FlyBC "Site of the Day" - September 3/2015

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Mother Woodside looks damp today and even wetter later, as a big front moves through

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9-3-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 2 days

Agassiz BC

Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 16.
220° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Coaches Corner - Conditions look wet so we are cancelling everything til Friday.



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Used Gear List: Updated August 29, 2015

SupAir XA13 Harness L size, 4 hours like new - $1000 (superlight pod for the X Alps)
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $350

Ozone Rapido 13 Speed wing - new demo - $2250

Icaro Wildcat 2 XL good to 115 kgs - $900 CDN no taxes, 100 hours 2011 model.

Gin Carerra+ M - EN-B - $2750 - 60 hours, no taxes. Will Gadd says "Gin Carerra is the BEST paraglider I have ever flown!
Gin Carerra+ XL - EN-B - $2750 - 70 hours, no taxes.

Nova Mentor 3 Small (80-100 kgs) EN-B - 30 hours - $2600, no taxes.

Ozone Rush 4 ML demo - EN-B - 85-105 kgs - $2700 with 10 hours.
Ozone Delta 1 M in Red from 2011 - $1400 CDN 60 hours.
Ozone Delta 2 S in orange/blue - $2000 CDN 80 hours

Advance BiBeta 2 Tandem in Orange - $900 with 200 hours and perfect porosity and a new line set.



Current Demo Gear: Supair EONA EN-A Gliders in S/M/L, Ozone Buzz Z4 Small/Medium/Large Gin Carerra+ in M and XL, Ozone Delta 2 (ML & S), SupAir XA13 Pod Harness L.



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

9-2-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 3 days

Agassiz BC

Showers. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 16.
220° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked wet so we are cancelling everything until Friday.



Pisa Report - Conditions looked strong with imbedded CUs all around so we did what anyone near Pisa Italy does . . . we went to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Amazing that this tower was started in the 1100s and still stands today. One does get a bit dizzy looking at it. The other buildings around it also have a lean due to the poor soil below but it is not as apparent.

From euro2015
We drove by the flying site on the way inland and saw one pilot walking towards launch but it was gusty and black CUs were all around us.

We arrived in Arezzo Italy around 6 pm and found an interesting hotel right in the heart of the old square and found some jousting!

From euro2015
The square had been filled with sand to run the horses on and large bleacher were set up for the crowds.

One by one the jousters did their practice runs and then the competition began.

From euro2015
Great accuracy as they hit within centimeters of the target centre.

After dinner we were treated to live marching bands in the square til past midnight, and then the clock tower started ringing every 15 minutes. Good thing I am a sound sleeper!

9-1-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 3 days

Agassiz BC

Showers. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 16.
220° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked wet at home, and reports of no damage from the windstorms earlier this week from Thomm made me feel a bit better.

I won't complain about not flying as we have had the best year ever in terms of number of flyable days and graduating students in 2015 and we still have 2-3 months left.



San Giuliano Terme (Pisa) Report - Conditions looked good at San Giuliano Terme Launch with forecast +13 kph SW winds in the afternoon.

We headed out there armed with Google Maps on the iPhones and got lost a few times but found a nice outdoor patio lunch before getting back on track.

We found the entrance to the paved road to launch as indicated on PGEarth and drove to the top. Our Fiat Punto is now 6000 kms older than when we rented it but running well.

A short hike to launch is littered with deteriorating astro turf pieces and launch is quite ugly but it was coming in strong.

From euro2015
I was set up checking the winds as a pilot came in to top-land on an IcePeak 6 and he was parked on final.

After he cleared away, I launched and was well above launch in two passes and heading north, reminding me of Bridal . . . just point at the ridge and go up. A no brainer for climbing.

There is a beautiful spa hotel just north that I thermalled out over if one wants to stay close.

From euro2015
I was thermalling with another pilot to the north and they headed out over the flats. It was getting windier as I flew but not getting pushed back too far, so I flew a bit longer watching where they were going.

