FlyBC "Site of the Day" - January 16/2018


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1-16-18
Tapalpa looks good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Coaches Tour Corner - Tapalpa looks good after noon with climbs to 3400 metres.



FlyBC is in Mexico for the winter, come join us! We are flying in Manzanillo Mexico in January until January 21. We decided to stay in Manzanillo January 1-21/2018 as conditions have been very good here and the beach is awesome after flying.

Then we are flying near Tapalpa from January 22-Feb 8 when our last guests head home.

This video shows the soaring site in Manzanillo that we use for afternoon flights, as it is always "on" with NW sea breezes after 4 pm.



This was from 2016 on my Ozone Zeno, fond memories.

Come and join us in January in Manzanillo/Tapalpa and avoid the cold!



FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Niviuk, SkyBean Varios, Gin , SupAir, Flytec, Naviter Products (Oudie 4 Basic & 4+), Blackhawk Paramotors , Wills Wing.



Used Gear List: Updated January 1, 2018

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $750 without reserve
Advance IOTA 28 - 5 flights - Green - $3500 CDN - glider was too big for the student.
Advance SIGMA 9 - 28 - 50 flights - $3000 CDN - White & Red
AirDesign EAZY SuperLight - EN-A - Small & Medium sizes good for 65-105 kgs - new demo stock - $3200 CDN
AirDesign Rise3 - EN-B - Medium good for 85-105 kgs - new demo stock - $4100 CDN
Gin Sprint 3 M - 2016 model - 45 flights - $2700 CDN.
Ozone Geo 5 ML - 2017 model - $2850 CDN = stock red colour with 40 flights
Ozone Swift 4 L - 2016 model - $2850 CDN - Blue Stock Colour with 100 hours.
Ozone Swift 4 MS - 2014 model - $1450 CDN
Ozone Delta 2 ML - EN-C - 2013 Model - $1500 in great shape with no damage.
Ozone Zeno M in Orange - now in stock and ready for test flights! - $3500 CDN
SupAir EONA (S/M/L) - EN-A demo wings - $2800 CDN without harnesses, all 2017 models
Paramotors for sale:

Blackhawk Quad Unit with MZ 34 big power unit and electric start - $6500 CDN with Magnum II tandem wing.

BlackHawk 125Lite Paramotor the new 125Lite Paramotor, 5 lbs lighter than the previous model - $7995 USD with Edge glider of your size. BlackHawk 125 Lite Paramotor

Blackhawk EDGE 30 paramotor glider (rated EN-B) - $1500 CDN - good to 110 kgs without motor or 140 with motor - 2016 model with 20 flights
1-15-18
El Toro looks good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunny. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
El Toro Report - El Toro looks good after noon with climbs to 1400 metres, so went there and found the gate locked with a new lock. So we had to go get a key from Solomon.

We arrived on top around 1 pm, and cycles were perfect as Colleen laid out her gear and I started unpacking just off the carpet.

Colleen walked up to her left wingtip to fold it out and the first of what turn out to be African Honey Bees started to sting her. They followed her down to the harness and she had to start running and they followed her up to me. I had a hoody in my hands and started flailing it to get them off Colleen and myself.

We retreated up the hill and they followed us all the way to the Van.

We waited 15 minutes and then suited up with flight suits and balaclavas and headed back down to fly off or pack up and they were all around us. They were lying in wait for us.

Colleen got into her harness and flew off despite the swarms of bees around her face. Oddly they swarm the head and face and ignored our bare skin when we first got attacked when we had shorts and t-shirts on.

I had no gloves so they started attacking my hands and getting inside my balaclava so I dragged my stuff up to the Van as I could not undo tangles with them attacking my hands.

Colleen had a nice flight into the misty clouds and said it was the best lift she had experienced here at El Toro. She flew for almost an hour before heading out to the beach arriving at 400 metres ASL.

Later we spent a few hours pulling stingers and appying aloe vera cream to various bites and stings.

I am going to have to go locate the nest and move it or dismantle it as many people come up here to hike and will also get attacked. I think they are living under our new carpet.

1-14-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 27C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Manzanillo Report - Colima looked good after noon with climbs to 2400 metres but we hung out on the beach til 11 am when Thomm arrived from the cold north.

He is here escaping the ice storms for a few weeks and he is driving for us so we can fly as he is unable to fly due to a car incident.

We got him settled at his hotel and it was too late to head to Colima and it got blown out here at El Toro. Reports from San Marcos said it got blown out early too.

1-13-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 27C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Tapalpa Road Trip Report - Tapalpa looked good after noon with climbs to 4000 metres.

IBIS predicted strongish E winds all day and 4000 metre top-of-lift.



We arrived and saw several pilots packing up in the Piano LZ, and one of them was Bev.

She launched earlier and got really high fast but decided not to top land so she flew out where Norm went to retrieve her and Harris.



Norm said she was getting "beamed up" by aliens!

Colleen launched first and got high fast too, and she said she was loosing her lift so she made a beeline to the top landing field after 30 minutes. I picked her up and brought her back to launch to watch me fly.

The plan was to fly and try to land back near the Lake in Tapalpa as there was a property I wanted to check out back there.

I executed part of the plan . . . the part where I was to climb out and go west.

The part that did not work out was the fact that the lift over the plateau was shredded up by 20 kph NE sotory winds and you could maintain but not climb high enough to cross the first ridge line with enough height to not be in the rotor.

I hung around maintaining but never climbed high enough so I landed south of La Frontera where Colleen came to find me.

1-12-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Colima Report - Colima looked good after noon with climbs to 2400 metres but I slept in so we went swimming in the ocean instead. Life is Good!

1-11-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 27C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Manzanillo Motoring Report - Colima looked good after noon with climbs to 2400 metres but paramotoring was more accessible today so I went to El Eden to fly the Kangook alone as Colleen was working again.

