FlyBC "Site of the Day" - March 31, 2020





Eagle Ranch is closed until April 18th at a minimum as we can not guarantee social separation or your safety

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." - Winston Churchill
Locations of visitors to this page


      Date      
      Site      
Forecast
Winds
@
3000'
in kilometers
  Lapse  
Rate
°C/1000'

Cloud
Base
in Meters
Comments
03-31-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until April 18th for customers . . . and are not offering training or shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 9. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 25 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is closed until April 18th and not offering training or shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Recommended options for hike & fly sites include: Benny, Lil Nic, or Elk Mtn. WCSC has closed their tenured sites until further notice.

FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are closed for clients until that time, but you can complete the 2020 waivers below, print them out and show up with them signed to fly into the Ranch after April 18th.



Our landing field will be available again for students and customers after April 18th 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.

03-27-2020 to 03-30-20
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until April 18th for customers . . . and are not offering training or shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Periods of rain. Amount 5 mm. High 8. UV index 2 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 35 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Isolation Report - FlyBC is closed but we are here doing repacks and trim checks on gliders, send us your stuff or drop it off by prior appointment.

No one is flying here due to the weather and the request by WCSC to suspend flying at local sites.

Jeremy has been flying in AB though and sent me this nice video.





Slightly off topic but it is still flying and if you scroll to 17:00 you can see Harrison Mills and landing an airplane at Sandpiper Golf Course (back when you could get dinner there).





Used Gear List: Updated March 26, 2020

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 - $1200 CDN
HA Beamer 3 Light Reserves - 130 kgs model - $1500 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.

BGD Seed Ground Handling glider - 14 metre Seed in Tundra colours - $1000 cash deal

BGD Punk M Paraglider - EN-B - 2019 Model with 50 flights and no damage - $3200 CDN taxes included

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 Small - $2000 CDN - EN-A demo wing 2019 model in red/orange

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

Ozone Buzz 5 L - 95-115 kgs - low EN-B - $3200 CDN - new shape with no damage and 35 hours only

Ozone Swift 5 MS - 2019 Model - $3200 CDN inc taxes - only 80 flights 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 - $1500 - 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.

03-26-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until April 18th for customers . . . and are not offering training or shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Windy. High 11. UV index 5 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 35 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Sun Peaks Report - we are up here practicing the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government. But it is kind of lonely as all but the grocery store is closed and not many people outdoors.

But there were some people flying in Morrocco this week!



03-25-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until April 18th for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below but we are not offering training or shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 5 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Colleen and are social isolating at Sun Peaks (which looks like a ghost town).

We decided to go Cross Country Skiing today which turned into a disaster for me.

I fell once on my back on the ice before getting onto a groomed run/track which actually straightened out my back.

Then a few kms further, on a nice track I fell backwards again as my skis went out from under me but much harder this time.

I was able to get back up and continue on our route.

Ibuprofin and Aleve got me through the day and I was able to walk into town for some exercise.

The Island Pilots are already going into withdrawal.



03-24-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below but we are not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm and hail late this afternoon. High 9. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
No Fly Report - It was raining and I am hoping folks take the WCSC advice and not fly during this weird time in our flying careers.

FlyBC is closed until April 18th and not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.



From WCSC Directors:

As pilots, we're all familiar with balancing risk and reward. The current risks to ourselves, loved ones, the free flight community, and our larger society is such that we ask pilots to temporarily refrain from flying club sites.

Refrain from hang gliding and paragliding!

The healthcare system is close to being overburdened and is getting worse. Both search & rescue and injury treatment may be limited or unavailable and will pose significant additional risk to both yourself and the responders.

Congregating on launch is not social distancing, carpooling and sharing the ride up is not social distancing.

This applies to both regular flights and instruction.

Best replacement for flying

Health Authorities are unanimous in recommending everyone to stay home and avoid social contact.

