Goals and Organization

Our Goal

We have a tradition to uphold. Our goal is to run a meet where all level of pilot has an opportunity to…

  • Pursue their personal best in a competitive environment;
  • Meet and enjoy the company of fellow pilots:
  • Fly safely at all times; and,
  • Above all—have fun.

Our Organization

These individuals work hard to make the Willi the best it can be…

Meet Director. Stewart Midwinter. Has been flying hang gliders for 37 years, and paragliders for 25 years, as well as sailplanes, ultra lights, and airplanes. Has logged 2400 flights and 1200 hours in hang gliders, and 1000 flights and 700 hours in paragliders , on five continents. Set 16 Canadian records and 5 World Records in hang gliders. Organized the first paragliding competition in Western Canada at Golden, the predecessor to the Willi.

John McIsaac. Advanced paraglider pilot, flying for last 20 plus years, stopped counting the hours in the air. Moved into flying sailplanes as well as power planes. Purchased the LZ site because it was going to be sold into the wrong hands and we would have lost the LZ to a potential golf course. Developed the campground after a paragliding trip to Europe, and modeled it after a LZ in Austria. Named the landing zone, “the Muller Flight Park” in recognition of the Mullers for all their dedication to the free flight community.

Leif Hanson. Our artist in residence, responsible for the buff art work and some fine tunes. Started flying hang gliders in 1998, but first learned how to fly paragliders in 1992 when he took his very first free flight off of Bear Flats outside of Fort St John, British Columbia. Accompanied the Canadian Hang Gliding team to the Worlds in Forbes Australia in 2013.  His favourite mountain site is Mt. Seven, but he loves to inland ridge soar at Camrose AB.

Janet Morris. Better know as Jan or Firewmn. A firefighter EMR who loves to help people in all kinds of emergency situations both on the job and off. Did her first flight off Mt. Seven in 1996, in a hang glider and she was hooked on flying. Started paragliding in the fall of 1997. Best paragliding trip ever was to New Zealand. She likes to climb frozen waterfalls and camp in a tent, in the middle of winter. Her Motto in Life: Never stop playing, keep that child inside of you alive.

Dale Osmond. is a first generation Canadian, born and raised in Newfoundland. First free flight, April 20th 2002, Cochrane. Since then he has flown on three continents including USA, Costa Rica, Colombia, Hawaii, Newfoundland, Brazil and Australia. Competitions include seven Willi XC’s, Canadian Nationals, Splashdown (never been wet yet), Rat Race and the Panorama Easter event (won the tray race twice). Bucket list item, fly 6 of the 7 continents. Doesn’t see Antarctica as a realistic destination.

Randy Parkin. He created the Willi in 1997, and was Meet Head for 10 years. He also ran the PG Nationals for 10 years in Golden. Randy has been flying PGs for 2 decades, always attracting nicknames like “anchor” or “brick”. His GPS has a track worn in it to the beer store in Briscoe, and he has landed in all the safe (and some not so safe) fields from Mt. 7 to that store. His travels to fly and compete have included the US, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Nepal. If you want to have a great XC flight at Golden, do exactly the opposite of what Randy does.

Glen White. He started paragliding in the spring of 2012. Glen dreamed of flying ever since he was a small boy! His initial interest was for powered paragliding but he fell in love with free flight after his first high flight. He looks forward to the Willi every year to see friends and meet new ones while striving to improve his flying skills. Glen has been a sponsor for the past events, and was invited to join the team because of his enthusiasm for the Willi. He hopes to contribute and help make it a great event for all that participate.

Dannie Wolf. Has been paragliding since June of 2005 and counts flying above the Canadian Rockies he loves so much as one of the greatest experiences a person could ever have. Having loved competing in Willi XC’s in the past he is looking forward to helping make this year’s competition as great as it can be and hopes to see all his flying friends at the event this summer!

Also organizing : Keith MacCulloughVincene Muller, and the Cluckos for the final supper.

(Retired) Carrie Corbin. Learned to fly sailplanes and airplanes in the 80′s. Helped organize and instruct with a sailplane club. Briefly owned the cheapest sailplane ever ($1500). After thinking a paragliding maneuvers video looked truly terrifying, took first tandem in 2001. Saved enough for lessons in 2003. Has now enjoyed flying on 4 continents. In the Willi this year, hopes to beat last year’s personal best, and please let this be the year she can relax enough to use the diaper BEFORE landing. Carrie has stepped back from the Willi to enjoy life teaching and flying in Columbia.

If you are interested in helping out with the Willi next year, please email us at flyfar@thewillixc.com.