FlyBC "Site of the Day" - November 13/2018

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FlyBC is flying at Woodside for the day hoping the winds will switch to pre-frontal.

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11-13-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly at Woodside today after 10 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
PM Showers. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is open today at 10am, hoping to fly Woodside.



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Used Gear List: Updated November 12, 2018

Harnesses for Sale:

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $800 without reserve
Gin Verso 2 reversible harness in M size - $600
Ozone Forza L Harness - $1600 CDN without reserve
SupAir Delight 3 M harnesses - $1700 without reserve
Assorted used harnesses from $300 CDN.

Speedwings for Sale:

Ozone Rapido 11 metre - only flown a few times on snow - $1500
Independence Draco 14 - speedwing in green - $1500 CDN

Paragliders for Sale:

SupAir EONA (S) - EN-A demo wing - $2900 CDN without harnesses, all 2018 models
Ozone Atom 3 Small or Large - $3200 CDN - demo wing 2018 models
Ozone Mojo 3 M - used for 30 hours only despite it being 9 years old - $900 CDN.
SupAir Leaf Light M - 85-105 kgs - EN-B - $4000 CDN (demo wing with no flights yet)
Ozone Geo 4 S - EN-B - from 2017 but in perfect shape for Hike & Fly - $2000
Ozone Geo 4 MS - EN-B - from 2015 but in perfect shape for Hike & Fly - $1500
Ozone Buzz Z5 ML - 1 year old in perfect shape in custome Yellow\Blue Colour - $2800 CDN
Ozone Buzz Z4 ML - EN-B - from 2013 but it has only 5 flights on it - $2000
Ozone Rush 4 MS (2 to choose from with under 10 hours) - $2650 CDN
Ozone Rush 4 ML (1 to choose from with under 100 hours) - $2800 CDN
Ozone Swift 4 MS - 2016 Model - $1500 - great shape
Ozone Swift 4 L - 2017 Model - $2800 - great shape in red/dark red available on Dec 1
AirDesign Rise 3 Demo - M - 85-105 kgs - blue - just a few demo flights - $4200 CDN
SupAir Taska S - Red - 30 hours - 75-95 kgs - EN-C - $3000 CDN


Paramotors for sale:

Kangook Lite Frame with HE125 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $4500 CDN including taxes with only 15 hours of run time.

Kangook Lite Frame with Compact Radial MZ100 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $6000 CDN including taxes with only 4 hours of run time.

Kangook Lite Frame with SkyEngines 110 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for $500. $8000 CDN including taxes with only 2 hours of run time.

BlackHawk 125Lite Paramotor the new 125Lite Paramotor, 5 lbs lighter than the previous model - $7995 USD with Core glider of your size. BlackHawk 125 Lite Paramotor

11-12-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly at Woodside today if the front arrives before dark

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 12C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we were not planning to fly due to outflow here at Woodside and strong NE winds forecast for Savona.

It was a good call as Lucas and Martin N bagged one flight at 2 pm, with very light launch cycles.



Lucas also had time to write his P-2 Exam, a final step towards certification.

Reports from students Harald & Kyle who camped at Savona said the winds were way too strong to fly all day.

11-11-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly at Cache creek today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly cloudy. High 12C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Road Trip Report - we headed up to Coyote near the Ashcroft Manor and found the gates locked.

Apparently the ranchers are tired of people chewing up the hillsides in quads and motorcycles?

We did gain access by begging and got to launch to find it calm and cross but Kyle, Lucas, Mike and James all flew off twice before we headed to Savona.

Savona has the advantage of a short hike up the Dump Ridge for multiple flights and the Kamloops windtalker was showing 7-10 k of east wind.

We arrived at 230 pm, to find +25 kph of wind and no one had to hike up because it was soarable and top-landable til dark!

Here Kyle and Lucas are soaring together with ease. Perfect launching conditions and cold, dense air made soaring easy.



Everyone got to soar and practice high wind kiting. Mike got his first Savona flight and did a top-landing too.

Mike's friend Alex arrived today for his first day of kiting and was able to reverse kite and reverse launch by the end of the day. He also kited forward for 2-3 minutes with little help from me!

By the end of day Kyle had 7 Savona flights and 2 Coyote flights and is flying very well.

Lucas lost track of his Savona flights but he was at 25 flights at Coyote as was James. Today was a big graduation day for them.

11-10-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly around 10 am as soon as the clouds lift

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly cloudy. High 12C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we headed up the mountain at 11 am and the clouds started forming out front and blocked us in for about 30 minutes.

We started launching at noon and the students had great first flights with some light thermals.

The second flights at 1 pm were even better with up to an hour of soaring.



The local pros were out and enjoying up to 2 hours of thermalling up to 980 metres.

We went up just after 2 pm for a set of 3 tandems but we were denied as it started to blow down the mountain. We did wait for about 40 minutes but it just never happened.

11-9-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly around 3 pm but the clouds look quite low

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Periods of rain ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of drizzle. High plus 5. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - we were hoping to fly Woodside but the clouds stayed low and it drizzled all day long.

11-8-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly and it may be soarable by 1 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Showers Early. Low 4C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at noon, hoping to fly Woodside but folks did not go up until 1 pm.

Derek, Andrei, Shaun G and Blake went up and had a tough fight to stay up more than 30 minutes. At least Shaun got to fly his new Gin Explorer!

I was working with the carpenter on decks and such and could not come flying with the boys.

Andrei helped retrieve Derek's truck and Blake & Shaun got one more flight to cap off the day.

11-8-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly and it may be flyable by 1 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 9C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at noon, hoping to fly Woodside but it was howling from the North most of the day.

