Kuala Lumpur, 06 March 2017 – Paragliding is a popular sport in many parts of the world and it continues to boom like most other adventure sports, or extreme sports as some prefer to call it. In recent years, the sport has seen an upsurge of interest in Malaysia, with more people keen on learning about the sport, and training to take to the skies. It’s recent growth in popularity laid the foundations for the establishment of MSAF Paragliding Bureau in 2015.
In collaboration with MSAF Paragliding Bureau, IPEC Bureau will play a crucial role to support the progress of paragliding in Malaysia by working towards skills and competency recognition for the sport. While MSAF Paragliding Bureau will govern the sport according to internationally recognised standards and regulations, IPEC will explore the possibility of setting up conformity assessments for a paragliding certification scheme based on the ISO/IEC17024.
Personnel earmarked by IPEC Bureau under this scheme includes trainers, instructors and, sports and recreational safety personnel – essential areas that require substantial advancement and standardisation to elevate paragliding into a mainstream sport in the country. As part of IPEC Bureau’s commitment to paragliding in Malaysia, it will be supporting the upcoming Ranau Paragliding Accuracy & XC 2017 (RANPAXC 2017).
RANPAXC 2017, to be held between 10 – 12 March, will be the first ever multi-disciplined international paragliding competition organised in Malaysia where approximately 100 local and international pilots will be showcasing their skills at the Ranau Paragliding Park in Ranau, Sabah. The guest of honour at RANPAXC 2017 will be the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.
Hundreds of enthusiastic fans and visitors are expected to throng the event over the two days. So, come join us and witness the incredible sight of pilots in their colourful wingsuits soaring in the skies of Ranau. RANPAXC 2017 will also be a significant stepping stone towards identifying and training highly talented Malaysian paragliders to represent the country at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
For more information on RANPAXC 2017, please visit http://www.msafparagliding.gov.my/ranpaxc2017
About IPEC Bureau
International PErsons Certification (IPEC) is a fully accredited ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Certification Bureau that focuses on extensive ranges of industry human capital development. IPEC’s involvement in the project of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) plays a vital role for the Asia Pacific economic activities to achieve sustainable developments goals as the key element of regional quality policies. We are actively engage in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)’s premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and human capital investment in the Asia-Pacific region. This certification platform is strongly recognised by governmental bodies and their respective industries in key countries throughout Asia Pacific continental, demonstrating International recognition. For further information. Please visit: http://www.ipecbureau.org
About MSAF Paragliding Bureau
Established in 2015, MSAF Paragliding Bureau is a non-governmental and non-profit making organisation Officially appointed by Malaysia Sports Aviation Federation (MSAF) & Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to govern the development and growth of Paragliding & Hang gliding in Malaysia.
The MSAF Paragliding Bureau oversees pilot and instructor training standards, provides, technical support such as airworthiness standards, runs coaching courses for pilots… and a host of other services, providing the infrastructure within which Malaysia paragliding thrive.
MSAF Paragliding Bureau supports a country-wide network of recreational clubs and registered schools, and provides the infrastructure within paragliding in Malaysia. MSAF Paragliding Bureau mission is to ensure the future of free flight. We encourage all those who wish to fly, whether it be paragliding or hang gliding, or both, to join MSAF Paragliding Bureau as members, because together as a Community, we can ensure the future and continue development of the sports.
We aim to develop the paragliding activities in Malaysia to grow further into becoming a well-structured and widely participated sport. We are adamant in increasing the safety level of paragliding activities and ensuring that all flights are conducted according to identified safety standards. For further information. Please visit: http://www.msafparagliding.gov.my