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Woodside looks good today after 9 am for students and tandems

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6-29-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 26C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Coaches Corner - we are flying Woodside after 9 am, once the weather briefings are complete with students. Looks windy after 2 pm so beware.



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

Ozone News: The Swift Max - a light tandem for XC adventures - is now available here at FlyBC for test flights. It is an EN-C (and very good at XC as it broke the world record for Tandem at 402 kms this spring!).

Zeno is coming soon! - We thought we should share with you some exciting news. The all new Zeno, in ML size, has just passed its flight tests and we will be launching as soon as we complete the load tests. Being a new class of wing for us we think this is one of the most exciting wings we have developed for some time. Designed as a 2 liner to fill the gap between the M6 and Enzo 2 it has gained from the pedigree of both classic wings with the result that it sits well in both worlds. With an aspect of 7.0 its performance is amazingly similar to the Enzo 2, but its comfort and behaviour are more like an M6. Pilots who are comfortable on an M6 and are looking to learn the technicalities of a 2 liner should really enjoy this wing. Assuming no hold up on the load test we would expect to be taking the first orders in the next few weeks.

Delta 3 has been delayed until a late 2016 release date, maybe even early 2017.

Third Party Article here.



Used Gear List: Updated June 24, 2016

SupAir XA13 Harness L size, 4 hours like new - $1000 (superlight pod for the X Alps)

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve

Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve

Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Rapido 13 Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN
Ozone Geo 4 MS (75-95 kgs) - EN-B - $2800 CDN (40 hours)
Ozone Alpina 2 MS in Red/Blue from 2015 - 80 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
SupAir SORA Tandem 140-220 kgs in White - $2500 CDN - 80 hours
JoJo Wings Quest 2 Tandem 41 Blue/Red from 2011 - 60 hours - $1400 CDN

BlackHawk AirMax 125 Paramotor with your choice of new wing for $7,000 USD. Just broken in, 2 hours.
Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100 power, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - $6000 CDN brand new without wing.
BlackHawk MZ100 Paramotor w/travel cage & wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 5 hours.
6-28-16
Woodside will launchable after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after 10 am, once the weather briefings were complete with students where we saw high winds after 2 pm.

We got three student rounds in before noon, and they all did great! Alex climbed to over 1000 metres on the EONA S over the highway and stayed up for 45 minutes.

Only one student failed to make the Ranch as he tried to thermal but kept 360-ing instead of Figure-8s in the wind and got too low. Another $20 for Burt's retirement fund!

I helped Denis & Kevin launch their tandems before getting Remy ready for a tandem. Thanks to Martin N for the ballasting and the driving too!

Sure enough, as I got in the air with Remy on the new SwiftMax tandem we had some slow forward speeds. Kevin had been in the air for a few minutes and climbed out high over launch and was soaring the South Knoll with Abel on tandem when he headed downwind towards Harvest Market.

Remy & I soared for some time before we headed east too at around 900 metres, and it didn't feel that fast on the downwind (no GPS).

We tried soaring Cemetary Hill but kept blowing back even with some open trims, so we headed out to the LZ.

Kevin had landed mid-field but we were able to penetrate up to the road despite our light loading (Remy is only 70 pounds).

After we got picked up we headed to Mission with all the students and had a great round of kiting in strong winds. Some tree incidents but overall a good session til 6 pm getting the new students ready for high flights, and tuning up the students with multiple high flights but some bad habits to work out.

Bad news from the owner of Harvest Market: He is planting hops soon to feed the Brew Industry so we will have to locate another field soon. Pass on the word to your XC buddies.

6-26-16
Woodside will outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after noon, after I returned from Burnaby and a courier run to get the kitchen cabinets while Denis was kiting with new students in the Ranch LZ.

New student Aaron was ready to fly after 3 hours and he did well with two high flights and hours of reverse kiting at the end of the day in Mission.

We only got two flights in today as it blew out around 3 pm, but it was still good for Paul & Ali who got signed off last spring and have just returned from France where they flew Dune de Pila.

Martin, Derek & Alan flew Bridal and had amazingly nice flights for over 2 hours later in the day after some serious weedwhacking on launch, thanks guys!

6-26-16
Woodside will outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after 10 am, once the weather briefings are complete with students.

The forecasted outflow was very light and we saw others flying in smooth air earlier so we headed up.

Another very busy day with 9 students and 8 tandems, so we were hopping just to get all these folks to launch, let alone getting then into the air smoothly.

At the end of the day we had done 4 student rounds and 4 tandem rounds. Thanks to Denis & Tonya for the tandem help.

Many happy students at the end of the day!

We flew til 7 pm and the conditions were perfect for light soaring and smooth landings for all.



Pemby Report - as it gets stable in the Fraser Valley (good for students), Pemby had cloudbases at 3000 metres and folks flying every direction. One notable flight from Tom M had him fly past Whistler to Black Tusk near Garibaldi and back to Pemby!

6-25-16
Woodside will wet today

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying Woodside after 10 am, once the weather briefings with students confirmed that we would have good conditions.

We had one set of student flights before noon, and Denis & Colleen flew a set of tandems and Colleen climbed out on the new Ozone SwiftMax tandem with a hefty passenger. Nice climbs and great glide were noticed immediately.

From June 2016
Later in the afternoon, Denis took the student to the LZ and kited with them. We had two new paramotor students, and the rest of the existing student crew and they all needed a tune-up and it was too bumpy for comfortable student flights. Frejya had her first collapse while ridge soaring just after noon and the EONAs usually don't collapse even in severe turbulence.

We kited until 4 pm, and then went back up the mountain for a third student flight round and it was a bit breezy but easily launchable, and again Frejya soared on the EONA S. This girl likes to soar!

Last flight was after 7 pm, and as forecasted by CanadaRASP it was windier for the last launchers peaking at +20 kph.

Colleen launched to test the air and went up to 1000 metres. Followed then by Mark & Frejya who also went straight up.

Colleen was almost out to the Ranch when she caught a climb back to 800 metres and back to launch, and then it took her over an hour to land with big-ears & speedbar and lots of maneuvering.

Mark and Frejya missed the turbulent layer Colleen experienced, described as a shear layer between 200 & 300 metres with north winds.

Fortunately I had not launched Ayez & Macek yet, but only because Ayez kept duffing his launches despite kiting all day. Something about being on Launch seems to negate all previous kiting knowledge and the brain goes soft. Good thing in this case as they ould have been in the air for over an hour in somewhat bumpy conditions.

A good day with four high flights for the students, and three hours of kiting practice.

Mark is close to signoff now and he needs to write his P-2 exam, so he can go fly with Max & Tobias.

6-24-16
Woodside will wet today

Agassiz BC

Showers. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
230° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - light rain drizzle dominate the day today, good day for chores and shopping.

6-22-16
Woodside will wet the next two days

Agassiz BC

Showers. Risk of thunderstorms late this afternoon. Local amount 10 to 15 mm. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
230° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - we took a few days off as it is raining all over BC Thursday & Friday.

We did have a good weather window around 3 pm, with light winds and an open launch free of clouds, so I called Derek but he was in Vancouver so no one to play with.

Disappointing as my new SwiftMax tandem arrived on DHL, and Remy was "jonesing" for another flight. But then it started raining so we would have had a short flight anyway into a wet LZ.

6-22-16
Woodside will be good today after noon

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Mission/Woodside Report - we headed to Mission for newbies at 9 am and had a very good session with thermals coming up the hill.

New students included Frejya, Dylan and Remy (8 years old) and they all had many flights down the training hill.

Some tree action from the more experienced students as they wandered off course on takeoff.

After 3 hours at Mission everyone was ready to fly, but when we got back to Woodside it was windy in the Valley, and Harrison Bay was frothed up.

Wiley launched and went straight up and it wasn't too bumpy but he flew straight out as he had to work at 4 pm.

Later flights by Josh & Tommy proved that it was way too strong and turbulent for students as they pounded into the Ranch LZ while we were kiting.

We had a 2-3 hour reverse kiting session in the LZ and by 530 pm it had calmed down and we headed up the hill with Derek to get Dylan a tandem flight, while Frejya got her first solo flight.

DJ, Gary, Mark all flew too with great reverse launches and some light lift.

