FlyBC "Site of the Day" - July 5/2015


Heading to Cache Creek for students & tandems

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7-5-15
Woodside is looking like outflow all day, so off to Cache Creek

Agassiz BC

Clearing this morning. Local smoke. Windy this morning. High 36. UV index 8 or very high.
060° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
Coaches Corner - we are flying Cache Creek today at noon with students, no tandems today.



SIV Plans Revised August 1-10, 2015 at Mara Lake - we are planning our Annual FlyBC SIV/Maneuvers Course for August 1-10, 2015 at Mara Lake as Revelstoke is not receiving enough water for Montana Slough to fill up (we usually have to wait for the water levels to drop but there is little water in the dams).

If you want to join in the SIV you must prepay for a spot this year, we are not running the event without knowing the number of pilots that will arrive!



Used Gear List: Updated June 19, 2015

SupAir XA13 Harness L size, 4 hours like new - $1000 (superlight pod for the X Alps)

SupAir Escape 2 Harnesses in M & L sizes - reversible backpack harnesses extralight for hike & fliers and all around comfort - $735 (great value)

SupAir Delight 1 Harness L size, 20 hours good shape (2 available) - $700 (light pod for the hike & fliers)

Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $350

Ozone Rapido 13 Speed wing - new demo stock - $2250
Gin Atlas S new demo stock (75-100 kgs) - EN-B - $3000 with 2 hours, no taxes.
Gin Carerra+ Medium used stock - EN-B - $2750 with 60 hours, no taxes. Will Gadd says "The Carerra is the BEST paraglider I have ever flown!
Gin Carerra+ XL used stock - EN-B - $2750 with 70 hours, no taxes.
Ozone Geo 4 MS new stock - EN-B - 75-95 kgs - $3600 with 0 hours.
Ozone Alpina 2 Small - from 2014 - $2000 CDN 150 hours and great porosity readings.
Ozone Alpina 2 MS - from 2014 - $2780 CDN with 60 hours
Ozone Delta 1 M in Red from 2011 - $1400 CDN 60 hours.
Ozone Delta 2 S in orange/blue - $2000 CDN 80 hours
Gin Tribe M in grey/blue (90-110 kgs) - $1500 CDN with 30 hours (good for paramotoring too)



Current Demo Gear: Supair EONA EN-A Gliders in S/M/L, Ozone Buzz Z4 Small/Medium/Large, Gin Atlas (S), Gin Tribe (ML), Ozone Delta 2 (ML & S), SupAir XA13 Pod Harness L.



FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Gin , SupAir, Flytec, Nova, Blackhawk Paramotors, APCO, Wills Wing.



New Mount Woodside Weather Station courtesy of FlyBC Paragliding



Woodside Windtalker

7-4-15
Woodside is looking good all day . . . until it blows out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am with student Fred & some tandems.

Fred got 2 solo flights in today before it got too windy.

The tandems at 1 pm got a good ride as we climbed in strong lift over the South Knoll (really sharp cores!), and we flew out over the Ranch high but stuck with the plan to try the HG LZ in strong south winds . . . it was just as gnarly as the Ranch. I remember back in the day when we flew over the back in the 90s to avoid landing at this LZ, lots of PGers had big frontals caused by rotors off the highway.

Colleen & I took the Remy & Brandon to Kilby beach and I got to try out my lake kayak we purchased last fall, very tippy in the big waves caused by the wind and boats. Next trip may be down the Harrison River when I have a free day.

It never realy calmed down til dark and then it went strong outflow.

7-3-15
Woodside is looking good all day . . . until it blows out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32 except 36 near Hope. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had Carl & Fred here as Day 2 students and I took them both tandem to prepare for their first solo.

We had to wait for cycles as it was SE at launch most of the morning despite a SW forecast, and I took Carl first and we had a nice smooth sled ride with Carl flying the pattern into the Ranch.

Tandems are the best way to train a new student, and to build confidence in their instructor as they get to see you fly. Not sure why some instructors don't want to fly in front of their students?

We headed back up and this time I launched Carl solo and Colleen guided him into the Ranch from the bottom. He had a nice first flight!

I then took Fred tandem and by now we were getting some thermals and we got to do some turns and we climbed back above launch with Fred flying the SORA tandem.

We had a nice approach but it was pretty thermic over Duncan's field, too damn dry out here.

We had a classic approach but got dumped on final but I was able to arrest the drop wth a strong flare higher up and we touched down softly.

We had to wait til 8 pm for Fred's solo and he had an awesome first launch!



It was deemed to be too windy for Carl's second flight, as Fred got bounced around on final. But Carl is coming back for lessons next week anyway.

7-2-15
Woodside is looking good all day . . . until it blows out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32 except 36 near Hope. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had three new students start this morning and Denis & I spent the morning on the training hill with them at the Ranch.

