FlyBC "Site of the Day" - July 29/2014

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Woodside after 11 am

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7/29/14
Woodside will be flyable today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 13
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Coaches Corner for July 29, 2014 - we are flying at Woodside today, at 11 am for tandems & students. We are going to Heritage Park at 930 am before Woodside.



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7/28/14
Woodside will be flyable today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a casual day after racing around getting Camilo to Pacific Coastal Aviation to write his HAGAR exam (which he passed!).

We had two tandems to do and one new student, while Jason N flew 4 flights today "dukin' it out" with his pal Darren H.

From July 2014
Conditions are getting stable here as happens in the summer, but reports from Golden sounded much stronger as Dave S flew from Golden to Banff!

We flew at Woodside until 7 pm, then in to Vancouver as Camilo is headed home Tuesday with a new HPAC Instructor/Tandem rating in his back pocket.

7/27/14
Woodside will be flyable today

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Tandemonium Report - somehow we had 9 tandems booked throughout the day and we got them all done with help from Denis, Colleen & me.

We also had Jason doing laps to get closer to Certification and he had 5 solo flights today including some thermalling instruction by Colleen.

Quite a few pilots out today and again Martin H was the super-star of the day staying up for several hours and top-landing his Buzz Z4 at the end of his flight to drive down after many approaches.



Willi Report Nicole reported rough air in Golden on her blog (no surprise here). Results are Here. Martin N broke 105 kms yesterday bringing him into the lead in the Intermediate Class, congrats.

7/26/14
Woodside will be flyable today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - a great day for students & tandems.

Light winds and lots of lift made for some great tandem flights as Colleen, Denis, Derek & I flew many passenger/students.

Colleen took Moto for his first flight at 11 am. What a great way to train students and making them feel comfortable in the air, why don't more Instructors train this way?

For my first tandem, I had Keith who weighed 220 lbs and we soared nicely above launch & the South Knoll before heading out to the Ranch.

My next tandem was with Anne and she weighed 115 lbs so quite a contrast but the Ozone Magnum II flew equally well with both loadings.
From July 2014
Meanwhile, Martin H was schooling us all on how to stay up in light lift as he was almost in Riverside a few times but got up and away with about 3 hours of Buzz time.

Jon had 4 flights total with us on his Intro Course before heading back to Edmonton, promising to come back soon. Moto got his first solo later today and he was at 1000 metres all the way to the Ranch with about a 45 minute flight! Amazing conditions!

Bridal pilots were reporting in at Gloria, Elk and all over at 1500 metres.

7/25/14
Woodside will be flyable today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 14
-3.1°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we had a slow day with just a few tandems and three new students - Jon, Nelson & Moto.

Camilo worked with the guys on the training hill and Denis took Raul tandem around noon. The tandem conditions have been excellent at Woodside with nice long soaring flights and little turbulence.

From July 2014
Later in the day we headed to the Mission Training Hill to find a Folk Festival in full swing and they parked in our LZ. WTF!

From July 2014
We flew a few flights anyway and avoided the cars, getting the guys ready for Woodside launching.

We discovered another west facing training spot east of Heritage Park but the wind has to be due west and strong as it is in a bowl.

Nelson & Moto headed home early at 6 pm and Jon was staying in Harrison so he dropped by the Ranch with us and Camilo, Colleen & Jon got a late flight in before dinner. Jon was flying our new Gin Bolero 4 ship and made it look easy taking off in aifrly light winds. Colleen commented that it felt like glass-off conditions as it was very buoyant but not due to winds.

From July 2014
7/24/14
Woodside will be wet today

Agassiz BC

Rain ending this afternoon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
220° @ 25
-3.1°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Vancouver Report - light rain but a good errand day as there was no flying out in the Valley.

Friday looks like the start of a long dry stretch of weather, finally.

7/23/14
Woodside might deliver some good soaring today, and then on to Bridal if the sun stays out

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 11
-3.1°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Valley Report - rain early and it lasted all day.

Kamloops suffered far worse today with reports of 50 mm of rain in 20 minutes causing flash flooding and landslide on the Yellowhead as the Dome fell on to northbound lanes.



Revy fun with Matt & Bill practicing tandem acro!

7/22/14
Woodside might deliver some good soaring today, and then on to Bridal if the sun stays out

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. High 24. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 11
-3.1°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we managed to get a few solo training flights with Jason N today, and one tandem flight by Denis.