We went back up for a last flight at 6:30 pm, and it was stronger on launch and Derek launched solo and started ridge soaring. Freyja launched next with another perfect forward launch and was soon soaring too about 100 metres over launch, soon to be joined by all the others.

From June 2016
They all soared for 45 minutes before Derek decided to head out before it got too late as it looked like a long trip out the Ranch.

From June 2016
I drove down and was in the LZ to guide the students in relieving Derek of that chore as he packed up.



Bridal Report - Claudia & Kevin flew all alone at Bridal and logged 2-3 hours in nice conditions, despite the cloudy skies.

6-21-16
Woodside will be wet and windy today so we are travelling inland

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending early this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 20. UV index 5 or moderate.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we were hoping to fly Woodside after 9 am but it looked like a roadtrip to Savona was the call at 8 am.

But by 9 am the forecast had changed for Woodside, and CanadaRASP said windy after noon and calming again after 2 pm, so we stayed and flew Woodside at 10 am and again at 11 am, but it was getting pretty windy by noon, so we did some ground handling and reverse launch sessions.

New student Frejya arrived at that time and right from the start she had great launch skills and no fear.

After 2 pm it did calm down and we headed back up with Jim, Alex, Mark, Eric (now at 25 flights) and Gary and they all got to reverse launch in 20 kph winds. Oddly, no ridge lift yet just some punchy thermals at the Construction Zone.

We repeated again at 4:30 pm and this time Jim showed us how to thermal which is not bad as he has only 6 flights! He caught a climb out front and rode it to cloudbase or about 800 metres all by himself.

From June 2016
Nice landing approaches for all as they were now self-guiding that phase of flight.

From June 2016
Derek came up on the last flight and took Frejya tandem for he first Woodside flight and thye had a classic student flight with no thermals and perfect launch and landing conditions.

All the students got one more flight too for a total of 5 flights today.

When we checked the Kamloops/Merritt weather at 4 pm there was SW winds of 35 gusting to 45 kph so a roadtrip would have been a waste of gas to Savona, good thing we stayed home as we flew all day and no precip.

6-20-16
Woodside will be good all day as long as the rain stays away

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 24C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - we flew Woodside three rounds today with a smaller group of five students.

I flew off twice with Remy to check the air and it was very smooth and inverted, not even a bump over the ridgeline.

Light winds to tailwinds for part of the day, and only one student got denied his third flight at the end of the day.

Remy (8 years old) now wants to fly solo off Woodside as he thinks he is ready after 5 tandems.

6-19-16
Woodside will be damp today at times, and it is too iffy for Savona to drive 5 hours, so we agoing to be in Mission til Noon then back to Woodside

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Mission/Woodside Report - we were hoping to kite til noon at Mission but it was drizzling at the Ranch. After checking the Radar I decided it was worth the drive and we arrived to find North winds which are perfect for Cherry Hill (good thing as Thomm warned us that Heritage Park had a car show going on for Father's Day).

We had 9 students, all brand new except for kiting in the rain yesterday, and they did an amazing job on the training hill for 3 hours. Uncounted numbers of flights there as they got themselves ready and pounded off flight after flight!

They were all ready to fly Woodside so we headed back to the Ranch.

There was North wind in the LZ here, but launch had inflow cycles and we had some wind techs waiting at the Ranch that came up with us.

Perfect launch cycles for first flights and the first student off was Stephen (18 flights) and he found the magic outflow thermal over Duncan's farm, and he was up for 45 minutes doing the approach over the Ranch. Not rough, just lifty everywhere. The second student was Carl and he too hit the magic thermal.

The rest of the flights were extended sledders but everyone did very well for their first flights.

The cycles got a bit lame so there was a lot of waiting between flights on the second round.

From June 2016
Everyone got a second flight in before 6 pm and they all had good launches and approaches with "on their feet" landings.

From June 2016
This picture is Tonya climbing out on her tandem.

A few experienced pilots flew after our second round and headed towards Agassiz where one of the landings was called in to Search & Rescue as a downed pilot and there was some SAR activity (I assume it was a spiral landing).



6-18-16
Woodside will be rainy today at times, and it is too iffy for Savona to drive 5 hours

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with showers. High 13C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
250° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - we were hoping to kite til noon but the rain looked close.

We were full on kiting and the guys were just getting good when the rain came down hard and we ended up with seven wet wings whicch are all now hanging in the Barn drying.

It was a early end to the day but we got the Ground School done, kiting checked off the list and now maybe some training hill work in Mission before they are all ready to fly Woodside.

6-17-16
Woodside will be outflow today at times, but also maybe soarable

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 23C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside WOW Report - we were hoping for a flight after 10 am . . . but we got five flights and some nice soaring for the students.

We got to the top at 10 am, and it was blowing in despite all the forecasted outflow? It was actually blowing up at 8 am when I first looked at the telescope.

We had Samuel, Erik & Yves and they all did amazing!

Samuel started yesterday and thanks go to John for helping him on the training hill, cause he really had some mad launch skills!

Erik & Yves were "duking it out" on the last flights today getting above 1100 metres near the South Knoll.

From June 2016
Annette got away from her computer long enough to go for a quality flight on her new Ozone Buzz Z4, with John leading the soaring session.

From June 2016
I had a driver for the last flight but I had a kitchen window project beckoning me, and I got it done before dark thankfully.

Congratulations to Yves who has now logged 28 flights in 7 days! We have been busy. He also has more than 10 hours cause he loves to soar!



Some folks were flying Benny hoping for a good day, and some didn't like the turbulent air there and landed after some pummeling.

Alex however decided to try a Hammer-style route west and he flew over Golden Ears before landing on the east dyke of Pitt Lake.

From June 2016
6-16-16
Woodside will be windy today at times, but also maybe soarable

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 18C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - we headed up Woodside hoping for a flight after 10 am and we got two flights in before it blew out around 1 pm.

Nice cycles and smooth air on flight #1, and oddly the wind in the Eagle Ranch LZ switched to north on the second flight but the students figured out that approach pretty well.

When it blew out as predicted on CanadaRASP, we went back to review the forecasts and they were spot-on.

We headed to Mission for training hill exercises until it got lighter in the afternoon and they students got 4-5 runs in, great practice both forward & reverse launching.

We got back to the Ranch and assembled two truck loads of students and pilots and it was very nice soaring as Colleen & Annette traded gliders with Annette "jonesing" after Colleen's new Swift4. They both had nice flights but Colleen stayed up much longer ignoring her student landing duties.

Yves & Dawson had 1 hour + flights but we couldn't launch DJ and Samuel as it got too strong for even John to launch. It is always a shame to have to drive down, but at least the extra trucks got down without a retrieve.

From June 2016


Reports from Blanchard with altitudes to 5500 feet and a mini-XC flight to the I-5.

6-15-16
Woodside will be wet today at times, but also maybe soarable

Agassiz BC

Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Thunder possible. High 17C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - we had two new students start today, DJ & Dawson and by noon they were ready to fly with perfect forward & reverse launches.

We opted for a Mission session to reaffirm that they had the skills needed to fly off Woodside and they did very well!

From June 2016
Also we saw Norm flying Woodside and he was going up everywhere in front of a huge towering CU. It looked way too strong for students at 1 pm.

Yves has been here for 5 days now and has flown Woodside, Merritt and Savona but it was good for him to do Mission too. Even John T joined us after a long hiatus from flying in Prince George.

After 5-6 flights off Mission Hill, they were definitely ready for Woodside.

Colleen, Annette, John, Derek and Martin N were along to test the air for the students and everyone got high around 5 pm.

After Colleen got on the ground and reported good landing conditions I launched Dawson first and he went up everywhere on the EONA M (loving these new SupAir wings!).

From June 2016
After Dawson got close to landing, I launched DJ and he didn't get as much lift but he had a super flight too!

From June 2016
It was now 6:30 pm, so we started to head to dinner at the Sasquatch as the kitchen is still in demolished state.

6-14-16
Woodside will be wet today at times, but also maybe soarable

Agassiz BC

Thunderstorms likely. High 14C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%. Temperature steady near 12.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - we were hoping for a flight after 1 pm to get Matt & Doug finsihed off for the required 25 flights for their P-2 ratings.

We actually got a window around 11 am, so we headed up to Woodside Launch and were offered up nice launch conditions and lots of cloud suck for them to practice "big ears and speed bar".

