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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!   

Saturday
Sep062014

iParaglide Simulation of Flight Incidents SIV Sep 20-21

Stunning Pitt Lake will be the site of our upcoming Paragliding SIV Simulation of Flight Incidents Seminar September 20 & 21, with 27 & 28 as weather back-up days. Here you will learn first hand the limits of the flight envelope of your paraglider!

SIV is among the most important pieces of training a paraglider pilot can receive, and is a real paradigm changer in terms of a pilots ability to know and trust the limits of their paragliders' flying envelope.

The only way to safely become proficient at anything is with practice. Learning to prevent or recover from bad flight attitudes is something that should be done with expert coaching in a controlled environment over water; not by chance the first time when over hard ground...

SIV will empower you with vital skills to be able to deal with turbulent conditions and will greatly help in: preventing the development of an extreme flight attitude; restoring an extreme flight attitude to regular paragliding flight; or executing a well timed and delivered reserve parachute toss.

Paragliding SIV should be conducted at least once a season to keep your skills sharp and especially every time you get a new paraglider, so that you can understand your new gliders' behavior characteristics at the limits of the flight envelope. 

 

 

 

 

Towing is an even better way to experience paragliding SIV. Learning a new skill and a new way of flying up to launch altitude is a rush of its own!    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging out at the beach and learning from and enjoying the entire show - just epic!

 

 

Towing is also the most efficient delivery method for SIV. That is because launch and landing is from the same location. So pilots do not need to pack up their paraglider each time, drive up a mountain, layout, and then fly out over the lake before they can begin their routine.  With towing we are able to stay ahead of the pilots.

This is a quality paragliding SIV course, with a smaller group size to ensure you get lots of flights and learning opportunities are maximized. We use a high-end Pro-Tow hydraulic payout winch and jet powered boat to tow you up to 3000ft over the lake.

Saturday & Sunday mornings we are meeting at 07:00 at the boat ramp at Grant Narrows Boat launch at the end of Rannie Road in Pitt Meadows. 

From the boat ramp we will take you on a great cruise to Raven Creek beach where we will do SIV.

The beach at Raven Creek is remote. That will be the site of our paragliding SIV.

For your enjoyment please bring:

- recently repacked reserve & harness with back protector

- helmet, life vest, hook knife, safety glasses, gloves & ankle support boots

- two FRS radios fully charged & chargers (Motorola ONLY) zip lock bags & duct tape

- food & water, coolers

- sunscreen, bug dope, folding chairs

- warm clothes for tow, towels & spare clothes

- tripods, video/photo cameras 

 

Hook knives, tow bridals and life jackets can also be rented by paraglider pilots for $30/day. 

Towing for paragliding SIV / Acro training is the most favored delivery method worldwide for many reasons:

  • turnaround time is superior with no need to pack up, drive up a mountain, then fly to lake
  • exhilarating flights up to altitude, learning new skills
  • more adaptable to wind, not dependent on mountain wind cycles
  • participants can see others maneuvers and hear all instructions, learning from entire event
  • lounging and watching the show from the relaxed comfort of the beach is just plain fun!

Our graduates often indicate that this was the favorite weekend of the season with huge aha learning moments and lots of animation and positive energy.  It shows in the intense smiles and expressions of empowerment and a new sense of knowing their paragliders more intimately at the end of the weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all at the SIV (Simulation of Flight Incidents) weekend and working a safe and optimized progression to help you prevent, recognize and recover from non-standard paragliding flying attitudes!