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Woodside looks good til 2pm for students, starting runs at 10 am

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

Agassiz BC

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

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



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

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

Even more serious than the incident above, we have had two fatalities in WA and BC this year due to in-flight incidents that were most likely avoidable with proper training over the water.



FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Niviuk new product line as of July 2016, Gin , SupAir, Flytec, Naviter Products (Oudie 4 Basic & 4+), Blackhawk Paramotors , Wills Wing.



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 here! The all new Zeno, in ML size, is available nowand we have an Orange/Red one on order. 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 July 24, 2016

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

Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve

Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Fazer 3 14 metre Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN
Gin Bolero 4 - EN-A - (95-120 kgs) - $1500 CDN (50 hours)
Gin Rebel - EN-C - 85-105 kgs - $500 CDN (100 hours)
Ozone Buzz S (65-85 kgs) - EN-B - $500 with under 100 hours airtime.
Ozone Buzz XS (55-75 kgs) - EN-B - $900 with under 30 hours airtime.
Ozone Rush 2 XS (55-75 kgs) - EN-B - $500 with under 80 hours airtime.
Ozone Swift 4 S in Red/Orange from 2016 - demo with 2 hours - $3900 CDN
Ozone Alpina 2 MS in Red/Blue from 2015 - 100 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
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.
7-27-16
Woodside looks good for a student flights til 2 pm

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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



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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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



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

Her track log here.

My question is diapers or a strong bladder?

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

From July 2016


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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

Josh is somewhere in this picture looking towards Harrison Lake.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

Iron mountain soaring from Erik Bobicki on Vimeo.

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

From July 2016




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

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

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

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

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

From July 2016
PS notice how green everything is!

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

From July 2016

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

7-2-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

7-1-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

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

From July 2016
Pic by Dennie.

6-30-16
Woodside will launchable after 9 am

Agassiz BC

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

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

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

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

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

From June 2016




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

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

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





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