Mid-day rains stopped some training but the skies opened up for a late night flight for Jason, who is enjoying the Geo 4.

What a difference a day makes, yesterday good lift +4 m/s . . . today inverted sled rides.

7/21/14
Woodside might deliver some good soaring today, and then on to Bridal if the sun comes out

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 13
-3.1°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - a sunny day and no tandems or students! I can go flying solo!

I dragged out my solo gear and shook off the moths and cobwebs. SupAir Delight Harness with a front mount reserve and the new Gin Carrera demo ship, that was test flown a lot in Revy but this was my first chance flying it.

Some of the guys in Revy had trouble launching the Carrera and I think it was conditions, it is fast but I brought it up very nicely and even though the wind on Woodside switched to south as I inflated the glider it behaved and launched smoothly.

The Carrera has Gin's new EPT Technology (basically SharkNose tech) and it inflates easily but is a fast glider and one needs to damp the inflation part way up or it can overshoot. Ala Ozone Delta 2 or any faster glider.

While the Carrera earned a EN-B rating it is recommended for pilots that fly more than 50 hours a year. That said it was extremely stable even coming into trashy air near launch trying a top-landing approach.

I flew for an hour over Woodside and heard Kevin & Martin struggling near Bear Mtn., Camilo had been at cloudbase a few times and I tried many different approaches to top-landing but gave up as it was too strong near launch. I had no vario but some climbs were estimated at +4 m/s.

I topped out at 1200 metres a few times, which is what IBIS forecasted.

From July 2014
Camilo was flying the Delta 2 MS demo glider and was having fun.

From July 2014
I flew out to the Ranch to get the Nissan Atlas to start the retrieve process and had a nice landing at the ProCircle. Martin reported in at or near the Harrison Golf Course, Kevin was working Green Hill & Camilo chose to fly to Harvest Market.

We retrieved Kevin's truck from Woodside Launch and headed to Bridal for a late afternoon flight and got there to see many gliders in the air.

Camilo & Kevin flew and Martin & I drove and folks were getting 2+ hours soaring the knob.

Back at the Ranch, Derek & Lee were doing a set of tandems but it didn't glass-off as hoped.

Reports from Dale at Fly Hills in Salmon Arm reported 1:30 long flights there at 8:30 am!

7/20/14
Woodside might deliver some good soaring today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 13
-3.1°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Woodside Report - it was raining until 1 pm, and cloudbase pretty low so we stayed on the ground after 8 days of SIV-ing.

A group of tandems were scheduled to be flying today and I think they got off two rounds landing east of Riverside. Oddly it looked windy but there was little ridge lift? Maybe too south?

Reports from Dale & Rod at King Eddie said they got 2 - 45 minute soaring flights today after waiting in the rain too.

7/19/14
Mara Lake looks good this morning

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers in the morning and early in the afternoon. Local smoke. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
280° @ 15
-2.8°C (unstable)
2500 metres
Mara Report - we woke up to rainy skies and the threat of strong winds once the rain stopped so we called the day and headed home to the Ranch.

Camilo, Colleen & I headed south and stopped for lunch in Salmon Arm with Derek & Kendra.

From SIV2014
Then we got a call from Matt F that his Toyota had croaked in Kamloops so we picked him up and headed down the Fraser Canyon and it was blowing a good +60 kph all the way to Cache Creek.

When we rounded the corner near the Ashcroft Manor we saw smoke . . . who would be burning on a windy day?

As we got closer the fire crews were battling a small fire line near the Reserve, and a heli was dropping water as well.

From SIV2014
We stopped at the Ashcroft Manor and Kim Jenner was out in the parking area and he told us the abandoned forestry camp next door to the Manor started on fire the night before, and somehow it burned all around the Manor and only a chicken coop burned down. The roof of the Manor caught fire on a veranda but the firemen put a garden hose up on the roof to keep it wetted down as there were many embers flying around.

The forestry camp before:

From SIV2014
and after the fire:

From SIV2014
History of the camp here.

Meanwhile . . . Rod reported back that he got 3 hours kite-boarding on his 7 metre (small) kite on Swan Lake near Enderby in huge rollers and swells. I guess we made the right call heading home!



Some interesting launches at a Spanish Acro Meet, reminds me of launching students at Woodside! LOL!