Highly recommended articles and podcasts: https://www.cloudbasemayhem.com/corona-virus-critical-choices-in-a-critical-time/

https://xcmag.com/magazine-articles/how-to-survive-the-coronavirus-layoff/

https://www.straight.com/life/1375486/covid-19-how-enjoy-bcs-beautiful-outdoors-responsibly-while-social-distancing

https://xcmag.com/news/paragliding-and-hang-gliding-hit-by-coronavirus-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3ecapXO2s-jYfEtgqrE25m5J6kzrEhnfm01gSBrUe_G0JwRVFVT97agjw

Unfortunately, many people who are still in denial about the pandemic are flocking to the fewer remaining outdoor entertainment options, crowding trails etc. Don't be like patient 31 who single-handedly caused 80% of South Korea's infections by irresponsible socializing.

If you choose to practice ground handling or kiting, please be aware that WCSC park usage permits have been suspended in many locations (see below). FlyBC is closed for kiting too until April 18th.

Fraser Valley Repack clinic is postponed

For those who have paid for the April 4th Fraser Valley Repack, We'll maintain your registration for the rescheduled event, or you can request a refund by emailing events@westcoastsoaringclub.com. Stay tuned for dates!

Monthly "Last Friday of the Month" meetings are postponed.

We are considering holding online presentations instead, we will let you know if that works.

In-person training isn't recommended

Governments are already ordering various non-essential businesses to shut down. Please avoid in-person interactions with students, especially indoors and in vehicles. This outbreak will take a while to blow over, but a return to normal in the future can only happen if we do our part now.

Municipal parks closures

Our municipal park permits for Diefenbaker Park in Delta and Cleveland Park in North Vancouver are temporarily suspended as all users are not permitted in these parks. Pilots should NOT use these areas (including kiting or ground-handling) until advised otherwise. Diefenbaker will be reassessed on April 30th, 2020.

Municipalities are closing other parks every day, we can't inform you of every closure. Please confirm with local authorities before using open spaces in the community.

Membership fees

At the last AGM we decided to slash regular membership fees in half due to increased membership last year, hoping to grow the membership even further in 2020. At this point we are still committed to maintaining the discounted pricing with the understanding that 2020 will likely not see the expected membership growth due to the epidemic. We planned our finances for an emergency like this, we have enough reserves to pay for all necessary fees to keep the club going.

Stay safe. Stay home, so we can get back to flying sooner!

The WCSC Board of Directors

Copyright © 2020 WCSC

03-20-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below but we are not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm and hail late this afternoon. High 9. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
No Fly Report - FlyBC is closed until April 18th and not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

03-22-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below but we are not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - no flying today but Tyler wrote his P-2 exam and got a nice 88%. He is now a certified P-2 pilot!

03-21-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below but we are not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

03-20-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below but we are not offering shuttles due to the COVID-19 social distancing/separation requirements laid out by the government.

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we only one student today as Tyler is finishing up his P-2 lessons. Four great flights on his new Ozone Geo 5.

We were not doing shuttles for everyone's safety.

03-19-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Wind chill minus 12 this morning. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 5 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC only had two students today, Wout & Tyler and they got 3 and 4 flights respectively.

Wout has been gone since October and he wanted to kite so I offered him kiting on top of Woodside.

He got one inflation and was off and flying like he had never been gone!

Conditions allowed for some thermalling for the students.

Colleen & Derek were out for a later flight and got high.



03-18-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. High 11. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 5 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying Tyler off Woodside for his first truly high flights and he managed to get 4 flights in by 6 pm.

Tyler was thermalling here on his third flight and got 200 metres over launch flying the NOVA Prion4.

A group of pilots hiked up to Benny Lower on John W's new direct trail and they said it took about an hour to get to launch.

Martin N and Kevin A planned to fly back to Woodside and left a vehicle here at Eagle Ranch.

They made it in great time despite an obvious inversion around Woodside earlier.

Here is Martin's tracklog.



Peter S had a far more radical loop coming out from north of Hemlock Valley and on to Woodside and almost back to Dewdney.

03-17-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. Wind northeast 20 km/h High 9. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
040° @ 25 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Savona Report - we headed to Savona for our first P-2 Camp due to the NE winds at Woodside.

The forecast for Kamloops said SW winds at up to 20 kph, but the reality was for perfect NE winds so we stayed on the Dump Ridge.

One un-named student had a rough first landing when he turned downwind and forgot to flare, so he was out or the day but he got to watch Tyler fly 5 flights with perfect approaches.

We raced home to try for a Woodside but the outflow never stopped.

03-16-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. Wind northeast 20 kph this afternoon. High 9.