I encouraged them to get down below the clouds as it look like rain to the SW, and sure enough on the drive down it started raining heavily on the mountain but not much in the valley.

Only Yves got his wing wet, but we did lay out all the wings to make sure they were dry for travel.

Congratulations to both Doug & Matt for achieving the P-2 in a week of flying, lots of travel miles and hard work but they are leaving confident and they are flying very well!



Drone Warning over Bridal Falls - a commercial film company is doing a drone shoot near Bridal Falls but they expect to be finished by 3 pm on June 15th. Watch out for them if you plan to fly earlier.

6-13-16
Woodside will be wet today

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Rain beginning this morning and ending this afternoon then 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Becoming windy this afternoon. Temperature steady near 12.
210° @ 21
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we were doing exams and paperwork after 1 pm, as it was raining heavily.

Congratulations to Doug & Matt who have achieved P-2 status in 7 days of hard flying & driving.

They both passed their P-2 tests with high 80's marks, as they should as they are military pilots!

Yves was out kiting the EONA L after the rain passed, and after I had replaced the A-lines and risers up in the sail loft.

It almost looked flyable a few times but the area around us had black thunderclouds and it looked ominous, better safe than sorry!

6-12-16
Woodside might be soarable today

Agassiz BC

un and clouds mixed. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were heading up Woodside after 11 am with six students in tow.

First flights were already lifty and third flight student Peter found a nice Construction Zone thermal and he rode it to 1000 metres where I left him flying on his own for 40 minutes while I launched the others. These new SupAir EONA gliders are amazingly stable EN-A ships but they thermal really well.

We had a vist from Yassen Savov, who is here to work with Northshore PG at Grouse and he was doing his tandem checkouts today and he took Peter & Bev for a fun tandem ride (both looked green after the acro!). Yassen is an Ozone Team Pilot and an active PWC Competitor who has been the Europena Champion.

From June 2016
The conditions were perfect for first flights through to advanced pilots with climbs to +4 m/s near the mountain and bouyant conditions for smooth ridge soaring out front.

From June 2016
Lots of top-landings today in smooth conditions too!

By the end of the day our students had 5 flights and many hours of airtime.

From June 2016
Folks at Bridal got a mixed bag, first rounds all sunk out but Martin N and the second round yielded 2 hour flights with Degas flying home to Riverside after tagging Elk.

6-11-16
Merritt or Kamloops look better then Woodside

Agassiz BC

Agassiz: Cloudy. Showers beginning early this morning. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.

Merritt: Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 17. UV index 5 or moderate.

230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Merritt/Savona Report - we left the Ranch today for Merritt at 8 am and drove thru heavy rain right til we got to Merritt where we found light winds.

We headed straight up Sugarloaf Mtn. to find nicely launchable winds and got everyone ready to fly. We had Doug, Matt, Yves, Ben, Jackson & Jamie along today and they all got ready fast.

We launched Ben first and then Matt and they had nice uneventful flights down to the hay field LZ, and then after that everyone that launched was going up fast under the cloudy sky. They were all able to penetrate well, except Jamie who was perhaps on the light side on the SupAir EONA S, and he was going backwards at times. No problem as we have many fields downwind of the intended LZ.

It was a good time for the pilots to practice big-ears as the cloud suck at times was quite strong, but they were a long way from enveloping anyone.

From June 2016
Most of the last four pilots got 45-60 minutes of airtime and the landings were very soft in the higher winds.

Launch actually got calm while I was guiding them so it was all valley winds.

I checked the Kamloops weather as it looked more promising there for multiple flights at Savona.

The forecast was for SW 20-25 kph so the Toilet Bowl should work.

We arrived to find a large contingent on the Dump Ridge where it was blowing 30 kph from the NE.

A group was here from Squamish, Ryan & Brian were here from Surrey with their motors and some others from the Okanogan.

The speed wings were trying to stay up but the winds were too light and the speedwings too small.

From June 2016
I pulled out the EONA M and took off and climbed out to 100 feet over launch doing passes and top-landed to show the students how to do it.

Everyone had a good time, great launches even in the stronger winds, and most students were able to fly and top land with some coaching.

Most pilots got 4-5 flights to add to the one Merritt flight, so it was a very productive day.

Now if anyone can tell me why it was blowing SW at 30 kph in Cache Creek and 30 kph the opposite direction in Savona, I would be quite interested!

6-10-16
Woodside has a 100% chance of rain as does Merritt, Kamloops and most of BC so we are staying at the Ranch

Agassiz BC

Agassiz: Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 17C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 90%.

Merritt: Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 18C. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h.

230° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - we stayed at the Ranch today for Ground School Sessions, too much rain and thunderstorm warning to do a roadtrip.

We did indoor ground school prep til noon, and then it opened up for kiting sessions in the Ranch LZ and the winds were +20 kph from the East and very smooth.

Some of the crew were from last summer sessions and remembered their lessons well, and the newer guys that had never touched a wing were kiting reverse within 30 minutes like pros!

From June 2016
We kited til 5pm, and then Woodside had a nice open sky with light winds so we went to Launch.

Nice conditions for first solos after Doug & Matt got to thermal a bit as they were the wind techs today.

Six pilots flew and had perfect approaches and landings. A very productive day all around despite the forecasts, and no driving.

6-9-16
Woodside has a 60% chance of rain so we are heading inland to Merritt

Agassiz BC

Merritt: Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 21C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 11
-3.0°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Merritt/Savona/Woodside Report - we left the Ranch today after 8 am. We were heading to Merritt to escape the rain.

We arrived to strongish +20 kph SW winds on top, but the crew here is good with higher wind launches. We had Brian (signed off wind tech), Doug, Matt & Erik here today all flying nicely loaded up gear and they all flew off with nice reverse launches.

Brian found the best line on his SupAir EIKO glider and caught a nice climb out front.

We had the others do some ridge soaring before heading out to the big hay fields below, where they were parked on final. Much stronger in the valley but very laminar.

From June 2016
I rechecked the forecast and Environment Canada changed their SW 20 kph winds to SW 20 gusting to 40 in the time we were here.

I checked Kamloops and it was 14 kph SW there so we headed to Savona on Hwy 5.

We arrived in Savona to find +20 kph NE winds and we got to the Dump Ridge and had an awesome session with 3-4 flights each with Doug and Brian top-landing a few times.

We had a bald eagle come in and show us how to ridge soar, and I know it was showing off for us as it hung out for 10 minutes showing us the lift band and best climbs.

From June 2016
Doug may have the student record for longest flights here as he milked every bubble for 10-15 minutes on one flight!

From June 2016
There was some cactus drama as Matt landed downwind on the last flight and found the prickly pears.

His downwind landing did not scare the +30 Big Horn Sheep that gathered below to watch us fly.

From June 2016
Flight count was now four for the day each, and Woodside looked good so we headed back on Hwy 5 and straight up to launch and Matt & Doug both got one last no wind launch in landing at the Ranch at 7 pm.

From June 2016
Erik went straight home to Princeton from Merritt and Brian sat one out at Woodside, but we had a very productive day here at FlyBC.

6-8-16
Woodside has stronger winds forecasted later in the day so we are going to be staring early today

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy this morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers this afternoon. High near 20C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
250° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying today after 8 am at Woodside. We had light launch cycles on Flight #1 for Doug & Matt, and good altitude at the Ranch as they arrived to do their own approaches.

The second flight at 10:30 am still had relatively light cycles for Matt who launched first this time, and he arrived with good height too.

By the time Doug launched it was windier and just soarable around launch, but it was getting turbulent in spots and Doug had only enough height to come into the aircraft approach and land.

From June 2016
By the time I got down in the Van it was quite blustery and when we went into Chilliwack at 1 pm to pick up a bike for the guys, it was howling!

The boys are making good progress with excellent forward & reverse launch skills checked off the list of requirements and it is only Day Two.

6-7-16
Woodside has stronger winds forecasted later in the day so we are going to be staring early today

Agassiz BC

Plenty of sunshine. High 27C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had two new pilots start today, Matt & Doug, who are flight test engineers on large jets so the theory part of the course was done quickly to expediate the kiting lessons by Degas & Dennie.

We kited in the Eagle Ranch LZ til after noon, when Denis & I did a tandem. Thanks to Linda for driving today!