I sent Lucas out with the 14 metre Speedwing to kite, as it was too strong for a full sized wing.

Amin & Sean arrived at 1 pm and they were kiting regular wings by then.

We had two tandems to do and Brad and I got the gear ready and we loaded up the loaner Transit Van and we were on top by 2 pm.

Some up cycles but mostly leeside conditions.

The Eagles were soaring in smooth thermals though!

Amin launched on his brand new Gin Bonanza 2 and started climbing.

Brad launched with Meilana and they were thermalling in front of launch.

Derek was next followed by Lucas & Sean, and everyone was soaring around.

I got my tandem set up and all we had was downcycles for about 15 minutes. But we got a puff and we were off and soaring too.

I headed straight out to the Valley where Derek was still soaring around with some eagles.

We had a magical flight and we could fly anywhere in the valley as it was no wind and lifty everywhere. Some of the thermals were quite punchy too. But short-lived.



We set up for a west wind approach, odd for Eagle Ranch but it was outflow.

After we landed we heard from Kevin who was up on launch and waiting for cycles. He did get off with a forward launch but missed the good valley lift as the sun sets fast these days.

11-6-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly between showers and it may be soarable by 1 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
40% Precip. / 6.27 mm Showers. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at 10 am, hoping to fly Woodside but we had rain and high winds til 3 pm.

Lucas arrived and exclaimed that he could see launch, so we prepared and headed up the hill around 4 pm.

Low cloudbase behind launch but launch was open.

We got Lucas ready and there were launchable lulls that lasted 2 - 3 minutes! Perfect!

Lucas was off and soaring but went too far north for the strength of the wind so we focussed on staying upwind and he climbed high with ease even further out.



I drove down and was able to watch Lucas' approach as it was very buoyant.

11-5-18
FlyBC is hoping to fly between showers and it may be soarable by 1 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
40% Precip. / 6.27 mm Showers. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Monsoon Report - FlyBC was open today at 10 am, hoping to fly Woodside but the weather proved far too wet.

11-4-18
FlyBC is doubtful about any flying today with the RASP showing strong winds and the forecast calling for Thunderstorms

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this morning. Windy. High 15. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was closed due to high winds in the forecast.

11-3-18
FlyBC is doubtful about any flying today with the RASP showing strong winds and the forecast calling for Thunderstorms

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this morning. Windy. High 15. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Monsoon Report - FlyBC was closed and no roadtrips due to BC rains.

11-2-18
FlyBC is doubtful about any flying today with the RASP showing strong winds and the forecast calling for Thunderstorms

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this morning. Windy. High 15. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC got rained out and even the Interior looked wet.

11-1-18
FlyBC is closed due to heavy rains

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rainfall Warning.100 percent chance of showers this morning. High 12. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - I headed up to Whistler to deliver the brown Van to a new owner and had lunch with Jack C who drove me back to Vancouver. From downtown I took the Westcoast Express out to Mission (if I had to commute from Vancouver this is a sweet way to travel).

10-31-18
FlyBC is closed due to rain

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this morning. High 12. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Monsoon Report - FlyBC was closed and it was too wet for any chores.

10-30-18
FlyBC is hoping to get a few flights at Woodside today between showers

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this morning. High 12. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at noon as soon as the clouds lifted and it was soarable.

Lucas had two soaring flights on the Nova Mentor 3 demo, and he got well above launch both times. In fact, he got so high he had to pull "big ears" to descend before he got "whited out".

The second flight had quite strong cycles but the Savona practice days prepared Lucas well for the conditions today.



Check off: Soaring Rules, Soaring Techniques, Descent Techniques, Strong Wind Launches.

10-29-18
FlyBC is hoping to get a few flights at Woodside today between showers.

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Showers ending early this morning then mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 12. UV index 1 or low.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at 10 am, hoping to get a few flights before it rains.

And we did get two flights in with Lucas, our sole student today as he closes in on 15 flights.



By the time Lucas had packed up from the last flight it was starting to drizzle so we called the day.

10-27-18
FlyBC is open today at 8 am for a road trip, meet us in Ashcroft

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southwest 30 this afternoon. High 12.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Roadtrip Report - we did an Interior Road Trip to Ashcroft & Savona and it was very productive.

By the end of the day Kyle & Lucas got between 8 and 9 flights. Kyle stopped for a sandwich while Lucas had one extra flight.



10-27-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for flying

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 13. UV index 2 or low.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we had great kiting winds in the LZ today but lots of NE wind on launch.

Justin K flew down at 1130 and had a great flight until he hit Scary Corner. He did not like the air over the LZ!

We kited til 430 pm, and when we thought it was blowing up the mountain, we headed up to see +30 kph cycles over the back. Easy choice to not wait.

10-26-18
FlyBC is open today at 9 am for ground school but it is too windy in BC to fly anywhere so we are staying home

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain ending late this afternoon then cloudy. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 14.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at 9 am, for ground school only til noon. It rained hard all day so just did some indoor chores and worked on the bus.

10-25-18
FlyBC is open today at 9 am for lessons, heading east if it rains

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 12.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Coyote Report - we were flying by noon up in Cache Creek area avoiding the coastal rains.

We arrived to sunny skies and almost soarable NE winds which lasted all day.

Clark, Peter & Wayne met us up there and Lucas (here for Day 1) & Brad (Day 5) also drove up with me in the new bus.

We had three rounds of flights and quit flying around 4 pm, so we could get back before dark.

Nice flying from everyone with just a few aborts and a couple of small incidents flying off course into gulleys, etc.

10-24-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
30% Precip. / 0.00 mm AM Showers. High 13C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we had a great day, the first one in a few weeks with inflow winds.