Woodside:
040° @ 20 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Mission Report - FlyBC headed to Mission Cherry Park & Neilson Park to enjoy the NE winds.

Oddly, the winds switched enough to head to Heritage Park where the guys got 5 flights in the afternoon.



03-15-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. Wind northeast 60 km/h gusting to 80 diminishing to 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 9. Wind chill minus 12 this morning. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
040° @ 65 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report -no flying today due to the NE winds.

03-14-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny with NE wind warnings. High -1. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
040° @ 65 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we started our first 2020 Ground School Session today in the bunkhouse as it was too cold in the Barn. No kiting here or in Mission with gusts to 80 kph.

It was quite pleasant in the Loft while we were fitting harnesses and inspecting gliders despite the cold and howling winds!

SupAir has a new EN-C ship ready to fly in 2020!



Prices have not been set yet but I am sure it will be competitive with Ozone and Gin.

03-13-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny with NE wind warnings. High -1. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
040° @ 65 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - too windy to even walk around the Ranch with gusts to 80 kph.

03-12-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. High 6. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - Martin N logged 2:30 of airtime today flying with Degas so the pre-frontal winds must have worked.

03-11-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mix of sun & cloud. High 6. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 35 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Sun Peaks Report - we had strong NW winds and snow so no flying.

03-10-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Rain mixed with wet snow this morning. High 6. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 35 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - no flying for me, as I headed to Sun Peaks to maybe ski or fly if the weather allows it.

03-09-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 8. Wind chill minus 6 this morning. UV index 4 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside WOW Report - I planned to be flying today at Woodside as it looked sunny & lifty in the RASP.

I was all set to load up the gear and head up in one of the shuttle trucks but then I got a call that Chris was bringing out a co-worker for a tandem flight.

Plan changed and Bev headed up with a truck full and I waited for Chris.

No loss as only Alex R had launched by the time we got there and folks were not rushing to get launched.

Alex of course was already high behind launch even before the eagles came flying,

A few other solo pilots launched as we got ready in the back.

I got Jess in her harness and she was ready for a long flight wearing an electrically heated jacket (turns out that was a good choice).

We had a great launch as Jess can run and we started climbing immediately.

The air was crisp and cold and the thermals were not strong or well defined yet so we had to crank it pretty tight to stay climbing.

We were flying the Ozone SwiftMax today and we were lightly loaded but no wallowing in the stronger thermals and decent trim speed when circling with others.

Jacek got this shot of us on the tandem as we climbed out together near launch.



We flew for an hour and by then my hands were frozen despite wearing winter gloves and we flew all over the mountain before heading out to a bouyant landing at Eagle Ranch.

Dennie was also flying tandem and we got to thermal with them some too before he landed at the HG LZ.

Alex led the group over to Sasquatch Mtn. and back and Jacek and Martin N were over there grovelling for some time before they climbed out from as low as 350 metres.



Jacek kept flying and we were back on launch doing a retrieve when he came in to top-land (his first time!).

No retrieve needed for him!

Alex and Greg also top-landed to warm up and Alex drove Derek's truck down after Derek launched.

Bev also launched and there was abundant lift on the mountain and over the valley so everyone had great flights on the second round.

Alex had the most number of points today leading out to Agassiz Mountain early and then doing 2 Sasquatch uns and two top-landings.



Spring is defintely here but the weather is closing in with rain for at leat til Saturday afternoon.





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

03-08-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain beginning near noon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 10. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 45 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - RASP lied to us but eventually it became flyable around 2 pm.

Nineteen pilots on launch for a long time before anyone took off and they had sled rides.

It was around 4 pm that pilots got off and got high . . . and cold!

I took a little girl tandem around 5 pm and we had a nice boaty flight all over the Woodsid area, and landed softly in NW winds at the Ranch.

03-07-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain beginning near noon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 10. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 45 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Coaches Corner - no flying today at Woodside as it looks post-frontal and very windy in the RASP.

03-05-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. High 10. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - some folks were flying but I think the conditions looked too vague to come out to the Valley.

03-05-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers stored below

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain beginning near noon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 10. UV index 1 or low.

Woodside:
240° @ 45 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - no flying today at Woodside as it was pre-frontal and very windy.