They landed right below launch in the designated alfalfa field.

From euro2015
I followed them in and it was windy but smooth as there are no obstructions upwind of the LZ all the way to the ocean.

Colleen drove down and found me easily just off the main road.

A few others launched after I landed and it shut down, just sleddies for them as the winds dropped to zero.

8-31-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 3 more days

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Windy. High 16.
190° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked wet and windy on our bottom webcam, the top cam is dead with no sun to power it.

Hard to believe some un-named tandem pilot was complaining about the rain cancelling a few tandems, while thousands were without power and others had trees crash into their cars & houses. This has been the best weather years I can remember in 20 years of paragliding, and BC needed the rain to quench forest fires.



Annecy Report - Conditions looked south at the Doussard LZ and we saw a few pilots flying off the Planfait Launch.

We had a beautiful hotel next to the Doussard LZ and Colleen went for a run around the LZ this morning while I slept in.

From euro2015
We headed towards the LZ below Planfait to check it out and it was busy with lots of students & tandems coming in. Some soaring but mostly sledders.

From euro2015
We decided to follow a shuttle up to the launch but picked the wrong shuttle as this HG shuttle tooks us back to Doussard.

We came back to the LZ and found a big sign pointing towards Montmin Launch where we knew we could get lunch and possible a flight.

We had a huge burger each and some beers before tackling the hike up to Montmin Launch. We could have driven as the gates were open but needed the exercise in 32C heat as Eurpoe is in a heatwave.

I arrived on launch to find 10 PGers waiting on top. It looked strong but launchable and I started to lay out but the Launch Monitor cmae over and said "it is going to be shit, too much south wind". He also said no one flew to Doussard yesterday either because fo the strong south winds.

From euro2015
We waited about 45 minutes and gave up as we had a 6 hour drive to Livorno Italy planned and a hotel already reserved. On the hike down to the car we saw the wind was 180 degrees different than at launch . . . spooky!

From euro2015
We drove to the other Planfait Launch on the way down and pilots were launching but sledding still, so we hit the highway towards Italy.

As we drove south we saw pilots launching Montmin and staying high. That is Paragliding - one needs patience and time.

8-30-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 5 days

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 17.
190° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked wet so we are cancelling everything for 4-5 days.



St. Hilaire du Touvet Report - Conditions looked calm in Nimes til late afternoon so we headed NE to Annecy, stopping at St. Hilaire to check out the conditions.

The winds on the highway north were very strong so we though no way anyone would be flying but when we arrived there were 30+ gliders in the air soaring around.

We took the Funiculaire Vertical Tram up. This train was built in the 1880s to service the towns above on the plateau and is still in service. Great way to get to the top so you don't have a retrieve issue with your card - 10 euros one way.

From euro2015
We arrived to find no restaurants open on top, so we had to fly hungry.

The South Launch was working well and many pilots were taking off despite it being a bit leeside from the north at times (not collapsing paraglider in the attached shot).

From euro2015
Colleen took off first and soared around for a bit before landing at the main LZ.

From euro2015
I took off a few minutes later and got a few bumps here and there but you had to be close in to the cliffs and all the other gliders (none of whom had any ridge rules), to stay up.

8-29-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 5 days

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Becoming windy near noon. High 17.
190° @ 38
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Nimes FR Report - we arrived in Nimes after a lot of traffic delays due to weekenders on the highway and checked in to the Hotel before heading to the launch site nearby.

From euro2015
We found the site thanks to Google Maps and arrived to see someone sledding in to the very small LZ. LZ is about the size of our parking lot surrounded by trees.

From euro2015
There were many gliders kiting but not getting off the ground as it was too light.

From euro2015
Nice site with a huge top-landing field that is well maintained.

Maybe another time when it is soarable, we may fly.



Woodside Report - sunny skies early on but then the winds hit and there were power outages and a small earthquake too near Mission, guess we picked a good time to be away!

