The Women's Fly-In has been a yearly tradition since 1991. It started as a chance for women to get together and enjoy some away time from their male pilot counterparts. However, a few enterprising men crashed the party dressed in drag, and a tradition was born. For some fun history and pictures of this great event, check out this post on the club blog.
Question: Where do we stay?
Answer: While it is typically dry and comfortable in Chelan during the day, it does get cold at night. There are camps if you have an RV and any hotel/motel in Chelan will do great. Since its the off season, rates are pretty reasonable.
Question: What is the cost?
Answer: $30 for pilots and $15 for guests goes to support our flying sites. Register at the Chelan Falls soccer field/LZ or at the Party Saturday night. Proceeds from this event go to enhance and maintain the flying at Chelan Butte and Saddle Mountain. The Chelan flying community is small and the work and expense of keeping this world-class flying site open is huge. So for those of us from west of the mountains who love flying the Butte and Saddle, these funds are put to very good use maintaining roads, providing and improving camping at the airport, mowing LZ's, paying for porta potties, maintaining local community relations, and dealing with land owners. Both the Butte and Saddle are beautiful flying sites and the money is well spent.
Question: Do I have to wear a costume?
Answer: I'll say yes cause it's WAY more fun, but we won't send you home if you come boring.
Question: How do we get up the hill?
Answer: There will be a number of cars driving. It is customary to throw a fiver to the driver to help with gas and thank them for their selfless dedication as they drive back down the hill while we take the more scenic route.
Remember to pay your driver $5 for each ride up and also remind those you ride with to take care of your driver.
If you plan to drive, ensure you have a shovel and fire extinguisher in your car.
Question: What are the party details for Saturday night?
Answer: Location is the Pilot's Lounge, at the Lake Chelan Airport, right in town. Set up starts at 6pm, and we kick things off at 7 starting with the chili cook off! While the chili cook-off and dessert contest provides some of the main course, this is a pot luck. Bring something fun to share. There will be music, beer and wine provided. Warning! Do not come at yourself! This is a costume party after all!
Question: Do you need any help or prize donations?
Answer: Oh yea! Extra hands always are super appreciated! We'll also need some drivers to get up to launch, some help with party setup and tear down (a little on Saturday, and more Sunday morning), as well as some helpers for registration and a few other details. Would you like to help? We'll love you forever if you do! Finally, we're looking for great prizes to award. Do you have something you could donate? For any of the above, please email flyPresident@nwparagliding.com
and we'll get you connected!
Question: I want to participate in the Chili Cook Off. What do I need to know?
Answer: Awesome! First, let us know at the link below so we know who is cooking. We recommend 6 quarts minimum. You must NAME your chili. They cannot be store bought canned. These must be your handiwork. To let us know you are going to bring an entry for the cook off, please email flyPresident@nwparagliding.com
Any Other Questions?
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