Thursday, November 17, 2011

HPAC Exam writing day Nov. 26 & Season Finale BBQ

HPAC Exam writing day Nov. 26 & Season Finale BBQ
This session is for everyone.  Whether you have just started flying or have been flying for years come and write the exam for your level. Please let me know by November 21 which exam level you would like to write so we can have the appropriate number of exams available.  Also if you would like to have a study guide for a particular level, I can send you one.
To all Paragliding and Hang gliding pilots in the Calgary area we would like to offer an exam writing session at Muller Windsports. John Janssen will be there to mark and help the Hang glider Pilots and Keith MacCullough will be there to mark and help the Paraglider pilots.


If you are unsure if you qualify for any ratings please contact Vincene and she will forward to John or Keith. You can also check for your self by looking here


We ask that you please RSVP and let us know what exams you plan to write. I suggest that even if you are slightly short on the flight portions that you write the exam anyway as you have one year from the time you pass to get the flight portion completed. Please make sure your membership is up to date as well.


Location: Muller Windsports Shop in Cochrane
Date: November 26th
Time: 8:30am
Bring: Logbooks
         Current first aid for the intermediate and advanced exams
         Spare paper and a pencil and eraser


After the exams are completed there will be an end of season BBQ for the pilots.


Look forward to seeing you all there


Keith, John and Vincene

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Golden Glassoff/Muller High Flights

Muller Windsports September High Flight Course
Golden, BC
Saturday September 17 & Sunday September 18
Students meet Saturday morning at 8:30am in the landing area
Saturday night BBQ.
In past years there has been the "Golden Glassoff' dressup party.  This year it's not going to happen.
Instead we are hosting a BBQ for those around.  Students, instructors and anybody else that want to participate.
The Golden Tandem pilots (Scott, Hugo and Peter) are going to provide meat for the BBQ.  Bratwurst and burgers
Mark Florence will look after the BBQ and salads.  Salads etc donated by Muller Windsports.
BYOB and drinks.
We need numbers, so if you are coming, can you please email Vincene at
Please RSVP to Vincene no later than Thursday Night
We are thinking of firing up the BBQ around 7pm on Saturday night.  It's dark at 8pm so everybody should be on the ground by 7:30pm at the latest.
Amy has generously lent us the use of the BBQ, deck and kitchen for food prep.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Start to the Fall Season

Hi Current Students and New Students
Its that time again that we get all get out and get flying again. Lessons for Intermediate Students starts tomorrow August 9th at 6 pm. We ask that you follow the same program as the Spring session by calling the student phone at 40pm for evening sessions and 4pm and the day before for morning sessions. We look forward to seeing the old faces and the new ones.
Lets get flying

Monday, July 18, 2011

Planes, Paragliders, Trains and Automobiles

Yes, I am still travelling. I had the most amazing stay in Switzerland with some great Friends. Thanks Anders and Susanne and the yet to be named child that has yet to arrive. Yes Susanne is due to have a baby tomorrow. I stayed in what will be the babies room so fittingly I slept like a baby in the room. I arrived on Monday night after many trains across 3 countries and a plane from Madrid. Susanne was there when I arrived as a South African family reassured me that if I could not find Anders and Susanne I was more than welcome to stay in there hotel room....haha. People are so nice sometimes it amazes me. I had many great conversations with the family as it turns out they were standing behind me when I arrived at the train desk in Munich and thought to themselves what a poor guy carrying all those bags and looking so tired.
So arriving at the pad in Interlacken to a very warm evening all I could think was maybe not being at the Worlds was not going to be so bad. One beer and then two beers and then SLEEP. I went to sleep at midnight and woke up at 10:30 the next morning not having woken up even once all night. Anders jokingly wondered whether I had actually died in his babies room.
Anders is a full time tandem pilot and does between 6- 10 tandems almost daily so he was very busy as its high season right now. At any given time there are about 20 tandems in the air at once. ITS CRAZY. they all land in a special field in town. The passengers range from 5 year old Saudi kids to extremely old Koreans. I thought the Golden guys had it tough till I saw what goes on here. They drive to launch then hike for 15 minutes to the launch. Every pilot has wheels like a luggage bag to drag there gliders up the paved path to launch. Each company is like a rafting company with about 10 pilots working for each company. They have a system worked out where the lay the gliders on top of each other on launch so as one goes the next can go and so on until they are all in the air together. They have all sorts of different ways to take pictures of the passengers with extra A lines connected to the camera so they dont even have to hold on to the camera. Most of the pilots here in a season do between 300-500 tandems in a summer.

