FlyBC "Site of the Day" - September 30/2014


Woodside looks like windy & rainy so we head to Savona in the AM.

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9/30/14
Woodside looks windy today, so we will do a Savona Roadtrip for Tuesday - Thursday

Agassiz BC

Savona - Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early in the morning. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
300° @ 9
-3.0°C (stable)
2700 metres
Coaches Corner for September 30, 2014 - looks like rain & wind at Woodside so on to Savona for 3 days!

Martin N now has 30 hours of flying for the month.



Ozone Product announcements at Coupe Icare

We were not able to attend this years Coupe Icare in St Hilaire France, but Ozone was there and they announced a lot of new products.

SWIFT 4 (we've skipped the 3) - this wing will launch in a few weeks, flight tests complete, just waiting on a load test. Based on the very popular Rush 4, we think this new Swift is a gem and going to be a real winner. The MS at just over 4kg is about 1.4kg lighter than a Rush 4.

Also for next season, the ever popular MOJO will be updated with an all new MOJO 5 early next year - we think that you will find this new wing much improved.

We showed a couple of new harnesses - the F*LITE weighing in at a miraculous 98grams (I've not missed any numbers from that figure). I think Fred who designed it must be a wizard! You have to see it to believe it - it is already load tested (100kg at 15G) and will be launched this winter after some more beta testing.

For next season we will also have a new XC pod harness, weighing about 4.8kg with full back protection and other good features. We should also have a new more comfortable rucksack for you to enjoy.

OTHER NEWS:

ENZO 2 XS and L sizes are now on the order form. Both are scaled from the S and M sizes, but are the first wings to be tested to the new CCC rules.

ENZO 2 S and M. All new orders will be produced in its new CCC configuration. A kit of risers and lines (25kg lines on brake fan needs to be changed too 30kg line) are now available to change a current Enzo 2 to conform to its CCC configuration. See the Spares Parts section on the order form. Please speak with Russ or Luc for further information.

EXOCEAT - proving popular with its amazing look and its integrated double reserve ability, this is now available in an S size - this has a 5cm shorter pod than the M design. We hope to add an L size soon.

On the PPG side the recently added Viper 3 - the World Champions wing, and the new Roadster 2 is launched in its 26 size - a massive development on the old Roadster, including Shark Nose technology like the Viper 3.

On Speedwings we've recently added a Fazer 2 8.5 and are developing the Rapido - more news soon. The Zero mini-wing is proving to be very popular!



Used Gear List:

Ozone Zero 17 Mini Paraglider/Speedwing - $2150 brand new

Ozone Element II M EN-A in Orange/Yellow - $1300 with 20 hours

Ozone Rush 3 M EN-B in red/yellow - $2600 CDN less than 60 hours

Ozone Delta 2 ML in orange/blue - $2700 CDN 60 hours
Ozone Delta 2 L in green/black - $2700 CDN 60 hours
Ozone Delta 2 MS in black/green - $2700 CDN 60 hours
Ozone Delta 2 S in orange/blue - $2700 CDN 80 hours

SkyWalk Mescal 2 in green (90-110 kgs) - $500 with excellent porosity results (200 seconds) 2007 model

Gin Tribe M in grey/blue (90-110 kgs) - $1500 CDN with 30 hours (one year old)

Ozone Mantra M4 S in red/orange - $1200 less than 60 hours

Fantom 220 Paramotor for sale - $3999 with 5 hours total time. Paramotor only, no wing. We have new & used paramotor wings in stock.



FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Gin , SupAir, Flytec, Nova, ParaJet Paramotors, Blackhawk Paramotors, APCO, Wills Wing.

Current Demo Gear: Gin Atlas (S, M), Gin Fuse Tandem (2 - Size 41), Gin Tribe (ML), Ozone Delta 2 (MS ML & S), SupAir Skypper Pod Harness L.

9/29/14
Woodside looks good today until noon, and then we will do a Savona Roadtrip for Monday - Thursday

Agassiz BC

Increasing cloudiness. Showers beginning near noon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 16.
250° @ 16
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - we got up the mountain early as we could see rain on the Radar over Vancouver.

From Sept 2014
Winds were favourable and the clouds parted enough and Tim C was lucky enough to get a nice flight before it rained.

From Sept 2014
By the time he was packed up at the Ranch it started raining for the balance of the day so I prepared the trailer for this weeks Savona tour.

From Sept 2014
Thanks to Martin N for some mowing also before it rained.

9/28/14
Woodside looks good today but we have to do a Savona Roadtrip for Monday - Thursday

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 22. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 9
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was blowing from the NE when we went up at 10 am, probably launchable for novices with the odd up-cycles, but I was not feeling like risking the students so we went down to kite at the Ranch.

Sam was driving up at 4 kms when we drove down and he flew in as we were kiting so it was flyable.

We set up Allan's new AirMax 220 Paramotor in the simulator and then took it out to the LZ for a test flight.

From Sept 2014
After 7-8 frustrating tries, Allan gave it to me and I reversed off and flew around for 15 minutes. Nice motor and nice wing setup. Gobs of power, could be a tandem rig??

Barry was doing well on the training hill with the Gin Atlas with some pointers from Terry B.

We headed back up and saw Martin & Mia soaring above launch.

