FlyBC "Site of the Day" - January 21/2017


Pelican Bay later today

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1-21-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe beach soaring later

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 29C. N winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
270° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Coaches Corner - we are in Manzanillo for the day, maybe Pelican Bay will again yield soarable winds after some snorkelling.



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Used Gear List: Updated January 15, 2017

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness).
Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Fazer 3 14 metre Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN
SupAir EONA (M/L) - EN-A demo wings - $2500 CDN without harnesses, all 2016 models
Ozone Swift 4 XS - EN-B - $4200 CDN - demo priced with 1 flight.
Ozone Swift 4 L - EN-B - $3000 CDN - one year old with excellent porosity results
SupAir Leaf M - EN-B - demo flights only - $3500 CDN inc tax.
Gin Sprint 3 M demo - 5 flights - ready for a new owner - $4200 CDN
Advance Alpha 5 M - EN-A - with just 20 flights - $3300 with Advance Harness & Reserve
Advance Alpha 5 L - EN-A - with just 40 flights - $1900
Ozone Alpina 2 MS in Red/Blue from 2015 - 100 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Zeno M in Orange - now in stock and ready for test flights! - $4850 CDN
SupAir SORA Tandem 140-220 kgs in White - $2500 CDN - 80 hours

Paramotors for sale:
BlackHawk AirMax 125 Paramotor with your choice of new wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 2 hours.
Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - $6000 CDN brand new without wing.
BlackHawk MZ100 Paramotor w/travel cage & wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 5 hours.
Blackhawk Edge Paramotor Wing - 2015 model - $2000 CDN (2 hours/450 sec porosity)
Gin Rebel - EN-C - 85-105 kgs - $500 CDN (100 hours)
1-20-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 29C. E winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, headed to Pelican Bay at 3 pm to find light winds and no whitecaps.

The vultures were scratching the cliffs and barely maintaining.

I saw some windlines further out so I got ready and before my first inflation, the gusts got very strong.

When I did get my Zeno up it was difficult to move forward because I kept getting popped off the ground in the gusts.

After two tries it was time to pack up as it gusted over 35 kph and did not let up til after dark.

Ridge soaring these beach sites is always tricky but at least we did not burn up a tank of gas to go up the mountain.

San Marcos Reports from Derek said they got blown out by noon with 25 knot SW winds forecast for afternoon.

Bronco Update: Under hood and frame painting is complete. Windshield goes in tomorrow. Doors and trunk lid goes on Sunday apparently. I may have a mountain rig soon!



Colombia Report - Nicole reports a slow start and hard work to stay aloft and then magical conditions to race into goal for her and Alex. KVA got a ride in a huge sugar cane truck back to town.



Superfinal Report - The results from Day 3 of the Superfinal 2016 are out!

1st Joachim Oberhausser - Ozone Enzo 2
2nd Stefan Wyss - Ozone Zeno
3rd Hernan Pitocco - Ozone Enzo 2

After 3 days, Stefan Wyss and his Zeno are leading the pack.

Today was an interesting day, Laura from the PWC reports:

"An 85 km task was set with the intention of giving pilots as many options as possible.

The 52 km start cylinder split pilots up right from the beginning of the race.

A few pilots took the start at the nearest point then followed the river to turn point 1.

The majority chose to go north hoping to shorten the length of the race by taking the start nearer to turn point 1.

The south west wind made the first two legs very difficult and put lots of pilots on the ground. Half the field landed before the first turn point.

Cirrus cloud switched off the lift causing a further 10 pilots to land between end of speed and goal.

19 pilots survived the cirrus and made goal.

Stay tuned for more news from Brazil.

Three tasks so far with a Ozone Zeno in first place. Results here after three tasks

World Cup Governador Valadares super 16 task 2 part 2 from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.



1-19-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 30C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, and Sue & John & I headed to Boquieto Bay for snorkelling out at the shipwreck.

Water was nice and warm and clear near the beach but as Sue & John went out it got murky so it was hard to see the sunken ship.

I had a nice "coco loco" on the beach and enjoyed the sun as the winds picked up.

We dropped by the Bronco and they are getting ready to paint the frame and the wheel wells and needed some degreaser so we went to Autozone to get the good stuff.



John & I went to Pelican Bay to find soarable winds so I went for a solo flight getting to 280 metres and it was lifty all the way to the cross.

I flew for 30 minutes with the vultures and frigate birds and apparently I missed the whale pod out front while I was soaring, but my camera caught some of the action when I reviewed the footage.





San Marcos Report - looked like good flights at San Marcos again today despite North wind forecasts. I missed the gloat report as I was at a nice dinner on Las Brisas Beach enjoying the nice sunset.





Colombia Comp Report - Kevin, Al, Alex and Nicole are in Colombia for a comp but the weather has been unkind. Either rainy or overcast or both causing many to sink out on task. Usually the conditions are perfect his time of year, but that is paragliding and comps.



PWC Superfinal Comp Report - All the bug guns are in Brazil flying in the SuperFinal right now.