Susanne decided I should fly so she took me to a Suisse bakery and let me get lunch then took me to the launch or as I referred to it the Golf Country Club. This launch was so grassy I felt bad even walking on it never mind laying my glider on it. After lunch I took to the skies for an afternoon sled ride. Upon Landing I looked over at Anders and asked if they turned off the lift just cause I was around. It turns out that just like Canada this place gets baked out too and when its that warm it becomes very soft.

It was now time to go to the Lake as the pregnant one decided she was to warm for this...haha. I was more than happy to tag along. We went to Lake Thun which is one of many lakes around but also the biggest. It was about 32 degrees so getting in the glacial water was more than refreshing and also the cleanest lake water I have ever seen so close to a city.
The Night ended with the biggest storm I have ever seen and I am not kidding. The winds reached 125km/hr in town and blew over trees that were over 100 years old. Some broke that were more than 3 feet wide and others just plain blew right over roots and all. It was crazy. I filmed it from various angles so will post some video when I get back. After the storm what do any normal people do but go walk around and check out the damage. Staying with Suanne and Anders is like staying with people with way to many friends...haha. During are walk we of course ran into other friends sitting on a patio overlooking the damaged town and promptly invited in for drinks.

The RAIN. Vincene warned me about the rain plagued alps but I never truly understood. I guess looking around at all the green grass should have been a clue. Think Vancouver in January with huge mountains surrounding you. It was biblical amounts. I ran from store to store and napped and napped and watched movies. After going to new levels of rest Susanne suggest we head up to Lauterbruan which is close to Wengen of ski fame. What a cool town where Anders took me hiking in the rain to see waterfalls and keep ourselves from driving Susanne crazy. She was happy sipping her coffee in a friends coffee shop.

On Friday I went with Anders to fly the World Famous Grindelwald which was spectacular to say the least. I flew like a moron and not understanding how far they push into the lee side here and landed at the valley floor instead of flying home but at least I understand now why flying in the lee in Europe is so popular as its the only thing that works...wink.

More great dinners with new friends and old. Who would have thought in Interlacken they would have the best Thai food that I have ever had?

Saturday was spent hiking up in an ALP eating fresh cheese and chasing cows with bells around there necks. Good fun if you have never done it. They are so friendly we even pet them. But the bells do get annoying. The Alp was up at the end of the pass in Adelboden.

I now sit on another train headed to my european family house in Salzburg. Home to Rudi, Esther, Paul and Jakob. I look forward to seeing them all as everything on this trip is spontaneous as I should still be in Spain. I will spend Sunday through till Wednesday morning with them and head to Munich for my flight to Montreal and finally get to see Loic and Caroline.

Sorry for so many words but these trains in the rain are great for spewing words. Now I know why Gadd's posts tend to drag when he is on a train...haha

All the Best for Everyone back Home

Keith( still making the best of everything )

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bull Fights and Short Nights

The last 48 hours have been crazy. Deciding to leave Piedrahita after a very disappointing decision by the FAI left me calling Luftansa and being told fine we can get you to Munich Germany for 300Euros or all the way to Montreal for 2000Euros I decided Germany it is. I had already been talking with my Best European friend Anders and his Wife Susanne who is do to have a baby any day. I decided I would fly to Munich on Monday morning then train across Germany to Interlacken Switzerland.

Before that I was still in Piedrahita and some how had to get out. This is when KEITH'S LUCK finally struck. My flights were all changed by late Saturday afternoon leaving me time to join my adopted team the Americans for a swim at one of the local swimming holes.

Early Sunday morning chaos all begin with me packed and ready to go only to find out the one and only bus going to Madrid did not leave till 5pm which just simply was going to suck for my luck. Well up to the plaza to see if my Canadian Charm could get me to Madrid sooner. Well sure enough it did and in a very nice kind of way. Steve Ham mentioned that one of the drivers from the comp had just left in his personal vehicle to go home which was just past Madrid. A short phone call later and 5mins later I was sitting in a pimped out BMW travelling at close to 200km/hr at times across Spain to Madrid. Before long Benjamin and I were speaking and sort of understanding one another with many nods and pointing. I was lucky that my terrible French and his even worse French was still better communication than my english and his spanish. I managed to convey that I knew nothing about bull fighting and this was a terrible trip so far. He proceeded at speeds quicker than I have ever travelled in a car to get me into Madrid in record time. My new best friend then drove right through the trendy section of Madrid to the Plaza de Toro. Next thing you know I was the proud owner to a Seat at Sunday evenings Bull Fights.