Colleen flew off with Kirk on the Gin Fuse Tandem and they soared around before I launched the students.

From Sept 2014
Allan, Barry, Tim & Lisa launched and had nice flights. I have a few new gray hairs from a few of the launches.

We headed back up to take Allan's girlfriend Candice for a tandem, but after hearing the reports from Colleen of Barry's landing we decided to drive down and do some motor setups. It was gusty and thermic with strong south winds over the LZ.

Meanwhile, Martin N was still flying for another 3+ hours today on his Rush 4!

Martin N has completed 30 hours of flying for the month.

After installing the weight shift bar kit on the AirMax 220 motor, Allan was able to get off first try on the paramotor and he flew around hanging from his harness for the entire flight as he overtightened the shoulder straps.

From Sept 2014
He was very happy when he left!



Andrei took a group of 10 pilots up Tantalus Glacier today!



Lions Bay Report - Greg, Thomas and I hiked up and flew off West Lion.

Alpina probably saved my life as wing was a bit soft but flew me off anyway.

Then it was soarable on the West Lion. Even tagged the East Lion and then went to Harvey and Brunswick. Took awhile but scratched up Brunswick said hi to the summiters there and got high again.

From Sept 2014
Landing at Brunswick beach was fine even with a 10 foot tide.

To top it off one of the residents was super nice and gave us mango juice with a sprig of mint just for flying in! Great fall day - Alex Raymont



9/27/14
Woodside looks GREAT

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 21. UV index 4 or moderate.
250° @ 8
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - I headed to Mission with Barry W today for his first day for training after a 3 hour ground school session in the Barn, he was the only new student today.

We then headed to Mission Heritage Park where we bumped into Tonya & Denis training with Bart.

Quite cross conditions but when the cycles came up it was perfect and Chris got 5-6 flights on the new Gin Atlas and was doing well controlling the glider and landing very well.

From Sept 2014
We headed back to the Ranch arriving at 1 pm to find Bev, Norm & Lisa waiting to go flying. Chris was here for his Birthday Tandem with his girlfriend & Dad to cheer him on!

It was clouded in until 2 pm, but we saw Tonya in the air soaring with ease as we arrived and got Colleen ready to go tandem with Chris while I got Barry & Lisa ready.

Colleen launched and was soaring easily on the Gin Fuse tandem.

From Sept 2014
Bev was soon in the air on her newest Buzz Z4 and she was climbing all over the place.

From Sept 2014
We launched Lisa next as she has 7 flights already and doesn't need Colleen to guide her on landing (much).

Barry was soon in the air on the Gin Altas S and he was climbing in smooth lift too as Colleen & Chris landed after 45 minutes and Chris had a "perma-grin". He says he and his Dad are coming back for lessons!

It was quite South in the Eagle Ranch LZ and Colleen had to warn Lisa to stay ahead of the Goal Post Trees but she did well. Chris was a bit wobbly on final and lost a wingtip due to going up & down on his brakes getting out ot the seat but he landed with a full wing.

Al arrived just after Kevin, Daryl & Norm had launched and soon the air was full of gliders (I counted 15 soaring as I replaced the wind sock at the Ranch). Al & group were denied at Benny due to logging debris & low cloudbase.

From Sept 2014
Rod was out flying today and got some nice soaring in.

From Sept 2014
We headed back up after a review of the flights and got Lisa & Barry another flight landing at 6 pm.

From Sept 2014
The photo of Barry looks scary but the clouds were actually very far out, the iPhone just has a weird field of focus depending where the autofocus aligns. Barry had a very nice landing on flight #2 with Colleen's excellent guiding!

Martin N got another 2:45 today in his Rush 4. I saw Gary P driving down so he top-landed after 2 hours of soaring. Al top-landed several times but Bev drove his rig down so he could fly some more. Cloudbase was not more that 700-800 metres but the lift was consistent and pilots had to be careful not to get "cloud sucked".

From Sept 2014
A nice sunbeam photo from the parking lot at Woodside.

9/26/14
Woodside looks possible rain but no students here so maybe some chores can get finished

Agassiz BC

Showers. High 17.
200° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Lower Mainland Report - it was raining hard so I was running errands.

250 kms later I was back at the Ranch and it had rained hard all day.



From Sept 2014
Italy Tour Report - Monica and I flew a few times at her old stomping grounds in northern Italy, then the 3 of us flew twice at Lake Garda.

From Sept 2014
Had a good visit with Jack and the gang.

From Sept 2014
Today we went hiking because of strong northerly winds. With any luck the chinook/foehn won't last that long and we can get airborne again.

From Sept 2014
The Alps are practically shut down in these conditions. Bassano would work, but it is a long drive and not worth the effort on a weekend.

Happy flying to all - Derek, Monica and Klaus

From Sept 2014


Photos by Klaus



Dune Du Pyla 2014 from Christian Koschutnig on Vimeo.

9/25/14
Woodside looks possible rain but no students here so maybe some chores can get finished

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - it was raining in the morning but it stopped enough to work on the big Van to figure out why the taillights were not lighting up.

A quick Google Search found a ford Forum that said to check the stereo hookup as the light circuit goes to the stereo to dim the display. Sounded easy and sure enough that was the problem. Someone had done a poor job insulating the wire bundle and it is now working ready for this weeks roadtrip to Savona.

