Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 26. UV index 5 or moderate.
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Ozone Delta 2 ML in orange/blue - $2700 CDN 60 hours
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Ozone Rush 3 M in red/yellow - $2600 CDN less than 60 hours
Gin Tribe M in grey/blue - $1500 CDN with 30 hours (one year old)
Ozone Mantra M4 S in red/orange - $1200 less than 60 hours
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Current Demo Gear: Gin Bolero 4 (L), Gin Atlas (S, M), Gin Fuse Tandem (2 - Size 41), Gin Tribe (ML) Ozone Buzz Z4 (ML), Ozone Delta 2 (MS ML & S), SupAir Delight Pod Harness L.
A few showers ending near noon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 19.
Periods of rain ending near noon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19.
Cheam Report from September 14 - despite the NE forecasts, Richard T, John & Martin D hiked up Mt Cheam and had beautiful flights getting high above the summit.
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. High 23. UV index 3 or moderate.
One unnamed pilot flew off around 1 pm, but only got a sledder in light winds.
Mt. Robbie Reid Report - During early hours of September 13th I left my truck on a remote logging road located on the ridge separating Stave Lake from Alouette Lake and began my solo paragliding adventure with Mt Robbie Reid.
This prominent summit north of Mission, BC has been visited by paragliding pilots before, including myself.
This time I decided to take easy way to reach the top: flying to its highest summit from lower reaches of the mountain, bypassing difficulties.
Launching my wing on a snowfield at 1800 m ASL only 4 hrs after I began my ascent, I was immediately lifted to the new heights.
Sunny. High 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
I had no students today but did take a load of pilots up around 3 pm, and Martin N showed them all how to get above the inversion layer which was just at the height of the South Knoll.
Martin N has logged 24 hours this month - what outflow?
Sunny. High 31. UV index 5 or moderate.
Lisa was the only student out today and she "bagged" 4 solo flights with 3 landings in the circle on her own guidance. and all landings were on her feet!
I had a tandem at 5:30 pm with Dallas from Chilliwack and he was an awesome passenger with solid running skills at launch and zero wind landing at the Ranch. We even scored a field goal with a pass thru the goal post trees! Try it sometime!
Sunny. High 29. UV index 5 or moderate.
Lucian is in the last days of his lessons achieivng 25 high flights, 5 different launch sites including a flight at Cornwall a few weeks back, about 7 hours of airtime and an 86% on his written exam. He logged 3 flights today.
Denis, Colleen & Kevin helped with tandems today and we managed to do 7 tandems in less thermic conditions than yesterday but all the flights were beautiful.
We went up to fly the last flight and Kevin and a few others went solo, while Colleen took Trudy for tandem #2 and it was pleasantly soarable still.
Sunny. Windy this morning. High 28. UV index 5 or moderate.
The sawdust pile was on fire and the neighbouring logs were also burning and the firefighters were spraying water on the flames but most of the fire was on the north side and not accessible.
The noon tandems were late, but we were not likely to fly until 2 pm anyway according to the IBIS reports.
When the tandems arrived we loaded all 7 passengers and 3 pilots into the Big White Bus and we headed up the hill.
We arrived to perfect inflow cycles and the smoke on the fire was still showing North.
Colleen launched first and was climbing nicely in front of launch and it was smooth.
I launched Lucian on his 20th solo and he was climbing and soaring well, so I clipped in Meta (in a pterodactal one piece suit she designed), and we flew off and were soon above launch and through 1000 metres within minutes. The new Gin Fuse Tandem is proving to be a good wing, and launches are super easy with a fast inflation and easy to stop overhead.
Lucian logged 4 flights today and prbably 2.5 hours of airtime. Lisa also got her first solo floght and was above launch most of the way to the Ranch where she did an "Axam Landing". Ask her what that is?
We went back up for one last flight just before dark and Lucian launched first, followed by Derek who was still thermalling until legal dark. Lisa decied not to fly the last flight as she was getting tired so I flew the Gin Bolero 4 down and had a nice flight landing at the ProCircle. It was too damp to packup so I just rosetted the wing into the Barn.
What a nice day.
The fire was still blazing when we went for dinner at the Sasquatch Inn.
