FlyBC "Site of the Day" - April 11 - 2021

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FlyBC says Woodside is gonna be great all week

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4-11-2021
Woodside is getting some sun today and it is gonna be busy at Woodside as the RASP looks really good


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing this morning. High 13. UV index 6 or high.
Agassiz:
240° @ 5 kph after noon

-3.0°C (stable)

1400 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is back at Eagle Ranch on Sunday at 10 am.

FlyBC is open and offering training and shuttles with COVID-19 social distancing/separation practices in place.

Recommended options for "hike & fly paragliding sites" include: Benny, Lil Nic, or Elk Mtn.

FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are open for clients that complete the 2020 waivers below, print them out and show up with them signed to fly into the Ranch.

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

FlyBC waiver.

WCSC waiver.

HPAC waiver.



Used Gear List: Updated March 30, 2021

Harnesses for Sale:

Gin Genie Lite 3 Large - Gin Genie Lite 3 POD new 2020 model - $2400 CDN
Gin Genie Lite 3 Medium - Gin Genie Lite 3 POD new 2020 model - $2400 CDN
Gin Gingo Airlite 4 Large - Gin Gingo Airlite 4 new 2021 model - $1300 CDN
Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $850 without reserve
Gin Yeti Xtreme 2 - hike and fly - $400 or $850 with airbag
Ozone Ozium S Pod Harness (new demo) - $1400 CDN without reserve
SupAir Delight 3 Medium or Large harnesses - $1700 without reserve
Independence Tanga Hike & Fly Harnesses - new for 2021 with detachable airbags - $700 CDN.
Assorted used harnesses from $350 CDN.

Speedwings for Sale:

Ozone Rapi-Dos 13 metre - demo with no flights - $2400

AirDesign Susi3 - 13 to 23 metre mini-wing - EN-B - 2020 Models - $3200 CDN

Ozone Dragonfly - 16 to 18 metre mini-wing - Maximum Stability & Fun - The DragonFly is a stable and versatile hybrid speed wing, designed for pilots of all skill levels. It is the perfect wing to launch your speed flying career, and is equally at home soaring a dynamic coastal cliff or carving a mountain descent. - 2020 Models - $2250 USD

Reserves for Sale:

HA Beamer 3 Reserves - 100/130 kgs model - $1300 CDN
HA Beamer 3 Light Reserves - 100/130 kgs model - $1550 CDN
SupAir Shine Light Round Reserves - all sizes - $850 CDN

Paragliders for Sale:

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



Nova DoubleSkin - EN-B - new for 2020 in 17 & 20 sizes at FlyBC - $4000 CDN - besides the 2.1 kg weight and small pack volume, a 1 year warranty/replacement plan is a key selling point - damage is covered for a full 2 years once registered with Nova Protect.

Nova Prion 4 - EN-A - new for 2020 in all sizes in demo stock here at FlyBC - $3500 CDN - includes a hiking harness and radio and all taxes - a great deal to close out the season - A 1 year warranty/replacement plan is a key selling point - damage is covered for a full year once registered with Nova Protect.

Independence Cruiser 4 - 55-80 kgs - 2021 EN-A Model - $3400 - excellent shape with 0 hours and no damage. Custom colours. Brand new wing for students and beginner P-2 pilots.

Ozone Swift 5 MS - 75-95 kgs - 2020 Model - $3200 - perfect shape with less than a year of use and includes a sauccisse bag and backpack. Just completed an Inspection and porosity test and it is ready to fly amny more seasons. Hi-Viz colour scheme (more are coming in in 2 months as trade-ins)


Ozone Swift 5 ML - 85-105 kgs - 2019 Model - $2500 - great shape with less than 120 hours and includes a sauccisse bag and backpack. Hi-Viz colour scheme (more are coming in in 2 months as trade-ins)


Ozone Swift 5 ML - 85-105 kgs - 2019 Model - $2500 - good shape with less than 80 hours and includes a sauccisse bag and backpack. Yellow Red colour scheme (more are coming in in 2 months as trade-ins)


Ozone Mantra M7 SM - 75-95 kgs - 2019 EN-D Model - $3200 - excellent shape with 40 hours and no damage. Custom red/black colours. No taxes to be paid.

APCO Karisma M - 80-100 kgs -$1500 CDN. One small patch. Perfect beginner wing!
SupAir Leaf 2 Medium - 75-95 kgs - demo 2020 EN-B glider with under 10 flights - 80 - 100 kgs - $3500 cdn.

Winter wings: We have several Ozone Delta 2 MS and ML sizes and SupAir Taska XS and M for sale for winter flying. $1200 and up depending on year and shape. All tested and trimmed ready for winter expeditions.

Miscellaneous Gear: - DJI Inspire 1 RAW Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5R 4K Camera & 2 Remotes - $2500

Five short reconn flights with 4 extra batteries





1967 CESSNA T337B SKYMASTER - $77,000 USD - AVAILABLE FOR SALE - 1967 Cessna T337B Turbo Skymaster 6 place and the safest twin engine aircraft available today 130 US gallons fuel Interior is good shape Robertson STOL equipped TTAF 3390 SMOH Front and Rear 1150 Props replaced 6/2016 good til 2026 Annual completed Jan 4 2021 Avionics: PMA6000S audio panel NARCO Mark 12D Nav/Comm Apollo SL60 Comm/GPS Narco ADF Stratus ADSB Out transponder 2018 Autopilot 300 everything works De-iced Prop two new cylinders replaced Jan 2021 on front engine based in western Canada but can deliver for expenses in continental North America.