I had to take a bunch of shipments to Greyhound and it was drizzling on the way there but it got sunny and flyable at Bridal & Woodside later but alas Derek the Desperado is in Europe or else we would have been heading up the mountain.



But we can take time out to watch Richard's flight off Mt Robie Reid last week! Fabulous edit!

9/24/14
Woodside looks possible rain so we went to Cache Creek

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning. Periods of rain beginning early this afternoon. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 19.
210° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Savona Report - Woodside was raining so we went to Cache Creek, arriving to strong SW winds which don`t work. So on to Savona!

We got to Savona in the rain and headed up to the Toilet Bowl where it was dry and coming straight in at 15-20 kph!

Clair got ready and was doing some nice kiting on his new Gin Bolero 4, so I suggested he fly down.

From Sept 2014
Off he went and he landed in a nice clear spot at the bottom.

From Sept 2014
Richard got ready next using our Gin Atlas S demo, and as soon as he clipped in the winds switched to SE and not flyable? I looked over to the other side of the valley and a rain cell had let loose and rain was heading our way which was preceded by the SE winds.

We bunched the wing into the Van and drove down to get Clair where it was not raining.

Back on top the winds were now blowing from the NW and the rain stopped as the cell moved North over the lake.

We headed to the south face of the Toilet Bowl and Richard had a perfect reverse launch and he floated off the edge and landed in the clearing below. Clair also had a perfect launch in lighter wind and followed Richard's flight path into the same spot.

From Sept 2014
As we drove away towards Ashcroft we thought it would be good there for Coyote, but as we got to Cache Creek it was blowing about +35 kph from the SW so no chance to fly or even kite so back to Mother Woodside.

We arrived to launch at 6 pm and it was blowing north & down but we waited and after 20 minutes we got a trickle up the slope and Richard reverse launched and flew away into the sunset. No pictures as my phone had died on the way up.

Clair decided to sit one out as his wing was already damp enough!

9/23/14
Woodside looks possible rain so we may head to Cache Creek

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning. Periods of rain beginning early this afternoon. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 19.
210° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside did end up being flyable after the rain stopped and Clair & Richard both logged one flight.

When we arrived on launch Clair got set up in light winds and had a great reverse launch on his Gin Bolero 4.

Then Richard got a great cycle and was off and climbing flying our Gin Atlas demo.

From Sept 2014
In the next few minutes the launch got clouded in as a thermal pulled up some moisture and I could not see the ground as they flew out to the Ranch.

From Sept 2014
We then spent a few hours on "speed to fly" theory and polar curves as the winds were blowing down.

9/22/14
Woodside looks like strong inflow and possible rain so we may head to Cache Creek

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. High 21.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside cleared up after noon, so we decided not to go to Cache Creek.

We arrived at launch at 4 pm and it was in cloud but we could see faint outlines of the land below so we waited in light SE cycles.

When the skies opened up we had very light inflow cycles but I did not want Clair & Richard to have to run too hard so we waited but all we got was more down cycles so we finally packed up and drove down as it was not meant to be.

Cache Creek would have been a better call but they were forecasting strong SW winds so we decided to wait out the weather here.

9/21/14
Woodside looks like outflow until noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - when I drove to the Chilliwack Bus Depot at 8 am, it was howling from the North in Agassiz, but calm at the Ranch so I was hopeful as I had 7 students wanting to fly.

When I returned to the Ranch everyone was excited to get flying, so I loaded everyone up after a long weather briefing that told us that it was going to switch to SW inflow here & up in Cache Creek so we were better to stay put as the sittes up there are North facing.

We decided on the Agassiz Rec Centre fields for kiting and it was a perfect 20-25 kph from the North at 11 am and we kited until 1 pm when the winds started to calm down.

From Sept 2014
Lucian had his new Ozone Geo 4 and was doing well, Moto was on his new Ozone Buzz Z4 looking good too. The 3 new students: Noel on a Gin Atlas, Scott on an Ozone Element II & Len on a Gin Bolero 4 were doing amazing kiting the entire length of the field!

From Sept 2014
We decided on lunch at Jack's as a reward for the hard work and we returned to the Ranch at 2:30 pm to see Mark C flying in on his new Carrera, so we picked him up and headed to the top.

Apparently, while we were kiting in strong North winds in Agassiz, pilots were flying Woodside in perfect conditions???

Denis, Tonya & Andrei were flying Chris & Luke Miles on tandem to drop Joe's ashes over Woodside as mom Sheila looked on in tears, and I gave her a big hug as she said "Joe would have loved to be here today! The mountain was his life." Joe ran a shuttle service for many years before his back got too sore to drive, but he continued to be around to welcome pilots until he succumbed to health issues last year.

After the ceremony we launched all the students and they all did pretty well, especially the new guys on their first high flights. We got all 7 students off in record time and Colleen guided them in with precision at the bottom. The more experienced students & pilots jumped in between the newbies to allow for some spacing in the LZ.

We raced back up and the cycles were not as strong but we repeated the process and everyone got one more flight except Clair who decided to head back to his camper to visit with his wife as he is here all week.



Mt. Cheam Report - Delvin, Pam and a group of US Pilots braved the heat and hiked Mt. Cheam and flew off today landing at Brad & Christine's house on Ford Road. So I guess outflow was not an issue there either?