Brad & Archer are doing great and they had three high flights, with a paramotor flight each on the BlackHawk 125 Lite motor with fancy carbon fiber prop. They did perfectly on the paramotor training flight, which we expect after 18 free flights with good form.



Later we were joined by Derek & Dennie who climbed out on the South Knoll.

Dennie is "Falling in Love" with his new AirDesign Volt 3!

October has been a great month for training.

10-23-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we were doing ground school sessions on the effect of wind on glide ratios and the use of speed bar.

This in case the winds pick up as forecasted today.

We went up the hill at noon and we had 3 students flying and launching well in light cycles.

Martin, Sam and others waited until we got back up for round 2 as there was no lift.

Archer, Brad & Andrew flew off again and only Brad got any bubbles.

I drove down and Martin was still not laid out.

I collected the students and we were headed back up to what I hoped were soarable conditions and we saw Sam parked over Hwy 7 getting buffetted around before he turned and landed at the HG LZ. Martin was already in the ground in the same LZ.

A perfect example of "getting parked" in +30 kph of wind.

After that the rest of the gang on launch waited and waited they finally had to drive down as it turned SE and unlaunchable.

I took the students to Mission and they kited for two hours and got 3-4 flights off the hill too.



The RASP was wrong today with the wind layers down low being higher and no wind on launch.

10-22-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - outflow did stop by noon.

Dennie was in charge on top launching the 5-6 students we had today.

No lift but perfect conditions for perfecting the aircraft approach.

Colleen & I did two tandems in light conditions but the passengers loved the ride as they have done some training hill flights in Germany but never had a high flight.

Archer was here for his first day of training and had a great first landing.

Four flights for the students today and it was very light at launch and they had awesome launches and landings.

10-21-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at 10 am, outflow should have stopped by noon but it was more like 2 pm before we could launch so we stayed in the Eagle Ranch LZ kiting in South winds??

We had nine students and they were kiting well in the south flows, odd because it was blowing +20 kh from the North in Agassiz.



We focussed on reverse launches in the LZ and everyone caught on quite quickly.

We took two van loads up at 2 pm and had to wait for cycles. Andrei and a tandem passenger had been up on launch since noon, so we didn't miss anything.

The new Bus is working well with a DuraMax diesel to get up the hill with lots of power.



It was a busy scene on launch today.



When we got Colleen ready for her tandem we had to wait for a launchable cycle and she and Moritz were off.

I got ready with Julie and we had one abort when my helmet caught a line, but the next cycle we were off and running hard to get off the ground in light winds.

Julie flew the entire flight and we only hit a few bumps in the smooth autumn air.

Great student conditions if Dennie can get them all off before it turns leeside again.

Dennie did in fact get 8 of the 9 students airborne and they all had great approaches and landings, some for the first time in the air.

Only Andrew was denied but he took lots of video of his brother and others which should soon be published here.

Meanwhile the gloat reports from Mt. Cheam Saturday were coming in with 2500 metre climbs and long glises out to the Rosedale High School to vote in the Chilliwack election.

Mt Cheam from Jonathan Pettersen on Vimeo.

10-20-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at 10 am, and we had five new students arrive on top of the three already in their P-2 lesson rotation.

Dennie took the latter three to launch at 11 am, while I worked with the newbies in the Eagle Ranch LZ in perfect conditions with 10-15 kph of SE wind.

All five did very well right away, and were ready to launch by 1 pm.

They also got to see many great landing approaches while they were kiting, formulating the procedures in their minds.

We had a tandem at 2 pm, so Colleen took Bernice while Dennie and I wrangled the students on top. Light lift meant Colleen would be in the LZ to receive the new students on their first landing.



This photo shows the inversion late in the day.

We did three student rounds finishing up at 530 pm, as the cycles died off but everyone did very well today!

Dennie got to fly his new airDesign Volt3 custom colored wing three time tooday, and this is Jacel & Dennie racing to the LZ on full bar!



Good thing I got the new Bus back from the spring shop for Saturday as we had the Van & Bus full on each run up the mountain.

10-19-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we had a great day with the students, who all flew 4 flights with varied approaches as there was no wind in the air, but great SE wind in the LZ.

Winds on top were light earlier but we had reversible cycles after flight #2.

Newest student Kyle prefers launching reverse so he did all his launches that way regardless of the wind, which worked because he was on the Atom 3 L.

Andrew is attempting to catch up to Geordon who got signed off while Andrew was travelling in Korea for work, and he logged four more great flights on our used Buzz Z4 ML today.

Andrew is working on an electric paramotor using his drone engineering knowledge and we are eager to see it fly.

10-18-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for paramotor lessons

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we had new student Kyle start his solo training after a nice tandem last weekend with Colleen.

Kyle and I spent 2 hours in the LZ kiting in perfect East winds and he is a strong launcher!

After a rest and a landing briefing, we headed up the hill with a full Van of students and P-2 pilots and arrived to nice cycles for a change.

Kyle launched first to test the air for the others!



We did three rounds of flights and the last flight was reverse launchable, so Kyle did his first reverse launch beautifully.

We also had John W trying out his new Parajet Light Cage and he had a great flight climbing up to launch to check the wind for us.



Fortunately, we did not video his landing! LOL!

10-17-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for paramotor lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today at 10 am, and hoping the outflow would stop by noon.

It was flyable by 1 pm, with very light cycles, but everyone had great launches and easy flights.

The wind in the LZ was nice for reverse kiting between flights.

10-16-18
FlyBC is open today at 10 am for paramotor lessons, Bev is available for shuttles until Oct 27th

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Mt Cheam Report - Alex R and gang headed up Cheam while we were waiting for the outflow to subside.

While I was launching students on 146.415 MHZ I overheard the folks getting high at Cheam.