1-10-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 27C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Colima Report - Colima looked good after noon with climbs to 2400 metres.

I got there too late to catch a ride up with Jonathon and so I drove up and we waited for 2 hours for the north wind to switch to SW.

Jonathon launched first and almost sunk out, not too motivational for me.

Ryan from Vermont launched and almost didn't clear the ridge out to the house thermal and was grovelling for some time before he caught a climb.

Richard caught a thermal right off launch but none of them got very high and headed north to Mesqua LZ fairly low, and I had no driver so I just drove down and heded home.



1-9-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 27C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.
170° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Manzanillo Report - Colima looked good after noon with climbs to 2400 metres. Bt I was too lazy to drive there alone and Colleen had call to make for work so I stayed in Manzanillo and ran errands.

1-8-18
Colima & Tapalpa both look good for long flights

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 27C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Playa de Oro Report - Colima looked good after noon with climbs to 2400 metres, but I called before I left and the locals were going horseback riding???

That sounded too dangerous so I went exploring beaches to the north.

Playa de Oro is between Manzanillo and the Aeropuerto and it is a 15 minute drive in from the highway on a rugged road.

It may have been a vibrant tourist destination once but now there is only a deserted hotel and the powerlines have been removed from the poles.



South of the hotel is a small hill that the vultures were soaring at 2 pm. It looks like a climber's paradise with cliffs and rocks to scale but not sure how to best get on top where it looks launchable.



One small problem is that this beach is in the ZLO Control Zone (Class D) and the airplanes setup on the northbound approach over this island called "Piedra Blanca" or "White Rock" because it is all white from bird droppings.

It may be possible to fly here with contact to the tower as one won't get high off this rock.



The beach here is amazing white sand with nice low dunes, so it might be fun for kiting and student training with the right winds.

1-7-18
Back in Manzanillo for some paramotoring fun

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 32C. Winds E 10 kms switching to SW 15 kms.
210° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Paramotoring Report - I put the new Kangook/SkyEngines 100 unit together today and installed the 130 cm prop.

This is a new unit with about 2 hours of break-in time so it was tough to start at first as it was not run for a few months.

We went out to El Eden which is a beach south of town on the Cuota that is deserted and you can drive right down to the sand.

I chose the AirDesign Rise 3 for today's motoring as it is lightweight and it inflates easily.

There was enough wind that I did not even need to use the A's and the Rise 3 came overhead with ease.

My first attempt to take off was twarted when the engine sputtered on full throttle application, then re-fired and then sputtered again. It seemed hot but the radiator was full and the overflow tank too?

I did a few checks and then restarted the engine and took off fine, so it was air in the fuel line or something like that as it flew fine for the short test flight.



Thanks to Colleen for camera work and starting support!



Tapalpa Report - Normando & Camilo were flying Tapalpa today and "sky-ing out over the HGers" before flying home to San Juan Cosala. This about a 60 km XC flight and the first this season!

1-6-18
Back in Manzanillo for some ridge soaring fun

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 32C. Winds E 10 kms switching to SSW 15 kms.
210° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Manzanillo Report - we lazed around the pool today and went for dinner with Bruce & Nancy of Sasquatch Inn fame later as the sunset into the ocean.



I was doing some research on Android Tablets and came across a Swiss Mobility Tablet with a 7" diagonal display for 999 pesos (about $60 CDN) that is available here.

XC Track is an Android App that is compatible with XContest (actually written by that development team) that connects to external vario sensors. It is a free App.

The SkyDrop vario I use for tandem and free flight has a bluetooth output compatible with XC Track.

You can put together a slick package with 7" or 9" display for around $500 CDN that is expandable, contains terrains maps (also free) and is compatible with XContest for uploading your flights.

SkyDrop vario info here.

FlyBC has SkyDrop and SkyBean varios in stock normally so let me know if you want one.



1-5-18
Back in Manzanillo for some ridge soaring fun

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 32C. Winds E 10 kms switching to SSW 15 kms.
210° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Manzanillo Report - Pelican Bay looked good after 3 pm with climbs to 400 metres but the Van was in the shop for an oil change and the replace the radiator and fan clutch (something I should have done in Canada but it is a lot cheaper here for labour).

We biked around town while the Van was being serviced and did some errands, but it was too late to go flying so we went swimming instead.

Life is Good!

1-4-18
Back in Manzanillo for some ridge soaring fun

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 32C. Winds E 10 kms switching to SSW 15 kms.
210° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Pelican Bay - Pelican Bay looked good after 3 pm with climbs to 400 metres. But when I got there the wind was too light so we went for dinner instead.

1-3-18
Tapalpa looks like the call today with winds easterly til 5 pm

Manzanillo Mexico

Tapalpa Forecast:
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 27C. Winds light and variable
110° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

3200 metres
Tapalpa Report - Tapalpa looked good after noon with climbs to 3200 metres.

Colleen made me fly first and it looked easy as Bob took off and climbed out and top-landed in 10 minute on a 15 year old Epsilon 3!

I took off after kiting the Zeno for a bit waiting for a strong enough cycle to get me up right away.

Easy climbs but only about 1.1 m/s but steady but the drift of the thermals was very unpredictable and I saw others launch & land quite fast as there was big sink between the narrow thermals. This precluded the plan to fly south to Ciudad Guzman over the jungle!

I got to 2400 metres or 400 metres over launch in 6 minutes and watch a few gliders top-land in the back field but Colleen was driving so after 45 minutes I headed out towards the LZ testing my flat-land thermal skills.



Unfortunately I left my Spot on so my XCFind tracklog shows us driving all the way to Manzanillo including a dinner stop.



I packed up and met Chris F (HGer from Lumby) in the LZ and he said he hit no lift taking off from La Ceja.