03-04-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open for customers . . . if they have signed the 2020 waivers

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Windy early this morning. High 9. UV index 3 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 20 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - Today's CanadaRASP looked exceptional, so a few of us planned to fly Woodside!

Bev took Alex & Tom G up earlier as I got held up in Chilliwack at the airport checking out the SkyMaster after a long two month hiatus.

Sean & Brian B arrived after Bev and I took them up in my truck.

We drove through rain, hail and gusty winds to arrive on top to wait for about an hour for the winds to abate.

Alex launched first, then Tom, Sean, Brian and me.

Tip of the Day #1: GoPros can snag your lines so be ready to kill the wing when it is strong or you might get pulled off out of control. I killed the glider fast when mine got caught today!

Everyone climbed out fast with Alex topping out at 1400 metres (just like the RASP predicted).

I was of course flying everything new: Ozone Swift 4 L, Radical 3 harness that I had not adjusted first, big fat leather mitts, and a balaclava that kept covering my eyes but after a few minutes I got everything sorted out in the air and had a nice flight up to 1200 metres.

Here is a pic of Tom and Alex climbing in front of launch.



Sean was thermalling at the South Knoll and forgot the part of the course about staying upwind and he felt out of the lift too far back and was headed for the trees when Alex gave him some pointers and he just made Riverside LZ.

Tip of the Day #2: Figure 8 in lift when it is windy or do a Racetrack Pattern when 360-ing spending more time upwind and making a fast turn back into wind.

Fortunately for Sean he had enough lift to get him to a safe LZ. Alex's first call was to head to Harvest downwind as Sean was quite low in the lee of the South Knoll.

After an hour or so I radioed Bev who was standing down after a few aborts to see if whe would pick me up at the Ranch as Derek and Martin were headed out.

I came over the valley at launch height despite the +20 kph of SW wind and the LZ was a bit active with South winds.

I had a nice touchdown near the circle.

Alex was still soaring around when he took this nice picture.



Tip of the Day #3: When it is gusty/windy in any LZ stay far downind of trees or obstacles to avoid any possible rotor areas.

We took Derek and Martin up in Bev's newly repaired rig and I got my truck and watched Derek and Martin launch and go up.

Alex & Tom had landed and were headed to the Sasquatch Inn but Brian was still aloft flying Colleen's Taska and was trying to climb out above the Ranch when I went to the Sasqutch Inn.

Derek and Martin got at least an hour and were high when I last spotted them.

Spring is here!

03-03-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 7. UV index 3 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 25 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - I was in POCO for a dentist appointment and the clouds were right down to the treetops.

I stopped in at Pitt Meadows Airport and there was no one flying as the clouds and fog were right down to the runway.

Back at Eagle Ranch it started raining heavily in the afternoon.

03-02-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 7. UV index 3 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 25 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - somehow I missed Martin and Degas who went up to launch after noon . . . and sat and sat waiting for the winds to stop gusting and then the launch got clouded in.

Meanwhile at Blanchard WA folks were getting 45 minutes plus of thermic soaring in light lift.

03-01-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open

Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 7. UV index 3 or moderate.

Woodside:
240° @ 25 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - it was windy all over the Fraser Valley, only a few hardy speed fliers flew Bridal Falls and apparently a motorist on Hwy 1 saw them spiralling down and called 911.

I got a call from BC Ambulance looking for information and thru the WhatsApp Group I located the group who were all fine.

02-11-2020 to 02=29-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now open

Woodside Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High 29C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of sun. High 6C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Mexico Report - we spent the balance of February 2010 snorkelling, swimming and enjoying life rather than chasing the clouds.

02-10-2020
We are on our Mexican Vacation and decided to stay home today

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
A mix of clouds and sun. High 84F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. High 7C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - it was Monday but the Desperados were out at Woodside in full force.

Denny claimed 51 minutes of airtime, Jacek came out later and got 20 minutes so the spring conditions are coming sooner than last season.



The road is driveable to the 4 km mark and there is one icy deep cross ditch that seems to be getting everyone stuck.

Maybe a few bags of gravel are in order or 3 inch rock to allow for drainage.

Launch is clear of snow and the carpet we laid in 2019 is still in great shape.

Martin was last seen over the South Knoll.