8-28-15
Woodside is getting some much needed rain for about 5 days

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain. Temperature steady near 18.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Woodside Report - it looks like Sam A & Denis had a good time flying Woodside, Sam on his new Ozone Zero 19 for the first time. And then it rained.



Organya, Spain Report - I got to fly Organya today, home site of the Rodriguez Bros. from the SAT Team.

I was flying once at San Marcos on a really strong day with Horacio Llorens (another SAT Team pilot) and he said he likes it strong so he can do lots of acro and then climb back up to do it again, just like his home site of Organya.

That is what we had today but it was a light day according to the locals.

We had to wait til 2 pm to launch and then it got really difficult to get a good wing as it is so cliff-like. I flubbed two inflations even using the C's to control the Carerra. But then I got off cleanly and climbed fast.

From euro2015
I was over launch in 30 seconds and the entire face of the mountain was lifting.

From euro2015
This is a steep mountain with few trees and lots of rock pointing right at the sun, so it works. But watch out for valley winds according to the site guide.

Launch is at 800 metres ASL (400 AGL) and I was soon over 1880 metres thermalling with some Spanish vultures (wondering if they were friendly or territorial, and they were very friendly!).

Our hotel is 18 kms away in the town of Arvell. If you look at the photo below towards the east you will see an L-shaped feature which is the Arvell Aeroport on top of a bluff in front of the hotel.

From euro2015
I am sure I had the aeroport on glide but all the site guide warning about not going over the back made me a bit nervous as the winds were about 15-20 kph at altitude and with the steep nature of the mountain it would be rotory behind the hill for sure.

I flew out after an hour and landed at the Parapente Organya LZ near town and it was blowing +25 kph on the ground but smooth all the way in.

From euro2015
We had a beer at a bar in town and we watched the acro show as pilots kept climbing to the top, and then out over the LZ to do stunts and then dive back into the mountain to climb out for more altitude.

8-27-15
Woodside is looking good but possibly windy later as the front moves on to the Coast

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Hazy. High 26. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked okay early, and I saw Max & Tobi flying off with Bill/Denis guiding them.

A bit smoky in the Fraser Valley but rain is coming to break up this weather pattern and wash away some of the smoke.

There is a heavy rainfall advisory warning of flooding due to overly dry soil conditions.



Santa Pola Report - Conditions looked perfect at noon as we drove by the launch on our way to Organya (home of the Rodriguez Brotheres). As it was a 6 hour drive we decide to skip flying today.

Here is the Organya Site on google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/IXOfv


8-26-15
Woodside is looking good

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked okay early, even a bit light for launching but I saw tandems and students flying all day long on the webcam from here in Euroland.



Santa Pola Report - we had light winds in La Herradura & Carchuna Spain so we headed towards Organya (the home of the SAT Team) and stopped in Santa Pola to check conditions and when we arrived the tandems were aready soaring.

I got ready and took off from the back of launch and pushed forward in 20 kph winds and was easily soaring towards the Lighthouse.

From euro2015
There were about 20 gliders in the air and everyone was well behaved traffic-wise.

From euro2015
Launch is a dustbowl with one small scrap of astroturf for the tandem layouts.

The tandems were cobra-launching with helpers teasing the wingtip into the air while another helper ballasted out front. No drama.

I was cruising by launch when Colleen launched and went straight up and was above everyone as I top-landed almost landing on a spectator that walked right under me as I approached final (spectators never look up).

Colleen flew for about an hour and top-landed at 7:45 pm and there was still aboundant lift as the tandems kept flying tourists. Great site to make a few euros on a good day, no drivers or retrieves needed.

From euro2015
8-24-15
Woodside is looking good but possibly windy later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked okay early, and Tobi was seen high over Woodside loving the Rush4. We saw him landing on the Bottom Webcam later.



