FlyBC "Site of the Day" - January 15, 2020



Tapalpa looks good again as we fly in Mexico

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01-15-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of blowing snow beginning this morning. High -7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are flying in Mexico til then.



Our landing field is available again for students and customers ONLY and we have a new set of waivers to sign for all pilots.

You can download the waivers below and sign & witness the waivers to be scanned to FlyBC E-Mail and also to have the hard copies dropped off with one of our staff.

FlyBC waiver.

WCSC waiver.

HPAC waiver.



New Square Online Storefront prices listed are temporary for testing and do not reflect BC PST which has to be added manually if you want to place an order.

01-14-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this morning. High -7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Tapalpa Report - rescue mission for Dave B who lost all his gear in a Taxco robbery last week.

I had the exact same kit here with me and I supplied him with an Ozone Swift 5 L, SupAir Delight 3 harness with Beamer 3 reserve so he could fly.

I have an Ozone Alpina 2 ML here and I am getting a new Delight 3/Beamer from Gilles in Colima on Monday, so everyone can fly!

Customer service from FlyBC even down here in Mexico!

Pilots enjoyed great flights today with the SE winds.

Jay is here from Squamish enjoying the sun while it is -10C and snowy back home.



We have pilots from Oregon, Colorado, California, Whitehorse (Wolf) and of course BC.



01-13-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Tapalpa Report - Bev, Norm and Derek are hosting a bunch of pilots and they all flew Tapalpa.

Thanks to Phil Ibis and his weather app IBIS listed on our Weather Page, which has been the most accurate forecasting tool for site selection this year.

Normando made it home again and Derek drove for the gang who all got +1 hour flights.

01-12-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Mexico Report - Colleen and I had a lazy day at the pool but did get Thomm a Birthday Cake for his birthday which we presented at Indio's on the beach.

Meanwhile pilots were getting to 3600 metres! at Tapalpa but no Cross Country flights as everyone stayed local.

Greg reported in at Colima where he has been flying with the locals and he got a 90 minute flight and got quite high.





FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Nova Paragliders , Kangook Paramotors, SkyBean Varios, Gin , SupAir, Flytec/ Naviter, Blackhawk Paramotors , Wills Wing.



Used Gear List: Updated December 29, 2019

Harnesses for Sale:

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $800 without reserve
Gin Yeti Xtreme 2 - hike and fly - $400
Ozone Ozium S Harness - $1400 CDN without reserve
SupAir Delight 3 Medium or Large harnesses - $1700 without reserve
Assorted used harnesses from $350 CDN.

Speedwings for Sale:

SkyCountry 15 metre Descent Speedwing - 20 short flights - $950
Ozone Rapi-Dos 13 metre - demo with no flights - $2400

AirDesign Susi3 - 16 metre mini-wing - EN-B - 2019 Models - $3100 CDN

Reserves for Sale:

HA Beamer 3 Reserves - 130 kgs model - $1050 CDN
HA Beamer 3 Light Reserves - 130 kgs model - $1400 CDN
SupAir Shine Light Round Reserves - all sizes - $850 CDN

Paragliders for Sale:

All our used paragliders come with a porosity report and valid Inspection Certificate.

Nova DoubleSkin - EN-B - new for 2019 in 17 & 20 sizes at FlyBC - $4000 CDN - besides the 2.1 kg weight and small pack volume, a 2 year warranty/replacement plan is a key selling point - damage is covered for a full 2 years once registered with Nova Protect.

Nova Prion 4 - EN-A - new for 2019 in all sizes in demo stock here at FlyBC - $3200 CDN - includes a hiking harness and radio and all taxes - a great deal to close out the season - A 2 year warranty/replacement plan is a key selling point - damage is covered for a full 2 years once registered with Nova Protect.

Advance Alpha 5 23 - $1250 CDN - EN-A - 2015 model with excellent porosity report

AirDesign Rise 3 Demo - XS - 60-78 kgs - Orange - one season old - $3200 CDN


Ozone Atom 3 Medium - $1600 CDN - EN-A demo wing 2018 model in red/orange

Ozone Geo 5 L - 95-115 kgs - low EN-B - $3000 CDN - new shape with no damage and 25 flights only

Ozone Swift 4 L Ozone Swift 4 L - 95-115 kgs - EN-B - $2400 CDN - great shape with no damage and low hours red/orange

Ozone Swift 5 L - 2018 Model - $3200 CDN inc taxes - 95-115 kgs - great shape no damage and under 100 hours in red/orange

Ozone Swift 5 MS - 2019 Model - $4500 CDN inc taxes - still in plastic bag from the factory - owner broke his ankle hiking and can not fly for this season. red/orange

Ozone Alpina2 ML - 2016 Model - $1800 - great shape with under 90 hours

Ozone Magnum 2 Tandem great big boy glider or for paramotor trike flying with 80 hours - 41 metre size - $1500 CDN

SupAir Taska S - Red - 30 hours - 75-95 kgs - EN-C - $3000 CDN

SupAir Taska M - Blue - 80 hours - 85-105 kgs - EN-C - $3000 CDN



Paramotors for sale:

Kangook Lite Frame with Compact Radial MZ100 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $5500 CDN including taxes with only 4 hours of run time.

