FlyBC "Site of the Day" - August 28/2016

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Woodside will be nice today

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8-28-16
Woodside looks good all day

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 22C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Coaches Corner - we are flying today after 10 am.



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Ozone just released the 2016 Ozone Glider Brochure with Delta 3 referenced in it. Also, the new Zeno EN-D 2 liner is mentioned and looks amazing.

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.

Third Party Article here.



Used Gear List: Updated August 18, 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)
Icaro Wildcat EN-B - 95-115 kgs - 100 hours - $900
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 - expected this week! - $4850 CDN
SupAir SORA Tandem 140-220 kgs in White - $2500 CDN - 80 hours
JoJo Wings Quest 2 Tandem 41 Blue/Red from 2011 - 60 hours - $1400 CDN

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.
8-27-16
Woodside looks too windy

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon. Clearing this afternoon. Windy near Hope late this morning and this afternoon. High 23. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 27
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we were NOT flying today as it was too windy, but we had good kiting sessions at the Ranch until it got too wild and then we went to Mission Heritage Park til 4 pm.

New students Angelica & Greg were doing well for their first day and Greg flew off the training hill dozens of times in gusty cross winds, getting some nice hops.



Some fun in the wilds behind Grouse Mtn.

Lost in the Garden from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.

8-26-16
Woodside looks nice today after noon as the morning looks like outflow

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 31C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we are flying today after noon and we only got one flight in for the students as it got too windy.

Derek and I did a set of tandems with some nice thermals keeping us aloft with really nice landing conditions.

Martin N scored big time with a 1:30 flight and a top-landing to drive Derek's rig down.

At 3 pm we went back up hopeful for the students to get a second flight but it was was too gusty, so I pulled out my new Zeno ML.

Crappy launch conditions with gusty NW winds, made for a fun kiting session before I got off cleanly with not even a tip tuck, and started climbing.

Winds were strong +25 kph and gusty in the air but not even a ripple in the sail.

My previous tandem an hour before had a few frontals in the same area.

Climb rate certainly seemed good and I was loaded up at 110 kgs. I got to 1000 metres in a few turns.

Nice spiral machine for getting down fast through crappy air.



Landing conditions were quite rotory and thermic with the same 25-30 kph gusts in my LZ but the Zeno was solid. But there were moments!

We went back up at 7 pm for a last tandem and student flights but after seeing Gary P & Jason getting hoovered and parked we drove down. Lennies were forming over Sasquatch as we waited.



8-25-16
Woodside looks nice today after 2 pm as the morning looks like outflow

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be flying today after 2 pm with beginner pilots but we had outflow winds on launch til 7 pm.

We did a trip to Mission Heritage Park at noon with Jamie & Tanya to hone their launch skills and got kicked out of the Park by a District of Mission manager. The District of Mission recently took over managing Heritage Park from the Society that previously ran the Park for 50 years.

8-24-16
Woodside looks nice today after 2 pm as the morning looks like outflow

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we went flying today after noon with beginner pilots but only Len got a flight as it turned tail right after Len flew off. He had a short flight but made the Ranch easily as it was still leeside. We spent hours of kiting in nice NW winds, I even got to kite my new Zeno!

The Zeno kites very nicely, so nice that Jaime took it for a few sessions and handled it with ease and he only has 12 flights.

At 6 pm, we headed up again to find light to no wind, not what Derek & I wanted for tandems. But Pierre, Jaime & Jose got flights in no wind.



Lumby Report - Norm reported nice triangle flights with a Swiss pilot at Lumby despite the north wind forecast.

8-23-16
Woodside looks nice today after 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we are flying today after 10 am with beginner pilots and the new ones that arrived at 9 am were ready to fly by 11 am, as they were naturals with some great flexibility.

Bianca & Jose were here from Bowen and got three flights in.

Jaime is back from a long hiatus in Spain and logged three hours yesterday flying the EONA & the new SupAir LEAF.

Colleen took a nice tandem at 1 pm with a Saudi visitor that could only fly with a female instructor.

Oleg headed home after 4 days of training with a new BlackHawk Edge glider to practice kiting back in Edmonton.

The last flight at 6 pm (our fourth round) was a nice thermic one with Colleen staying up until everyone had landed (all 7 students).

Derek reported back that he and Martin N had a nice flight at Bridal getting to 1600 metres around 5 pm.



Miller Ridge Pemby Report - A truckload of us went up Miller ridge in Pemberton.



Drive to ~1600m and then a 1 hour hike to the alpine launch meadow at 1800m.

Cloudbase was around 3000m; I criss-crossed the main valley 5 times today!

Not-so-nice north winds so most us stayed local, although Igor flew to D'Arcy - Nicole

8-22-16
Woodside looks nice today after 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we got three student flights in with five students and Martin N and friends got a few hours in before it got strong and windy.

8-21-16
Woodside looks nice today until after 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy skies this morning will give way to occasional showers during the afternoon. High around 25C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
240° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be flying today after 8:00 am with beginner pilots but it was way too too windy. We left the Ranch and it was calm on the ground, by the time we hit the flats at 3 kms it was already gusty and Colleen radioed up that it had become gusty on the ground too.



Can Am Report from Black Mtn WA - Beautiful conditions at Black Mountain in WA state on Saturday, lots of lift to 2000+ m.

Derek reported a nice 3+ hour glass-off flight with a trip to the Canadian Border and back.



~40 pilots signed up, but only 3 Canadians.

Awesome camping at Silver Lake, a fantastic rib and chicken BBQ last night, and a pancake breakfast the next morning. Sunday was blown out so it was a leisurely swim in the lake - Nicole

8-20-16
Woodside looks nice today

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 32C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying today after noon with beginner pilots and we got two student rounds in and two more tandem rounds too.

