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This year I created a 3D video of the Columbia River from Invermere to Radium Hot Springs.
The main reason for this video is to give our paddle customers at www.ColumbiaRiverPaddle.com a better idea of the Columbia River wetlands and river system.
Have fun checking out the views!

The summer of 2019 here in the Canadian Rockies was rather interesting with the broken up jetstream and unstable weather patterns.
Besides the unstable and wet summer, we did have a couple very good flying days and pilots who took advantage of it were rewarded with some very impressive flights.

In regards to flying events, the weather made the same impact as described above. The “Willi” in Golden had 4 non flying days in a row, but also a couple of very good days, which produced some spectacular flights.
The LakesideEvent.com also had a struggle. First with the not so positive weather forecast, followed by a rainy morning, but lead into a “Sunny & Hot” couple hours with ideal flying conditions, enabling the pilots to get one flight in.

There are a couple more flying events coming up. One is “the Inaugural Fernie fly in” September 6-7, which sounds like a lot of fun and we plan to be there! See details at their facebook page.

The other event is a “PPG Valley Cruise” (others call it the “Silly PPG in the Valley”, October 12-13.
We plan to fly from the Invermere Airport to Fairmont Hot Springs and land on the 6000 feet long runway (hope it is long enough ;)), then taking a complimentary shuttle to the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for brunch. Once back on the airstrip we plan to explore the area south of Fairmont and fly over Columbia Lake.
The day after we plan to fly from Invermere to Radium Hot Springs to explore the wetlands.

Here is a 360 video flying over the Radium Hot Springs wetlands and over the new Radium River Access points, note the Radium Airport in the video.
Does this look like a nice area to fly your PPG or what?

This unique opportunity to learn the dynamics and limits of your wing will be held at the beautiful private flying site of Whitetail Lake in BC. This site offers a generous amount of height to practice maneuvers over the safety of water. There will be two landing sites (one near the water and the big field), two instructors and a safety boat onsite.

3 day Supervised flights and P2 maneuvers

Date: July 5th -7th, 2019
Location: Whitetail Lake, BC
Instructors: Max Fanderl & Adrian Pery

This course is for P1 pilots wanting to do some of their 25 supersized flights, and includes theory in risk management  and preparation for the P2 exam. There will be an opportunity to challenge your P2 exam upon completion of the required flights.
It is also for all other pilots (P2/P3) who would like to get warmed up for the season and maybe try, and work on more maneuvers, than they are currently comfortable with.

The maneuvers you will learn and practice are:

  • Big ears
  • “Small” Asymmetric collapse
  • Pitch control (dolphin)
  • Rolls and intro to wing overs
  • Fast eight

Costs:
P1 Pilots
$420
for Friday to Sunday or $200/day
P2 Pilots
$320
for Friday to Sunday or $150/day
If you book and pay before June 17 save 10%  

Active flying SIV & Freestyle course

Date: July 4th -7th, 2019
Location: Whitetail Lake, BC
Instructors: Max Fanderl & Kirs Chasse

This course targeted for:

  • Occasional pilots, beginners and ambitious amateur pilots.
  • Freestyle pilots.

S.I.V. – Simulating Situations in Flight gives the pilot a dynamic reaction to recover his/her paraglider to normal flight from unexpected situation, with an instructor’s guidance. The aim for that, preparing the pilot to react properly to an unexpected or dangerous situation while flying.

The main purpose of this course is working on all the basic simulated situations you can have in flight and decent techniques. Once these are mastered you can progress to fly and practice the full stall which will allow you to evolve into freestyle/acro flying.

We are supplying a manual and syllabus about the SIV and freestyle maneuvers.

Ground school

Every pilot, weather it is your first time or you have done the SIV and progressed to a Freestyle pilot, you will need to go through our Intro and safety briefing on Thursday morning (8:00 am).

After the first briefings, we will check the equipment and harness and will do another indoor lesson about SIV flying tasks and creating a program for each participant.

Onsite lessons

After all the Ground school sessions we will head out to Whitetail Lake and will get started with some regular flights at Whitetail Lake. We plan to film all the launches and do some video analysis later in the afternoon/evening.

In the evening of the first day we will create for each pilot their own program to get to what they want to achieve in this course.

The next 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) we will start with a morning briefing at 7:00 am and do about 3-4 flights until noon’ish and do the video analysis in the afternoon.