4-10-2021
Woodside is getting some rain and winds today so no flying


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 45 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

1100 metres
Woodside Storm Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch on Saturday but we had rain, hail, and very strong SW winds all day. And there is new snow at Hemlock Valley and on all the surrounding mountains!

4-7-2021 to 4-9-21
Woodside is getting some rain and winds for a few days so we were closed for flying


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon.. High 8. UV index 4 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - lots of errands and chores done while it was raining for three days.

4-6-2021
Woodside is getting some sun finally


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is back at Eagle Ranch training.

We got Jeff, Jungmi and Glenn their first solo flights in early with Colleen guiding them in.



Leslie was a bit timid so we went tandem on my new AirDesign Ride 3 and we were pleasantly surprised as we logged over an hour of thermalling fun and Leslie got to fly for 15 minutes or more.

Martin and Bev had flown before me and they flew pretty much straight out and I found out later that they hated the air.



Meanwhile Leslie and I had a nice thermic flight with no weirdness.

I flew out several times to Harrison Highlands and we always climbed out from there.

After an hour I headed out to the Ranch and we flew over at 600 metres to see the windsock straight out and gusty from the South!

Rather than have a weird landing after such a nice flight we headed over to Sandpiper Resort and landing on the practice green near the swimming pool. Light winds and a smooth landing on out feet.



We spent the rest of the day kiting with the students.

4-5-2021
Woodside is getting some sun Monday


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 20 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is back at Eagle Ranch on and training 4 new students for PG & PPG.

I drove up to Kamloops Airport early and flew the Cessna T337B home to Chilliwack to show it to some prospective buyers.



We started Ground School at 10 am and by 1 pm we were out kiting in the Eagle Ranch LZ.

It was too windy to fly the students off the mountain but we had a great 4 hour kiting session.

Meanwhile KVA and Andrei flew two tandems for us.



4-2-2021 to 04-04-21
Woodside is getting some rain and winds all long weekend (of course) so we went to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Sun Peaks Report - last days of skiing at Sun Peaks but it was too windy to fly.

4-1-2021
Woodside is getting some flyable conditions today after noon


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this morning. High 11. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch at 10 am and we had a great kiting day with two new students.

Nice steady 15-25 kph east winds made kiting fun!



3-31-2021
Woodside is getting some flyable conditions today after noon


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly sunny. High 15. UV index 6 or high.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - I got to do some personal training today as I took a new airplane out for a few circuits.

Ryan was a PPG pilot and decided Ultralight Flying was easier on his hips so he bought a shiny new Zenith 701.

This plane was built by EA Structures in Chilliwack and the owner offered to give me a few hours checkout to satisfy the Insurance Company.

We did about 5 circuits before we had to stop due to too many birds on the east end of the runway.

This is a very light and short coupled airplane compared to my T337B, so one has to be light on the rudder pedals.



Meanwhile, back at Woodside we were up on launch at 11 am and the outflow was quite light in the Valley.

I had Steve and Lorne in tow and they both had 17 flights at the start of the day and are quite self-sufficient.

The first flight was a sleddy.

The second flight was much better despite the inversion and Lorne stayed in the air the longest even though he launched first of three pilots.



We got in four flights today and the last flight was very light requiring forward launches.

I met up with KVA later and he and Paddy flew off Benny after a hike up and they made it out to Dewndey Pub but decided to land instead at the Elementary School to the cheer of school kids.

They said 1100 metres was the top of lift.



A few folks went up Bridal and it was hard work to get above launch (800 metres) but they still squeaked out 2 hours.



3-30-2021
Woodside is getting some flyable conditions today despite the cloud cover


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of drizzle this morning and early this afternoon. High 10. UV index 5 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was here at Woodside to fly students all day long.

First flights started at 11 am once we got some cycles.

James. Renatta and Martin Z were installing the new weather station that Martin designed and built, bured deep in the forst away from vandals hopefully.



Steve and Lorne were my two charges today and they are both around 15 flights so it is pretty easy getting them ready and off launch.

On flight #2 Lorne was heading out to the Ranch when he got a nice thermal and worked it from about 100 metres back to launch height.

Lots of hopeful folks and despite the cloud cover some great flights were had with many ending up in Agasiz High School LZ.

Water bombers were out practicing and the Lockheed Electra was going through the Valley many times.

Jacek got this shot of the Electra over Cemetary Hill.



Steve went home after three flights but Lorne stayed and we got him a nice soaring flight around 5 pm.



last flight of the day saw Derek, Wolf, Norm and others getting up to 1000 metres and flying home to Agassiz.

3-29-2021
Woodside is getting some very strong thermic conditions today


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly sunny except mainly cloudy near Agassiz this morning. High 10. UV index 4 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 2 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch at 10 am and we were going to have to fly students early as it looked windy this afternoon.

The winds never materialized and the lift was smooth and abundant.

First launch off the mountain was Steve on his NOVA Prion4 and he did very well for being away for many months.



Nice bouyant flight for Steve with NW flow in our LZ.

Second flights were more lifty, with flights of around 30 minutes for Steve.



Nice shot of Ken launching his new Ozone Swift 5!

And here is Ken climbing out, at one point he got to 1100 metres where he froze.



KVA launched and was reporting crossing the Fraser toward Elk at 1400 metres.