Annette is "on fire" as she out-thermalled us on tandem on her new Ozone Buzz Z5!

8-19-16
Woodside looks windy with outflow til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we were kiting in the NW winds until 1 pm, and then we started flying students in nice lifty air with no wind.

We had a break around 4 pm, when it was just too hot for anything and we resumed flying at 700 pm, when it glassed off and Colleen, Annette, John, Derek, Lee and the students all had nice long lifty flights.

Meanwhile I was working with Oleg on trying to get his wing over his head in perfect cycles and we finally gave up after 40 minutes as he just was not feeling the glider at all.

I got the new SupAir Leaf demo ready and launched into shitty NW winds after eveyone else had landed, and barely made the Ranch because it was so sinky.

8-18-16
Woodside and the rest of BC look windy

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we were not flying today due to high winds everywhere and high heat warnings.

8-17-16
Woodside is looking good after noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. Humidex 33. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we flew Woodside today after noon but had to suspend operations/lessons for beginners after one flight as Colleen deemed it too thermic for new pilots.

Martin N & Logan S were happily flying their Swift4s around though.

It calmed down around 6 pm so we too the students up for a few first solos and everyone did very well!

8-16-16
Woodside is looking good after 9 am but watch out for winds later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 29C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside/Bridal/Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 9 am. We had one run with the students landing at the Best Field and they did well!

We did two more flights off Woodside but now it was already windy around noon, and they were hitting some turbulence. The EONA gliders are amazingly stable and have good "into wind performance".

I took Bernadette on a tandem flight after the students all landed and we got above launch a few times but it was quite inverted and punchy.


Martin managed 1:45 scratching around the South Knoll.

We headed to Bridal for a 4 pm session but only Logan (signed off pilot) and Carl flew as Dean & Eric only have 12 flights each so they stood down.

We headed back to Woodside for an evening session and everyone flew to the Ranch just making it in as it was still windy.

Later flights by Derek, Martin N, Norm also proved windy and hard to get down as it was very lifty as it "glassed-off".

8-15-16
Woodside is looking good after 9 am but watch out for winds later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 29C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 9 am. Denny took the students up for an early flight while I was on the ground doing landing guidance.

We lost power at the house due to a logging truck crash that unfortunately killed a driver in a pickup heading east up Woodside, as the westbound logging truck rolled at the Duncan's driveway.

The students were in the air above as the truck rolled but they didn't have GoPros, but the saw the carnage.



I headed over thru Duncan's road to see what was going on and got to the pickup pretty fast and two bystanders were checking the driver's vitals and got no pulse. The logging truck driver was uninjured and looked like he was in shock.

The powerlines were down but twisted together which shorted out the breakers downstream, so it was safe to work in the area but protocol kept the fire, ambulance and police out of the scene until Hydro arrived an hour later.

Our day was done, as the Van was stuck on the mountain and it was already getting windy, so I sent the students home.

Denny arrived back with new student George at around 4 pm, and they went kiting for the rest of the afternoon on the training hill.

8-14-16
Woodside is looking good after 8 am but watch out for winds later

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy skies. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
260° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 9 am. The conditions were better then than on later runs as it oddly went leeside around noon, before coming back to nice inflow.

Dean & Eric are doing well as is Fish all now around 10 flights in three days of lessons.

New student Mark logged one solo flight with Colleen guiding him in on the Geo 4 demo. Later he had a duff on launch as he is not fully understanding pitch control so it was back to the training hill in the afternoon.

We sent the students home at 3 pm when it got strong, and it was not expected to slow down later.

Derek, Denny, Bev and a few others went up Woodside at 7 pm and had nice glassoff conditions with lift to 900 metres everywhere, but slow groundspeeds and bumpy approaches into the Ranch (affirming the forecasts).

Alex had some fun on Saturday and just posted this outlanding after he hit sink on Saturday afternoon. Nice landing in a tight spot!

8-13-16
Woodside is looking good after 10 am as outflow is expected til then

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 31C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
260° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am. Conditions looked windy after 2 pm, but good for student runs til then.

We flew two student rounds today, and could have gotten more but there was launch congestion as some pilots seem to want to sort lines on the launch proper rather than back behind launch so more people can launch simultaneously.

Dean, Eric, Fish and James all flew two flights with perfect approaches. Not much lift as it was very hot and inverted in the Valley.

Colleen & I took a couple tandem at 230 pm, and despite windy and gusty launch conditions, there was weird lift that was hard to connect to but nice flights and landings for the anniversary couple.



I took the students to Mission to reverse kite as it was no good for training hill flights and they were doing well right til 6:30 pm.

When we arrived back at the Ranch we watched Alex W hit some major sink off Woodside as he landed on the bottom logging road on his Skin Plume, no damage and he was icked up by James who drove a round for the signed off pilots.

8-12-16
Woodside is looking good after noon as outflow is expected til then

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after noon. The first flight offered up some nice lift for the students and for Martin N seen here soaring at 12:45 pm.



By the end of the day we had 4 student flights and even Colleen got to soar at 6:00 pm, when I dragged her out of the house.



Canadian PG Nationals Report - another rained out day for the competition in Quebec, tonight is the awards ceremony.

8-11-16
Woodside is looking good after noon

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 28C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside/Bridal Report - we were flying Woodside today after noon. Conditions looked weak, with some inversion but good for student runs as Andrew & Dawson got four flights in each with some thermalling for Andrew on his Airwave Kiss.



We lost Steen as he had to head back to Kamloops after only one flight but he is coming back soon to add an Ozone Zero 10 to his wing collection.

