FlyBC "Site of the Day" - September 24/2016

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Woodside looks good today for students and maybe some soaring mid-day

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9-24-16
Woodside looks good as soon as cloudbase lifts

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 18C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Coaches Corner - we are meeting at the Ranch at 9 am, flying Woodside for the weekend.



We will tweet condition and pilot reports during the day.



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Ozone News: Zeno is here! The all new Zeno, in ML size, is available now and we have an Orange/Red that is now here for demo. Being a new class of wing for us we think this is one of the most exciting wings we have developed for some time. Designed as a 2 liner to fill the gap between the M6 and Enzo 2 it has gained from the pedigree of both classic wings with the result that it sits well in both worlds. With an aspect of 7.0 its performance is amazingly similar to the Enzo 2, but its comfort and behaviour are more like an M6. Pilots who are comfortable on an M6 and are looking to learn the technicalities of a 2 liner should really enjoy this wing. Assuming no hold up on the load test we would expect to be taking the first orders in the next few weeks.

Delta 3 has been delayed until a late 2016 release date, maybe even early 2017.

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Used Gear List: Updated September 15, 2016

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve

Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve

Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Fazer 3 14 metre Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN
Gin Sprint 3 M demo - 5 flights - ready for a new owner - $4200 CDN
Gin Rebel - EN-C - 85-105 kgs - $500 CDN (100 hours)
Blackhawk Edge Paraglider - 2015 model - $2500 CDN (2 hours and 450 sec porosity readings - like new)
Ozone Rush 4 ML from 2105 - less than 40 hours - $2750 CDN
Ozone Alpina 2 MS in Red/Blue from 2015 - 100 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Zeno M in Orange - now in stock and ready for test flights! - $4850 CDN
SupAir SORA Tandem 140-220 kgs in White - $2500 CDN - 80 hours
BlackHawk AirMax 125 Paramotor with your choice of new wing for $7,000 USD. Just broken in, 2 hours.
Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100 power, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - $6000 CDN brand new without wing.
BlackHawk MZ100 Paramotor w/travel cage & wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 5 hours.
9-23-16
Woodside looks wet all day so we are heading inland

Agassiz BC

Merritt: Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Coyote Report - we met at the Ranch at 8 am, and headed inland to Merritt arriving in the tailend of a rain storm, so lunch at Boston Pizza waiting for the rain to clear.

No luck as it was still coming down hard at noon, but the Interior Radar showed clear skies in Ashcroft to the north, and the forecast was amended to include East wind at 20 kph.

We arrived to find east winds at 1 pm and headed up Coyote Hill.

The first flights were sleddies, but by the third flight David was staying aloft soaring in close to the ridge.

Soon everyone that listened to the guidance were staying up too!



By the end of the day around 6 pm, we had Pete with 6 flights.

Phil managed 7 flights and his first top-landing.



And David got 10 flights as he top-landed many times.



John had a fun hike & fly up to Yak Peak a few weeks ago, brilliant film-making here by Simon!

9-22-16
Woodside looks dry and good all day

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 22C. Winds SW at 15 to 30 km/h.
250° @ 15 after 3 pm
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be flying Woodside all day.

Martin had his 25th and 26th flights to graduate today.



We had two flights with excellent conditions and 5 students all flew, but a house fire erupted at the bottom of the hill and the road was closed due to fears a propane tank might explode.



Degas took the students to Mission for the balance of the afternoon.

9-21-16
Woodside looks dry but outflow so we are heading to Merritt

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 20C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
350° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Merritt Report - we are meeting at the Ranch at 9 am, planning a road trip to Merritt.

We arrived at Merritt at noon for a snack to find light NE winds and on top of Sugarloaf Mountain it was coming in straight so Phil & Peter got their first high flights under gorgeous CUs.

We got 2 flights in off Sugarloaf with 2 different LZs.



We then tried the NE facing launch near the water tank and some more experienced pilots flew off there in no wind, a first for us at this site.



9-20-16
Woodside looks dry but outflow winds may foil our flying plans

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 20C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
350° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Woodside Report - we met at the Ranch at 9 am, planning maybe a road trip to Mission or Merritt but the conditions were favourable to stay at Woodside despite some outflow and we flew 4 flights.

