FlyBC "Site of the Day" - February 18-25 - 2021

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FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for the rainy season

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2-18-2021 to 2-25-2021
FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
040° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend and beyond as we get rained out again.

FlyBC is open and offering training and shuttles with COVID-19 social distancing/separation practices in place.

Recommended options for hike & fly sites include: Benny, Lil Nic, or Elk Mtn.

FlyBC and the Eagle Ranch LZ are open for clients that complete the 2020 waivers below, print them out and show up with them signed to fly into the Ranch.

You can download the waivers below and sign & witness the waivers to be scanned to FlyBC E-Mail and also to have the hard copies dropped off with one of our staff.

FlyBC waiver.

WCSC waiver.

HPAC waiver.



Used Gear List: Updated February 18, 2021

Harnesses for Sale:

Gin Genie Lite 3 Large - Gin Genie Lite 3 POD new 2020 model - $2400 CDN
Gin Genie Lite 3 Medium - Gin Genie Lite 3 POD new 2020 model - $2400 CDN
Woody Valley Wani 2 T-Lock harness- reversible hike & fly model - new in box - $995
Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $850 without reserve
Gin Yeti Xtreme 2 - hike and fly - $400 or $850 with airbag
Ozone Ozium M Pod Harness (new demo) - $1400 CDN without reserve
SupAir Delight 3 Medium or Large harnesses - $1700 without reserve
Assorted used harnesses from $350 CDN.

Speedwings for Sale:

Ozone Rapi-Dos 13 metre - demo with no flights - $2400

AirDesign Susi3 - 13 to 23 metre mini-wing - EN-B - 2020 Models - $3200 CDN

Ozone Dragonfly - 16 to 18 metre mini-wing - Maximum Stability & Fun - The DragonFly is a stable and versatile hybrid speed wing, designed for pilots of all skill levels. It is the perfect wing to launch your speed flying career, and is equally at home soaring a dynamic coastal cliff or carving a mountain descent. - 2020 Models - $2250 USD

Reserves for Sale:

HA Beamer 3 Reserves - 100/130 kgs model - $1300 CDN
HA Beamer 3 Light Reserves - 100/130 kgs model - $1550 CDN
SupAir Shine Light Round Reserves - all sizes - $850 CDN

Paragliders for Sale:

All our used paragliders come with a porosity report and valid Inspection Certificate.



Nova DoubleSkin - EN-B - new for 2020 in 17 & 20 sizes at FlyBC - $4000 CDN - besides the 2.1 kg weight and small pack volume, a 1 year warranty/replacement plan is a key selling point - damage is covered for a full 2 years once registered with Nova Protect.

Nova Prion 4 - EN-A - new for 2020 in all sizes in demo stock here at FlyBC - $3500 CDN - includes a hiking harness and radio and all taxes - a great deal to close out the season - A 1 year warranty/replacement plan is a key selling point - damage is covered for a full year once registered with Nova Protect.

Ozone Swift 5 MS - 75-95 kgs - 2019 Model - $3200 - perfect shape with less than a year of use and includes a sauccisse bag and backpack. Just completed an Inspection and porosity test and it is ready to fly amny more seasons. Hi-Viz colour scheme (more are coming in in 2 months as trade-ins)


Ozone Swift 5 ML - 85-105 kgs - 2018 Model - $2500 - great shape with less than 120 hours and includes a sauccisse bag and backpack. Hi-Viz colour scheme (more are coming in in 2 months as trade-ins)


Ozone Mantra M7 SM - 75-95 kgs - 2019 EN-D Model - $3500 - excellent shape with 40 hours and no damage. Custom red/black colours. No taxes to be paid.

SupAir Step Small - used 2018 EN-B glider with under 80 hours - 60-80 kgs - $2000 cdn.

Winter wings: We have several Ozone Delta 2 MS and ML sizes and SupAir Taska XS and M for sale for winter flying. $1200 and up depending on year and shape. All tested and trimmed ready for winter expeditions.

2-5-2021 to 2-7-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining so it is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers or drizzle. Windy this morning. Temperature steady near 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Kamloops Report - I headed up to Kamloops Airport to pick up the Cessna T337B and return it to its parking spot in Chilliwack after the Polar Vortex left BC.

Another crappy Coquihalla drive through ice and slush.