Sunny. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
We did some ground school and then at 10 am the winds at the Ranch calmed down, I checked the windsocks on launch and it looked perfect so we went up.
We arrived to inflow winds on launch and the wind on Harrison Bay was calm, so Moto got set up. We had no outflow at all??
Moto launched forward and flew out in very smooth air and was heading to the south when he started climbing and fast. He then hit a layer of north wind but he was still climbing heading out to the valley, he climbed above launch and was out over the Ranch for another 30 minutes in smooth lift landing at the Ranch in the normal pattern.
When I got down to the Ranch the north winds had kicked in and we had to go to Mission for training hill practice with Lisa who is just starting training with FlyBC.
We arrived on Heritage Park Hill around 1 pm, and we had perfect SW cycles and Moto & Lisa did 8 perfect runs each before they were too tired to walk up again, as it was 25 degrees in the sun.
We came back to the Ranch at 3 pm and the north wind was still there even after dark, so no more high flights.
Sunny. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
It was howling from the North all day and at 3 pm, it went calm.
Earlier in the day there was a forest fire on the east Vedder Ridge and it was showing outflow and strong. Hwy 7 to Mission was also very windy and all flags showed outflow.
We went up to Woodside Launch around 4 pm and the smoke on Vedder was showing South now, and we had launchable cycles and Martin was off first.
Derek took off first and started a slow climb out front, I was a few minutes after him and was working the same thermal out front. Derek & Martin were on the north cliffs at 1000 metres and I was in front and above launch at 800 metres for some time. and the thermal I was in finally popped off and I was above the other guys. Not so nice above 1000 metres as you could feel the NE flow aloft (choppy). But smooth down low, so I flew out of the lift to descend.
I was trying top-landing approaches, as was Martin . . . for 30 minutes and we just could not get in. Derek tried too for maybe 15 minutes and I decided it was more prudent to drive back up to retrieve Derek's truck and I headed out to land at the ProCircle in smooth light west winds.
I was going to take Norm's bike up to retrieve, but as I was finishing packing up Martin & Derek both came in to land, so we retrieved with the Atlas.
Denis reported the same leeside chop at Grouse today.
Mainly sunny. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
Mainly cloudy. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
I had to go to Vancouver to pick up some gear and left the Ranch around 4 pm, as Derek & a gang headed up to Woodside to do some grooming on the roadway & launch.
Apparently, Nikolai was more interested in flying and he took off and got to 1200 metres while the guys were working. Later Martin N & Kevin flew off and got sledders.
A big thanks to everyone that helped out today, we all appreciate it!
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Gusty winds. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
I loaded up the Atlas and headed up to see them both heading out over the flats, and when Martin came back he was grovelling for some time as I considered my options as I had planned on top-landing but it was quite gusty.
When I arrived at Harvest, Kevin was still at 700 metres and heading east. Martin was focussing on getting to Harvest rather than seeing Kevin climb out and missed the thermal that eventually took Kevin to the Seabird Island Gas Bar. Spot his location in the next shot.
Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
We had third day student Jonnie here and he is progressing well, getting ready to try his new BlackHawk Paramotor which arrives today or tomorrow.
Jonnie logged three more flights today with the last one after noon getting kind of windy and bumpy as forecasted, but he did a great job piloting the Gin Bolero 4 out to the Eagle Ranch LZ.
Others stood down as we saw Alex R get high over the South Knoll and then take a 60% collapse right in front of launch with no warning (possibly a gust).
Colleen flew off after me on her Delta2 and could barely get to 600 metres on the South Knoll before heading out to the Ranch, testing my theory of landing at the training hill when it is gusty and it was smooth there.
Meanwhile, Klaus had "bush-wacked" up to Mt Cheam from Bridal and launched from the meadows as he wanted to get in the air before it blew out. He had an uneventful flight on his new Ozone Geo 4 hiking kit landing at the Bridal LZ.
Guy H was out bivi-flying in Pemby and reported he was camping at 7000 feet near Copperdome.
Another epic adventure was reported as Richard T had hiked up Mt Outram near Manning Park and flew off at 10 am from about 8000 feet, also having a nice smooth flight.