Martin got his 24th flight but we were denied his 25th and graduating flight due to outflow.



9-19-16
Woodside looks wet and windy

Agassiz BC

Showers this morning becoming less numerous during the afternoon hours. High 17C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 70%.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Rain Report - we were suspending operations today, good thing too as we had heavy rain and thunderstorms dumping hail.

9-18-16
Woodside looks possible

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy skies with a few showers this afternoon. High 18C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at 8 am and Martin had a great soaring flight before the winds picked up.



Then it was off to Mission for some training hill practice flights, where Martin did a great job with his reverse launching.

We went up twice in the afternoon with experienced pilots and drove down as the gust differential was too great. Great Lapse Rate today!

9-17-16
Woodside looks wet so maybe Cache Creek will work

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: Overcast with rain showers at times. High 19C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - we assessed the road trip options at 8 am and heading inland won't work due to winds and thunderstorms so I stayed home and did chores and book-keeping.

9-16-16
Woodside looks like nice conditions by noon

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we tried flying at 10 am but the conditions made us wait a bit.

Dawson, Billy, Martin & Fish all flew 2 flights before it got too windy and then lots of kiting while I did errands.

We went back up at 6 pm when it looked calmer but after Billy got dragged a bit we packed up and headed down.

9-15-16
Woodside looks like nice conditions by noon

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at 10 am. Good launch conditions all day.

Martin got 5 flights in today, and Fish joined us for the last flight and it got windy at 5 pm, but they did well climbing and penetrating to the Ranch.



Saint-André-les-Alpes from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.

9-14-16
Woodside looks like nice conditions by noon

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we only had Martin G here for lessons, and Denis worked with him in the LZ until it was flyable around noon.

We only got two rounds in as it blew out around 3 pm, but Martin is progressing well.

Denis did one tandem at 1 pm and we had high hopes of a Harvest Run for him and Martin, but Denis hit nothing but sink and landed in Riverside while Martin got to the Eagle Ranch LZ.

9-13-16
Woodside looks like nice conditions by noon

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. NE winds shifting to W at 15 to 25 km/h.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we thought we would be flying by noon, but the outflow was a bit spooky with nice cycles up the front for 5+ minutes and then a huge reverse gust from the back . . . so we waited and were rewarded with nice smooth flights.

We had three tandems at noon that got pushed back to 2 pm, and the flights were very nice with Jenette & I getting above launch!



The remaining four tandems also had to wait for Denis & Andrei to take them but they were all nice quality rides with Denis getting high on the last flgiht with a 240 lb dude!

Students got three nice flights in today on their way to P-2 certification.

9-12-16
Woodside looks like outflow and strong for a few days

Agassiz BC

Sunny by the afternoon. High 22C. Winds NE 20 kph.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - we were closed for flights Monday due to outflow winds, but did run a ground school session for new student Martin.

I was a bit late as the Van needed a new battery, and some work on the ABS system but we are good to go up Woodside now.

Reports from Pemberton, with folks getting nice flights off Miller Ridge in the AM and 2 hour flights in the PM despite North wind forecasts.

9-11-16
Woodside looks like outflow and strong for a few days

Agassiz BC

Rain showers early, then sunny by the afternoon. High 22C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Woodside Report - we were closed for classes Sunday due to outflow winds.

Derek and the gang flew Bridal with mixed results, with Mike M getting to over 2000 metres over Cheam.

9-10-16
Woodside looks good for today for new students at 10 am

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy skies with a few showers this afternoon. High 21C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.
240° @ 10 after 12 noon
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were open for classes at 10 am, but didn't go up to fly Woodside til 11 am.

We only had three students and they are doing well so the rounds were fast, taking about an hour each and we got three flights in and during the last round Colleem & I flew a nice couple tandem and we found some nice lift and nicce landing conditions for Colleen but it was switchy whne I came in with Natasha as the thermics got stronger.

I got a ride up with Bev to retrieve the Van and sent the students to lunch at 3 pm and many pilots were standing down, and Denis was commenting about the strong gusts.