Two tasks so far with a Gin Boom 11 in first place. Results here after two tasks

1-18-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro and the winds are too light for Pelican Bay

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 30C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Snorkel Report - Manzanillo was sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro and the winds are too light for Pelican Bay so we went snorkelling.



San Marcos Report - Joco was sunny and warm and NW so Derek, Norm and othrs went up to San Marcos Upper Launch.

Derek tried top-landing many times at both the comp launch and the normal launch to no luck so he landed at the bottom and hiked up to his truck, to arrive to find Rob had finally top-landed.
1-17-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
El Toro Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day.

The Bronco now has three coats of paint over two coats of primer and looks beautiful! But it will be a few more days to put it all back together.



El Toro looked good with nice puffy clouds over the summit.



Jorge & I headed towards El Toro to see if we could get a ride with Solomon but his truck was broken.

He sent us to see Javier but he was gone too.

We got to the bottom gate hoping to find some truck heading up but everyone was already driving back down after working on the antennas, so no flying for us today.

The beach was beautiful though!



1-16-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Beach Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day with calm winds and no Bronco again so we went swimming at Jorge's condo in Santiago.



San Marcos Report - Derek reported that Norm, Shaun Ginger, Rod and he flew San Marcos Upper Launch and they got to 4400 metres at times (higher than ever before in January here).

They did two shifts with Derek driving the first shift and the guys heading east to Joco.

Then Norm drove and Derek flew back to San Juan Cosala ending up having to fly over the Lake to get down before dark. Only the BGD glider sunk out this round landing on the dry lake in front, while the Ozone's got high again and went XC.

1-15-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Careyes Report - we were in Careyes, 90 minutes north of Manzanillo for the day. Another Turtle Sanctuary there and wide open beaches for miles with no people. There was a soaring ridge near Arroyo Seca that Jorge used to fly a few years back but it was getting too dark to try it, but I will go back there when Colleen is back in Vancouver for a few days.

1-14-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tourist Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day heading east to the Turtle Sanctuary and got there too late to fly Colima.

The Tortugaria in Cuyutlan is amazing! We got to see baby tortugas being hatched and collected to take to the aquariums to grow before being released in the sea. We were so awestruck that we didn't take photos or videos. After the tortugas, we took a boat cruise throught the mangrove swamps and saw some live crocodiles.

Norm said it was cloudy in Joco so they did not fly there either.



Revy Report - Sam W got her first ski launches in at Revy and it looked magical.





Valle Intrepidos Report - Sixth and last day of the Intrepidos Comp with lots of Ozone Pilots on the podium and in the top 10!



1-13-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW, but we may go to Colima

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Manzanillo Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day but just went swimming instead of trying to fly.

1-12-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 9
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day.

We drove to Pelican Bay for a visit and dipped our feet in the surf there, oddly not many Pelicans there today?

Colleen is working hard in the condo while I take John and Sue sightseeing.



San Marcos Report - Derek & Norm flew from San Marcos Gulley Launch with Norm flying first at 130 pm, getting to 4400 metres again for an easy glide home to San Juan Cosala (the milk run).



Derek flew later around 4 pm, also climbing to 4400 metres, where he met up with Stefan who flew from Tapalpa past San Marcos and further north to Tequila (the actual heartland of tequila production here in Mexico).

Stefan's flight would be around 80-90 kms straight line distance to Tequila.



To put these flights into perspective . . . the launch is at 1400 metres at San Marcos Gulley, so a 3000 metre altitude gain (10000 feet for non-metric folks). Tapalpa is at 2000 metres for Stefan's flight and the last part of his flight from San Marcos to Tequila is over some pretty rugged terrain with little to land on.

1-11-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 9
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tapalpa Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, but Norm & Derek flew Tapalpa and had nice flights.

Norm climbed to 4400 metres on his way to San Marcos and then on to home in San Juan Cosala for about 60 kms.

We did not fly as we have family here and the winds were too light for Pelican Bay.

1-10-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 9
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Manzanillo Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, Colleen working in the condo and me shopping and checking out the Bronco.

Winds never picked up enough to head to Pelican Bay so just a lazy day spent hanging out.

I had decided not to go to El Rincon Launch to meet Stefan, Norm & Derek because it was looking too north for a two hour drive. And it turned out they did not fly there as it was blowing down and creating dusties on launch. But they found the roads up and have the site reconned for later days.



Valle de Bravo Report - Mike M our star alumni from 2015 has been flying hard all over Mexico and is now in Valle where he had a epic 4 hour plus ride into the Lake LZ.



1-9-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm but SSE so Colima looks better today

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 33C. SE winds shifting to WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Colima Report - I headed to Colima for the day as the forecast said it would switch from NE for strong SW.

I hitched a ride with Jonathan from QC, and we arrived to find light winds over the back. We waited til 1:30 pm and it never changed so we drove down.

Derek reported strong north conditions at Tapalpa today, with some un-named pilots getting turtled and dragged at launch. But they flew for 2-3 hours getting high enough to top-land.

Another gorgeous sunset in Manzanillo tonight, as we dined on the main beach.

