Air festival turns 13

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PARRSBORO Michael Fuller now has a teenager on his hands.

The Atlantic Festival of Paragliding and Air Sports is marking its 13th year this weekend, and the local paraglider is hoping to celebrate by filling local skies with paragliders, hang gliders and ultralights from around the region.

If all goes according to plan and Mother Nature cooperates, this year will mark the first time ultralights will be demonstrated at the annual May festival.

It might just be the first year we actually get them here, said Fuller, who operates the local Pegasus Paragliding school. They recently had their annual genera

PARRSBORO Michael Fuller now has a teenager on his hands.

The Atlantic Festival of Paragliding and Air Sports is marking its 13th year this weekend, and the local paraglider is hoping to celebrate by filling local skies with paragliders, hang gliders and ultralights from around the region.

If all goes according to plan and Mother Nature cooperates, this year will mark the first time ultralights will be demonstrated at the annual May festival.

It might just be the first year we actually get them here, said Fuller, who operates the local Pegasus Paragliding school. They recently had their annual general meeting, and said they would be happy to come up and participate.

Two or three ultralights are expected to join about two dozen paragliders and hang gliders, as well as four or five powered paragliders in the area for the event. Flying will take place over four days from Friday to Monday, weather permitting.

The festival will focus on the sport itself, and will not include offshoot attractions, according to Fuller.

Were focusing mainly on offering it for those people who want to come and find out about these parts of the sport, as opposed to a festival with bake sales, square dances, etc., he said. Flying is too unpredictable to be able to say we will be in such and such place at such and such time, and program an entire festival around specific timelines.

Pilots will meet each morning for breakfast at the Stowaway Restaurant to lay out their plans for the day before heading for the skies. A white board will be kept outside the restaurant to let people know where the flying is taking place, and the public is encouraged to come out and take in the spectacle.

Saturday and Sunday will see the pilots stay within 15 minutes of Parrsboro from Fox River to Economy Mountain, while Friday and Monday might see them move further a field, according to Fuller.

The powered paragliders will be demonstrating either each morning or each evening on Saturday and Sunday at First Beach, depending on conditions, while the ultralights will be taking off and landing at a local landing strip to be confirmed.

The public is invited to speak to the pilots and ask any questions about the sport. For those interested in heading into the air themselves, tandem paragliding flights will be available.

Its our way of providing easy access to people interested in the sport, said Fuller.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Air Sports, Pegasus Paragliding school

Geographic location: Fox River

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