Vancouver Hang Gliding owner Jon Orders has spent a sufficient amount of his time in the air, racking up expertise as a Canadian National Hang Gliding Team member and attaining status as an HPAC-certified tandem instructor. He and his crew of certified pilots illuminate breathtaking views of Fraser Valley's alpine groves and peaceful tributaries. Each hang glider's sturdy frame, lightweight construction, and landing wheels make for a safe mode of transport and perfect getaway vehicle for thieves seeking rainbow-flanked pots of gold.
To FlyBC Paragliding’s founder, Jim Reich, paragliding represents freedom. Not only does it free riders from the restrictions of gravity, it liberates them from the typical inconveniences of flight, such as expensive airplane fuel and restrictive air traffic regulations. Through Reich’s school, he now teaches newbies the sport, as well as other aerial arts such as hang gliding, paramotoring, and flapping your arms until you sort of levitate.
Reich and his instructors, all trained and certified by the Hanggliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, base their training and recreational flights out of a 25-acre training facility. Dubbed Eagle Ranch, the facility features an on-site hill and is nestled between two rivers. Beyond training, the school can outfit students in gear from brands such as Ozone, SkyCountry, and Gin, or lead them on paragliding trips that journey to scenic locales in Mexico.