It looked cold and windy at Eagle Ranch on the webcams today, as more snow fell overnight.



Valle de Bravo Report - News from Valle where they are running a mini-comp before the big comp next week. Stable, inverted conditions with a 59 km task. Pretty short for Valle but indicitive of the conditions with Brad G winning the task on a new Ozone Zeno L.

1-8-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and it looks soarable later

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 33C. NE winds shifting to WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Nap Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, with plans to fly Pelican Bay, but it was not strong enough at noon so I had a nap and woke up 3 hours later to +37 kph gusts and whitecaps everywhere. Maybe another day!



1-7-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm, but Colima looks better for XC

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 7
-2.9°C (unstable)

2300 metres
Colima Report - Derek & I were heading to Colima for the day and we got a late start but made it there in record time, less than an hour.

We left Derek's truck near the sugar cane field, and drove up in my rental car (no the Bronco is not yet finished).

Weirdly, we arrived on top to find not one person . . . no pilots, no hikers?

It was hazy around town, and only the odd CU to the south.

Conditions at launch were perfect with strongish gusts but the birds made it look smooth.

I encouraged Derek to fly first as he has not flown here, with the old airport in Costena as an intended LZ. It is an XC flight over town but it is usually lifty enough over the flats to get there.

The map below has the Launch in the yellow circle, and the airport is in the yellow oval. It is only 5 kms but it is crosswind to get there and you need about three good climbs along the way.



Derek launched nicely and was soaring in front of launch looking for a magic thermal to take him up and away.



I went for a pee break in the woods while Derek was flying and when I came back I lost sight of him.

He reported in at 1300 metres to the SW as he was pushing out into the SW winds towards some clouds.

I decided not to fly as I wanted to get back to Manzanillo early, and I was feeling the beginnings of a new cold coming on, and Derek said he was heading north to his truck. Last time I saw him he was getting flushed in the lee of the hill.

When I arrived at the cane field, Derek reported in over the airport at 1300 metres having trouble to get down there so he flew back to the sugar cane LZ (three times) before he could find sink.

Meanwhile, Norm reported in from Sayula where he sunk out badly after launching from Tapalpa. He was at the bus station buying a ticket to get back to his VW.

Derek eventually landed near his truck in some turbulent air, dusties were "popping off" to the north of the LZ, and packed up and headed home to Chapala while I drove the other way to our home on the beach.

1-6-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm, but Colima looks better for XC

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 7
-2.9°C (unstable)

2300 metres
Cerro del Toro Report - we were heading to Colima for the day . . . but we got lazy and did some errands and finally got the internet working in the condo. The local maintenance guy and I found a bad cable and he re-terminated it and we got the router working! Yippee! Almost 7 mb/s and solid connections for now!

At 2 pm we headed up Cerro del Toro, a nice mountain just north of Manzanillo, with many broadcast and military antennas on top.

Derek bought some new tools and we hacked and slashed on the lower launch to make it easily launchable.



Colleen got ready while we were working and launched into a nice cycle and climbed out fast.



Derek got ready right after Colleen and launched so fast I did not get any video!

I was designated driver today and managed to get Derek's Dodge down in one piece, and found them at Indio's restaurant on the beach . . . the nicest LZ in Mexico!



We stopped to check out the never-ending Bronco repaint project and they assure us the paint is going on tomorrow. Two week paint job has become 12 months!

1-5-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
El Toro Report - we headed to El Toro at 1 pm, a bit late to find the gate locked.

We had to find Solomon to get the keys and made it to the top just in the clouds at Lower Launch.



I waited nearly an hour for a decent cycle and when I got one my lines would tangle in the grass. No weedwhacker this year as mine got stolen in a break-in at Stefan's house.

I got off finally and was immediately in the "white room" out front of launch. I got forward of the clouds and started surfing them and watched the vultures soar up and into the clouds.

It was lifty all over the valley and I soared around for 45 minutes staying out of the clouds at around 500 metres. Nice temps as I was in shirt sleeves and not cold at all even in the clouds.

Nice landing on Santiago Beach and a nice margarita awaited me at Indio's Bar.





Duncan, Stephen “Steve”
May 25, 1938 – January 5, 2017

Steve, aged 78, passed away peacefully with his loving wife, Christine, by his side. He had been in Abbotsford Hospital with an undisclosed lung ailment.

He immigrated to Canada from England, in 2002, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia.

Steve had a passion for adventure and lived each day to the fullest.

Shortly after moving to B.C. he joined the Chilliwack Search and Rescue and eventually started seriously training, on his road bike, for the B.C. Senior games.

While biking, paragliding, kayaking, hiking, sailing, camping or snowshoeing Steve made many good friends.

He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Notification will be coming regarding memorial arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Chilliwack Search and Rescue would be appreciated. www.chilliwacksar.org

Steve was a true gent, and we loved teaching him to fly like a bird!
1-4-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we had a lazy day at the beach, then headed to Pelican Bay Soaring Ridge. We had one test flight each and it was too light to stay up but it did add to my FitBit Step Count.