Kevin was being chased by a OD-ing CU that was dumping virga and it outran him by Ford Road in Rosedale where he "dited it".

Martin N and Normando were last seen over Hopyard Hill low, but they caught a climb ovver the sand bars and were then seen at Bridal Falls where Martin got high.

And then out of nowhere . . . big sink and they were both in the Bridal LZ.



Reports from Dewdney Bench where AXL launch after a short hike and he did the run up to Benny and back landing near the Native Orientation Centre east of Mission.

3-28-2021
Woodside is rained out


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Hevy rains and high wind warnings. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 65 kph after 1 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - we had rain, hail, some snow and very strong winds all day.

3-27-2021
Woodside is rained out


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of drizzle. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - as expected we had some mist and drizzle so I called the day off. There were a few flyable moments though.

3-25-2021
Woodside is flyable today after 10 am


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers near the mountains this morning. High 12. UV index 5 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-3.0°C (stable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing training at 10 am with John and a few others.

It was very cloudy at 11 am.



We waited for a break and a lull and then John was off and climbing . . . disappearing out in the soup on "big ears".



John got 2 flights today while others got some nice soaring and a run to Harvest as it got stronger.



Wolf flew for over an hour landing at Eagle Ranch in light conditions.

3-25-2021
Woodside is getting rained out today


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain ending this morning with a mix of sun and cloud. High 13. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Reportr - FlyBC was training students today and we only had one show up so he got special treatment.

We arrived at launch at 11 am to find some clouds forming to the south.



John got ready as did Wolf, and when the clouds cleared enough for safe flight John was off with a great forward launch.

The cloud filled in so I could not see John's flight path but he had a good approach and landing in no wind.

Wolf took off and was able to stay up for an hour despite all the cloud cover so it was unstable.

We raced back up around noon and by then Martin N and Don had arrived after hiking up.

We got John ready again and this time he had a nice reverse launch and we found him some lift to the SW and he was above launch and thermalling like a pro!



John had a great flight and he landed near the circle on his feet again!

Other pilots started flying and everyone stayed up with ease all over the Valley and Mountain.

Martin made a run toward Sasquatch and the storm brewing over there dumped him into the airstrip at the Golf Course.

Norm ran away from the storm and was last heard over Green Hill an hour later.



We went back up after the rain storm receded, and Malcolm came up this time for his first flight in 2 years. He tried thermalling too hard and hit the NW winds and failed to make the Ranch.

John flew after Malcolm and had tons of lift and Colleen took the guiding duties so I could drive down.

3-24-2021
Woodside is getting rained out today


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain ending this afternoon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 9. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - rain most of the day and later when ths sun did come out the clouds blocked launch.

3-23-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, and I will be doing a shuttle run at 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of drizzle. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing lessons for paragliding and paramotoring after noon.

Lorne and John were my only students today so it was pretty mellow.

We went up for the first flight at about 11 am and we had light in-flow cycles and the mist was showing the thermal formation.



It was quite cloudy but we could see sunny spots on Harrison Bay and Chilliwack showing blue holes were coming.

Lorne launched first with a nicely controlled reverse launch and was off and looking for thermals. There were none at this point.



John got off with a forward launch and had a great landing near the circle.

We went back up at 1 pm with Martin N and Kevin in tow.

It was much stronger with thermic cycles and Lorne got off nicely and was thermalling out near the Construction Zone.

Martin and Kevin launched and started to get to 900 metres right away.

Martin reported only 7 kph forward speed at 900 metres.

John and I kited on launch for some time but it was too gusty as he was pulled off his feet a few times and I had to save him! We bagged up and headed down.

Kevin followed Martin over to the Sasquatch range but bailed when he saw the white caps on Harrison Bay.

Martin kept going and eventually landed at Sandpiper Airstrip.



Kevin was back over the Ranch at 500 metres asking for wind reports and then disappeared over Woodside.

Plenty of lift everywhere but gusty.

Kevin reported in as he headed east towards Agassiz landing at the high school.



The rest of the day we spent kiting in the LZ as the winds never dropped as the rain front approached the coast.

3-22-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, and I will be doing a shuttle run at 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 9. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 20 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing lessons for paragliding today.

As forecast the rain was on and off for the morning and then we went kiting in the afternoon.

Wind on top was gusty and strong and the sky was Over-Developing all around us. Even Martin N declined flying!

But we had a good 4 hour kiting session with Lorne and John.



The new Independence Cruiser came in for smaller pilots and we chose the "Colorful" option. Looks familiar?



Reminder about the waterbomber training, as we had a Q400 doing training laps up and down Chehalis and Harrison Lakes today despite the over developing skies.

Folks were flying at Blanchard WA and reported bumpy skies . . . not that we can go there!

3-18-2021 to 3-21-2021
Woodside is getting three days of rain of course because it is a weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is getting rained out for three days.

3-17-2021
Woodside is getting rained out


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC took the day off due to rain.

3-16-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, and I will be doing a shuttle run at 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing lessons for paragliding and paramotoring after 1 pm.

I flew in in the Skymaster from Kamloops Airport at 9 am, after going VFR-on-Top from Merritt to Hope.



Great way to get back and it only takes 42 minutes from CYKA to CYCW.

I was taking Lorne up for flights and he got in some really good thermalling today on his two flights.



Yes, that is Lorne on top of the other very experienced paragliders.