Fly Hills Report - Doug N had a brilliant flight from the Fly Hills Launch west of Salmon Arm town last June and flew the north side of the Shuswap to Sicamous and beyond.

We boated around the Shuswap in August and marvelled at the ridge lines north of the lake. Obviously it worked for Doug this day!

From Sept 2014
Another posted flight from this site is here by Richard B.

9/20/14
Woodside looks like outflow until mid-afternoon

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 26. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Heritage Park Report - we took students to Heritage Park and even though there was outflow winds in the Valley, it was coming up straight at the training hill and the new guys (and past students) all got tuned up with 6 - 8 good flights.

We then headed to Woodside and got a flight at 2 pm, smooth for the students and Mark C won the day with a 40 minute flight on his new Gin Carrera.

From Sept 2014


Klaus & Monica's Italy Tour Report - Klaus & Monica are back home in Italy and enjoying nice flying conditions.

From Sept 2014
Derek, Stefan & Wolfie are in Germany but no pictures from them yet.

9/19/14
Woodside looks like rain until late afternoon

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending near noon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 19.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was supposed to clear by noon but it took til 3 pm, and all around us was drizzling but Mother Woodside would have been flyable.

From Sept 2014
9/18/14
Woodside looks like possible rain in the late afternoon

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain ending near noon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19.
220° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had low cloudbase all day, Blanchard was clear but only sledders occurred.



Cheam Report from September 14 - despite the NE forecasts, Richard T, John & Martin D hiked up Mt Cheam and had beautiful flights getting high above the summit.

From Sept 2014
They flew over to Lady Peak and over the snow slides in the north face, before flying out to Bridal LZ.

From Sept 2014
What outflow?

9/17/14
Woodside looks like inflow winds and possible rain in the late afternoon

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. High 23. UV index 3 or moderate.
260° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside/Ranch Report - Woodside was forecast to get rain in the afternoon with moderate winds aloft from the SW (what outflow?) but I was working on a building project ahead of the rain, so no flying today for me and my students.

One unnamed pilot flew off around 1 pm, but only got a sledder in light winds.



Mt. Robbie Reid Report - During early hours of September 13th I left my truck on a remote logging road located on the ridge separating Stave Lake from Alouette Lake and began my solo paragliding adventure with Mt Robbie Reid.

This prominent summit north of Mission, BC has been visited by paragliding pilots before, including myself.

From Sept 2014
I flew off its lofty summit last year after arduous solo climb through the intricate labyrinth of chimneys and ledges, difficulties compounded by the size of my backpack.

This time I decided to take easy way to reach the top: flying to its highest summit from lower reaches of the mountain, bypassing difficulties.

Launching my wing on a snowfield at 1800 m ASL only 4 hrs after I began my ascent, I was immediately lifted to the new heights.

From Sept 2014
Two hours later after covering 55 km, I safely touched down just a few meters from my vehicle - Richard Teszka.

From Sept 2014
copied from a FaceBook Post, what a flight and adventure!

9/16/14
Woodside looks like outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
260° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Sam hiked up to launch today while I was in town doing errands and had a short scratchfest landing at the Ranch.

I had no students today but did take a load of pilots up around 3 pm, and Martin N showed them all how to get above the inversion layer which was just at the height of the South Knoll.

From Sept 2014
Sam, Danielle, Martin N & Ben W all flew and got above launch and soared. It was windy coming out to the Ranch with strong SW winds and thermic landing conditions but no outlanders today.

Martin N has logged 24 hours this month - what outflow?

9/15/14
Woodside looks like outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31. UV index 5 or moderate.
260° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had outflow until 11 am, and we had good solid cycles to launch into all day long.

Lisa was the only student out today and she "bagged" 4 solo flights with 3 landings in the circle on her own guidance. and all landings were on her feet!

From Sept 2014
We had past students Sam & Danielle from Saskatoon out free flying today as well as the usual suspects. Martin N did not get his usual 3+ hours so it must have been stable.

I had a tandem at 5:30 pm with Dallas from Chilliwack and he was an awesome passenger with solid running skills at launch and zero wind landing at the Ranch. We even scored a field goal with a pass thru the goal post trees! Try it sometime!



9/14/14
Woodside looks windy with outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 29. UV index 5 or moderate.
340° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we drove to Agassiz for fuel & breakfast to find someone had parked their minivan in the middle of Harvest Market LZ, they were very lucky as they left Hwy 7 and went through a deep ditch and never rolled. But the undercarriage is broken pretty badly. No blood or driver at the scene, I suspect they fell asleep at the wheel as there were no skidmarks.

From Sept 2014
When we got back to the Ranch, Woodside had outflow until noon, and then we headed up the mountain for students & tandems.

Lucian is in the last days of his lessons achieivng 25 high flights, 5 different launch sites including a flight at Cornwall a few weeks back, about 7 hours of airtime and an 86% on his written exam. He logged 3 flights today.

Denis, Colleen & Kevin helped with tandems today and we managed to do 7 tandems in less thermic conditions than yesterday but all the flights were beautiful.

From Sept 2014
Partway through our second flight, Alex R dropped in to top-land Woodside after soaring off Mt Cheam with Tom C, Bill N, and some other un-named pilots.