Then it turned on and we had an hour of sweet soaring with the frigate birds.

1-3-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Colima Report - we were heading to Colima for the day but Derek arrived there first from Tapalpa and said it looked inverted so we stayed in Manzanillo.

1-2-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
180° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Tapalpa Report - we were leaving today for Manzanillo and wanted to fly Tapalpa but it was too lame as we saw several flights down to the Piano LZ.

So we had breakfast and headed to Manzanillo. Super crowded on the highway for eastbund traffic to Guadalajara but good for us heading west.

Meanwhile, Derek ignored the NE wind forecast and flew from the Gulley Launch at San Marcos and climbed high enough to head to Joco for coffee while Norm drove.

They also went back for a late night flight and it was super smooth.

1-1-17
Tapalpa is sunny and warm but too much west winds so we are heading to San Marcos

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 15
-2.9°C (unstable)

3500 metres
San Marcos Report - We headed to San Marcos for a noon arrival after buying the more expensive gas at 16.50 pesos per litre, similar to Canadian Prices now.

Colleen & I arrived to perfect conditions but no Norm or Derek and I could not get them on the cell, so I encouraged Colleen to try the new launch at "The Gulley" which we developed 2 years ago. It is 2WD access from the main road and quite nice now that the grass has grown in.



Colleen got set up fast and despite some cross cycles she got off cleanly with just a few corn husks, and started climbing as the boys arrived.



She climbed out fast but it was pretty strong north wind aloft.



Norm and Derek both launched into what turned out to be strong NW winds and it was a struggle and rough as they climbed out.

We left to find some hot springs near Cd Guzman that Stefan found a few years ago, and had a nice dinner there instead as it was crowded and not that hot. Good for a rainy day activity.

Nice CUs over Nevado Colima on the drive back.



Happy New Year 2017!

12-31-16
Tapalpa is sunny and warm but we have west winds

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 12
-2.9°C (unstable)

3200 metres
San Marcos Report - we drove to San Marcos in the morning to meet up with Derek & Norm, but got there late and got to see them struggle for some time after launching "The Gulley" .

At times they disappeared altogether and apparently got as low as 100 metres but it turned on and they got to 3200 metres under some big CU.

We decided to drive back to La Frontera for New Years Party supplies trying a new route directly west of Los Pozos and it was a nice scenic drive.

Later in Tapalpa we endured long lines at the bank machine, and gave up on getting gas as everyone is filling up as the price goes up 30% on January 1. At 4 pm it started raining as the clouds ODed, not heavy just enough to keep the dust down.

We had plans to have a nice fire for New Years Eve, but the winds were blowing the smoke down the chimney and we had to evacuate the cabin! Memorable Times!



Have a Happy New Year!



2016 in Review - we had our busiest season every in 20 years!

Thanks to all of you that supported us in 2016!

We started out in January with our biggest Mexican Tour with many guests improving their skills at El Toro, Pelican Bay Soaring Site, Colima and Tapalpa.

February brought us more Tour guests with me returning to Canada on March 1 to start lessons.

March brought on some great spring conditions with some excellent XC flights in the Faser Valley.

April brought out many new student pilots and we had up to 7 per day requiring some additional manpower to help out with Degas in Mission with newbies while I was sending students off Woodside. April enjoyed the first tree-landing of the season as an un-named P-2 pilot 360ed himself into a 200' tree just before dark.

May brought out many pilots doing XC flights from Benny to Woodside. This site was improved in 2016 with WCSC & BCHPA funds so we are going to take advancing students there in 2017. We also ran our Annual FlyBC Instructor Course and had many new candidates working with our students. We had to go to Coyote & Mara many times to avoid the weather.

June was an awesome month and we had many signed off P-2 students by now. Thanks to all who helped us get them through their courses!

July was a productive month but also brought some sad news as a local Bellingham Pilot who had flown Blanchard hundreds of times had a fatal crash while paragliding on a mellow day. TJ had been flying since 2000 and had created a Weather Page that was very useful in predicting the conditions.

August took us to Mara Lake for our Annual SIV Course and we had 25 participants over 10 days with only a few wet wings. Either we are getting better at guiding, or the gliders are getting safer, or the pilots are doing more studying prior to the Course . . . or all three but it is a pleasure to put pilots through the maneuvers and see them cain confidence in their gear.

September was flyable most days but we did do the odd road trip to Merritt and Coyote. I think we are up to 200 flyable days now. We also had one weekend closed to students and pilots at Eagle Ranch while we married off Aaron & Christy!

October turned out to be a complete bust as it rained everyday, as did November. Odd as this is usually our busiest training time. It was okay because we had planned a trip to Australia anyway, but I felt bad for the students that did not get finished in 2016.

December was also bad weather-wise with record snow falls, so I went to Mexico to get our winter condo ready for the winter season, and Derek & Norm & I had some nice flights.

Thanks again to the 40+ students we signed off in 2016.

Thanks also to the pilots that bought a record number of gliders from Gin, Ozone & SupAir from us in 2016.