Now time to find Brett at his Hotel which turned out to be no problem with a local. Now time to get Brett to the subway and with little convincing he was all the proud owner to a ticket to the fights.

Our Madrid Metro skills are top notch now and we were able to criss cross back and forth with little to no trouble at all around the city.

The fights I will not describe as they are certainly not for the faint of heart but the ambience in the stadium is like nothing I have ever felt before in my life. It was truly inspirational to be a part of and I am so glad to have gone. Brett and I got lucky again as the man next to me was the proud father of a young matador and was there with his family cheering on a female Matador who is 19. The rules are hard to figure out but by the end we were able to tell who should win and who sucks. The basics are that 3 Matadors and 6 bulls, with the matadors taking turns killing one bull each.

By the end of the night it was close to 2am when we got back to Brett's room close to the airport and with maybe 2 hours shut eye I was back up at 5am and in a 3 minute taxi ride that cost 17 euros to get to my 7:30 am flight. Europe is ridiculously expensive.

Its now Monday afternoon and I am sitting on the very packed train to Switzerland with plans for a cold beer and dinner with very good friends.

Germany is stunningly beautiful so far and I have managed to put a large grin back on my face after a disappointing trip so far. I guess all things happen for a reason but this is one that sticks out as strange. Between all the comps I did just to qualify then the support of all the local pilots here I am not competing at all and doing something I honestly never thought I would ever get to do and that is travel Europe. I am totally 100% relaxed and feeling all sorts of energy return. I figured this morning on the plane to Munich to just not worry about and to really enjoy myself.

One last thing I plan to do after Interlacken is travel to see Rudy and Esther as I looked on a map and they are too close to not go see my favourite Austrians.

So thanks again for making this a vacation of a lifetime after a major disappointment at the comp.

I will try to continue my blog with the goings on around Europe. Oh the weather is great...haha but very humid here in Germany after very dry Spain


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Change of plans

So I have decided to go to europe as they wanted 2000 Euros for me to switch my ticket....haha. They only charged me about 300 to go to Munich on Monday then take my normal flight from Munich to Montreal on the 20th. So I will leave piedrahita Sunday afternoon and spend a night in a hotel in Madrid then take my flight to munich then take a train to Interlacken Switzerland. I will stay with Anders and fly around the alps and then head back to Munich and likely spend a day or two there before flying back to Canada. I have been invited to many dinners in suisse as the pilots found out I was coming which is super nice and bound to save me a bit of money.
I appreciate all the support as this not exactly what I had planned when you all chipped in for me to go to the World Paragliding Championship. I will at least get some flying and see a part of the World that I have always wanted to visit.
WIsh me luck on this new unplanned adventure

Thursday, July 7, 2011


As most of you are aware we had the worst thing that could happen in a competition happen and it happened twice in one day. We lost two of our pilots to accidents yesterday. They were from Argentina and Chile. As you can imagine it has been extremely somber around here and there is much talk of abandoning the competition. I am unsure of my views as they are mixed and it depends on when you ask me. I took the day off and went exploring a 12th century castle in a little village then went for a swim with the team in a great little river spot. It was a great chance to discuss and reflect on why we do this. I was left with nothing beats a great day of flying with my friends. So for now I will stay and see what comes of the many meetings on whether this competition can be saved by using a different format. I also may just hang up my hat and choose a different way to spend my time while in Spain. I am lucky that I have the support of all of you back home and know that you will all hopefully accept my decision whatever that may be. But life is too important

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Day 1

It started off great as the team was all in relative good position at the start. We all got established on course and after about 75 km we ran into the first set of Airspace. After that we got separated so I will tell you about my day from here. I managed to still be with the lead group but choose a hard left line to avoid the airspace and that was maybe not the best choice as the pilots who stayed close to the edge of the airspace had a much easier time of it. With me now a little bit behind I instead of being patient with my climbs rushed myself to get back into the lead group which of course left me low over some trees with no way to go downwind so I fought the headwind back to clear terrain with a ground speed around 5-10km/hr. Once over land able terrain I got myself a great climb that the gaggles behind me of course joined so at least I was now with some company. We continued downwind again with ground speeds in the 80-90km/hr range so was making great progress. I took another giant climb up to the ceiling level which was 3048m so stayed under 3000 to be safe which left me not paying attention. I headed downwind as I was the top of my group and glided straight towards goal. At this point I thought to myself isn't there more airspace so I turned on my map page to find out that of course there was albeit a small piece and I was smack dap in the middle of it along with the rest of my gaggle. I did the best thing possible and fly back in to the wind to at least land outside of it and hope that it was only a don't land area and not a don't go here area. Wishful thinking on my part as I was told that it was a don't go area. SO it appears my first day will be left with a ZERO. Instead of getting credit for my 112km flight which only ended cause I figured out I was in airspace. The gaggle I was with got to goal early but they will likely get ZEROS too as they were in the space as well.