Carchuna Report - we went up to a launch in Carchuna Spain that I found on PGEarth, but it was light and the launch was a dustbowl with tangle bushes and I gave up (missing Mother Woodside and carpets).

8-24-15
Woodside is looking good but possibly windy later

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked okay early, strongish later for Students & Tandems but everyone got 3-4 rounds in with Bill & Denis working hard to keep thngs running smoothly. Big help from Bev & Norm driving and kiting, thanks a lot!

8-23-15
Woodside is looking today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud late in the afternoon. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I left Bill & Denis with lots of Students (5) & Tandems (7) today and they all got flights despite the smoke and winds.

There is a lot of smoke coming from WA State fires as they are in a mess down there with the drought and high winds.

From Aug2015
Denis & Bill managed the tandems with Andrei's help and Norm's driving skills. Thanks to the Awesome Tandem Team!

They also had several students, existing and brand new to manage and they got several flights in despite the lack of wind earlier.

I went up to the launch at La Herradura here in Espana, but it was howling strong. My balls are not that big!

8-22-15
Woodside is drizzling today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 5 or moderate.
220° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions were good for Students & Tandems today and Denis managed three rounds before it went outflow, with 5 students and lots of tandem flights.



Benny Report - We had a large group of pilots (14) at Mt. St. Benedict today and conditions were really good.

From Aug2015
Climbs to 1900+ m and pilots flew to Blinch lake and return, while others flew out to Dewdney in the smoke and back.

Danny Virtue is a very welcoming landowner and is allowing pilots to land on his property at the base of the mountain.

The road is in excellent shape and you can drive straight to launch now! - Nicole



Santa Pola Spain Report - we happened to find a nice launch called Santa Pola west of Barcelona and there was no one there but it looked good!

As I was setting up a group of tandem pilots arrived with an eager group for tandem flights, so I waited to see how it was working.

It was working well as the first two tandems went off to the west to the lighthouse.

From euro2015
I launched on the Gin Carrera I brought on this trip and was soon soaring with the tandems by the lighthouse.

From euro2015
Strong conditions here for top-landing but the Carerra has a nice stall point!

8-21-15
Woodside is drizzling today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Clearing late in the afternoon. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
220° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Coaches Corner - Conditions look too strong for Students & Tandems today.



Used Gear List: Updated August 20, 2015

SupAir XA13 Harness L size, 4 hours like new - $1000 (superlight pod for the X Alps)
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $350

Ozone Rapido 13 Speed wing - new demo - $2250

Icaro Wildcat 2 XL good to 115 kgs - $900 CDN no taxes, 100 hours 2011 model.

Gin Carerra+ M - EN-B - $2750 - 60 hours, no taxes. Will Gadd says "Gin Carerra is the BEST paraglider I have ever flown!
Gin Carerra+ XL - EN-B - $2750 - 70 hours, no taxes.

Nova Mentor 3 Small (80-100 kgs) EN-B - 30 hours - $2600, no taxes.

Ozone Rush 4 ML demo - EN-B - 85-105 kgs - $2700 with 10 hours.
Ozone Delta 1 M in Red from 2011 - $1400 CDN 60 hours.
Ozone Delta 2 S in orange/blue - $2000 CDN 80 hours

Advance BiBeta 2 Tandem in Orange - $900 with 200 hours and perfect porosity and a new line set.



Current Demo Gear: Supair EONA EN-A Gliders in S/M/L, Ozone Buzz Z4 Small/Medium/Large Gin Carerra+ in M and XL, Ozone Delta 2 (ML & S), SupAir XA13 Pod Harness L.



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

8-20-15
Woodside is getting wet today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Windy near Hope early this evening. Low 15.
240° @ 21
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - windy here for a few days, so no flying.

8-19-15
Woodside is clear today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High near 30C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - it got windy and only a few flights were completed before it got unsafe to fly.