Stay safe in 2017, and we will be here to support you in your flying endeavours.

12-30-16
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
180° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Travel Report - we left Calgary Airport on WestJet direct for Manzanillo and then drove to Tapalpa to stay for three days.

Quite a shock to the system to go from -8C to +30C in 5 hours, but we survived!

We rented a cabin at La Ceja Launch but unfortunately it has been tail here for a few days so we plan to drive to San Marcos tomorrow.

12-29-16
Sunny for Mom's Birthday

Agassiz BC

Showers. High plus 4.
240° @ 15
-1.9°C (stable)

700 metres
Birthday Party Report - we had an early Birthday Party for Mom to accomodate our Mexico Trip and several others that could not come on January 2, her real Birthday.

Marian Davenport was born on January 2, 1927 so she is turning 90 in five days.



Fortunately it was sunny and clear out for the many guests that arrived this afternoon.

12-28-16
Calgary for a few days

Agassiz BC

Showers. High plus 4.
240° @ 15
-1.9°C (stable)

700 metres
Calgary Report - a chinook was blowing hard at YYC when we landed, lots of blowing snow too.

Budget Rent a Car, true to form, had a car with no snow tires for us and wanted to charge an additional $35 a day for a larger car with snow tires. So we are slipping and sliding around town running errands for Mom's 90th Birthday Party.

12-27-16
Woodside is getting more rain all week so no flying expected here

Agassiz BC

Showers. High plus 4.
240° @ 15
-1.9°C (stable)

700 metres
Snow Report - lots of snow fell in the Fraser Valley and I had to dig out the driveway yet again!

Everyone headed home from Christmas celebrations and we stayed in Vancouver to prepare for our trip to Calgary.

12-26-16
Woodside is getting yet another snowfall warning so no flying expected here

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries this morning. Snow beginning near noon. Amount 5 cm. Temperature steady near zero.
040° @ 3
-1.9°C (stable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - lots of snow fell today after yet another Snowfall Warning. I used the tractor to clear at least 12"/30 cms of new snow.



Valle de Bravo Report - while we were clearing snow, Mark C had a great flight on his new Gin Explorer we were able to get to him for Christmas.



Great conditions with climbs to 4000 metres, in sunny Mexico.

Flight Details here!



Another great film from Jorge!

INSPIRED from Ozone Paragliders on Vimeo.

12-25-16
Woodside looks sunny today and light outflow

Agassiz BC

Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High plus 3.
040° @ 5
-1.9°C (stable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - lots of snow on the road to Woodside Launch, but Paul braved the cold and had a flight.

Facebook video here of his nice launch



12-24-16
Woodside looks sunny today and outflow winds so no flying expected here

Agassiz BC

Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High plus 3.
040° @ 15
-1.9°C (stable)

1100 metres
Valley Report -lots of outflow today and cold. Oh, Mexico is looking better everyday.

12-23-16
Woodside looks wet today and there is a snow fall warning for the Valley

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Snow fall warning in the afternoon. Temperature steady near -1.
220° @ 15
-1.9°C (stable)

300 metres
Road Report - lots of snow in the higher elevations in the Lower Mainland, light dusting at the Ranch but Woodside looks very white today.

12-22-16
Woodside looks wet today and the road is hike in only from 1 km

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Temperature steady near plus 3.
220° @ 15
-1.9°C (stable)

1100 metres
Valley Report - lots of snow forecast but we escaped the worst of it at Eagle Ranch, but the surrounding hills are white right to ground level.

12-21-16
Woodside looks flyable, but the road is hike in only

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High plus 5.
270° @ 10
-1.9°C (stable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - I spent the morning getting a load of firewood to keep the farmhouse warm during Christmas, while Martin N was hiking up to Woodside Launch.



Lots of snow on the road to Woodside Launch, and he took 1.5 hours to hike up yesterday "post-holing" from Lower Launch to the top to find north or downwind cycles. After 4 tries he got off for a 8 minute sled ride to the Ranch, once the sun came out and made some up-cycles.



Later we had an interesting band of ground fog come over the Ranch just before dark.



Reports from Elk said very strong cycles made launching un-assisted very dangerous, and Kevin was forced to hike down after Claudia got off.

12-20-16
Road Trip Home

Revelstoke BC

Periods of snow. Amount 25 to 35 cm. High minus 3.
270° @ 5
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Road Report - lots of snow on Hwy 1 til Sicamous, then clear til Hwy 5, and over the Toll Booth Summit it was nasty with icy sections and packed snow all the way to Hope.

12-19-16
Snow Boarding Day

Revelstoke BC

Periods of snow. Amount 20 to 40 cm. High minus 5.
270° @ 5
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Revy Report - lots of snow fell and we could not see the Valley.

We rented some snowboards as we felt our gear was too old, at least 8 years or more old.



We would have done better on our old gear as it took several runs down the Stoke Chair to get everything tuned up and by then I was done.

We did get to go for an awesome massage after that though!