From Sept 2014
As I did my second tandem, we were able to soar with Martin N on the South Knoll who logged another 3+ hours today!

We went up to fly the last flight and Kevin and a few others went solo, while Colleen took Trudy for tandem #2 and it was pleasantly soarable still.

From Sept 2014
A few more good days of flying here and some rain this weekend may force a trip to Savona.

9/13/14
Woodside looks windy til later in the day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Windy this morning. High 28. UV index 5 or moderate.
340° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was heading to Lake Errock for gas when I passed by the Tamihi Dry Sort and saw fire trucks heading in.

The sawdust pile was on fire and the neighbouring logs were also burning and the firefighters were spraying water on the flames but most of the fire was on the north side and not accessible.

From Sept 2014
I headed back to the Ranch and fairly strong NW winds, and it was blowing over the back.

The noon tandems were late, but we were not likely to fly until 2 pm anyway according to the IBIS reports.

When the tandems arrived we loaded all 7 passengers and 3 pilots into the Big White Bus and we headed up the hill.

We arrived to perfect inflow cycles and the smoke on the fire was still showing North.

Colleen launched first and was climbing nicely in front of launch and it was smooth.

From Sept 2014
Denis launched next and also climbed out. Norm got in the queue and was off and the last time I saw him he was at 2000 metres (or more) and heading east. He landed at Bridal Falls LZ in east winds and had lift all the way there arriving at 500 metres. He called Alan to retrieve him.

I launched Lucian on his 20th solo and he was climbing and soaring well, so I clipped in Meta (in a pterodactal one piece suit she designed), and we flew off and were soon above launch and through 1000 metres within minutes. The new Gin Fuse Tandem is proving to be a good wing, and launches are super easy with a fast inflation and easy to stop overhead.

From Sept 2014
Meta and I flew out past Mill Road to get a better look at the fire, which was now getting helicopter water bombed. many choppers passing through our airspace today. Martin was over the fire at Sasquatch and decided to fly back to Woodside when he saw a spotter plane & the choppers circling the fire. He landed 3 hours later.

From Sept 2014
We continued the tandem cycles and got off 3 rounds and with the additional help by Derek we managed to get 10 tandems done by 5 pm. Every tandem was soarable, and it was easy to stay up even without instruments.

Lucian logged 4 flights today and prbably 2.5 hours of airtime. Lisa also got her first solo floght and was above launch most of the way to the Ranch where she did an "Axam Landing". Ask her what that is?

We went back up for one last flight just before dark and Lucian launched first, followed by Derek who was still thermalling until legal dark. Lisa decied not to fly the last flight as she was getting tired so I flew the Gin Bolero 4 down and had a nice flight landing at the ProCircle. It was too damp to packup so I just rosetted the wing into the Barn.

What a nice day.

The fire was still blazing when we went for dinner at the Sasquatch Inn.

9/12/14
Woodside looks windy til later in the day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
090° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside looked windy until 4 pm on the windgrams, not worth coming out except Moto wanted to work on reverse launcing, so he arrived at 9 am.

We did some ground school and then at 10 am the winds at the Ranch calmed down, I checked the windsocks on launch and it looked perfect so we went up.

We arrived to inflow winds on launch and the wind on Harrison Bay was calm, so Moto got set up. We had no outflow at all??

Moto launched forward and flew out in very smooth air and was heading to the south when he started climbing and fast. He then hit a layer of north wind but he was still climbing heading out to the valley, he climbed above launch and was out over the Ranch for another 30 minutes in smooth lift landing at the Ranch in the normal pattern.

From Sept 2014
Meanwhile on launch, a big gust of east wind came over the back and stayed that was as Moto was landing.

When I got down to the Ranch the north winds had kicked in and we had to go to Mission for training hill practice with Lisa who is just starting training with FlyBC.

We arrived on Heritage Park Hill around 1 pm, and we had perfect SW cycles and Moto & Lisa did 8 perfect runs each before they were too tired to walk up again, as it was 25 degrees in the sun.

We came back to the Ranch at 3 pm and the north wind was still there even after dark, so no more high flights.

9/11/14
Woodside looks windy til later in the day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
030° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was windy until 4 pm, and I was working on my back deck when Derek arrived with Martin N not far behind.

It was howling from the North all day and at 3 pm, it went calm.

Earlier in the day there was a forest fire on the east Vedder Ridge and it was showing outflow and strong. Hwy 7 to Mission was also very windy and all flags showed outflow.

We went up to Woodside Launch around 4 pm and the smoke on Vedder was showing South now, and we had launchable cycles and Martin was off first.

From Sept 2014
He plummetted a bit hitting leeside conditions but he found a nice thermal further west and was soon above launch, while derek and I tried to inflate our wings in light to no wind.

Derek took off first and started a slow climb out front, I was a few minutes after him and was working the same thermal out front. Derek & Martin were on the north cliffs at 1000 metres and I was in front and above launch at 800 metres for some time. and the thermal I was in finally popped off and I was above the other guys. Not so nice above 1000 metres as you could feel the NE flow aloft (choppy). But smooth down low, so I flew out of the lift to descend.

I was trying top-landing approaches, as was Martin . . . for 30 minutes and we just could not get in. Derek tried too for maybe 15 minutes and I decided it was more prudent to drive back up to retrieve Derek's truck and I headed out to land at the ProCircle in smooth light west winds.

