Lumby pilot lands first

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

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.”



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon beer baseball league expanding

Okanagan Spring League announces early-bird registration drive; adding new team from Kelowna

Vernon Vipers thump Merritt

BCHL: Win moves Vipers to within a point of third-place Wenatchee

Vernon basketball product’s college career ends in loss

Michael Rouault scores 23 points for TRU but team falls; sister’s squad also eliminated

Vernon Vipers entertain Merritt in Monday afternoon tilt

Vipers sit in fourth place in BCHL Interior Division, three points behind Wenatchee

Vernon Winter Carnival 60s theme a hit with residents

Milestone 60th anniversary Carnival wrapped up Sunday

Kelowna’s Family YMCA opens doors on Family Day

The entire day was free for the community

LETTER: Sick of narrow-minded response to homelessness in Vernon

Give Your Head A Shake, Vernon I have been reading lots of… Continue reading

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

South Okanagan woman reflects on prestigious win at Westminster dog show

“Polly” the Scottish deerhound was crowned best in breed and reserve best hound.

RCMP report woman arrested after ramming police cruiser

Suspect wanted for crimes allegedly committed in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and 100 Mile House

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Most Read