Freedom Flight Park
249 Mabel Lake Road,
Paragliding: (250) 891-4447
Hang Gliding/Trikes Ultralights: (250) 307-7553
The Freedom Flight Team
Randy Rauck - Ultralight, Trike and Hang Gliding Instructor
Randy Rauck is the chief flight instructor and property owner of the Freedom Flight Park. The property used to belong to his mother and father and before that his Grandfather, Joe Gallon, and great Grandfather when they moved her in 1908. Many years ago, his grandfather told him about a recurring dream he had about soaring around the valley like an eagle. Lo and behold, in 1976 Randy would realize his late grandfather's dream as he flew off of Saddle Mountain in a hang glider and he started his first hang gliding school that same year. His love for flying has never waned and that enthusiasm rubs off on students and other pilots alike. After teaching you some flying in the daytime, he'll entertain with some guitar jamming sessions around the fire with his flying friends in the evenings. If you really like the valley and the people and want to know more about real estate opportunities , ask Randy as he is a local Okanagan Licensed Realtor.
Rauck On Randy!
Dave Underwood - Hang Gliding & Paragliding Instructor/Tandem Pilot
Paragliding since 2002, Dave Underwood has recently become "bi-wingual" by taking up hang gliding. The beauty of that is that he can joke around with the hang glider pilots about paraglider pilots (aka "baggies") and vice versa.
Dave was awarded the "Instructor of the Year 2021" by the Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association of Canada, selected out of around 100 instructors in the country.
Terry Butcher - Paragliding Instructor & Tandem Pilot
Terry has been paragliding since 2006 after his brother introduced him to the sport and he has never looked back, just up. Flying is his passion!
Cross country is his favorite discipline. He loves the sport and the flying community. His wife Jackie, who is also a paragliding pilot, is the Secretary of OSA (Okanagan Soaring Association).
Terry is committed to being an ambassador for the sport and helping others on their journey into the skies!
(Terry's cry for joy in the sky...we're not entirely sure what it means but it will put a smile on your face!)
Terri Dyke - Hang Gliding Instructor & Repairs
Terri Dyke started flying in 1976 and became a hang gliding instructor in 1982, so yeah, she's got a few years of experience! Couple this with her vast knowledge of hang gliding theory and history and you have an ideal instructor and tandem pilot. Additionally, she's currently in the middle of an incredible project at the flight park: building a set of hangars for hang glider and ultralight storage which will much appreciated for years to come.
Jason Chychul - Assistant Paragliding Instructor & Tandem Pilot
Being born into a family of recreational pilots, Jason became intrigued with aviation at a very young age. Over the years that curiosity and desire to be in the sky has taken him to new heights (no pun intended). From flying various types of ultralight aircraft, to float planes, paragliders, hang gliders, and also even dabbling in some helicopter training. Currently, he is working to achieve his ultralight instructor rating. For Jason, the most exciting element of this sport is being able to share the joy of flight with others.