7/18/14
Revelstoke looks good this morning

Agassiz BC

Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Local smoke. High 24. UV index 3 or moderate.
280° @ 15
-2.8°C (unstable)
2500 metres
Revy/Mara Report - we started early at Revy due to forecasted high winds and had one SIV Round and no one got wet. 8 pilots threw down some great maneuvers and were very happy with the morning flights in light wind.

We had to dodge race preparations on the mountain roads and decided to head to Mara Lake for an evening flight.

We headed up Skyline Road around 4 pm and managed to get 4 pilots off before it blew down the mountain, not what was forecast at all, light winds in the Lake. SIV Box and in the air too. No lift as it was cloudy & hazy from forest fires.

From SIV2014
Colleen was able to enjoy a ride in the boat rather than driving as Camilo drove Chris D's truck down.

From SIV2014
7/17/14
Revelstoke looks good all day except for threat of late afternoon thunderstoms

Agassiz BC

Sunny 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. Local smoke. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
270° @ 17
-3.2°C (unstable)
3500 metres
SIV Report - we started at 10 am but conditions were forecast to change to windy from the NW in the afternoon.

Camilo drove the first round and everyone got one SIV flight before it blew out. Oddly, when the pilots were flying in nice air it was gusty in Revelstoke.

From SIV2014
Rod dragged out his kiteboarding gear and showed us what to do when it blows out.

From SIV2014
Juan took out his chainsaw and bucked up the dead tree near the runway, making it safer for pilots. Nice to have a faller around for little chores like this!

From SIV2014
We regrouped at 5:30 pm, but the subpeak windtalker was reporting gusts to 30 kph from the West, too strong to risk a trip up, so we stacked firewood and seats for parawaiting.

From SIV2014
7/16/14
Revelstoke looks good all day except for threat of late afternoon thunderstoms

Agassiz BC

Sunny in the morning and early in the afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers late in the afternoon. Risk of a thundershower late in the afternoon. High 30.
280° @ 11
-3.2°C (unstable)
3500 metres
Revy SIV Report - we managed to get three perfect flight rounds in today with calm winds on the ground and for most part . . . perfect launch conditions until the last flight where pilots had to go back and forth between the two launches.

From SIV2014
We had 8 pilots doing SIV including some tandems and unfortunately one of the tandem passengers "let loose" over the SIV Box missing us in the boat. Too much adrenaline!

Chris D got one wing wet when he miscalculated a spiral dive on a speedwing and landed short getting his reserve wet. I suggested flying the wet reserve on the next flight and deploying it to see how fast it would open. chris decided to make it exciting and spiralled up an XS Addict II before throwing his reserrve . . . resulting in a leg up deployment with his feet stuck over his head caught by the paraglider lines landing him on his back. He was okay but got the wind knocked out for a few seconds.

The last flight was a classic "glassoff" with abundant lift everywhere and the SIVers were as high as launch when they arrived over the Box. Then late night cocktails at Dingo's before bed, long days here in Revy.

From SIV2014
7/15/14
Revelstoke looks good all day except for threat of late afternoon thunderstoms

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 33. UV index 8 or very high.
310° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)
3500 metres
Revy Report - we woke to a forecast of N to NE winds, not good for a SW facing launch site but Colleen took a group up the mountain.

First they went to the Tram Launch facing north and it was not going to work. Brad & Chris had 2 tandems to do so I asked for them to go first as my boat had become grounded due to the water level dropping, and I needed a hand to get it refloated.

I finally found the frogs that caused the conservation Officers to disallow mowing at the RC Field and they are tiny and there are hundreds of them.

From SIV2014
It turned out the Meadow Launch worked better and Simon B flew off on a borrowed Zero 17 and helped me with the boat. He said it was leeside as he got a few collapses trying to thermal near launch.

Once the boat was floted, the SIVers started heading off with Bill G, Camilo, Jeff & Matt doing some nice stalls and spins.

Oddly, it was strong North winds aloft turning to south on landing?

Camilo decided to go for a swim out to the boat and found out how cold the water is in Canada.

From SIV2014
We went back to the RC Field at 4:30 pm, but the sub-peak weather station was reporting +20 kph from the NE so no afternoon flights.

7/14/14
Revelstoke looks good all day except for threat of late afternoon thunderstoms

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
3350 metres
Revy Report - we were planning a late afternoon SIV Session as it was very smoky and thunderstorms were forecast for mid-day. Chris & Brad were doing a set of tandems at noon and had light winds at launch & in the RC Field.

