FlyBC "Site of the Day" - December 19/2014

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Woodside is looking wet for the next week including Christmas Eve (I hope Santa has his IFR Rating!)

“Pies . . . para que los quiero, si tengo alas para volar?" - Frida Kahlo

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12/19/14
Woodside is getting some rain today right thru Christmas Eve

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Rain beginning late this afternoon. High 6.
090° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
200 metres
Coaches Corner for December 19, 2014 - Woodside looking rainy for the next 7 days with highs in the 7-10C range, not good for snow or flight. Mexico is looking good though as we leave on Dec 28th.



We are starting to book for the Mexico Tours now. New dates and a longer season going until March 2015.



Used Gear List:

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

Ozone Rush 3 M EN-B in red/yellow from 2013 - $2600 CDN less than 60 hours

Ozone Rush 3 M EN-B in red from 2011 - $1700 CDN less than 60 hours

Ozone Delta 1 M in Red from 2011 - $1400 CDN 60 hours.

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

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), Gin Fuse Tandem (2 - Size 41), Gin Tribe (ML), Ozone Delta 2 (ML & S), SupAir XA13 Pod Harness L.

12/18/14
Woodside is getting some rain today right thru Christmas Eve

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Rain beginning late this afternoon. High 6.
090° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had cloudbase at around 50 metres ASL, with IFR conditions driving over the mountain all day. Mexico is looking good as we leave on Dec 28th.



Interesting French Launch site with some dude on an Ozone Ultralite 3.

PitonYT from COURANTS d'R Jérôme Canaud on Vimeo.

12/17/14
Woodside is geting some N winds today but may be flyable after 1 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High plus 5.
090° @ 3
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was looking possible today as Martin N and I checked the windsocks on top but I did not take him up as he did not want a sled ride and I was busy doing chores, but maybe we should have as the rains are coming.



Cross Country reports big records falling in OZ. And one was on an Ozone M6!



Normando Report - Normando reported making it halfway to San Marcos today from Tapalpa, requiring a bus anbd a hitchhike back to the truck on launch. I guess he should have done an "out & return" and top landed! Sounds better than the rains here. Stefan was also flying with my Delta 2 L as his new wing is here at the Ranch.

12/16/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today but may be flyable after lunch

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming windy in the morning. High 7 except plus 4 near Hope.
090° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was looking possible today as I did chores, where was Rod F? He was supposed to come out and try his new Swift 4?

Conditions were definitely flyable around 1 pm.



Richard T made this video while on tour with FlyBC last winter - amazing pictures!

Paragliding Mexico 2013 from Richard Teszka on Vimeo.

12/14/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today & strong

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming windy in the morning. High 7 except plus 4 near Hope.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Road Trip Report - Remy was ready to go back to Williams Lake so we headed off after noon, icy conditions on the 97N. But we made it safe and I was back at the Ranch by midnight.



Richard T made this video last year after spending a few weeks in Chapala on our tour. It is exceptional and shows what the area is like and how good the flying is too.

Paragliding Mexico 2013 from Richard Teszka on Vimeo.

12/14/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today & strong

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming windy in the morning. High 7 except plus 4 near Hope.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Ranch Report - Woodside had lots of NE wind, good for Richard S to kite his new Buzz Z4 XL, maybe too good at times as I was grabbing lines to get him back on the ground. No flying from launch as Andy Adams dropped in to say he hiked up to launch and it was blowing over the back.

12/13/14
Woodside is geting some sun later today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun & cloud. Temperature steady near 9.
090° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside looking good today if we can see launch.

A few desperados showed up and I took a group up as I was searching for a Woodside Christmas tree. Andrei, Martin N, Gary P came up with me in the mighty Atlas and one by one they all grabbed a flight.

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Lee & Whiskers came up later in Lee's truck and Lee flew off last. Too leeside & cloudy for Whiskers 2nd solo flight.



Camilo took Normando to Mazamitla for the first time and they had to scratch to get up and then fight to get out of the cloudsuck! mazamitla is a SW facing site about an hour from our hotel on the Mexico Tours .

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12/12/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today with rain for the entire week

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending early in the morning then cloudy with periods of rain beginning near noon. Becoming windy in the morning. Temperature steady near 9.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Williams Lake Report - I drove thru heavy rain to get to Williams Lake to pickup Remy who is spending the week with us at the Ranch, once past Boston Bar it was a nice drive. Oddly calm thru the Canyon?

12/11/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today with rain for the entire week

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending early in the morning then cloudy with periods of rain beginning near noon. Becoming windy in the morning. Temperature steady near 9.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Rain Report for December 11, 2014 - Woodside was very rainy today so good for indoor chores.



Peter G was seen enjoying the Hawaiian Skies at a Launch called Crazy

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Camilo is promoting his company in Chapala and getting some press!

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12/10/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today with rain for the entire week

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Windy this morning. High 11.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Rain Report - Woodside was getting spotty showers all day so it was a good thing I was working indoors, while Normando & Camilo enjoyed El Chante launch in Lake Chapala.



Normando @ El Chante Launch.

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12/9/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today with rain for the entire week

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Windy this morning. High 11.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Rain Report - Woodside received heavy rains and there was a slide east of Bridal Falls that closed Hwy 1.

I took a break and jumped in the hottub around 1 pm, and was immediately pelted by 1/4" hail stones, and there was a thunderstom overhead.



Our friends at Access Lake Chapala made this very nice video of Lake Chapala and the area from a drone. Not nearly as much fun as from a paraglider!

12/8/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today with rain for the entire week

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Windy this morning. High 11.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside looked better than forecasted but we still had +15 kph of NE wind on Sumas. It did not rain til just before dark as I was trying to build a deck, so I had to bail on the job and opted for indoor reno stuff.



Some folks have been asking for a NE facing launch and we have one at Horsefly on the back side of Sasquatch Mtn. We don't go up there much as it is a long drive and not student friendly but good for signed off pilots.

12/7/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today . . . but no precip so who knows?

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. High 9.
090° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Mission Report - Woodside was looking possibly flyable today, but we went to Mission for some ground training for new students Don & Richard (who are going to Mexico for lessons in February).

Richard had a 2 hour ground handling session a month ago, but the weather has not been conducive for any training lately so we grabbed the chance to get out today.