Frejya had the best flight of the day as she climbed above Woodside to 1300 metres sans vario on her new Niviuk Hook 4 we sourced for her (yes we sell Niviuk here too).



We headed to Bridal for the 4:00 pm shuttle in Derek's truck, and Dawson & Andrew got to thermal around for an hour with me. I was flying the new Gin Sprint 3 demo in M size and it was a nice ride. The thermals were typically good all over the place with some spikes to 4 m/s usually just as I was trying a top-landing approach.

Gary P & I were swapping attempts for about 24 times when Gary got a good aproach and top-landed as his truck was at launch. Then Martin N came in and got in first try, weaving his way through the trees skillfuly and with commitment.

After I saw that Derek's truck was taken care of I flew out over the valley to try some spirals and SATs on the Sprint 3 and it was very controllable.

Landing conditions were quite thermic but Dawson did a great job landing right near the cone! Not bad for his 11th flight!

I need to hire a driver so I can fly with the chimps more!



Canadian PG Nationals Report - Another task was set and flown in Quebec and it was another lame day with devalued points.

Task 3 Results here .

8-10-16
Woodside is looking good after noon

Agassiz BC

Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High near 25C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at noon, and new student Steen took to the air to check the conditions for Derek & Andre flyng tandems.

Steen had a really nice long flight without turning as there was some nice cloud suck. He had inadvertently unlocked the radio and changed channels during one abort, so he was off channel for part of the flight but we regained contact at the Construction Zone and he had a great approach.

Past student Shawn from 100 Mile joined us mid-day and got two flights, while Steen logged two more flights to end the day around 6 pm.

All the flights were soarble despite the cloudy conditions. Nice reversible launch conditions for most of the day too.



Canadian PG Nationals Report - Another task was set and flown in Quebec.

Overall Results here .

8-9-16
Woodside is raining til Wednesday

Agassiz BC

Considerable cloudiness. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we were not flying Woodside today but there were some flyable moments between the drizzles.

More SIV2016 videos are surfacing!





Canadian PG Nationals Report - after three days of wind and rain, they finally got a task in. Hammer, Andrew and a few other Wet Coasters are representing us so cheer them on.

Results here .

8-8-16
Mara Lake weather looks unsettled today but we may try to fly

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High near 30C. Winds light and variable.Sun and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 26C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Mara Report - we were in Mara Lake for the SIV Course and we just had experts Bill, Eric, Matt & Carlos here today as everyone else headed home. They had a successful flight and I left for the Coast around noon with the boat in tow.



Our SIV2016 went off with so many good flights and maneuvers.

Some days had 12 SIV Students throwing it down and we flew all 7 days with just one day cut short by Thunderstorms.

Mara Lake was an awesome site this year especially after Carlos & Matt Francis & the others mowed the launch site.

The Mara Lake Provincial Park was a perfect LZ with the alternate spit at the opposite side of the lake for newbies.

Thanks to Sean Gibson & Josh Green for driving the last few days when it was really busy and also to Bill Goglin & Eric Gesinger who drove their rigs up a bunch of times to ease the load on the FlyBC Bus.

We had a few wet wings as people missed the LZ or just forgot to come out of maneuvers (Matt Francis Chris Popielarz Cheryl) but no major foul ups.

Everyone came away with new respect for their gliders and their ability to re-fly after major events like spins and stalls.



Looking forward to SIVCAMP2017 for all of August 2017 next year!

8-6-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High near 30C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Coaches Corner - we are not flying Woodside this week as we are in Mara Lake for the SIV Course til Aug 8. Come out and "throw it down".

We got two SIV flights in with great altitude, and then it started drizzling and threatening to thunderstrom so we went to lunch for a few hours.

When we got back to the Provincial Park it was blowing +30 kph on the water as Colleen and I tried to enjoy a wet boat ride. The others that had headed up to launch turned around when they saw the trees swaying.

Jason had some fun with spins but it all worked out.



8-6-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High near 30C. Winds light and variable.
260° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Mara Lake SIV Report - we are in Mara Lake for the SIV Course til Aug 8.

We had a great day with four SIV Flights and no wet pilots and excellent conditions with light winds in the air and 15-20 kph North winds in the LZs for precision landings.

There were 12 pilots doing maneuvers so about 50 guided flights and little drama.

John had some fun with stalls and B-Stalls but it all worked out.

8-5-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds light and variable.
180° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Mara SIV Report - we headed up to Mara Launch at 10 am which proved to be too early as it was too south and pilots had to wait til noon to launch.

Carlos, Dylan, Luke, Chris only got to fly one flight each and the others had to drive down when the thunder hit behind launch.

We spent the afternoon repacking a few wet reserves from today and previous water landings.

Our boat was repaired, the mechanic said the control switch had failed (a fancy name for the coil pack) - $450 for the part and $500 for labour, boats ain't cheap.

With the backup boat rental at $1400 and the repair cost I am sure I am in the hole for this SIV already but it provides an invaluable service to pilots who want to fly big air and feel secure in knowing what their wings can handle and how fast they recover in turbulence.

8-4-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Mara SIV Report - we are in Mara Lake for the SIV Course til Aug 8.

Another perfect day with 3 runs and no one in the water but Denny who wanted to see if his reserve would work around 6 pm.

Some forecasts said 30% POP but it was mostly sunny and nice north winds for landing.

We landed some of the newer students at the South Spit when the beach was busy, but by the end of day everyone landed at the Provincial Park entertaining the beachgoers.

My boat is still in the shop so Moe's is getting rich at $300 a day, but it is a nice boat for rescues with a motor that is easy on fuel.