They also had a mid-day set of tandems that turned out to be quite windy with south winds at lower levels and while Chris made the RC Field, Brad elected to head to Catherwood LZ.

No thunderstorms here, but the HG National Comp in Golden got rained out with thunderstorms today.

When I arrived at the RC Field around 4 pm it was very windy with whitecaps so we stayed on the ground, after securing the boat.

From SIV2014


Taking a Chance on Cheam July 2014 from Kevin Ault on Vimeo.

7/13/14
Revelstoke looks good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
3350 metres
SIV Day Two - we had a good set of flights again with calm winds.

It was getting a bit hazy due to several close forest fires.

From SIV2014
We had the same pilots participating on Day Two, and by the end of the fourth flight James B was doing his own maneuvers including full stalls perfectly.

Dave A was having some issues initiating full stalls on his Advance Espilon 7 but we think the brakes are tied a bit long. Maybe some acro handles would give him more purchase on the brakes?

No one in the drink today.

Colleen tried to end up in the drink as she locked into a spiral dive that took 8 turns to recover.

The last flight of the day had pilots skying out to 3500 meters in glassoff conditions, trying to crross to Begbie but it was a bit late for that as it was 8 pm.

From SIV2014
7/12/14
Revelstoke looks good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
3350 metres
Revy SIV Report - it was a darn early start at 9:00 am after just arriving in Revy 6 hours ago!

We had a good turnout for the briefings at the Powder Springs Inn at 9 am, reviewing "Performance Flying" with Jock Sanderson.

Colleen headed up with a full truck of experienced and non-experienced SIVers as I got the boat ready.

The water levels are perfect, the snow just went away allowing access to the top without hiking. More good luck than good preparation on our part.

The winds were calm and launch cycles perfect if not a bit strong for newbies.

We had some nice airshow action with heavy water bombers flying through our SIV Box, but no conflicts.

We had two great rounds with some great maneuvers by James B & Dave A and not to be outdone Matt Francis showed us how to wingover into the water!

From SIV2014
By the end of Day One everone was full stalling and spinning with style & grace.

Big thanks to RMR, Chris Delworth & the locals that brushed out the RC Field and got everything ready.

7/11/14
Woodside looks good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - the last day of tandems for some time with Denis & Tonya helping out, as are heading to Revy for 10 days.

It is getting very stable at Woodside but reports from Bridal had top landers and some nice soaring, so that is the place to be for solo pilots.



Sad news from Pemberton, BC - Jud, a PG pilot and shuttle driver, from Pemberton was attempting a vol bivuoac flight to Copperdome to meet up with some others and failed to make it there and a Search & Rescue operation was launched. Unfortunately, the S & R folks found him too late as he had thrown his reserve and had been badly injured and did not make it.

Jud did not have a radio or a SPOT Tracker device, which complicated matters.

If you have plans to go XC, please get a SPOT and a good radio!



Chelan Flats 2014 Report - a more mellow task.

Results here.

7/10/14
Woodside looks good all day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had quite a few tandems to do today and conditions were favourable.

Denis & I worked together and got 7 tandems completed and launch & landing conditions were perfect.

Tessa & Sam A were out flying and they logged 4 more solo flights including reverse launch training.

The last tandems happened at 8 pm and it was still soarable, with Derek & Jesse getting above launch.

From July 2014


Chelan Flats 2014 Report - a huge 204 km task.

Results here.

7/9/14
Woodside looks good . . . if it doesn't blow out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming windy near noon. High 27. UV index 9 or very high.
250° @ 17
-3.2°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Cheam Report - Camilo, Kevin & Martin N set out for a Cheam Hike today despite the windy day forecast and were semi-successful with the trek.

There was still a lot of snow on the hike up and it got a bit dangerous so Martin & Judy (driver) headed back down and only Kevin & Camilo launched after summitting.

From July 2014
Kevin was watching Camilo land at Bridal LZ and get lifted all the way to the kiosk before he landed as it was quite turbulent & windy. After hearing the reports of the deteriorating conditions in the LZ, Kevin headed straight out to land rather than continuing to soar Lower Launch.



Grouse Report - Justin K invited me to come fly Grouse today but I had no wing so I had to decline. But as it turned out, no glassoff was delivered instead a short sled ride.