12-18-16
Anniversary Day in Revelstoke

Revelstoke BC

Periods of snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. High minus 8.
270° @ 5
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Revy Report - lots of snow came down with 25 cms of powder, and we can barely see the Valley. We just brought snowboarding gear, no wings as it looked too foggy. Oh, Mexico is looking better everyday.



Fortunately the heated pool and hot tubs were open for us to use.





Tenancingo Report - Brad H, Rainer & Derek went east to Tenancingo where Brad has a house.

They flew and top-landed, because they could not get enough height to go XC.

Brad was flying his new Ozone Alpina2 with Ozone Ozium Pod harness, looking stylish.



Good launch conditions and they had dancers to entertain them before launching.



Yesterday we met local pilot Pablo in Tepotzlan to fly the local launch.

We drove to this mountain village launch, one of the prettiest villages I have seen. The contours of the mountains wrapped the village.

The launch is single wing only and I would rate as intermediate site. You cannot glide to the LZ and require a bit of lift. There is an established LZ called ¨happy ending". The south facing launch is 600 meters. The flying terrain has thermal collectors everywhere with cliffs and valleys throughout the entire range. Beautiful country with natural XC potential, 80 km triangle is common. The prevailing winds are always light in this valley.



There is an excellent training site at 100 meters called Tres Marias.

If you want information call local pilot Pablo at 325548046675 - Brad

12-17-16
Road Trip to Revy

Agassiz BC

Sunny with the ocassional clouds. Temperature steady near minus 6 except near minus 9 near Hope. Wind chill minus 20.
040° @ 20
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Road Trip Report - it was snowing lightly at The Ranch when we left. Lots of snow on Hwy 5 with many vehicles in the ditch, slow down people!

We made it to Revy Mountain Resort before dark and settled in to our fabulous penthouse suite in "The Sutton Place Hotel", as we are splurging for our 25th Anniversary.

12-16-16
Eagle Ranch Chore Day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Wind northeast 40 to 60 km/h diminishing to 20 this afternoon. Temperature steady near minus 6 except near minus 9 near Hope. Wind chill minus 20.
040° @ 20
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Chore Boy Report - lots of snow to dig out before Christmas, AND IT KEEPS DRIFTING IN! And now they are predicting flooding on Monday when it is supposed to rain, as there will be no where for the rain to drain! Oh, Mexico is looking better everyday.

12-15-16
Eagle Ranch Chore Day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Windy. High minus 4 except temperature steady near minus 10 near Hope. Wind chill minus 21 this morning.
040° @ 20
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Woodside Report - lots of indoor projects, as it was too cold for anything outside.

We did get a nice sunset on Cheam at 5 pm though to brighten the day. I even got Andrei & Elena's new house in the shot.





Tenancingo Mexico Report - Derek, Rainer & Brad H are in Tenancingo to check out the scene. Brad has a tour house there called "Casa de Piloto" set up for para & hang pilots, low cost rooms for rent and local site guide Daniel P is there to orient you. If you want more info email me and I can get you in touch with Brad and Daniel.

Derek was talking to me on the phone reporting that Rainer was just top-landing as they were not getting high enough to go XC. No snow there for sure with +27C temps.

12-14-16
Eagle Ranch Chore Day

Agassiz BC

Periods of snow and local blowing snow ending this morning then sunny. Windy. Temperature steady near -7C.
040° @ 18
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Chore Report - yesterday the hot-tub started tripping the breaker, after a few hours of diagnostics figured out the heater coil was shorting to ground. Off to Mission for parts and it was running before dark. Love working outdoors in -7C weather with the tools sticking to bare skin!

12-13-16
Eagle Ranch Chore Day

Agassiz BC

Periods of snow and local blowing snow ending this morning then cloudy. Local amount 2 cm. Windy. Temperature steady near minus 2.
040° @ 18
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Chore Report - more snow shovelling, got propane delivered, and then the driveway drifted in again. Installed plastic film on windows, reminds me of living on the Prairies!

12-12-16
Eagle Ranch Chore Day

Agassiz BC

Periods of snow and local blowing snow ending this morning then cloudy. Local amount 2 cm. Windy. Temperature steady near minus 2.
040° @ 8
-1.9°C (unstable)

300 metres
Chore Boy Report - lots of snow to dig out before Christmas, so folks can get to the trailer, the bunkhouse, the house and u keeps drifting into the yard.

12-11-16
At Eagle Ranch doing chores

Agassiz BC

Periods of snow and local blowing snow ending this morning then cloudy. Local amount 2 cm. Windy. Temperature steady near -2 C
040° @ 8
-1.7°C (unstable)

300 metres
Snow Report - I got a "bit of a shock" when I arrived to Eagle Ranch and we had 3 feet of snow on everything, all from last nights storm.





Good news was that the tractor started up and I was able to dig out the driveway as the propane tank is almost empty after 2 months of cold weather.





San Marcos Gloat Report - it was reported on FB that Norm, Derek, Rainer and Brad all flew and got to 3600 metres (1600 metres above launch) and played in the clouds until they all flew east back to El Chante Futball Field or further on to San Juan Cosala Beach on Lake Chapala.