And not to be outdone by Richard . . . Edmond R, our favourite frenchman from Kelowna, reported to Kevin that he successfuly flew off Mt Baker after an overnight hike early this morning.
The season is far from over, come out for some nice fall flying!
Sunny. High 30. UV index 6 or high.
We moved the tandems back to 1 pm. I headed up with a load of pilots and three tandems and Denis, Kevin & I were the tandem team today.
I got to launch after waiting for a grader to come by the spur road (that never arrived) and by the time I got to launch Denis had already launched and was heading in to land at the Ranch. Good launch cycles after waiting for the winds to stop blowing over the back all morning.
Kevin launched next with Alexis and they were soaring around out front and over Riverside for 30 minutes as I got ready and clipped Kayla in. But we had to wait for a decent cycle and we were soon off and thermalling with George, Martin & Andrew in front of launch. It was getting a bit crowded to navigate a tandem through all these pilots so we headed out to the Construction Zone and had some nice climbs there and over Duncan's too.
Landing at the Ranch was smooth and predictable and we had a nice touchdown in the circle.
When we got in to the Barn, Jonnie had arrived from bringing Amy back to the ferries and was ready to fly.
I took another load of pilots up including Colleen & Jonnie and Jonnie got his first solo in today after 3 yesterday. Weaker conditions but he had a perfect launch, flight and landing.
We went straight up again and this time it was soarable and Jonnie got some great ridge soaring in and was able to climb high flying the Gin Bolero 4 L.
We were finished by 6 pm to end a perfect day despite the morning outflow.
Sunny. Fog patches over western sections early this morning. High 27. UV index 6 or high.
The Agassiz and Hope reports were NE at 10+ kph. The windsocks on top were blowing down hard. Sumas was showing NE at 17 kph at 1000 metres. We were hooped, so I hatched a plan to load up the Atlas and head to Ashcroft where it was light NE and flyable all day.
I started getting the students gear ready and in the truck and the student were watching the Ozone Ground Handling Video so I looked at the telescope one last time at 10:45 am, and it was blowing inflow at launch! Yes, we don't have to drive for 6 hours!
NOAA was forecasting inflow by noon, and it was correct. CanadaRASP showed outflow all day as did TJRasp, but Woodside has a good shape if it is NE winds and it really aids in getting pilots out to the Ranch high for lots of maneuvering.
Jonnie was off next and had a great forward launch and was headed out for an equally long flight. Amy had one abort but nailed the second attempt and was above launch as she is very light. She "boated her way out" to the LZ arriving at launch height and did a good job on the approach and landed "soft as a feather" at the Ranch in light winds.
Women's Fly-In in Chelan WA for Halloween, Hedley Fly-In for Thanksgiving, more Cornwall Days before it snows, Savona for outflow days - lots to do this fall before Mexico Touring starts.
Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
Both did really well on the training hill nailing every inflation with perfect timing!
Denis came out to help with tandems and at noon Patrick arrived but there was just him and I had booked for 2 passengers. Plan was revised and Denis took Patrick tandem and I took Amy for her first flight and we had a good one thermalling with a bald eagle above launch!
We went back to Woodside at 6 pm and Colleen took Amy for another tandem flight and Jon bagged his first solo flight on the Gin Bolero 4 L.
I went minimalist today with my Alpina 2 and thus had no instruments but I estimate that this photo was taken from between 2500-2600 meters judging by the views of the Cheam range below.
Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate.
Richard worked all day Monday on the training hill, after a nice tandem flight with Colleen and he was ready to fly!
Richard had a great takeoff on the new Gin Bolero 4 we just received and he had a brilliant approach & landing right in the circle!
I had to wait on the ground so that Richard's wife could practice some inflations, and missed going up with Derek, Martin N, and a few others.
We arrived on launch to see Martin N having a nap after top-landing.
Martin swapped me his Rush 4 L for my Gin Carrera M and we took off and thermalled for about an hour. Derek meanwhile had flown to the Sandpiper Golf Course to meet up with his tandem passenger Tonhya.
I was only able to get to 1000 metres and cloudbase but it was good lift everywhere.