Chelan Flats 2014 Report - a short task to Coulee Dam was called in order to miss the smoke from several fires. Yesterdays task was called mid-flight due to smoke on course so no scores.

About 40 pilots made goal including Andrew B & Jimmie O from Canada.

Results here.

7/8/14
Woodside looks good all day . . . if it doesn't blow out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches over eastern sections early this morning. High 29. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 13
-3.2°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Tandemonium Report - Denis & Kevin did 4 tandems each as I drove and managed students.

Dave L was out for his 5th & 6th high flight, doing well on the Geo 4 demo. He had one interesting landing as the bottom dropped out on him over the corn, too deep to make it into the grass. One more for the Cornhusker's Club!

He had another nice flight following the tandems to Harvest Market for his last flight, after soaring the South Knoll and climbing out like a pro!

From July 2014
Last flight of the day was at 8 pm and it was still soarable. We might not be gettin high but the flights are still very nice for students & tandem passengers.

From July 2014
Some folks were flying Bridal complaining of windy sections but mostly good flying.



Pemberton Report - So the old car is holding together, I'm in Pemberton and having a great time on my super safe Buzz Z4.

I am writing to tell you how safe it is, this is not just hype, the thermals in Pemby are wicked and unforgiving as well as rewarding. I hit 10,000 feet today and had several collapses. Each collapse popped out before I could even react, though it gave me the opportunity to use active piloting.

So yes I had the best flight of my life and out climbed many on better wings but it was the safety that came into play at least seven or eight times.

It wasn't just me but everyone was taking big hits. The idea is that you can tell other students just how freaking safe this Buzz Z4 is and how high you can go on a safe wing. Hope you are well, Rob Wilson and yes 10,000 feet for a newbie.
7/7/14
Woodside looks good all day . . . if it doesn't blow outflow

Agassiz BC

Sunny except cloudy near Hope early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 28. UV index 9 or very high.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had outflow winds til 11 am when we took the first tandems up to launch. By the time we got Samuel A into the air on his fourth day of lessons, we had solid cycles. Samuel was doing a great job thermalling over the clearcuts making it look smooth.

Denis launch with the first passenger and had a nice launch. My passenger decided to stop running and was even pushing back a bit and we got into the air and then settled back on launch after bumping into the only rock on launch. He was okay and I took the wing back up and this time he ran as instructed and we got off before the end of the carpet. Pilots on launch thought we were off as it was a solid inflation and the initial run was good so they didn't even see us touch down.

The rest of the day I was limping around as I pulled something in my knee but it is not swollen so I should be back to flying trim in a day or so.

Kevin, Derek & Denis finished off the rest of the tandems today and Samuel got 2 more really nice flights with thermalling practice most of the day.

Folks went to Bridal later in the day but didn't fly as they thought it was too windy but at Woodside it calmed down as NOAA/IBIS predicted. What was not predicted was the early outflow except in CanadaRASP.



2014 Chelan Flats Report - Nicole was reporting a good day with a diversionary task to avoid a wildfire area that is close to town.

Most of the Canucks in goal today with a 102 km task! Tom M was a few metres short of goal, probably cursing his flight computer!

Results here.



Ozone's Team World Record Camp Report - the Ozone R&D team was in Texas attempting to break the current 502 km record set in South Africa in 2008.

Cross Country's article here.

Ozone's news report here.

7/6/14
Woodside looks good all day . . . if it doesn't rain

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High 24. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - the forecast was way off today as they called for rain in the morning and clearing in the afternoon.

We were able to do 6 tandems simultaneously around 1130 am, and then it started to drizzle so we called off the last 4 tandems as it looked unlikely we would fly in 2-3 hours.

From July 2014
Then like Magic it cleared around 6 pm, and we were able to get a solo flight for Derek, camilo & Annette before it blew down, leaving Colleen & Martin & John to drive down with me.

From July 2014


Chelan Report - Nicole reported back that they had a good day with a 106 km task and many of the Canucks there made goal (or almost).

A HREF = "http://www.flyxc.org/files/Sunday_Serial.html" target = "blank">Sunday's Chelan Results here

7/5/14
Woodside looks good all day for experts

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 13
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we had a nice day of tandemonium until it started raining at 3 pm.