Looks like it is turning on in Mexico!

Colleen and I will be back in Mexico by January 4th.

12-10-16
Tapalpa after noon

Tapalpa, Mexico

Sunny. High 29C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Road Trip Report - I handed Brad the registration paperwork and the keys to the Suburban and headed to GDL airport to fly home to the cold for Christmas. Nice short 8 hour flight with dinner in Phoenix. Landed in rain at YVR which melted most of Vancouver's snow. Not so in the Valley however!

12-9-16
Tapalpa after noon

Tapalpa Mexico

Sunny. High 29C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
030° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
PG Bum Report - the gang flew Tapalpa again and headed to "The Cross" where they got high. Stefan joined them and flew ther and back to land at his home launch.

No big XC as there was sink over the flats.

I met them all back at the Hotel where I got kicked out due to an overflow. I found a nice hotel in Ajijic.

Brad is taking the Suburban for Casa de Piloto in Tenancingo to improve their tours. I sure hope the Bronco is done by Jan 4!

12-8-16
Tapalpa after noon

Jocotepec Mexico

Sunny. High 29C. Winds light & variable.
090° @ 4
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Tapalpa Report - Derek was the "sky pig" today, scratching out of Tapalpa after this shot was taken by Norm.



After several low saves he made it to 3600 metres at "The Cross" and headed east to Magic Hill and then Cerro Viejo before heading to El Chante Futball Field after 5 hours of fun.

The others landed in various locations after many hours of scratching around.

I was back at the Hotel trying to heal from a cold bug, too sick to even drive up the hill.

12-7-16
Colima after noon

Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 29C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Colima Report - Stefan & I drove thru Colima at noon and it looked very stable and no wings were in the air over La Cumbre Launch so we kept going towards Tapalpa and Stefan's cabana.

Stefan had reports of a break-in in his normally secure location, so we were not sure what we would find left in his bodega. I stored a bunch of our stuff there in March, including Colleen's beautiful Mexican RockHopper bike.

We found Stefan had lost a generator, a dead weed-whacker, and a bunch of tools. We only lost one weed-whacker that was new last year.

It was not flyable by the time we got to Tapalpa Launch, but Derk and the gang had flown with mixed results, as Bev drove down to locate them all over the vally.

12-6-16
San Marcos after noon

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Mix of sun & Cloud. High 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Report - we headed to San Marcos after noon as it is to be supposed south-west the next few days.

The first clue that the forecast was wrong was the strong east wind at the Pemex where I left the Suburban.

We arrived at the new launched called "The Gulley at San Marcos" and it stunk from the feedlot behind launch, which meant east winds ovr the back.

We headed to El Chante to check out the road in, as Camilo had to abandon an attempt last week when his Jeep Liberty kept bottoming out. Good news was that the Suburban and Dodge Ram made it through without a problem.

But once we got to the Red Gate we left the trucks as we knew the last part of the road was grown in.

We hiked in with tools and arrived at launch to nice SE cycles, so Brad went back to get his wing while Derek, Rainer, Norm and I chopped brush.

Brad launched and soared in front of launch nicely before heading to the El Chante Futball Field.



I drove down to get Brad while the others drove to "The Gulley at San Marcos".

I won't lie . . . the road in/out to El Chante is pretty bad with deep ruts and lots of rocks sticking out.

When we got to "The Gulley at San Marcos", Derek was laid out and soon in the air as the light was getting low, but he got above launch.



I bailed and headed west to Manzanillo to check on my Bronco, hoping to get there before dark (I didn't but I did arrive to pick up Stefan safely where he was waiting at the Bus Depot).

Meanwhile back in Colima, Benjamin completed another nice XC on his Ozone Zeno flying north to San Gabriel over Tiger Country.

Benjamin to San Gabriel.



12-5-16
San Marcos after noon

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Mix of sun & Cloud.. High 23C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Report - we went to San Marcos after noon as it is forecast to be south-west the next few days.

Brad, Derek, Norm, Bev & I drove up to the main launch as it was cross at "The Gulley

Bev stepped right in and was our "wind tech".

She had a perfect launch and found a nice thermal out over the lakebed where she turned more than 10 times!



Derek was feeling somewhat under the weather so he drove down to get Bev while Brad launched his new Ozone Alpina 2.

We lost sight of Brad but after I launched I saw him to the south of the saddle on top of the ridge.

I climbed out at The Gulley, and then transitioned to the saddle while Norm was staying at The Gulley.

Brad hit some sink that almost took him to the lake, and then he caught a climb over San Marcos.

I was at ridge height when Norm came overhead somewhat higher than me.

I too hit some sink and was grovelling until we saw some birds out front climbing and we took that climb back to the ridge.

I did see some cloud coming over and I got shaded out for sometime, but the odd thermal kept me in the game.

I was joined by a redtail hawk and we played for many turns but never got back to ridge height.

Norm bailed over the back low and found a climb over Joco that took him home.

I landed just south of San Marcos in a nice grassy field after and hour of rough thermalling. No collapses on the Zeno despite the turbulence, which Norm called "the roughest flight here this year".

