FlyBC "Site of the Day" - September 17/2018

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FlyBC is flying today after a short morning ground school session

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9-17-18
FlyBC is doing a morning ground school session and hopefully flying by noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Coaches Corner - FlyBC is doing a ground school session at the Ranch from 10-noon today, then heading up the mountain.



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Used Gear List: Updated September 8, 2018

Harnesses for Sale:

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $800 without reserve
Skywalk Cult 3 harness with reserve - $700
Ozone Forza L Harness - $1600 CDN without reserve

SupAir Delight 3 M harnesses - $1700 without reserve
Assorted used harnesses from $300 CDN.

Speedwings for Sale:

Ozone Rapido 11 metre - only flown a few times on snow - $1500
Independence Draco 14 - speedwing in green - $1500 CDN

Paragliders for Sale:

Ozone Ultralite 4 21 - hike & fly with the lightest production paraglider - $2500 CDN with 5 hours total time
SupAir EONA (S) - EN-A demo wing - $2900 CDN without harnesses, all 2018 models
Ozone Atom 3 Small or Large - $3200 CDN - demo wing 2018 models
SupAir Leaf Light M - 85-105 kgs - EN-B - $4000 CDN (demo wing with no flights yet)
Ozone Rush 4 XL - 100-130 kgs - 50 hours - EN-B - $2500 CDN
Gin Sprint 3 - M - 30 hours - EN-B and lightweight - $2700 CDN
Nova Mentor 3 L (100-120 kgs) - EN-B - 100 hours - $1500 CDN
AirDesign Rise 3 Demo - M - 85-105 kgs - blue - just a few demo flights - $4200 CDN
SupAir Taska S - Red - 30 hours - 75-95 kgs - EN-C - $3000 CDN
Ozone Alpina 3 L - demo with 3 flights - Red/Orange - $5200 inc taxes.

Paramotors for sale:

Kangook Lite Frame with Compact Radial MZ100 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $6000 CDN including taxes with only 4 hours of run time.



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

Ozone Rush 4 XL - 100-130 kgs - 50 hours - EN-B and a great motoring wing - $2500 CDN

Kangook Lite Frame with HE125 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $4000 CDN including taxes with only 15 hours of run time.

9-16-18
FlyBC is doing a morning ground school session but no flying is likely as a big rain cell hovers nearby

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. High 15. UV index 2 or low.
250° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - we cancelled even the ground school session as it was so wet outside today, and it was very windy in the city as the front rolled through.

9-15-18
FlyBC is hiding out in the rain

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - good day for errands in Chilliwack and for chores back at the Ranch. Heavy rain in the afternoon.

9-14-18
FlyBC is heading inland to avoid the rain

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Coyote Report - FlyBC headed towards Kamloops to avoid the rains.

I had Gabe, Geordon & Andrew onboard and we arrived at Savona to find the winds way too strong to even kite the Atom3 Small glider.

I checked Cache Creek and it looked lighter there so we headed to Coyote for some flying and hopefully some soaring.

The burnt out areas are now regrowing nicely and it was very green up there in desert country after all the rain.

Geordon took off first and had a nice thermalling session out over the flats.

Gabe also caught some thermic lift to the north on the Atom3.



Gabe & Geordon decided to hike back up as Andrew got ready to fly.

Andrew was advised not to hike up by Geordon who said it was not worth the hike!

At the end of the day here they got four flights each.

We then headed back through Savona and it was even windier on all the ridge tops, so we raced home to try Woodside but we arrived too late as the sun sets fast these days.

9-13-18
FlyBC is flying at Woodside hoping for some nice lift

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was planning a noon trip up the mountain for a tandem for Tanya.

Martin, Bev, Alex, Norm, Dennie, Andrei and Tanya headed up at 1 pm as she somehow got lost in Harrison Mills?

It was breezy on top as Martin & Alex launched and got to cloudbase immediately.



I launched the Magnum 2 tandem with Tanya and we too went to the clouds in a few passes.