Denis got a nice climb at the South Knoll but it was thermic rather than the forecasted SW winds, and we were climbing there too but lost the thermal and I headed north to the Bowl to find some lift. The thermals were not well formed as it is still inverted and hazy, but we maintained and got some altitude gains but the push out was slow as I had the light passenger of the two.

I was at good altitude over the highway but got parked and was going backwards at times near the goal post trees so I turned back to the HG LZ to land. It was gust and strong on the ground, the lower valley layer was the only wind that got the right forecast.

Denis came in behind me but opted to keep going with open trims and he just cleared Chimp Creek, through the goal post tree rotor, and landed just inside the field boundaries.

It clearly was too strong for students so we went to Mission Heritage Park for the afternoon and Linda joined Pat, Doug & Matt and they were all doing laps with some good thermal pops to extend their flights.

At 6 pm we headed back to the Ranch and Linda launched first on a used Mojo3 we just took on trade, Doug was flying the Advance Epsilon we sourced for him and Matt was flying the NK1 we have in stock as the EONA is being re-lined this week with new A's.

They all had great launches, with 10-15 kph SW wind, except the wind dropped to nothing for Matt so he had to do a no-winder for his first solo flight.

Great flying and landing conditions for the first solos!

Reports from Lumby say conditions have improved with Martin reporting climbs to +2500 metres and Bill G ended up near Mabel Lake somewhere,

6-6-16
Woodside has stronger winds forecasted all day so we are going to be staring early today

Agassiz BC

Mostly sunny. High 28C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had two new students start today: Pat who had done a tandem last week, and Matt who is here for 5 days meeting up with a buddy who is starting on Tuesday and wanted to get a jump on training.

Steve B is here for Day Two of an Intro Course and already up to 4 high flights and using speed bar and other fun tricks.

Dennie & Degas worked on the training hill with everyone until 11 am and then we went up the hill with Steve B, Mark and Samuel A (back from his Iceland Adventures).

Light to no wind on launch despite the RASPs all saying +14 knots by now?

A very defined inversion line was showing out towards Bridal.

From June 2016
Everyone got off clean and there was no ridge lift or thermals except out by the Construction Zone, where Steve worked a thermal for a while (loving the SupAir EONAs).

Rumours have surfaced that we use old gear for training . . . from the Island apparently. I guess they don't follow this page and see all the students flying 2016 EONA models and doing very well on the new technology.

Steve got a bit low and had to come in behind the goal post trees and just made our field, the valley winds had picked up but just a layer about 100 metres off the deck so it was not affecting the kiting at the training hill, only the pilots flying in. Good lesson on wind gradients.

We loaded everyone up and headed to Mission Heritage Park and I ran some errands while Degas & Dennie had the student pilots doing laps.

Steve has skills, as I witnessed him reverse inflate the EONA S and sprint forward with enough energy to clear the 8 foot high apple tree that many run into!

I saw him do this twice, and Dennie tried it too.

Apparently everyone got 8-9 flights off the Hill, and they were making it across the flats almost to the picnic sheds.

We headed back to the Ranch at 6 pm, and headed up the hill for a last flight for Steve and a tandem for Dennie & Linda.

From June 2016
The hay is almost harvested and the bales removed but there may be some more bales in the newly planted sections so beware on final.

6-5-16
Woodside has nice winds forecasted all day so we are going to be doing a lot of student rounds

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 32C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying today after 10 am.

Latest student additions Steve B from the Yukon arrived at 9 sharp and I took him out to our training hill and he was another natural.

After showing him one inflation, he started knocking off one after another perfect launch with precise timing and he was getting his feet in the air everytime.

After 30 minutes we had him packed up and in the Van for his first flight.

We had five students in total today, and they all logged four flights with a bit of thermalling (it was very stable and not leeside at all).

I had one tandem at 3 pm and it was an extended sledder.

Then at 5 pm we started the first group of four tandems with Colleen taking 265 lb Serge and they were soaring and getting up high. Kevin took 90 lb Taylor and they also soared high, good thing it wasn't windy with that light a load.

They flew for an hour as the students got their last flight in today ending at 6 pm.

Kevin and I took the last two tandems with perfect launch conditions, and I had to "cut in" on Alexandre and Andrei as the were trying to get Alexandre back in the air after a one year hiatus.

After launch we found the air less than ideal as we caught a few bubbles near launch but plummeted down fast to a nice soft landing at the old ProCircle near the firepit.

Kevin barely had enough altitude to do an approach at the main circle.

One hour was all it took to change the air that much, the students did not miss anything stopping early!

6-4-16
Woodside has nice winds forecasted all day so we are going to be doing a lot of student rounds

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 32C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - WOW! I was so busy Saturday that I did not even have time to write about it for this page.

Somehow we ended up with 9 students, with 3 of them that had only ground handled with Max & Tobias here at the Ranch on Friday, but they did well and got 2 flights later in the day.

Meanwhile the other students logged four quality flights with some soaring too!

Hunter is progressing well as is Mark & Kate from the UK.

6-3-16
Woodside has nice winds forecasted all day so we are going to be doing a lot of student rounds

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun. High around 25C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying today after 10 am.

We must have had a good day as we got two new pilots that arrived today from the UK a bunch of flights. Kate & Mark are here for their honeymoon staying at Mt. Woodside B&B.

I was driving up around 5 pm and the students exclaimed that this was their fifth flight today, and it was not a bit stressful for me!

Mark got his thermalling wish today on flight #4 as he found a nice thermal over the clearcuts partway down and he rode them way above launch, very smooth.

Hunter is here for Day Three and he mastered ridge soaring on the EONA L, staying aloft for over an hour while more experienced pilots "dirted".

From June 2016
6-2-16
Woodside has strong winds forecasted all day so we are cancelling flying til Friday

Agassiz BC

Chance of a morning shower. Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High 18C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside No Fly Report - we were not flying today as it looked windy and wet at times.

We did do some new student briefings later in the day for a new couple learning to fly from the UK.

Max & Tobias were out checking out Tobias new Swift 4 and they are flying here locally for a few weeks.

6-1-16
Woodside has strong winds forecasted for later today so we are starting at 9 am today

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy skies. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be heading up Woodside after 9 am, flying all day.

Max & Tobias were flying early with Tobias trying out Dereks Swift 4 and my harness. Max made it to the Ranch today!

We had Hunter & Dooley working on ground handling til noon with Degas, while I worked with John on his new Blackhawk 220 paramotor.

John logged his first two solos on the motor taking off and landing with good style and no drama! He burned about 10 litres of fuel getting used to the paramotor.

We then went up the mountain to fly the guys off before it got too windy, and they all got in a nice flight with some windy turbulence in the LZ due to the front coming in.

John mastered the landing flare now on the smaller 28 metre wing, after flying the BDG Dual tandem a few times.

Late tandems today at 6 pm, got cancelled at the last minute as the rains came in faster than expected.

5-31-16
Woodside has light winds and good lift forecasted after 11 am

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 26C. NNE winds shifting to WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were heading up Woodside after 10 am, hoping to be flying all day.

Excellent launch conditions until around 3 pm when it went outflow for a bit, then great until dark.

John (the paramotorist hopeful) logged five more solos today, and new student Dooly got one flight in and then forgot how to launch and had to go back to the training hill.

Hunter arrived a bit late but was a natural and Degas had him ready to launch in a few hours, and thanks to SupAir for making the great EONA gliders that get our students soloing fast!

Hunter logged two solos today too, so it was a very productive day.



Bridal Report - Martin N reported slow climbs to 900 metres then easy after that (there was a definite inversion), but he had no company as it looked too stable.



Lumby Report - Terry B reported that our latest P-2 graduate Will H was flying well as they topped out at 2000 metres over Lumby and they lamded at the Golf Course. Will is flying his new Swift 4 and looking good!

From May 2016
We have already had 9 P-2 graduates this season, our best early season results ever! While other schools have not even been out at Woodside once? If you are getting frustrated by not getting your flights in for signoff, come to us for a remedial course and we will credit your logged flights from other schools (must have a log book).

5-30-16
Woodside has light winds and good lift forecasted after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 21C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we headed up to Woodside Launch pretty early and got John three more solo flights while Degas worked with new student Dooly on the training hill. I also did one tandem with new student Pat with thanks to Martin for ballasting her off as she kept falling over. We had a nice thermalling flight way out front where the thermals seemed better than the guys scratching in close to the South Knoll (first clue that it was leeside).