Ice Bombs in Vancouver on the Port Mann & Alex Fraser Bridges and mayhem in Montreal, another good reason to be in Mexico.

12-4-16
San Marcos if the winds drop down

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. High 21C. Winds SW at 25 to 40 km/h
240° @ 24
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Juan Cosala Report - there was no flying as it was stormy with strong south-west winds.

It looked like rain too, but it was too windy to tell if the raindrops touched down, and there were whitecaps on Lake Chapala.

Back at Mother Woodside Denis & Tonya were flying in the snow. True Desperados.

12-3-16
La Cumbre in Colima

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Chance of afternoon thunderstorms. 80% Chance of Rain. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.9°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we headed up to La Cumbre Despegue in Colima after noon, as it was supposed to be south-west the next few days.

It had rained at breakfast and they were calling for thunderstorms and 80% chance of precip so we weren't too optimistic but Derek had not seen the launch here so we headed up.

The road has been repaired and even cold-patched in sections so it was a smooth trip up.

The sign on launch has a nice description of how to launch a parapente: easy to understand even if you don't understand Spanish.



Light launch conditions and no birds soaring so we waited and round 1 pm I suited up and got ready to fly with hopes of top-landing so Derek could have a turn.

I did a few inflations but had no pressure in the Zeno, so I aborted until I got a good strong inflation.

It was soarable in front of launch for a few passes.



I saw the vultures out front so I headed out to join them and a nice +5 m/s thermal was there, smooth and strong which took me over launch and the towers,



When I scoped out top-landing conditions the ribbons were blowing every direction, just how tthe thermal near launch felt so I headed north,

I crossed the river out to the flats and got only few beeps and the birds were showing me a light thermal near the cane fields, so I dove in there to find nothing.

I lined up a nice road through the cane fields and landed there, dropping my wing on the dirt and not on the burned cane stalks.



Derek came down to get me but decided not to fly so we headed to San Marcos, where it was strong! Chapala was the next stop for money and dinner.

12-3-16
El Toro in Manzanillo

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.9°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - Derek and I drove up El Toro today to check out the road, as it has rained here before we arrived.

The road has a few washouts and cross ditches but it was generally pretty good. There was a machine working halfway up so maybe it will get better as the months roll by.

The two launches look alright, just some weed-whacking to do and the beach looks great for an LZ.



The gate was unlocked when we drove up, but somehow got locked when we got back down but Solomon arrived just in time to free us.

We had a lazy day of napping and hanging out by the pool and there was a huge thuderstorm just after dark, so the road to El Toro might be compromised.

12-1-16
San Marcos all day

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.7°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Report - we planned to fly San Marcos after noon.

We skipped the Gulley again as it was light there.

We waited on top til we got some action on the socks and then I launched and hung out on the south ridge for a bit followed by Derek. We never got above the ridge so I headed North as Jorge launched on his Delta 2.

I got higher on the North Hill but it was ratty and inconsistent so back to the place Derek was soaring. It was still lame there so I headed to the Gulley and got a strong climb there.



Derek and Jorge followed me to that spot as I climbed out enough to get to the saddle and beyond. My new GoPro DIY boom is working well. A wood-working clamp attached the boom to my right carabiner, out of the way of lines and reserve handles. It is very stable in rough air without the "bobble head effect" one gets with a helmet mounted GoPro.

I headed south to the Saddle pictured here toward the sunny spot where I saw birds circling and got some strong stuff there.



Oddly the thermals were tilted way back, without any meteo wind. Must have been sideways cloud suck, but it required lots of into wind thermalling with quick 360s back into the wind or one would get blown back.

Derek and Jorge hung back at the Gulley and then Jorge bailed over the back low.

I was working the thermals on the south side of the saddle, when I saw a cloud form out front. It was smoother out front when I got out of the windy thermals, I did have a frontal on the transition but it reinflated before I could look up. The Zeno was doing some yawing today in the strong stuff but it seems very solid.

After getting beat up in the rough thermal fo around an hour, I too bailed over the back as the mountain was getting shaded out.

I made it to the long grass field and Derek was heading there, but caught a climb out and went a few field further as Norm and Jorge came to find us. Hot hiking out to the Pemex, in the 28C heat.

11-30-16
San Marcos all day

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.7°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Report - we went to San Marcos after noon, as it was supposed to be south-west the next few days.

We arrived at the Gulley to find very light winds so continued to the top launch.

Just as light there, but there is more runway so Derek and Norm got ready.

Derek went first, followed by locals Fabio & Casper.

Derek caught a climb to the North, so everyone followed him out there.

They all climbed out to 2800 metres fast, as Norm launched. I drove down to the Gulley to watch their progress hearing complaints about the rough air, as Casper flew out to the lake bed a few times but always climbed out there too.

I saw Norm head south towards Magic Hill where he got some good climbs and he eventually got up enough to head to El Chante.

Derek landed in the tall grass field near Pemex #2.

I drove down to get the guys and we went for pizzas at Rueben's next to Casa de Marina.





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