We drove out to the coast and arrived home after 6 pm.



Actual GPS tracklog from my SkyDrop Vario with all the flight and no road tracklog.



Yak Peak Report - Just solo ski flew Yak today. (editors note: Yak is the big granite slab on the Coquihalla Hwy between Hope and the Big Bear Snowshed)

Great flight. I had to wait for winds to calm down at launch but finally got great conditions and was able to ridge soar nice laminar wind for a while along the SE face.



You could have stayed up there indefinitely. Outflow winds in the valley above LZ were strong and gusty which has been common in the Duffey too.



Huge credit to John Rowsom for the beta and the motivation; his plan worked perfect. We’re gonna go back and repeat and extended version of the flight soon. Great powder in there too! - Brian B



1-2-18
Tapalpa looks like the call today with winds easterly til 5 pm

Manzanillo Mexico

Tapalpa Forecast:
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 27C. Winds light and variable
110° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

3200 metres
San Marcos Report - Tapalpa looked good after our massages at the Spa Hotel but we did not get away until after 3 pm so we went to San Marcos instead as it is much closer.

Norm called with a wind report at 3 pm and they were on launch and it was cycling in.

We got up to launch around 5 pm and it was just light cycles as Colleen got ready for her first flight in Mexico this trip (working too hard in December to come out with us).

Colleen launched and got up over launch quite fast.



There was nice cloudsuck to the north but to the south it was all shaded in.

She got to 2400 metres to the north but only about 2200 metres past the saddle.

The landing options over the back are cut corn fields which are not so nice to pack up in.

It is amazing how berry growing has taken over this area in the last 5 years!

There are more greenhouses than corn fields now, and the corn is just starting to get harvested.



We had already discussed landing out at Kordich's airfield rather than packing up her now SupAir Taska in a corn field so she flew out there at sunset.

Many new hangars since last year and a new flight park just next door with a nice grass strip for the ultralights has opened.

Guess I better fly the Buzzard down next year!

1-1-18
Happy New Years from Lake Chapala

Manzanillo Mexico

Chapala Forecast:
Sunny. High 28C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @6
-3.0°C (unstable)

3200 metres
San Marcos Report - Happy New Years, I awoke with no hangover as we had a quiet New Years Eve in Chapala.

Norm & Bev were planning on going up San Marcos at 3 pm so we met them at the new launch spot (which had not been maintained by the locals and Norm has not had time to clear it).

Unfortunately all the way there and at the spot we met we had east winds so we waited a bit and then drove home rather than wait.

Colleen and I went down to our pool area and it was still east there at 5 pm so the forecasts were wrong so no first flight of 2018 yet.

12-27-17 to 13/31/2017
Colima looks kinda windy in the WU forecasts so we are going up El Toro today

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 28C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @6
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
El Toro Report - Colima looked windy today for flying later so we were planning on going up El Toro before swimming in the ocean later.

We got a late start though and by noon it was quite windy here on Dec 27, so we headed to the pool where it was very windy and the ocean was capping.

We did no flying from Dec 28 through to Dec 31 as we were packing up to move condos and head to Lake Chapala for the New Year for a few days, sorry to worry anyone but I was too busy to update this page and there was no flying to chat about.

We arrived in Chapala on New Years Eve to a huge rainstorm as it had over-developed near Tapalpa and San Marcos. New snow on Nevado de Colima according to FaceBook posts.

12-26-17
Colima looks kinda windy again in the WU forecasts so we are going hiking today

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 30C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Boxing Day Report - Colima looked windy today for flying later so we went hiking near our condo.



The CUs were popping off El Toro and later the entire top was obscured as the thermals grew.

12-25-17
Colima looks kinda windy in the WU forecasts so we are going swimming today

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 30C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Christmas Day Report - Santa found us in Manzanillo and after presents we went swimming in the ocean.

Charlie Brown also called and he wants his tree back!





Brian's Christmas Day Duffey Report - Here was my Christmas present: perfect launch conditions for a solo ski and fly off the Duffey.

My favourite and proudest flight so far. What could beat Christmas lunch on a sunny alpine ridge followed by an epic flight back over Joffre lakes to a "blower pow LZ"?



Thanks again for getting me certified in time for winter Jim. Conditions have been amazing up here lately, nice ridge of high pressure keeping storms and high winds at bay. Perfect for mountain flying. Cold though!!! - Brian



12-24-17
El Toro should be good all day today for Chris, Colima loos kinda windy in the WU forecasts

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 30C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
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El Toro Report - El Toro looked good today for Chris for some thermal flying on his birthday.

We got up to the top a bit early and it was leeside. We went to the old north launch and it had been filled in with a new communications antenna facility on the old helipad. What a shame. There is a possible new launch location to the east of the antenna but it will require some manual loading of sand to fill in the holes.

Chris was feeling a bit hungover after the local girls took him partying til 3 am, so he decided not to fly and we drove down.

We had lunch in Mazanillo Centro before heading to Pelican Bay to try some soaring.

We arrived to the gate and my key still fit the lock and we drove in to launch.

Chris did some kiting but he was not confident enough to fly off so he packed up as I chopped down some thorn bushes.



We drove back down to the gate and the guard had changed the lock and he was not happy we were inside the gate. This is the same guard that gave us a key three years ago.

A couple had just driven up and talked to us and said there had been some thefts from the property so the owners did not want anyone in there, oddly this has never been a problem and the property is not posted but they kept insisting it was "privada propidad".

The guard was not going to let us out until the police came and when we explained to the police that we had a key and we flying and not robbing they were happy and let us out.

The couple works for the owner and she is going to get us permission to fly but maybe we will just walk in the 100 metres to launch.

I did not take any pictures of the 2 loads of police that arrived as they usually don't like their faces publicized.