We had a nice bum landing in the centre of the circle as I did not want her to trip on landing.

We went back up and I flew the Buzz Z4 and Norm & I spent an hour trying to get high at the north cliffs but the north winds kept it interesting (+5 m/s in the strong cores and -5 m/s in the sinky areas).

TJs RASP showed this north wind higher up in the forecast but you had to hit it to believe it as it was all SW lower.

From May 2016
I had a good view from above of a Golden Eagle, a breed not normally seen here, as we thermalled at the North Bowl. Of course I had no camera to record its size but I estimated 6-7 foot wingspan and gorgeous coloring.

From May 2016
Meanwhile we were hearing the XC progress for the group that headed east around 1 pm, reporting in here & there. Some reports were as high as 1600 metres.

Local flight of the day was Gary P who crossed low over to Bridal, made it to Elk and then back to Woodside to top-land and drive Al's truck down! Al was down in the Herrling Island runway test flying a EN-B that did not quite have enough glide to keep up with Gary's Delta 2.

We went up for one last flight around 6 pm and it was soarable and John W got way above launch on his Ozone Ultralite and John L logged his third solo then too with a brilliant reverse launch.

From May 2016
We then watched Nelson try a few inflations on his homemade trike and one the last attempt he let go of the As way too soon and as he powered up the lines pulled the cage into the prop and it was a yard sale of prop pieces and metal cage parts everywhere. Back to the drawing board!



Awesome flights in Pemby as some folks headed south to Whistler and beyond before returning to Pemberton LZ.

This is Alex R's SPOT track and it looks like he could have flown to Squamish or further south, but he chose to do an Out & Return.

From May 2016
5-29-16
Woodside has showers forecast and the rest of the Province is no better so we are staying local in hopes that Woodside will dry out and be flyable around 1 pm, but I think Blanchard looks like a better call if you are signed off and mobile

Agassiz BC

Rain showers this morning with some sunshine during the afternoon hours. High 17C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we headed to Mission for ground school sessions and we had a good time on the flats kiting and later both John & David got some nice flights off the top of the training hill.

From May 2016
Around 5 pm, we headed back to the Ranch after the rains abated and arrived to nice conditions for John's first Woodside solo after seeing Derek have an extended sledder in smooth air.

From May 2016
Norm, Bev and Richard decided not to fly so I test flew the newest glider in our used fleet - a nice Ozone Buzz Z4 ML in Red with very low hours (maybe 4) and it flew very nicely and it landed soft as a feather at the foot of the training hill in NW winds (odd direction for our LZ).



Blanchard Report - nice tracklogs up on XCFind as the Canuck Contingent did some out&returns over the flats. It looked like Claudia was scoping out new LZs by Colony Road??

5-28-16
Woodside has showers forecast and the rest of the Province is no better so we are staying local in hopes that Mission will stay dry for training hill sessions

Agassiz BC

Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High around 15C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Roadtrip Report - we were calling the day for high flights due to rain & wind, and even Mission looked very wet.

But after doing some weather reconn we set out toward Cache Creek, but the one mising intelligence was the Interior Radar which was down and they offered up a composite image that looked okay. So we plodded on down Hwy 1 through a lot of rain to find Cache Creek & Savona and Savona in a huge rain storm!

We then headed towards Merritt but I was worried that the strong SW winds were going to be a problem, but when we arrived it was wind calm and drizzling so we went for lunch.

After lunch it cleared up and we went to a nice park and John finally got to kite the EONA L, and he did very well mastering the As-Cs method right away and his forwards looked perfect too.

From May 2016
After 45 minutes he was pretty winded so we went for a drive up some hill south of town and found a new North launch spot, with 150 metres of vertical height but the winds were too cross for a first flight.

We headed back to the Ranch arriving back at 6 pm, to low clouds and rain. A lot of driving for a kiting session but what else are you gonna do?

5-27-16
Woodside has showers forecast and the rest of the Province is no better so we are staying local in hopes that Mission will stay dry for training hill sessions

Agassiz BC

Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High around 15C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Blanchard Report - we were calling the day for high flights at Woodside due to rain & wind, but did some ground school sessions and exam writing.

Meanwhile . . . Claudia and Alex got a nice day above Chuckyournut drive. 20 km of SW wind, with thermals and cu as well. 20 other hang and paras out. Mostly stayed around 2000 feet but later I finally got to base at 4500. And some hangs reported 5000 feet in wave like lift even later.
From May 2016


Blanchard is a much better call on these low cloudbase days when Woodside/Bridal & even Lil Nic are clouded in.

5-26-16
Woodside has strong winds forecast later in the day and showers and the rest of the Province is no better so maybe a rest day for me?

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. A few showers beginning late this morning. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - we called off the day due to rain & wind, we had some great ground school sessions and exam writing.

Congrats to Kade for passing his P-2 Exam with great marks, and he needs just 8 more flights and a few more exercises to get signed off.

Congrats also to Rob Wilson for passing his P-3 exam with over 80%. Rob was nervous but he cleary had studied the Transport Canada regs as he aced that section! He is moving to Whistler so watch for him on the ski hill and at Pemby where he logged a couple hundred hours last summer.

New paramotorist John is here to pick up his Blackhawk Airmax 220, in the middle of the biggest rain front I can remember. Even Kamloops area is getting drenched today.

5-25-16
Woodside has strong winds forecast later in the day and I can see launch already at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy. High 18C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at 9 am and we got Kade, Will, Brian & Erik tree flights today with Kevin H helping with the guiding duties down below.

Erik got his first three solos in today, after spending the day on the training hill in Mission. He did very well and is pumped to start flying his home site of Princeton.

Will test flew the Rush 4 and then the Swift 4 and he liked the Swift 4 . . . a lot!

By 130 pm, it got a bit strong so we did some ground school and fridge moving as we reconfigured the barn with a new fridge. Thanks Kade, Will & Erik for the muscles!

Josh & Rod went up later and tried a flight and it was pretty strong on launch and not much lift for Rod who ended up in Riverside. Josh landed at the Ranch and said it was "rodeo conditions" on final so I am glad we called the day at 130 pm.

5-24-16
Woodside has good winds forecast all day and I can see launch already at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Partly to mostly cloudy. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - what a great day today, very productive for Kade who logged 5 solo flights complete with big ears & speed bar & soaring for 45 minutes at 930 metres on his last flight.

New student Erik spent the day on the training hill in Mission, getting 20+ flights perfecting his launch sequence. Soon to be flying his home site in Princeton when he gets signed off.

Cathy & Tim were here from Brooks AB getting their first Woodside flights before heading home.

Martin N had a few nice flights getting 2+ hours and then driving for the others! Thanks!

Thanks to Degas & Kevin H as they managed the students today, while I had a meeting in Burnaby.



A great video from a competition seminar in 2012 with designer & test pilot Russ Ogden and Martin Orlich (Czech test pilot).

5-23-16
Woodside has rain early and moderately strong SW winds forecast but there is always Harvest Market as a goal field

Agassiz BC

Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 17C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were hoping Woodside would dry out by noon for students and tandems. But around 1130 I cancelled the day as cloudbase was too low and the winds were blowing from the NE.

Even when the clouds lifted around 3 pm, the wind was still blowing down? All the RASPs called for strong SW winds so what happened?

At least we got some yard work done.

Even Blanchard did not look good as there were not tracklogs up on XCFind from Sunday.

5-22-16
Woodside has rain and Strong SW winds forecast all day and the radar already shows rain on all quadrants

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with occasional showers. High 17C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Spences Bridge Report - the party was fun and we didn't get rained on at night but sprinkles in the AM made us glad we didn't pack wings with us.

Apparently Blanchard was the "place to be" as there was an early bunch that went XC to Fairhaven and a later crowd that got 2.5 hours in the bowl (Kevin & Derek included).

5-21-16
Woodside has rain and NE winds forecast all day and the radar already shows rain on all quadrants

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with occasional showers. High 17C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were in Spences Bridge for a party so no flying locally but we didn't miss much as we saw high winds on the Scopecam and lots of rain.