Guy H was in the air on my Zeno and parked at times but he had a nice 2 hour ride out to the Ranch.

I took the students out to kite later and it never camed down even after it got dark.

9-9-16
Woodside looks good for today for new students after noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny to partly cloudy. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10 after 12 noon
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were open for classes at 10 am, and we did not fly Woodside til 11 am but we still got five student rounds in by 6 pm.

Jason is now up to 10 flights in 3 days, Fish came a bit late and got 3 flights to round him out to 13 flights in total and they are both progressing very well with excellent forward & reverse launch skills.





St. Andre PWC Report - three tasks in now, with reports of +10 m/s thermals.

Felix Rodriguez is in second place overall on an EnZo2 and Luc Armant is in third place on the new Zeno.

Results after three tasks.

Results from Task 3.

9-8-16
Woodside looks good for today for new students once the clouds clear

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High 19.
240° @ 10 after 12 noon
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were open for classes at 9 am, but had to head to Mission for reverse launch practice as the mountain was clouded in.

Koah & Jason had a nice session with Koa getting his new Sky Atis 2 into the air many times.

We headed back after noon as we could see Woodside Launch on the webcam.

On the way back near Deroche it was pounding down rain and hail. Hmmm? Plan B?

By the time we got to the Ranch it was just light drizzle and we did some ground school sessions indoors before heading up the mountain.

The rain has made the road a mess and they are still hauling so use 151.4300 MHZ to call out the kms as you use the road.

Once on launch we had great strong cycles for the boys to use their new reverse launch skills and they both got a nice lifty flight out to the Ranch.

Back up for flight #2 and it was getting sunnier, and this flight was even liftier but not so smooth near launch and also lifty in the LZ.



Jason was overwhelmed and headed home early, too much airtime, but Khoa stayed for one last flight at 6 pm and it was smooth and perfect to end the day.



No task at St. Andre today, too windy I guess?

Saint Andre´ Ozone Zeno by Luc ARMANT from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.

9-7-16
Woodside looks windy for new students so we are heading to Merritt

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High around 20C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 20 after 12 noon
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Merritt Report - we were open for classes at 8 am, and made the call to head to Merritt at that time.

We drove through hard rain most of the way to Merritt but it went to blue skies as we arrived and headed up Sugarloaf Mountain.

We were kiting on the top after I showed the boys how to reverse launch with As & Cs. Jason caught on right away and was doing well.



Rusty called from the bottom so I went to get him as I had his new Buzz z5 in the Van, and I left the boys kiting on top. Icould see them from the bottom as they were kiting, but when I got to the top I could not see Jason?

He got dragged over the little hill we were kiting on and was down in a hollow packing up his gear.

By now it got too strong to fly or kite safely, so we went to the Central Park in Merritt to kite and I got to take the Zeno out for a kiting session.

As we were kiting I could see some rain to the south on its way here so I told the guys to pack up and while doing the packing a big gust front came through but we aere all safely packed up, and in a few minutes it was heavy rain.

By the time we got back to Woodside we could see we made the right choice as Woodside was still gusty and turbulent with the trees swaying on the ground and at launch.

Good productive kiting day all around with just $60 in gas as an expense.



St. Andre PWC Report - two tasks in now and the air has been rough and windy, with reports of +10 m/s thermals and several gliders falling out of the sky but no reserves yet. But these pilots are the world's best!

Noteable result on Task 2 as Luc Armant took second place on his stock Zeno, just behind Yassen Savov on an EnZo2. This is a testament to how good the Zeno performs despite Luc's skills.

Results after two tasks.

Results from Task 2.

Dude on blue Enzo falling from the sky before the start of task 2 @ World Cup St. André from Yassen Savov on Vimeo.

9-6-16
Woodside looks good for today for new students

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High around 20C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10 after 12 noon
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were in Mission til noon, on the Heritage Park Hill with newbies Jason & Khoa and they did very well.

Eight runs down the hill doing forward launches prepared them well for Woodside later in the day.

On the first flights at Woodside the new pilots did well with good launches and good approaches and landings.