Martin & I headed out to the Ranch together after a tour of Harrison Mills, where it was lifty all over the flats too.
Landing was the typical thermally ride in but I landed on my feet, Martin came in a bit lower and sooner and had a nice approach. It is all in the timing.
We went to the Sandpiper to pick up Derek and a few other tandem passengers and headed up Woodside to perfect conditions for takeoff & soaring together for about 30 minutes, but we had to get down so Derek could take Leah for her flight before sunset.
Cloudy. Showers beginning early this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 16.
First trip could be this weekend if we get outflow winds, and then we may go to Savona again. Other trips include the Hedley Fly-In on Thanksgiving Weekend and other points east while the weather is still flyable.
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
Colleen took Richard tandem for his first experience and they were soaring early.
I had left the Nissan Atlas on top and had to bum a ride from Andrei, as he and Elena were going up to try her new wing. Martin N tagged along. I am glad I am not the only desperado around here!
Everyone got to fly, and the Eagle ranch LZ was too calm to kite so the students followed me to Mission Heritage Park for some practice flights.
at Heritage Park the winds were catabatic, so we headed to Cherry Hill and got Richard set up on a new Gin Bolero 4. He had perfect infations but was not sure what to do with his hands so he was not getting off the ground. Eventually it all clicked after 5 flights.
The winds changed here so we headed back to Heritage Park and Richard & Kelly shared the Bolero 4 and got some really nice flights.
While we were at Heritage Park we overheard Martin N, Derek & Kevin flying Woodside. Martin had been up for 3:45 and still above Derek!
We headed back to Woodside and sent the students home until Wednesday as a front is rolling through tomorrow and they are ready to fly.
Cache Creek: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h late this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
We started at 10 am with Gabe & Lucian and we headed to Savona's Lower Launch.
Nice cycles with east prevailing winds and Lucian launched first and worked the lift all the way to the Toilet Bowl. Gabe was soon afterwards and rode the Bolero home to the same spot. Bill G & Juan arrived just in time to see the guys fly and they retrieved them while I drove down.
Rod had texted that he was on the way so Juan waited at the Hat Creek turnoff for 35 minutes and we then headed up to launch. The road is chewed up in a few places with some ugly cross ditches but Juan powered through in 2WD in his F350.
We arrived to perfect cycles even though it was now 3:00 pm!
Colleen launched first with Lucian & Gabe following her to the Ashcroft Manor where they arrived quite high.
Juan & Bill flew off next and Juan was getting some nice cloudsuck and they headed towards Cache Creek.
Then a patch of sunlight broke through, and I laid out the demo Gin Carrera and waited for the cycles to come in. After several minuted I got a puff up the slope and I yanked the Carrera into the air and was flying!
By now all the sun was gone in the valley so I rode the ridge NE towards Cache Creek and was getting little bits of lift along the ridges and when I got to the Drag Strip where there was some sun, I turned towards the Ashcroft Manor.
I drove Juan back up in the Atlas with his mini-bike and dropped him off at the Cornwall Forest Service Road.
We then loaded up and headed to Woodside but arrived to too strong winds and impending darkness so we drove down.
A very productive & relaxing weekend for training and worth the drive, the season is far from over!
Cache Creek: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
Gabe & Lucian rode their motorcycles and Colleen & I were in the Altas and somehow we beat them when Lucian's GPS sent them to Lillooett?
Russell & Diane were also following in their rental car as he wanted to try his new Ozone Delta 2 before heading home to the Yukon.
By the time we got ready to fly the forecasted SW winds became NE so the boys got a Dump flight showing how well they can reverse launch. It was a short flight but they did well with all phases of flight.
It started to rain so we headed to Upper Launch to wait it out as it looked like a blue hole was coming from the South.
I fell asleep in the truck while the guys waited on launch, and when I awoke it was sunny and the cycles were cming in perfectly.
Russell got ready first and launched in nice cycle and headed east towards the Crash Pad LZ but he hit headwinds and sink and landed short and had a small hike.
Lucian launched next on a borrowed Rush and had a similar flight path and landed near Russell.
Gerry L launched on his Delta 2 and headed west and started to climb out! I told Gabe to follow Gerry and he did and they were soon above launch.