This site is the also local hiking trail and we also see mountain bikers in here at times, so I doubt this is private property at all, but I may go to city hall to check the land titles to be sure.



Squamish Adventure Report - Merry Christmas to you!



I had my best flight yet yesterday. I finally felt the wind really well again and flew really nicely.



I went for a big solo hike and fly right behind my childhood house. Took off at 2200m and landed back in my yard at 1000m flew for a solid 1 hr.



Soared a big ridge for a while, and even found some quality small thermals off some cliffs. Take off was hard due to the thigh deep snow but I made a good launch.



Thank you for teaching me and I love the wing/harness combo. I look toward to flying at Woodside again in the future - Cheers, Martin S

12-23-17
El Toro should be good all day today for Chris, as we don't want to drive all the way to Tapalpa

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Colima Report - Colima looked good today for Chris for some thermal flying.

We met up with Jonathon and tagged a ride up to La Cumbre.

There were three full trucks heading up full of eager pilots and it was Saturday and a holiday.



A few pilots launched and made small climbs and a few did the piano ride.

One pilot launched with a cravatte and almost hit the trees. Remember to weight shift and steer the remaining parts of the glider!

Then an un-named local tandem pilot brought up his wing with a small tip tuck and flew off with it with a slight turn to the right and instead of using opposite brake, I think he looked up at the tip tuck and it steered him 90 degrees right and they flew into the trees. Ouch!

Not a nice place to crash. Huge rocks and cut off trees but they survived without a scratch.



Meanwhile Chris got ready and launched very nicely and started climbing before the ridge crossing.

Chris found a nice thermal that Gilles later said was the nicest 300 meter wide thermal he has had lately flown in.

Chris topped out at about 300 meters over launch and the winds were pciking up on launch.

Just as I was unpacking, Chris started to sink out towards the LZ.

Jonathon had launched with a tandem and was hitting pretty good headwinds too adn was heading to the LZ when his driver headed down so I hopped in to retrieve Chris.

The HGers that launched after we left were only able to ridge-soar as the thermals got broken up in the wind.

An exciting day at La Cumbre!

Reports from Tapalpa were mixed with some getting really high and others doing a sleddy?

12-22-17
El Toro should be good all day today for Chris

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
El Toro Report - El Toro looked good today for Chris for some beach flying.

There was NE wind on the ground but this site is pretty reliable especially when there is development on the antennas like today.

We arrived on launch at 1230 pm to find the vultures soaring in front and perfect cycles coming up the hill.

Chris got ready fast and was clipped in when the winds switched to SE for a few minutes?

After that we had perfect cycles again and Chris launched and started climbing overhead with ease.



After awhile it was hard to tell how high he got because he was far out and still getting above launch.

When we left the beach to come up after checking the tides, the water was nearly up to Indio's Restauarnt but there was a higher part of the beach in front of the white condos that was usable.

By the time Chris had come down the tide had receded.

We had lunch and then headed to Pelican Bay but the winds were south there.

Then a quick drive to the south dunes but it was too light to kite so back to the hostel for Chris to have a nap.

12-21-17
Colima should be good today for Chris

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 31C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Colima Report - Colima looked good today for Chris for some XC flying.

We got to Costena Hotel but no Jonathon at 1130 so after fueling up we headed straight up La Cumbre to find tailwinds.

We waited and the birds were soaring in the lee.

Jonathon did show up after 1215 pm with a load of eager pilots and they too waited til after 1 pm.

A local female pilot took off and "got really high . . . really fast" and the rest of the pilots raced off to share the lift.

Chris got ready and flew off and had about a 20 minute flight but did not get as high as the others headed north.

I went to get Chris as Hangy Chris got his HG ready. Apparently he got the "heave-ho" from Casa Beverly and is staying in Colima for now.

Chris and another Lumby HGer took off and did some soaring as Chris got ready.

Chris had two of the best launches of the day here at La Cumbre.



Our Chris "sky-ed out" this time and was doing some nice thermal turns despite the wind picking up. By now all the others were on the ground and enjoying beers I am sure.

We got back to Manzanillo by 5 pm and did some grocery shopping before heading home.

12-20-17
El Toro should be good today for Chris and his first beach landing

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 31C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
El Toro Report - El Toro looked good today for Chris so we went up at 11 am and conditions were perfect.

Chris' first launch was so fast I didn't get it on video!

But we went back up at 1230 pm and conditions were even better and I got this launch on my camera.



Chris landed near Indio's Restaurant both times and we had a nice lunch of seafood there.

Then back to the condo for a nap for me, tough day!

12-19-17
Colima should be good today but Tapalpa looks even better

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Sunny. High 28C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.
060° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

3200 metres
Tapalpa Report - Tapalpa looked good today with NE winds most of the day.

IBIS and the WeatherUnderground forecasts all said NE winds switching to strongish SW later in the day for Colima & Tapalpa. I did not trust the Colima forecasts.

We arrived on Tapalpa Launch at noon and it was +25 kph from the east . . . perfect!

While Chris was getting ready, I gave Peddi a new windsock to install on the roof as the AT&T one was ragged out.



Chris had a great first launch and was off trying to thermal but the thermals were quite narrow.



He flew for 20 minutes landing at the main Piano LZ.



I raced down to get him and we were back on launch by 2 pm and it was still SE but not as strong.

Some locals took off first and climbed out and top-landed quite quickly in the back field.

Diego got high and was working under a big OD'ing cloud behid launch and he too top-landed and was packing up as I drove down to get Chris in a field N of the Piano LZ as he missed the good lift.



A quick trip home before sunset with some of the tolls free for us!

I checked in with the Colima Pilots and they did not fly after waiting many hours, and Norm went to San Marcos but no reports on how it was there.

12-18-17
Colima should be good today after the rains

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Pelican Bay Report - Colima looked good today but Chris got in too late to go there so we went to Pelican Bay.

