The Pilots – Your Guides

Chris Delworth

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Christopher started Revelstoke Paragliding in 2009. He is a rated paragliding instructor and tandem pilot under the standards set by the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada (H.P.A.C), as well as the regulations of the F.A.I (Federation Aeronautique Internationale).

Chris has lived in Revelstoke for over a decade and a half, moving from the Canadian Rockies to take advantage of the incredible mountain experiences that the area has to offer.

In the winter Chris works as a Ski Guide. He is a certified  A.C.M.G  (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides)  Ski Guide. He also works as a certified rigger, a high angle rock scaler, a tree planter and a faller.

Soon after discovering paragliding in 2007 Chris quickly developed a great interest and enthusiasm for the sport. He has since played an integral role in the development of the Revelstoke flying program and the local free flying community.

His passion for free flight led him to form Revelstoke Paragliding in order to share the excitement of mountain flying with others and to offer introductory flights and instruction to people wishing to pursue the sport.

 

 Brad Murphy

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Brad has been flying Paragliders since 1993. He is a certified H.P.A.C (Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada) and U.S.H.P.A (United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) Instructor and Tandem Pilot. Brad moved to Revelstoke in 2011 and quickly became a indispensable part of Revelstoke Paragliding. When Brad is not flying in one form or another or skiing he works as the Executive Chef at the 112 Regent Hotel Restaurant in Revelstoke and is the head Chef for CMH Revelstoke (Canadian Mountain Holiday’s Heli Skiing) in the winter. Over the course of the past two decades Brad has run world class Restaurants and cooked for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandella and Bill Clinton. In addition to his certified expertise, Brad has a diverse background and an engaging personality with a contagious enthusiasm for flying. Brad has spent consecutive seasons working exclusively as a professional tandem pilot in Nepal, logging over 800 tandem flights per year in the Himalaya! He has also flown tandems from Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, Whistler/Blackcomb and Pemberton. While flying for over 20 Years makes Brad an old hand at free flying he is still very young at heart! He is passionate about flying and “airtime”, whether it be paragliding, speed flying, sky diving or base jumping and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. Brad is committed to providing guests with a remarkable experience whether it be a mind blowing flight to cloudbase, a hairball acro flight or a mellow cruiser. Above all else Brad is eager to share his excitement and show you a great time!

 

Jim Orava

Jim OravaHPAC Instructor and Tandem 2 certified. Mountaineering rock, ski and wing, 1st ascents and descents climbing, skiing and paddling around the globe, his involvement with sports has created his lifestyle (work for adventure), his marriage (flying girl Corinne), and a very high degree of skill and instructional ability in his chosen fields.

Having taught and guided mountain sports for over three decades and managed critical situations for Hollywood films for more than 30 years, his ability to assess individuals and the physical/mental environment to create a safe, yet exciting learning stage for your experience is unparalleled.

Jim Orava lives with a constant drive for adventure and to maximize both the potential of individual and situation. Learn with finesse and confidence no matter what the experience you dream of, Vol Bivy in the Canadian mountains, kayaking a Nepali canyon, or hut to hut ski touring in the Alps.

Whether making your ultimate adventure or project happen. Jim excels in making it the most personal and multifaceted guiding/teaching service available.

Canadian champion in 2009 and participated in many Paragliding world cups around the world including the world paragliding championship in Mexico in 2009. Jim has flown over 23 different countries around the world,  some first incredible X-country flights over 100km in our area, including the first Pemberton to Lilooet flight with a paraglider.

 

Raul Carvalho

Hailing from Central Mexico, Raul was born and raised in the beautiful town of Valle de Bravo or El Pueblo Magico as it is called in Mexico (The Magical Village). His dream of flying started there, where Monarch butterflies migrate every winter, from Canada, to winter in a very special place, basking in a warmer climate surrounded by pine trees and volcanoes. Over the course of the past two decades, Valle de Bravo has become a world renowned destination for paraglider and hang glider pilots. Raul owns and operates “Sky Tours” in Valle de Bravo, a very successful tandem operation at a world class site.

Raul first started flying paragliders in 2001 and Hang Gliders in 2012. Having the opportunity to participate in many adventures and competitions around the world, in 2005, he graduated as a paragliding instructor under the regulations set by the F.A.I (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) and the Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructors. He has now spent several summers in British Columbia teaching, flying tandems, partaking in the Canadian Nationals as well as just free flying and discovering the exceptional mountain flying sites that BC has to offer. Having flown for over 15 years, Raulo’s passion for flying is as strong as ever. Flying has become his full time job, be it a paraglider or a hang glider, whether at home in Mexico from his home base in Valle or while traveling abroad. Raul has made it his goal to travel around the world sharing his knowledge and making the dream of flying a reality for everyone who would like to partake in the wonderful sport.

 

Dave UnderwoodHappy Dave

Dave originally hails from the prairies and remembers when he was a boy watching a commercial on TV showing a hang glider floating around effortlessly in the mountains.  A passion for flying was born at that early age and just after finishing his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Waterloo he started hang gliding lessons in the Toronto area.  He moved out west before graduating from the training hill and then had his first view of paragliders along a small cliff in the city of Victoria.  The simplicity of paragliding struck a chord with him and he signed up for a beginner course with Claudio Mota’s Fly Victoria School in 2002.  For the next 8 years he was a weekend warrior, getting out to fly when he wasn’t working in the Information Technology field.  In 2010 he decided that he no longer wanted to spend the majority of his time sitting behind a desk so he quit his job to travel around the world with his paraglider.  He ended up in India for a few years where he did hundreds of tandem flights for both international and Indian tourists alike.  Now back in Canada he is excited to continue his pursuit of sharing the sky with excited passengers and teaching budding new pilots.  C’mon, let’s go fly!