We started on Cherry Hill but it was too east to even try so we headed to Nelson Park overlooking Hatzic Lake and had good strong conditions for reserve and forward launching. Richard got his feet well into the air many times, and Don did really well for his first day out too.

We got reports from Martin N that it was blowing over the back at Woodside and he almost had to hike down after Derek left him on top. But a guy out for a Sunday drive with his girlfriend picked him up.



Normando's Mexican Report - I was driving for Camilo as he had tandems to do at Tapalpa, and then I flew while he was doing his second tandem.

We finally got some unstable conditions and I was able to make it to the Cross and 2850 metres.

Enjoying the Sun and flying is a nice bonus - Normando.

12/5/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today . . . and a chance of rain or snow!

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of drizzle this morning. Periods of rain beginning late this morning. Risk of freezing drizzle this morning. Windy. High plus 4.
090° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Reno Report - Woodside was not flyable today, so I focussed on: electrical in the bunkhouse - check, installed a back door on the bedroom (quoted $1200 - $1800 for the door alone - found one for $80 on Craigslist).

Might get everything done by Christmas as it doesn't look flyable around here for some time?



Normando's Tapalpa, Mexico Report - its been warm and wonderful here in Mexico. Camilo has been doing tamdems daily so we have been going to Tapalpa soarable but can't break 2400 meters (400 over launch). Yes, today was exciting for Andres as got his first solo flight!

12/5/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today . . . and a chance of rain or snow!

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of drizzle this morning. Periods of rain beginning late this morning. Risk of freezing drizzle this morning. Windy. High plus 4.
090° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was not flyable today, and Eagle Ranch is now hosting 25 geese and 35 swans as they stay on the ground due to low clouds and rain.

I guess we are going to have to change the name? Geese Ranch . . . Swan Ranch . . . no . . . Eagle Ranch sounds better!

12/4/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today . . . but it is sunny!

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Windy. High plus 3. Rain starting pby late afternnon with freezing rain near Hope.
090° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Reno Report - lots of errands to run but I got out to the Ranch at 3 pm and finished sealing the windows on the north side, and it started raining by 6 pm as forecasted.

Picture me driving the tractor back to Eric's farm in the rain and driving my quad back in the dark, quite a picture and hellishly wet.

12/3/14
Woodside is geting some NE winds today . . . but it is sunny!

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Windy. High plus 3.
090° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Reno Report - too much NE wind to possibly fly at Woodside, but good for sealing up windows & doors.

Bunkhouse almost finished and ready for winter guests.



Normando, Camilo & Andres were working on El Chante Launch and it looks pretty good and we have a key to get in there!

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And it was soarable after the work party as Normando climbed out, no reports on where they landed?

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12/2/14
Woodside is geting blown out today

Agassiz BC

Sunny except cloudy near Hope this morning. Becoming windy near noon. High plus 2.
090° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres


San Marcos Mexico Report - Cam had to borrow our Gin Fuse 42 meter tandem to take a big guy tandem at San Marcos, looking good!

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Reno Report - Woodside might have been flyable today, but we never looked up as we were installing some windows and many thanks goes out to Martin N & Alan for doing all the hard work while I aligned shims.



Velocity Paragliders USA, the paraglider arm of Black Hawk Paramotors, have anounced that their intermediate glider, the Elektra, is now certified EN B in the 26m size.

Designed for both paragliding and paramotoring, Velocity say the Elektra has “exceptional passive safety and unmatched performance” and a 9.4:1 glide ratio.

12/1/14
Woodside might be soarable today (says Denis)

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Windy near Hope this morning. High zero.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was flyable today, not soarable as NOAA predicted but a bit leeside.

Martin N, Degas & Mike were the only desperados flying today and Martin landed at the Ranch to grab a retrieve ride to get Degas' truck from the top.

The loggers are working on the road cleaning out ditches and fixing the sections washed out with all the rain lately, so the road is top-notch now.



Some other desperados were up on Sumas on Nov 30, and I just found this video of Amine hucking himself off on a speed wing from the HG launch.

11/30/14
No flying in SW BC as it is howling from the NE

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Windy this morning. High minus 1. Wind chill minus 20 this morning.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - I had planned to install some windows today but called off that plan as it was howling from the NE and supercold.

Andrei arrived to borrow our generator to power up Ryan's jackhammer, as they planned a work party on the Bridal Road to remove the sharp rocks that keep damaging trucks. Martin N & Alan D helped also and they made good progress on the road.

Andrei & Ryan came back after dropping off the generator and flew off Woodside landing at the Ranch. Oddly, it was still gusting +20 kph in agassiz from the NE? Gotta love Mother Woodside!

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Thanks to Thomm M for helping out my reno in the "bunkhouse", laminate flooring now installed . . . Bunkbed built . . . Electrical and trim next and we are ready for Christmas guests.



Elk Report - Kevin also braved to cold and hike & flew Elk today, some snow on top from the last dusting and the snow line is quite low on that side of the Valley.

11/29/14
No flying in SW BC as the snow falls on the coast and it is howling from the NE

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing this afternoon. Windy this morning and early this afternoon. High minus 5. Wind chill minus 21.
040° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - No Woodside flying as the outflow winds continue, now that I am back from a short Mexico visit . . . I know why birds head south for the winter.



Tapalpa, Mexico Report - Norm reports on 4 hours of thermalling at Tapalpa while Camilo completed 5 tandems while we freeze our butts off in Canada. Only a few more weeks til we join them!

11/28/14
No flying in SW BC as the rain falls on the coast and snow falls in Kamloops

Agassiz BC

Rainfall warning in effect. Rain at times heavy. Amount 20 to 30 mm. High 9.
240° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - we had a break in the weather and the desperados were out, Samuel & Martin N met at the Ranch and I offered to drive them up as I needed a break in the renovations.

It is very wet in the Harrison Mills peninsula as it had been raining very hard lately.

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We arrived on launch after paddling through many puddles on the road to find decent inflow winds. Odd, as when I was in Agassiz 20 minutes ago it was strong outflow!

Martin launched first on his Gin Atlas and headed SE and got "nada" and he headed to the Ranch.

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Samuel launched next and went north and caught some lift.