Claudio flew very well and made GOAL and I believe Brett landed around the 90km mark.

Tomorrow is a new day


Monday, July 4, 2011

More Info for the Worlds

Here are some blogs for the comp and feel free to pass along

My SPOT should be tracking plus they will have live tracking for the comp too. SO you could sit at home early in the morning and watch the paint dry if you feel so inclined.

The live tracking should be on
search for it on

Great test day today flew around for a bunch but took it easy too

Good Night All

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back to the gate

Well it's 1:45pm flight was suppose to leave at 12:55pm. 12 year old girl next to me has temper tantrum and wants off while we were staged to takeoff. Captain turns around and now were back at gate waiting for them to find their bags. Damn kids and their parents. Haha. Oh well zero chance of us making the connection to Madrid. Off to a great start. Haha

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reminder for Fundraiser/Party on Saturday Night

Hi Everyone
I would just like to remind everyone of the fundraiser for Keith's trip to the World Championships in Spain is this Saturday.
Sounds like there will be a great turnout so hope you can join us.
Muller Windsports Shop in Cochrane
Saturday June 18th at 6pm or after
Burgers and Buns from Mullerwindsports
Salads by Marcey Skye and Nancy McMurdo
Maybe some munchies by whoever else wants to bring some...
50/50 draw
Tickets are 1$
and the draw will be around 9pm
There will also be TShirts and Hoodies for sale with proceeds going to the World Team
Please bring cash or check for tshirts and hoodies
Should be a fun night

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Extra Lessons

Due to the bad weather we will have sessions at Cochrane Sunday and Monday
Please call the student phone at 4pm Sunday and Monday to check conditions

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Odds and Ends

Well let's start with the weather.... Even though it has not been great there have still been many flights made by students this season and also a few great ground handling sessions. The classroom sessions have been well attended and we seem to have a great group ready to go to Golden for high flights.

Were trying to get an instructor to possibly open up Sunday and Monday night for the next few weeks to allow for more options. I will update the schedule if that happens so keep an eye out for that.

We also have the fundraiser party for my trip to the World Championships in Spain on Saturday the 18th at 6ish in the shop. I invite you all to attend as it's also a great chance to meet each other and get to know one another away from your lessons.

Any ?'s please let us know
Muller Windsports

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Help Send Keith to Spain

Hi Everyone
Well its that time again....
I have made the 2011 National Paragliding Team this year and will be attending the World Championships in Spain this July. The competition starts on July 3rd and goes until the 17th. I will be leaving Calgary at the end of June to get some practice days before it starts and hopefully get to learn on my new glider before the first day. 

As some of you know I have run successful fundraisers for my adventures in the past and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to this years BIG PARTY.

This years will be slightly different in that it will be done in summer not winter so we can hold it in the Muller Windsports Shop in Cochrane.
I have done my usual and delegated some tasks for my favourite ladies who will be helping me out by making some Salads and Vincene of course is going above and beyond by picking up some boxes of Burgers and Buns.

So this year we will be cooking up some eats and of course my favourite the 50/50 draw. I will also have a jar for direct donations as well as a jar for donations to the rest of the National Team. The Team this year consists of two new members in that Brett Hazlett and Claudio Mota will be coming. I look forward to competing with my new team members and I think we have a chance to do very well.

Having the fundraiser is what helps pay for my Entry fees, Plane Tickets and Hotels. As we all know competing in the World of Paragliding is not a money making operation so help from my friends and family at home keep the dream alive. So I hope you can all attend and of course your welcome to invite others and there is also no obligation to donate as I would be happy just to see everyone before I leave anyway.

June 18th/2011 at 6:00pm or whenever you get there.
50/50 draw at 9:00pm
We will provide some Burgers and Salads
If anyone else would like to help provide some food please let me know.....