The winds were too strong for his first day here so we went kiting on the beach where the wind was smooth and laminar for his first kiting since September when he got signed off.



We waited for an hour but t kept getting stronger and later at 8 pm, I could see the smoke from the Power Plant still laid over as Colleen & I celebrated our 26th Anniversary at a Las Brisas restaurant on the beach.

12-17-17
Colima should be good today after the rains

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2200 metres
No Fly Report - Colima looked good today if we can get there in time to hitch a ride up but I was waiting for Chris to arrive and his bus got delayed so we stayed in Manzanillo.

12-16-17
El Toro looks wet for a few days as thunderstorms roll through SW Mexico

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
80% Precip. / 3.41 mm AM Thunderstorms. High 28C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h.
160° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Thunderstorm Report - El Toro looked wet today with lots of rain coming down, I hope the road survives the moisture!

I hope the rains don't wash the road out as it was already looking dodgy on some of the corners. I will go up later to check it out but the good news is that they are building a new antenna installation and the crews need the road open to finish the project.

We had lightning and thunder here at the condo but I missed most of it as I slept in.



12-15-17
El Toro looks soarable to 2000 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly cloudy. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @6
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - El Toro looks good today with thunderstorms in the forecast so the lapse rate is good!

We had morning clouds but by 1230 pm the clouds had thinned out and we had the best launch cycles of the tour today.



The new carpet is working well for keeping the tangles away, big enough for tandem gliders now.



Nelson got off and started thermalling and got above launch a few times. I would have beat him down to the Beach except for a stuck truck on one of the corners that I had to wait for.

When got to Indio's Restaurant Nelson was having a lemonada with Stefan who is recuperating from a motorcycle injury and not flying for a few weeks.

This is Nelson's 14th and last day here and his tming is perfect as it is supposed to rain for the next two days. He flew everyday during his visit with FlyBC.

12-14-17
El Toro looks soarable to 2000 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly cloudy. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @6
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - El Toro looked good today! But Nelson was hoping for a good Colima flight so we headed there.

The drive to Colima Launch takes an hour from Manzanillo, about 80 kms on the Cuota Toll Road. The trip from Manzanillo to El Toro Launch takes about the same time, so it is up to the clients where we fly as the Launches point the smae direction and are influenced by the same airmass.

Nelson was the third pilot off and he had a good flight managing to eke out some good thermals.



In this shot Canuck Jonathon is getting higher on the black Ozone Alpina 2 and he managed to get at least a 90 minute flight.

12-13-17
Colima looks soarable to 2200 metres
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Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 20C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2250 metres
Colima Report - Colima looked good today! So I took Nelson there and he was not disappointed.

We arrived at launch at noon and it was blowing down and all the smoke in the valley was also from the NE.

Nelson was getting ready when a dusty took his wing for a flight but local pilot Warenka helped to keep it on the ground - Gracias!

A few local pilots took off and were soon climbing as Nelson launched.



Nelson climbed up high with Warenka who was doing a tandem and they were above launch when Warenka headed north with Nelson following.

Nelson was soon above Warenka and they were both orbiting over the Soccer Field that is the usual XC waypoint.

Nelson was the only one who landed in the soccer field as the others took the bigger field to the north.

I drove to get him and had a beer waiting in the shade for him to pack up.

Nice flying Nelson! No more pianos for you!

12-12-17
El Toro looks good

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 20C. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1250 metres
El Toro Report - we went to the South Dunes to check out the winds but it was too light to even kite.

We ended up on El Toro at 330 pm, to install the new fabric after cutting more grass and brush.

The new launch area is perfect now and at 500 pm it was launchable so Nelson flew off.



He got above launch but flew straight out to the beach for a very smooth landing!



Pemby Snow Report - John & Brian (our latest signoff) went to the mountains north of Whistler for a ski/fly trip and had some nice flights.



This is Brian flying on his new SupAir Leaf Light ahead of John.

12-11-17
Cloudy conditions

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 20C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1250 metres
Tour Report - we considered Tapalpa today but the lift looked lame with clouds everywhere, so we did some shopping for landscape fabric for El Toro. It was also too lift for Pelican Bay.

12-10-17
Tapalpa looks soarable to 3200 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 20C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

3250 metres
Tapalpa Report - Tapalpa was the call today!

Nelson had not been here for three years and he had two great flights of 20 minutes and 40 minutes length.

The lift was spotty and most pilots sunk out early, except Normando who scratched his way back into a top landing.



Nelson just after launching and following a tandem out to find some lift.

12-09-17
Tapalpa looks soarable to 3200 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 21C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

3250 metres
El Toro Report - we had planned on Tapalpa today but as I was picking Nelson up, I rechecked the weather and it was quite gusty in Sayula and Guzman, so I changed the plan and we went up EL Toro as we had light SW winds here, contrary to the forecasts.

We arrived to light cycles and Nelson got ready and then it went lame.

He waited and waited while I cut more brush back to expand the launch area.

After about an hour the sun came out and we got a nice round of cycles and Nelson was off and climbing!



He flew out over the shipwreck and made 5 passes of the beach trying to figure out the winds as they were very light and he landed to the SE, an odd direction for here.

We saved many hours of driving and later Bev said they decided not to fly as it was very windy in Chapala.

12-08-17
Manzanillo looks soarable to 1700 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2750 metres
El Toro Report - we worked on and flew El Toro in Manzanillo today!



We installed this sunshade mesh to protect the lines from snags and it worked well. The launch was in good shape after last years many work parties.

At 1 pm, Nelson launched and we almost waited too long as it got quite cross from the NW and it was windy in the air.



Nelson had to land at the Country Club Golf Course where he packed up and walked to El Indio restaurant.

