FALLS AIR RACES
3 - 4, 2010 (Click
here for pictures and results from previous years)
The West Coast Soaring Club
is proud to present its eight
annual festival of flight at the world-renowned Bridal
Falls Flying Site.
The Bridal Falls Air Races will be open to hang glider
and paraglider pilots, family, friends, and interested
public. There will be lots of FUN competitions and
challenges for pilots of all skill levels, including:
- Out & Return XCs
- Greatest Altitude & Longest Flight
- Kiting races, if conditions permit
other special surprise events and competitions!
here for much more information on the various
Falls, located at the east end of the Fraser Valley,
in south-western British Columbia, Canada, is an alpine
site with multiple launches and LZs, excellent XC
potential (up to 80 km out-and-return flights are
possible), and stunning views of the coastal mountains
and the Fraser Valley. This time of year, flights
of up to 2300 m AGL occur, and flying extends to 9
pm most days! The primary LZ, located adjacent
to the Trans Canada Highway 1, is 90 minutes from
Vancouver, 30 minutes from Abbotsford (with its international
airport,and US border crossing), and only 10 minutes
improvements have been made to the Bridal Falls lower
launch in recent years. The launch is large and safe,
and will be the primary launch for the event.
Frequent shuttles will run to lower launch throughout
Tandem paraglider flights AND hang glider flights will be offered by our event
cosponsors (local instructors and flying schools),
at the greatly reduced rate of ! Tandem flights are
an excellent way for family, friends and interested
future pilots to experience flight. Click
here for more information on tandem flights.
information or to book a tandem flight, contact the tandem coordinator (contact info will be found here several months before BFAR). Note that tandem
bookings are first-come, first-served. Most
years, we have twice as many requests for flights
than we have available booking slots, so book early!
Lots of non-flying activities will also be available,
all within walking distance of the LZ, including:
- Special Rates at the nearby Trans-Canada Waterslides
- Internationally Famous Minter Gardens
- Dino-Land Adventure Park
And Of Course, Great Food And
Thanks to our sponsors, free drinks and snacks will
be available all day at the event HQ.
There will also be a pancake breakfast available both Saturday and Sunday mornings, with pancakes, syrup, eggs, and fruit juice. This breakfast is included in your registration fee.
course bar is open all weekend, with a big party and
steak BBQ slated for Saturday night (food included
in your registration).
and of course, Entertainment!
Stay tuned for what the WCSC will bring to the party for the Saturday night BBQ and party.
Accommodation And Camping
Free parking and tent camping on-site is available
for everyone. Nearby space for a few RVs, trailers,
or campers, is available on a first come first served
basis. Please contact us for details.
There are also numerous motels available in nearby
Cost for the event, including the Saturday night steak
BBQ, is tentatively $40 (Cdn). Extra
dinners (including the party and the band) are available for $20. BFAR
T-Shirts are also available in various sizes for $25
Pre-registration is preferred and encouraged, but
not required. Online payment with Paypal is also available,
but can also be done at the event itself.
here to pre-register
here for online payment page (Paypal)
As of this posting, it appears that
HPAC insurance (annual or temporary) is required for
ALL pilots flying in Canada. This includes American
and foreign pilots. Your USHGA insurance does
NOT cover your flying in Canada. Be prepared
to show proof of current HPAC insurance, or to purchase
either an annual HPAC membership, or a 90-day temporary
one at the BFAR. You can also purchase your
HPAC membership online directly. See the HPAC
website for more details.
Contact a WCSC
club director with your questions, to register,
or for more information. Also, feel free to
browse the rest of the West
Coast Soaring Club website.
West Coast Soaring Club
View looking northwest from Bridal Falls lower launch - taken during BFAR 2003