John & Annette flew earlier and had a nice sleddy, Annette's favourite flights! New student Kelly had completed 2 hard days of ground school and tandems and was ready for his first two solo flights flying a new Gin Bolero 4 and he had good launches and solid landings! He was overwhelmed with glee as he drove back to Salt Spring Island.

Denis & Derek & I flew a few sets each in very light conditions and the last set we arrived on launch just as a cell unloaded over launch. It was a short burst and no winds associated with the cell so when it cleared Denis took off, then Derek who flew east to avoid another rain cloud coming. I launched after the cloud passed by and had a nice dry flight out to Eagle Ranch and the ProCircle.

John & Annette flew earlier and had a nice sleddy, Annette's favourite flights!

We then headed to Vickie's "going away party" in Chilliwack on the west end of Chilliwack on a Fraser River estuary where I caught a nice glimpse of Mother Woodside from a different angle and it looked flyable still.

From July 2014
7/4/14
Woodside looks good all day for experts on this 4th of July (Happy Birthday America)

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. High 22. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - a good day for students, intermediate pilots and tandem passengers with lots of lift.

Etienne was out test flying the Swift M and found some nice thermals at 10:30 am, staying in the air for an hour! Not bad for 15 flights!

From July 2014
Tessa & Lars were out representing the Yukon and Tessa landed in the ProCircle on her 4th solo flight, not bad except that she was aiming for the big circle!



We started flying tandems at noon and the lift was even better by then.

Etienne & Martin were soaring the South Knoll with me before we all headed to Harvest Market.

From July 2014
Denis & Kevin were helping and did 2 tandems each as did I and we soared all over the place with 2 landings at Harvest Market when it got stronger.

The last tandems at 4 pm were phenonemal with lift to 1100 metres and smooth air above launch (not so nice at launch height) as the front was rolling into the Valley.

From July 2014
We were packed up and back in the Barn when the first drizzle hit us.

7/3/14
Woodside looks windy after 1 pm

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Clearing this afternoon. Becoming windy late this morning. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I had to ferry Colleen's car into Vancouver this morning and pick up some new Gin Gear but had no way back out to the Ranch where Camilo was working with new student Kelly.

I go to watch Kelly's progress on the new webcams though.

From July 2014
Rod was heading out after lunch so I car-pooled out with him to Woodside, and we arrived to gorgeous conditions and we loaded up the Atlas with about 9 pilots and headed up to launch.

We had perfect launch cycles and everyone got off quickly and started soaring up to 1050 metres, flying wherever they wanted.

Martin N, Derek & Kevin were "dukin' it out" near launch and Kevin's new M6 looked pretty good climbwise.

From July 2014
Others were way out by Harrison Bridge and still climbing too far away to identify them.

After everyone got off I drove down to get Colleen & my own gear, but by the time we got up there it was shuttng down and pilots were just maintaining but not high enough to top-land (except Kevin).

From July 2014
The first launchers got 2 hours airtime landing at the Ranch. Note to late night fliers: Do not land in the ProCircle unless you are immune to mosquitoes.

Colleen probably got 45 minutes on her flight and as suggested landing at the Big Circle is mosquito free as it is windier there.

First Footage of Canada's First Ozone Mantra M6 from Kevin Ault on Vimeo.



Ozone R&D Team is in Texas chasing records - Details here!

7/2/14
Woodside looks winday after 1 pm

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. Becoming windy late this morning. High 27 except 30 near Hope. UV index 8 or very high.
240° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Denis & Derek took the first batch of tandems up at noon just before I arrived at the Ranch because they thought it was gonna get windy.

They had nice flights but headed to Harvest because they were still convinced it would blow out. Nice conditions at Harvest Market at 130 pm.

Sam & Martin N launched on their Rush 3 & Rush 4 and Martin of course went up high and Sam had to grovel for 40 minutes before landing at Riverside. Martin eventually did land at Riverside too after 1:40 when he got shaded out.

Meanwhile, Tessa & I were kiting on the Training Hill at the Ranch and she is perfecting her reverse launches. She got picked up pretty high a few times in thermals and had one interesting landing (thank goodness for airbags).

We went back up for the second set of tandems and launching went well after waiting for a lull and Denis was off and headed to the Ranch after getting low as the wind completely died?? What happened to the forecast??

We waited til 5:30 for Maggy and her group to arrive and it looked good in the telescope and we headed up.

Denis took the heaviest passenger as it looked a bit windy when we arrived and they got off in a lull and soared around for 15 minutes before heading to Harvest Market.