When I got down to the LZ, I saw Gabe packing up on the rim of the Toilet Bowl, while the HG was in the middle of the LZ. Apparently the HGer had a straight glide here with no turns and barely made it. Gabe hit some strong headwinds over the LZ and barely made it in but he kept his cool and flew as fast as possible and killed the wing afer he touched do so he would not get dragged off the bowl.
After we regrouped, the winds got really strong from the NE so back to the Dump Ridge where Gabe got dragged a few times and Lucian decided not to even try kiting. Russell took off on his new Delta 2 but the winds were too cross to soar.
It rained on us here again, and Mother Nature treated us to a nice rainbow before we packed up and headed to the Pub.
Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 70 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 30 percent chance of showers early this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 24. UV index 4 or moderate.
Kevin called around 3 pm and mentioned the winds in Chilliwack had died down and he was coming to fly Woodside, so we got Gabe ready and headed up the mountain when Kevin arrived.
Kevin launched his new Ozone Mantra M6 first and started climbing out smoothly, so Gabe got ready and got the Rush I into the air equally smoothly and he started thermalling so I drove down.
Gabe & I headed into Vancouver later and we saw Kevin over the HG LZ about 90 minutes later so he had a good flight!
Mainly sunny. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
We still have Sabrina, Gabe, Greg, Roy, Lucian and Harley here finishing off their lessons and their hard work the past 6 days is showing.
We bagged and early flight at 10 am and it was already getting windy. I was sure we were going to get shut down as the forecast winds were supposed to pick up by noon and as Denis flew off with Arlene on tandem he radioed back that it was picking up but he made the Ranch with lots of height.
Greg launched first after a few duffs and got "hoovered" off launch but had a great long flight, so one by one we got everyone off but Sabrina. Everyone had fun but Roy who got a bit low trying to thermal and landed in Burt's backyard.
Denis came back up in his car and we took the last two tandems and Denis ended up in Riverside as he hit sink but we were able to take off tandem on the Gin Fuse and climb with ease and even had to look for sink as it was thermalling off the flats. The LZ has just been hayed so it is dry brown and thermic and we got popped on final pretty good, as I decided to try the circle instead of the training hill.
The students all had good landings and were super happy to get the second flight in stronger conditions.
After that we went to Jack's for lunch before heading to the Agassiz Rec Centre for some kiting.
Mainly sunny. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
Sabrina, Gabe, Greg, Roy, Lucian and Harley all flew and Sabrina & Greg are both flying their new Ozone Geo 4s and loving the handling.
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
We had some light leeside cycles but the students are very skilled at no wind forward launches and everyone got 5 flights in today.
The new Van is working well as many loads were 10+ pilots and gear and everything was safe and secure in the Van.
The last flights were pretty late but it was still cycling in and almost soarable (at least for a few passes for Darren on his new Gin Atlas X-Alps).
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
Somehow we also booked in 8 students and I managed to put together 8 full kits including many new gliders we just received in stock. Nothing like treating a student right with brand new gear!
Denis, Derek, Andrew & Colleen were the most Awesome Tandem Team while I managed the guiding & driving duties. Colleen was also tasked with landing the students as some were brand new to the sport, as usual she provided top quality guiding!
Add to the mix another 20+ pilots on launch at Woodside and it was pretty crowded but we managed 4 student flights each, and the tandems were able to stay above launch until the passengers got dizzy!
Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
We then did a set of 8 tandems with Denis, Derek & Colleen piloting and when we thought it would calm down around 6 pm we went back up with the students and got Derek off before it blew out really strong til dark.
Derek flew over to Harvest to show the students how to approach and land there for their future XC flights.
Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 24. UV index 5 or moderate.
We had many good flights with no aborts but these folks have either kited or flown a few small flights with friends, so they were pretty easy.
Sabrina had one problem when she started to bring the Bolero 4 up too slowly and it drifted left into the only bush on launch. I came over to get some lines out of the top of the bush when I stepped on an underground wasp nest and they became very angry and attacked my sandaled feet. Yikes! I did the crazy dance trying to kill the ones that were still attacking me but they won and I ended up with about 20 stings. They even followed me 40-50 feet away still attacking. Meanwhile, Sabrina was attached to the bush and they started stinging her. She had to ditch the wing by unclipping and running away too.