They topped out at 2800 metres and flew to Brad H's farm.

Meanwhile the pilots at Woodside were getting extended sleddies in the inversion.

10-15-18
FlyBC is closed today for errands

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High near 20C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was closed today doing errands, and the outflow didn't stop til 3 pm.

Bev shuttled a gang up Woodside with Jacek flying his new Ozone Alpina 3.

Carlos, Rob H, Bev all flew too with Norm driving down as it looked too stable.

Jacek managed a 16 minute flight though.



10-14-18
FlyBC is open after 10 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 18C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we started the day doing ground handling with Kalina, who has done some kiting with her boyfriend. She was kiting the Ozone Atom 3 Small and doing a fantastic job right away.

We spent about two hours out in the LZ while eaiting for the outflow to abate on launch.

We then went into the classroom for an intensive landing briefing with pictures and video.

By now there were 12 pilots waiting around to fly and Kalina & Thierry were the only students today so I had a light load.

When we got up to launch there was another school getting ready to launch a first flight and we had good cycles.

Thierry launched first and did a nice reverse launch after practiing in the LZ all weekend.

Kalina got to the launch spot and did a perfect forward launch. Colleen was in the LZ and guided her in.

We went back up at 2 pm to take Don for his birthday tandem. Colleen got the honours of taking Don tandem, flying the Ozone Swiftmax tandem because Do is a bigger guy.

With launch quite cluttered with gliders and other students, I had Kalina launch from the backmost section of launch and she did very well again.



We went up one last time to help people retrieve their trucks and Colleen flew solo trying yet another harness (because I sold her Delight 2 to Bev). Colleen stayed in the air, so I guided Kalina's third landing from launch. Kalina ended up with three high flights on her first day. She is planning to go to Mexico in November so we need to get her signed off soon!

10-13-18
FlyBC is closed due to NE winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 17C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was closed due to the NE winds.

So we worked on the new shuttle rig, removing the wheelchair lift and some low hanging accessories. Thanks to Bev & Norm for the manual labour.

The bus is headed to the shop for a 3 inch lift and a factory skidplate for the oil pan on Thursday.

Amazingly, some folks flew Pemby where the outflow must have been light as they flew to Goat and back.

10-12-18
FlyBC is open at 10 am for students and shuttles

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had five students and another 10-12 pilots flying Woodside today.

We had low cloudbase at noon, but we flew and some students got to practice big-ears for the first time.

By 5 pm we had done 3 rounds and the students were getting tired so we shut it down.

10-11-18
FlyBC is open at noon Tuesday for towing or ground handling but it looks too windy from the NE for flying until after 2 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High 16C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were open at 2 pm and we arrived to see 6 gliders high over Woodside.

By the time we got organized to take students and a tandem up to fly, most of the pilots were on the ground.

Colleen took Fatima tandem on the new Gin Osprey Tandem, and they did some thermalling over the South Knoll in the light lift.

Students Sean (28 flights) and Ryan (2 flights) took off after Colleen and Ryan found some thermals to play in.

Sean has enough flights and hours but still has to write his P-2 Exam before he can be signed off.

Shaun G and Derek K stayed aloft for 1:30 in the light lift, working hard.

10-10-18
FlyBC is open at noon Tuesday for towing or ground handling but it looks too windy from the NE for flying

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Clearing in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open at noon but we expected the outflow to be too strong to fly Woodside.

I made it back from Pemby at 10 am into Chilliwack after a gorgeous flight along Harrison Lake in the cessna 337 after overnighting in Pemby.

We did get a few flights off around 3 pm with Martin N, Denham & Tom G flying in the outflow but it was not student friendly so Michael just had to kite today.

10-9-18
FlyBC is open at noon Tuesday for towing or ground handling but it looks too windy from the NE for flying

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Clearing in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open at noon but had outflow too strong to fly Woodside.

So I instead fired up the Skymaster and flew a load of gear up to Pemberton.

I arrived just at 630 pm as legal sunset arrived and tied up for the night and stayed at the fabulous PemHo Inn.

There was also no one to get fuel from at the airport so I did not want to risk flying back on 1/2 tanks. Another 32 minute flight up to Pemby from Chilliwack.

10-8-18
FlyBC is closed until Tuesday due to rain and family time

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 14. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was closed due to the rain. Cloudbase was at 50 metres when we arrived at the Ranch.

10-7-18
FlyBC is closed until Tuesday due to rain and family time

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. High 14. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was closed due to the rain. We drove up to Spences Bridge to have Turkey Dinner and it was raining there too.

10-6-18
FlyBC is open at 10 am for business but it looks like outflow til noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly Sunny. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Chilliwack to Pemby Report - Derek & I hopped in the Cessna T337B and flew to Pemberton to drop off some gear to Guy H.

It was clear and sunny at CYCW when we left.



We flew straight north along Harrison Lake and it was smooth despite the strong north winds on the lake.



There is new snow enroute after the last cold front moved thru the region.



As we got further north there was ground fog in the valleys.



The flight time north was calculated at 33 minutes and we were on time over Lilooett Lake South but could just see bits of the lake thru the fog.



Further north we could see the Mt Curry Lands and it was sunny and clear there.



But as we got closer to Pemby Airport it was solid fog layers.

We did some passes over launch and waited for the fog to clear but after three passes it was clearly not safe to land as we could see the numbers on Runway 25 but not further west.

After the passes we texted Guy that we were bailing and headed south back to CYCW.

On our approach to CYCW we flew over Evans Road and Martin N's house.



This is the output track from our ADSB-out transponder captured by FlightAware.





Woodside Report - when we arrived back at Eagle Ranch, the parking lot was filling up.