8-18-15
Woodside is clear today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I thought it was going to be leeside most of the day, but Mother Woodside provided for Andrei, who was in charge today as Denis had to go to the US for a day.

Reports from the students "Had a great day with 4 flights and lots of kiting practice. Andrei let me do some light cross-wind launches and they went well" - Paul.

Bev was helping Katie kite and shared driving with Norm (who as later seen 1000 feet over Woodside showing the students how to fly in light lift). Thanks for the help everyone as we are away for a few days. The students appreciate it!

8-17-15
Woodside is clear today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 29. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Denis was doing tandems and managing the students and they got 2-3 rounds finished before it got too strong.

Thanks to Bev for training Katie and driving for us!

8-16-15
Woodside is clear today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing this afternoon. High 25. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 11
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked good for Tandems at noon today.

Denis & Tonya ran the show doing tandems and organizing student flights and it all went well except that it got windy in the PM restricting student flights.

8-15-15
Woodside is drying out

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Windy early this morning. High 19.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - it was raining pretty hard this morning but the weatherman said it would clear up around noon.

They were wrong of course and we had to so ground school and video reviews until around 2 pm.

It was also much lighter winds than forecasted, so we went up top with Paul & Katie and Paul did his first Woodside solo flight, after having 4 flights at another school previously.

We had Colleen in the LZ guiding Paul and somehow he unlocked the radio and changed channels near the end but he managed to land safely on his feet (by 5 flights most students can master this).

We drove down to pick up Paul and the other new students Tobi & Max arrived, so we took them up for their first solo flights.

Conditions were light but definitely straight and inflow, so I sent Tobi first and he had a great launch thanks to Bev's coaching a few days ago.

From Aug2015
Colleen guided Tobi right into the circle.

Paul went next and had another brilliant takeoff and approach . . . right to the end when he switched channels again??? I think we need another radio placement for him. He landed well again but was a long way from the spot.

Max was up last and had a perfect takeoff too! Colleen gave Max a lot more coaching as his English is not so good and our German is even worse.

Max too was in the circle and had a great time.

Katie and I waited for a long time to launch our tandem as it shaded over and went tail and cross for 40 minutes.

From Aug2015
We had one abort when Katie flee flat on her face, tripping on the carpet.

We waited for another puff and we had a good inflation but Katie forgot to keep running and we had to stop (no winder launches need power).

Finally as it went cross from the North, we got a better cycle and we had a good inflation and Katie ran strong and we were off.

Beautiful buoyant air with some thermal bubbles made for a perfect first flight for Katie, and as we came into the LZ the wind switched to light SW so I approached from the NE corner and we had a perfect landing in the circle with the guys cheering!

8-14-15
Woodside is going to get wet and we need it

Agassiz BC

Rain strating at noon. High 24. UV index 5 or high.
260° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
500 metres
Woodside No Fly Report - Conditions looked okay early in the morning but as I drove to Sumas to pick up a glider, it started raining.

We then had a brief patch of sun at the Ranch and the new students were getting excited, but it was very windy in the trees and soon we had rain.

The forecast was for heavy rain here and in the Interior so we sent the students home and I did chores getting ready for the Euro Trip.

We are hoping we can start training by noon Saturday.

8-13-15
Woodside is smoky

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Local smoke. High 31. UV index 7 or high.
260° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked good for Tandems at noon today except for the smoke.

Students arrived at 11 am, and Bev took them out to the training hill and by 2 pm they looked like kiting superstars.

It was a busy tandem day and thanks to Al & Denis we got 13 tandems done by 6 pm!

My first tandem flight was very soarable and we got to 1100 metres for 30 minutes before heading out as Tiffany's friends were waiting on the LZ.

From Aug2015
Next up at 3 pm was a couple from Alberta on their honeymoon, so he planned a tandem flight for his new bride . . . she was very scared but Al did a great job and they soared til she got woozy.

The husband was a tiny guy, only about 250 lbs, and yet we were able to thermal out over the Construction Zone in the haze.

