Event Report

Arunachal Paragliding Festival (2018)

1st Arunachal Paragliding Festival

The 1st Arunachal Paragliding Festival organised by Paragliding Association of Arunachal (PAA) was held at Lumdung from 17th-19th November, 2018. Shri Mama Natung HMLA 11-Seppa (West) Assembly Constituency graced the inaugural function as the Chief Guest.

Shri Mama Natung HMLA 11-Seppa (West) Assembly Constituency with Shri Vijay Sonam, President, Paragliding Association of Arunachal
Shri Mama Natung HMLA 11-Seppa (West) Assembly Constituency with Shri Vijay Sonam, President, Paragliding Association of Arunachal

The Flying Festival began with short inaugural function. Shri Vijay Sonam, President of Paragliding Association of Arunachal extended warm welcome to the HMLA, Participants, Guests, Officers, youth & public. He informed the gathering that the Flying Festival could see the light of the day after several years of hard work. Survey for suitable paragliding flying site was conducted at many places across the State of Arunachal Pradesh. After which Lumdung was finally selected for promotion of paragliding and also the venue for the flying festival thereof. A detailed survey, technical analysis, recce & several test flights were performed by paragliding professionals to ensure that the site is flyable and safe. Shri Sonam also informed that despite the short notice response from the paragliding fraternity was well above expectation. 34 paragliding pilots participated in the festival.

Shri Mama Natung HMLA welcoming participants & guests
Shri Mama Natung HMLA welcoming participants & guests
The participating pilots were: Surain Gurung, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Krishna Bdr KC, Sagar Karki, Subin Rana Magar, Deshbir Jimi, Bikash Dahal, Suresh Bdr Thapa, Aman Thapa magar, Om Raj Gurung, Subhas Pariyar, Bishal Pariyar, Khum Bdr Gurung, Rahul Jalhari, Sagar Jalhari, Sujan Thapa (Nepal), Jual Ahmed ( Assam), Hine Steven Todd (USA), Gorene Jaka & Leban Lara (Slovenija), Giroux Jimmy Joseph Marc (Canada), Aldy Patanroi (Indonesia), Harsha Kadam (Gujarat), Rupak Adhikari & Anmol Tamang (West Bengal), Devi Prasad ketkar (Maharashtra), Sajeet Tamang (Sikkim), Anil Kumar, Abhinash Khawas (NIMAS), Kush Thakur, Subhas Chand, Shivjeet Thakur & Vishal Kumar (Bir, Himachal Pradesh).