5-20-16
Woodside has low cloudbase (200 metres) and NW winds til 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 20C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 5 after 3 pm
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch all day but had planned not to be flying until after 2 pm, when the outflow was forecast to subside . . . but it was strong outflow right til dark.

Of course this is because it is a long weekend!

I did see on XCFind that Guy & a few others doing sleddies in Pemby, which is much better in outflow conditions than the Fraser Valley.



Ozone Zeno Report - Russ Ogden, Designer & Team Pilot at Ozone, was spotted flying a Zeno protoype at the UK North South Cup. It must be close to production. I love that these test pilots at Ozone fly what they design and fly it hard!

5-19-16
Woodside is getting rain today and my new hay crop is very happy

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Showers this morning. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 15.
220° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - as forecasted we had heavy rains and windy conditions around the Fraser Valley until around 5 pm, when it looked sunny & soarable. But alas . . . no one came out to fly.

5-19-16
Woodside has light winds and we are hoping to fly by 10 am, but watch for strong SW winds by 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Generally cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 17C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 10 am and got Steve one flight early, just a sledder. Martin N, Tim & Kathy joined us for the second round but it started raining & hailing just as we got to launch, so the day was cancelled.

Steve is a few flights short of his P-2 but exam is written, he is flying very well so he is going to fly Revy with the Instructors up there to get finished.

I headed in to Surrey to pick up my new Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100 power, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - for sale at $6000 CDN brand new without wing.

5-17-16
Woodside has light winds and we are hoping to fly by 10 am, but watch for strong SW winds by 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 18C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we are here at Eagle Ranch at 10 am staying locally today for students, but only one is left and Stephen is almost finished his P-2 rating.

We also had a visiting pilot, Edwin from Hong Kong flying with us and he got his first thermalling today! He is a past student of my friend Kit from HK.

I decided it was time for me to start flying as the students are having too much fun, so I got Bev to drive one round and I took the Large EONA out for a spin. It is important for an instructor to fly the gear they recommend for students, otherwise it is hard to tell if it is the wing or the student when issues arise.

I got some nice thermalling around launch and I tried only one top-landing pass as my harness was all mis-adjusted from pilots hanging in it in the simulator, and decided it was easier to just fly out after 30 minutes.

Nice climbs and the new Oudie Naviter 4+ vario worked very well, except it kept alerting me that I was near an airway. Yes I know it is there but it is 2200 feet AGL, and I have my HAGAR/PPL so I am legal. I will have to turn that off!

I got lazy and landed in the parking lot at the Ranch, to be close to separate the glider from the harness rather than packing and unpacking it twice.

The new hay is coming in fine and should make the approach into the Ranch easier for newbies as we pushed the corn back into the neighbours fields.

From May 2016
Bev flew the last round of flights and out-climbed some other pilots!

From May 2016
We got 4 rounds in today for Stephen & Edwin, and Martin N joined us for a flight mid-day and he was last seen over Green Hill in Agassiz.

He got back with Sam B after being retrieved from Norm's LZ on Herrling Island (the one between the N-S lanes of Hwy 1.

5-16-16
Woodside has light winds and we are hoping to fly by 10 am, but watch for strong SW winds by 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 18C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying today with 4 students and they got 3 flights in and some nice thermalling too.

Here is Stephen C on his new Ozone Geo 4, soaring in front of launch.

From May 2016
5-15-16
Woodside has light winds and we are hoping to fly by 10 am, but watch for strong SW winds by 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 18C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Merritt Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 830 am for the Instructor's Course hoping staying locally today for students but the low clouds and strong winds forecast sent us to Merritt.

We arrived in Merritt at 11 am, to find perfect launch cycles on the Upper Launch areas and I had Dennie fly off first to check the air and he had a buoyant flight out to the Upper Bench LZ.

Chris O, Will H, David M, Iain S all flew with perfect launches and landing approaches.

From May 2016
I headed down to get them, and there are many gates to open and close as the herds are out on the open rangeland.

Next flight off and Will H goes straight out and he caught a good thermal, so rather than oscillate through it I had him 360 and he smoothed out and went up to cloudbase for a 1000 metre gain, while the others sledded down to the Upper Bench.

Rather than trying to talk him down to the Bench, I had him fly out to the big hay fields out to the NW.

Third flight was a bit more thermic, with Dennie doing some low ridge soaring before heading out to the hay fields.

From May 2016
This time Chris O was the lucky one and he hit a nice thermal out front and I got his to 360 and he was soon at or near cloudbase.

From May 2016
He was on his own, but at 23+ flights he should now how to thermal by now!

I had everyone fly out to the Hay Fields on this flight as we could head home from there.

From May 2016
As I drove down I met one of the local fliers, perched on a fence post.

From May 2016
It was starting to get windy so we headed back to the Ranch hoping for a flight back at Woodside but it was just too windy back in Harrison Mills.



Pemby Report - while we roar-tripped to escape strong winds, Pemberton had light winds and epic flights again as reported back from Sean Gibson & Darren H.

Some nice tracklogs up on XContest Canada .

You will notice Peter logged a 200 km+ flight at Miles In May in AB on his new Ozone Alpina 2.

5-14-16
Woodside has light outflow and we are hoping to fly by 10 am, but watch for strong SW winds by 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Becoming windy late this afternoon. High 25. UV index 7 or high.
300° @ 15
-3.1°C (unstable)

2800 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am for the Instructor's Course staying locally today for students, but the outflow wind was very strong.

Then as forecasted it switched to strong SW winds and one lone brave PG pilot took off from Woodside and made a mad dash to Riverside with lots of wing oscillations as the air was very mixed up (probably layers of outflow not mixing well with the unstable inflow marine layer).

The students went out kiting with the apprentice instructors while Colleen & I ran errands. The errands were tough as some thieves stole some copper wire from the Woodside telephone poles on the east side of the mountain taking out Shaw & Telus internet connections and it was "Cash Only" in Agassiz.

The winds never abated til dark, so no more flights here and none of us wanted to drive to Ashcroft again this week.



Pemby Report - while we endured strong winds, Pemberton had light winds and epic flights as reported back from Shaun Ginger and Sean Gibson.

Some nice tracklogs up on XContest Canada .

You will notice Al, Peter & Andrew are logging flights from Miles In May in AB this week.

5-13-16
Woodside has strong outflow so we are heading inland

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming east 20 km/h near noon. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
090° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Coyote Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am for the Instructor's Course before heading to Cache Creek.

We arrived at the base of Coyote Hill near the Ashcroft Manor to find perfect NE winds, but decided to have a snack (which turned into a full meal for some).

We eventually got to launch and set up the students and one by one they flew off and had great flights.

Another great crop of students this week, with perfect launch form!

Newbie Jaime is on the 4th day of training and still showing wveryone how to stay aloft . . . in fact I had to get him to pull big ears to get him from going to cloudbase!

From May 2016
We repeated the cycle one more time and this time we separated the students into two launch queues on different humps of the Hill and Dennie & Kevin (Apprentice Instructors) took turns launching and landing them while I took pictures.

It got a bt cross and strong from the SE so we headed back to the Ranch to find light outflow on launch so we ended the day early at 7 pm.

Reports of a dust-devil at King Eddie LZ that created an impromptu SIV Clinic for Eric G, which he escaped unharmed while Juan climbed out in the remains of the dustie! It was definitely unstable in the Interior!

5-12-16
Woodside could get windy by 3 pm so be aware

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 23. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 11
-3.1°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - it was strong outflow most of the day so we heading to Mission and worked on the east facing Neilson Park Hill with the newbies.

From May 2016
Garrett arrived today for his first day of training on his new Ozone Mojo5 that we sourced last year, and he did not manage to get out due to a kite boarding incident last year.

He did very well on his first flights!

Garrett & Jaime were thermalling over Woodside for over an hour, Garrett on his first high flight & Jaime on his 5th high flight!

From May 2016


John, Hammer & Degas flew from Benny and we saw them come over Dewdney Mtn. as we aere training at Neilson Park. Degas laanded at Eagle Ranch, while John returned back to Benny to get his truck.


5-11-16
Woodside will get windy by 3 pm so be aware

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy. High 23C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 15
-3.1°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying around 10 am, and had two student rounds fly off before it turned tail around 1130 am??

So we started kiting in the NW winds, very nice with wind up to 20 kph, great for reverse practice for students and tandem candidates.