It got windier & windier and eventually I called the last two flights off as it looked too dangerous as the winds really picked up as Denis headed east. They had a nice landing and were all packed up when we arrived.

The last tandem arrived at 730 pm, and we headed up after the sign in and no one was dressed very warm and we shivered on launch for 40 minutes waiting for the wind to calm down and then we launched and went straight up to 950 metres where we soared unti we saw the truck driving down and we headed to Harvest Market where we saw the sunset behind Woodside as we came over Cemetary Hill at 900 metres. Hmmm, how to lose lots of altitude smoothly? Lots of laps out over the flats and we landed in no wind at Harvest.

From July 2014
So in the end 5 tandems and 3-4 solos flights at Woodside today so not a bad day all around!

7/1/14
Woodside looks good after 1 pm

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
290° @ 3
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we flew 5 tandems today and Tessa got two more solo flights impressing everyone with her launch skills!

It was very lame conditions today and only Simon managed to stay up test flying his new Ozone Alpina 2.

Thanks to Camilo for driving, and to Denis & Colleen for being Awesome Tandem Pilots in adverse conditions!



The Ozone Chabre pilots had their first task today in Laragne, a 40 km task north to Aspres via a few TP. Alex Raymont reported arriving into goal first after leading most of the way, but as it was elapsed time and not a R2G he actually ended up 3rd for the day after hitting some shade and having to slow down. Fellow Canuck Mark Carter landed in Ventavon. Results of today's task can be found here .



XROCKIEs 2014 is finished! And the Frenchies made it to the Mexican Border from Mackenzie Yukon all the way south on their Ozone Alpina 2s.

6/30/14
Woodside looks good all day, good XC potential

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
260° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Mission & Woodside Report - we headed to Mission with Tessa & Josh for a little training hill session.

Tessa had some previous ground handling on the flats up in the Yukon, but never had her feet off the ground before. Mission was perfect for this today.

All the way to Mission I saw east or north winds on the ground and in the clouds.

We arrived to find perfect up hill cycles at Heritage Park and both Josh (10 high flights) & Tessa (0 flights) did about 10 laps on the hill.

By the end of the session both were flying past the running track easily!

We headed back to Woodside and Colleen took Tessa tandem for her first high flight - tandems are the best way to test a students reactions with full safety.

Josh was flying the new Ozone Geo 4 today and did really well with some very nice thermalling on flight #3 today and about 2 hours of total airtime today!

Denis, Derek, Kevin & I managed another 8 tandems in total with some very nice soaring on the mid-day flights.

My mid day tandem with Rachel had us climbing to 1100 metres with a couple of Ozone M6s and an Ozone Rush 4 chasing us, nice to get above launch and into the cooler air.

From June 2014
At the end of the day, Tessa got her first solo flight and she had a perfect launch in light winds and followed instructions perfectly into the Eagle Ranch LZ.

6/29/14
Woodside looks like rain for Sunday as it is a Long Weekend

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending late this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - a busy chore day in the clouds & rain doing gardening and brush mowing. It was fun watching the hawks soar above my tractor waiting for the mice to run out of the grass, mice not so lucky!

At around 5 pm, we took a load of pilots up and everyone had a nice soaring session.

Bev got above launch on her Buzz Z4.

From June 2014
Colleen forgot her flight suit and had shorts on, so of course she stayed up the longest on her Delta 2.

From June 2014
A second set of pilots went up even later and got really high and got parked over Harrison Mills with one pilot landing at the HG field (which is a $20 outlanding fine payable to Duncan's).

6/28/14
Woodside looks like rain for Saturday as it is a Long Weekend

Agassiz BC

Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Valley Report - Colleen & I drove into Chilliwack for errands and saw a huge cell developing over Cultus Lake area and it finally dumped on us on the way back to the Ranch.

It turned into a thunderstorm and took out the power in several businesses in town.

We were trying to work on the garden and installing some new eavestroughing when it hit here a second time. Lots of thunder but not much lightning, it must have been embedded.

I am glad I called the day early so as to not waste anyones time driving out.



Rat Race Report - while we were sitting in the rain here, a few Canucks attended the Rat Race in Medford OR. Results here. Congrats to Simon B on his most excellent placing! His new Alpina 2 is coming this week so his well trained Delta 2 MS will be available for sale.