Alex R was out trying his new Ozone Alpina 4 and he was not disappointed. He fleew from Woodside to Dewdney and back and then top landed to warm up while I was launching Lorne for flight #2.



Claudia was seen enroute from Benny as well.



3-15-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, and we will be doing a shuttle run at 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing lessons for paragliding and paramotoring after 1 pm.

Tony and Dennie were managing three new students and one intermediate student who has been doing great Woodside flights the past week.

Claudia and Peter were flying off Benny and flew to Woodside and Peter made it back to his car at Cascade Falls Park.



3-14-2021
Woodside is getting rain


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks avoiding the rain.

3-13-2021
Woodside is getting rain this weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was at Sun Peaks avoiding the rains.

3-12-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, and I will be doing a shuttle run at 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing lessons for paragliding while the XC crew went to Benny.

Looks like Tom G was the only one posting on XContest there but he had a good last flight on his Swift 5 before it came back on trade for an Ozone Alpina 4. The Swift5 was sold in a day or two.



3-11-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, Tony will be managing the operation as I have to take the Skymaster to Kamloops


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - despite the inversion at 600 metres, a few pilots got very nice flights with some early XC flights to Agassiz.

Martin N and Kevin ended up at the CrossRoads Esso.

Martin's tracklog is an combination of yesterdays flight to Sasquatch Mtn. so I cut it off, today he flew Woodside and then east to Agassiz Mtn. and then Green Hill before landing.



Tony had just one student today and Lorne got 3 very nice flights but we had to hold him off for flight #4 as it got too thermic.

New paramotor student, Spencer, managed about 6 flights even flying mid-day on his Ozone Ultralight 4 and his new Kangook paramotor.

He burned up about 6 litres of fuel so about 2.5 hours of paramotor time to get him halfway to his required 5 hours and 30 flights.



Claudia had a nice flight at Benny (flying with James and Paddy) but not sure why her tracklog stopped on top of a mountain?



Looks like spring is here, dress warm for the higher and longer flights.

3-10-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today, Tony will be managing the operation as I have to take the Skymaster to Kamloops


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 11. UV index 2 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were all ready to continue training for Bentley when he decided paragliding made him too nervous despite having 4 great high flights here this week?

He had fun but his fun factor was not enough.

Tony was then able to go flying with Martin N and Curtis.

The day started out great with nice CUs everywhere at 11 am.



Conditions at launch were great when I dropped the guys off on top.



I headed to Chilliwack Airport to fly to Kamloops to drop off the plane for the weekend and spring break week.

I pre-flighted the plane and headed east and near Hope the weather turned to snow but I kept going until I saw the cloudbase had dropped to about 1000 feet over Hope. The traffic webcams in Boston Bar were okay but no safe way to punch north so I turned back to Woodside to enter the circuit at CYCW.



Big over-development at Woodside.

Harrison Lake was also clouds to the deck.

Martin reported great flying for 1:30 before the OD. He was able to fly over to Sasquatch Mtn. where he arrived at 500 metres. He saw the OD forming and headed back to Eagle Ranch so he would not have to walk back and arrived over the Ranch at 900 metres in big cloudsuck.



A strong gust front came through as he was approaching the LZ and he said it was the roughest air he had ever encountered and he was quite busy keeping his wing open right to touchdown.

Over at CYCW I entered the circuit and it was bumpy and thermic but I had a nice landing despite the strong north crosswinds.

As I taxied in the hail started.

After tie down I had to walk to the muffler shop where I left the Tracker earlier for a new exhaust and I got rained on pretty good.

Back in Harrison Mills as I drove home I stopped to get this shot of the Sasquatch Range, all new snow down to 300 metres after the storm.



3-09-2021
Woodside is getting nice conditions today


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate.
Agassiz:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

2400 metres!!
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch doing lessons for paragliding and paramotoring today and Tony was managing the students.

Lorne was here on Day Two and aftr a great ground based day yesterday he was ready to fly, as was Bentley who is on Day 3.

At 10:30 am, Endre (a seasoned P-2) launched and flew out low to the Ranch after scratching around for a bit.

We watched is rather unconventional approach over the corn field when his wing tightened up and he pointed straight north at about 30 metres and he got "tractor-beamed" up to about 500 metres. He was doing "big-ears" forever to get out of the strong lift and despite the fact that the wind on the LZ was SE he was fighting a NW headwind aloft.

When he finally landed behind the training hill, he yelled "Don't launch the students!".

We waited an hour for the sun to shade out before launching the students after everything had mellowed out and they had great flights.

Lorne was all smiles after his first solo flight!



Bentley had a great flight too and was working on his turns.



A large group of pilots came out because the RASP looked awesome but the clouds came in and shaded us out so it was good for students but not so good for the pros. But everyone had a good day.



Martin was captured by Rod here in this photo coming into Eagle Ranch.



Derek landed just before Martin right next to the firepit where I was burning "blow-down" as the winds went to NW in the LZ.



Bev was doing a "happy dance" in the landing circle as she tried out a "new-used" Gin Verso harness to improve her landing odds. Ask her about it!

3-08-2021
Woodside is getting outflow winds til 3 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 10. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
040° @ 25 kph until 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - Tony took students to Mission as it was howling from the north in the LZ here.

When they returned at 3 pm, Bentley was ready to fly so I took him up the hill after dropping off Martin, Denny, Endre and Tanner earlier.

When we first headed up there was light tailwind on the launch.

By the time we arrived and taped and pinned down the new carpet it was blowing straight in.