Robert made the trip north from WA as the rest of his flying gang are down in Jocotepec.



Even Bev was out braving the cold!

02-09-2020
FlyBC headed to San Marcos today on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High 29C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of light rain. High 1C.

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
San Marcos Report - Colleen, Peter and I headed to San Marcos Lower Launch to meet up with Derek and gang.

Plan was for Peter and me to fly as far south as we could as we were heading back that way to go home to Manzanillo.

I launched first and it was spicy as the south winds were quite strong.

I went straight up and backwards at times but was soon at 2400 metres (Lower Launch is at 1600 metres).



Peter had a similarily interesting launch and was soon climbing with me right above launch.

I headed south across the saddle once and got flushed so I went back north to climb again.

There was a CU forming over the lakebed so I headed out there and climbed all the way out and was going to then head to the south ridge to climb there missing the saddle.

It all worked well until I hit the ridge and I was going down at -5 m's. I think the winds was SE there and going catabatic. The sink lasted so long that any lift I hit was ragged and not helping me gain.

Peter had followed me and hit all the same sink and I was soon setting up over a field near the road that follows the lake bed.

When I came into land, the strong south winds became NW and I landed downwind in a muddy field.

Peter was right behind me and he got the strong south wind.

We packed up as Colleen drove down to find us but we hiked back to town as the road was a mud hole from last weeks rains.

As we hiked north we saw Norm climb high and he crossed over us at 3000 metres saying there was no wind up high.

No one else flew as it got too crazy on launch.

We loaded up the Suburban and headed to Manzanillo where I tried one short flight at Pelican Bay. Strongish on launch but either not enough wind higher up or the wrong angle so I was on the beach in two passes.



No wind on the beach but I avoided "Richard's Rock" and the surf and hiked back to the truck and it was hot!



02-08-2020
FlyBC headed to Tapalpa on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High 29C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of light rain. High 1C.

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Tapalpa Report - Colleen, Peter and I headed to Tapalpa to meet up with Derek and gang.

Doug M, Delvin, Harry, Rainer, Dave, Nelson are all here flying with Derek & Norm on the Desperado Tour.

Conditions were perfect at launch and folks were climbing out.

Nelson has been soaring well on his Buzz Z5 and has added 20+ hours to his log book this month!

Colleen launched first and climbed well initially but then the south winds picked up and the thermals got ratty.



She was bobbing up and down as she headed north arriving over the HG LZ at 400 metres AGL.

Peter launched last and I headed down to pick up Colleen as it did not look like we could top land this trip.

It turned out that I was wrong as Peter was soon 700 metres over launch as the winds switched to SW and it was no longer launchable but the thermals were now coming off the plateau behind launch. Good timing on his part.

The rest of the gang were waiting at the HG LZ and were headed North to San Marcos so we told Peter to head out north too but he decided to land at the HG LZ for convenience.

Norm had launched much before Peter and made it to the Cross and then across the lake bed but he got flushed in the strong wind on the estern side of the valley.

We headed north hoping for a San Marcos flight but it was howling on Lower Launch so Derek took the group up to Upper Launch.

Derek and Rainer got off in a lull but were not geting very high as it was so windy aloft.

They landed over the back by the gas station and we all headed for dinner before it got dark.

02-07-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High 27C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of light rain. High 1C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - Peter and I headed to Colima to fly as Colleen had meetings to run.

It is Friday so I was not sure who was flying at La Cumbre but Gilles had organized a shuttle and we were all in the truck at noon.

Gilles hired a local cab/carga truck and 6 of us went up for 200 pesos. 35 pesos each or about a buck!

Gilles launch, then Richard, then a few visiting pilots before I launched.

I got up on my Ozone Alpina 2 ML right away despite being 4 kgs over the top of the weight range.

I hung out over launch about 300 metres over while Peter launched and followed the group south into the bowl.

I flew for 45 minute before seeing Gilles head SW and he did not lose any altitude, but then I saw him head downwind and he lost it all heading to the Mesqua Soccer LZ where he made one turn and landed.

I had already committed to a cross wind run to Mesqua north or the cane field near the road.

I had great lift across the river and then the bottom dropped out and I was not sure I could even make the Mesqua field but I had some other less clean options.