And then around 3 pm it started raining as forecast, but we di not see any NW wind in the forecasts as it was all supposed to be strong SW inflow winds.

Nit a bad day all around with an early finish for a change.

5-10-16
Woodside will have a nice high cloudbase today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 24C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 12
-3.1°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am for the Instructor's Course and had a great Tandem Training Day today.

Students were flying after 11 am, when it was pretty leeside, not rough but hard to launch. So the tandem candidates decided to go kiting theri big rigs instead.

The students also kited until we saw more gliders launching as there was a big XC contingent out today.

By noon the CU over Woodside was starting to form and it was high,

From May 2016
Some were commenting that it was rough on the way to Dewdney, but they all were saying it was hard to keep below legal airspace 1890 metres.

Some nice flights logged on Leonardo here. . Most noteable is Mike M's flight considering he has only 45 flights and kept up with the big guns!

The tandem candidates had a big flight around 3 pm, with Corinne & Willy staying up for over an hour and exploring Woodside from up high.

From May 2016
New students Dan, Jamie & Jonathon had a big day of kiting here and at Mission, before returning back to Woodside for their first solo flights. Unfortunately we lost daylight before Jonathon could launch, bt we have three more days of flying for them.



This video brings back good memories of flying Organya last September with Colleen. A "must see" for anyone flying Spain

BONUS ORGANYA from Ahstudio Filmmakers on Vimeo.

5-9-16
Woodside will get windy by 3 pm so be aware

Agassiz BC

Sunny to partly cloudy. High 21C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 12
-3.1°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am for the Instructor's Course and we got a nicely flyable Woodside Day, good for students until around 3 pm when it got strong and OD'ed.

But we did wait and get a nice last flight although it was rather late.

5-8-16
Woodside will be windy all day

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. High 26C. Winds WSW at +30 km/h.
240° @ 22
-3.1°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Savona Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am for the Instructor's Course and did a repack seminar to repack tandem reserves and test the extraction after Mike W "died" when it took 10 seconds to get his reserve out yesterday.

We left at 1030 am to head to Ashcroft as the forecast looked good for the area for student & tandem practice flights (NW at 20 kph).

At Ashcroft we had SW winds, the wrong direction for Coyote Hill, so on to Savona.

We arrived to light to nil winds and waited at the Toilet Bowl and the winds quickly escalated to +20 kph and gusty.

When we got a lull I pulled up the EONA M that Will has been flying and I was kiting when I got lifted a good 30 feet in the air and was flying backwards to a soft touchdown and no dragfest (too much cactus to not land properly).

We packed up and headed back to Ashcroft as the wind was now under 7 kph from the NE.

From May 2016
We got everyone up to the hill and Will was clipped in and I was just about to send him off when it picked up. I grabbed his C lines and held the wing down and the wind eventually hit a measured 50 kph so we unclipped him and headed home.

By now the Kamloops forecast had been amended to +30 kph from the NW for the area, I guess someone looked out the window in the weather office?

Back at Mother Woodside it was still gale force on launch so we went to dinner and it rained hard all night.

5-7-16
Woodside will get windy by 2 pm so be aware

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
0240° @ 15
-3.1°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am hoping for a flyable Woodside Day, not epic but good for students.

We got an early start and all the students logged at least three solo flights, and as forecasted the winds picked up around 2 pm.

Jared was flying the Egde Paramotor glider and hit some -3 m/s sink on th eay to the Ranch and had to land short in the cow pasture next to an electric fence. He was right next to the charge battery so he unhooked it to pack up and reconnected it as he left . . . smart student!

We went to Agassiz Rec Centre ball fields to kite and found it quite mellow compared to Eagle Ranch or Harvest Market.

The tandem students got to kite their big rigs, while the students mastered their reverse launches in 15-20 kph South winds.



Lost HG Report - Shafi called me around 5 pm, that he could not locate Pedro after going to all the usual landing fields.

Pedro was last seen over launch while they were packing up Morgan's HG as he thought it was too strong.

After a few hours and no phone contact, I had Shafi call 911 to see if there was any reports of a downed HG. This escalated to a full search with RCMP helicopter looki gover the area too.

Pedro had finally got a phone call out to his wife that he was safe but very wet after landing in the Harrison River near Chehalis Band Land in the rotor behind Woodside.

He drowned his phone landing in chest deep water, so no communication and it took him 2 hours to extract everything and find a ride back.

Meanwhile SAR arrived with full crews and command station, marshalling at the Ranch.

From May 2016
Tip of the Day: When flying Woodside in strong conditions stay out of the North Bowl area! Keep your passes between the first cliffs and the South Knoll.

If you do stray too far north and hit the rotor line, turn downwind fast and head to the Chehalis Band Football Fields 2 kms north of the river. This is a less windy area and is well out of the rotor.



From May 2016
5-6-16
Woodside has outflow most of today

Agassiz BC

Plentiful sunshine. High 27C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @ 3
-3.1°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am for the Instructor's Course hoping for a flyable Woodside Day, and we got it.

Terry & Andrei took the students to Mission as we had +30 kph NW wind in the LZ so no kiting here.

I was doing the Instructor Seminar with the new Instuctors and they created a ground school session that was later presented to the students.

Kevin & Dennie did the Weather Briefing session.

From May 2016
After the presentations, the winds died down enough for a good kiting session with 1 on 1 Instructor/Student ratio.

And around 4 pm as forecast the outflow switched to inflow and we went flying.

Colleen did the wind tech duty and was soaring while I launched the senior students.

One by one the Instructors launched between the students and they all soared while the students did their first flights.

From May 2016
Colleen did fly out to land the newbies for their first solos.

We got 5 students into the air in nice 10-15 kph SW winds, and it was windy on the way out and only one student did not make it because he thought min-sink was the proper hand position for best glide, problem now fixed.

I raced down and took the students up for one last flight, so the Instructors could watch Colleen guide them in.

5-5-16
Woodside has light winds and some chance of showers

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
040° @ 3
-3.1°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we woke to strongish outflow winds, which were perfect for our students today.

Will just started today and he was kiting like a pro!

Phillip is on Day Three and is also very good with the kiting, even kiting in the stronger gusts that were shaking the Barn.

Chris is nearing the end of a Five Day Course, after lots of kiting last spring too. And this was his first chance to really kite reverse. All of his 10 launches so far have been forward launches.

From May 2016
After lunch we headed to Mission Cherry Hill, where everyone did 10 runs, dodging the tractor mowing the grass.

It switched to Westerlies, and too cross here or at Heritage Park, so we went to the Baseball Park off Stave Lake St. and the guys did another 6 runs there. This launch is tight with trees either side and we had little drama, as the pilots were exercising good skills.

We headed back to Woodside around 5:30 pm.

Derek, Pecos Pete and Terry R came up to be wind techs.

It was quite cross and north when we arrived but the smoke from the fires near Deroche were blowing toward us, so we had hope.

Derek caught a good cycle, and he was off and soaring. Pete was off next followed by Terry.

From May 2016
I got Phillip ready forst and he had a great forward launch with a good posture and good speed but he sunk right off launch, like he flew into a hole. This did not happen to the previous three pilots. But he was off and away as I got Will ready.

When I turned around to see Phillp's progress, he had flow too far north and was in sink so I got him to follow the highway to regain some lift (blacktop creates thermals).

He was on track for the Ranch now as Will launched his first high flight solo, and he also had a great werful forward launch and kept runing as he disappeared over the edge clipping a tree down low with his knee before flying away.

After that it was tailwind and I did not want Chris to be hanging in a tree for the evening entertainment, so we drove down after guiding Will into the circle.

5-4-16
Woodside has rain forecasted and possible thunderstorms

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming west 20 km/h this afternoon. High 24. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 10 am planning to head north to spend the day in Savona.

But the forecasted weather in Savona did not materialize and all we saw on the radar was heavy rain, so we stayed and did Ground School lessons.

It quit raining here around 2 pm but cloudbase was too low to fly so more lessons, and exam writing and Phillip handily passed his P-1 exam.

I was working outside, Aaron & Josh were building a mesh barrier to keep the bats out of the barn and Phillip watched all the videos in the library.

Then miraculously, at 4:30 pm launch opened up and we drove up. When we arrived there was light SW wind and a few clouds.