Martin, Endre and Denny got up to 1500 metres right away.



When we got back up with Bentley, Norm and Tanner at 4:30 it was just turning back to outflow but we got enough puffs to get everyone off for a shorter flight (but Martin and Endre were still in the air).

Wind in the LZ was strongish NW so a different approach than normal but great for training flights.

Alex and Nicole came by to say hi after flying Benny with Peter & Claudia and they got to 1600 metres there.

This is Peter's tracklog (Alex left his tracker on so his tracklog looked a bit weird with a sidetrip to Sandpiper Golf Course and then home to Burnaby!).



Spring is here!

3-07-2021
Woodside is getting rained out today but Monday thru Friday look great


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Showers beginning this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm and hail this afternoon. Becoming windy near noon. High 8. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we did not get as much rain as forecasted but it was windy . . . too windy for ground handling but good for ground school.

3-06-2021
Woodside should be flyable after 3 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Chance of showers mid-day. High 8. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 20 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch and we had 4 new students for a P-1 Course.

Tony manned the classroom duties while Martin N and I headed up the mountain to fix the carpets that had been shredded up with all the winter storms.

Dave H left two large sections of landscaping material with us last year and we used one piece to fix the middle of launch last summer where the rednecks lit a fire.

We used the other piece to fix the front of launch proper today.

Martin worked the pick axe while I rearranged the carpet and re-pinned it down with spikes and big washers. It is too wet to tape up the seams and washers so beware of the snag potential.

We were able to drive the carpet down into the launch area using Colleen's Tacoma but the spur road in from 4.5 kms is a challenge with 18 to 24 inches of soft snow.

Two young 4x4 dudes helped us carry the carpet up to launch as it was one big roll too heavy for us two old dudes.

Partway thru the job, Grant & Martin Z arrived on launch and helped us finish the digging and the placing and we had everything pinned down nicely in a hail storm.



Grant and Martin Z hiked back down to the trail building party that Alex R & KVA had organized while we packed up the Tacoma.

The results looked quite nice.



The area on the north side of launch is still shabby but secure, we need another 30'x 20' of material to finish it off.



On the way down our 4x4 dudes were attempting to dislodge the smashed up wreck at 3.2 kms, so we suggested dragging it down to the highway so the authorities could tow it away. The "Catch 22" of vehicle abandonment on a Forest Servie Road is that ICBC or the RCMP won't take responsibility for the removal unless it is reported stolen so it sits. Even Forestry won't deal with it unless it is leaking fluids into a creek.

We drove down and apparently the wreck made it down alright as I found this picture on the 4x4BC Facebook page.



Martin Z also took this shot of the wreck as he hiked down to his car.



We will see how long it takes to get picked up now. But watch out for spare parts on the road for some time as the wreck looked somewhat smaller at the bottom of the road.

Great reports from the trail builders after 8 hard hours of trail blazing.

Many saws and tools were used.

The trail starts at the 3 km spur road and there are pink ribbons to mark the skidder trail that leads up to the forest trail now marked in blue ribbons.

Estimate of a saving of 1.5 kms of hiking by using this trail.



Great work by everyone involved.



When we got back Colleen and I headed out to the LZ to help Tony and all his new students were kiting up a storm as it was too windy to attempt first flights today.

By 6 pm everyone could forward and everse launch with confidence.

We just need a calmer day to execute some flights as the Ground School and Ground Handling and Landing Briefings are completed.

3-05-2021
Woodside rained out


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning late this afternoon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 12. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC had a good errand day but no flying, but got the gear ready for a student weekend.

3-04-2021
Woodside should be flyable after 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning late this afternoon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 12. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back at Eagle Ranch but it was raining all day.

3-03-2021
Woodside should be flyable after 1 pm


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. High 10. UV index 2 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 5 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we up Woodside around 1 pm in the canAm Defender and it made it through all the bad spots just fine with 5 of us on board with gear.

We arrived on launch with sunny breaks and light up-cycles and Bev got ready and flew first but she missed all the good lift.

Nice SE landing conditions in the LZ.

Next off was Martin N and then Derek and they "duked it out" on the South Knoll for a good hour, while Norm and I were faced with outflow on launch for the same amount of time.



We drove down and met up with KVA who decided it was trail building time today.



We arrived in the LZ as Martin N was packing up and Derek caught a climb over the highway and was almost back to launch as the wind switched to strong NW in the LZ for smooth landings.

3-02-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for the week and beyond as we get rained out again on the Coast


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early in the morning. High 8. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 20 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we were coming back from Sun Peaks when Derek called to say they were heading up the mountain.



This is what our LZ webcam showed as we started the drive home. Some blue bits were coming in.

Martin N had hiked up, KVA and Alex R/Tom G had driven partway up.

Derek, Bev and Norm drove to 3.5 kms and hiked the rest of the way in as the road was very icy.

Reports after they landed of many top landings and Martin N topped out at 1440 metres as the RASP had predicted.



Bev was Driver of the Day and Photo Journalist. She caught Alex trying to get down to topland.





Appratently the air was very smooth from 1400 metres down to 500 metres and then it was mixed up all the way into the LZ.

3-01-2021
FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early in the morning. High 8. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 20 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for the balance of the week, as the coastal weather looks wet.

Today was too windy to take a wing up the mountain as it gusted to +40 kph most of the day.

But it was sunny!

Reports of an icy road up Woodside and a "so-so" flight with a big blowout for Martin N had everyone else hiking down to the truck, waiting to fly another day.