They all did really well with perfect winds and nice new Eona gliders, despite the heat.

We let them have a break at launch while Denis & I did a set of tandems. Denis picked the right passenger as my passenger sat down on launch, then fell over and stayed glued to the carpet refusing to move as I kited the glider overhead for a minute trying to get them to stand up. Finally they said they could not fly off, too scared. First time in 20 years that this has happened.

We took the students to Mission to fly down the training hill there, but it was too cross so we just kited and they learned the reserve launch technique and were doing very well by the end of the day.

When we got back to the Ranch after 6 pm it was still howling windy so we sent the students home.

7-1-15
Woodside is looking good all day . . . unless it blows out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 11 am with tandems, thanks to Derek & Denis for managing the tandems as I wrangled grandkids & customers.

Denis took the first tandem at 1 pm and climbed out nicely in light winds.

From July2015
Then we had 4 more tandems to do in pairs as both couples had babies that needed tending to, and we managed to get them done before it blew out.

A big thanks to Joe C who drive to bank us some ride money credit!

Then Colleen and I took the boys to Kilby Park to swim and hangout like a normal Canada Day while it was whitecapping on Harrison Bay.

From July2015


Bridal Report - Mark C says Bridal was good and he had a personal best flight and caught a non-WCSC member landing at the LZ.

From July2015


Pemby Report - Some big flights up in Pemby yesterday.

Leonardo July 2015 scores here

6-30-15
Woodside is looking good all day . . . until it blows out

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 1 pm for 2 tandems.

It was getting windy but the thermals were soft and smooth as opposed to the previous 2 days.

Denis & I thermalled near the South Knoll for some time getting video footage for our two passengers before I headed out fairly high and I needed all the altitude we had getting out to the Ranch.

We crossed the ridge high but all the way across Duncan's field it was sinky and windy. A few thermals over the Maple Tree got us into the Ranch and there were waves of wind going across the corn from the SE, should be a nice landing but no . . . as we went on final the winds switched to NW and we got popped up in a thermal to come crashing down hard on our butts (good thing HPAC mandates airbags for passengers!)

No damage but it was a fast landing!

Denis came in after us and had a better landing, but then Norm was 10 minutes later and ended up on his butt too. This often happens right after the hay is baled, before the grass has a chance to shield the sun from the LZ.

After that it just got windier and windier, last night at 8 pm it was gusting up to +30 kph from the SW on launch.

No reports from Bridal, but an un-named pilot was plucked from some trees in Squamish.

Tip of the Day: If you are standing on the Chief and see kite-boarders cruising Howe Sound . . . hike down!

From June2015




June 2015 is officially over - here is the June Summary for Canadian XC Pilots - Leonardo June 2015 scores here

6-29-15
Woodside is looking good all day . . . windwise

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of showers early in the morning. Risk of thunderstorms near Hope late in the afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm early in the morning. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we awoke to rain showers . . . finally. It had stopped by the time we planned to be be flying Woodside today at 9 am, but the one student we had had bailed as he was getting physically beat up with too many duffed landings. He decided to take the rest of the week off.

So I decided to try out the new Ozone Rapido 13 speed wing! I went up with visiting pilot Marty from Kelowna and set up the Rapido (it doesn't take long to setup, not much there!).

I got a puff of a cycle and I was off and kicking the trees below launch as I slalomed through them.



Something told me I could make the Ranch in light winds (actually Riverside would not work as I had tandems), so I headed that way but the line was sinky so I followed the highway and got some bumps but when I crossed the ridge, it looked dubious that I would cross Chimp Creek so I bailed to the HG LZ. I came out of my final turn at about 60 kph, similar to a HG landing and when I flared the Rapido actually stalled and stopped me completely so I did not have to run!

Derek came to grab me as I had tandems to do with a group of 3 nice folks from Vancouver.

Denis, Derek & I were the pilots and Bev did one round of driving for us.

Unfortunately, the new fill on the spur road has not settled so it is not 2WD friendly and I got the Van stuck a few times before leaving it on the road and we hiked in.

Lame launch cycles for Denis but after he left it started coming in nicely and Derek & I were off fast.

Crappy inverted lift, very punchy but we managed a few turns and made it out with lots of altitude.

I had a nice fast landing and my passenger "ran like a Rockstar"!

After that it blew out and there were no more flights at Woodside, but Bridal delivered nice soaring later.

Even after 7 pm, we still had gusts to 40 kph from the SW.

6-28-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 34. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we are flying Woodside today at 10 am with students. I was psychic I guess as I only booked one tandem at 1130 am.

We did one student round with Allan and his son at 1030 am, and raced back up for another student round and the tandem who turned out to be an 11 year old girl who got the tandem as a Birthday Gift from Mom. She was a slight 70 pound package that was all smiles!