After attending to our stings we still had to go down and get the wing out and bravely Karen went down and got the lines off the tree by avoiding the nest but as she was walking up the hill with the wing one wasp stung her.
My radio was still sitting on the nest where I dropped it but Greg managed to get it without getting stung.
Nasty beasts these wasps. We packed up and headed to Woodside where hopefully there are no wasps.
We went back to Woodside and had lunch and did some landing briefings and went up to launch around 5 pm to perfect cycles and light winds in the LZ.
One by one the students flew off with perfect launches and Colleen & Karen were in the LZ to guide them in for their maiden Woodside flights.
When I got back to the Van to drive down, I found I had a flat tire so Colleen drove everyone back up in the Nissan Atlas (with some tire foam to get me back down).
I drove straight down to the Ranch while Colleen got everyone ready to fly and I was in the LZ for their second flights and everyone did really well on flight #2.
A very productive day for the students who are here for 5 more days, so they should look like superstars when they leave (hopefully with their P2 ratings).
Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. 30 percent chance of showers near Hope late this afternoon. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
Gabe flew off solo as I readied the tandem with Kate from the Island who came all the way over to fly with us so I did not want to disappoint her and give her a sledder.
A few others flew off too and Mark C was doing well above launch so after a few duffs we were off (I think Kate was really scared and her legs would not move). We got lucky and were soon above the towers and it was easy soaring and smooth all over the mountain. After 30 minutes we flew out and even the ridge near Duncans was working as a gaggle of vultures soared with us.
I was concerned that Kate might not be able to run when we landed but she surprised me and had a great standup landing and dragged me into the circle to pack up!
By now Gilbert & his brother had arrived and I was to take Dennis tandem. It was getting stronger and when we arrived on launch it was pretty strong with gusty cycles rolling through. Good thing Dennis is a heavy boy.
Degas had launched and then Cornell from the Island and they were soaring around easily. Cornell is on a nice Ozone Delta 2 and he climbed like a rocket to the north.
I inflated the Magnum II and oddly I could not move forward. Ah, Dennis is pushing back on me. I popped the brakes to unglue his feet from the ground and we were free of terra firma and climbing.
A few turns and we got to 1000 metres but could not catch Cornell.
It was clearly too strong for beginners so the students drove down and I contemplated Harvest Market but with no plan in place I flew us out to the Ranch after 30 minutes.
Strong south wind in the LZ, so I tried my new approach into the training hill area and we had a super soft touchdown with no need to run. Dennis was standing up and then fell over on his back, no pull from the glider. He just fell over! He was giggling from excitement!
Another new student for paramotoring as Dennis does not like the idea of running off the mountain but loved the flying part.
Meanwhile Cornell & Degas flew out to Harvest Market and softer landing conditions that Riverside in the strong conditions.
We gathered up the students and headed to Bridal as it is usually less windy there and some of the recently signed off pilots have not flown there either, and we arrived to see Martin N up high heading to Elk.
It was strong in the LZ from the west, and we waited for Derek to drive up.
It looked like easy soaring on the Knob near launch.
We arrived on top at 6 pm and there was no wind and it clouded in. I was taking Ryyan for a tandem and we got clipped in and waited for a cycle . . . and waited some more.
We got one decent cycle but Ryan was too slow on the initial inflation run and the glider dropped to the side.
Next cycle we got the wing overhead but not enough speed and ended up in the bushes at the end of the runway.
We bunched up and let the solo pilots go next and we waited about 30 minutes before we got any cycles that were not down?
The better launch position was the upper launch and Sam A got off first, followed by Etienne and then Gabe. Mark C got off too and they were able to soar with Martin N who came back and was still in the air 3 hours later.
Bridal is a special place to fly tandems and you really need good cycles as the runway is short.
Meanwhile back at Woodside it calmed down enough for Karen to launch and get a 45 minute glassoff flight. Never leave Mother Woodside, at least for tandems.