2-28-2021
FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Wet snow mixed with rain ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers. Local snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Becoming windy this morning. High 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 30 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Sun Peaks looked gusty from the SW so we went Cross Country skiing on Holy Cow.

Skiing was ok until I landed on my back on a steep downhill, no injuries!

Then at another steep downhill turn at 2 kms, Colleen lost it and had a yard sale!

I went back to help her up and she had injured her wrist so she got a snowmobile ride down to the Clinic.

The rest of Holy Cow was fast and I didn't fall again thankfully!

2-27-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Wet snow mixed with rain ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers. Local snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Becoming windy this morning. High 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 30 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again at Woodside.

Colleen and I went downhill skiing and I showed her some new launch spots off Sunburst Chair.

It was strong from the SW so we went to Grannie Greenes just below the Sundance Chair and it was blowing straight in but a bit gusty.

I tried a different technique, kind of a sideways reverse launch, with a quick turn downhill.

The gusts made the wing come up a bit quick and you can't sidestep or run under the wing and I failed to stop it fast enough so it collapsed but not enough to land on my head thankfully.

Once it was on the snow I just started moving forward and eventually a gust got it overhead.

Not elegant but it worked. More practice needed in gusty winds.

2-26-2021
FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy with sunny breaks. High 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 20 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1400 metres
Benny Report - a group of hike & fly pilots went to Benny to fly today.

Mixed reviews: Martin N & KVA got away to Dewdney and back, while others got sled rides.



This was Martin's tracklog, somehow KVA left his SPOT off?

Jonathon & Thomas had great flights with cloudsuck and Jonathon liked Norm's Swift 5 so much that he bought it!

Colleen & I went skiing at Sun Peaks but it was too windy from the SW to fly, but the snow was great

2-25-2021
FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Wet snow mixed with rain ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers. Local snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Becoming windy this morning. High 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 30 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Road Report - FlyBC was planning to be flying Friday at Woodside but it was too cloudy, so off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again. There is 4" of new snow at Eagle Ranch so I don't know what the road will be like?

2-24-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 4. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was at Eagle Ranch today shipping gear and setting up John W's new harness while the desperadoes assembled.

A truck went up at 2 pm, while Martin and others hiked up. The road is somewhat icy at 4 kms so have good winter tires.

After delivering a new Ozone Dragonfly 18 to a Keremeos client, I went out to watch the action as Bev came in to land. apparently it was too cold for her.

Derek and others stayed up for over 1:30 before succumbing to the cold.

Dennie got a nice shot from above launch.



I had to go to Chilliwack Airport to meet a potential buyer for the Skymaster so I took it for a warmup flight and buzzed launch at 4:45 pm and folks were still soaring including Kevin who was waving at me.

Reports from Elk said "good soaring" til your hands fell off - from Klaus & Monica.



David S also reported a nice soaring flight at Elk.



Spring is just around the corner!

Bennie also delivered today for Alex, Claudia and Peter according to XCFind!

2-22-2021
FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again at Woodside


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
040° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside is rained out again with low cloudbase, so no flying.



2-18-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks


Agassiz Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Mix of sun and cloud. SW winds at 25-40 kph in the alpine. High 2. UV index 1 or low.
Sun Peaks:
240° @ 30 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Colleen was working and Brad said that it looked like light winds in the alpine so I packed up my wing and headed out to the hills.

Sun Peaks has windtalkers on all the lift lines and most are online to check the winds. They also agreed that the winds were light SW.

By the time I got to the top of OSV, there were light up cycles . . . followed by big gusts from the West.

Not so good, so I went down the Cruiser Run to the west of the Sunburst Chair and it was even gustier there and the clouds were "scudding by" from the west.

The new Cruiser Launch looks good, nice and wide and far from the lift lines.



I bailed and headed home to drop off the wing and stopped at the middle of the Rambler Run to scope out a new spot.



By the time I got home it was howling from the SW.

I guess I have to stop sleeping in, but I did find some new launch spots.

2-17-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining so it is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers or drizzle. Windy this morning. Temperature steady near 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Kamloops Report - I headed up to Kamloops Airport to pick up the Cessna T337B and return it to its parking spot in Chilliwack after the Polar Vortex left BC.

Another crappy Coquihalla drive through ice and slush.

Weather was sunny with broken clouds at the airport.



Uneventful departure from CYKA despite bird crews trying to scare away the snow geese.



Heading west towards Savona and the clouds were still low at around 4000 feet.



Lots of snow on the hillsides and the air was smooth except for some leeside hill action.



The sky opened up further west as the valleys got tighter.



Good ground speeds of 165-175 mph in the Fraser Canyon and little traffic.



Some tailwind before Hope according to the NE in the clouds higher up, but still smooth.



Hope town is still snowed in as I flew over at 4000 feet on the descent into Chilliwack.

A few planes in the circuit at Chilliwack after crossing over Eagle Ranch to descend into the pattern.

Easy landing to the east and a quick taxi to the tiedown. Thanks to Bev & Norm for the ride back to the Ranch.



Woodside Report - Woodside beckoned the "desperados" at around 330 pm.

Derek was off work, it was Dennie's Birthday so Linda brought him over and I dragged Colleen away from her computer.

I hauled the CanAm out of the barn and got it ready to take us up the mountain.

So many stuck trucks this past few days made me a bit concerned about the drive up Woodside but the mighty CanAm did not even slip even in the deep snow.

