Archive for April, 2011

Max & Penny with xAlps wingFrank and Tracy are hosting the
Team Canada xAlps fundraiser party
May 14th
at their house at  Lakeview Meadows.
Camping is available at Frank & Tracey’s place or at our place.

BBQ, Silent auction, and jam night.
Burger & salads: $10/person (Kids: $5)
Burger, salads, keg beer (as much as you want till it’s gone): $20/person

Silent auction:
Lots of great items to be auctioned.
If you have any items or services you would like to donate, please contact Penny.

Tracye organized a bouncy castle and Cherri Hann will do face painting for the kids.

Jam with Duncan McDonald.
Bring your instruments and friends who would like to jam it up. Dancing all evening too.

We will also have several harnesses set up as flight simulators, for anyone who would like to feel how it is to fly.

9:30 am pilots meet in front of Frank and Tracye’s house
$10 for pilots who are hiking
$20 for pilots who want to get their wing driven up
$40 for pilots whw want to have a ride with their wing

X-country task will be assigned on launch.

Here are some photos from the 2009 fundraiser.

Hope to see you all.
Max & Penny

Katia and Erik at with their Panorama Paragliding trophy'sEaster is still a week away, but the Panorama Ski Resort closed on April 10 so we decided to hold our annal Easter Meet the closing weekend.
Friday was a perfect blue sky day and later in the afternoon some good flights could be logged. Trevor with did a maiden flight on his rebuild “Libelle” over the summit and between the paragliders. It was a fantastic show for everyone. When I arrived at Panorama and headed up the mountain, I watched Frank climb out and head out to the valley, and he landed at the Lakeside Pub. I got up there late and had to land at the resort, as we had another xAlps presentation for the resort in the early evening.

23 pilots showed up on Saturday, and between everyone, there were about 86 flights with lots lasting up to about 40 minutes. It was kind of high overcast and the sun was not strong enough to create the bigger thermals. It was a great day for pilots and spectators, as the sky was filled with pilots, and at the end of the day we had 8 pilots landing at the day-lodge.

On Sunday only about 7 pilots managed to get a flight in before the wing got too strong and was very cross at take-off. We wrapped up the event at noon and then enjoyed the “Slush-Cup” and some great afternoon skiing with family and friends.

One of my highlights was flying tandem with Katia and Erik. On the end, Erik and I shared 1st place for the event, as Erik dropped his easter egg from 300 feet right into the target and we ended up landing on target. Katia and I had a great flight but missed with our easter egg drop. The kids were very proud when they received their own trophies as the youngest competitors of the event.

I have put up some pictures at my picasa album, check them out and add more if you have some.

Happy landings from Erik, Katia, Penny and myself.