I only had a few students today so it was mostly shuttling other pilots up as Michael & Sean are doing well with their progress and don't need much attention getting setup on launch.

We did three runs and Michael was out-climbing some other experienced pilots and he is vario-less at this point. The Leaf Light he is flying is perfectly loaded at his weight.

Sean launched his second launch and got away clean and we turned to help Michael get ready when we heard over the radio "I am okay in a tree below launch" from Sean!

Apparently he decided to do a 360 close to launch and hit sink and ended up in the clearcut below unscathed and was getting his wing out of a tree.

Tip of the Day - never 360 close to terrain or trees. Always use Figure-8s so you can plan your escape. I say this so often that I think it will sink in, but apparently some folks have to learn the hard way!

Meanwhile, other pilots were getting 2 hours of airtime and some were top-landing to warm up. A great day all around!

10-5-18
FlyBC is open at 10 am for business but it looks drizzly and wet til late in the day.

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - it was raining lightly all day at Woodside.

10-4-18
FlyBC is open at 10 am for flights

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly sunny. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we opened up at 10 am but it was kiting time until noon as we had mild outflow on launch.

Once the cycles started up pilots were launching and staying up.



Derek, Norm & Martin N logged over three hours of airtime.

Students were enjoying hour long flights under Dennie's expert guidance while I was in the LZ landing the newbies.



The 2 Martin's both top-landed to drive trucks down.

New student Ryan from Chilliwack got his first two solo flights in today! He spent most of the day on the training hill showing his wife how to kite and then sent flying with her watching from both top and bottom during his flights.

Even Colleen got to fly after a long day of conference calls, but the last flight was mostly light bubbles of lift.



Meanwhile our roving Instructor's Kevin & Brad are enjoying a few weeks in France where they visited Ozone and went flying with the Ozone Team.



10-3-18
FlyBC is closed until Wednesday for lessons

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. North wind 10-15 k. Temperature steady near 13. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

300 metres
XC Report - FlyBC was closed today due to outflow winds.

But I did fly the Skymaster to Grand Forks to pick up a buyer for the Lil Buzzard.

Left Chilliwack at 830 am and rolled into Grand Forks at 940 am, for a 1:10 flight over snow covered peaks.

We headed straight back and arrived in Chilliwack at 10:50 am, and it was still windy near Harrison Lake.



10-2-18
FlyBC is closed until Wednesday for lessons

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Temperature steady near 13. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

300 metres
Rain Report - FlyBC is closed today due to heavy rains.

10-1-18
FlyBC is closed until Wednesday for lessons

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Temperature steady near 13. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

300 metres
Rain Report - FlyBC was closed today due to heavy rains.

9-30-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

300 metres
Woodside Report - heavy rains all day and we could barely see Harrison Highlands in the fog. Expect this pattern until Wednesday.

9-29-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - more strong outflow as the front arrives on the coast.

Neighbour Randy helped me bury the powerline to the Barn today and clean up the underground junction boxes in the driveway. The overhead wires have been a hazard for trucks delivering stuff so we moved thrm with a new feed with higher capacity.

It started spitting rain around noon, but we were finished before the rain really started after 5 pm.

Rain is forecast until Wednesday/Thursday.

9-28-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today for students but strong outflow kept us on the ground.

But the WCSC Meeting proved a sell-out as Igor & Alex regaled us in stories and pictures from their epic XC flights this summer.

Alex did a 200 km XC flight from rainbow Mtn in Whistler on July 22nd!

Then Igor went for a 245 km XC flight from Miller Ridge hike-up site . . . three days in a row!

9-27-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today for students but strong outflow kept us on the ground.

9-26-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we had light outflow on launch at 10 am, but by 11 am we were flying with 5 students of varying experience.

Geordon is 2 flights awy from signoff and was thermalling well on his new Swift 4.

Sean logged his 25th and graduation flight, but sadly scratched too low and landed in Duncan's hayfield on his 25th flight so we have to do a few more flights and his P-2 exam soon.

The Van was full on every ride up as many were out enjoying the sunny weather but of course the weekend weather looks dismal again.

Tip of the Day: Make sure you pick up the correct wing bag, so you don't have to fly a tandem glider down solo instead of your Leaf Light Small!

9-25-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we did not think it would be flyable til noon as outflow was forecasted and it was windy in Agassiz at 9 am, but we launched the first flights at 11 am into nice cycles and the air was very buoyant.

We only had Bruce and Mark flying today as students as Aaron came down with food poisoning (his own food!), and Jim twisted an ankle on landing yesterday ao he took a day off to recuperate.

Dennie was doing launch coaching and I was landing coach for the first flights and the landings are going well.

Here is Bruce setting up his downwind leg on the Atom3 L (we only use current gliders in our stdent fleet to enhance student performance quickly).



The students did four runs today and it was very smooth in the air, great for building confidence.

9-24-18
FlyBC is flying every day this week as fall arrives and it dries out

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Clearing. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 19. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today for some new pilots and the parking lot was full with other pilots and visitors.

The first flights were short but by 2 pm everyone stayed up for over an hour as they did on the third round of flights!

The new students were doing well and Aaron got over an hour on his third flight thermalling like a pro and staying safely out of other pilots way.

James received his new SupAir Step glider and we very impressed by its performance. He was flying next to Geordon on the Swift 4 and climbing better at times and it is definitely fast.

In two hours of thermalling today he did not have even a tip collapse on the Step.

It floats!





Step Review from Ziad

Supair STEP EN-B size S

The Step is Supair’s new high B glider. The Step with an aspect ratio of 5.7, has a shark nose, and a refined unsheathed set on lines. With this look and construction Supair looks serious about performance gain…Lets see…

The take off is calm, and doesn’t have a tendency to overshoot, unless the pilot don’t use a little brake.