I came into Mesqua LZ with a perfect approach and soft landing as it is quite damp still and not thermic like usual.

No pictures or video as my GoPro died on launch.

Peter made it to the sugar cane field I pointed out on the drive up and was walking back to the hotel parking while Gilles and I flagged down a local pickup for a ride to the roundabout on the highway.

02-06-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sun and Clouds. High 27C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain. High 1C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - Peter G has been in town visiting for the past two rainy days and no flying so we took him up to El Toro today.

Thanks to Thomm for coming up to drive the Suburban down for us.

The work we did on launch last week is paying off as I launched into light cycles with no snags or sticks.

It was cloudy hence the light cycles and minimal lift but I squeaked out 18 minutes.

Best landing zone ever here on the Pacific Coast!



Peter launched next and had a similar flight.



Colleen launched last and flew out to the lagoon and bridge to see if it was possible to land there and walk home, and then flew back to Indio's.

02-05-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Rain and Thunderstorms. High 27C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of light snow. High 1C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - one more day as the rain dries out, big thunderstorms last night out over the ocean.



02-04-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Rain and Thunderstorms. High 27C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of light snow. High 1C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - one more day as the rain dries out, big thunderstorms last night out over the ocean.

02-03-2020
FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are now closed until March 2020 as we are on our Mexican Vacation

Manzanillo, Mexico Forecast

Manzanillo Forecast:
Rain and Thunderstorms. High 27C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of light snow. High 1C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - we are here in Manzanillo but oddly we have rain in the forecast for a few days, and it is raining inland where Derek and Norm are living (big front).

02-02-2020
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 heavy rains. High 10C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - Thomm, Colleen, our gardener Francisco and I went to El Toro to clean up the trails and the launch area.



This is the before picture from a few days ago when we had to launch from on top of the brush.



Thomm manned the weed whacker, but it was underpowered for the job.



Colleen took care of the loppers and did a great job despite the handle falling off . . . a lot!



Francisco had a very sharp machete and he cleaned right down to the roots.

I had a chainsaw to cut the bigger trees and roots.



It is not perfect but we did a pretty good job with the tools we had. Grass seed and some better blades for the weedwacker should finish it off nicely but we only have four more weeks here anyway if the road survives the rains.



Woodside Report - reports flowed in on FB and Gmail about great flying at Mother Woodside today.

The usual suspects were out and Degas got some nice shots he shared with us.



Martin N on his new Swift 5 (yellow), with Sean (orange/red).



Kevin on his Ozone Mantra M7, above everyone at 800 metres. Conditions reported as spicy spring air with collapses.

02-01-2020
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 heavy rains. High 10C.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - cloudy skies here in Manzanillo and SE winds meant we stayed on the ground. Derek and the gang flew Tapalpa with mixed results.



Kent District Declares an Emergency Situation - the road up Sasquatch Mountain (formerly Hemlock Resort) washed away at 9:30 pm last night and 500 staff and public are trapped on the mountain.



The only way off the mountain is by helicopter for $150 a person.br>


To make troubles worse roads in Harrison Lake also washed out trapping more residents.

01-30-2020 to 01-31-2020
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 heavy rain. High 8.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - no fly days as we ran errands and chilled by the pool after getting a much neede oil change in the new Suburban after all the road trips.

01-29-2020
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. High +7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Chante Report - Derek said they hiked El Chante again today.

Derek said it was gusty and strong at San Marcos so they all got 2 hours of San Marcos soaring today.

01-29-2020
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
El Chante Report - I left Joco early and headed to Puerto Vallarta Airport via the non-toll roads, while Derek and gang hiked El Chante.

El Chante was a favourite morning site here in Chapala, but one of the landowners closed the road in so it is only hike & fly now.

Derek said it was soarable but he took tools up and worked on launch instead of flying.

My drive was uneventful and traffic light and the mountains were gorgeous.



Derek said it was gusty and strong so they all got 2 hours of San Marcos soaring later today.

01-28-2020
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
Road Trip Report - I travelled to San Marcos today to join up with Jay to get him his new Delight 2 harness that I got used in Colima last week.



The plan was to fly with the guys there at San Marcos Lower Launch and stay overnight at Norm's casa befor eheading to Puerto Vallarta to pick Colleen up from her Winnipeg flight.