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I drove down to find them both packing up on the gravel in the driveway.

Martin took Samuel up for another flight as I continued renovations.

After Samuel landed the winds got very strong from the NE.

Looks like a cold weekend ahead with snow and NE winds.





Alex Raymont's Chile Report - flew 214 km yesterday (Thursday), launching just north of Antofagasta and flying north towards Iquique.

Flew with a juvenile Andean Condo for part of the flight.

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Landed at dusk although it was still plenty lifty (reported 1.8 m/s at 8pm), and slept in the glider on the sand, before making his way to the Flight Park in Iquique Friday morning.

Flight Stats here.

11/25-27/14
No flying in SW BC as the rain falls on the coast and snow falls in Kamloops

Agassiz BC

Rainfall warning in effect. Rain at times heavy. Amount 20 to 30 mm. High 9.
240° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - No Woodside flying for the past few days as the rains continue, now that I am back from a short Mexico visit . . . I know why birds head south for the winter.



San Marcos Mexico Report - Looks like Normando & Pedro were "duking it out this week", as I found this photo on Pedro's facebook wall.

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11/24/14
No flying in SW BC as the rain falls on the coast and snow falls in Kamloops

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon. Rain beginning this afternoon. Temperature steady near 7.
240° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had a few short windows with no rain and light winds until mid-afternoon when it started to rain heavily.



Volvo has a new SUV and they used a paraglider to promote it!

11/23/14
No flying in SW BC as the rain falls on the coast and snow falls in Kamloops

Agassiz BC

Rain at times heavy ending early this afternoon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind becoming southwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 this morning then diminishing to 20 early this afternoon. High 8.
240° @ 30
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was possibly flyable at around 3 pm, as it cleared up and we had a nice break from the winds but I was knee-deep in reno projects so I stayed on the ground. My gear is all in Mexico so I must put a back up kit together soon.



Blanchard WA Report - rumours have it that only a few PGers flew Blanchard but the hangies were out in full force in post frontal conditions. Doug M was out over the sea!

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11/22/14
No flying in SW BC as the rain falls on the coast and snow falls in Kamloops

Agassiz BC

Showers ending late this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 5 mm. Windy early this morning. High 8.
240° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - while we were shopping in the rain in Chilliwack, Tonya & Denis were flying Woodside in the clouds between showers. Desperados!



Ecuador Report - We are having a great trip, arrived in Quito safe and sound, had upgraded seats for the last leg from Atlanta, and the plane was not completely full so we were able to get a complete row to ourselves for sleeping. Spent a couple days in Quito sightseeing then came to the coast. Arrived around 4 and it was fly able so of course we went up.

It was quite strong but doable ( I've been getting some practice at higher wind tandem launches).

We've been flying everyday we've been here from 20 mins to a couple hrs it just depends on my passenger . . . if she has to pee or gets cold.

Our last day here then back to Quito and then to Peru for a few days - Derek



Mexican Tours San Marcos Report - Norm reports the new Suburban Shuttle makes it up San Marcos with ease and no overheating after the radiator modifications.

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We have contracted Andreas Gomez to be our "chofer" so we can all fly and be retrieved in style!

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11/21/14
Tapalpa today for Norm & Camilo, as I head back to BC

Guadalajara, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds light.
140° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
3700 metres
Mexico Report - I had an early morning driving to the GDL Airport to fly back to rainy Vancouver

The plane left for Phoenix on time at 7 am, with a nice 2 hour layover to get breakfast in PHX.

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Nice no stress flight with no baggage and customs was quick at all stops.

Just one problem . . . it was raining heavily in Vancouver and dangerous driving conditions after being spoiled in Mexico for a week.

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Mexico Shuttle Update/Report - Normando took the Suburban to the welding shop to have the new rack installed as it wasn't ready yesterday.

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It looks very strong and should hold 6 gliders on the roof and 4-5 more inside.

The engine & transmission are strong and ready to conquer San Marcos, El Chante & Tapalpa as well as some road trips to Colima.

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11/20/14
GDL today

Guadalajara, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds light.
140° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)
3700 metres
Registering the Suburban Part 2 - we got a rental contract form in Chapala and made out a new contract for the house but in Camilo's address in Chapala as part of the requirements.

We then went to the Government Office in Chapala to register the Suburban in my name. We had everything but the clerk rejected the Referendo form that showed the registration paid for 2014 because the serial/VIN number was just the last 10 digits not the full VIN. The referendo copies dating back 4 years were all paid just a paperwork issue that had to be fixed in Guadalajara at the office that made the mistake.

This was try #2.

We drove in to Guadalajara and traffic was light . . . until we got to old town and the traffic was stopped because there was protest parade regarding the 43 students killed in Iquala. It is a holiday called the Day of the Revolution and people were marching against the government who is being blamed for the killings.

We got rerouted and finally got in to the main Government Office and there was a big lineup . . . kind of similar to any ICBC office at home.

We waited and got the paperwork corrected and the registration was put in my name at Camilo's Chapala address and I paid the 1160 pesos and we were headed home.

As with all our dealings with the Government, we had to do 3 tries, but we got it done!

I am now a legal owner of a Mexican Built 1987 Suburban and the last step is to get insurance to be fully legal as Mexico now requires a minimum of 300,000 pesos liability coverage (new laws).

We decided to forgo trying to fly San Marcos today as it was late and we had SE winds on the lake, but it looked great for El Chante as big CUs were popping everywhere.

11/19/14
Tapalpa today

Guadalajara, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds light.
140° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)
3700 metres
Tapalpa Report - in the morning we stopped at the Government Office in Jocotepec to register the Suburban, but the clerk would not do it as the rental contract for my house proving I had a real address was not in spanish.

The landlords are gone for 10 days so Camilo said we could do it in Chapala after he made me a new contract in the next day.

So off we went in the new Suburban on a roadtrip to Tapalpa to sort out mechanical issues and we got the first one just the other side of Zocoalco.

I noticed the temperature rising despite going down the long hill to the sayula Laguna, so we stopped at Pepex and the fan belt had fallen off the water pump.

We had to get one of the Llantera guys to help reinstall the belt and it was a quick fix but the alignment of the alternator pulley is way off centre.

