Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. High 13. UV index 4 or moderate.
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Gin Gliders & Gin Speedwings are now available direct in Canada from FlyBC and prices and availability is much better than in the past. We hope to have a demo fleet in stock in early March and we have ordered an Atlas M.
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Current Demo Gear: Ozone Buzz Z4 (ML & L), Ozone Element II (S & M), Ozone Delta I (S), Ozone Delta 2 (L & ML & MS), Ozone Mantra M4 S, SupAir Delight Pod Harnesses, Ozone Oxygen II harnesses (S & M).
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Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 11.
It was drizzling in Chilliwack until 1 pm, then it looked a bit gusty as surface winds were coming through the trees at the Ranch.
I bought a new telescope and it should be setup later Tuesday for checking the winds.
When I left the Ranch for Vancouver, it was looking nice in the clouds definitely soarable if one could launch!
Rain. High 7.
The FlyBC designed self-supporting simulator requires no guy wires and has a pivoting balance bar that simulates flight and is super-stable even with a 280 lb pilot on-board.
We signed up at least 5 new students and sold a Paramotor & Ozone speedster at the Booth, a first for the Outdoor Show! That should pay for the rental and expenses.
Woodside Report - Gary P & Normando almost managed to soar on the first flight but then it got much lighter as the day went on.
Bev's Woodside Report - I flew my maiden flight today on the Buzz Z4 and you are right I love it! Much nicer, feels real solid and when there is lift it bites into it smoothly. The brake system is so smooth to use.
I had to hike through the snow to launch and thoughts of hiking Elk is on the back burner for now. The conditions on launch were stronger than I have been used to in a long while, and the chicken in me wanted to not go but the hike back down was less appealing therefore I sucked it up and flew, and glad I did!
All together it was Norm flying the M4 (doesn't want to get his new Delta 2 damp), Gary, myself, and Derek.
Anyway that was a great day after all this snow and rain and did I say I love the Buzz Z4 ? And super service from FlyBC as always! - Bev L
Vancouver Outdoor Show 2014 Video Favourites - as voted by the booth visitors!
Rain. High 7.
Rain. High 7.
The snow is almost gone at the Ranch with the warm rains but there is lots of deadfall due to the high winds, so I know what I am doing next week. There are some road blockages up Woodside Road due to logging, but past President Al (The Hammer) read them the riot act about blocking access to our lease.
Very excited to be at the Vancouver Outdoor Show this weekend, our booth is #518 and if you need a free pass they will be at the Show Entrance (ask for FlyBC).
Rain ending late this afternoon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 15 mm. High 10.
Despite the wind forecast it didn't look too bad in the clouds. The telescope was stolen by some kids a few weeks ago, so I will have to get another one soon.
Sunny. High 38C. Winds SW at 15 to 30 kmh.
First I dropped off the Cherokee at Escalera to fix the motor mount (too much torque lifted the motor and the fans hit the radiator), that took three hours so I took a bus into Jocotepec to pay Casa de Marina for the last guests, then walked into town to say goodbye to Herman at Frida's Restaurant and have breakfast. Then back on a bus to get the Jeep - 500 pesos (about $40 CDN) labour included and no more noise! We wanted to do it sooner but the parts were backordered.
I drove the Jeep to Ajijic to get it detailed as it got really dirty after 2 weeks of flying everyday. I also had the seats shampooed cause they were dirty before we took the truck. They needed an hour & a half so I walked into the real estate office to drop the keys off.
Today is Shrove Tuesday and the Mexicans celebrate it with a Mardi Gras Parade, which was quite a spectacle.
Then back to Camilo's parents house to drop off the Jeep and get a cab to GDL airport. The Jeep survived a few weeks of FlyBC abuse and 2 traffic cop stops and actually looked better when I dropped it off!
The flights were on time, the bags made it and Customs in USA & Canada were fast and efficient. Sure beats a 4-6 day drive like late February.
The weather is another thing however.
see you all soon at Woodside.
Sunny. High 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 kmh.
We got a late start and went over San Marcos to check the winds and it looked South on the dry lakebeds so up to launch there.
Oops, it was blowing over the back strongly. We waited a bit but it didn't look safe so we headed to Tapalpa as planned after we stopped for breakfast.
We were driving south on the Libramento around 11 am, when my internal driving computer figured out we were not going to get to fly Tapalpa and still make it back to Guadalajara to meet Ruben to deliver his new Delta 2.
We were still quite near San Marcos, so back we went to San Marcos Launch and behold it was now blowing up on launch.
Lars setup for his last flight here in Mexico as he flies out tomorrow back to snowy Canada.
He had an awesome launch and was ridge soaring in smooth lift.
Perfect approach and on final he did a nice sideslip into the grass area . . . like a pro!
He was packed up and waiting in the shade as I drove in from the airstrip as the gate was locked.
As I drove into the airfield, there was a big duststorm coming through as the south winds got stronger. Good timing for our flight.
We delivered the Delta2 and then headed further north to look at a Jeep Wagoneer that I am interested in. The address was correct as input into the GPS but we were in an area near the railway yards and could not find the house.
