Jacob Brunning uploaded a four-minute video "Hike and Fly" this week showing some of the spectacular views of West Kelowna he gets while paragliding. Filmed last fall around Trader's Cove above Westside Road and includes footage of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains. Full Story...
• Parking is provided at the farm please park as directed.
• Don’t land in the tall grass (this is a hay field) the north side of the field is generally dryer and thinner grass.
• Entrance is through a gate at the south side from the parking lot
• Please use the outhouses near the Saloon. They have children and neighbours.
• This couple also have camping and rentals available on site and they sell farm raised meat and other items lets support them as much as we can!
A new track visualization tool to add to your collection. Doarama is a very sleek and simple way to review and share your flights. It accepts .igc and .gpx file formats which most gps's produce. Simpler to use than Google Earth and smoother, it also has built in social media sharing tools to boot and the ability to use VR glasses. Enjoy!
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Windyty.com is a new tool I stumbled upon. Quite mesmerizing. This thing is beautiful and has a road map layer when you zoom in close enough. It even works on smartphones. There is a link as well on the Pilot Resource Tools Page.
There is also http://earth.nullschool.net/ which was the original tool and has a more uniform colour style.
Flight Log and Forum Entry
On Mon our trip started in Edmonton with me (Evo) being logged in my XCskies and looking for potential good XC weather in the mountains and my brother driving. First target was Golden,BC but rainy weather slashed our XC dreams for next day. So we continued to long missed Okanagan.
Forecast was looking great for Lumby with excellent laps rate and wind direction for a potential flight to Revy. Between Revy and Vernon we were planning the flight and potential routes in regards to conditions. Arriving late in Kelowna went to bed tired but full of good dreams for next day.
Tues June 4-th woke up and looked outside. At 9am nice puffy cumulus clouds were building already. We loaded our gear and headed out to Coopers. By the way the day was looking our dreams for an epic flight were one step closer. We caught a ride with cool HG pilots at Randy's place and Fred was kind enough to drive the truck down. On launch there was 7-8 pilots waiting for conditions to pick up. By the time we got ready fairly good cycles started coming. We launched a bit after noon time. Alex on Gradient Avax XC3 (an classic EN-D wing) and me on my new baby Aircross U6 Comp wing(a second generation true 2 riser design).
53 pilots entered and the awards were handed out Sunday evening.
The winds were much stronger than usual and made tasks difficult to accomplish.
Stewart Trowsdale wins Open and KP class in Hang Gliding!
2nd Open Tim Middlemiss,
3rd Steve Parsons open and KP,
2nd KP John Theoret.
1st Tom Clark
2nd Bill Goglin
3rd Jim Orava
4th Tonya Solaris
5th Peter Spear
6th Corine Orava
7th Andrew Berkley
More details and pics found at LumbyAirRaces.weebly.com
Paragliding and Hang gliding in the Okanagan is what it is all about? This is truly what it is like to fly!
This website is operated by the Okanagan Soaring Association. It is a place for hang glider and paraglider pilots to share news, tall tales and general information about hang gliding and paragliding in this fantastic locale. (truly some of the best flying in Canada!)
We've got excellent flying sites all within a few minutes of each other, big lakes, beaches, beautiful scenery, urban amenities, long season, local flying instructors, tandem pilots and equipment dealers right here in the valley. Best of all, we've got a growing group of enthusiastic local pilots always ready to head up for flights... What more could one want?
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Cool flights and happenings in the OSA Pilot community.
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This website is operated by the Okanagan Soaring Association which encompasses most of the Okanagan and the Kamloops regions. It is a place for hang glider and paraglider pilots and students to share news, tall tales and general information free flight in this fantastic locale. Ttruly, some of the best flying in Canada!