We drove to Sayula to buy some tools just in case it happened again where there was no help.

We made it almost to the top of Tapalpa and at the last bend in the road it happened again so we stopped at the top landing field and reinstalled it again.

When we got to launch the cycles were very light and no birds were climbing out in the hazy sky, so I decided to forgo a flight even though we had Andres here to drive for us. He was watching Keana so he would have his hands full if the belt popped off again.

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Norm & Camilo flew off together and were working the thermal in front of the hump as we drove down.

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No problems with the belt on the way down and the guys were packed up and almost at the highway when we arrived.

The new truck goes downhill very controlled with the standard transmission which holds her back well even in high gear.

We drove back to San Juan Cosala with no belt issues after another 100 kms, but I stopped at Samuel's Shop and he started working on aligning the alternator by cutting a mounting spacer.

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We also removed the radiator and blew it out and completely removed the airconditioning condensor and compressor to make better airflow. The fan clutch was suspect so Samuel welded it on permanently to ensure we get good cooling for San Marcos as it is going to get hot in the next few months here.

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We also replaced the spark plugs and did an oil change for peak performance.

11/18/14
Tapalpa today

Guadalajara, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds light and variable.
140° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)
3700 metres
Car Buying Report - we started out with a list of Suburbans to look at and by #2 we had a beautiful 1987 model with new paint, standard tranny and good tires for 26000 pesos.

Ready to conquer San Marcos with 9 pilots! Only one seat left! LOL!

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11/17/14
San Marcos or Tapalpa today

Guadalajara, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.
280° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)
2700 metres
San Marcos Report - Normando & I headed to san Marcos to try and grab a ride up to launch as the rental Nissan car would not make it very far!

The road is very bad this month after the rainy season, and will affect my car buying decision (that and the fact that I already have some booked up weeks).

We managed to squeeze in with Pedro in the Bunker II and it made it all the way to the top with 8 pilots, gliders but no trailer.

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There were 7 HGers in the air when we arrived and they were staying up no problem (asciendo).

I got ready first and the cycles seemed light on launch but not to be fooled I lifted the Delta 2 softly to gain control if the thermals grabbed it . . . and it did get grabbed and I was going straight up and back after inflation, and was soon at 2500 metres at the north peak.

I watched Normando get body slammed at launch by a gust and then Camilo took off on his Chispita and was soaring with me for a while.

Fabio was already in the air and he and I thermalled a bit as I waited for Normando to launch and get up to my altitude, now about 2800 metres.

Lift everywhere and very smooth but windy with 8 kms of forward speed.

Normando launched but was not able to climb as high as me on the north side so he headed south past the Saddle.

I lost sight of him as he climbed and drifted towards Joco, but he must have come forward and I missed him because he got to the end of the South Ridge where the CUs were forming all day (and he saw some HGers playing in the clouds at 4000 metres estimated). He said he caught a good strong climb there and was at 3700 metres when he headed east. Of course his radio was not working so I dod not know where he was so I flew back to Pedro K's LZ and all the way back I was climbing through 3200 metres when I was trying to get down before dark!.

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It was not a good day to be wearing shorts and a T-shirt as I was frozen despite having a nice SupAir XA-13 pod harness and a wind proof jacket. +28C on the ground (1400 metres) with a -3.3C lapse rate means it is damn cold at 3200 metres!

Good time to try B-stalls as the spirals were pretty tame -6 m/s as I was light on the Delta 2 L. The B-stalls were pretty easy as long as you don't over pull the B's (cause then it goes wonky but is totally recoverable).

Big ears work pretty well too, cause they stay in without holding the outer A's . . . but slowed me down too much and I was going backwards. Still pretty windy from the NW but oddly the wind in the LZ was from the east. Classic San Marcos restitiution (glass off) with catabatic flow down the mountain, yet launch had inflow cycles and it was +30 kms/hr in the air. There was going to be a nasty shear layer somewhere and I spiralled through it but it was still pretty rough.

I saw some guy on an Icaro below me hit the shear layer, unprepared and apparently he had a hugh collapse or frontal and ended up way short of the runway.

I landed and Camilo handed me a cervesa and it was already getting dark.

2.25 on the vario and sweet flying as about 20 pilots flew and everyone stayed up as long as they wanted!

11/16/14
San Marcos today

Guadalajara, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 26C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.
280° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
2700 metres
San Marcos Cluster Report - we had SW winds today so we got our phones sorted out in Joca and then headed to San Marcos to hitch a ride up to Launch as our rental car is a bit too low.

We arrived to see some HGers launch and soar around noon.

We met Pedro K at the Club but he was not going up until some others arrived in aboyut an hour . . . Mexican time.

The others arrived at 2:30 pm and stood around for another hour. Then they started loading gliders on the trailer. Another 45 minutes passed.

We were finally rolling in the Jeep Wagonneer called the "Bunker II", with 8 of us crammed in and 2 on the trailer with the gliders.

From Mexico20142015
Partway up a steep section the Jeep dies and we started hiking up to Launch as the sun was rapidly setting.

From Mexico20142015
We arrived on launch with about 30 minutes of daylight and Norm got ready first as some strong gusts rolled through but mostly it was NW wind aloft.

From Mexico20142015
Norm got a lull and brought up his wing on the ramp and despite having a big cravatte he flew off.

Ten minutes later he was still trying to get the cravatte out. He finally did get it out by pulling the outer A to release pressure and then the stabilo line popped the rest out.

I fumbled around with tangles and no good cycles and finally bagged my Delta 2 as I could not see anymore.

The Jeep died again on the way down the hill with an apparent carburetor problem.

It's alway an adventure in Mexico.

11/14-21/14
Woodside looks blown out with strong NE winds so I am heading to Mexico for a week

Guadalajara, Mexico

Sunny. High 25C.
080° @ 5
-2.0°C (stable)
2700 metres
Tapalpa Report - There was no Woodside flying for the past 8 days as the north winds continue, so I am doing a short Mexico trip to get a house & car sorted out for the Tours.

Normando & I flew on November 14th arriving at midnight and stayed at Casa de Marina until the house was ready for us to move in gear.

Nice casita in the Raquet Club one block from the pool & clubhouse area.

From Mexico20142015
We headed to Tapalpa arriving around noon to join in the Party in the Sky, organized by local hangie Yakin.