12-07-17
Colima looks soarable to 2700 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2750 metres
Colima Report - Nelson flew Colima again today!

He had two quick sled rides, as there was minimal lift. The locals got away but they have 20+ years experience.

We packed up and headed to Pelican Bay and Nelson got another flight there, but he was a bit too early in launching and ended up on the beach.

He came up and woke me from my nap and said "Now it is your turn to show me how to do it."

I unpacked my Ozone Zeno and kited it up and it was much stronger than when Nelson went earlier. In fact, I had trouble moving forward and was getting popped off the ground all the ays to the edge.

I was soon at 400 metres and having to use speedbar to stay out front.

I topped out at 495 metres from this 20 metre launch!

The whitecaps did not seem any stronger as i was flying but it was windy, if I relaxed the bar I was parked.

I flew out over the ocean and south to the lighthouse and northeast to the Cross and was still at 450 metres. I was not going down even way out over the water.



I did get down in a sinky area just in front of the beach and it was gusty and strong as I came over the toplanding area.

I had to push bar several times to cut through the wind ans stay forward and then a 50% collapse on the left tip caused me to drift back.

I corrected it and pushed bar again and landed just near the back edge of launch and as I killed the wing I got pulled over the edge.

I slid down the dirt bank and was now on a ledge.

My wing was above me but not under tension so I was somewhat tied in but the dirt was loose and not much to grab on to so I waited til Nelson grabbed a rope from the Van and got it to me to help me scale back up.

Lesson Learned: DO NOT try to top-land here in strong conditions . . . land on the beach where if you get dragged you will just be in some bushes. Much safer.

12-06-17
Colima looks soarable to 2700 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2750 metres
Colima Report - Colima worked well for Nelson today again!

He is killing his launches and climbing well on the new Buzz Z5.

12-05-17
Colima looks soarable to 2700 metres

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2750 metres
Colima Report - Colima worked well for Nelson today!

He launched right after the locals had flown and outclimbed them all and landed at the Soccer Field again for another XC flight!

12-04-17
Colima looks soarable, despite lots of cane smoke

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1750 metres
Colima Report - Nelson arrived last night and was ready to fly today so we headed straight to Colima La Cumbre.

Jonathon and others were already set up on launch at 1230 pm but had not flown yet so we were in good timing today.

One by one they launched and clmbed out, leaving Nelson to try out the Ozone Buzz Z5 I brought down for him.

After a nice kiting session, Nelson launched and headed out towards the LZ and he found a nice thermal by the last hill and was soon way over launch.



He was making the air look smooth, smoother even than the pros before in ther climbouts.

He soared around for 35 minutes and then drifted too far back and lost the thermal and was headed to the LZ.

I thought he was too far west when I saw he was over the wrong field but he managed to avoid the trees and brush in the very small field he picked.

After packing up and a quick snack, we headed back to Pelican Bay for a soaring session.

The wind was straight in but a bit light as Nelson flew off and tried hugging the slope and he ended up on the beach, just out of sight in the picture below where he was packing up.



A good first day and he loves the new Ozone Buzz Z5.

12-03-17
Manzanillo looks soarable, but I have airport pickup duties as Colleen arrives tonight

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1750 metres
Manzanillo Site Report - I drove up El Toro around noon and both launch spots are overgrown again! It is a jungle so if you don't keep the spots mowed the trees grow back.

I will organize some workers this week to get it cleaned up through Solomon the owner.

11-28-17 to 12-2-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all winter so I headed south to Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Mexico

Manzanillo Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1750 metres
Road Trip Report - I made Tapalpa, a new record of 4500 kms in 3 days. Good thing the Van is comfy on the highway and big enough to sleep in so I only wasted a few dollars on cheap motels so I could have a shower.

I was doing launch prep work in Manzanillo today, and Tapalpa looks stunning if the inversion breaks today.



Meanwhile Paddy, Peter and Claudia are having great flights in Valle de Bravo, all making it to the Lakeside LZ! Derek is there too but no SPOT to spy on.



11-26-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Becoming windy late this morning. High 11 with temperature falling to 8 this afternoon.
240° @25
-3.0°C (unstable)

350 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC was closed today for flying but Martin N & Nelson arrived just in time for the hail and rain to start falling, so we never went up.

I went to the WCSC Meeting tonight to fight to keep the dues at $50 but failed so there is an increase to $80 effective immediately.

Congratulations to Kim Mattinson on winning the WCSC "Rookie of the Year" award . . . she was one of our keenest students this spring as she wanted to get certified fast to start chasing Hubby Mike around the valley!

11-22-17 to 11-25-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Becoming windy early this afternoon. High 16. Rainfall warning in effect.
240° @25
-3.0°C (unstable)

350 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed for many days as we went to visit the kids up north, time to head south!

11-21-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. High 8.
240° @18
-3.0°C (unstable)

350 metres
Rain Report - while the boys are soaring Tenancingo I am trying to do inside chores to stay dry, time to head south!

11-20-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. High 8.
240° @18
-3.0°C (unstable)

350 metres
Woodside Rain Report - 38 mm of rain measure but it felt like more, time to head south!

11-19-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all weekend

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Periods of rain ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 9.
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

550 metres
Valley Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying as it was rained out everywhere!

I went out to Langley Airport to fly one of their Ultralights and it was deemed too strong. Reports of a Maule pilot losing control at 400 feet AGL but managed to get back to the airport in one piece!

11-18-17
Woodside is looking like rain and wind all weekend

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Periods of rain ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 9.
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

550 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying as it was be quite windy at launch, time to head south!

11-17-17
Woodside is looking like Friday may be flyable

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. 70 percent chance of showers changing to 30 percent chance of showers in the morning. High 9
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

750 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were open today for flying around noon but I was not out til 230 pm to see it had rained down low and snowed at 500-600 metres.



