The 2015 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships will be in Lumby June 27 to July 4.

The 2015 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships will be in Lumby June 27 to July 4.

Lumby chosen for championships

The 2015 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships will be hosted by Lumby June 27 to July 4.

The 2015 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships will be hosted by the Lumby Air Force Flying Club June 27 to July 4.

This marks the ninth time Lumby has been chosen as the base community for the nationals in the past 39 years.

“Lumby and area is one of the best places to fly gliders in Canada,” said Randy Rauck, with the Lumby Air Force Flying Club.

“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.”

This year’s event will draw Canada’s best hang glider pilots as well as other pilots from around the world.

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 10th annual Lumby Air Races June 7 to 13.

Both competitions feature triangle, and open distance races measured by GPS equipment on board each glider.

Scoring is completed each day on special computer software and results can be followed online.

To race, pilots foot launch their gliders off local area launch sites, and circle up in hot rising thermal air currents over the Silver Star area to heights of up to 10,000 feet above sea level before racing around 25-kilometre, 50km and 100km courses.

“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 national competition,” said Rauck.

Pilots and sponsors are invited to contact the event organizers through www.lumbyairforce.com.