Kangook Lite Frame with Cors-Air Black Bee (125 cc). High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $7000 CDN including taxes with only 1 hours of run time.

So excited to soon see the new Kangook Lite Frame with Corsair Black Bee 125 power. The factory is building it now.



BlackHawk 125Lite Paramotor the new 125Lite Paramotor, 5 lbs lighter than the previous model - $7995 CDN for our Demo with 2 years warranty with Core glider of your size. BlackHawk 125 Lite Paramotor

We also have two slightly used Kangook Lite Frames with HE 125 and Moster 185 engines for $4000 and $5000 CDN.

01-11-2020
FlyBC was flying Tapalpa today

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this morning. High -1.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Tapalpa Report - Colleen and I headed to Tapalpa, a 2 hour drive inland.

We arrived late but Normando was just getting ready to fly. waiting as Jay had a quick sledder down to the LZ earlier.

Norm took off and hung around launch for sometime before chasing Francois (from Quebec) north to the Cross.

Colleen took off and I was driving as my bronchitis is not quite healed yet and she climbed well over the Valley.

Norm reported in crossing the salt flats and he made it 60 kms back to his house.



01-08-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we start our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Non Flying Report - stuck in bed with bronchitis despite the 30C temps outside?

Derek said San Marcos was working as he flew home after waiting for the east winds to stop.

01-07-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we start our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - I stayed home in bed while Greg went flying again in Colima. His resourceful wife flagged down a truck and he got a lift to the top so she could wait at the bottom in the shade. He got a 12 minute sledder.

01-06-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we start our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - Thomm and I headed to Colima to fly with a couple of hitchhiker - Greg & Ishmael.

Ishmael launched first and was doing well with the local parapente pilots.



Greg took a few tries but got off cleanly and was thermalling well with some coaching and he headed north to the alternate LZ.

I was feeling dizzy as I was coming down with something so we drove down to find Ishmael in Piscila.



01-05-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we start our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - I tried going up El Toro and gave up about 3/4 of the way up.

The rain on New Years Day turned the road into a river bed.



I parked the new Suburban and walked up the road a bit but it looked very eroded.



Solimon came by in his Toyota pickup with 4 worked and kept going.

I will try again in a week or so when I have a spotter to watch for holes.

01-04-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we start our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - not flying yet as we get settled in Manzanillo. Conditions look lame on the coast but it is early.

01-01-20 to 01-03-20
FlyBC is now nicely settled in Manzanillo Mexico and the FlyBC is now closed until March 2020


Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High near 29 C.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - we arrived on New Years Day at 5 pm and got into our new condo on the beach and were all settled when a huge thunderstorm unleashed a lot of rain all night.

We were feeling some food poisoning from New Years Eve dining so not much happened the next few days as we recovered but there was no local flying except Stefan snagged a late night flight at Pelican Bay to start off the new year.



He said it was too gusty before 5 pm but when it calmed he flew til sunset.

12-29-19 to 12-31-19
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we head south for our Mexican Vacation

Woodside

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 7.

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly cloudy. High near 31 C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Road Trip Report - I travelled south on American Airlines on Dec 29th arriving to buy the new Mexican Shuttle truck - a bright shiny 1987 Chevrolet Suburban that has been perfectly restored to Collector Status and is legalized for Mexico. And it is a 4x4!



Colleen and Bev arrived in Puerto Vallarta on the 30th and Normando and Camilo drove there in Normndo's 4Runner to get them while I did the Suburban paperwork and money transfers.

We headed up to San Marcos Lower Launch on December 31 for one last flight of 2019 and conditiones were a but light but everyone flew but Bev (who offered to drive retrieve).

This launch was developed by us about 4 years ago and the local HG Instructor warned us that many HGers had crashed trying to use this location in the past, but we paid a local tree faller to brush it out and we did many test flights and rarely sank out as this gulley is a trigger point for the first thermals of the day due to the angle of the sun at noon.

We seeded grass seed on the first year of use and the grass has grown in well choking out the snaggy bushes that normally grow here, but thanks go to Derek for bringing down his weed whacker and mowing the entire area.

Our flights went well but after Camilo and Norm both clipped trees on their departure on New Years Eve Day, Derek went back and brushed out below launch with Normando's help.





If you are interested in speed flying, we can get you trained up on EN-A paragliders first. HPAC does not condone training on speed wings but you can do what you want once you are a signed off P-2 pilot.



MAGNETIC - SPEEDFLYING in NEW ZEALAND from Nuit de la Glisse Films on Vimeo.



I cringe when I see these maneuvers so close to terrain but these guys are professionals. DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME!





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