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We recently graduated a   CF-18 Hornet Pilot from our Top Gun P2 Novice Paragliding Pilot program.  Read about his impressions of iParaglide.

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Located at 962 - 51st Street Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, for all your paragliding needs. We are ideally situated just minutes away from the finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

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Monday
Mar302015

Discovery Theory Night April 1@17:45

 

We are hosting a fascinating evening of Paragliding Discovery Theory for new student pilots on Wednesday night April 1, 2015, at 17:45, at iParaglide: conveniently situated in downtown Vancouver.

For prospective pilots to get the big picture of all paragliding has to offer, we will be kicking the evening off with a special presentation of The Sky is Your Playground, with striking images and epic videos from around the world. We will take you on a guided tour of paragliding from your first steps leaving the ground, to ever greater adventures in the sky: soaring, thermalling, festivals and acrobatics.

Designed so that all can come down directly from work and not have to worry about dinner, we will take a brief break for pilots to socialize and have some pizza.

The Discovery Solo Theory course is the foundation theory class that forms the backbone of the majority of the courses we offer, including Discovery Solo, iP1 and iP2 programs. 

We will quickly build on key concepts that are essential for pilots to understand and be able to apply:

 

  • basic aerodynamics and principles of flight;
  • how to choose safe wind and weather for paragliding;
  • how to set up on launch;
  • how to launch;
  • how to fly your paraglider with smooth coordinated turns;
  • and how to set up a nice soft landing.

 

Course cost is $67 for those taking it individually. It is also included in Discovery Solo, iP1, iP2 programs. Please bring cash only, with exact change, if your have not paid in advance.  

Please click here to RSVP your spot, if you have not already reserved by separate email. We will send you an email confirming your spot.

We are at 1003-1238 Seymour Street, Vancouver.  When you arrive, please use the buzzer to the left of the door and buzz "0122", so we can buzz you in.  Any problems please call our cell at "604-603-REMOVE THIS4459". When you enter the front entrance, please walk straight ahead (east) in the lobby and then left (north) when you come to a wall.  Head north down the short hall to The Space Lounge, which will be a blue door on your right (east).

Looking forward to helping pilots learn and understand the fundamentals of paragliding!

Saturday
Mar282015

Flight Club Season Opener Launches the 2015 Season

Spirits were soaring Friday night Mar.27, launching the new 2015 paragliding season at Flight Club!

We had our legendary winging ceremony for 2014 season paraglider pilots that achieved their iP2 wings. 

Local iP2 pilot graduates included:  Dan Ashby, Mike McCabe, Toby Stier & Jay Wildeman.  

International visitors from abroad that achieved iP2 pilot certification via our Top Gun total immersion programs were: Scott Morris (Orlando, Florida), Matt Reid (Hong Kong) Malcolm Wood (Hong Kong).

Special awards for most noteworthy performances were:

Most Improved 2014 iP2 pilot: Dan Ashby. By the end of the 2014 season, Dan's confidence and skills had really improved, executing the most committed, impressive and massive full frontals during our SIV Seminar at Pitt Lake.    

Top Gun 2014 iP2 pilot. Toby Stier gets our Top Gun pilot award, with precise sequenced launches, smooth coordinated turns, and accurate landings.  As the season progressed, he commenced having multi hour soaring and thermalling sessions, including an epic 8 hour flight in Pemberton!

Best Photo Paragliding 2014 went to Degas Levesque for his shot, First Flight Smile, of Dan Ashby.

 

Best Video Paragliding 2014 went to Bill Hughes for camera work, and Toby Stier for editing, on the Paragliding SIV Pitt Lake 2014 video. Hours of great footage, we hope to release excerpts shortly.

A close second for BEST Video Paragliding 2014 was for Malcolm Wood's:  Paragliding the Bridal.

 

A thanks went to all the pilots from the 2014 season for great attitude and focus. All worked as a team helping each other set up; spent hours at the training hill and Vanier Park kiting; and displayed good judgement while mountain paragliding, following precise flight plans. They truly earned their wings, and the countless flight smiles made it a pleasure to coach.  

A special thanks went to Degas Levesque, who has continued to grow as one of our Instructors.  In 2014, his boundless passion for the sport radiated through in positive energy while guiding student pilots.  He always ensured pilots were learning the full spectrum of skills, going beyond the requirements of the USHPA and HPAC systems. 

The night proceeded with veterans sharing stories of epic flights, including Degas' recent trip to New Zealand and a planned "top secret" reconnaissance mission of the Terrace area with an upcoming helicopter & paraglide to some previously un-flown summits.

There were many 2015 student pilots bubbling with questions and keen anticipation of upcoming first training hill and mountain flights.

We had a great night sharing a few beer while discussing the upcoming paragliding season, especially with new 2015 prospective pilots, whose budding interest promises to bring a season filled with great new adventures, exploring the sky and plenty of "aha" moments.

Looking forward to a stellar season of paragliding!

Monday
Mar162015

HPAC Instructor Certification Seminar: April 25, 26 & (April 27 or May 2)

iParaglide is hosting an HPAC Paragliding Instructor Certification (and re-certification) Seminar on the weekends of April 25, 26  and (April 27 or May 2, 2015). 

Designed to be a hands on seminar, participants will be working with real students in the classroom, at the training hill and at the mountain.

Full details of our HPAC Instructor Certification Seminar are here.

Sunday
Mar152015

Winging Ceremony & Season Opener Flight Club Mar.27 

Looking forward to our upcoming paragliding Flight Club, on March 27 at 18:30, at the Yaletown Brew Pub. 

This will be our legendary 2015 season opener pilots social for new to veteran paraglider pilots and their friends. 

We will be:

  • issuing wings to 2014 season iParaglide pilot graduates, during our winging ceremony
  • presenting our "Best of Paragliding 2014" awards for best article, photo and video
  • welcoming new 2015 pilot fledglings
  • planning new adventures for the 2015 season
  • celebrating free flight at our pilots social evening: from fledglings to aces!

Paragliding Flight Club is the place to meet new friends and like minded adventurers and discover the latest developments in Vancouver's Paragliding scene. 

 

With a low snowfall through the winter yielding early road access and reduced katabatic winds, the paragliding season will open up early, and promises to be epic. 

Yaletown Brewing Company is conveniently situated in Yaletown at 1111 Mainland, with great skytrain access, to make getting home safely after pub night, a breeze. 

Here is one of the entries for "Best of 2014" Paragliding Video:  

Can't wait to get the pitchers of beer flowing,  catch up on grand paragliding stories, and plant the seeds for new soaring experiences!

Hope to see you all there.

 

Friday
Feb202015

VIMFF Featuring Will Gadd & Paragliding Adventure Film Feb.20 @ Centennial Theatre 

This evening, Friday February 20, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) will a feature a spellbinding presentation, Unknown Unknowns on ice climbing and paragliding across the Rockies by National Geographics "2014 Adventurer of the Year", Canadian Will Gadd.

The show which is being held at North Vancouvers' Centennial Theatre at 19:30, and will feature films on climbing, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, speed flying and of course, paragliding!

 

 

The Skater (mixed climbing) 

 

500 Miles to Nowhere (Paragliding Vol - Biv)


Unknown Unknowns - Presentation by Will Gadd (ice climbing and paragliding the Rockies) 

Frozen Titans (ice climbing Helmcken falls)

Arctic Air (ski mountaineering, ice climbing, speed flying)

  

With an epic presentation and films, show will likely sell out, so recommend getting tics in advance here

Hope to see you there!