After asking a few locals who said it was close, I re-input the address and the iPhone said we were 16 minutes away. So we blindly followed the iPhone through rush hour traffic and when we got to the address it was clearly wrong. Fortunately, when I called Camilo to phone the seller he was able to tell me how to navigate the bends in the road where we were earlier and we found the Wagoneer. It weas a bit rougher that represented on the ad but an interesting choice for next years shuttle. We found the Jeep Cherokee a bit small even with only 4 pilots and Camilo decided he doesn't want to sell it quite yet.
Maybe we will find a new shuttle next winter before the tours start in December 2014.
Sunny. High 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 kmh.
We started getting good cycles and Lars took off first and had a really nice flight down to the Kordich LZ.
Ben followed Lars out as I drove dwn.
When we arrived back on launch, Camilo was ridge soaring out front and it looked smooth.
Later, Lars & I drove to San Marcos but it had gone south again and did not look good for a evening flight, so we BS-ed with Pedro as I am leaving in a few days.
Meanwhile back at the Ranch. Now you know why I spend the winter in Mexico, not much flying to be had in BC.
Someone had fun with Flybc.org! Here in Mexico on our Tour!
Sunny. High 30C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 kmh.
We arrived on the big launch around 11 am and Ben went first and had some nice thermalling getting high above launch with ease on his beautiful blue Ozone Rush III.
Lars was off right after Ben and he found it a bit bumpy as he wasn't connecting with the cores as well as Ben so I had him fly straight out rather than getting him rattled. Ben was already heading out by this time, but he could have top-landed as he had lots of altitude before he headed out.
I watched a German Pilot on an Ozone EnZo I take off and climb out fast!
When the guys arrived back on Launch, we setup Camilo on the Delta 2 ML and he took off. The house thermal was working and strong as he followed another pilot above launch.
Ben was ready and clipped in. Lars was going to sit one out and offered to drive, so I stole Lars' Buzz Z4 L and got ready. Ben had a few aborts so I launched before him and started climbing right off Launch. Not big climbs but above launch. The good thermals were out front of the big hump.
I got in the house thermal and it was good! Really strong and rough! Yikes, maybe too strong for Ben??
I saw him try to get the wing overhead a few times as I climbed out and I was getting some pretty big surges on the Buzz Z4. When I had a chance I radioed for Ben to "stand down" as it was pretty wild over the gulleys.
Also there were thin high dust devils popping up on the plateau in many places, so it was getting pretty lifty at 2200 metres. That does not bode well for pilots trying to get to goal at La Frontera.
Camilo and 2 other pilots were now climbing and getting close to the ridge behind Tepec, and I was in a climb below them when my Brauniger batteries started to fizzle out in the IQSonic.
I said to myself, "you can thermal without a vario". After bumbling thru some sink, I started the Turkay Vario app on my Samsung S3 and got back in the game.
Camilo was now heading north as we had an appointment to do a tandem at San Marcos at 3:30 pm. He said he was going to the "Crucero LZ" which is near the highway up and I was within easy glide too. I orbit-ed around the LZ trying to figure out the winds as I had south aloft, but the dust where the workers were moving machinery was blowing north?
I spent 10 minutes setting up the approach and finally saw the flags and it was indeed south . . . strong south. strong enough that I parked myself near the entrance to the field and hovered in straight down.
I lost sight of Camilo but he radioed back that he was at the Amacueca Crucero a bit north.
I was packed up and just got to the road as Ben & Lars drove up.
On to San Marcos where we saw dust storms early on.
Ben & Lars got a ride up with Pedro K in the Bunker II as we had two ladies to take tandem and Laura also needed a ride up.
We got up to launch and it was strong south on the lakebed again with a dust storm.
We waited an hour before Camilo got ready and took off with his tandem in a very dramatic fashion.
He was able to penetrate okay, so others started to try to launch and it was hard to get a solid wing with all the cross winds.
Kind of like Bridal on a south day.
It was getting later and Lars was not into this kind of flying. Smart boy!
I sent the truck down with David from Oregon as he was test driving it.
That left me & Ben on launch and Ben got off after many tries and was going up & backwards out front. No problem as we have been setting up his speed system and he is well loaded. Only one problem as the sun was setting out front.
I tried to launch a few times and it was light down or strong south and I got a solid wing and was kiting on the ramp and the wing fell down as the cycle deteriorated to tail. Good thing I didn't go as I radioed Ben to see how he was doing and he said "can't get DOWN".
I could not make out which wing he was as there were 3 other solo gliders and a tandem out front and none were descending.
I suggested "big ears" & speed bar and Ben was soon moving forward and down and he landed softly partway to Chela's store.
The tandem landed okay as well (with el Doc as the pilot), but no reports on the other "suckers" in the air.
I caught a ride down in el Doc's Jeep and met the guys at the top of san Marcos and again we missed dinner as it was after 8:30 pm, so it was street tacos in Joco Centro, but they were very good!
A very good day of flying despite the south winds.
ps: we decided not to fly last night as the dust storms came across the lake from the south. as we drove down we missed some mayhem in the Kordich LZ as Lalo (a local Mexicano Pilot on an APCO Santana) got blown back into the trees. Two hours of machete time got it out and here are the remains.
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