One by one the pilots all launched with Mike landing after 5 minutes. Not inspiring!

Jay was the last to launch and it looked promising but alas he too was headed down to the front LZs.



Norm drove down to retrieve everyone and I watched Derek & Rainer make their way south but low.

They did get up and headed east so I got into Derek's Dodge and followed them to Joco.



Rainer and Derek landed 3 hours later in san Juan Cosala and we headed out for dinner.

Norm flew later and also landed in San Juan Cosala.

01-26-2020 to 01-27-2020
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. High 8.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Mexico Report - hanging out with no one to fly with as Colleen headed to a conference in Winnipeg.

01-25-2020
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
El Toro Report - Thomm, Wolf, Renald and a friend came up to El Toro today.

We heard one pilot had flown off El Toro a week ago so we were confident we could find a launch spot clear enough to get off safely.

We were wrong!

We hiked down to the normal launch spot by the fence but it was overgrown. Stuff grows fast in the tropical rainforest.



I laid my Ozone Alpina 2 on top of some brush and tried one inflation but the right wing tip got caught so I had to abort.

Thomm helped lay out my wing and next attempt was good and I was off and climbing.



Wolf was laid out next as I climbed above the antennas about 300 metres over.



There was nice CU developing and we flew around under the clouds going here and there. Wolf headed a bit too far east and dropped out of the lift.

I could see the winds had picked up on the ocean from the SW so I stayed out front.

I flew out keeping my eyes on Wolf who was pretty far east but going forward and not losing much height.

We soared the hump near the beach for some time and then I pulled "big ears" to get below Wolf so we were not landing together.

I had 60 minutes on the clock when I landed vertically on the beach, winds were +25 kph.

Wolf soared the hump for a few more passes and he landed with 40 minutes airtime.

Thomm, Renald and pal arrived to Indio's Restaurant for a refreshment and Thomm made it down with no problems (despite the many washouts on the road).

01-24-2020
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
Pelican Bay Report - Wolf was arriving in Manzanillo today after sending his wife Janna home to Whitehorse YK after a week long yoga retreat.

His plan was to meet me at Pelican Bay around 5 pm.

I arrived just in time to see him struggling to get forward as he kited his wing to the edge and then he got plucked and was going up and backwards!



All the while he was flying he looked like he was parked and it was quite gusty on launch so I watched him fly. Even the vultures were not going into the lift bowl as it looked turbulent.

Wolf came in to top land after an hour and said he was using lots of brake to sty in the lift band which explained his slow forward speeds.



We went for dinner after he packed up in the sunset.

01-22-2020 to 01-23-2020
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 heavy rain. High 7.

Woodside:
240° @ 15 kph

Manzanillo:
250° @ 10 kph

-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
No FLy Report - FlyBC stayed home a few days as it was cloudy and light winds.

01-21-2020
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
Colima Report - I headed to Colima to pick up my new Delight 3 harness from Gilles (the local SupAir rep) and hoped to fly with Sasha & Ishmael, here from Saltspring Isalnd.

Unfortunately Gilles got here late and I missed the shuttle truck, so I went to the Piano LZ in Piscila to setup my new harness/Beamer 3 combo while Ish & Sasha flew.

The local pilots got up and headed north toward town, but Sasha headed south and was rewarded with 1:40 of airtime and he topped out at 7600 feet!



After he packed up we headed to Pelican Bay but it was a bit light there, but at least Sasha got another flight.



He managed a few passes but he was on the beach while the vultures heckled him.



01-18-2020
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
Tapalpa Report - Thomm and I drove to Tapalpa to swap some gear and maybe fly but we arrived to rain and some hail.

After 3 hours of para-waiting we headed back to Manzanillo and we saw some gliders finally launch and get a sledder . . . in the rain still around the LZ.

01-15-2020 to 01-17-2020
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
Tapalpa Report - FlyBC stayed in Manzanillo as the forecast lloked like rain and Over Deveoping clouds to the east.

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.



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!





FlyBC Paragliding Past Site of the Day Reports click to select the month and year you wish to review.



FlyBC Airsports
  1253 Kilby Road,  
Harrison Mills, BC
V0M 1L0
Cell: 604-618-5467
E-Mail: FlyBC E-Mail