8-3-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year . . . until 2 pm when we expect Thunderstorms

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy. High 28C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2100 metres
SIV Report - we are in Mara Lake for the SIV Course until Aug 8. And today was a great day of learning.

One truck load went up early and did some launch prep work, thanks to Carlos and the rest of the FlyBC crew including Bill G whose birthday was today!

From Aug2016
Weak cycles made the mowing crew motivated to get the job done and then they started launching as I got in the boat.

Eric was first to do maneuvers and he kept his Gradient Freestyle flying well.

Next down was Matt F who was flying his Gin Carerra and he somehow full stalled all the way into the water despite me saying he should "throw", apparently he had no idea how low he was?

He was okay but a bit dazed as I fished him into the boat.

We got three SIV runs in before 6 pm and we were lucky to avoid the rain as I heard on the FM Rock Station from Salmon Arm that there were lost dogs that had bolted during a thunderstorm mid-afternoon.

8-2-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year . . . until 2 pm when we expect Thunderstorms

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this morning then 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms late this afternoon. Risk of a severe thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 24. Humidex 26. UV index 4 or moderate.
180° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1900 metres
Mara Lake SIV Report - we are in Mara Lake for the SIV Course Aug 1-8.

We had one small delay this morning as I had to rent a boat when ours konked out yesterday and could not get more than 2000 rpms.

We had only one good run today as it overdeveloped and started to thunderstorm around 1 pm. But we got 8 SIVers in a flight and there were no reserves today.

Yesterday's excitement by Ryan on an uncertified Mini-wing doing a full stall looked like this.

8-1-16
Mara Lake weather looks awesome as usual this time of the year

Agassiz BC

Mostly Sunny. Highs to 30C.
230° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Mara SIV Report - we are in Mara Lake for the SIV Course Aug 1-8 and we had a really good first day.

Thanks to Nicole & Bev for driving shuttles, as we had 10 participants and we did three runs with perfect conditions at the lake. Light winds and sunny skies.

We did the normal progression of maneuvers with the last flight getting some pilots to incipient spins and full stalls.

One full stall went bad as a hybrid glider went into a cravatted spiral that the pilot failed to control into line twists and a reserve toss. Good place to find out how your glider behaves!

We moved our original LZ from the Provincial Park as the crowds kept invading the beach on the last day of the long weekend and the pilots were getting nervous about trees and people. The spit on the opposite side of the lake is perfect with grass to packup on and a short shuttle ride back to the boat ramp.

7-31-16
Woodside looks windy today so try Benny as it looks calmer, but the same lame lift potential to 1100 metres

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun. High 23C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Coaches Corner - we travelled to Mara Lake for the SIV Course today, nice trip with no delays and it rained a few times as it ODed in the Interior.

7-30-16
Woodside looks good for student flights til noon

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High near 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we planned for flying Woodside today at 9 am, but some late students delayed the trip up to Launch til 10 am and by then it was blown out.

Even Martin N & Karin S did not launch, so the students did not argue especially when the trees were thrashing around.

We salvaged the day with a great Heritage Park session, and many tree landings!

Fish, Henry and Carl all played with their new wings getting ready for the next flyable day.

Tomorrow we travel to Mara Lake to set up for the SIV Course and I got the 2016 T-Shirts from the screen printers this afternoon.

7-29-16
Woodside looks good for student flights til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High near 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am, and we only got 2 runs in before it got too thermic and windy.

One wayward student took a unique approach over the corn field and blueberry farms and landed on the opposite side of the cornfield?? Good landing followed by "I am surrounded by cows" on the radio. Apparently these cows have never seen a paraglider up close. The bull looked rather protective of his herd but stayed his distance.

From July 2016
Denis took the students kiting in the Eagle Ranch LZ til 4:30 pm getting their reverse launches perfected.

7-28-16
Woodside looks good for student flights til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High around 30C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 11
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am with the usual 5 students.

We had a new student starting on the Training Hill with Denis, and by noon Grant got a first solo flight!

I had advanced students Henry & Erik fly over to Bill Best's field for some adventure and it was quite thermic over the hayed area of the field for Henry as he had his first assymetric collapse on the Gin Sprint 3, which did not look that bad on his GoPro footage.

Erik just squeaked over the fence into the field as his line was not as lifty, but he had fields under him the whole time.

We decided after three flights that it was getting too thermic so we went to lunch as we saw Jeff, John, Dary & Richard high over launch thermalling together.

Richard headed out first and reported a nice smooth flight out to the Ranch. Dary waited too long and ended up in Duncan's pasture as his NK1 did not have the glide of Richard's Buzz Z4.

We had just ordered food when I got a phone call from Jeff that he had to top-land as they hit sink from being 800 feet over launch to almost treetop height and John had clipped a tree and had gone down behind launch.

We waited for an update and Jeff headed into the bush after calling 911.

By the time we arrived on the 3.5 km mark we saw 5 ambulances, 4 police trucks, Kent SAR, Agassiz Fire Department all mustering to help John who was talking on the paramedic radio channel self-assessing his injuries and relaying his coordinates.

The SAR Techs decided a long line rescue was the plan and after the LongRanger pilot found the area they had to setup in Chris Miles backyard just above Riverside.

From July 2016
It took 2 hours to get John into the big chopper and he was complaining about a broke ankle and back injuries but was talking and seemed okay when I talked to him as they loaded him into the big chopper.

From July 2016
We had of course suspended flying for the day and even after the crews cleared out we decided it was better to stay off the mountan for the balance of the day and it was getting late.

The SAR techs brought John's wing down and all the lines were severed on the lower cascades, and we were not sure if it was part of the rescue or when he went through the trees, but a new lineset is needed.