In fact it was so easy that I drove down into the parking lot to unload.

Kevin was just getting ready to launch as he hiked up earlier.

He got off in a westerly cycle and was soon high over the South Knoll.



Derek, Dennie, Linda then Colleen launched and they were struggling to stay up as the sun got shaded out.

Kevin was in a better spot and stayed up above the Knoll for some time as everyone else descended.

I was just packing up to drive down when Kevin top-landed and offered to drive down, but conditions were so lame that I told him to relaunch and enjoy the flight down to Riverside.

A gang of pilots was at Benny and I later found some great XCFind tracklogs. Alex and Peter got ambitious and overflew Mission North.



2-17-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining so it is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers or drizzle. Windy this morning. Temperature steady near 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is at Woodside for a few days but if it keeps raining we are going skiing at Sun Peaks until Monday.

2-5-2021 to 2-16-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining so it is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers or drizzle. Windy this morning. Temperature steady near 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC has been not flying for some time as the cold arctic air was too cold to even kite even though it was sunny.

2-4-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining hard


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Periods of rain. High plus 5.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

500 metres
Woodside report - Woodside received heavy rains today but it was a good day to reorganize the Barn for an upcoming Beginner Course this Monday Feb 8th.

2-3-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Clearing early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
050° @ 5 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - I was doing shop work changing lines and doing porosity tests when the gang went to fly Woodside.

We had light outflow winds on top but the thermals powered through and gave nice reversible launch conditions.

Bev launched first folowed by Martin N and they soared up to 1050 metres for over an hour in nice spring-like thermals.



Snow from 3 km up with some icy sections on the road but nobody got stuck.



About 8 pilots flying here and they all got nice flights.

Jacek says he got to 1200 metres before an un-named pilot knocked him out of his thermal as he was setting up to top-land, so I had to drive him up later in my Tracker (with studded tires, a 2021 addition).

A blast from the past . . . Jeremy arrived on his motorcycle and drove it up to launch to say hi to everyone.

He came down to the Ranch and borrowed a SupAir Taska and harness and had a nice late afternoon flight. This Taska is for sale for $1200 and is like new shape.



As I drove down I was treated to a nice sunset! Is is really February?

Jacek made a nice video for Bev's first flight on her new Ozone Swift 5.



2-2-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside for a week


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain at times heavy. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Woodside:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - Derek and Martin arrived at noon but it started raining so we had a fire in the barn to keep warm, and it never cleared up all day.

2-1-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside for a week


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Woodside:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - we were at the Ranch but it was raining and foggy so no flying.

1-31-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Snow. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - it was snowing heavily and fog right down to the base of the hill so we drove back to Woodside thru rain and snow.

1-30-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Snow. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC was skiing at Sun Peaks today, lots of new snow but cloudbase was too low to fly.

Woodside looked wet.



1-29-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with afternoon sunny breaks developing. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks skiing but it looked good at Woodside but no one flew.



1-28-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. High near minus 2 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week and there was more new snow so we went Cross Country Skiing - 11 kms today and only one fall each.

Bev drove a group up Woodside today and they flew but it was not epic.

The drive down for Bev was epic as she almost slid into the ditch on the icy drive down. Time to use low range and never touch the brakes!



The cycles changed quite quickly to down so no more flights.



1-27-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. High near minus 5 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks and it was snowing so Colleen and I went downhill skiing.

Bev, Norm, Martin and Derek were at the Ranch visiting Bob but it was not flyable, too much NE wind.

1-26-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. Amounts 1 to 2 cm. Wind east to southeast 8 to 20 km/h. High near minus 10 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week and we received more new snow so it was not flyable.

Derek and the Desperado Team went up Woodside and got a short flight today.

1-25-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. Amounts 1 to 2 cm. Wind east to southeast 8 to 20 km/h. High near minus 10 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks and it was snowing all day.

We signed our paragliding waivers and got our Paragliding Passes and the Guest Services Staff arranged for a special hiking pass for non-skier pilots.

This hiking pass is $25 a day and get one up the Sunburst Chair where you can walk a short distance east to the OSV run for foot launching in East or light winds.

Unfortunately cloudbase was too low to try out the OSV Launch today.

1-24-2021
FlyBC is heading to Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. Amounts 1 to 2 cm. Wind east to southeast 8 to 20 km/h. High near minus 10 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week.

It was raining and lightly snowing at Woodside yesterday so no one flew.

Cloudbase was pretty low too!



A 4x4 person posted some pics on FaceBook as they drove up to 10 km on Woodside, just light snow on the road.



Colleen and I went Cross Country skiing to check out some nearer LZs for flying at Sun Peaks. Hole 15 is a great runway and just above our condo.



1-23-2021
FlyBC is heading to Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 11 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Colleen and I are at Sun Peaks for a week and today we went skiing.

We woke to -12C temps and light snow but there was blue sky to the West.

Colleen was trying out her new stance on her snowboard and I was skiing.

At 1 pm, we went up to the Top of the Mountain and it was blowing +20 kph over the back . . . but down below Crystal Chair we had inflow cycles again.

I laid out by Ozone Alpina 2 and got all ready, but it got blown by a gust and I failed to lay it back pout properly hoping it would inflate with some speed. But alas no, I skiied a few hundred feet and no go.

I had to bunch up and hike back to the start point and the second time was a charm!