The clouds were small enough that you could surf the front of them without getting "whited-out".



It was not so windy in the air but it definitely was strong on launch.



We flew for about 30 minutes before a rain cloud was drifting from Cultus towards Woodside so folks were making plans to head east to Harvest, etc.

I figured the best plan for us was to land at the Ranch as Tanya had other plans later and her ride was waiting at the Ranch.

It took about 15 minutes to get out to the Maple Tree field and another 10 minutes to get through the lifty air.

The air over the Ranch was mixed up but wd had a soft landing near the yellow windsock that showed South wind.

Andrie and Dennie also landed at the Ranch as Alex went to Harvest and Martin top-landed.

It did sprinkle after we packed up but it was short-lived and the rest of the afternoon was nice til 5 pm.

We have received word that we are getting a new SupAir STEP demo in M size after Coupe Icare.

9-11-18
FlyBC is heading to Savona at 9 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 18. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was going to do a roadtrip to Savona leaving the Ranch at 9 am but the sky looked good so we stayed at Woodside.

The forecast changed at 7 am and it looked possible to fly til 3 pm.

Light winds and clear skies so we went up Woodside right away and Gabriel had three student flights in perfect conditions.

Bev flew too and bagged a couple of flights.

Then we took the Blackhawk 125 demo paramotor out to the field and Gabriel got his third paramotor flight but it was a bit windy so it was a short 15 minute flight with a perfect launch and landing.

Then as I started working on my Van suspension it started to rain. But a good day with four student flights despite the ugly forecast.

9-10-18
FlyBC did a roadtrip to Savona

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 18. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - we were on a roadtrip to Savona with Gabriel hoping for his first paramotor flight.

Meanwhile back at the Ranch it cleared up around noon enough for Bev to bag a flight, but it was short and it started raining after she landed.

But in Savona it was blue skies and light winds and Gabriel had a Toilet Bowl soaring flight to start.

I left him kiting in SW winds at the International LZ while I went to buy gas.

It was barely kiteable sso I suggested I show him our favourite Dump Site and we arrived to the same SW winds and we set him up with a Blackhawk Paramotor to kite and get used to the hook in points.

Within minutes the winds switched to almost soarable NE winds so we turned him around and he did some inflations.

He was doing so well it was time for the motor!

Gabriel did a perfect reverse launch for his first paramotor flight and was soon soaring overhead.

He had a short 10 minute flight with a perfect landing.

He did another flawless launch and was soon high in some nice thermals.



This landing was okay but he had to do a crosswind turn to avoid flying off the edge of the hill.

The drive back on Hwy 5 was scary with lots of rain and some hail near Hope.

9-9-18
FlyBC is closed as there is a lot of rain in the forecast

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 18. UV index 1 or low.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - rained out Sunday so we did chores.

9-8-18
FlyBC is back training today at noon at Woodside but we are expecting some low cloud to be hanging around

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A few showers ending early this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we did some ground school and harness fitting while the clouds hung low over launch, but magically by noon the clouds lifted as forecasted by SpotWX.

Only Gabriel here today but we got him three flights including two on the Swift 4 demo.

Bev flew after Gabriel and got some lift on the first flight but after that it was just sleddies.



Looks like rain on Sunday so maybe a roadtrip to Savona on Monday?



Some nice footage from Friday from Andrew's drone while Geordon was flying into the Ranch.



9-7-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside but we are expecting some rain later in the day

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain late this afternoon. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - Wow! What a great day with some excellent students!

We had eight students for most of the day and most got three flights before the rain rolled in.

Smooth buoyant conditions and little wind made for long flights.

The Bronco and Bev's truck were doing laps and we managed to get everyone up the mountain safely.

Even Martin N & Norm flew today working the light lift.

The students were doing perfect approaches and landings in light SE winds at the Eagle Ranch LZ. No outlanding allowed today as the Duncan's fields north of us are getting sprayed.

