Much of what is available for pilots is listed on the Okanagan Soaring Association's Pilot Resources page. We have highlighted a few of the most useful/relevant items for the event here.
All competitors and non-competitors will need the local waypoint file. Be sure to download it and install to your GPS unit, preferably before the meet.
Lumby Waypoint File (WPT)
Lumby Waypoint File (KML)
Lumby Waypoint File (GPX)
Communications and keeping track of people can get hectic in a meet. The Okanagan Soaring Association has been experimenting with a new App and the results have gone very well.
Line is a Chat/Skype/IM type of app that has gained excellent ground over the past year. It is available for ALL smartphone platforms so that iPhone/Android/Blackberry/Windows phones can all participate. There are even PC and Mac versions. To join the LaumbyAirRace chat group, follow these steps:
How do I use it and what for?
**If you don't have a smartphone, the pilot next to you probably will so don't be afraid to ask them to post or check something for you.
**There is a geolocation option but it is not very accurate. Use Glympse below...
Want your crew to know how close you are so they will wait for you before heading up to launch without you? Landed out and need to tell your driver where you are but can't see any road signs?
Glympse is a great FREE app for iPhone and Android that fits the bill. It allows you to share your location with recipients by email or SMS for only the amount of time you specify. The recipients do not need Glympse to pull up a live moving map display of your position which shows on ANY web browser they have.
There is plenty available to do in and around Lumby. Pilot or not, the Freedom Flight School has a page devoted to local sites and services. Check it out for details here...
It is no accident that the Air Races coincides with Lumby's biggest festival. The two events complement each other well. Pilots provide the aerial backdrop for the carnival and the festival gives a great alternatives for pilots and/or their family to do when not flying.
Blue Ox Pub
A favourite pilot hangout for decades. The cold brew and reasonably priced above average pub fair is just what one needs at the end of a flying day.