We had to wait for cycles on the last round with Allan & Steve and also with the tandem for Natalie. We had a nice launch and we were off soaring in front of launch and had no problem penetrating.

Colleen took some time off from her gardening to guide Allan in and he had a nice soft landing.

From June2015
We headed out to the Ranch after 15 minutes and as I got over Duncan's I saw the wind in the trees was quite strong?? WTF??

I had opened the trims to compensate for the light loading and when I closed them we were going backwards, so back to open.

I basically backed into Eagle Ranch from the railway tracks and through the rotor and thermals to land on our feet at the side of the Training Hill where Grandpa was shooting with his camera. Some nice tip tucks and frontals along the way in, but there was nothing to do but keep the Sora inflated.

After that Kevin called on the phone to say they were blown out and it was +30 kph on launch. Must have been the rain cells on Bridal that triggered the winds.

We sent everyone home, and later Derek arrived and we headed up as I had to test fly the Rapido 13, but as we crested the hill we met up with Eric who offered up his service to flatten ou the road in to launch with his farm tractor. So I stayed and helped Eric while Derek & Frank went to launch.

After 15 minutes of moving fill and back-blading it, the road looks much better at the entrance.

From June2015
6-27-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 33. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we are flying Woodside today at 9 am with students and many tandems!

Fortunately we only had a few students, cause I counted 12 tandems. Thanks for Denis, Kevin, Andrei and Joe for keeping the Tandemonium Machine running.

We had some really nice soaring flights despite the inversion layers. And some great passengers who helped us at launch & landing.

From June2015
6-26-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 11
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 9 am with students and one set of tandems (thanks to Al & Colleen for piloting the tandems).

We got 2 rounds of flights in before it got a bit thermic in the LZ, recently Duncan's mowed and so did we to get the sparse hay off the ground before it died due to lack of rain. Hence, the ground is heating up more than normal.

Joe & Anton flew later and had some good flying, I think Joe got 2 hours?

From June2015
We came back around 6 pm but it was still pretty strong on launch, peaking at 24 kph so we called the day and had dinner instead of the usual 8 pm launch routine.



June Summary for Canadian XC Pilots - Leonardo June 2015 scores here

6-25-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 9 am with students and got three student rounds in.

Dimas has graduated with over 30 flights and he flew with Colleen last night and did his first Harvest Run after climbing out on the South Knoll.

From June2015
We completed 3 tandems, thanks to Denis & Al for the help. My tandem with Richard at noon was stunning, with sharp climbs and a thermic landing at the Ranch.

We did not go up until 7 pm for the last round due to some strong gusts on launch in the afternoon, recorded on the weather station.

From June2015




Ozone releases the new Rapido Speed-Wing and FlyBC has a 13 metre Rapido now in the demo pool for your testing.

Cecil Peak from Cade Palmer on Vimeo.

6-24-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 8 am with students. But we waited until 9 am to launch as there were no nice cycles before then. But the view was glorious!

We had a really good morning with Alan & Dimas getting 3 flights in before noon in great conditions. Alan is now up to 7 solos in total.

Martin N was out and test flying a Buzz Z4 that was being repaired and he logged 2 hours before coming out to the Ranch and getting parked for some time. Good time for the students to go kiting while I had a rare nap.

We waited for a round of tandems around 4 pm, but they did not arrive until 6 pm, good thing as it was quite strong on launch til then.

Denis & I took Dustin & Tamay tandem and the conditions were amazing, good soaring at the South Knoll. I did a few top-landing passes to test out the air at launch.

From June2015
Also a strong thermal right in front of launch allowed us to climb quite high in the late evening air.

From June2015
We opted for a Harvest Run as it was still quite windy in the air.

Joe drove down to retrieve us, thanks for that!

We raced back up and took the last tandems just at sunset and we had a sleddy but it was nice for them too, except for the attack mosquitoes late at night.

6-23-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming windy near noon. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today for students & tandems around 10 am, and we had a really good day.

Dimas logged two flights including his graduation flight where he launched himself as I flew around on a tandem, and had a spicy landing as the thermals started kicking off in the Valley.

New student Alan logged one flight, and his launch was so poorly executed that I had to spend some time on the training hill to get him back to flying form. Thank goodness the new SupAir Eona gliders are so forgiving!

The first group of 7 tandems arrived at 11 am and by the time they were signed up and made the bathroom rounds it was noon but the conditions stayed good for the first 4 tandems, landing at the Ranch.

An un-named tandem pilot had some good footage of their landing approach over the corn.

Will they make it in to the circle?

From June2015
We watched as the east winds picked up and the glider was getting drifted west.

Almost made it! Nope!

Second tandem corn-husker of the season . . . and I am sure it won't be the last!