I was going to take Norm's bike up to retrieve, but as I was finishing packing up Martin & Derek both came in to land, so we retrieved with the Atlas.

From Sept 2014
A pleasant flight with from 1 hour to 1:30 on the varios!

Denis reported the same leeside chop at Grouse today.

9/10/14
Mother Woodside looks windy today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
090° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was driving out on Hwy 7 at noon and I was fearful that the trees beside the highway were going to fall on me. It was very strong and gusty from the NE & SE depending on the location.

9/9/14
Mother Woodside looks good today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
230° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was back at Woodside at noon Tuesday, hoping to be flying solo but the clouds and light winds kept me on the ground.

I had to go to Vancouver to pick up some gear and left the Ranch around 4 pm, as Derek & a gang headed up to Woodside to do some grooming on the roadway & launch.

Apparently, Nikolai was more interested in flying and he took off and got to 1200 metres while the guys were working. Later Martin N & Kevin flew off and got sledders.

A big thanks to everyone that helped out today, we all appreciate it!

9/8/14
Mother Woodside might be getting rain showers today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Gusty winds. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
230° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was in Vancouver all day doing deliveries. But I got back to Woodside at 4:30 pm to hear Martin N & Kevin playing in the air. The forecasted rain never came, and the winds were lighter than forecasted too.

I loaded up the Atlas and headed up to see them both heading out over the flats, and when Martin came back he was grovelling for some time as I considered my options as I had planned on top-landing but it was quite gusty.

From Sept 2014
I had loaded the ramps so I could retrieve with the motorcycle, but I noticed the guys starting to head to the South Knoll so I waited.

From Sept 2014
I saw Kevin head to Harvest first, so if we all flew then we would have a big retrieve. I headed back down in Kevin`s truck to Harvest.

When I arrived at Harvest, Kevin was still at 700 metres and heading east. Martin was focussing on getting to Harvest rather than seeing Kevin climb out and missed the thermal that eventually took Kevin to the Seabird Island Gas Bar. Spot his location in the next shot.

From Sept 2014
9/7/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
260° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were at Woodside at 9 am, flying students & tandems.

We had third day student Jonnie here and he is progressing well, getting ready to try his new BlackHawk Paramotor which arrives today or tomorrow.

Jonnie logged three more flights today with the last one after noon getting kind of windy and bumpy as forecasted, but he did a great job piloting the Gin Bolero 4 out to the Eagle Ranch LZ.

Others stood down as we saw Alex R get high over the South Knoll and then take a 60% collapse right in front of launch with no warning (possibly a gust).

From Sept 2014
We had a family of tandems arrive for 3 pm and we were sure we were getting blown out, but when ww arrived on launch we had calm cycles and not much lift when we did get in the air. Kevin flew a straight line to Harvest Market LZ while Denis & I flew out to the Ranch where landing was quite smooth.

Colleen flew off after me on her Delta2 and could barely get to 600 metres on the South Knoll before heading out to the Ranch, testing my theory of landing at the training hill when it is gusty and it was smooth there.



Meanwhile, Klaus had "bush-wacked" up to Mt Cheam from Bridal and launched from the meadows as he wanted to get in the air before it blew out. He had an uneventful flight on his new Ozone Geo 4 hiking kit landing at the Bridal LZ.



Guy H was out bivi-flying in Pemby and reported he was camping at 7000 feet near Copperdome.



Another epic adventure was reported as Richard T had hiked up Mt Outram near Manning Park and flew off at 10 am from about 8000 feet, also having a nice smooth flight.

From Sept 2014
Richard landed near Sunshine Valley about 9 kms from Launch.

From Sept 2014


And not to be outdone by Richard . . . Edmond R, our favourite frenchman from Kelowna, reported to Kevin that he successfuly flew off Mt Baker after an overnight hike early this morning.

The season is far from over, come out for some nice fall flying!

9/6/14
Mother Woodside might be flyable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 6 or high.
260° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be at Woodside at noon, flying students & tandems except the winds were not favourable til after 1 pm. The actual winds in Agassiz were blowing NE 26 kph gusting to 40 kph and it was hard even driving east of Woodside!

We moved the tandems back to 1 pm. I headed up with a load of pilots and three tandems and Denis, Kevin & I were the tandem team today.

I got to launch after waiting for a grader to come by the spur road (that never arrived) and by the time I got to launch Denis had already launched and was heading in to land at the Ranch. Good launch cycles after waiting for the winds to stop blowing over the back all morning.

Kevin launched next with Alexis and they were soaring around out front and over Riverside for 30 minutes as I got ready and clipped Kayla in. But we had to wait for a decent cycle and we were soon off and thermalling with George, Martin & Andrew in front of launch. It was getting a bit crowded to navigate a tandem through all these pilots so we headed out to the Construction Zone and had some nice climbs there and over Duncan's too.

Landing at the Ranch was smooth and predictable and we had a nice touchdown in the circle.

When we got in to the Barn, Jonnie had arrived from bringing Amy back to the ferries and was ready to fly.

I took another load of pilots up including Colleen & Jonnie and Jonnie got his first solo in today after 3 yesterday. Weaker conditions but he had a perfect launch, flight and landing.