Mainly cloudy. Clearing this afternoon. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
Gabe launched just at 9 am, and he initially started going up and was on a good track for the Ranch when he hit a sinky patch of air that made it look like he would barely make the swamp. I had him angle out towards the HG LZ and he caught some nice lift at the bailout area and was on track for Bill Best's field. Good thing we stopped there and did a briefing this morning.
Gabe did a great job piloting his way over to the alternate LZ and had a nice touchdown mid-field and I drove down to get him.
By now Bill M & Gilbert had arrived and we headed back up the hill to have another flight.
Gabe launched first and was ridge soaring for a few passes but I was concerned whether it had gotten windier. All signs; Harrison Bay, Sumas Windtalker and the launch cycles said it was calmer but you never know, so I sent him out to the Ranch.
Gilbert and I were going to go tandem but it picked up pretty strong and he is a small person so we drove down to do some kiting.
At 5 pm, we went back up with Derek, Martin N, Bill & Gabe and they had a super time thermalling all over the mountain for about an hour.
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
But not until Gabe had 4 really good flights practicing "big ears" and a few other required skills.
At 3 pm, Gabe had a few duffs (getting tired and gusty conditions) so we bagged his wing and I flew Lydia off on a tandem flight, and it was a sweet tandem thermalling on the South Knoll with the vultures and out over the Construction Zone too but it got nasty out over the flats! Good thing Gabe didn't get off! We had a nice approach into the Ranch but the bottom dropped out on final so we butt-skidded into the circle. Next time I am aiming for the training hill area when it is gusty, it is usually smoother there (where Gerry L always lands).
We did some de-briefing in the Barn and called the day at 4 pm.
When I headed over to Agassiz, I saw an un-named Icaro pilot walking out from the Dykes LZ, so I assume it was too windy to make it to Riverside??
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
I took the time off to head in to PoCo to pick up an additional shuttle vehicle as we are so busy and we hate to leave anyone behind. I took Norm's Honda all the way in and it ran far better after blowing out the carbon (plus a can of carb cleaner & premium gas too).
After finishing up the deal the poor salesman had to help me load in the Honda so I could get back to the Ranch, he earned his commission today.
Kevin, Eddy, Carl & Larry - our intrepid para-hikers do Baldy!
Chrigel the Eagle, flying an Ozone LM5 glider showing us how to do a death spiral.
Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
We had Gabe, Moto and Andy flying as students.
It was Andy's graduation day and he had four flights pretty much unassisted by us.
Gabe was doing well on Day Two and was often seen above launch thermalling unassisted on the Gin Atlas.
Denis, Colleen, Derek & Andre formed the Awesome Tandem Team today.
Somehow we managed to do 11 tandems and they were all soarable tandems too!
Thanks to all that helped out today!
Showers ending near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
We encountered light drizzle on the way to Heritage Park and when we arrived the LZ was full of cars as there was another music festival in the Park.
Now we had good winds and Gabe showed me what he had learned kiting with friends in Nelson over the summer (apparently spending 25 hours or more kiting his old Freeex wing).
I had him on the new Gin Atlas and he had many perfect launches on our training hill and got his feet off the ground several times too when he ran aggressively.
We had tandems coming at noon, so we loaded up the truck and headed up the hill so Colleen & Denis could fly the tandems and I would manage Gabe at launch, while COlleen could be in the LZ to guide him in.
When we got to launch it was socked in, but it lifted enough for Denis to go first.
We had one more tandem to do and Colleen stayed down on the ground as Denis flew the tandem. Martin N joined us and found one small thermal off the Construction Site but otherwise it was "sleddie time".
I launched Gabe and this launch was perfectly timed and Gabe was in the air again.
Another good landing for Gabe, just a bit high on final, but he is getting the pattern.
We went up one more time around 4 pm, and Gabe was the only student and he had another perfect launch and landing to end off his first day. Three solos on Day One!
Sunny. High 35. UV index 8 or very high.
Many thanks to Derek & Martin N for mowing the grass after the past days of rain! Apparently the lawns came back to life with the rain, cause they looked dead when we left last week.
Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Bridal was working for Martin & George, not so well for another un-named pilot as they flew out.
Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.