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FLYING IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK: KNOWLEDGE OF GUIDELINES REQUIRED
Photo: courtesy Will Gadd
After 9 years of work by your Association, we have achieved a two-year trial period of flying hang gliders and paragliders in Jasper National Park. This means a fantastic addition to the possibilities for our sport. However this opportunity can also be lost again in a heartbeat.
It is mandatory that pilots familiarize themselves with the Guidelines that have been negotiated with Jasper National Park, that ecologically sensitive areas are strictly avoided and that all flights are logged.
Advance planning is required to fly Jasper. Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with the Guidelines by clicking on Jasper on the left where you will also find maps.
Please be aware that all other mountain parks remain closed to our sport.
KARMAFLIGHTS.ORG AND NEPAL
My name is Claudio Mota, HPAC Senior Paragliding Instructor. For the past 12 years I have traveled to Nepal almost every winter and have made this amazing place my second home.
Nepal has one of the biggest paragliding operations in the world with hundreds of tourists from all over the world getting their first paragliding experience right in front of the Himalayan mountains.
Nepal went through a disastrous earthquake just over a week ago. Thousands of people lost their lives and entire villages were lost. My son and his mom are still in Nepal. They are ok, and helping in any way they can.
Immediately after the earthquake, a group of local and foreign pilots came together to help the most affected people in the Gorka region, right at the epicentre of the earthquake.
Their massive effort is being financed by the paragliding companies, which are donating their 4x4 vehicles to bring water, tarps, medicine, and to transport injured people to hospital. Two major organizations and the pilot volunteers in Nepal are collecting donations with the funds going directly to the people that need it most: they are The Cloudbase Foundation from USA and
karmaflights.org from Nepal.
I ask you as my fellow pilots in Canada to get involved by supporting this important initiative.
You can find more information about this initiative in Facebook by following:
- Isabella Messenger, at the base camp in the Gorka region
- Peter Wolf, in the Gorka region and directly at
- Karmaflights.org , posting daily updates on their progress
- the Cloudbasefoundation.org
I personally would appreciate your support, it is something we pilots can do together; every little bit counts...
Senior Instructor, HPAC/ACVL
CANADIAN HANG GLIDING NATIONALS TO BE HELD IN LUMBY, BC, JUNE 27 TO JULY 4, 2015
2015 marks the 9th time Lumby has been chosen as the base community for the National Hang Gliding Championships in the past 39 years, confirming that Lumby and area is one of the best places to fly gliders in Canada. In addition to generally good flying conditions and multiple launch locations around the North Okanagan, Lumby also offers a large flat landing zone at the Freedom Flight Park that can be approached safely from any direction. Organizer and Lumby Air Force Director since 1976, Randy Rauck says "The Lumby and area valleys are known for generally light winds with many warm lifting thermal pockets making it perfect for triangle racing flights that allow pilots to return to the designated landing area most of the time.
He adds, "As well, ongoing support and friendliness from the community, local land owners and local businesses have also been a huge contributing factor in The Lumby Air Force being selected to host the competition." The Nationals were last held in Lumby in 2010.
This year's event will draw Canada's best Hang Glider pilots and many other pilots from North America and other countries around the world are also expected to visit the area to fly or compete. We also expect many more American pilots this year because everything in Canada is on sale with the US $$ averaging 20% - 25% higher.
This year's very challenging week long race will have an FAI class 2 world rating with the CIVL FAI world sport flying association and earn winners world points towards the next Hang Gliding World Championships in Brazil in 2017.
The National competition will be the second major event in Lumby this year, following the very popular 10th annual "Lumby Air Races", June 7th-13 2015, which has always been held in conjunction with Lumby Days and includes both Hang Gliders and Paragliders. This is more of a relaxed, fun, educational and social event utilizing your best 3 flights over the event and has been expanded to a full week this year. More info at www.LumbyAirForce.com.
Both competitions feature exciting 25 km, 50 km and 100 km triangles, and open distance races. It is expected that existing world record hang glider and paraglider flights will eventually be broken around the Lumby area during peak flying conditions between late May and early September. Intermediate and Advanced Pilots only; King Post and Open Class.
Meet Producer - Lumby Air Force Flying Club
Meet Head - Bruce Busby
Meet Scorer - Doug Keller
Meet Safety - Garth Hemming
Entry Fees - $150.00 before June 1st ..$200.00 after To include: Welcome Pilots BBQ and Social Mixer June 26th, Custom Designed T Shirt, Trophies, Cash Prizes, Sponsor Prizes, Awards Dinner and Celebration.
Pilots and sponsors are invited to contact the event organizers through
Also please visit
our Nats FB events page and let us know if you plan or are thinking of coming.
XCANADA 2015 IS NOW UP AND RUNNING
This is an HPAC-sanctioned event, open to both PG and HG pilots throughout Canada, for flights anywhere within Canada.
How do you enter?
First off, it's free. Start by
registering for the 2015 global XContest.
After registering for the global XContest, go to
register for the XCanada contest (make sure the check-button is set to 2015).
Note that these are 2 separate contests so you must register for both, otherwise when you upload your flights they may only go into the global contest and not XCanada. As well, even if you were registered for last year's contests, you have to re-register for 2015...