From June2015
The next set of tandems were waiting on launch as we raced back up and got ready, the conditions were still safe and easily launchable and they all got a nice soaring flight.

I was planning to drive so I gave Al the Magnum II - 38 as his passenger was very light.

He climbed out easily at the South Knoll and the plan was to fly to Harvest as the winds in the valley were picking up.

From June2015
Al & Andrei went east and Denis headed to the Ranch where he had a nice landing.

Justin K arrived with his staff and I took Spencer tandem on the Gin Safari, and we had a nice launch and started to climb out fast in front of launch. Norm had launched before me on his Alpina2 going up everywhere he pointed.

We waited for 20 minutes for Justin to launch with Maria and then headed over the back too after watching Josh & Rod trying to land at the Ranch for 15 minutes (yes a bit thermic).

We regrouped and took one last set of tandems with Justin and at the end of the day we had completed 12 tandems.

It never calmed down enough for student flights (<20 kph) even after 7 pm, se we called the day and sent them home.

6-22-15
Woodside is looking good til 5 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Windy near Hope this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high
230° @ 15 after 2 pm
-3.0°C (unstable)
1800 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying Woodside today at 10 am with students. And at noon we took a lovely couple tandem, thanks to Joe for driving one round and to Derek as tandem master.

I ballasted Derek & Helen off and Etienne was getting ready to fly solo and he had a few failed attempts at launching as it got stronger and he stood down to let me & Matthew launch on the tandem, and it was pretty strong even in the lulls and Matthew was not trying very hard, but after the second try we got off and went straight up and we stayed above launch for 20 minutes.

Derek followed Nathaniel out to the Ranch ahead of us after getting really high with Helen, and I told Dimas to follow Derek to wherever he went and they all got in to the Ranch fine, although Dimas came in a bit low.

We were up high halfway out to the Ranch when I saw a dust-storm bust off in a field near Little Mountain and it looked very strong on the ground there so I bailed over the back to Harvest Market LZ, and we arrived there low and we got blown back into the middle of the field so I estimate it was +35 kph on the ground. Not as thermic as Martin reported yesterday but it has recently been hayed and there are lots of dirt showing to trigger thermals for sure.

It was clearly too strong for students after this so we went to lunch and then I took Nathaniel, Dimas & Alan to Mission to kite and practice as it looked calmer there.

We had a good session and everyone knows how to reverse launch with style now!

We got back to the Ranch at 6 pm, and it was still howling at Woodside so we called it a night.

6-21-15
Woodside is looking windy with ooutflow til 1 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
230° @ 5 after 2 pm
-3.0°C (unstable)
1800 metres
Woodside Report - we waited at Woodside today for the outflow winds to abate and we were able to launch around 2 pm, and then it got really strong around 4 pm from the opposite direction . . . until dark.

First time in many years we have had to driver down for a group of tandems but it was very strong and Martin N commented that it was very thermic in Harvest Market LZ when he landed there.

June Summary for Canadian XC Pilots - Leonardo June 2015 scores here



The pros all went to Pemby as it is usually good there in outflow. X Contest scores here



Some folks are using Leonardo to score their flights, June Summary for Canadian XC Pilots - Leonardo June 2015 scores here

6-20-15
Woodside is looking windy after 1 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 22. UV index 7 or high.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be flying Woodside today at 9 am, but had no launch cycles until 10 am, when we launched Richard T, Dimas and Sean H and they had nice normal flights with little bumps of lift on the way out. Nice landing winds too.

We went back up at 1130 am, with a set of tandems and the students and we had nice reversible launch cycles and it all looked good until we got the report from Derek that it was rough in our field and over Duncan's too. Dimas was already in the air and when he hit the valley wind layer, he was parked so I suggest a landing at the HG field and he had a nice touchdown.

One of the tandem passengers rolled over on her ankle during the landing and Colleen was there to apply first aid.

We suspended flights with the students and they went kiting in the LZ instead.

We went to Klaus & Monica's for a BBQ and heard that Alex & Nicole had decided to go hiking at Bridal and play golf due to the wind there. It was blowing +30 kph from the SW and Klaus' windmill was humming along.

Then magically at 8 pm the winds switched to strong outflow? Same at Woodside, blowing down at launch?

Weird day but we got a few flights in.

6-19-15
Woodside is looking windy after noon and it is already blowing 27-32 kph on launch at 7 am

Agassiz BC

Clearing this morning. Becoming windy near noon. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
230° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Valley Report - we were not flying Woodside today due to the forecast winds, and the forecast was right . . . it was very strong right at 9 am and lasted past 9 pm.

Some folks were kiting their new gliders at the Landing Circle but it was difficult, good thing they had a Gin Atlas & Ozone Buzz Z4 (easy launchers).