I flew the S size (70-90) from 85 to 90 all up. This test concern this size with the mentioned loadings. Other sizes ‘could’ be different and flying the S size in different loads at the beginning of the range ‘could’ differ. Just to be specific. This test is an idea . Test flying is best !

I also flew the S size with different harnesses, one GTO light M and one Delight 3 M. In strong air at higher altitude sites, the combination of GTO Light and the Step are very different from the Delight 3 /Step combination, in matter of roll movements and pilot correction when encountering strong turbulence. The GTO light allow to feel the sharp movements under the Step, and gave me slightly more workout than a Mentor 5 XS, or the Chili 4 if both flown with the GTO Light. Flying the Delight 3 M size with the Step was completely different and the Step was very auto-controlled by that harness in sudden lifts and sharp thermals. The Step felt a need to be controlled slightly more than the M5 XS. It feels slightly similar to the Chili4 S (75-95). The Rush 5, S (70-90) is calmer and tamer than the others. The Step handling and brake authority are more defined than the M5 XS which is a bit less informative and not as linear as the Step. The Rush 5 S is slightly harder, with less travel, and lesser agility. The Chili 4 S is sharper, shorter in travel than the Step with close agility. Overall the Step is an agile glider with a linear and pleasurable feel on the brakes.

Supair of course designed that harness with the Step, and i humbly recommend that you try the Step with the Delight 3 in order to feel that difference.

The Step has a moderate to light feel on the brakes without any hard point. After the 10 cm gap away from the pulleys, the Step can be steered lightly with 20 cm of brake travel for swift but mellower turning radius. Lowering the brakes at the carabiner level, will induce a corkscrew turn enabling very tight turns. This feature is not available on the M5, Rush 5, and even the agile Chili4 ! The Step has the genes of the little Leaf in terms of turning radius ! The overall pilot level over the Leaf is a step and a half !

I flew next to a Mentor 5 XS (70-90) that has the same size as the Step, and we were similarly loaded. Best way to compare and comment.

The Step climbs really well…Knowing that the M5 XS is a super climber, i cannot but confirm that the Step felt super competitive with an edge ! The ability for the Step to tighten the turning radius is an efficient way to climb in narrow cores. The Step has a very slight pitch back, sometimes un noticeable. I felt that i could be more efficient when i flew the Step at max weight ! the climb didn’t suffer at all, and i was still climbing like a spring without any pitch momentum.

Doing some glides with the same mentor 5 XS , lifted my eyebrows over my sunglasses !

The Step is a serious gliding machine, and we were both inseparable in glide at trim, at half bar, even at top speed. The Step has 13 km/h over trim taken at 1000 ASL.

The handles on the C are efficient on this 3 liner in moderate conditions. Applying half to full bar, in moving conditions, and controlling with the C handles, i was able to prevent most pitch situations.

The leading edge felt very well pressurized. It was hard to pull on the A lines to induce a collapse at trim speed. St full bar the leading edge flutters a bit , but it feels solid.

Big ears are stable. They have a moderate efficiency and they reopen quickly without any input.

Conclusion: IMHO, Supair has made their best glider till date for overall package it has to offer. Climb like a devil, glide like the top high B, handles super well…fast enough for a high B…what can i say more … If you want my opinion … A demo should be considered as your next step :-)

Cheers,

Ziad
9-23-18
FlyBC is hoping it stays dry at Woodside for first flights

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
20% Precip. / 0.00 mm AM Clouds/PM Sun. High near 15C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was open today for some new pilots who spent the past two days kiting and doing ground school sessions and it paid off as they all got their first solo flight in late in the day. It was a great day for soaring as Martin N found out as he soared for an hour on the north cliffs at 800 metres.

He took a different line out to the Ranch and arrived over the valley at 1100 metres.



Meanwhile I was launching students after Bev, Colleen & Eric G flew.



It took some time to get straight lulls for the students as it was very cross from the North, but Aaron & Bruce got their first flights done on the path to paramotoring.

Thanks to the strong backs that helped install our pool liner which did weigh in at 700 pounds, as we had 6 people pulling and straining and finally got it in place with many bruised and blistered knuckles. Thanks Guys! Pool party might have to wait til Spring though?

9-22-18
FlyBC is doing a ground school course

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain at times heavy changing to a few showers this morning. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 16. UV index 2 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Eagle Ranch Report - we were doing ground school on Saturday for new pilots and we managed to get out in the LZ to kite a few times between big storms, lots of wet wings in the Barn but the newbies got the wings up and ran across the field several times.

9-21-18
FlyBC is closed Friday as the forecast is not looking great anywhere in BC

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain at times heavy changing to a few showers this morning. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 16. UV index 2 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was closed Friday and we went in to town to do errands, quite wet on the drive in.

9-20-18
FlyBC is hopefully flying by 10 am here at Woodside but the forecast is not lookng great so maybe Savona is better

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we decided Woodside looked flyable so we went up at 11 am and Jim & Harald both had a nice flight.



We were partway up the mountain for flight #2 when it started raining so back to the Barn for some ground school.

We are planning to fly Sunday and if you are out I am looking for a few strong backs to help install our pool liner whuch apparently weighs in at 700 pounds, but it must be less because Norm and I moved it a few feet off the pallet. It should only take 15 minutes to align it over the hole.

9-19-18
FlyBC is doing a morning ground school session and hopefully flying by 10 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 18. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - Dennie was in charge on launch for us today managing Jim & Harald on their third day of solo flights.

They got two good flights before it got windy and sinky around 4 pm.

They spent the afternoon kiting and getting tuned up for tomorrow, as it never calmed down before sunset.