For those that can't attend and would like to be apart of the 50/50 draw please let me know and I will have my accounting department at some official sounding name accounting department look after your needs...haha.

Keith MacCullough

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Airspace Warning for Prairie Mountain Area of Alberta

To Whomever it may concern
Please be advised that it has been brought to our attention by The Senior Investigator for Transportation Safety Board of Canada that there was a close call for airspace violation in the Prairie Mountain Area of Alberta on April 24th/2011 at around 3pm mountain time involving 2 paragliders. The incident was reported by an AIRCANADA JAZZ flight crew that thought it was close enough to report it.
So lets all be more aware of where we can and cannot fly when comes to airspace in Alberta and make sure that you are in correct Airspace.
Please pass this message around to other pilots so we don't risk losing a flying site.
Muller Windsports Ltd
Box 2018
Cochrane, AB  T4C 1B8
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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.
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.

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
ph: 403-932-6760
fax: 403-851-0737
N51 11.753
W114 26.895
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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.

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.

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
ph: 403-932-6760
fax: 403-851-0737
N51 11.753
W114 26.895
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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.
Muller Windsports Ltd
Box 2018
Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B8
ph: 403-932-6760
fax: 403-851-0737
N51 11.753
W114 26.895

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Date:    Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Time:    7pm
Place:    Muller Shop, Cochrane Hill
Max Fanderl will do a presentation on the XAlps Event.  Max has participated in the last two events and is currently training for the 2011 event this coming summer.
Don't miss this event.  bring your friends even if they are not pilots. 
Paragliding and hiking a Girlfriend/Boyfriend compatibility test?

Max & Penny participate in the RedBull xAlps for the 3rd time

  • Paragliding and hiking through 864km (as the crow flies) of treacherous mountain terrain.
  • 8 turnpoints from Austria (Salzburg) via Italy, Swizerland, France to Monaco
  • Up to 20 days of racing, 24 hours/day
The Red Bull has established itself as one of the toughest and most spectacular adventure races in the world. The race goes on day and night, through sun, wind, rain and snow, until the first pilot reaches Monaco.

These fun and exciting presentations demonstrate how a couple with 2 young children and working their jobs, manage to have fun while coping  with the additional stress of training, preparations, added expenses and the race itself.  We will also give you our inside perspective of the strategic planning in choosing equipment and gear, choosing routes with various mapping techniques, how to work with international connections, how we prepare the nutrition plan, how we train physically and how we prepare mentally for the race, as most of one's successes or failures are controlled by the mind and attitude.

Max Fanderl

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Muller Windsports will host an Instructors Course for hang gliding and paragliding.

Dates: April 1, 2, 3, 2011

Facilitators: John Janssen & Keith MacCullough HPAC Senior Instructors

The course will run from 9 - 5pm daily.

Fee: $300.00 

Current instructors who wish to be re-certified can also attend.  Fee for Re-certification is $150.00.  Please make sure that your first aid is current.

HPAC Criteria for Instructors:

- be a member of the HPAC/ACVL
- have a Intermediate rating
INSTRUCTOR (note: applicants have a year from date of course to complete requirements.  Instructors re-certifying need to have valid first aid for the duration of their certification)
-be a member of the HPAC/ACVL
- be 18 years of age
- have a HPAC/ACVL Intermediate rating 
- have a current First Aid Certificate
- assist a certified instructor for a minimum of 25 hours as an apprentice
- successfully complete an Instructor Certification Seminar (minimum 24 hour course)
- have the recommendation of a Senior Instructor

For more information please contact:
Vincene Muller  ph(403) 932-6760, fax (403) 851-0737

Reserve Clinic


DATE: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Repack Fee: $40.00 Deployment, inspection and repack.  The lecture is free. 

PLACE: Ecole Ste-Marguetite Bougeys, 4700 Richard Rd SW 
(note: the school is next door to Bishop Carol High 

TIME: 8:30AM
Format: Deployments will start at 8:30am for pilots who have attended previous clinics.
Lecture will start at 10am.  It is recommended that pilots who have not attended a clinic should attend the lecture.

After the lecture, deployments will continue.  Repacks will start during the lecture.  If work needs to be done on your equipment it will be done at the shop during the week.
If you are a new pilot and don't yet have a reserve we will try to make sure you get a practice deployment.  There is no charge if you have no equipment.

1:30pm- Pizza – included in repack fee or $10 if you didn't pay for repack.