7-27-16
Woodside looks good for a student flights til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Plenty of sunshine. High 29C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am with six students (will it ever end?).

Very inverted at around 600 metres with lots of Vancouver smog being trapped and maybe some wildfire smoke too.

Despite the inversion students got to thermal and Jeff S came out and got an hour around 3 pm just before it blew out.

We suspended flights at 3:30 pm as several students dropped into Duncan's hayfield, not rough just windy, Burt made $60 today.

We went back up at 7 pm hoping for a glassoff but just got sleddies, but the students got 4 flights today so it was a good day.



Willi Report - Thunderstorm warnings for the Columbia Valley, so the day was cancelled.

7-25-16
Woodside looks good for a student flights til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 28C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am and only got two rounds in before it blew too strong for students.

We had some nice first flights for pilots who just arrived this week, and some excellent approaches from the more seasoned students despite windy conditions and thermals due to recent haying.

We quit flying at 3 pm, but continued lessons on Heritage Park Hill where some brand new students took flight for the first time today!

Some huge CU development out near Manning Park as we headed back to the Ranch at 6 pm! We did see lightning over Hemlock last night after dusk.



Golden Willi Report - the day was cencelled due to thunderstorm activity.

7-25-16
Woodside looks good for a student flights til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 28C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am and we flew three student rounds with some good lift at times.

It did get windy after 3 pm as forecast so the students went kiting at Eagle Ranch til 5 pm.



Golden Willi Report - the day as cancelled out of respect for the fallen paraglider pilot who was identified as a 5 year experienced pilot who was in a bad place (a leeside situation) according to reports.

7-24-16
Woodside looks good for a student flights all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 10 am, watching out for strong inflow winds by 2 pm.

About 8 students at last count and most flew four flights, with highlights of the day being James & Alex getting 3 hours of airtime on their new wings!

Colleen and Derek flew one set of tandems at 1 pm heading over to Harvest.

I did a second set of tandems with Derek at 3 pm, and it was strong! Good thing the students stayed on the ground kiting, as we had high winds on launch and strong thermals over the South Knoll.

One incident happened late in the day in great conditions with Jacek overbraking his wing and not running and he spun below launch near the trees, and was okay other than a small cut. Pilots need to remember "airspeed, airspeed, airspeed".



Golden Willi Report - Kevin and Al Hammer reported nice strong lift that got them to Canal Flats along with Martin N (145 kms).

From July 2016
7-23-16
Woodside looks good for a few flights before noon

Agassiz BC

Partly to mostly cloudy. High around 20C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying Woodside today at 10 am and we got to fly right til 7 pm.

Highlights of the day were Hunter & Alex W logging 4 hours of airtime in 4 flights with some good soaring on their new wings.

New students Richard & Cam got their first two solo flights and had nice long flights too.

From July 2016
Derek did some launch maintenance trimming the vegetation below launch and it looks fantastic, thanks!

From July 2016
7-22-16
Woodside looks good for a few flights before noon

Agassiz BC

Partly to mostly cloudy. High around 20C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we flew Woodside today at 10 am and got two student rounds in before it started to blow out, no drama just nice smooth lifty flights but it definitely got strong later.



Pemby Swift4 Report - Claudia had a really nice flight in Pemberton on her Ozone Swift 4 and she says EN-B gliders "ROCK!".

Her track log here.

My question is diapers or a strong bladder?

7-21-16
Woodside looks good for a few flights iafter 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. A stray thunderstorm is possible. High 28C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - I was planning a chores day with no students or tandems booked . . . or so I thought.

I was in Chilliwack doing a Greyhound Run when a lady called to say she was headed out for her scheduled noon tandem.

Apparently I forgot to add her to the Calendar, so I rushed back and got Colleen out of the office and we headed up the mountain to fly Nicole and her son.

No CUs anywhere and light east wind prior to arriving on launch, so we thought it would be a "sleddy".

Nope, Colleen launched first on the new Ozone SwiftMax Tandem and started clibing out with Nicole. Loving the new clearcuts below launch as there are many nice thermals there lately!

I got ready with Andrew and we launched and started climbing out fast fromt he normal house thermal, it was smooth and good climbs to +5 m/s.

We topped out at 1200 metres and I was considering a trip east as we had no other commitments today, but logistics could be hard and then Andrew started shivering and burping. Not a very strong stomach I guess.

I got him to fly out to the Ranch as he was feeling ill, and that helped his stomach.

I gave him a good locked in spiral, which he liked, before setting up an approach.

He landed on his feet and then had to lie down for some time.

Colleen's passenger, Nicole, lasted even less time than her son.

After we flew Shaun, Mark T, Alison & Paul flew and had mixed results. Mark T and Shaun got 2+ hours, Ali got high too as Paul sunk into Riverside?

7-20-16
Woodside looks good for a few flights in the afternoon

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at noon with students and despite it being a shorter day, all the flights were of high quality and long.

Martin N & Kevin A both got high and headed east, while Nikolai headed towards Bridal.

Erik B was here, and Denis took Richard P to the Heritage Park training hill for the morning while I was running errands.

Erik got two really long flights, enjoying his first flights using a variometer.

From July 2016
Total airtime today for Erik was over 1:30 with the last flight being at least an hour with little coaching needed (he is now at 22 flights and ready to write his P-2 exam).

Derek arrived at 5 pm, and flew with Erik and later I took out the EONA L and got Brandon ready to go tandem for his first time. He was scared and excited all at the same time and we had a very lifty flight getting to 1000 metres with a few turns despite being on the heavy side of the loading. No GoPro footage as the camera was dead, maybe tomorrow.