We got some errands done and a large load of SupAir Harnesses arrived too. Escape2 in M & L, Delight 2 in M, Tandem Harnesses.

6-18-15
Woodside is looking windy

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we were not flying Woodside today due to the forecast winds and rain, but it looked possible before noon.

I was busy in Agassiz sorting out tires for the Van as the new ones I bought a month ago were already bald in 1500 kms?? Modern Tire replaced them with a new set that hopefully will last the season.

And the Atlas also had a flat tire/slow leak that needed repairing. Woodside is hard on tires & vehicles.

Later in the day it was so windy that the webcam on top was weaving despite being on a 8" birch tree. The weather station was reporting a steady 38 kph from the SW.

Filip wrote his P-2 exam and he is up to 21 flights after 7 days and flying well, he should be signed off in a day with good weather.

6-17-15
Woodside is looking good before 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we headed up to launch at 8 am, hoping to beat the winds.

We mananged to get two student rounds in and the last flight was pretty windy down low as Denis almost made the Ranch on a tandem flight. I was parked to the north with Joel on tandem and we had to work the HG LZ ridge to get altitude before coming in over the goalpost trees slowly.

Al was launching the students before I was down but they did fine. Tommy was on his new Gin Atlas and had lots of height, Filip is on his new Swift and loaded right up to the top of 90 kgs, and Sean got some nice lift at launch before heading out and they all made it to the Ranch . . . very slowly even backwards at times.

Al flew out on his Peak 3 and it was even slow for him at times, so student flying was done til later.

We headed up with 3 tandems at 2 pm, and it was launchable so we planned a Harvest Run (the owner now wants us to refer to the field as "Albert's Airstrip").

Denis launched first, in a lull. Al launched his first commercial tandem after getting signed off and had a nice launch and they got plucked and climbed fast. Over to the South Knoll they both played but were not getting up? Odd it was windy enough for them to be parked but little ridge lift was happening and even fewer thermals.

My passenger was very afraid, and not much help as she fell down a few times as I kited up the Sora Tandem. Filip was holding the glider down so I could not ask for ballast but we eventually got enough of a lull to kite the glider up and stabilze it as we got plucked. The launch and the ramp became very small as we went straight up!

By now Denis & Al had bailed east and low, and they called in at the Dykes LZ.

Nicole and I climbed out nicely at the South Knoll and she finally relaxed as we got into the air. Climbs were ratty and it was windy but we were climbing. We got above launch easily and after 15 minutes we headed to Albert's Airstrip and he was haying so it was a bit thermic there but we had a soft touchdown with no dragging as the truck arrived to retrieve us.

We waited until 7 pm to go back up and it was just Tommy & Filip left and they had nice flights with Tommy grabbing the glassoff!

From June2015
6-16-15
Woodside is looking good before noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Becoming windy early in the afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we wanted to fly at 9 am or earlier due to the wind forecasts, but we did not get everyone organized wil 930 am and it was already blowing strong by then.

Tommy & Filip were in the launch slot and Tommy got away clean on the Atlas S and he got some nice lift although it got bumpy at the ridgeline but he made a nice approach and landed near the circle going sideways as he did not complete his final leg.

Filip launched about 15 minutes later as we waited for straight cycles and it got even windier in the air, and he almost made the Ranch landing just the other side of Chimp Creek. Burt is $20 richer today!

It was clearly too strong for Zooey & Tien for their first solos so I sent them home to return early Wednesday to try again.

I sent the students out to kite with Denis as drove to Vancouver for errands.

Later in the day I saw Denis launch Filip at around 6:30 pm as it calmed down; and right after that Denis, Derek, Kevin & Andrei took a group of Birthday Tandems out for a sunset flight that lasted 45 minutes and the clients were exstatic!

I should stay away more often, things get done with a little planning.

6-15-15
Woodside is looking good after noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 30. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1800 metres
Woodside Report - we started to fly at noon after a very successful Mission Training Hill exercise wiwth Zooey, Tien & Filip. Tommy came to watch and help lay out gear, but we did not have a wing for him.

Everyone did 4-5 runs and they all looked super and Filip has mastered his reverse launch.

We arrived at Eagle Ranch to find eager tandem passengers and Denis & Derek ready to fly them as I managed the students.

Up on launch it was light to no wind and we had to wait for cycles but it was early. Denis was off first, followed by Derek.

Then we got Tommy & Filip ready. The others went to lunch as they were waiting for tandems yet again today to prepare for their solo flights.

It was a sled ride for everyone on this round, but as Filip got ready it was getting stronger for him to practice reverse launches. He got off with a perfect one too!

Back on launch with Zooey & Tien at 1:30 pm, as Denis & Derek took them for a nice student tandem. Some soaring before letting them take over to do the approach.

