Coopers ("Thermal Rise") Lumby Revised Nov 28th 2015

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Coopers ("Thermal Rise") Lumby Revised Nov 28th 2015

Postby siteguide » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:31 pm

Coopers ("Thermal Rise") Lumby BC Lumby Air Force

One of the most popular flying sites in British Columbia. Link to a Photo Tour

Direction of Launches: East . . . . . . . . .Site Suitable for: Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Type of Site: Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . Type of Flying: Ridge / Thermal / Training
Elevation Launch: 3,450' Asl . . . . . . . .. GPS Launch: -118.9856W, 50.2856N
Elevation LZ: 1,630' Asl . . . . . . . . . . . .. GPS Lz: -118.9672W, 50.2658N
Do Not Land Here: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GPS NO: N .................. W .........
Site Regulation: Formal . . . . . . . . . . . .. XC Potential: Good to Excellent
HPAC Waiver & Insurance + signing the Lumby Air Force Waiver are both Mandatory
General Location: Just north of Lumby BC, 20 Km east of Vernon, North Okanagan Valley in British Columbia Canada.

Flying Season: Assign value 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 (4 is Highest):
Spring: 4 . . . . . . Summer: 3. . . . . .Fall: 3 . . . . . .Winter: 1 + when the road is plowed.

Ratings Recommendations: Mild Conditions: Novice
Moderate Conditions: Nov - Int. . . . .Strong Conditions: Intermediate to Advanced.
All Pilots require a minimum of 10 Hours airtime and 20 foot launches or be under the supervision of a certified instructor prior to flying Coopers.

Commercial use of Coopers is prohibited without written authorization from the Lumby Air Force Club.
Instruction / Tandem Flight Policy: Click Here

Vehicle Requirements: Any vehicle

Description of Coopers Launch:
Excellent, large rounded grassy clearing overlooking the Freedom Flight Park LZ.
For L.A.F. Coopers Mountain Policies and Procedures Click Here



The alternate LAF west and south facing launches on Saddle Mt. launch (Lumby) is on private property and the gate is now locked. Access is restricted as by agreement with the landowner: it can only be flown when accompanied by a Lumby Air Force Pilot.

Saddle Launch, Freedom Flight Park seen on the far right, Lumby in the center of the photo.


Directions to Launch:
This will be provided to you when you check in for your orientation and sign the LAF Waiver at Lumby's Freedom Flight Park on way to launch.
All pilots are required to show proof of HPAC Insurance and must sign the Lumby Air Force / Freedom Flight Park waiver.
A small annual visiting pilot donation to help with ongoing expenses and taxes would be much appreciated.
Again, all pilots are requested to stop by Freedom Flight Park before proceeding up to launch.

Times to Fly: All day. Early Morning until about 1 - 2 PM are best.

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:
House thermals are immediately to the left and right of launch depending on air flow.
Other house thermals near launch are on the south facing slope slightly back up the ravine given the right air flow.

Site Hazards:
Collapses and reserve deployments have occurred a km to the North West of launch when westerly flows in the main Okanagan Valley create Leeside conditions at Coopers.
Check the prevailing wind direction each day. Plans are in the works to improve the Paragliding Launch at the west facing Saddle Mt overlooking Freedom Flight Park

Coopers hosts three very popular events each year.
The Lumby Air Races the second weekend in June each year, The Wild Salmon Festival Fly-In the 3'd weekend in July each year and the Remembrance Day Fly-In.

Canada Rasp:

Description of LZ:
Very Large Freedom Flight Park Landing Strips, including Powered Aircraft.
Please, land on one of the 3 airstrips and move off to the breakdown area immediately in case other Aircraft are wanting to land behind you. See Airstrip photo at the bottom of this page.


Directions to LZ:
1. Freedom Flight Park is Two Km immediately North of Lumby BC on the east side of the road following the Lumby - Mable Lake Road. Turn north at the main intersection in down town Lumby and look for the hangers and windsocks. The Main runway has been extended 500' to south since the photo below was taken. Total length now is 2000'

2. The Paragliding Emergency Bail Out LZ, owned by Beth Baker is is another Km north on the Lumby - Mable Lake Road. Turn left on Hurt Rd.
Landing fields near the Cooper road intersection change with crops. Beth's is on the east side of the road just past the Coopers Rd intersection.

Other Information: include Airspace.
The Lavington to Mable Lake to Cherryville area is encompassed in CYA 122 (A) (H) (Aerobatics and Hang Gliding Advisory Airspace) with a ceiling of 6,200" ASL. Be aware when above 6200" ASL. Commercial jets using Fuel Saving GPS approaches into Canada's 9th busiest airport at Kelowna may be on final glide from a long way away.
Canadian Aviation Law states that all flights above 6,200" ASL in the valley require you to have your HAGAR and to have filed your Flight Itinerary with FIC each day.

For HAGAR Canadian Airspace information,
see: ... space.html

Please ensure you know when major airlines are scheduled to fly through our flying areas.
The All Airlines Flight Aware Live Aircraft Tracking Feed:
Works on Smart Phones. When you join Flight Aware it will remember the area and airline feeds you are most interested in. Unscheduled Airline Flights may be added in the future.


Lumby Tourism Information:
1. Monashee Tourism
2. Lumby Days:
3. Lumby Air Races:
4. Lumby Wild Salmon Fest
6. Remembrance Day Fly-In: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=260&p=423

Site Records: Altitude Gain: . . . . . . . . . . Duration: . . . . . . . . . . Open Distance:
Dog Leg: . . . . . . .Out & Return: . . . . . . .Triangle: . . . . . . . . . . Race to Goal:

FIC Advanced Weather Briefing and HAGAR Notification:
English Service: 1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433)
French service: 1-866-GOMETEO (1-866-466-3836)
Nav Canada FSS Kelowna Tower: 250-765-3426

Radio Frequency:
Aircraft Band 123.400 MHz + Monitor 122.800 MHz Vernon Airport MF (15 miles west)
173.64 MHz FM. Local Club Frequency: 146.415

Regulating Body: Lumby Air Force

Primary Local Contacts: Randy Rauck and / or other Freedom Flight Park Personnel.

Fly Coopers Group on the Line App
Randy Rauck: 250 547 6841 Cell: 250-547-6841
Claudio Mota: PG
Dave Underwood: 1-250-891-4447 PG
Garth Hemming:: Director 250 398 4809 Cell: 250-308-4809
Ike Burkhart: Director 250 307 6171
Peter Hamming: Director 250 547 6352 Cell: 250-308-7105
Leo Salvas: Founder (250) 308 9312 Cell: 250-308-9312

LZ (and / or Launch) owner contact information:
Company: Freedom Flight Park: Raven Aviation Ltd.
Name: Randy Rauck Email:
Address: #249 Mabel Lake Road Lumby BC V0E2G5 Canada
Tel. 250 547 6841 . . . . . . Cell. 250 307 7553

The fantastic Freedom Flight Park LZ showing it's campground area.


Photo: View of the alternate LZ's and significant landmarks in the area, taken from Coopers Launch (Thermal Rise.)


Looking NE from Lumby towards Coopers East Facing Launch.

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