Lumby pilot lands first

A Lumby pilot soared at a recent competition, landing him top honours.

Randy Rauck went up against 16 veteran pilots in a spot landing contest recently in Sicamous.

Taking the plunge from a 2,500 vertical drop from a ramp to the beach beside the Trans Canada Highway, Rauck landed within two feet of the bulls-eye.

Approximately 60 hang glider pilots and friends from across B.C. and Alberta attended the event to compete, re-unite and give remembrance to fellow friend and pilot Dano Saunders, who recently suffered a fatal heart attack.

They also discussed flying experiences, something Rauck says is taking off in his region.

“Hang gliding has been getting a lift of interest as of late,” said Rauck.

“The Freedom Flying School and Raven Aviation in Lumby offered an e-mail marketing promotion in late August and 100 new students signed up for an introductory hang gliding course that sold out within 24 hours.”

The course attracted a number of new students from the Kelowna area, joining those who have already discovered the region’s flying jem.

“Lumby and area have become a hang gliding and paragliding destination for flying tourists over the last 36 years as well, since the Lumby Air force started organizing and promoting flying from the mountains and landing at the Freedom Flight Park near Lumby.”



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