By the time Phillip got ready it had closed in enough that a safe second solo flight was unsafe, so we waited. His ride was not coming til 6 pm so we just waited.

From May 2016
At 5:15 we got the perfect window to launch. Nice thermals were showing in the wispy clouds, there was one CU hanging over the Construction Zone (soon to be renamed Harrison Highlands as the homes are almost all completed).

Phillip is flying the SupAir EONA L and he brought it up carefully and perfectly straight and had a nice launch into very smooth buoyant air.

He followed the Hwy west to avoid the Harrison Highlands CU and it was very calm in the air.


From May 2016

I had him do his approach over the plowed cornfield west of us and he executed a perfect final into the circle.

I drove down and called Derek that it was "fly time", but by the time I arrived at the Ranch it had OD'ed and started sprinkling. Good for the new hay we planted but not so good for a second flight.

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and the Sasquatch Inn is having a party but it will be on May 6th??


5-3-16
Woodside has strong winds forecasted and possible thunderstorms

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
290° @ 5
-3.1°C (unstable)

3000 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch at 9 am planning to head north for the day, but the conditions looked okay with light inflow so we went up to Woodside at 10 am.

We had Chris who has been here for 5 days training on the Ozone Zero 19 and he got two flights in before it blew out.

New student Phillip arrived this morning and did ground school and was able to kite reverse like a pro first try! Even forward launches were no issue and he had a perfect posture just like in the Ozone Ground Handling video we watched earlier.

We were on top kiting watching Chris fly off and Phillip got the EONA L up over head kiting stationary for 2-3 minutes and he said "Can I go now?". My answer - "Of course!" and off he flew a perfect approach into the Ranch. Damn my job is getting easy!

After we watched Chris fail to make the Ranch on his Zero we headed to Mission to the Training Hill and we had stellar conditions initially and got Phippip some great runs there (4-5) before it got too cross. I tried kiting and the winds were coming from the NW as a big cell developed North of Mission.

We moved down to the flats and Phillip mastered the kiting pretty darn good for Day One.

When we got back to the Ranch we heard someone was flying but they did not land at the Ranch.

It was Sam A on his new Ozone Swift 4, getting a happy birthday flight.

From May 2016
He flew for an hour and a bit and then flew to Harvest Market LZ.

From May 2016
Another good day that did not require a huge drive!

Al Hammer was stil hitch-hiking back from Pemby when I called him this afternoon, still glowing from his awesome flight thru Tiger/Grizzly Country.

5-2-16
Woodside has forecasted outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
290° @ 5
-3.1°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had planned to go to Savona early and I had already posted that on the S.O.D. and when I checked the local conditions at 7 am, it was not as much outflow as the forecast. In fact it was blowing up on launch already??

So we stayed home and got everyone suited up for the day.

Al (The Hammer) called to say he was flying north from Benny today, and was looking for some fliers to support him. apparently, only Sam A went along.

Derek did two tandmes today with a friend from Chilliwack, nice and smooth at launch & landing.

We had Brian from Edmonton getting enough flights to qualify for a speed wing flight later today.

Chris from Canmore was already flying the Ozone Zero 19 and was piling on the flights (this is his second season with us training).

Mark arrived from San Juan Island to start a five day course and was flying by noon!

On his second flight Mark got way above launch in a nice thermal, smooth sailing.

From May 2016
Shaun G was out and he had a disappointing sleddie, landing in Riverside, and then an awesome flight going thru 1500 metres before heading to Sasquatch.

From May 2016
At 6:30 pm when we stopped, we had done 5 flights and lots of airtime . . . and Brian got two flights on his Gin Bobcat 15! Those flights were rather short and fast!

Kevin arrived to pick up his PA speaker from the weekend party and told us that Al had arrived in Pemberton afte flying almost 190 kms over tiger country popping out over Lillooett Lake.

What a day, good for students at Woodside. Sam A called to say he had to pull big ears & speed bar to stay below the 1890 metre ceiling at Benny, as he watched Al head north. Bridal pilot reports were from 2000 metres over Cheam and further east.

From May 2016
5-1-16
Woodside has good weather forecasted with outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 26C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.1°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch from 9 am hoping to get the new students into the air after noon but the outflow winds on top meant we had to go to Mission for training hill practice.

The Mission Training Hill faces South but the prevailing winds were being cancelled out by thermal cycles so the conditions were perfect and the guys got nice long flights down to the flats.

Everyone did 6-7 runs and it provided invaluable to get some wrinkles out for everyone.

We got back to the Ranch at 1:00 pm, and there had been pilots on top for a few hours but they were not able to launch due to the tailwinds.

We had to get some reserves in harnesses and we were heading up at 1:30 pm, with Colleen as wind tech on her new Ozone Swift 4!

Colleen launched as soon as we got solid cycles followed by Rusty from Williams Lake.

Colleen climbed out to 1000 metres immediately despite a dead vario, forgetting her job as wind tech for the newbies but we had some seasoned students that are landing themselves quite well so we sent them off after her.

From May 2016
Everyone got to thermal a bit and even the pilot on the Ozone Zero 19 speed wing got to the Ranch with plenty of altitude.

Colleen headed out to received the new students and we had a good set of launches with everyone getting off the first try with no drama.

We went back up immediately as they were keen for another flight and this time we had a few aborts for safety sake . . . don't continue your launch if you don't feel the wing solidly.

This set of flights new student Brian from Edmonton, was able to hok a nice thermal and stay up for 15 minutes longer. Not bad for flight #2!

Norm and a few others came up on this flight and Norm later reported he got to 2000 metre over Woodside before heading east. Bill went that way too and was faced witha big hike back.

A damned good day for all the students, we only got 2 high flights but the overall experience on the training hill and the high flights made everyone feel very confident.

I love my JOB!



Benny Report - Al took 8 other pilots up Benny around noon and they had interesting flights in the leeside thermals. Most made the milkrun to Hatzic Lake and Al pressed on to Woodside landing near Lake Erroch. Woodside Report - we were here at Eagle Ranch from 9 am hoping to get the new students into the air after noon but the outflow winds on top meant we had to go to Mission for training hill practice.

They all regrouped and headed to Bridal where epic fights over Cheam ensued with great smooth conditions as the westerlies kicked in around 2 pm.



4-29-16
Woodside has good weather forecasted but not a high cloudbase

Agassiz BC

Abundant sunshine. High near 20C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.1°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we had a ton of students today! Thanks to Degas for taking the beginner class out to the Training Hill where they did amazing. Unfortunately it got too strong late in the day for them to fly solo, but tomorrow looks good.

I took Travis, Brian, new student Nick (recently minted P-2 in the US), Stefan up for 3 flights today and they even got to fly the stronger stuff with Nick & Stefan getting over an hour on the last two flights. It was Travis' last day with us and he also had a nice thermalling flight on our borrowed Blackhawk Edge wing.

Lots of pilots went XC today, including past alumni Sam W who followed KVA across the Fraser towards Ludwig, but landed short on a railway track. "How do you get grease out of a wing?" was heard around the campfire later.

Mid-Day after launching the students, Bill & I took a nice couple tandem who had gotten wweathered out last year many times and the flights were worth the wait! Great climbs all over Woodside and so much altitude Bill had to do wingovers over the Ranch despite his passenger feeling sick (yes he puked).

Another past alumni from 2015, Tommy got a really nice flight too launching after we flew tandem, but grovelling a bit down low before he caught a good climb above launch. He was pumped!

Peter S took a new route to Bridal and back today with a flight north to Banjo before heading to Green Hill and beyond. Some folks are posting on XContest and some on Leonardo so you have to hunt around for flights these days.

The Leonardo Tracks for the last day of April are located here.

Thanks to Paddy & Pedro for organizing the WCSC BBQ & Fly In today! 50+ pilots came over to party and we had the most awesome band that included Joe C, Kevin A, Degas, Julian, and Alex (on sax) and they jammed like they had been playing together for years!

From April 2016
Many pilots stayed over so watch out for tents in the Eagle Ranch LZ when you fly tomorrow.





Pemby Report - We had a group of visiting Seattle pilots so we showed them how awesome Pemberton can be! Climbs to 2800m and somewhat-funky north wind.

You can drive all the way to upper launch now.

Pic is still-frozen Tenquille Lake, just behind Copper and Goat Peaks - Nicole

From April 2016




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