tandem

The following youtube was filmed by Don Searle in 2009

This vid was taken by Todd Andrews on day four of four great flying days in May 2010

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Festival of Free Flight


The skies of Parrsboro will fill with those wonderful, colourful flying machines once again this year.

Stay Tuned for the Schedule and all the news

May 18 -21 - 2012

Click Here to go to the Festival Photo Gallery

The16th Annual Festival of Paragliding and Hang Gliding is set to take place in the skies around Parrsboro, Nova Scotia this long weekend in May. Paraglider and hang glider pilots from Eastern Canada will once again descend on this beautiful little town on the Bay of Fundy to celebrate the beginning of the summer flying season and their passion for free flight. The sport has grown over the last nine years and pilots from all three Maritime Provinces and Maine will be attending. This year the festival is expanding due to the wonderful support of the town of Parrsboro and will continue to include

The sport of free flight has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of participants across North America and Europe. Fly-ins, the insider name for such festivals, are held across North America not only to celebrate the joys of free flight but also to give the public an opportunity to see how accessible and relaxed the sport can be.

The general public is invited to bring a picnic, a lawn chair and a pair of binoculars and enjoy the beauty of the colourful, soaring wings. This year for the first time anyone interested in trying out the sport will be able to take a tandem flight with a certified tandem pilot. During down time or after hours a video display of paragliding adventures from around the globe can be viewed at the Glooscap Restaurant and Lounge in Parrsboro. The Ground Handling Contest is a close up opportunity to see the finesse and control of the paraglider under kiting conditions!

•          Cross Country and Altitude Gain - Record Challenge

•          Spot Landing Contest

•          Ground Handling Contest

•          Tandem Flights

•          Information Sessions

•          Video Displays

Festival - Fly For Discovery- Take 2

The death of a fellow pilot to cancer has inspired our organization to a tribute flight wherein sponsored proceeds or donaitons from one days flights Dinnerwill be forwarded to the Canadian Cancer Society's early detection and diagnosis program. We invite everyone to participate as pilots and as sponsors.

For complete details please click here.

The location of the events on Saturday, Sunday and Monday is weather and conditions dependant. The exact location of the days’ activities can be determined by dropping into the Information Centre at the Bare Bones Bistro 121 Main St. Parrsboro or by calling 254-2972.

Festival of Free Flight Daily Notice at the Bare Bones Bistro on Main St.
Tune in to Parrsboro Radio for daily updates during the Festival -- 91.9 fm
pilots schedule ( click here)
Join Us in Parrsboro
for the
Festival of Air Sport and Paragliding
May 18 -21 - 2012
Since many of our events are being held at The Bare Bones Bistro this year we recommend you check out their website.
Friday May 18

All day - arrival of pilots. Check info board at Bare Bones Bistro for location.

6pm - Powered Paragliding Demo - Ist Beach

Saturday May 19

8:30 am Harbourview or Bare Bones Restaurant. Michael Fuller of Pegasus Paragliding will be on hand to explain how the pilots choose their flying sites based on prevailing wind and weather conditions and inform all where the days activities will be held. Get a map to the local flying sites at The Bare Bones Bistro.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Information desk at the Bare Bones Bistro can provide you with directions to all the flying sites and activities as well as providing other tourist information.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Soar above the crowd with tandem paragliding by Pegasus Paragliding or a tandem ultralight flight offered throughout the day. Check at the Bare Bones Bistro for locations and times. What a thrill!!
TBA - Ultra light demos and information session.

6pm - Powered Paragliding Demo - Ist Beach

7:00 pm Chill out at the Glooscap, Bare Bones Cafe or the Habourview Restaurants.

Wrap up the day of activity with a hearty supper and a video on the big screen at the Glooscap Restautant featuring the skill and adventures of local and international paragliders. These videos will be playing all day, every day.

Sunday May 20

Fly For Discovery Day
This is the scheduled day for this event although the best flying day will be the scored day.

8:30 am Join us once again for our Pilot's Breakfast at Harbourview or Bare Bones Restaurant. Enjoy a cup of coffee and stories of yesterday's flying and today's prospects.

10 am -- Ground Handling Competition at the activity field.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Soar above the crowd with tandem paragliding by Pegasus Paragliding or a tandem ultralight flight offered throughout the day. What a thrill!!

6pm - Powered Paragliding Demo - Ist Beach

7pm - AGM for the HPAAC - Bare Bones Bistro.

Monday May 21

Pilots Meeting - 0830 - Harbourview or Bare Bones Restaurant.

Paragliding and Hang Gliding - All day- Todays activities will be more wide ranging as the pilots are free to travel to any of the areas sites from Cape Chignecto to High Head in the Wentworth Valley. It's traditionally a chase day but then the rewards are often amazing

The places are always beautiful with stunning views.

Activities as scheduled are subject to change due to weather. Please check at the Information Centre at the Bare Bones Bistro to confirm event schedules or if you're not yet in town call Pegasus Paragliding at 254-2972

For more info on Tandem Flights - click here

This event is promoted and hosted by

Pegasus Paragliding and
the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Atlantic Canada
 

And the Parrsboro Committee for the Atlantic Festival of Paragliding and Air Sports                        

For more information call - 902-254-2972 or 902-254-3691

              e-mail - festival@pegasusparagliding.com

Hang Gliding and Pagagliding Association of Atlantic Canada- http://hpaac.ca/index.html

Pilot's Schedule

The official frequency for communication during the Festival for those pilots flying with on board radios is 123.2.
Also you might monitor 122.8 if coming from the south and if from Debert 123.0.

Paraglider and Hang glider pilots please monitor 146.330

Friday

* morning and afternoon - rust off flying where ever conditions are the best!

arriving pilots call 667-6959 and speak to Blake or Michael -254-0011

* evening - 7:30 pm - Decompression at the Glooscap with videos.

Saturday

* 0830 Pilots meeting at Harbourview Restaurant - weather and flying site stuff.
* Spot landing contest - Blake
* Bomb drop Contest - Brian
* Ground handling competition for paragliders - weather dependant - we could do this one on Sunday -- Kevin
* 6 pm Powered Paraglider demo at the Pier in Riverside and flight to Diligent River Lobser Boil if conditions permit.

Bad weather option (hssss) - Bare Bones Bistro - beer and movies

* Evening - Pilots (hpaac members and guests) LOBSTER BOIL and debrief session before dark at Michael and Krista's

Sunday

* 0830 Pilots meeting at Harbourview Restaurant - weather and flying site stuff.
* Spot landing contest - if it has not been completed
* Bomb drop Contest - if necessary
* Ground handling competition for paragliders - weather dependant
* 1800 hrs - Powered Paragliding demo at the Pier in Riverside.

Bad weather option (hssss) - Bare Bones Bistro - beer and movies

* Evening - 1900 - Pilots (hpaac members and guests) Dinner and Annual General Meeting.

Monday

 

* 0830 Pilots meeting at Harbourview Restaurant
* Free Fly all Day - Anywhere

Other stuff
Camping is available at Pegasus or you can take advantage of some of good pilot rates to be had at most of the pilot friendly accommodations in town.

LOBSTER
Please let me know how many pounds of lobster you will want as soon as possible. The price is very similar to last year - $5.50 /lb If you don't like the little crusty things then bring what you want for the BBQ,

I've probably forgotten something but I will send out some updates later and catch them then.

Hope you all can make this 16th Anniversary the biggest one yet !!!