Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Facebook Page

Hello Everyone
It turned out to be a nice weekend for the students and the advanced pilots during easter. The Intermediate students got some great ground handling on Saturday morning and the advanced pilots got great ridge soaring Saturday evening. Then for Sunday it was flying for the students in the morning and another great evening for the advanced pilots. We even got Kai his first 30min flight on his new glider....great work Kai.
For pictures please check out our facebook Page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muller-Windsports/202166306474260
you do not have to be on facebook to see this page it is open. If you are on facebook please click the LIKE button so you can get future posts. This page will be used to post photos of the different flying activities going on in the area.
Hopefully were on to some better weather and more flying to come.
Cheers
Keith

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Everest Presentation

Paraglider Pilot, Lucille de Beaudrap will do a presentation on her 2010 summit trip to Mt Everest. 
Lucille has visited schools & organizations and groups with this presentation.
Who can forget the excitement last May as we followed her spot, step by painful step to the summit!
 
Join us at the Muller Shop, Cochrane Flying Site to hear about her experience of a lifetime
 
Date:    Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time:    7:00pm
 
 
 
Muller Windsports Ltd
Box 2018
Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B8
email: fly@mullerwindsports.com
ph: 403-932-6760
fax: 403-851-0737
N51 11.753
W114 26.895
http:www.mullerwindsports.com
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Start to the Season

Today is our official start day but due to the very large snowfall we are going to wait till thursday for everything to dry up as the path up the hill is still very muddy.
Please start calling the 403-804-8373 number at 4pm thursday if you would like to come out for a session. Please do not leave messages just call back as I am likely talking to another student if I dont answer.

The schedule has been updated in the top right corner of this page so please have a look to make sure there is a session at the time you would like to try and come.

I also have a twitter account for the non-students to check to see if the conditions are good at least when I am there.
@cochranewind

As a reminder students are to call the day before at 4 pm to come out the next morning. So example is I would like to fly wednesday morning so I would call 403-804-8373 at 4pm on tuesday to check for the conditions wednesday morning.

Looking forward to a great season with you all.
Cheers
Keith

Monday, April 4, 2011

National Parks

Hi to all pilots, 

As most of you know, HPAC has been working for nearly three years with Parks Canada to reverse a decades-long prohibition against hang gliding and paragliding in National Parks. I am repeating a little of the background here for new pilots who have recently joined our community. 

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT: In Fall 2008 Parks Canada conducted a two-day National Assessment of our sport and whether its practise in Parks would be in harmony with the uses for National Parks. We had commissioned an independent Environmental Impact Assessment to demonstrate both the environmental as well as socio-economic impacts of our sport in preparation for this Assessment. 
The result in the Fall of 2010 was that the prohibition was reversed in principle, but still required written policy and regulatory changes to become "legal". While several other sports were being considered over the last couple of years, ours was the only one that required the more complex regulatory changes, that would lay the groundwork for approaching individual park superintendents for permission to fly in any given park. 
Just recently, Parks Canada's package on our sport, completely approved and requiring only the Minister's signature, was delivered to the Minister's Office. 

THE CURRENT ELECTION: Then the election was recently called before the signature could be obtained. The package is now back with Parks Canada and will be resubmitted for signature by the Minister, as soon as the election is over, a new minister has been named and the office is open for business (this could be the fall, if the House does not get called back before then, or later this spring, if they do). Parks Canada informs us that because there are no budgetary requests attached and because it is a totally non-partisan issue, the signature will be forthcoming easily, regardless of who the minister or party will be. Parks Canada has invested a large amount of funding to expand the numbers of activities that can take place in Parks, and we are part of that initiative. 

LOCAL ASSESSMENT: After the signature has been obtained, it becomes "the law" of the land which means that individual Park Superintendents can then allow flying in their park, if they choose. But they are not obligated to allow it, as they have final jurisdiction as to what takes place in their park. A number of Parks have been identified for being approached by Parks Canada-designated pilots from our community, when we get the go-ahead by Parks Canada after we have "the signature". 
For the Atlantic, it is Michael Fuller; Mountain Parks (BC and Alberta) Will Gadd; Quebec Dom Juretic and BC Gulf Islands Margit Nance. Please contact any of these people if you have questions about your region. 

Further Updates will be forthcoming as we get them. But most important, FLYING IN NATIONAL PARKS CONTINUES TO BE ILLEGAL. Prematurely doing so will jeopardize that Park from the get-go and so we appreciate your patience a little longer. Thanks to all. 

Margit Nance 
Site Preservation Chair, HPAC
 
 
Muller Windsports Ltd
Box 2018
Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B8
email: fly@mullerwindsports.com
ph: 403-932-6760
fax: 403-851-0737
N51 11.753
W114 26.895
http:www.mullerwindsports.com
Canadian Distributor Ozone Kites
check Endless Summer:
 
check mullerwindsports on facebook for photos
 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hagar Exam

We are currently in the midst of our annual instructors course.  The Transport Canada Presention has just completed and this year we had two inspectors
here.  Lenora Crane of TC is well aware of the problems that Alberta pilots have in writing the HAGAR.   The department head in Calgary has authorized an
off site writing of the exam if we can organize a group of pilots to write.
 
John Janssen and Keith MacCullough, the seniors faciliting the current course are willing to organize a study night for the Hagar including map reading.
Doug Skye is prepared to run this session.  The plan is to have this session a night or two before the Hagar Exam.
 
Lenora is happy to oversee the exam but this will happen only once this year.  We will see if this can be an annual event but this depends on the budget for
Transport Canada.
 
If you are interested in writing the exam please email and I will add your name to the contact list.  I will then notify you dates and times of both the study session and
the exam writing.
If you don't need to have the hagar at this point in your flying career I would recommend taking this opportunity to write it now.   You have no idea how difficult and expensive it has been for Alberta pilots for the past number of years to write the HAGAR using one of the local flight schools at Springbank Airport.
 
So please contact me ASAP so that we can get these sessions planned.
 
Vincene
 
 
 
Muller Windsports Ltd
Box 2018
Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B8
email: fly@mullerwindsports.com
ph: 403-932-6760
fax: 403-851-0737
N51 11.753
W114 26.895
http:www.mullerwindsports.com