We went straight up again and this time it was soarable and Jonnie got some great ridge soaring in and was able to climb high flying the Gin Bolero 4 L.

From Sept 2014
After 20 minutes I suggested he head out to make sure he got out to the Ranch as the winds were picking up. He made it but Burt made some money off an Island Pilot.

We were finished by 6 pm to end a perfect day despite the morning outflow.

9/5/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches over western sections early this morning. High 27. UV index 6 or high.
280° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we were at Woodside at 10 am, planning on flying students but all signs were showing outflow winds.

The Agassiz and Hope reports were NE at 10+ kph. The windsocks on top were blowing down hard. Sumas was showing NE at 17 kph at 1000 metres. We were hooped, so I hatched a plan to load up the Atlas and head to Ashcroft where it was light NE and flyable all day.

I started getting the students gear ready and in the truck and the student were watching the Ozone Ground Handling Video so I looked at the telescope one last time at 10:45 am, and it was blowing inflow at launch! Yes, we don't have to drive for 6 hours!

NOAA was forecasting inflow by noon, and it was correct. CanadaRASP showed outflow all day as did TJRasp, but Woodside has a good shape if it is NE winds and it really aids in getting pilots out to the Ranch high for lots of maneuvering.

From Sept 2014
We arrived on Launch with Amy (ready for her first solo), Jonnie (who flew solo last night) and Moto (who has 8 solo flights so far). Moto launched first in nice cycles and had a very long buoyant flight out to the Ranch where Colleen was waiting to guide the students.

Jonnie was off next and had a great forward launch and was headed out for an equally long flight. Amy had one abort but nailed the second attempt and was above launch as she is very light. She "boated her way out" to the LZ arriving at launch height and did a good job on the approach and landed "soft as a feather" at the Ranch in light winds.

From Sept 2014
We repeated this again after noon, and as I was driving the Atlas down one of the newly installed tires was flat and I found out the jack did not fit nor did the tire wrench (first flat this season and I never tested the tools before this). Jonnie brought me up a jack fromt he workshop and we took the Atlas in to the tire shop and used the Ford Bus for the rest of the day. Meanwhile, Martin N had launched and was hovering overhead trying to figure out what was going on with the truck.

From Sept 2014
Amy & Jonnnie completed 3 flights and then headed home early, leaving Moto to complete his last flight (#4 today) following Colleen & Norm out to play with Martin who was still in the air. Martin reported getting 2.5 hours in the lightest of conditions, loving his Rush 4 L!

From Sept 2014
Some say the season was over two weeks ago, but it is now perfect for student training and we don't have to start at some ungodly hour to get a few flights in. I am sure we could have gotten 6 flights in today without a flat tire slowing us down. I figure we have another 2 months of good training weather and lots of fun events to attend.

Women's Fly-In in Chelan WA for Halloween, Hedley Fly-In for Thanksgiving, more Cornwall Days before it snows, Savona for outflow days - lots to do this fall before Mexico Touring starts.

9/4/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside/Mission/Woodside Report - we spent the morning at the Ranch doing Ground School and some kiting on the training hill with Jon & Amy, both new students.

Both did really well on the training hill nailing every inflation with perfect timing!

Denis came out to help with tandems and at noon Patrick arrived but there was just him and I had booked for 2 passengers. Plan was revised and Denis took Patrick tandem and I took Amy for her first flight and we had a good one thermalling with a bald eagle above launch!

From Sept 2014
When we landed it was thermic so I opted for the training hill landing spot and it worked well with no bumps or getting lifted at the last moment.

From Sept 2014
Later we went to Mission Heritage Park for a training hill session and some real airtime and despite the cross conditions, both Amy & Jon did well.

We went back to Woodside at 6 pm and Colleen took Amy for another tandem flight and Jon bagged his first solo flight on the Gin Bolero 4 L.

From Sept 2014
Cheam Report - A good time was had by all on Mt. Cheam Thursday with Rod, Dimitri, Toby and Kevin enjoying superb hiking conditions and excellent launch conditions with some pretty big air to be had.

I went minimalist today with my Alpina 2 and thus had no instruments but I estimate that this photo was taken from between 2500-2600 meters judging by the views of the Cheam range below.

From Sept 2014
I think my flight was about 75 minutes long and I flew high above Archibald and Upper Bridal and finally hit the inversion at Gloria and then had to employ my speedbar to punch east back to the Bridal LZ. Once again I cannot say enough about the Ozone Alpina 2's ability to thermal. What a wing! - Kevin
9/3/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - I had Kelly from Saltspring Island here for another day with his pal Richard from Vancouver WA and they both got in a high flight before heading to the Island.

Richard worked all day Monday on the training hill, after a nice tandem flight with Colleen and he was ready to fly!

Richard had a great takeoff on the new Gin Bolero 4 we just received and he had a brilliant approach & landing right in the circle!

I had to wait on the ground so that Richard's wife could practice some inflations, and missed going up with Derek, Martin N, and a few others.

From Sept 2014
But after the students left I was getting Bev to come up to drive my Van so I could fly, and we saw Norm landing at the Ranch so we picked him up. Apparently the sink was bigger than the lift?

We arrived on launch to see Martin N having a nap after top-landing.