It was much stronger now as Tommy went off first followed by Filip, and as I drove down I could see Filip still above launch so I could watch him land from the Ranch as I arrived.

It was getting much windier, odd as the various wind forecasting tools all showed light winds under 5 knots.

We had one last set of tandems to do, so I sent Zooey & Tien out to the training hill with the Eona S to practice by themselves as it was far too windy for their solos. Only Tommy came up this round and he gladly stood down as the tandems got ready.

Gusts to 28 kph but straight in required careful lull timing and I ballasted Denis off first with a big guy to test the air, and they were soaring up high as Martin N launched.

From June2015
We took our time with Derek's passenger as she was very scared, but we got a nice lull and off they went for a 30 minute soaring flight high over Woodside before landing at Harvest Market.

It never calmed down untl wel past sunset so the day was done, but it was very successful with 3 tandems rounds and lots of student learning too.

Reports came in from the Okanogan that it was good in Lumby and Rod found our Oyama Launch and tested it out.

From June2015
6-14-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 25. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we did not start to fly until 1 pm, due to some outflow winds. Derek mentioned the winds off Harrison Lake were +25 kph from the north in the morning.

The first flights were sinky and some of the pilots had to bail to Riverside, but then it got really good as Al climbed out around 2 pm.

Our second round of tandems got really high with Denis & Derek piloting a nice couple from New Jersey.

I took new student Tien for a sweet tandem at around 3:30 pm, and we climbed to 1200 metres right away with a nice view of Harrison Lake to the north and it was smooth all the way up, as I gave him the controls.

We were hungry and Colleen was driving down this round and we planned to meet at Kilby Park for sandwiches.

No problem making the Kilby LZ and we even got to fly over the new camping spots they created this year.

From June2015
The hard part was judging the wind as it was light and variable but we figured it was south and had a nice touchdown in some freshly cut hay. The new owner of the LZ is Brent and he comes out on weekends from North Vancouver.

From June2015
After a nice lunch at Kilby we met out lost 4 pm passengers there and they were very odd folks, with a unique fashion style.

Denis, Derek, Colleen & I took the 4 girls tandem and we had nice flights, too nice for Denis' passenger as she lost her lunch during the flight. The new reduced LZ footprint at Eagle Ranch is becoming very nice as the corn grows and reduces the thermic bumps mid-day.

From June2015
Reports were coming on the radio about pilots having a hard time staying out of airspace due to abundant lift, nice change from last weeks inversions.



XC Report - while we were flying Woodside with students and tandems, Al the Hammer had a nice flight to Blinch Mtn. and back to Green Hill (too bad he forgot to turn on his SPOT), and Peter had a nice flight at Bridal. X Contest scores here



Mark T followed Al out to Dewdney and decided to head North & West of Mission and found himself back in Glen Valley near where he used to run his HG School near Fort Langley.

From June2015


June Summary for Canadian XC Pilots - Leonardo June 2015 scores here

6-13-15
Woodside is looking good all day

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 11
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at 1100 am, with students and one tandem. After I launched Cocoa & Jeremy, I clipped in with Sam who received a gift of flight from his parents.

I did see Cocoa get some lift over the bailout swamp and highway, so we were hopeful.

We took off after one duff when Sam fogot to keep running, and we were soon above launch in a strong core!

From June2015
We flew out after the usual 20 minutes and had a very nice landing despite getting some tailwind gusts on final.

We headed back up with the second group of tandems at 1230 pm, and Cocoa got to fly again but I had Jeremy drive down after a few aborts because he was not feeling the wing and it was getting gusty.

From June2015
Denis took off first and climbed fast above launch. I had the world's slowest launch, kiting the wing for a full minute waiting for a stronger cycle to lift us off, and we were rewarded with a fast climb right above launch too. My IQSonic only beeps, but it sounded like +3 m/s and steady lift.

We flew around for 30 minutes landing very fast in the circle at the Ranch, in strong south winds but we had a very fast approach on final but my passenger - an ex-skydiver with the military ran it out nicely!

Back up on launch at 300 pm, it was getting very strong. Carlos C was here for a tandem/instructor course and he took Jeremy tandem to show him how to thermal, and they were up for over an hour on Carlos' Mag2 Lite. Tonya had top-landed solo to fly a tandem for us so we brought Colleen's Magnum 38 up and she took off before us in a strong cyle that plucked them off the ground.

Denis went next and they were both above launch, while i clipped in with the lightest passenger and no ballaster as it got stronger. We had to wait for a lull and we were off and climbing with the others, when I lost sight of Denis, who had flown to Harvest when his passenger was feeling dizzy.

I was climbing on the South Knoll when I saw Tonya also landing there at Harvest.

Carlos & I climbed together at the South Knoll, over Launch, over to the North and then I headed to Harvest to join the others with Carlos following us.