I bit thermic and rotory in the air but a good flight to land behind Brad's condo on the golf course where I landed in 20 kph of east tailwind but the powder snow was good to land at speed. Loving the skis for landing. Bev should come and try it!

Colleen got my launch as did some skiers.





Woodside Report - Derek and about 15 other pilots flew Woodside today.



The first round of flights were extended sledders as the winds started to pick up and the thermals started to form.



The second flight had pilots up for over an hour with many complaining of cold hands.



Alex flying off into the sunset tonight.

Thanks to Claudia and others for the pictures I scraped off the WWW.

Reports from Bennie of 2 hour flights from 10 pilots flying there.

Spring is just around the corner!

1-22-2021
FlyBC is heading to Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 11 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Eagle Ranch today until 4 pm, but no flying today as it was howling out of the North at 50 kph.

1-21-2021
FlyBC is at Eagle Ranch on January 21


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low.
Woodside:
190° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC was at Eagle Ranch today after noon but it was blown out with strong NW winds (outflow).

But Brad had another good day at Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks Flight Report - Launch @1pm lovely light cycles up. Clear blue skies. Forecast was light north winds. - 11 when I launched but sunny radiant heat helped.

Caught an everlasting thermals just past the Crystal chair to the left. Soared up to launch height again and again, could have gone higher but my hands were toast in 20 minutes.

Continued soaring for 30 minutes easy smooth thermal but the cold capped my earnest.

Decided to fly home to the Sunpeaks East village and landed behind my place.

Cold mid winter thermals, two words unexpected and awesome!! I going to the specialty store in the village and getting -20 mitts and boot covers - Brad

Summary :

43 minutes of winter beauty, lift sustained 1.9ms, top lift 3.5, max sink 3.5. Local paragliding friendly factor 9/10! Fun factor 8/10, need mitts! A nice shot of Brad flying by one of the local photographers.



Brad's proof of a great flight and no collapses.



1-20-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks today


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low.
Woodside:
190° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Brad and I met with the Sun Peaks Ski Patrollers today and I showed them some launch spots for different conditions.

The best launch for light winds is the Crystal launch Point just below and between the Crystal Chair Line and the Burfield Chair Line.

Remember you must remain 100 metres away from lift lines horizontally and vertically!

This is the view SE from Crystal Launch down into the Valley. We had a "blue bird" day today!



The location on the map is here.



There is also an east facing launch at the top and just east of the Sunburst Chair on the OSV run. Layout to the east side of the run so skiers can see you.



You can land on any of the Golf Course Fairways but we find Hole 10 is the easiest access back into the Village or back to the Chair Lifts.



Brad launched first today after we gained approval from the Ski Patrollers.

He had a duff that looked like he might have snagged a brake line on the snow but I reset his wing and he was off and thermalling around.

1-19-2021
FlyBC is at Eagle Ranch on January 19


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low.
Woodside:
190° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Terry came out for lessons but it was too cold with strong NW winds so we just did Ground School, no one flew.

1-18-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - I had a new student starting P-1 Lessons today and we had to fire up the Barn fireplace to run ground school lessons.

Terry was very attentive and we had a good simulator session before heading out to the LZ to kite.

We had nice E winds at 10-15 kph and Terry did very well with his forward launches.

He got pretty tired so we went up to Launch to watch Derek, Martin, Dennie, Andrei and Norm fly off as Bev offered to drive. Martin was off first and he got up right away.



Derek was off next and he was "grovelling" on the South Knoll for 15 minutes before he climbed out above Martin.



We drove down and restarted kiting and the winds switched to NW in the LZ.

We watched Derek, Norm and Martin land as the lift died after 1:20 of soaring for Martin.

1-17-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks this weekend but back at Eagle Ranch on January 18-19


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Team Desperado was out flying at Woodside while we travelled back to the Ranch.

Good reversible conditions at launch and in the LZ, with 5 pilots flying and some longer flights according to Bev.

1-16-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks this weekend but back at Eagle Ranch on January 18-19


Sun Peaks Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - still no flying allowed yet at Sun Peaks but we are having a meeting with management on January 20 to get things approved.

But the skiing has been great with small lift lines as the resort is operating at 20% capacity.

12-28-2020 to 01-15-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks until January 17


Sun Peaks Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Clearing this afternoon. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
040° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Gloat Report - Colleen and I have been up at Sun Peaks since after Christmas skiing and snowshoeing staying away from the coastal rains.

But the local "Desperado Team" led by Derek has been getting some flights in.

Mostly "sleddies" in light outflow conditions this month but Derek, Martin, Andrei, Bev and Norm have been out several times and most flew.

Today (January 16) was one of such days but this time it was lifty with some strong SW winds at launch.

Derek had to remove a few fallen trees at the 3 km mark and others had hiked from there.

The carpets were all torn up due to last week's windstorm but Tonya and others had repaired it pretty well by the time Derek's truck load had arrived on top.

Martin launched first, followed by Derek and Claudia and later Andrei and Norm. Bev drove for the team.

Apparently it was quite lifty and they could cloudsurf up the front of the growing CU.



Claudia as usual got some great shots of the flying action.

It is going to be hard to identify the pilots involved as Derek and Martin have new Ozone Swift 5 gliders and I can't remember what they ordered?



It was lifty for their entire 1:41 flights and they arrived at FlyBC Eagle Ranch at 600 metres to land in smooth conditions.

Derek said it was not even that cold in the air.

Spring is just around the corner!





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