7-19-16
Woodside looks good for a few flights in the morning

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today at 11 am with students and tandems.

Denis took new student Richard P for a tandem to get him used to the approach into Eagle Ranch.

Andrew & Sam were here finishing up their last flights for their P-2 and logged three flights with Andrew getting used to his new Ozone Zero 19 hybrid wing. Sam was always up high on her new Ozone Buzz Z4!

Andrew & Sam wrote their P-2 exams last night and passed with great marks, watch for them flying around Kelowna soon.

Erik B is getting near sign-off too, and he also got three flights.

Derek, Norm, Bev and some visiting Swiss pilots all flew today and had some nice soaring.

From July 2016
Denis flew too and top-landed after it shaded out.

7-18-16
Woodside looks good for a few flights in the morning but then 70% POP so we are calling the day off for flight but we can adminster exams

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness late this morning then 70 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 23. Humidex 27. UV index 6 or high.
230° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - I was not flying Woodside today but Denis came out and had some nice ridge soaring, and the rains stayed away til late in the day.

7-17-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and sun

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy skies this morning. Thunderstorms likely during the afternoon. High near 25C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
230° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, and we had three good flights before we sent everyone home and went for lunch.

Carsten took off on the EONA L and had a great thermal flight over the South Knoll on his fourth flight, staying up for 30 minutes before landing at the Ranch.

Caleb took off demoing an Ozone Geo 4 and following Martin N and at times he was easily above Martin. Caleb is close to signoff after a week of flying at Woodside.

From July 2016
After 3 pm, the thunderstorm hit us but everyone was safely on their way home.

The storm only lasted about an hour and it was clear and calm afterwards when we headed to Kevin & Brad's retirement party.

7-15-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and su

Agassiz BC

Showers early with some clearing for the afternoon. High 22C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were planning on flying Woodside today after 10 am but we had to wait for cloudbase to lift at noon, and even new student Carsten got three flights in in lifty conditions.

Carsten is our latest student and he lives very close at Harrison Highlands so he should always be on time for lessons!

From July 2016
I had to do an errand in Agassiz and brought back some lunch for Colleen while she was guiding students in the LZ.

From July 2016
The last flight of the day had the pros flying for upwards of two hours, yet it was still good for students.

Here is Derek climbing out at the end of the day on our demo Ozone Alpina 2 MS, late in the day.

From July 2016
7-15-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and su

Agassiz BC

Showers early with some clearing for the afternoon. High 22C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, and despite the gloomy and windy forecast we flew all day getting 4 student rounds in.

Denis was helping with students and then sent soaring with Caleb this afternoon to show him where the lift was.

From July 2016


US Nationals PG Report - Lots of Canucks in goal in the longest ever paragliding task in a competition. 224 km! And a new personal best for me too, popped my 200km cherry! - Nicole

7-14-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and sun

Agassiz BC

Mostly sunny. High 22C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, but we only got one flight in as it started to get strong and Alex R reported big cloud suck and OD conditions as they landed at the Ranch.

Thomas got another solo, Alex Y picked up his new Buzz Z5, Michael was flying his new FireFly 3 out to Riverside (but it looked like it would have made it to the Ranch), Caleb is doing well and is up to 12 flights now and looking super confident in the air.

New student Andrew was training on the ground with Denis and he is ready to fly now, once we get decent conditions for first flights.

We headed to Mission and used the west facing baseball park in gusty winds and got everyone tuned up for tomorrow.



One of our students from Squamish put out this fun video of his experiences at Woodside & Squamish Chief.



Blanchard Accident Report - Long time pilot and weather/wind guru TJ Olney was apparently flying alone at Blanchard when he suffered a collapse near launch and fell to the ground, too low to throw his reserve. Only wtnesses were hikers and not pilots so we wil never know what really happened.

He was attended to by the hikers and 911 was called but TJ passed away on the slope.

TJ was a very enthusastic pilot and supporter of all things PG & HG. His TJRASP was a great tool for site selection and lift potential.

We did not get to fly with him much as he was mostly flying Blanchard for the past 17 years, while we have been flying here at Woodside, but we will miss his smile and suspenders.

Our hearts go out to Joy and his son Thomas, who were going to get him full time as he recently retired from Western Washington University.

Services will be held Monday July 18th at The Church of Jesus Christ, 2925 James St Bellingham WA.

7-13-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and clouds

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 23C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside WOW Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, and it did get windy mid-day so we had prepared the students for a eastbound run following Denis.

Luke & Caleb flew a few flights before Erik arrived and all the flights today were soaring flights of up to an hour.

From July 2016
We took a mid-day break to have a rest and wait for the winds to subside, before heading up for a one hour long glass-off flight at 6:30 pm.

The most dangerous and interesting thing that happened today was getting to drive Kevin's Yamaha 250 motorcycle down from launch, I gotta get me one of these!



US PG Nats Report - Beautiful skies all the way to goal in Omak! I think Keith, Andrew, and Igor made it in as well.

From July 2016
7-12-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and clouds

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 21C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, and it was soarable first flight.

Caleb and Kennedy flew two flights with the last flight taking them to the new Triangle Field east of Woodside, Nicole J followed them over there on her Ozone Geo 4.

Bev & Norm flew too, and also headed to the old Harvest Field as it is still in hay . . . for the time being.

Denis was working with new student Evan in the LZ and then took him tandem getting quite high near cloudbase, it was quite lifty for July!

We did more groundhandling with the students til around 5 pm, as it was deemed too strong for student flights.



