beginning your paragliding journey Anne, Steve, Julianna and James!
The August long weekend was filled with pilots, students and passengers filling their boots with air time. Conditions allowed for many students to get early morning flights a few had their first taste of thermalling. Every day we had tandems taking to the sky with some of them soaring over 8000 feet!
The summer's not over so come on out and fly!
Shay Galor, the local community reporter from Global Okanagan News in Kelowna came out for a tandem paragliding flight. Check it out here: httpsglobalnews.ca/video/4308837/paragliding-over-lumby-with-the-freedom-flight-park://globalnews.ca/video/4308837/paragliding-over-lumby-with-the-freedom-flight-park
The 13th Annual Lumby Air Races were held from June 3rd-9th this year. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn't fully cooperated with us but there were quite a few flights for both paragliding and hang gliding pilots. A special thanks to those pilots who came from long distances from the US, Alberta and BC to join in the fun.
Congratulations to following winners:
The competition finished up with a wonderful dinner put on by Terry Butcher and Marius Pepin followed by some dancing to live tunes and a nice big bonfire.
We would like to thank our sponsors Lumby Days Society, the North Okanagan Regional District, 2% Realty, the Lumby Air Force and the Freedom Flight Park for their support.
See you next year at the Lumby Air Races!
Two Albertans, Ron and Kyle, came out to the Freedom Flight School to take their P1 course. Over 6 days, they did ground handling, small flights from the training hill, ground school, towing and finished off with some solo flights and a thermalling tandem. Congrats guys!!!
Saturday morning started with an amazing tandem with Holly from Nova Scotia. Holly was hit by a drunk driver 6 years ago and lost the use of her legs, but that didn't take away her desire to fly like a bird. We rigged up an interesting looking "sled" to keep her legs up for landing and it worked magnificently. Thanks to the help from a number of other paragliding and hang gliding pilots, the launch was smooth, the flight magical and the landing, well, a bit splashy (we skidded in to a puddle on the runway). Holly was grinning from ear to ear as was everyone else. Thanks for coming to fly with us Holly!
Two students graduated as well. The cool thing is that they are stepbrothers. Great job Joey and Jacint!
And on Monday the flight park was full of free flyers. Nine hang glider pilots and over 20 paraglider pilots including some tandem flights. The conditions were super and there were lots of smiling pilots! Great way to finish the long weekend.
On Monday we had a group of 10 recent university graduates from Ottawa come to the Freedom Flight Park to paraglide. They were on a road trip from Calgary to Vancouver and back and thought they'd stop in for a flight. Everyone flew and loved it. As Chau said "This is one of the best things I've ever done in my life!"
Thanks for coming out to fly with us guys...it was super fun!
The flying season has begun!
Spring has sprung and some pilots have had some amazing flights. A couple days ago some paragliding pilots were up over 6000' and a few went cross country 10-20 km. One pilot, whose previous best was 30 minutes crushed that with a 2 1/2 hour flight!
A few new students have started their ground handling sessions and yesterday we took a guy on his bachelor party for a tandem.
It's time to fly!!!
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