Nice landing conditions at Harvest,but my passenger got dragged to her knees when I brought the wing down. Grass stains are kewl.

We were finished flying but a group went up to Woodside and waited a long time and it never died down.



Jonathon's Bridal Report - I went to Bridal for the first time after getting signed off and my 26th flight got me 3 hours of airtime, going all the way to Elk Mtn and back to launch where I top-landed to drive down - Jon.

Another happy and confident FlyBC Graduate!

6-12-15
Woodside is windy so no flying planned

Agassiz BC

Sun & Cloud. High 25. Windy. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 26
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we expected to do no flying or tandems as it was too windy in the morning, so everything got cancelled.

By 2 pm the winds abated and it looked very flyable, but I had already cancelled the tandems and we had Alastair & Jim O here for recert courses and we could have pulled it of easily, but instead we just went solo flying.

Jim launched first and then Alastair and they found some light soaring in front of launch but were soon dropping fast as the wind on launch switched to North, and I had to wait for a cycle. Meanwhile the boys were setting up a weird north wind approach at Eagle Ranch.

From June2015
I finally got some stronger cycles from the NW and took one and was off trying to soar, but there was no lift except a small thermal over the normal clearcut areas.

I flew out as I got lower and it was not rough but weird feeling mushy air over the Construction Zone, and then I was parked in +25 kph North Wind right over the Ranch. North winds are very smooth at our LZ, and it was easy to pin up against the trees to set up the approach. I toyed with trying the new Pro Circle spot but it doesn't work in North Wind as you have to approach over the firepit. So I landed at the training hill. Nice kiting winds too after landing.

Not long after packing up, the winds were back to the normal SE flow. I think the cell dropping rain on Hemlock while we were flying caused the north winds, which stopped right after the cell cleared away.

6-11-15
Woodside is windy so no flying planned til Friday

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. Windy. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - there were no students flying or tandems as it was too windy. I went to Sumas to pick up some gear and it was howling in the US too. Reports came in from Lumby & Pemby saying they got blown out too.

6-10-15
Woodside is flyable but windy later, so we may go to Bridal after 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - too windy to fly all day.

The Woodside Weatherstation is having battery issues and we are installing a new solar panel Thursday which should solve the power problems.

6-9-15
Woodside is flyable all day, maybe even too windy later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying after 10 am, after I installed some new windsocks in Riverside (which we rarely use but want it to be safe for others).

From June2015
It was Filip's last day here and he got a nice flight test flying a Swift I we have in used stock. He is now mastering the reverse launch well.

I had a tandem at noon with Nex and he is interested in paragliding even more after we thermalled in front of launch for 30 minutes before heading out into weird air over the valley (damn inversions).

I left Josh & Scott on launch and I guess they waited too long because Scott said he was having inflation issues as it got stronger (more weirdness in the air?)

Josh took off and apparently Scott got frustrated with the reverse problem and did a forward launch and flew off with a lineover or cravatte, and stalled his wing into the trees to the south of launch trying to clear the cravatte.

From June2015
He was unscathed and climbed down as we met him on the road, as we came up with chainsaw and rope to get him out.

I left at 3 pm for the city and they had it all out of the trees by 6 pm.



An interesting story from a hiker that was doing a Pemby route a few days ago and saw a paraglider throw his reserve Clubtread Forum

6-8-15
Woodside is flyable all day, maybe even too windy later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Gusty winds. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying after 11 am after Filip & Jason finished the roof on the new Screen Porch, and we got 3 student rounds in before it blew out.

From June2015
Al got a tandem in with Jason and found no lift at all. Then the students followed him out and they got a little bit of soaring and by the time Scott went it was soarable on the South Knoll.

When we retrieved everyone and got back on top at 3 pm it was getting very strong and Al had to bag his tandem in the wind shadow.

We went back up at 8 pm, and we got Scott off on his Ozone Zero 17, Jason off on our demo Ozone Zero 17 and Joe & Josh flew normal wings and they got blown back to Harvest Market going about 80 kph downwind. Obviously, I did not launch any students on this round.

From June2015
6-7-15
Woodside is flyable all day, maybe even too windy later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at 9 am with students and started flying tandems at 1030 am.

The air was stable but launchable and everyne got 2 flights before it started to get too strong after 1 pm.

The students went kiting and we did one more tandem at 230 pm, with Denis taking a trip to Harvest Market.

One of our Mexico students, Scott from TO, arrived and was trying out his new Ozone Octane FLX he bought from Bulgaria. He had a few nice flights landing at the Dyke after 3 pm.

From June2015
We went back up the mountain after 7 pm and Scott was the first off and it "glassed-off" and soon everyone got a nice soaring flight landing near sunset at the Ranch.