US PG Nationals Report - Yesterday's task was tough since it was unexpected SE 25 kph wind so into-the-wind . . . 2 reserves and dragging through the moon dust at the first TP near Sheep Canyon. One pilot had to use his hook knife to cut away his reserve bridle after landing...the other was dragged 300m before getting his gear under control. I got as far as Coulee City; Igor and Jim made it to Wilbur.

Today was cancelled since the clouds were building quickly and beginning to rain on course line. But some pilots braved the weather gods (!) and flew to Brewster and Bridgeport while it was thunderstorming near Waterville - Nicole

Pic is of the clouds over Farnham Canyon just as things were cancelled.

From July 2016
7-11-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and clouds

Agassiz BC

Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 20C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, and we logged five student flights and they were all soarable flights! First flight had Linda & Erik soaring high above launch before I sent them out to the LZ.

From July 2016
CanadaRASP said windier near noon and winds lower after 2 pm and the forecast became reality.

TJRasp said winds to 15 knots all day and we never got that but the thermal index was right.

Last flight of the day we had Derek & Martin N visit us as well as Josh and I got a chance to fly the new SupAir EONA M that arrived for our student fleet. We have been training on these wings for two years and they are the best student rig ever!

Josh is somewhere in this picture looking towards Harrison Lake.

From July 2016
I took the exact setup as we teach with, EONA M with SupAir AccessAir harness and it worked well even at my higher wing loading.

I climbed right out of launch to cloudbase and the EONA turns very tight without fear of a spin or stall.

I whited out a few times as base was lower at certain areas, but with the strong sun you knew where SW was.

From July 2016
The only thing I forgot was gloves so it was pretty cold at 'base.

Derek got 2+ hours, Martin and I probably an hour and student Erik got about 45 minutes, not bad for his 12th flight.



SIV 2016 Announcement - FlyBC is planning the 2016 Annual SIV/Maneuvers Course for Aug 1 - 7 at Mara Lake. Details Fly|BC SIV 2016 , send us an email to confirm your attendance. Pre-registed pilots are $250 per day, drop ins are $300 per day.

An un-named pilot recently had to throw his reserve at Benny on the weekend as he failed to perform a B-stall and cravatted his wing resulting in a spiral dive. One needs to know this basic canopy reduction technique over water at an SIV Course. an over-pulled B-Stall can cause a cravatted glider.



The other Erik B has been flying his home site of Princeton this week after getting signed off here at FlyBC. Nice job! Flying a Niviuk NK1 we sourced for him. But don't you have any real shoes?

Iron mountain soaring from Erik Bobicki on Vimeo.

7-10-16
Woodside looks good after 10 am with soarable winds and clouds

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 21C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am, with five students with varied experience levels and they all got two flights before it blew out at 3 pm.

New students Aaron & Dave had done a few days of ground handling and this was their big day flying solo off Woodside.

Dave was flying the SupAir EONA L and he got off first try, while Aaron had some fear to conquer and he had a few aborts trying to get his hands in the right position (nothing dramatic, just being too tentative). When Aaron did get his hands to work, he flew off with just a few steps.

From July 2016
After I launched the second round of flights, a large group of hangies arrives so we knew it might take awhile to get them all off so we went for a lunch break.

The wind came is as forecast and was quite strong as we saw HGers parked high over Woodside on our return and the trees were flapping in the LZ.

Pilots landing at the Ranch after 3 pm said it was exciting and he winds quite strong with vertical descents, so we didn't miss anything for the students.

I sent everyone home at 4 pm, as it was forecast to stay strong all evening.



Blanchard Report - Peter, Claudia, Craig M, Derek & Martin N formed a Canuck Contingent at Blanchard and had good flights lasting upwards of 2 hours and getting above the Oyster Dome. HGers launching at the Lookout Launch at I-5 flew back to Blanchard LZ.

From July 2016




US Paragliding Nationals Comp Report - Nicole is in Chelan WA competitng in the US Nationals.

I fondly remember going to Chelan for this comp in July 1995 and watching three pilots coming down under reserves just as I arrived at launch. Spooky but everyone survived with only one broken arm!

Chelan Report - An eventually cancelled day due to big cells and associated wind, some pilots free-flew to Mansfield after it cleared up.

I chose not to fly as it looked a bit on the windy side; lots of pilots landing at the LZ had "exciting" landings.

Tomorrow is looking much sunnier and less windy though, more like typical Chelan! - Nicole

From July 2016
PS notice how green everything is!

7-9-16
Woodside looks good after 1 pm with light winds and clouds

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after noon and it was a good day!

Kennedy, Erik B and Alex W all flew today, with most getting four flights and some good soaring.

From July 2016
Martin N joined us and had a nice one hour flight flying with some bald eagles before landing at the Post Office when he headed to Sasquatch.

From July 2016
Kennedy got a special flight as he launched around 3 pm and was going up fast and a rain cell was approaching so I sent him over to Harvest Market, some confusion as to where the LZ was despite showing it to the students yesterday on the way back from Merritt, but he found a nice field near Limbert Road.

After the rain cell went through we got two more flights finishing up at 7 pm.

7-8-16
Woodside looks good til 1 pm with light winds and clouds and then rain later

Agassiz BC

Showers this morning becoming a steady light rain during the afternoon hours. High 22C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 70%.
230° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Merritt/Woodside Report - we planned to be flying Woodside today after 9 am, but it started raining and cloudbase dropped to 300 metres.

A quick look at the Radar showed Merritt in the clear with light winds forecasted so we raced up there arriving at 1030 am.

We got to the top of Sugarloaf Mtn. and Erik & Kennedy laid their wings out and were kiting on the rounded hill and were doing little flights getting their reverse launches dialed in.