From Aug2015
After that we did two more sets of tandems; thanks to Norm for driving, Martin for top-landing to drive the Van down (after soaring for 3 hours), and of course to Bev for helping with the ground work! What a great team!

8-12-15
Woodside

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 7 or high.
260° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - Students that were arriving at 10 am did not show up so I got a chore day off.

Lame launch conditions until around 1 pm when it blew out strong! Denis was in the air with a tandem and had to chose Riverside LZ.

It is very smoky in the Valley and Environment Canada has issued an Air Quality Advisory for the elderly to stay indoors . . . I don't think I can do that?

8-11-15
Woodside

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31. UV index 7 or high.
260° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Smoke Report - Conditions looked good for students arriving at 10 am.

I could smell the smoke when I went out in the morning, but did not see it until we got up top.

I had Pascal, Lisa & Nathaniel out today training and we had a great day, no stress and lots of flights despite the smoke.

From Aug2015
We could not see Sumas Mtn. at all, Chilliwack Mountain was barely visible too. But I could see the Ranch and the approaches easily so no issues.

The first flight I had the students fly to Bill Best's farm, a great new LZ for them in stable conditions.

After that it was all flights to the Ranch, and we got 5 flights finished by 630 pm.

From Aug2015
Denis & Andrei did two sets of tandems for me too while I was guiding students.

From Aug2015
Very productive day here! And the smoke never really cleared.

8-10-15
Woodside

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing early this afternoon. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
260° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - Conditions looked good for Tandems at noon today, and we had 2 booked but it turned out only Aurora went as her Dad was too afraid and could not speak english (at all).

From Aug2015
Nice launch cycles at 1230 pm, a little lift in the House Thermal but the really good lift was at the Construction Zone where Denis climbed back to launch height from almost landing in Riverside.

We drove down to capture the landing but we were a bit late. Despite Gravol we had another near sick episode with Aurora and it was not even bumpy?

No students today and later Tommy arrived to write his P-2 exam and he aced it with a 90% score!

Report from Alan at Bridal suggested it was pretty stable there too, and we saw one glider near launch at 7 pm. The smoke from the Wood Lake fire is not too bad at our place right now.

From Aug2015
8-9-15
Mara is looking good today for SIV

Vernon BC

Sunny early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
270° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
3200 metres
SIV Last Day Report - Conditions were good for SIV today, with me launching at 10 am on the Buzz Z4 demo and climbing out all the way out.

Dale drove this round as he was SIV-ed out, no adrenaline left apparently.

I waited for an hour in the boat while an un-named female pilot was a "launch potato".

When pilots started launching they were going up fast all around launch and on the way out too as it started to develop behind launch.

Good maneuvers from everyone with little coaching needed as some are on their 4th day of SIV and looking good.

I completed another tandem with a 6 year old girl from the same family that lives in Sicamous and she had a fun flight looking at the sights over the Lake and we landed right in front of the family boat on the beach. The SupAir EONA Large student glider works well for small kid tandems.

We decided to forgo the third round of flights as everyone was headed home and by the time I had packed up the trailer and boat it started hailing in the campground.

It has to be blind luck and not good planning as we had a perfect run of weather for 10 days with some late afternoon and evening showers, but otherwise perfect SIV conditions with light winds in the maneuvering box and on the beach LZ.

8-8-15
Mara is looking good today for SIV

Vernon BC

Sunny early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
270° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
3200 metres
SIV Report - Conditions were very good for SIV today, so we headed up the mountain at 10 am.

From Aug2015
I dropped of the 8 SIV-ers and one student at the top and Bill shot-gunned them off after I called that I was at the Highway 20 minutes later.

Bill launched Dean first and Dean flew out to the regular LZ to get him oriented with the site.

We had some pretty good maneuvers with Steven S doing "the World's Longest Full Stall" on his Gin GTO after he got 3 riser twists and it took some time to get the twists out.