  • Front stall
  • Asymmetric collapse (30%,50% 75%)
    • Asymmetric collapse spiral dive
  • Spiral dive
    • Asymmetric Spiral
  • Full stall
  • Rolling and wing overs
  • Practicing your own maneuvers

Cost:
$1380 for Friday to Sunday
$1080 for Freestyle pilots (must be able fly a perfect full stall and backfly)
If you book and pay before June 17 save 10%

Requirements:
Current HPAC insurance/membership, Reserve, life jacket (if you do not have one, let us know), hook knife (we sell them for $25), FRS/GMRS Family Radios.

This includes:
Camping site at Whitetail Lake, shuttles to the takeoff site, radios and basic PFD’s.

Optional:
Dinners – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Breakfasts and lunches – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Cost … will be updated as soon we get the price from Patrick Stettler, who will be the caterer.

Requirements:
Current HPAC insurance/membership, Reserve, life jacket (if you do not have one, let us know), hook knife (we sell them for $25), FRS/GMRS Family Radios.

**There is a limited number of spots for this event. To secure your spot, you must make a down payment of $250 prior to arrival and the full payment upon arrival. All payments can be made via e-transfer to: (max@flyingMax.com). There is a $250 non-refundable charge, if cancelled after June 17 2019. We reserve the right to send any participant home, who does not follow instructions, putting themselves or others in danger.
For more information, email: max@flyingMax.com

Happy, healthy and prosperous 2019 from flyingMax.com.
We are looking forward to a great new year with lots of adventures and flights!
Here is a video of Penny and Max flying into the new year!

The 2018/2019 Panorama Paragliding season has started.
If you plan to fly at Panorama, simply read the Panorama paragliding guidelines , then send me an e-mail with your HPAC number (including valid until date) and your paragliding level of experience to max@flyingMax.com, in order to get the Panorama Paragliding waiver form. This form is required for you to get you special priced Panorama “ski/flying” ticket from guest services. For first time paraglider pilots to Panorama, we will need to set up a meeting prior to your first flight for an orientation of the take off/landing spots and review the rules.

Happy Holidays and all the best for 2019!
Max & Penny

Last weekend we hosted a PPG weekend here in Invermere. We had a total of 5 pilots show up and the weather turned out to be just great.

Friday late afternoon, we had the pilots flying around Invermere and Mt. Swansea. Saturday we flew to Radium and back over the wetlands and on Sunday we flew from Invermere to Fairmont Hot Springs and landed on the 6000 feet long runway.

Fairmont was amazing. Fairmont Resort picked us up at the airport, and shuttled us up to the resort for brunch. They later drove us back to the airport, where we took off again and flew back to Invermere.

All in all it was a very fun weekend and we will be hosting more of them in the future. We are also considering offering a PPG airport and radio procedures workshop for pilots who are not used to flying near, or to, airports.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up!

Here are a couple more pictures for those who  like to see more. 
https://photos.app.goo.gl/cexgE1eV2PGK6MJ79

Happy Canada Day!

We had an amazing day today, the kids were in the parade with the Windermere Valley Sallde Club, Penny with www.ColumbiaRiverPaddle.com and www.ColumbiaRiverCafe.com and I was lucky enough to watch everything from the air from my Quicksilver S2.

SIV stands for ‘Simulated Incident in Flight’ – as the saying goes, plan for the worst and hope for the best. This clinic helps give pilots old and new greater awareness of their wing and how to handle a variety of events that may occur when flying. SIV Clinics increase a pilot’s confidence and open a new dimension of flying a paraglider.

Date: June 9th -10th, 2018
Location: Whitetail Lake, BC
Instructors: Max Fanderl & Patric Stettler

This unique opportunity to learn the dynamics and limits of your wing will be held at the beautiful private flying site of Whitetail Lake in BC. This site offers a generous amount of height to practice maneuvers over the safety of water. There will be two instructors and a safety boat onsite.

Supervised flights and P2 maneuvers

This course is for P1 pilots wanting to do some of their 25 supervised flights, and includes theory in risk management  and preparation for the P2 exam. There will be an opportunity to challenge your P2 exam upon completion of the required flights.
It is also for all pilots who would like to get warmed up for the season and maybe try, and work on more maneuvers, than they are currently comfortable with, over water.

The maneuvers you will learn and practice are:

  • Big ears
  • Asymmetric collapse
  • Pitch control (dolphin)
  • Rolls and intro to wing overs
  • Fast eight

$240 for the weekend if pre booked
$360 for the weekend if booked after June 1

 

SIV –  ‘Simulated Incident in Flight’ (No Acro)

This course is for all pilots with a P2 or higher looking for experience. It is a perfect chance to practice these maneuvers in a safe environment. In this course, pilots will learn correct terminologies for basic maneuvers and correct actions to take in the event of a risky situation.