Time to head south, just as soon as we deliver Christmas goodies to Williams Lake next weekend, looks like the season is done for Western Canada!

New Ultralight Instructor Licence in hand and ready to start training you Ultralight Pilots next spring, come for a briefing on what you need to do to get certified to fly an Ultralight or paramotor. Actually easier than a P-2 Course!

11-16-17
Woodside is looking like slight chance of rain

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. Risk of hail early this afternoon. High 9.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we had planned to head to Cache Creek at 830 am, but the skies opened up and the clouds lifted so . . . we stayed and got two nice flights to get Brian finished off for his P-2 rating.

Brian's first and graduation flight (#25) was on the windy side but he had a Plan B in mind (Harvest), but he did not need it as he had a classic flight out to Eagle Ranch.



Martin joined us for flight #2 and they both got some soaring in. Then at 3 pm it started to drizzle, but a much better day than forecasted.



11-15-17
Woodside is looking like rain & strong winds . . . so no flying this week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 8.
040° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Rain Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying due to rain.

It was not that wet but clouds were low and it was windy, good time to re-seed the parking lot so it will be closed til spring as the grass takes hold.

11-14-17
Woodside is looking like rain & strong winds . . . so no flying this week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 8.
040° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Monsoon Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying due to rain.

11-13-17
Woodside is looking like rain & strong winds . . . so no flying this week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind becoming southwest 40 to 60 km/h late this afternoon. Temperature steady near 8.
240° @25
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying due to rain.

BC Ferries cancelled all sailings for the morning causing some issues for Islanders.

It was raining heavily here most of the day and windy later.

11-12-17
Woodside is looking like rain & NE winds . . . so no flying this week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 8.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - it was dry initially but soon became very wet as the rains rolled in. Big wind warnings for the South Coast tonight too.

11-11-17
Woodside is looking like NE winds . . . and then rain so a weekend trip to Savona is planned for Saturday through Monday leaving Eagle Ranch at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 7.

Savona Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. Wind becoming east 20 km/h near noon. High 6.

000° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1250 metres
Coyote Report - we left the Ranch at 830 am with Brian and Blake in tow.

Hwy 5 was clear and foggy in places and we arrived at Savona at 11 am to find East wind as forecasted, but it was too strong for even a 16 metre speedwing!

Ashcroft was reporting light winds so we headed to Coyote where it was snowy and indeed light winds from the SW.

We set up on the NW facing ridge that faces Cornwall and Brian had a nice launch and it was very buoyant air allowing him to make a few different approaches.

Blake flew off after Brian as I drove down.

We repeated this one more flight until is got too cross from the SW.

I checked the Kamloops METAR and it reported 13 kph from the NE so perfect for Savona, and we headed back there to find it was even stronger that at noon?

As we headed back towards home we encountered snow showers but the drive home on Hwy 1 was good except for the zero visibilty in fog near Boston Bar.

11-10-17
Woodside is looking like light NE winds but sun and a good lapse rate so we are flying around 1 pm . . . and then rain so a weekend trip to Savona is planned for Saturday through Monday

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High around 10C. Winds light and variable
040° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

850 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch was open today for flying around 1 pm, but I had no students so Andrei took a load of pilots up in his truck.

It was soarable with light thermals and Jacek logged 25 minutes ending up in Riverside.

Blake & Paul arrived too late for that ride so they hopped in when I took Andrei up to retrieve his truck and they had a nice flight in almost soarable winds.

Here is what the mountain looked like around 4 pm, as cloudbase was starting to lower.



11-9-17
Woodside is looking like NE winds all day . . . then rain so a weekend trip to Savona is planned for Saturday through Monday

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers changing to 30 percent chance of rain showers this morning. Windy. High plus 5.
040° @7
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Chore Report - I worked around Eagle Ranch today as we expected too much NE wind and possible snow showers.

It actually turned out great for installing doors on the hangar as there was no wind and only the odd sprinkle of rain.

The doors work great and I can now lock up the Hangar for the winter keeping all the farm implements safe from rain and thieves.



Thanks to Andrei for providing the sheet metal left over from his house build.

11-8-17
Woodside is looking like NE winds all day . . . again and then rain so a weekend trip to Savona is planned for Friday through Monday

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers changing to 30 percent chance of rain showers this morning. Windy. High plus 5.
040° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Eagle Ranch Report - Eagle Ranch had a lot of NE wind. Great for installing doors on the hangar, NOT!

I got the tracks and frames installed using the new excavator, great for precision placement of heavy objects.

The wind was so strong that the step-ladder kept falling over, but only when I was not on it. Thankfully!

I installed one steel panel but it was dangerous in the strong wind so I quit just as it was getting dark.

Smart money is on heading to Mexico, as Bev & Norm headed south today.

11-7-17
Woodside is looking like NE winds all day . . . again and then rain so a weekend trip to Savona is planned

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers late this afternoon. Windy. High plus 3.
010° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Diefenbaker Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying as there is too much NE wind and possible snow showers.

I met Clark & Peter at Diefenbaker Park and they did very well despite gusty East winds.

They had the forward launches mastered within about 5 flights, so I showed them the "A's&C's method" of reverse launching and they did amazing!

After three hours it was time for lunch and a debrief and they are now ready for a bigger hill, maybe Monday in Savona.

11-6-17
Woodside is looking like NE winds all day

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. High around 5C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
010° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying as there was too much NE wind.

I was in Surrey for errands and visited King George Airpark for some paperwork duties and there was light east winds there for a Rans S12 doing circuits.

I headed back to the Ranch to install some posts for the hangar doors before dark and Derek & Martin headed up to Woodside cause they saw the smoke from the slash burning was going up the hill.

I decided to stay and work on my project and saw Martin get a 10:11 flight but Derek had a couple of duffs and then it was blowing down hard so he drove down. He reported that the road was less icy today.