By the end of the day after 3 rounds he got the Full Stall figured out.

Bill & I did a set of tandems that we picked up on the Beach, a 12 year old Birthday girl and her 8 year old sister, with Grandpa driving the Van down for us. Good way to make $300 on the spot!

We got shaded out and tailwind ensued and only Steve D got off launch before the rain hit.

From Aug2015
8-7-15
Mara is looking good today

Vernon BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
270° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
SIV Report - Conditions looked good for SIV today, so we headed up the mountain at 10 am.

From Aug2015
We arrived to nice inflow cycles and a big CU developing behind launch.

From Aug2015
I dropped everyone off and raced down to the boat, which takes 20 minutes. Good timing for people to get organized and ready to fly off.

I was in the boat at 11 am and . . . I waited and waited as the big cloud behind launch shaded launch in and it went cross.

Soon I had multiple paragliders in the air doing various maneuvers as I watched.

Carlos is becoming a "full stall machine" on his new Ozone Buzz Z4! He can do them easily now with no drama.

From Aug2015
I was so impressed with what he was doing on the Buzz Z4 that I took a turn on the last flight today on our demo ML size and I tried to stall out a SAT and it stayed in SAT just fine. Full stalls are a breeze and fast to restart.

Bill & Matt did their annual Acro Tandem Flight and had some sick moves including a failed loop attempt to slack lines.

We did three good runs today and were finished by 530 pm as we headed to the Grindrod Pub.

8-6-15
Mara is looking rainy today

Vernon BC

A few showers ending this afternoon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 23. UV index 4 or moderate.
270° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
SIV Report - Conditions looked bad for SIV today, so I went to Salmon Arm for supplies until noon.

We went up at 2 pm after dropping the boat in the water, and we saw some storms to the south & north quadrants. Plus it was very cross. Rain on all sides and the threat of thunderstorms made us drive down.

After an afternoon nap, we went back up. Just Bill, Eric & Matt were around as others ran errands etc.

I drove the guys up and raced down to do the rescue driving on the water but it was not needed.

Eric threw down some sick moves including a spun-up SAT before an uneventful beach landing.

From Aug2015
Matt was up next with some full stalls with cravattes on exit but he managed them well.

Too many wingovers caused Matt a near water landing but he managed to stuff it into the beach and kept dry.

From Aug2015
Bill was having so much fun doing big wingovers that he came out way too low and too far out and had a wet butt but the wing ended up on the beach.

From Aug2015
Only one run today but you can not safely fly in rain or thunderstorms around here.

8-5-15
Mara is looking nice today until later when it rains

Vernon BC

Increasing cloudiness. A few showers beginning this afternoon. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
270° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
SIV Report - Conditions looked good for SIV today, starting to fly at 10 am after the landing briefings.

We got one round in with Claudia as driver and I waited in the boat, but it was not needed as everyone is now doing the maneuvers by themselves!

From Aug2015
It did get a bit crowded in the LZ depending on how hard folks threw it down but the beach is big enough for the team to all land at once.

From Aug2015
It was forecast to get stronger south in the afternoon and by noon we had 15 kph South on the lake, so after the last pilot landed we decided to go check out the new clearcuts north of Sicamous. While we were at the A&W a huge storm blew through with dusties, trees falling down and not so nice conditions, but we continued on to the mountain to check out the possible launches.

The new clearcut is launchable now if not for a storm raging, so we may come back later this week.

We went to the Ramp to check it out and found a paraglider in the trees to the left of launch, some story here?

From Aug2015
It rained as we cooked dinner, but the canopy kept us mostly dry, thanks to Dale for supplying the Pizzas.

From Aug2015
8-4-15
Mara is looking nice today

Vernon BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing this morning. High 29. UV index 7 or high.
270° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
SIV Report - Conditions looked good for SIV & XC today, and we started to fly at 10 am after the landing briefings.