  • Front stall
  • Asymmetric collapse (30%,50% 75%)
    • Asymmetric collapse spiral dive
  • Spiral dive
    • Asymmetric Spiral
  • Rolling and wing overs
  • Practicing your own maneuvers

 $500 for the weekend if pre booked
$600 for the weekend if booked after June 1

Requirements:
Current HPAC insurance/membership, Reserve, life jacket (if you do not have one, let us know), hook knife (we sell them for $25), FRS/GMRS Family Radios.

 

Accommodations/Camping

$20 a night per tent and $30 a night per trailer

 

**There is a limited number of spots for this event. To secure your spot, you must make a down payment of $200 prior to arrival and the full payment upon arrival. All payments can be made via e-transfer to: (patric.stettler@gmail.com). There is a $200 non-refundable charge, if cancelled after June 1 2018. We reserve the right to send any participant home, who does not follow instructions, putting themselves or others in danger.

For more information, email: patric.stettler@gmail.com

 

 

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2018 from our family (Max, Penny, Katia & Erik) to everyone who knows us.
2017 has been a very good year for us and we like to thank everyone who has been a part of it. This does not only mean business, it means everyone who has been a part of our life’s.

In the mean time, here are a couple pictures and videos of the last couple days at Panorama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– SIV over Lake Annecy,
– Festival at Coupe Icare – St. Hilare,
– Flying in the Dolomites and staying at a 5 star hotel,
– Flying in the Bavarian Alps
– and parting at the Oktoberfest in Munich with style.

This is pretty much what it was in short.
“Most asked question was, how many days could you fly… answer, 
Out of the whole trip, which was 2.5 weeks, 2 days we were not flyable.”

The tour started in Geneva, Switzerland and I picked up the Canadians with a 9 passanger van. About an hour later, we arrived at the campsite which is right at the south end of Lake Annecey and right next to the SIV landing site.

The day we arrived at the camp we got a very warm welcome from Christa and Juergen (owners of the Flight school www.fs-grenzenlos.com).  Juergen offered to drive us up to the launch site, from where we were we were able to see the magnificent views over lake Annecy, followed by a one hour thermal flight. Not a bad start for the first day!

The next day (Sunday) the SIV started with checking the equipment, going through the protocols of the SIV and social/food/drink program. You can sign up in the camp to get breakfast and dinner within the program or simply go out for dinners. For accommodations you can bring your tent or rent a trailer/cabin to stay in.
The SIV program was jam packed with flights and instructions. We flew every day (except one day) and every pilot was working on their own program and goals.
Thanks again to Christa Vogel and Juergen Kraus, who mad us all feel so welcome and put on such an fantastic course.

On Friday we drove to St. Hilare to the Coupe Icare which took about 1.5 hours. We set up our tents and then joined the fantastic activities and shows until Sunday. It is hard to describe the Coupe Icare, and the only way to understand it all is to be there! John described it as  “almost an overload of flying activities”. Whether you looked into the sky or on the ground, there was always something going on.

Sunday was our last day at Coupe Icare which we finished with a morning flight and then drove 8 hours to the Dolomite’s in Italy.

The first night we spent in Sillian and on Monday we all met at Bluesky.at for the pilots/welcome meeting. Right after, on our way to the hotel, we had our first flight at Monte Pinao (next to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo). Later that day we arrived at our base camp Hotel Olympia, which is a very friendly 5 star hotel in Araba, right in the middle of the Dolomite’s. Accommodations include a European breakfast buffet and a 5 course dinner, if you planned to come to lose weight, that is the wrong place to be.
We were able to fly every day in the Dolomite’s, with some days flying for hours over the Marmolada Glacier, Langkofel, Sella and the Rosengarten. Again, words and pictures will not do justice, you need to be there yourself to understand.

After the Dolomite’s we were headed to the Bavarian Alps, with our basecamp in Pfronten. We only stayed there for 2 full days with one rain day and one day for flying at the Neunerkoeplfe and at Hannenkam. The rain day was a great experience on its own, as we ended up at a local street fest which gave us the opportunity to get dressed up for the Octoberfest in Munich.

On our last day, we traveled in the morning to Munich (1.5 hours) and spent the day and night at the Oktoberfest and I think I do not need to write about the fun we had there.

All in all, it was a great trip, awesome people, learned lots, flew a lot, lots of laughs and gained a lot of new friends.

More pictures about the tour at
https://photos.app.goo.gl/v1y8Okg9o1nZKWXr1