2015 marks the 9th time Lumby has been chosen as the base community for the National Hang Gliding Championships in the past 39 years, confirming that Lumby and area is one of the best places to fly gliders in Canada. In addition to generally good flying conditions and multiple launch locations around the North Okanagan, Lumby also offers a large flat landing zone at the Freedom Flight Park that can be approached safely from any direction. Organizer and Lumby Air Force Director since 1976, Randy Rauck says "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. MORE...
He adds, "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 competition." The Nationals were last held in Lumby in 2010.
This year's event will draw Canada's best Hang Glider pilots and many other pilots from North America and other countries around the world are also expected to visit the area to fly or compete. We also expect many more American pilots this year because everything in Canada is on sale with the US $$ averaging 20% - 25% higher.
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 very popular 10th annual "Lumby Air Races", June 7th-13 2015, which has always been held in conjunction with Lumby Days and includes both Hang Gliders and Paragliders. This is more of a relaxed, fun, educational and social event utilizing your best 3 flights over the event and has been expanded to a full week this year. More info at www.LumbyAirForce.com.
Both competitions feature exciting 25 km, 50 km and 100 km triangles, and open distance races. It is expected that existing world record hang glider and paraglider flights will eventually be broken around the Lumby area during peak flying conditions between late May and early September. Intermediate and Advanced Pilots only; King Post and Open Class.
Meet Producer - Lumby Air Force Flying Club
Meet Head - Bruce Busby
Meet Scorer - Doug Keller
Meet Safety - Garth Hemming
Entry Fees - $150.00 before June 1st ..$200.00 after To include: Welcome Pilots BBQ and Social Mixer June 26th, Custom Designed T Shirt, Trophies, Cash Prizes, Sponsor Prizes, Awards Dinner and Celebration.
Pilots and sponsors are invited to contact the event organizers through www.lumbyairforce.com website.
Also please visit our Nats FB events page and let us know if you plan or are thinking of coming.