From Aug2015
Good launch conditions for the first two rounds, but a bit thermic & strong for Round Three as there was big development behind launch.

From Aug2015
Great landing conditions at the Mara Beach with lots of sand as the lake levels drop.

From Aug2015
Today had some highlights: Al T breaking his brake cascades on the left side in a ful stall (Tip of the Day: Change all your lines when changing a lineset), Great fullstalls on Carlos' Buzz Z4, Matt found he SATs better left than right, Andrew tamed his M6 and can stall it and tailslide it with ease.

No one got wet today!

From Aug2015
8-3-15
Mara is looking nice today

Vernon BC

A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 32. UV index 7 or high.or high.
230° @ 10-16 depending on the time of day
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
SIV Report - Conditions looked good for SIV & XC today, starting to fly at 10 am after the landing briefings.

The forecast showed strongish SW winds but on launch it was light south and cross when I dropped off the team.

I was down at the Lake in 25 minutes and ready to receive the SIV pilots in the boat and they all got off after a few tries.

First out was Matt on his Delta 2 L and he had a good full stall with a cravatte that he had to work out.

Diana & Tobi are new to SIV so they only did assymetrics on this flight, and Tobi found the Buzz Z4 does a 180 on accelerated assymetrics.

Carlos has done an SIV before but no full stall so we started there and he had a nice stall with an assyemtric release that was a bit wild.

Andrew was doing assymetrics on his M6 and he got a huge cravatte that took 1000 feet to sort out, but he kept it flying straight.

Al was practicing stalls on the Peak3 when one went wonky but he showed the wing who was "the Boss".

From Aug2015
A good round with light winds in the LZ for the sessions.

We went straight back up and I dropped off the team again and it was still cross.

Carlos & Matt got off again but the rest were denied as it started to blow down.

8-2-15
Mara is looking nice today

Vernon BC

Sunny. High 36. UV index 7 or high.
230° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
Mara Report - started to fly at 11 am due to some east winds. Carlos was test flying his new Buzz Z4, Matt was getting back in the air after a few month hiatus and Al arrived late afternoon.

Carlos got the best lift of the day earlier.

From Aug2015
We also did a flight late at 7 pm and Al & Matt scratched in some light lift, no glassoff yet.

From Aug2015



Woodside Report - Denis was doing our tandems today and it looked less busier than Saturday. Sometime around 4 pm the webcam system went down, I suspect more solar panel theft? Maybe we need a boobytrap around the panels?

8-1-15
Mara is looking nice today

Vernon BC

Sunny. High 36. UV index 7 or high.
230° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
2200 metres
Mara Report - we had some tire problems on the way to Mara Lake, and had to buy some tires in Salmon arm so we ran a bt late but this was a reconn day.

We got to the Whispering Pines Resort at 11 am and I hooked up the trailer and unloaded the Van, lots of gear for SIVers and new pilots here to test.

We had a leisurely day of camping and looking for an LZ.

The Provincial Park Beach near the boat ramp looks nice and it is large enough for beginners.

From Aug2015
The wetlands across from here are also good with many people camping on the beach there.

We drove Carlos up to try his new Buzz Z4 and ran into Alex W & Doug N as they were retrieving from their 2 pm flight. They said it was rough due to strong SW winds rolling over the hills.

When we arrived at 7 pm it was calm and Carlos had a nice sledder into the normal LZ.

From Aug2015




Woodside Report - Conditions look good for tandems today, and Denis & Andrei were seen on the webcam taking care of our clients.

7-31-15
Woodside is looking very nice today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 33. UV index 7 or high.
230° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we had some some outflow winds in the morning so Lisa, Pascal & Matthieu wrote their P-2 exams and passed the with great marks.

We got two rounds of flights in but the weird sinky air convinced me to end the day early.

We loaded up the FyBC Caravan of boat, trailers and gear and headed east to Mara Lake late last night, see you in 10 days back at Mother Woodside.





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