I did finally get the Van back from the shop today, new bushings in the torsion bar crossmember and new ball joints on the right side after only 8000 kms after the last set. Ready for student hauling as we expect a busy September.

9-6-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a great training day with six students and lots of runs up the mountain.

Dennie was doing the launch duties and I was landing the newbies, but by 2 flights they were doing pretty good on the approaches.

Martin N went up around noon and managed to get 2 hard fought hours of light themalling.

Geordon was test flying the Swift 4 MS and figured out how to thermal quite well for his 4th high flight.

Yesterday Gabriel lost his phone during a flight and was trying to find it with "Google Find My Phone" and the geo-location kept changing, but by 6 pm he had found a high confidence location and after his last flight, he trekked into the bush and found his phone. It survived a 500 metre fall with just some scrapes to the back. Sounds like an LG commercial in the making.

9-5-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside but we are getting some outflow winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started our student flights after noon as there are outflow conditions in Agassiz early on, but oddly we had perfect SE kiting conditions all morning.

We had three student rounds and even Bev, Norm, Justin & Cheryl came out to fly their new harnesses.

Conditions were very "boaty" despite the smoke and inversion layer at launch elevation.

You can see how hazy it was on the first flights in this picture of John on his new SupAir EONA2.



Conditions on launch were perfect for forward or reserve inflations. The new students, Geordon & Andrew, were doing great reverse launches on their first flights today.

Owen is now up to four high flights in two days, and he likes to go last and he was rewarded with a nice glassoff flight today with lifty but smooth conditions and a flock of geese to end his day on a "high note".



The only casualty of the day was Gabriel losing his cell phone somewhere between the Highlands and the Ranch (in flight). We used "Find my Android" through Google and the last ping was in the Highlands.

Tip of the Day: Secure your phone with a lanyard or into a zippered pocket.

9-4-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we could not start kiting until after 2 pm due to strong NW outflow winds of +30 kph.

And then it calmed down nicely and the guys got to kite til 5 pm, and then they were ready for their first high flights!

John E went home early and missed the flight but he already has 6 high flights.

So it was just Gabriel and Owen who got to fly.



9-3-18
FlyBC is back training today at 10 am at Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC is back in business today, and it was quite busy with 4 students and four mountain flights today.

Highlight of the day: Dennie was taking Thierry's son Thomas for a tandem so he launched Thierry first and told him to wait in the thermals while Dennie launched. Cycles were bad and Dennie took about 30 minutes to get launched and meanwhile Thierry stayed aloft above launch with no guidance. And then they got to fly together.

9-2-18
FlyBC is back training today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we only got some early mountain flights as it got windy this afternoon.

Colleen took Augustina tandem on the Rush 4 XL and they flew until Augustina got motion sick, landing at the Ranch is strong +20 k winds.



We shut down the students after that report with the exception of Greg S who was going for his 25th flight and sign off so he flew to Harvest Market with Norm.

Lots of good kiting later in the day and even at 6 pm it was too windy to fly safely so we sent everyone home.



Belated Benny Report - apparently a large group went to Lower Benny a few days back and only Martin N, Kevin A & Mike M got away and went XC towards Woodside.

Some very experienced pilots got flushed and landed in the bailout LZ.

Martin said it was tough going as he launched first but eventually he found a good climb and was away.

Was is good piloting or the superior Ozone Gliders these guys were all flying? Mike and a Swift 4, Martin on a Swift 4 also and Kevin on an Alpina 3. I think a bit of both!

9-1-18
FlyBC is back training today, but we may not do any mountain flights as we need to get everyone tuned up on the ground

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - FlyBC was back in business today, and lots of students arrived to get their high flights.

Unfortunately, it got too windy in the afternoon for students after they got one great flight at noon.

Greg had an hour of thermalling and is very near his 25th flight and passed his P-2 exam today.

Great kiting conditions in the afternoon, but the experienced pilots that flew after 1 pm did not like the landing conditions, but as Norm said "you could go up everywhere".





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