Other pilots were out geting nice flights with Norm & Martin N tied for longest flights.

9-18-18
FlyBC is doing a morning ground school session and hopefully flying by noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we had two new students start out today and they both got in a high flight after a long day of kiting with Dennie.

Jim and Harald were both kiting the Ozone Atom 3 gliders and they were looking good with forward launches and Harald seemed to prefer the reverse technique better after he perfected it.

Jim is here for Paramotor Lessons after he gets a few free flights perfected (we usually recommend 10 free flights before strapping on a motor).

While not as thermic as yesterday the air was good enough for Igor & Vlad to attempt the Raymont Challenge but they were forced to land at Harvest Market on the return leg.



9-17-18
FlyBC is doing a morning ground school session and hopefully flying by noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside WOW Report - we had just two students today and they left very happy at the end of the day, despite only getting three flights.

James was here for flights 7-9 and Geordon is up to flights 15-17.

It was such good air today that they met the 2 hour airtime requirement to be P-2 certified in two flights!

I launched them around noon and they both got 1:30 of airtime with Geordon having to pull "big ears" after hitting some cloud suck.

As forecasted by CanadaRASP, it was leeside in the AM, followed by SW winds up about 5 kph so the thermals were good but not predictable.

James was also doing great and figure out surge control after about 15 minutes. Here are some pictures that we grabbed off the GoPro while I was flying tandem with AJ.



James was on our SupAir EONA S while we are waiting for his new SupAir Step to arrive next week.



AJ was having a great time as we thermalled up to cloudbase but as usual after 20-30 minutes the nausea kicks in on a strong day.

This was AJ just off launch.



We were heading up to launch at around 6 pm when the RCMP turned us around at 2 kms.

There was an abandoned car there that we had seen since noon and apparently someone was either deceased or on the run because they would not let us pass that point.

So the guys were denied their last flight today but they were still pretty happy with the day!

9-16-18
FlyBC is doing a morning ground school session but no flying is likely as a big rain cell hovers nearby

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. High 15. UV index 2 or low.
250° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - we cancelled even the ground school session as it was so wet outside today, and it was very windy in the city as the front rolled through.

9-15-18
FlyBC is hiding out in the rain

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - good day for errands in Chilliwack and for chores back at the Ranch. Heavy rain in the afternoon.

9-14-18
FlyBC is heading inland to avoid the rain

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Coyote Report - FlyBC headed towards Kamloops to avoid the rains.

I had Gabe, Geordon & Andrew onboard and we arrived at Savona to find the winds way too strong to even kite the Atom3 Small glider.

I checked Cache Creek and it looked lighter there so we headed to Coyote for some flying and hopefully some soaring.

The burnt out areas are now regrowing nicely and it was very green up there in desert country after all the rain.

Geordon took off first and had a nice thermalling session out over the flats.

Gabe also caught some thermic lift to the north on the Atom3.



Gabe & Geordon decided to hike back up as Andrew got ready to fly.

Andrew was advised not to hike up by Geordon who said it was not worth the hike!

At the end of the day here they got four flights each.

We then headed back through Savona and it was even windier on all the ridge tops, so we raced home to try Woodside but we arrived too late as the sun sets fast these days.

9-13-18
FlyBC is flying at Woodside hoping for some nice lift

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was planning a noon trip up the mountain for a tandem for Tanya.

Martin, Bev, Alex, Norm, Dennie, Andrei and Tanya headed up at 1 pm as she somehow got lost in Harrison Mills?

It was breezy on top as Martin & Alex launched and got to cloudbase immediately.



I launched the Magnum 2 tandem with Tanya and we too went to the clouds in a few passes.

The clouds were small enough that you could surf the front of them without getting "whited-out".



It was not so windy in the air but it definitely was strong on launch.



We flew for about 30 minutes before a rain cloud was drifting from Cultus towards Woodside so folks were making plans to head east to Harvest, etc.

I figured the best plan for us was to land at the Ranch as Tanya had other plans later and her ride was waiting at the Ranch.

It took about 15 minutes to get out to the Maple Tree field and another 10 minutes to get through the lifty air.

The air over the Ranch was mixed up but wd had a soft landing near the yellow windsock that showed South wind.

Andrie and Dennie also landed at the Ranch as Alex went to Harvest and Martin top-landed.

It did sprinkle after we packed up but it was short-lived and the rest of the afternoon was nice til 5 pm.

We have received word that we are getting a new SupAir STEP demo in M size after Coupe Icare.

9-11-18
FlyBC is heading to Savona at 9 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 18. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was going to do a roadtrip to Savona leaving the Ranch at 9 am but the sky looked good so we stayed at Woodside.

The forecast changed at 7 am and it looked possible to fly til 3 pm.

Light winds and clear skies so we went up Woodside right away and Gabriel had three student flights in perfect conditions.

Bev flew too and bagged a couple of flights.

Then we took the Blackhawk 125 demo paramotor out to the field and Gabriel got his third paramotor flight but it was a bit windy so it was a short 15 minute flight with a perfect launch and landing.

Then as I started working on my Van suspension it started to rain. But a good day with four student flights despite the ugly forecast.

9-10-18
FlyBC did a roadtrip to Savona

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 18. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - we were on a roadtrip to Savona with Gabriel hoping for his first paramotor flight.

Meanwhile back at the Ranch it cleared up around noon enough for Bev to bag a flight, but it was short and it started raining after she landed.

But in Savona it was blue skies and light winds and Gabriel had a Toilet Bowl soaring flight to start.

I left him kiting in SW winds at the International LZ while I went to buy gas.

It was barely kiteable sso I suggested I show him our favourite Dump Site and we arrived to the same SW winds and we set him up with a Blackhawk Paramotor to kite and get used to the hook in points.