There was barely room to lay out a wing as Red Bull tents and spectators lined launch.

From Mexico20142015
I got ready right beside Camilo who was doing tandems for the Party, and flew off after him on a nice Ozone Delta 2 with a SupAir XA13 harness (new everything for me, but it worked well).

One of the local hot PG pilots, Atuk, was already in the air and I was following him but I gave up as I found a stronger climb as he headed south and was sinking. Normando had launched by now and was also headed south to the sunny areas. I stayed in my climb remebering the sage advice "Never leave Lift".

The climbs were ragged and spiky and it was best managed on a paraglider as we can turn tighter. The 3-4 HGs below me were just bombing through the small thermals and not getting up.

I flew for 30 minutes and watched folks starting to sink out all around and I was 300 metres over launch so I headed in for a top-landing. It had gone SW on launch so I opted for the big fields in the back rather than miss an approach and then sink out.

It was sinky over my field, and later I heard the field by the road was very rotory, so I am glad I bailed on trying that field (plus I was closer to launch & food & beverages).

Normando had landed at the bottom LZ, but I could not get him on the radio (what a surprise?).

He eventually caught a ride with a pilot from Victoria (whose name escapes me).

Pedro was running pony rides for the kids and everyone was having fun at the "Party in the Sky".

From Mexico20142015
We drove back to San Juan Cosala in the dark and opted for street tacos in Joco.

11/12/14
Woodside looks blown out with strong NE winds

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Windy. High plus 4.
080° @ 25
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - It has been very cold and windy at the Ranch and no flying has been happening for sure.

11/11/14
Woodside looks blown out with strong NE winds

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 7.
080° @ 25
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Eagle Ranch Report - No Woodside flying as it blew strong from the NE on Remembrance Day.

11/10/14
Woodside looks blown out with strong NE winds

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 7.
080° @ 25
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - No Woodside flying today as the winds were blowing up to 70 kph from the north.

Not much fun working out in the winds doing renovations, but at least it wasn't raining.

11/9/14
Woodside looks possibly flyable after noon

Agassiz BC

Rain at times heavy ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 10.
240° @ 10
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was in cloud until around 3:30 pm when we finally saw the launch emerge but it was quite wet on the ground so we kepting working on renos.



From October 2014
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11/8/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable after noon

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 12.
240° @ 15
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside stayed dry today but the winds were lame to catabatic and only a few people flew.

We did not even go up to launch until after a few hours of ground school as it looked pretty calm. When we arrived, we saw one un-named pilot had caught her wing on a small tree below launch and tore her wing.

We waited and waited as it blew SE, and then magically we got some cycles and 4 pilots that were ready flew off (running madly). And then it blew down some more so we headed down.

From October 2014
As we arrived at the bottom it started drizzling.

Mexico is looking better every day as the weather locally turns sour!

11/7/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable after noon

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High 13.
240° @ 15
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside looked possible but we were working on window frames until around 1 pm, when Eric took me out to the LZ to see Martin N, Degas and others soaring above Woodside under some nice CU.

Eric wanted to test fly the Delta 2 ML so I got it for him and I was getting my gear too when I noticed Rudy was geting ready to hang a french door in the garage reno. So I sent Eric up by himself and helped Rudy.

I went out to check how everyone was doing and watch Joe top-land (or top crash?) as Eric was getting set up. Joe got up and drove a truck down for Degas.

Martin N was still soaring around and we heard later he got 2:45 total airtime in one flight (not bad for November!).

From October 2014
Eric flew around for a few hours too before top-landing to drive down his own truck.

A big shout out to Dale who came out with his concrete cutting equipment and blasted some rocks off the launch road, the launch proper and then flew down on his new Ozone Swift 4! Thanks, Mr. Dale!

Meanwhile back at the Ranch I was finishing reno stuff as the sun set pretty damn early these days.

Jan K was out and got some great photos today and drove for Andrei & Rod on the last flights. Jan's Album Here

From October 2014
11/6/14
Woodside looks dangerously windy with wind warnings all around the Fraser Valley

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind becoming southwest 60 km/h gusting to 90 this afternoon. High 15.
240° @ 52
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Valley Report - Woodside was dry and not too windy early on but by 2 pm the winds were quite strong. An un-named logger said they got blown out after 2 hours this morning.

11/5/14
Woodside looks wet today

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 13.
240° @ 15
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Rain Report - Woodside got some rain all day and it was a chore day, but maybe Friday looks possible? Too windy Thursday for sure!



These folks have Mad Skillz . . . or maybe they are just mad? Do not try this at home! #Speedflying #barrelrolls #swooping #speedwings

Follow my gaze .. from Jan Thinoks on Vimeo.



11/4/14
Woodside looks soarable today, maybe bring a speedwing too?

Agassiz BC

Rain ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 14.
* 240° @ 21
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside cleared up around 2 pm but it was very windy on the ground. Maybe a speed wing would have been okay?



The Kamloops Fliers were soaring the newly trimmed Toilet Bowl today on their Ozone Fazers.

From October 2014

11/3/14
Woodside looks wet today

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 10 mm. Temperature steady near 10.
240° @ 30
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had heavy rain today, even the geese were staying down low as they flew south.

11/2/14
Woodside looks like it may be flyable Sunday

Agassiz BC

Rain starting after noon. High 12.
240° @ 5
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside looked okay in the morning but by 1 pm it was drizzling, good thing we called off the students in the morning.

11/1/14
Woodside looks like it may be flyable Saturday & Sunday

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. High 12.
240° @ 5
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had low cloudbase but we were on launch at noon to see Denis fly off tandem with a student and he reported that he was climbing but we could not see him as the hole closed back in. He got 40 minutes on that flight and he said the eagles were flying with him.

From October 2014
We went back down with new student Richard and did some ground handling and we watched many pilots take off and soar for 2-3 hours, and launch kept closing in and re-opening.

Great kiting winds as Richard & Moto were practicing reverse launches at the Eagle Ranch LZ. I had mowed the training hill & landing circles earlier and it paid off as the grass was nice and dry.

Later we took Moto up for a flight to try his new SupAir Altirando RS harness and he had a great launch but kept drifting downwind as he almost disapppeared in the clouds. Derek & Kevin were soaring just below the clouds and both got several hours in nice lift.