Martin landed to the west in the ProCircle as I finished up the post install.

It sure gets dark soon with PST back in place!

11-5-17
Woodside is looking like strong NE winds all day and into next week

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of light snow this morning. Wind northeast 40 to 60 km/h. High plus 3.
040° @25
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying due to extreme cold and NE winds all day.

11-4-17
Woodside is looking like light NE winds but a good lapse rate and by 1 pm I think it will be launchable

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Cloudy. High 3C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @4
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Desperado Report - Brian came out at 11 am and we went up the mountain just after noon when the winds on launch looked favourable.

There was NE wind in Agassiz and Hope, but normal SE wind at the Ranch LZ and the webcam showed light inflow too.

The drive up was exciting as there are icy patches at 2.5 k, 3 k, and 4 k and you need good snow tires.

We parked at the top of the hill and walked in to find light cycles so Brian got ready.

It was snowing lightly at launch so you could see the winds.

Chilliwack had a big bank of snow overhead, as did Hemlock Valley, but it was good visibility from Launch to the Ranch as Brian flew off on his SupAir Leaf Light glider test flying the Ozone Ozium2 harness.



If you zoom in you can see I tagged his name just above him as he flew out towards the River.

He said it got bumpy over the Highlands but smooth over the Ranch as he landed in the newly leveled LZ.

The bulldozer work is now completed and we are hoping to get some seed down if it warms up.

Brian wrote his P-2 exam and aced it with 95% marks! Just three more flights and he can be set free from the nest!

Jacke & Monica arrived to setup harnesses but it was snowing heavily and we could not see launch anymore.



Hmmm . . . Zeno or Delta3 for Mexico this year?

Ozone Delta 3 from Ozone Paragliders on Vimeo.

11-3-17
Woodside is looking like NE winds most of the day but the sun is coming out

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High around 5C. Winds NNE at 15 to 30 km/h.
040° @14
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - the NE winds never quit all day and there was no where else to fly as the highways were bad or closed.

But the good news is that the bulldozer is working again and the LZ leveling should be completed this weekend, good progress made yesterday.

11-2-17
Woodside is looking like rain and possible snow showers til Satrday afternoon

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. A few wet flurries over higher terrain this afternoon. Becoming windy near noon. Temperature falling to plus 3 this afternoon.
040° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Snow Report - Eagle Ranch was open today for ground school but it was damned cold when the cold airmass hit around 2 pm.

Good indoor session with Clark & Peter, our latest students that we hope to get airborne before the end of November.

I went in to Chilliwack at 4 pm to do some banking and the snowstorm hit there first. And it stuck on the roads and the sidewalks.

Slow going back to the Ranch as folks were not used to slick roads, and I came home to this.



High winds from the NW and the snow fell all night.

11-1-17
Woodside is looking like rain and possible snow showers til Friday afternoon

Agassiz BC

Woodside Forecast:
A few showers ending this morning then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Windy early this morning. High 10.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - Eagle Ranch & FlyBC were closed today for flying but the Local Desperadoes met at 3 pm as I was leaving for an appointment in Mission.

Derek, Martin, Norm & Bev drove up through the clouds and launched when it was open.

Derek reported an awesome 12 minues of flight time, amazing given to morning forecast but it is Mother Woodside!

On the drive back up the mountain to retrieve Bev's rig, it had closed in again at the 3 km mark as the temps dropped and cloudbase lowered.



2016 in Review - we had our busiest season every in 20 years!

Thanks to all of you that supported us in 2016!

We started out in January with our biggest Mexican Tour with many guests improving their skills at El Toro, Pelican Bay Soaring Site, Colima and Tapalpa.

February brought us more Tour guests with me returning to Canada on March 1 to start lessons.

March brought on some great spring conditions with some excellent XC flights in the Faser Valley.

April brought out many new student pilots and we had up to 7 per day requiring some additional manpower to help out with Degas in Mission with newbies while I was sending students off Woodside. April enjoyed the first tree-landing of the season as an un-named P-2 pilot 360ed himself into a 200' tree just before dark.

May brought out many pilots doing XC flights from Benny to Woodside. This site was improved in 2016 with WCSC & BCHPA funds so we are going to take advancing students there in 2017. We also ran our Annual FlyBC Instructor Course and had many new candidates working with our students. We had to go to Coyote & Mara many times to avoid the weather.

June was an awesome month and we had many signed off P-2 students by now. Thanks to all who helped us get them through their courses!

July was a productive month but also brought some sad news as a local Bellingham Pilot who had flown Blanchard hundreds of times had a fatal crash while paragliding on a mellow day. TJ had been flying since 2000 and had created a Weather Page that was very useful in predicting the conditions.

August took us to Mara Lake for our Annual SIV Course and we had 25 participants over 10 days with only a few wet wings. Either we are getting better at guiding, or the gliders are getting safer, or the pilots are doing more studying prior to the Course . . . or all three but it is a pleasure to put pilots through the maneuvers and see them cain confidence in their gear.

September was flyable most days but we did do the odd road trip to Merritt and Coyote. I think we are up to 200 flyable days now. We also had one weekend closed to students and pilots at Eagle Ranch while we married off Aaron & Christy!

October turned out to be a complete bust as it rained everyday, as did November. Odd as this is usually our busiest training time. It was okay because we had planned a trip to Australia anyway, but I felt bad for the students that did not get finished in 2016.

December was also bad weather-wise with record snow falls, so I went to Mexico to get our winter condo ready for the winter season, and Derek & Norm & I had some nice flights.

Thanks again to the 40+ students we signed off in 2016.

Thanks also to the pilots that bought a record number of gliders from Gin, Ozone & SupAir from us in 2016.

Stay safe in 2017, and we will be here to support you in your flying endeavours.





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