Periods of rain. Temperature steady near 14.
Winter is coming soon, and as a result of the poll we are basing our Mexico Tour Operation in Manzanillo this winter:
Flying El Toro Launch in Manzanillo is a mix of ridge and thermal soaring, and we have Colima as the inland site, or even Tapalpa on the east wind days.
Check the FlyBC Online Calendar for availability as we have limited spaces and only 2 months of tour slots.
Used Gear List: Updated October 4, 2015
SupAir XA13 Harness L size, 4 hours like new - $1000 (superlight pod for the X Alps)
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $350
Ozone Rapido 13 Speed wing - new demo - $2250
New SupAir EIKO Hiking glider first in North America, 2.7 kgs! Info is available at Eiko Specs
Icaro Wildcat 2 XL good to 115 kgs - $900 CDN no taxes, 100 hours 2011 model.
Niviuk Koyot XL 100-130 kgs with harness & reserve - $2000 with 40 hours (good student rig)
Gin Carerra+ M - EN-B - $2750 - 60 hours, no taxes. Will Gadd says "Gin Carerra is the BEST paraglider I have ever flown!
Nova Mentor 3 Small (80-100 kgs) EN-B - 30 hours - $2600, no taxes.
Ozone Delta 1 M in Red from 2011 - $1400 CDN 60 hours.
Ozone Delta 2 S in orange/blue - $2000 CDN 80 hours
Ozone Delta 2 ML in Red custom colours - 2014 model - $2700 CDN 60 hours
Ozone Delta 2 ML in White/Red custom colours - 2015 model - $3700 CDN zero hours
Nova Factor Large (90-110 kgs) EN-C - 60 hours - $600, no taxes.
FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Gin , SupAir, Flytec, Blackhawk Paramotors, Wills Wing.
Current Demo Gear: Supair EONA EN-A Gliders in S/M/L, New SupAir EIKO Hiking glider, Ozone Buzz Z4 Small/Medium/Large, Gin Carerra+ in M, Ozone Delta 2 (ML & S), SupAir XA13 Pod Harness L.
Periods of rain. Temperature steady near 14.
Mt Cheam Outflow Report - during the outflow last weekend, KVA and a few others went up Cheam and were faced with NE winds and they waited and waited.
Kev's Report - took advantage of the Mt. Waddington "Van Diego" to shuttle up Mt. Cheam on September 27th.
Sam Waddington (owner of MW's and fellow paraglider pilot) and I arrived on the summit to find the predicted east winds which were quite strong, gusty and mixing with southerly thermals so we were quite prepared to hike down.
We lunched with Sam's guided group, took the requisite summit photos and enjoyed the spectacular fall day.
After an hour of assessing the wind, I elected to give the east face a try.
It was smooth and steady at 15-18 km/hr right on the edge, but where the wing was laid out it was twitchy.
When Morten launched his speed wing, he immediately put it into such radical barrel rolls that I could not track him with my Iphone.
However, he flew a couple of days ago and posted this:
Meanwhile, I noticed a chopper circling the mountain and Morten ran into the photographer a few days ago, hooked me up and I'm sharing some of the most spectacular Cheam shots I've ever seen. Thanks to Ginnie Frede for the shots.
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late in the afternoon. High 21.
Very light cycles but no tailwind.
First flight had Chris going for Bill Best's field for a change of landing pattern.
We did two more flights in light winds and then it magically became soarable as we saw Bev & then Norm above launch as I collected the students. Sean G joined us mid-day and flew the new SupAir EIKO glider, launching it with style.
The last flight was up to 20 kph SW wind at launch and old, so it was easy to ridge soar even out far from the slope.
But the students all made it out to Eagle Ranch with lots of altitude and not much turbulence at ground level.
Sunny. High 23. UV index 4 or moderate.
The road is cross-ditch free as Dorman is logging a new clearcut just NE of Horsefly Launch.
There is a gate, but I am sure it will be removed once the equipment is sent down the mountain after the logging is completed.
I will contact Dorman about access this week.
After lunch Clair wrote his P-2 Exam and got a near perfect score! One more flght and he is signed-off!
Unfortunately we never got any inflow cycles at Woodside so we called the day around 3 pm.
Mainly sunny. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate.
Craig, Lincoln & Dave were here for ground school briefings yesterday but the winds were not good so we sent them home by noon. But they were keen for a roadtrip so we dragged them along.
The newbies were really good even in light winds at the bottom of Coyote Ridge, and they were ready to fly after an hour of launch practice.
Mike M, Kevin McE & Clair joined us too.
Kevin attempted to fly his new motor but tripped and broke his prop (normal stuff) and was out for the day.
Up on Coyote Hill the winds were light SE and perfect for first flights and the new guys launched like long time pilots, with power & style!
Mike & Clair did well too and they all got 3 flights each landing in the Ashcroft Manor back fields. Here is Clair setting up a landing at the bottom, photo by Kevin.
The last flight had some tail wind so we packed up and headed home hoping for a Woodside flight but when we arrived at 630 pm, it was light tailwind so we called it a day and went down to the Ranch to do a debrief.
Clearing this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h then increasing to 40 to 60 this morning. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
We made good use of the Barn Classroom as we had 5 new students arrive and we went over the physics of flight and fitted harnesses in the simulators.
I thought it got calm enough around 7 pm for Kevin to kite his wing but it got away on him and we spent a long while sorting it out in the sail loft, no damage, just a lot of twisted lines.
The FlyBC Fleet is down to one new GMC Van now as the Nissan Atlas found a new home in New West.
The prison bus is still here if anyone wants a project, good for a camper or ?? Good Ford 7.3 Diesel and driveline for sale, mechanically sound steering & brakewise.
Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 70 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 16.
Shaun did all the heavy lifting while Alan & I mixed concrete in the holes.
I did not count how many bags of concrete went in the holes but it was over 30. Lots of rebar and rocks went in too to secure the fill.
Thanks to Jim N too as he arrived just in time for the clean up.
Alan found the weather station system stashed in the brush below the parking lot. The vandals did not even steal it, they just cut the lock to look inside but did not take anything? This is getting weirder by the day, who would take this system down?
Apparently someone also hacked the WCSC Line App and maybe no one else got the word about the work party, but thanks to Alan, Shaun & Jim N for helping me today.
Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 21. UV index 4 or moderate.
It was outflow to calm winds all the way to Mission, so I was concerned that we might not have good wind on the Hill, but we arrived to thermal cycles coming straight in and calm meteorological winds in the LZ.
Sam & Andrew did a 2 Day Intro Course with us in April and came back to do another day between school courses at UBCO. They must have been visualizing about Paragliding all these months because they were better than ever at launching & landings.
Flight after flight in Mission they had brilliant launches, good posture and committed runs. They did 8-10 flights before we packed up to head back to Woodside.
We arrived back at the Ranch and loaded Sam, Andrew, Clair & Kevin into the Van and headed up. Jim N & Thomm McE came up too to do some launch grooming, with power tools & loppers.
Thomm was busy trimming the brush out front while Jim cut down some new trees growing up on the south slope of launch (which impede launching due south in cross wind conditions).
Kevin followed next on his new Ozone Roadster II paramotor wing (prepping for paramotoring soon). His Paramotor Lessons will start on Sunday according to the wind forecasts.
Sam & Andrew followed next and they had very nice extended flights as some thermals were popping off the Construction Zone. Sam landed right in the circle.
During our second round Norm & Bev arrived and flew off and Norm got above the inversion for almost an hour.
By 6 pm everyone was done in. A big day! Congratulations to everyone for a job well done. And special thanks to Jim & Thomm for the launch maintenance!
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