On the second round, Norm and Martin flew too and the air was "funky" down low with some +6 m/s lift followed by -6 m/s sink but the EONAs proved a stable platform for the students as they flew straight out to nice lift over the Construction Zone (soon to be renamed the "Highlands" as the lots are soon filled up with houses and no more construction).

I was invited by Bev to fly but I knew it looked too good and I would have to fly straight out and bring the students back up so we drove down to facilitate the student flights.

Norm & Martin flew out east towards Harvest as the cloudsuck was too much for them around launch. Derek picked them up as he was heading over to Woodside.

I sent the students home around 530 pm, as I had to head in to Vancouver to pick up some gear but the last flight of the day for Derek, Bev, Norm and Gary P proved to be very lifty and nice as Woodside got quite soarable as the winds picked up.

9-5-16
Woodside looks good for today for new students

Agassiz BC

More clouds than sun. High 18C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 12 after 12 noon
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were open for classes at 9 am, but we could not launch til around 2 pm as cloudbase was obscuring launch.

But after 2 pm it was perfect for students, tandems and experts all day long.

Derek took the first tandem to cloudbase and I followed with a second tandem with some soaring but not as high as Derek.



Carl K was here for his final two student flights and did well.

I took a third tandem with Rob who wants to take lessons soon.

Then around 5 pm we all went up for a glassoff flight, and Derek snagged a german tourist off launch and took her tandem.

Colleen, Norm and Derek all launched before me and I followed on the Zeno.

Colleen stayed in the air the longest and she found a nice layer of lift around 500 metres.

I was soaring at cloudbase near the mountain and base was dropping as the air cooled, so I flew out and found a weird layered thermal over the Construction Zone and thermaled up above launch there where base was higher.

I flew out over the river to the other side and was going up the entire trip, varied altitudes from 600 - 700 metres all over the valley.

The Zeno is well trained to locate and stay in even the lightest lift, very efficient and lots of energy to flare with on landing.

9-4-16
Woodside looks good for the next week but we are not flying today

Agassiz BC

Sunny to partly cloudy. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10 after 2 pm
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were closed and cleaning up after the wedding but I saw many pilotss flying and getting high under a big CU.

I noticed the winds picked up around 2 pm in our LZ and no PGers in the air at that time.

Bev reported flights to Harvest and Best fields rather than having to hike Riverside!

I got my new Delight 2 M harness setup and ready for a 6 pm flight but it started drizzling so I kept cleaning.

9-2-16
Woodside looks wet for the next 2 days

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 16.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we were closed til Monday September 5th for Aaron's wedding party and the weather turned out very well for the event.

We were wrapping up the service and taking pictures while a HGer was thermalling out over Woodside.



9-2-16
Woodside looks wet for the next 2 days

Agassiz BC

Cloudy this morning. A few showers developing during the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 18C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - it drizzled most of the day and we are closed til Monday September 5th for a private party.

A reminder that Eagle Ranch will be closed on September 3-4 for a special event, Aaron & Christie's wedding, please land at Riverside during that period as the parking ot is reserved for wedding guests.

9-1-16
Woodside looks wet for the next 3 days

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day. High near 20C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - we were setting up stuff for the wedding when Derek called with a plan to fly Woodside.

Martin N, Norm, Bev and I headed up to find lightish conditions but soarable.

I prefer stronger stuff to launch the Zeno, but I got off after a few tries and was soaring with the boys as Bev drove for us.

We got to 900 metres at the North Cliffs and it was quite smooth even when Martin was trying to wake me.

I tried speed bar on the way out and had a blow out as the Kortel harness I was flying had a goofy sppedbar setup with too much tension on the left.

Ozone Zeno flies straight with a stuck 50% collapse and doesn't lose any height!

I tried again and it blew out exactly the same way, so I am setting up a new SupAir Delight 2 for myself, with an Xtralite reserve so I am lighter loaded . . . and with a correct speed system.

We flew for an hour and it got cold, time for warmer gloves or mitts.



A reminder that Eagle Ranch will be closed on September 2-4 for a special event, Aaron & Christie's wedding, please land at Riverside during that period as the parking ot is reserved for wedding guests.





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