First place in the recent BC Hang Gliding competition near Lumby was won by Burnaby’s Shafe Mohammad (centre). Tappen’s Larry Croome (left) was second and defending champ Randy Rauck of Lumby was third. The weekend event drew 25 pilots from around B.C.

First place in the recent BC Hang Gliding competition near Lumby was won by Burnaby’s Shafe Mohammad (centre). Tappen’s Larry Croome (left) was second and defending champ Randy Rauck of Lumby was third. The weekend event drew 25 pilots from around B.C.

Reunion reaches new heights

The recently held B.C. Hang Gliding reunion at the Freedom Flight Park near Lumby attracted 25 pilots from around the province.

The recently held B.C. Hang Gliding reunion at the Freedom Flight Park near Lumby attracted 25 pilots from around the province.

Organized by the Sicamous Airforce, the pilots showed up to fly from Coopers Launch overlooking Lumby, and compete at a spot landing competition while reminiscing about the past and talking about the future of flying hang gliders.

Pilots had the opportunity to score three landings over the weekend.

The lift was good at Coopers Launch and many pilots had good flights of more than two hours while reaching altitudes of up to 9,000 feet both days.

The North Okanagan has some very good flying sites and many pilots plan on returning to fly in the area again next season for the Lumby Air Races and the Wild Salmon Festival.

More information about Hang Gliding around Lumby and Vernon can be found at www.LumbyAirForce.com or www.RavenAviation.ca.