Weather was sunny with broken clouds at the airport.



Uneventful departure from CYKA despite bird crews trying to scare away the snow geese.



Heading west towards Savona and the clouds were still low at around 4000 feet.



Lots of snow on the hillsides and the air was smooth except for some leeside hill action.



The sky opened up further west as the valleys got tighter.



Good ground speeds of 165-175 mph in the Fraser Canyon and little traffic.



Some tailwind before Hope according to the NE in the clouds higher up, but still smooth.



Hope town is still snowed in as I flew over at 4000 feet on the descent into Chilliwack.

A few planes in the circuit at Chilliwack after crossing over Eagle Ranch to descend into the pattern.

Easy landing to the east and a quick taxi to the tiedown. Thanks to Bev & Norm for the ride back to the Ranch.



Woodside Report - Woodside beckoned the "desperados" at around 330 pm.

Derek was off work, it was Dennie's Birthday so Linda brought him over and I dragged Colleen away from her computer.

I hauled the CanAm out of the barn and got it ready to take us up the mountain.

So many stuck trucks this past few days made me a bit concerned about the drive up Woodside but the mighty CanAm did not even slip even in the deep snow.

In fact it was so easy that I drove down into the parking lot to unload.

Kevin was just getting ready to launch as he hiked up earlier.

He got off in a westerly cycle and was soon high over the South Knoll.



Derek, Dennie, Linda then Colleen launched and they were struggling to stay up as the sun got shaded out.

Kevin was in a better spot and stayed up above the Knoll for some time as everyone else descended.

I was just packing up to drive down when Kevin top-landed and offered to drive down, but conditions were so lame that I told him to relaunch and enjoy the flight down to Riverside.

A gang of pilots was at Benny and I later found some great XCFind tracklogs. Alex and Peter got ambitious and overflew Mission North.



2-17-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining so it is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers or drizzle. Windy this morning. Temperature steady near 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is at Woodside for a few days but if it keeps raining we are going skiing at Sun Peaks until Monday.

2-5-2021 to 2-16-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining so it is off to Sun Peaks for the weekend


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Showers or drizzle. Windy this morning. Temperature steady near 7. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
240° @ 25 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC has been not flying for some time as the cold arctic air was too cold to even kite even though it was sunny.

2-4-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today doing errands and chores but it is raining hard


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Periods of rain. High plus 5.
Agassiz:
240° @ 15 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

500 metres
Woodside report - Woodside received heavy rains today but it was a good day to reorganize the Barn for an upcoming Beginner Course this Monday Feb 8th.

2-3-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Clearing early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Agassiz:
050° @ 5 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - I was doing shop work changing lines and doing porosity tests when the gang went to fly Woodside.

We had light outflow winds on top but the thermals powered through and gave nice reversible launch conditions.

Bev launched first folowed by Martin N and they soared up to 1050 metres for over an hour in nice spring-like thermals.



Snow from 3 km up with some icy sections on the road but nobody got stuck.



About 8 pilots flying here and they all got nice flights.

Jacek says he got to 1200 metres before an un-named pilot knocked him out of his thermal as he was setting up to top-land, so I had to drive him up later in my Tracker (with studded tires, a 2021 addition).

A blast from the past . . . Jeremy arrived on his motorcycle and drove it up to launch to say hi to everyone.

He came down to the Ranch and borrowed a SupAir Taska and harness and had a nice late afternoon flight. This Taska is for sale for $1200 and is like new shape.



As I drove down I was treated to a nice sunset! Is is really February?

Jacek made a nice video for Bev's first flight on her new Ozone Swift 5.



2-2-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside for a week


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain at times heavy. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Woodside:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - Derek and Martin arrived at noon but it started raining so we had a fire in the barn to keep warm, and it never cleared up all day.

2-1-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside for a week


Agassiz Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Rain. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Woodside:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - we were at the Ranch but it was raining and foggy so no flying.

1-31-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Snow. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - it was snowing heavily and fog right down to the base of the hill so we drove back to Woodside thru rain and snow.

1-30-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Snow. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC was skiing at Sun Peaks today, lots of new snow but cloudbase was too low to fly.

Woodside looked wet.