From October 2014
Norm had set up just behind Moto but launch closed in and to quote Norm "Now is not the time to do something stupid. (as he readies for a 5 month Mexican Vacation).



Saltspring Report - Denham & Eileen went over to Saltspring Island this weekend and found a nice launch on Mt Erskine.

From October 2014
The eagles were soaring there too.

From October 2014
10/28-31/14
Woodside looks like lots of rain as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ana roll through

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 12.
240° @ 9
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Road Trip Report - Woodside was getting rained out, no flying expected for a week, so I did a roadtrip to Calgary to visit family & friends.

It was sunny and warm on Thursday but very windy at Cochrane so no one was flying. The next day I was doing some tree removal at my Mom's farm and it was very cold and foggy, again very windy so no flying there either. Winter is setting in fast here in Alberta.



Richard T sent me this nice video from Mt Cheam from last September, seems so far away now with all the rain.





Some Speedflying Action from Soboba, CA - not recommended for beginners for sure . . . the ground is very hard!



10/27/14
Woodside looks possible after noon but then we expect the remnants of Tropical Storm Ana to hit Monday night

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers in the morning. High 12.
240° @ 9
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Valley Report - Woodside might have been flyable after noon as the rain stayed away. But we had mild outflow all day so I couldn't even get Kevin interested in a sled ride? Now we have a 7 day forecast of rain in the Fraser Valley.

10/25-26/14
Woodside looks wet all weekend

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 70 percent chance of showers this morning. High 13.
230° @ 2
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - heavy rains all weekend meant no flying but lots of indoor reno work.



10/24/14
Woodside looks possible after noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this morning. High 13.
230° @ 2
-2.0°C (stable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had a few flyable moments, but mostly the Valley was in outflow winds. A few hike & fly flights off Elk which always works this time of year . . . if you are good at forward launches.



10/21-23/14
Woodside looks wet for a week, even Chelan looks rained out for the Women's Fly-In

Agassiz BC

Showers ending late this morning then cloudy. High 15.
230° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report for Oct 21-23 - no flying as it was too wet & windy for the past three days.



In September 2014, Parahikers Eddy and Kevin set off in the wee hours of the morning to bushwack up the west ridge of Mt. McGuire to enjoy a Fall flight.

So You Want To Bushwack! from Kevin Ault on Vimeo.

10/20/14
Woodside looks wet for a week, even Chelan looks rained out for the Women's Fly-In

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Rain Report October 20, 2014 - no flying today although there were a few flyable times at Mother Woodside.

Good time for reno work indoors though.

10/19/14
Woodside looks good for after 10 am . . . maybe even soarable!

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. High 19.
220° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we met at 10 am at the Ranch and our 4 students: Scott, Whiskers, Karmen & Ian were here to fly.

We arrived on launch at 11 am and it was blowing from the SE and not launchable, but as the sun came out it got better. We waited for Lee & Martin N to come up and show us the air.

From October 2014
Lee launched first and it was a smooth sleddy, so off went Scott first and then Whiskers. Also nice smooth flights with great approaches and light wind landings.

I took Ian tandem so he could experience flying a paraglider first hand. He did well on the training hill yesterday but was not ready to solo yet. Tandems are the best way to build the confidence some folks need to commit to a high flight and each tandem is worth 5 solo flights in terms of knowledge transfer.

We had interesting winds coming in to land so we headed for a "no winder" at the Pro Circle to save the walking. Ian landed on his feet and ran it into the Circle.

We went back up and watched Martin & Lee sky out this time and Eugene launched into the gulley and was going backwards for some time. It was not hard to convince the students that is was too windy to fly for them. All three who launched made the Ranch okay but needed speedbar depite leaving at 1100 metres. Good choice not to fly for the students.

From October 2014
Later Derek took a group up and only Kevin & Martin flew. It was gusting to +50 kph in Abby, Bellingham was reporting +70 kph yet Woodside was calm and it was no wind at the Ranch? Spooky! Kevin flew out after an almost collapse, Martin also had an extended sledder and they thought the air felt weird.

We went for lunch at the Golf Course and it stayed calm there til dark, so whatever winds hit the west did not materialize here.

10/18/14
Woodside looks good for after noon . . . maybe even soarable!

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 19.
220° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we went to Heritage Park for some training hill fun but the winds were north, so on to Cherry Park where it was cross but we got some nice inflations done there.

Then back to the Ranch at 2 pm where we thought it was too windy on launch, so we did more training hill flights on our personal training hill with perfect east winds.

Scott was the only experienced student with 2 high flights a few weeks back and he was progressing well on the training hill at was Ian & Carmen (newbies).

We decided to go up the mountain at 4 pm when Norm, Bev & Lee arrived, as we now had wind techs!

At launch it was slightly cross from the north and maybe too strong for beginner flights, so we sent Lee off to check the air and he was soaring immediately trying to stay out of the clouds at 1000 metres.

From October 2014
Norm took off after Lee and headed to the north cliffs where he disappeared for some time.

From October 2014
Lee flew out to test penetration and got some turbulence over the Construction Zone and the ridge line, but he said it wasn`t bad. So off went Scott with a beautiful forward launch and he chose a different lfight path around the Construction Zone and hit no bumps, and he had a perfect approach right into the circle!

Next off was Jeff S who arrived late after a long tour of Savona and back to Woodside when he forgot to check the Site of the Day for where we were (Savona was blowing at 30-50 kph all day). He is flying his new Ozone Buzz Z4 after retiring his Rush I.

Then Carmen & I clipped in to do her tandem flight. We were test flying the new SupAir SORA Tandem, and I had not even been able to kite it as we have been so busy with students. It was really cross from the north now, but the SORA inflated nicely and off we went in a light cycle.

From October 2014
Oddly it feels more like 38 metre tandem than the actual 41 metres it is spec'ed at? Very easy to turn and bank over, nice spirals with easy exits. Must be the French Acro heritage? We will have it here for a few weeks to do demos before sending it to the US dealers.

From October 2014
When I came in high over the LZ there was zero wind, but the training hill sock showed south wind, so I came in from the north and had a brilliant no wind flare, unfortunately Carmen froze on final and her feet did not move so she was lying on her face as we landed. I was on my feet though, as the wing landed in front of us.