After 2-3 successful hops down the slope, we moved to the South facing Launch area and we had Erik go first and he got in the air, touched down and his run failed to keep up with the Bolero 4 and it had a 50% collapse and he stopped just down the slope. These hills are nice grassy meadows so aborted takeoffs are very safe.

By the time he hiked back up, we had Kennedy ready and it started raining . . . and hard. So back in the Van to wait it out, but it never abated so quick check of the Coastal Radar and the webcams showed Woodside in the clear, so we raced back to Woodside.

Straight up the mountain at 230 pm, and it was coming in at 15-20 kph perfect in the lulls for some soaring for their first really high flights.

Erik got off first after some practice inflations on the Gin Bolero 4 and he was soon above launch on his way to the Ranch.

From July 2016
We waited for Erik to land before launching Kennedy, so as to not confuse one another with commands for the other pilot.

Kennedy was off with a nice reverse launch once he figured out what his hands were supposed to be doing, and he got a few nice climbs too on the SupAir EONA M (soon to be going to Peter as the new one arrived today).

From July 2016
Kennedy came in a bit low due to slow turns over the Maple Tree field but nailed the circle on his feet (he has skydived a few times before paragliding).

We did the log books entries, did a wucik debrief and sent the guys home for the day. It was a fun filled day of strom chasing!

7-7-16
Woodside looks good til noon with light winds and clouds and then rain later, so we are heading inland

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 18C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
230° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to go inland if it started raining and we were all packed to gobut Kennedy was late so we waited and the next time I looked at the Interior Radar it was raining everywhere up-country so we saved a trip and just stayed and kited here until it started raining.

From July 2016

Good day for indoor ground school, videos and Q&A sessions. These guys are now ready to fly and their wet wings are drying in the sail loft.

7-6-16
Woodside looks good all day with light winds and sun

Agassiz BC

Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside today after 10 am. Ayaz finished his last four flights today and he graduated with his P-2 rating. Too bad he ventured into the rotor behind the South Knoll when he fell out of a thermal, thankfully he was on a Buzz Z5 and it stayed together as he flew out the gulley.

Great conditions for the advanced students, Linda & Samantha, as they were able to climb to cloudbase several times. Others were reporting +4 ms climbs but it was smooth and they were on EN-A wings which are very solid. I think Linda logged two hours today in three flights.

Here are the two girls "duking it out" under the clouds today.

From July 2016
New student Erik did not get to fly Woodside as it got too strong for a first solo after he spent the morning ground handling with Denis. Denis then did two tandems for us and I guided the students. Denis had two good flights with the passengers getting to cloudbase both times.

We headed to Mission to work on reverse launches and to get Erik's feet in the air and it was cross but we managed a few good flights before heading back to the Ranch.



Benny Report - we were flying Woodside today and saw some gliders coming across the Sasquatch area and it was Hammer leading Denham, John W, Sam A towards Woodside. Only John W was forced to land at the Ranch, as the others climbed out over Woodside and headed east. Nice flying on a so-so day!

7-5-16
Woodside looks wet & windy all day

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this morning. Periods of rain beginning near noon. High 18.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Bridal Report - we were NOT flying Woodside today. A full scale monsoon was over Bridal Falls last night as I drove through from Vancouver.

7-4-16
Woodside looks wet & windy all day

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this morning. Periods of rain beginning near noon. High 18.
230° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were NOT flying Woodside today. Very windy all day with whitecaps on Harrison Bay.

7-3-16
Woodside looks wet & windy all day

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending late in the morning then mainly cloudy. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
230° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were NOT flying Woodside today as it was say too windy, gusts to 70 kph and Harrison Bay was whitecapping all day.

We thought it was calming down around 6 pm, but it was still gusty at 670 metres on Launch.

TJ posted some pics of flying at Blanchard in shredded thermals due to the wind there too, but it must have calmed down much sooner at the coast.

7-2-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

Overcast. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after 9 am, once the weather briefings are complete with students.

Forecasts looked windy after 2 pm but in fact it blew out by 1 pm, so we shut flying down and just did inside briefings and ordered gear for some of the new students.

Two good flights today with five students, and with Aaron getting two good thermal rides way above launch.

7-1-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

Overcast. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after 9 am, once the weather briefings are complete with students.

We got in five student rounds in nice floaty conditions despite the windy forecast and Colleen went to cloudbase before takng the students to Harvest Market while we can still land there.

We have not found out who owns the proposed Triangle LZ, which is closer to Woodside than Harvest Market for gliders with poor performance (ie Non-Ozone brands). We have landed there in prior years and there was no complaints from any of the farmers and you can walk out on the Dyke Road to the truck.

From July 2016
We missed the WCSC BBQ due to too many house guests at the Ranch, but we heard it was 2 hours of nice soaring with the odd rain shower there too.

Good turn out at the fly-in with 50 plus pilots and 2-3 hours of good soaring despite the rain there too.

From July 2016
Pic by Dennie.

6-30-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 26C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside at 9 am, trying to get a jump on the forecasted winds.

Amazingly good launch conditions right up til 1 pm, when it exceeded 20 kph.

We got three student rounds in by then and Paul got his first two solos in and got to soar on both flights on the EONA L.

He climbed to 1000 metres on both flights out by the Constructon Zone. Paul works for the Armed Forces in the Abbotsford Airport and the highlight of his day was seeing one of his SeaKing choppers fly past him as he soared at Woodside . . . wonder if they saw him?

From June 2016




Ayaz & Carlos did very well too, and got to soar on their last two flights. Here is Carlos just off launch and climbing despite the inversion.

From June 2016
Cheryl did three flights too before writing here P-2 exam which she passed.

We did indoor ground school sessions and exam writing for the balance of the day before sending everyone home.





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