1-29-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with afternoon sunny breaks developing. Wind light west shifting early morning to east 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 6 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks skiing but it looked good at Woodside but no one flew.



1-28-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. High near minus 2 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week and there was more new snow so we went Cross Country Skiing - 11 kms today and only one fall each.

Bev drove a group up Woodside today and they flew but it was not epic.

The drive down for Bev was epic as she almost slid into the ditch on the icy drive down. Time to use low range and never touch the brakes!



The cycles changed quite quickly to down so no more flights.



1-27-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. High near minus 5 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks and it was snowing so Colleen and I went downhill skiing.

Bev, Norm, Martin and Derek were at the Ranch visiting Bob but it was not flyable, too much NE wind.

1-26-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. Amounts 1 to 2 cm. Wind east to southeast 8 to 20 km/h. High near minus 10 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week and we received more new snow so it was not flyable.

Derek and the Desperado Team went up Woodside and got a short flight today.

1-25-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. Amounts 1 to 2 cm. Wind east to southeast 8 to 20 km/h. High near minus 10 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks and it was snowing all day.

We signed our paragliding waivers and got our Paragliding Passes and the Guest Services Staff arranged for a special hiking pass for non-skier pilots.

This hiking pass is $25 a day and get one up the Sunburst Chair where you can walk a short distance east to the OSV run for foot launching in East or light winds.

Unfortunately cloudbase was too low to try out the OSV Launch today.

1-24-2021
FlyBC is heading to Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Cloudy with occasional light snow beginning late in the morning. Amounts 1 to 2 cm. Wind east to southeast 8 to 20 km/h. High near minus 10 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Sun Peaks for a week.

It was raining and lightly snowing at Woodside yesterday so no one flew.

Cloudbase was pretty low too!



A 4x4 person posted some pics on FaceBook as they drove up to 10 km on Woodside, just light snow on the road.



Colleen and I went Cross Country skiing to check out some nearer LZs for flying at Sun Peaks. Hole 15 is a great runway and just above our condo.



1-23-2021
FlyBC is heading to Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 11 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Colleen and I are at Sun Peaks for a week and today we went skiing.

We woke to -12C temps and light snow but there was blue sky to the West.

Colleen was trying out her new stance on her snowboard and I was skiing.

At 1 pm, we went up to the Top of the Mountain and it was blowing +20 kph over the back . . . but down below Crystal Chair we had inflow cycles again.

I laid out by Ozone Alpina 2 and got all ready, but it got blown by a gust and I failed to lay it back pout properly hoping it would inflate with some speed. But alas no, I skiied a few hundred feet and no go.

I had to bunch up and hike back to the start point and the second time was a charm!

I bit thermic and rotory in the air but a good flight to land behind Brad's condo on the golf course where I landed in 20 kph of east tailwind but the powder snow was good to land at speed. Loving the skis for landing. Bev should come and try it!

Colleen got my launch as did some skiers.





Woodside Report - Derek and about 15 other pilots flew Woodside today.



The first round of flights were extended sledders as the winds started to pick up and the thermals started to form.



The second flight had pilots up for over an hour with many complaining of cold hands.



Alex flying off into the sunset tonight.

Thanks to Claudia and others for the pictures I scraped off the WWW.

Reports from Bennie of 2 hour flights from 10 pilots flying there.

Spring is just around the corner!

1-22-2021
FlyBC is heading to Sun Peaks for a week


Kamloops Forecast

Sun Peaks Forecast:
Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 10 to 15 km/h. High near minus 11 C.
Sun Peaks:
050° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is at Eagle Ranch today until 4 pm, but no flying today as it was howling out of the North at 50 kph.

1-21-2021
FlyBC is at Eagle Ranch on January 21


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low.
Woodside:
190° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - FlyBC was at Eagle Ranch today after noon but it was blown out with strong NW winds (outflow).

But Brad had another good day at Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks Flight Report - Launch @1pm lovely light cycles up. Clear blue skies. Forecast was light north winds. - 11 when I launched but sunny radiant heat helped.

Caught an everlasting thermals just past the Crystal chair to the left. Soared up to launch height again and again, could have gone higher but my hands were toast in 20 minutes.

Continued soaring for 30 minutes easy smooth thermal but the cold capped my earnest.

Decided to fly home to the Sunpeaks East village and landed behind my place.