Bev decided to fly down leaving Ian in charge of driving down, and he was unsure of how to find the Ranch despite driving there this morning and also from Mission once more.

He called me on the phone after I landed saying the Van would not move. What he forgot to tell me is that he let it roll backwards down into the forest! Of course it would not move!

We had to get Lee to come back and I attached the Van to Lee's SuperTruck with a big logging chain and I was out in a few minutes. Thanks Lee's Towing Service - first Norm's car in Lumby this spring and now my Van at Woodside.

It was now 7:00 pm, so no more flying as it was pitch black, but a beautiful drive down the mountain on a clear night.

10/17/14
Woodside looks wet so on to Savona and points north

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 19.
090° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Savona Report - I headed to Savona and arrived at 3 pm to find very gusty NE winds (from 30-50 kph as forecasted).

Not a total loss as I met Derek who was driving to Salmon Arm for the weekend, and we did some launch maintenance on the Toilet Bowl Launch. Mowing and brush cleanup, so it is much safer for takeoffs now.

I also picked up the travel trailer and it is back at the Ranch ready for more roadtrips (ie Chelan next weekend for the Women`s Fly In 2014.)

It looks like Kamloops area is getting blown out all weekend, but the Woodside NOAA looks good.



I still hate this song!

I Believe i Can fly from Surgyo on Vimeo.

10/16/14
Woodside might be flyable after noon today, then no flying at Woodside for at least 7 days due to heavy rains

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this morning. High 15.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was back at the Ranch after noon and it was outflow in the valley but cycles were coming in at launch.

Joe dropped by but he thought it was too wet on the ground for his wing.

Lee dropped in later and went up and waited on launch but as it shaded over the cycles went the wrong way, so he was denied.

The weekend looks like rain in the Valley so I am heading to Savona or Cache Creek for Saturday.

10/15/14
No flying at Woodside for at least a few days due to heavy rains

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending near noon then mainly cloudy. Windy this morning. High 15.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Rain Report - I got back at the Ranch after 3 pm after spending the day in heavy rain doing errands & shipments.



Cade test flying the Rapido 9 meter from Ozone, swooping is for experts only!

10/14/14
No flying at Woodside for at least a few days due to heavy rains

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending near noon then mainly cloudy. Windy this morning. High 15.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
No Fly Report - back at the Ranch after 3 pm but it was raining hard.

10/11-13/14
We are heading in to the Interior to avoid the rains

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning. Showers beginning near noon. High 16.
240° @ 31 YIKES!
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Roadtrip Report - we headed up-country to Savona and points east to do some work on the launches.

I met up with Denham & Eileen at the Savona Dump Ridge and delivered their new gear: Ozone Zero 17 & Element II, so they could fly while I worked.

From October 2014
They flew off 5 times at the Dump Ridge in light east winds (forecast was to get soarable but it never happened). I was trimming bushes & trees on the Toilet Bowl Ridge and it was blowing right up that slope as well? Got rid of some nasty dead snags near launch to make it safer.

From October 2014
After I was finished I showed them the Toilet Bowl Ridge and they flew off while I cut the last dead snag.

From October 2014
As I drove south to Spences Bridge for dinner it started to sprinkle but the winds stayed light all day.

The forecast for the next 10 days looks bad on the Coast but good in Savona, so we will be back for a beginner course next weekend.



From a satisfied FlyBC Tandem Client!

10/10/14
Woodside looks flyable after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - I had a border run to Sumas and arrived back Woodside after noon to hear Derek in the air enjoying a nice smooth sled ride.

Martin & Dale were at the Ranch when I arrived as Derek was heading inland and we hatched a plan to all fly and I would retrieve with Norm's Honda.

we were expecting some stronger inflow winds as a front approached the coast, but it was rather North on launch as Martin flew off.

Martin hit nothing but trashy, sinky air and he worked some stuff over Riverside but it was not pretty.

Dale waited until the clouds cleared and launched in a nice cycle and got "cloud-sucked" into the whiteroom but he got out over the clearcuts and was soaring around when I drove down to retrieve Martin at the bottom.

From October 2014
Dale looked high over the Maple Tree when I was driving down but when we got to the HG LZ, Dale was packing up by the gate. Apparently after I lost sight of him, he had a mini-SIV event over the flats with multiple collapses and he ended up in the Duncan's field. The winds on the ground were now pretty stiff too.

From October 2014
Dale was thankful for the SIV training this past July, and glad he was on a Buzz Z4. Glad I drove down!

10/9/14
Woodside looks flyable after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
700 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at 10 am after Denham, Eileen & Nicole had written their exams. Moto was here too to continue his P2 course on his shiny new Ozone Buzz Z4.

From October 2014
We arrived at launch with no fog and light inflow cycles and Moto flew off to check the air . . . and it was very smooth.

One by one the students all flew off with nice inflations and good flight paths and they are all landing unassisted.

From October 2014
We continued this pattern for 5 solos today for the students, and somehow Derek & I got in two tandems each for a really productive day.

Martin N flew in the middle of the day and scratched out 45 minutes landing at Riverside, but otherwise it was very stable and inverted, so great training conditions.



Wouter Sighting - Wouter has been flying tandems in Interlaken CH and despite the weather being so poor in Europe this summer he did 380 tandems!

From October 2014
10/8/14
Woodside looks flyable after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Clearing near noon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
600 metres
Woodside Fog Report - we headed up Woodside after 11 am when the launch started to clear.

From October 2014
We managed to get 2 student flights in before it socked in again at 4 pm and then it started to blow down.

From October 2014
Nice conditions for the students between fog banks but the last time we went up the only pilot that got off was Samuel.

10/7/14
Woodside looks flyable after 10 am

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - we headed up Woodside after 10 am and the day delivered some very nice flights for students & experts alike.

Nicole, Eileen & Denham started their first flights by 11 am, and we had excellent launching conditions and we had 2 flights done before 2 pm.

From October 2014
I took Sarah for a nice tandem flight for 30 minutes, thermalling with some nice bald eagles & Martin N, before landing smoothly at the Ranch while Martin N and others stayed up.

