Air festival not rained out

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It rained throughout the Victoria Day weekend, but paragliders and hang-gliders managed to find enough clear skies to fly on three of the four days.

It rained throughout the Victoria Day weekend, but paragliders and hang-gliders managed to find enough clear skies to fly on three of the four days.

Michael Fuller, organizer of the annual Atlantic Festival of Paragliding and Air Sports, said only Saturday saw the pilots grounded for the day, while Friday, Sunday and Monday saw some decent flights.

We had a great weekend, said Fuller. We had three days out of the four that were quite flyable.

Friday the participants flew quite extensively in the West Bay area, while Sunday saw some flights in the Second Beach area and in Fox River. On Monday the pilots were in Joggins and Advocate, where they flew at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.

One of the hang-glider pilots suffered a broken leg when he landed hard in West Bay on Friday, but is now doing well after being released from the hospital on Wednesday, according to Fuller.

Accidents like that are uncommon, said Fuller. Unfortunately he ran into some turbulence. There were high winds at the time.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: West Bay, Fox River, Joggins Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

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