Martin swapped me his Rush 4 L for my Gin Carrera M and we took off and thermalled for about an hour. Derek meanwhile had flown to the Sandpiper Golf Course to meet up with his tandem passenger Tonhya.

I was only able to get to 1000 metres and cloudbase but it was good lift everywhere.

From Sept 2014
I was a bit light on the Rush 4 L as I had a Delight Harness, light reserve and could tell I didn't have the speed that Martin had, but the climb rate was great and the Rush 4 was very stable.

Martin & I headed out to the Ranch together after a tour of Harrison Mills, where it was lifty all over the flats too.

Landing was the typical thermally ride in but I landed on my feet, Martin came in a bit lower and sooner and had a nice approach. It is all in the timing.

We went to the Sandpiper to pick up Derek and a few other tandem passengers and headed up Woodside to perfect conditions for takeoff & soaring together for about 30 minutes, but we had to get down so Derek could take Leah for her flight before sunset.

From Sept 2014
The last flight was equally lifty and only legal dark made Derek fly out.

From Sept 2014
9/2/14
Rain at Mother Woodside

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Showers beginning early this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 16.
230° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Valley Report - I spent the day doing truck repairs/upgrades on the big white bus. New tires, shocks and trailer hitch for the fall road trips we are planning. Not much else to do in the rain!

First trip could be this weekend if we get outflow winds, and then we may go to Savona again. Other trips include the Hedley Fly-In on Thanksgiving Weekend and other points east while the weather is still flyable.

9/1/14
We are back at Mother Woodside

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
230° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we went up Woodside at 10 am, and had two new students arrive. Kelly had done a 2 day course a month ago and was returning for two more days, and his pal Richard was here with his wife for Day One of his training.

Colleen took Richard tandem for his first experience and they were soaring early.

From Sept 2014
We had 10-15 kph of SW wind on launch, a far cry from the forecasted 19 knots (thankfully). Perfect for inflations for Kelly as he followed Colleen out to the LZ and passed her and landed just before her. He even hit the circle, not bad for being away so long.

I had left the Nissan Atlas on top and had to bum a ride from Andrei, as he and Elena were going up to try her new wing. Martin N tagged along. I am glad I am not the only desperado around here!

Everyone got to fly, and the Eagle ranch LZ was too calm to kite so the students followed me to Mission Heritage Park for some practice flights.

at Heritage Park the winds were catabatic, so we headed to Cherry Hill and got Richard set up on a new Gin Bolero 4. He had perfect infations but was not sure what to do with his hands so he was not getting off the ground. Eventually it all clicked after 5 flights.

The winds changed here so we headed back to Heritage Park and Richard & Kelly shared the Bolero 4 and got some really nice flights.

While we were at Heritage Park we overheard Martin N, Derek & Kevin flying Woodside. Martin had been up for 3:45 and still above Derek!

We headed back to Woodside and sent the students home until Wednesday as a front is rolling through tomorrow and they are ready to fly.

8/31/14
We are heading to Cache Creek/Savona for a few days

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h late this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
200° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
2000 metres
Savona & Cornwall Report - we were in Savona overnight, with students in tow, and we had a pretty successful day.

We started at 10 am with Gabe & Lucian and we headed to Savona's Lower Launch.

Nice cycles with east prevailing winds and Lucian launched first and worked the lift all the way to the Toilet Bowl. Gabe was soon afterwards and rode the Bolero home to the same spot. Bill G & Juan arrived just in time to see the guys fly and they retrieved them while I drove down.

From Aug 2014
The road and the Launch are in good shape to Lower Launch.

From Aug 2014
We gathered everyone up and I went to get Colleen from the Hotel and we all headed to Cornwall despite the forecasted +20 kph SW winds (Cornwall faces NE).

Rod had texted that he was on the way so Juan waited at the Hat Creek turnoff for 35 minutes and we then headed up to launch. The road is chewed up in a few places with some ugly cross ditches but Juan powered through in 2WD in his F350.

We arrived to perfect cycles even though it was now 3:00 pm!

Colleen launched first with Lucian & Gabe following her to the Ashcroft Manor where they arrived quite high.

From Aug 2014
Rod not so lucky, did not follow Colleen and he landed short on a plateau behind Ashcroft Ranch which required a hike to the highway.

Juan & Bill flew off next and Juan was getting some nice cloudsuck and they headed towards Cache Creek.

From Aug 2014
I had put my gear away as a rain cell unloaded on me on launch, and the cycles also turned tail. Crap, I was being denied.

Then a patch of sunlight broke through, and I laid out the demo Gin Carrera and waited for the cycles to come in. After several minuted I got a puff up the slope and I yanked the Carrera into the air and was flying!

By now all the sun was gone in the valley so I rode the ridge NE towards Cache Creek and was getting little bits of lift along the ridges and when I got to the Drag Strip where there was some sun, I turned towards the Ashcroft Manor.

From Aug 2014
Landing conditions were perfect with 15 kph SW winds and I touched down at the edge of the alfalfa just as Juan & Bill were landing.

I drove Juan back up in the Atlas with his mini-bike and dropped him off at the Cornwall Forest Service Road.

We then loaded up and headed to Woodside but arrived to too strong winds and impending darkness so we drove down.

A very productive & relaxing weekend for training and worth the drive, the season is far from over!





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