Within minutes the winds switched to almost soarable NE winds so we turned him around and he did some inflations.

He was doing so well it was time for the motor!

Gabriel did a perfect reverse launch for his first paramotor flight and was soon soaring overhead.

He had a short 10 minute flight with a perfect landing.

He did another flawless launch and was soon high in some nice thermals.



This landing was okay but he had to do a crosswind turn to avoid flying off the edge of the hill.

The drive back on Hwy 5 was scary with lots of rain and some hail near Hope.

9-9-18
FlyBC is closed as there is a lot of rain in the forecast

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 18. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - rained out Sunday so we did chores.

9-8-18
FlyBC is back training today at noon at Woodside but we are expecting some low cloud to be hanging around

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A few showers ending early this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we did some ground school and harness fitting while the clouds hung low over launch, but magically by noon the clouds lifted as forecasted by SpotWX.

Only Gabriel here today but we got him three flights including two on the Swift 4 demo.

Bev flew after Gabriel and got some lift on the first flight but after that it was just sleddies.



Looks like rain on Sunday so maybe a roadtrip to Savona on Monday?



Some nice footage from Friday from Andrew's drone while Geordon was flying into the Ranch.



9-7-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside but we are expecting some rain later in the day

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain late this afternoon. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - Wow! What a great day with some excellent students!

We had eight students for most of the day and most got three flights before the rain rolled in.

Smooth buoyant conditions and little wind made for long flights.

The Bronco and Bev's truck were doing laps and we managed to get everyone up the mountain safely.

Even Martin N & Norm flew today working the light lift.

The students were doing perfect approaches and landings in light SE winds at the Eagle Ranch LZ. No outlanding allowed today as the Duncan's fields north of us are getting sprayed.

I did finally get the Van back from the shop today, new bushings in the torsion bar crossmember and new ball joints on the right side after only 8000 kms after the last set. Ready for student hauling as we expect a busy September.

9-6-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a great training day with six students and lots of runs up the mountain.

Dennie was doing the launch duties and I was landing the newbies, but by 2 flights they were doing pretty good on the approaches.

Martin N went up around noon and managed to get 2 hard fought hours of light thermalling.

Geordon was test flying the Swift 4 MS and figured out how to thermal quite well for his 4th high flight.

Yesterday Gabriel lost his phone during a flight and was trying to find it with "Google Find My Phone" and the geo-location kept changing, but by 6 pm he had found a high confidence location and after his last flight, he trekked into the bush and found his phone. It survived a 500 metre fall with just some scrapes to the back. Sounds like an LG commercial in the making.

9-5-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside but we are getting some outflow winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started our student flights after noon as there are outflow conditions in Agassiz early on, but oddly we had perfect SE kiting conditions all morning.

We had three student rounds and even Bev, Norm, Justin & Cheryl came out to fly their new harnesses.

Conditions were very "boaty" despite the smoke and inversion layer at launch elevation.

You can see how hazy it was on the first flights in this picture of John on his new SupAir EONA2.



Conditions on launch were perfect for forward or reserve inflations. The new students, Geordon & Andrew, were doing great reverse launches on their first flights today.

Owen is now up to four high flights in two days, and he likes to go last and he was rewarded with a nice glassoff flight today with lifty but smooth conditions and a flock of geese to end his day on a "high note".



The only casualty of the day was Gabriel losing his cell phone somewhere between the Highlands and the Ranch (in flight). We used "Find my Android" through Google and the last ping was in the Highlands.

Tip of the Day: Secure your phone with a lanyard or into a zippered pocket.

9-4-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we could not start kiting until after 2 pm due to strong NW outflow winds of +30 kph.

And then it calmed down nicely and the guys got to kite til 5 pm, and then they were ready for their first high flights!

John E went home early and missed the flight but he already has 6 high flights.

So it was just Gabriel and Owen who got to fly.



9-3-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is back in business today, and it was quite busy with 4 students and four mountain flights today.

Highlight of the day: Dennie was taking Thierry's son Thomas for a tandem so he launched Thierry first and told him to wait in the thermals while Dennie launched. Cycles were bad and Dennie took about 30 minutes to get launched and meanwhile Thierry stayed aloft above launch with no guidance. And then they got to fly together.

9-2-18
FlyBC is back training today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we only got some early mountain flights as it got windy this afternoon.

Colleen took Augustina tandem on the Rush 4 XL and they flew until Augustina got motion sick, landing at the Ranch is strong +20 k winds.



We shut down the students after that report with the exception of Greg S who was going for his 25th flight and sign off so he flew to Harvest Market with Norm.

Lots of good kiting later in the day and even at 6 pm it was too windy to fly safely so we sent everyone home.



Belated Benny Report - apparently a large group went to Lower Benny a few days back and only Martin N, Kevin A & Mike M got away and went XC towards Woodside.

Some very experienced pilots got flushed and landed in the bailout LZ.

Martin said it was tough going as he launched first but eventually he found a good climb and was away.

Was is good piloting or the superior Ozone Gliders these guys were all flying? Mike and a Swift 4, Martin on a Swift 4 also and Kevin on an Alpina 3. I think a bit of both!

9-1-18
FlyBC is back training today, but we may not do any mountain flights as we need to get everyone tuned up on the ground

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back in business today, and lots of students arrived to get their high flights.

Unfortunately, it got too windy in the afternoon for students after they got one great flight at noon.

Greg had an hour of thermalling and is very near his 25th flight and passed his P-2 exam today.

Great kiting conditions in the afternoon, but the experienced pilots that flew after 1 pm did not like the landing conditions, but as Norm said "you could go up everywhere".





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