We headed back up and launched Denham right after Al and the Element 2 Denham was flying seemed to climb better than Al's Peak 3?

After 15 minutes of thermalling Denham headed out to find the wind stronger that he has experienced and he got drifted downwind, but he made the Ranch okay.

After that it was too gusty for students and we drove down after cloudbase shut us down.

From October 2014
We talked to Martin & Al after they landed and they were down to 9-10 kph on the way out so it was a good thing we didn't launch the students after Denham!

After 3 am tonight the lunar eclipse happened and I was able to take this shot. Not a SLR unfortunately.

From October 2014




From October 2014
Carl Direnzo 1970-2014 - our friend and past paragliding student Carl was found dead in his cabin near Slesse Park last week.

He had recently bought a motorbike and had a small crash that injured his foot and he was recuperating at home. No details of what happened yet.

He trained with us in 1999 up in Lumby and we have fond memories of him sleeping under our motorhome and saying "I can hear you!".

Carl was fond of acro paragliding and "hike & flying" so he was not seen much at Woodside. His favourite sites were Elk and other sites in the Chilliwack River Valley.

From Sept 2014
10/6/14
Woodside looks flyable after noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. High 21. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Mission/Woodside Report - Eileen, Denham & Nicole went to Mission Heritage Park with me this morning and we stayed until 2 pm, and they were getting some nice long flights and some great reverse kiting experience.

The new Baofeng Radios work pretty good, as I could talk to Kevin as he drove from Chilliwack to Woodside on Hwy 1!

We arrived back at the Ranch to hear Kevin saying to Martin N that he must have launched too early. We were expecting strong SW winds today, maybe too strong for students but there was no lift for Martin and he ended up in Riverside.

Kevin waited a bit before he launched and then it was all cloudsuck for him, so we waited at the Ranch on the training hill until it mellowed out. Kevin flew out to grab a ride up as it was too thermic for top-landing.

From October 2014
We arrived on top just before 6 pm and Eileen, Denham & Nicole all got in a solo flight in nice buoyant conditions. Kevin stayed and watched them launch and got some great pictures for us.

From October 2014
It was Denham's 3rd solo, Eileen's 2nd solo & Nicole's 1st solo. I was sure Nicole would do well as she is a commercial pilot & skydiver too!

From October 2014
Conditions were perfect with +10 kph inflow winds and less wind in the air so they all arrived quite high over the Ranch where they all had brilliant approaches and landings .

We raced back up for one more sunset flight arriving at 6:30 pm which gave us exactly enough time to fly and land before legal dark (7:07 pm). It is getting dark much earlier but we are enjoying the best training conditions this month! We raced back up for one more sunset flight.

From October 2014
All the students launched flawlessly and were heading out with 2 minute spacing and Denham passed Eileen so he had to do his approach over the cornfield to stay out of her way. Nicole was in first with Denham right after her as he was loaded up on a small Rush.

What a great productive day for everyone as they landed under a near full moon before dark.



A Higher Point of View from Ozone Paragliders on Vimeo.

10/5/14
Woodside looks flyable after noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we spent an enjoyable & productive session at Mission's Heritage Park with Tsuru, Eileen & Denham and they got 6-7 nice training flights in perfect conditions and then we headed back to Woodside after noon.

By then Tonya was already hucking Chris off launch so it was flyable.

We arrived on launch for the first flights and Colleen took Eileen for a tandem and Denham did his first solo flight. Tsuru has 15 flights from a recent training session in Chamonix so she was ready to fly Woodside.

Alex & Nicole were out soaring around and continued to do so until many hours later when they both top landed.

Colleen, Denis & I did a set of three tandems at 2 pm when we sent the students for lunch as it looked too rough for beginners (and it was pretty strong +2 m/s or more).

It was an amazing day right til dark, which is now happening at 7:07 pm.

10/4/14
Woodside looks soarable after 3 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this morning. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we went up Woodside after 3 pm with Rod F and two new students, with the plan to take the students tandem.

From October 2014
We arrived to north crosswinds and finally got a cycle that Rod forward launched into and after that it was all cross or down so we drove down after enjoying the view for an hour.

Rod was test flying his new Supair Delight Harness and he looked pretty sporty!



Dolomites Report - Stefan & Wolfie are in Italy and flying the Dolomites at the Col Rodello site. It looked pretty busy!

From October 2014


Watch for Wouter in this video, I believe this is his home site.

10/3/14
Savona Roadtrip until tonight

Agassiz BC

Savona - Mainly sunny. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
090° @ 9
-3.0°C (stable)
2700 metres
Savona Report - the winds were pretty strong in Savona today til noon, and I was returning to Woodside so I left my campsite and headed to Harrison Mills.

It was calming down through Cache Creek as I headed south. As I drove through Agassiz I got a report from Martin N that they had just flown Woodside with 30-60 minute flights before the clouds shaded them out.

10/2/14
Savona Roadtrip for Tuesday - Thursday

Agassiz BC

Savona - Mainly sunny. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
300° @ 9
-3.0°C (stable)
2700 metres
Savona Roadtrip Report - Clair & Walter were flying at the Toilet Bowl and it turned to no wind for kiting so Clair went to the Lake to kite as the winds switched to NE.

From October 2014


Sounds of Paragliding from shams on Vimeo.

10/1/14
Savona Roadtrip for Tuesday - Thursday

Agassiz BC

Savona - Mainly sunny. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
300° @ 9
-3.0°C (stable)
2700 metres
Savona Report - Clair & Tim were flying off the Toilet Bowl but Clair was feeing too tired so he watched as Tim did 5 flights before heading to the Island.

9/30/14
Savona Roadtrip for Tuesday - Thursday

Agassiz BC

Savona - Mainly sunny. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
300° @ 9
-3.0°C (stable)
2700 metres
Savona Report - it looked like rain & wind at Woodside so on to Savona for 3 day with the camper.

Clair & Tim have their campers too and we were staying in the Steelhead Campground roughing it with power & water even this late in the camping season.

From October 2014
Tim & Clair did 4 flights off the Toilet Bowl Ridge and we headed up to check out the Upper Launch as a rain cell came through (it was small).

From October 2014
Perfect conditions but we did not fly there as Clair had a small crash, maybe tomorrow.

From October 2014




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