Cold mid winter thermals, two words unexpected and awesome!! I going to the specialty store in the village and getting -20 mitts and boot covers - Brad

Summary :

43 minutes of winter beauty, lift sustained 1.9ms, top lift 3.5, max sink 3.5. Local paragliding friendly factor 9/10! Fun factor 8/10, need mitts! A nice shot of Brad flying by one of the local photographers.



Brad's proof of a great flight and no collapses.



1-20-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks today


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low.
Woodside:
190° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - Brad and I met with the Sun Peaks Ski Patrollers today and I showed them some launch spots for different conditions.

The best launch for light winds is the Crystal launch Point just below and between the Crystal Chair Line and the Burfield Chair Line.

Remember you must remain 100 metres away from lift lines horizontally and vertically!

This is the view SE from Crystal Launch down into the Valley. We had a "blue bird" day today!



The location on the map is here.



There is also an east facing launch at the top and just east of the Sunburst Chair on the OSV run. Layout to the east side of the run so skiers can see you.



You can land on any of the Golf Course Fairways but we find Hole 10 is the easiest access back into the Village or back to the Chair Lifts.



Brad launched first today after we gained approval from the Ski Patrollers.

He had a duff that looked like he might have snagged a brake line on the snow but I reset his wing and he was off and thermalling around.

1-19-2021
FlyBC is at Eagle Ranch on January 19


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low.
Woodside:
190° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Terry came out for lessons but it was too cold with strong NW winds so we just did Ground School, no one flew.

1-18-2021
FlyBC is at Woodside today


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Sunny. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - I had a new student starting P-1 Lessons today and we had to fire up the Barn fireplace to run ground school lessons.

Terry was very attentive and we had a good simulator session before heading out to the LZ to kite.

We had nice E winds at 10-15 kph and Terry did very well with his forward launches.

He got pretty tired so we went up to Launch to watch Derek, Martin, Dennie, Andrei and Norm fly off as Bev offered to drive. Martin was off first and he got up right away.



Derek was off next and he was "grovelling" on the South Knoll for 15 minutes before he climbed out above Martin.



We drove down and restarted kiting and the winds switched to NW in the LZ.

We watched Derek, Norm and Martin land as the lift died after 1:20 of soaring for Martin.

1-17-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks this weekend but back at Eagle Ranch on January 18-19


Woodside Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Team Desperado was out flying at Woodside while we travelled back to the Ranch.

Good reversible conditions at launch and in the LZ, with 5 pilots flying and some longer flights according to Bev.

1-16-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks this weekend but back at Eagle Ranch on January 18-19


Sun Peaks Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
240° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Sun Peaks Report - still no flying allowed yet at Sun Peaks but we are having a meeting with management on January 20 to get things approved.

But the skiing has been great with small lift lines as the resort is operating at 20% capacity.

12-28-2020 to 01-15-2021
FlyBC is at Sun Peaks until January 17


Sun Peaks Forecast

Woodside Forecast:
Clearing this afternoon. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Woodside:
040° @ 10 kph after 1 pm

-2.0°C (stable)

800 metres
Woodside Gloat Report - Colleen and I have been up at Sun Peaks since after Christmas skiing and snowshoeing staying away from the coastal rains.

But the local "Desperado Team" led by Derek has been getting some flights in.

Mostly "sleddies" in light outflow conditions this month but Derek, Martin, Andrei, Bev and Norm have been out several times and most flew.

Today (January 16) was one of such days but this time it was lifty with some strong SW winds at launch.

Derek had to remove a few fallen trees at the 3 km mark and others had hiked from there.

The carpets were all torn up due to last week's windstorm but Tonya and others had repaired it pretty well by the time Derek's truck load had arrived on top.

Martin launched first, followed by Derek and Claudia and later Andrei and Norm. Bev drove for the team.

Apparently it was quite lifty and they could cloudsurf up the front of the growing CU.



Claudia as usual got some great shots of the flying action.

It is going to be hard to identify the pilots involved as Derek and Martin have new Ozone Swift 5 gliders and I can't remember what they ordered?



It was lifty for their entire 1:41 flights and they arrived at FlyBC Eagle Ranch at 600 metres to land in smooth conditions.

Derek said it was not even that cold in the air.

Spring is just around the corner!





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