From June2015


6-6-15
Woodside is flyable all day, maybe even soarable later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying after 10 am, but after two student rounds it got too windy for beginner flights so the students went kiting at Eagle Ranch.

We had a few tandems to do and thanks to Denis, Derek & Colleen we got them all done by 6 pm.

Reports came in from Pemberton that it was roughin the air and there was one reserve toos and a HG pilot sent to hospital after a landing crash.

6-5-15
Woodside is flyable all day, maybe even soarable later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 26. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying after 10 am with Glen & Filip, and they had 2 really nice flights . . . until we had to suspend flying as a Search & Rescue Coromant Chopper started doing sweeps looking for a suspected downed helicopter.

From June2015
On my tandem flight off Woodside we had the same big chopper fly right over us as we approached the Ranch, it looked like they were heading to Chilliwack Airport for fuel.

From June2015
We headed to Bridal after 5 pm to get the guys a flight there and it was still soarable, but do I ever appreciate Woodside Road after going up to Bridal!

From June2015
6-4-15
Woodside is flyable all day, maybe even soarable later

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying after noon with new students Sean & Filip.

We spent the morning in the Barn doing Ground School, before heading to the Eagle Ranch training hill. Sean had a beginning advantage as he had spent 6 days kiting with Alex R at Vanier, Garry Point and other locales. But Filip showed he was a natural with perfect form on the training hill.

Filip said he did not want a tandem, and Sean is a commercial pilot so off to Woodside Launch we went. Perfect inflow cycles at noon and both guys had great launches and were soon above lanch on their first solos, not rough just lofty conditions that got them out to the Ranch at the height of launch.

Both had really nice approaches over Duncan's Maple Tree and good landings too.

We regrouped and headed back up but it was getting stronger and we got Sean off with a perfect reverse launch (thanks Alex), and as we got Filip ready it blew out for students. Filip had to sit out until around 6 pm when it calmed down.

In the meantime, Denis took one tandem and he climbed high over launch before heading straight out to the Ranch . . . yes, another "puker" meant his flight got cut short. My passenger was scared and of little help in launching, so I basically carried her off the mountain (but she did not "puke").

From June2015
Sean left around 6 pm as he had to head back to work in the city, but Filip was ready for one last flight today and we took 7 up and Colleen launched first to check the air and showed everyone where the lift was, but they all missed it and she was alone on the South Knoll before heading out to the Ranch.



Bridal Report - Guy took Mourad (a transfer student from our school), to Bridal after he flew two flights at Woodside. Last report was that Mourad got 2.5 hours soaring at Bridal, good work!

6-3-15
Woodside is wet all day

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
500 metres
Chores Report - we were doing chores today, so no flying but one could have bagged a few sled rides for sure at Mother Woodside.



Yukon XC Report - while we were flying Woodside with students a few days ago, and had a stable day Shawn K had a nice flight starting in Whitehorse YK. Flight Detail here . 245 kms in Tiger Country on an Ozone Delta 2!





Ozone releases the new Rapido Speed-Wing and FlyBC has a 13 metre Rapido on order to be delivered this month.

Cecil Peak from Cade Palmer on Vimeo.

6-2-15
Woodside is wet all day

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Temperature steady near 15.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
500 metres
Eagle Ranch Report - we cleaned up the Barn and started doing paramotor ground school today with Glen from Prince George.

After 4 hours of ground school and video training, we adjourned for lunch and then headed out to the FlyBC Training Hill and Glen was doing very well learning forward & reverse launches and he had no failed attempts even with a cros-wind . . . the guy is a natural!

We did not get as much rain as forecasted, but you could see the cells hitting Sasquatch & Bridal all around us.

The corn is growing fast and we have created a new ProCircle in close to the firepit that will make for interesting landings. We are moving a webcam to that side of the firepit to showcase the area.

6-1-15
Woodside should be soarable after noon

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Windy near Hope this afternoon. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we did not fly Woodside after noon although it looked possible, it was just too unpredictable.

Derek, Martin N & Alan did go up Bridal after 3 pm and mowed launch in the rain, thanks for that as the grass was getting pretty long.

5-31-15
Woodside should be flyable after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after 9 am with students, and it was good all day if not for some SE winds and a cluttered launch.

We managed 5 rounds with the students and the last round had Nathaniel having to do a hard run to get off in a light cycle right after Denis launched tandem.

Denis had a good day doing 5 tandems for us, and Derek did 2 tandems as well. We had 8 tandems all day and they were not that long but Denis & Derek managed to get above launch nicely on one round mid-day.

Our students are doing awesome, especially Tyler who launched with the VOX function on his radio turned on so he heard nothing but had a perfect approach & landing (due to good preparation in the ground school).



Pemby Report - while we were flying Woodside with students, and had a stable day the folks in Pemberton had some nice flights. X Contest scores here





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