6/27/14
Woodside looks like rain for two days as it is a Long Weekend

Agassiz BC

Showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. Amount 10 mm. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 23
-3.0°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Woodside Report - Derek said it almost looked flyable around 3 pm, but after that a huge rainstorm came over Chilliwack and eventually dumped on us here at the Ranch. Good thing I called off the day.

6/26/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of thunderstorms. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - I was out in the garden picking berries when I saw Sam fly in from Woodside as he camped up there last night, nice and smooth at 10 am.

Martin N was at launch at noon and had a short flight before heading to Harvest Market as it picked up.

I had 4 tandems booked at noon, Kevin & Denis were here to help. Bad news was that they trusted their in-dash GPS rather than my directions and they got lost for over an hour and when they arrived it was blown out. Not just a bit windy but the trees on the river were swaying pretty hard in the gusts. This was not going to let up til tomorrow so we sent them to Harrison for a hike.

We have had a great run til today so maybe it is time to do some chores?

6/25/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 25. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we had a pilot orientation with Tom from Oz today. A recent immigrant with an Aussie P2 rating that had only flown Stanwell Park near Sydney.

It was such a good day that by the end of the day he had over 2 hours of thermalling (a first) and 4 flights including one towards Harvest Market. He is flying a new Gin Bolero 4 (the same as the 2 new ones we ordered for our school and it performed well).

From June 2014
We also managed 6 tandem between Kevin, Denis & myself and they were all really good soaring flights up to 1100 metres or more. Enough to make some ill too!

Lots of graduated students out flying today and no mishaps.

Thanks to Camilo for driving a few rounds as his arm heals up from saving Richard on the weekend.

We finished at a late 8:45 pm finishing off the last tandem with Sally and we noticed Al's Truck was still here after he failed to return from a planned XC flight.

After checking in with Kevin, we saw he had outlanded in the Chehalis Valley (via his SPOT Tracker).

From June 2014
I headed up there and found him after 11:00 pm, nestled into the side of the road with a nice campfire roasting something that looked like a Spotted Owl or a Bald Eagle. He looked tired and thirsty but otherwise okay after hiking down from a clearcut he landed in.

From June 2014


Kevin's Ozone Mantra M6 Report - My Mantra M6 ML arrived today, the first in Canada to my knowledge.

After flying three tandems, I finally unpacked my new wing and launched from Bridal Falls, Canada at 5:00 pm for a 2.5 hour XC flight in familiar territory.

Launch conditions were light and a little changeable so three tries were needed (I took the glider out of the bag for this first flight so it was very compressed). Once it inflated I had a nice launch into nice smooth, fairly strong thermals.

After flying an Alpina 2 for the last six months, I noticed immediately the significant increase in brake pressure. It was no surprise that the wing moved around more and required more effort to turn than the A2.

However, the sink rate and glide were also significantly better. I flew this flight very close to a friend on an Ozone Rush 4.

For the first twenty minutes, I flew at trim speed and there was no appreciable difference between the two wings. However, I applied 50% bar when we had to cross a valley with a 13km/hr headwind, and the M6 left the Rush in the dust enabling me to clear a ridge and get to cloudbase while my friend grovelled down below.

The longer I flew, the more bar I applied. I had heard the reports of pilots having difficulty getting their speed system adjusted,so I had set up my I3 harness so that I was immediately able to achieve 100% on the speed system and as I flew for the next two hours, this became very impressive.

No collapses in pretty strong headwind turbulence. Later in the calm evening air, it appeared that my full speed was about 53 km/hr.

The glide was very obvious when I came in to land at the relatively small LZ and had to apply brake to prevent overshooting.

After 2.5 hours, I know that I will need to work on increasing the efficiency of my turns and I doubt that the M6 will ever feel as "fun" as the A2 but this is clearly a "mile-munching" paraglider and I look forward to getting to know it better in the days to come. Sorry, no pictures today! But it's a beauty - Yellow, Black,White, Red.

My Flight Stats here.

6/23/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending late this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 20. UV index 3 or moderate.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - an unusually relaxed day today as no students were booked and tandems started at 3 pm.

I was in Vancouver and had to run errands and took my time getting out to Chilliwack for supplies and banking.

I arrived at the Ranch and took Camilo to lunch at Agassiz, all very civilized like normal people and when we got back to the Ranch the tandem passengers, Marlene & Chelsea were here for Marlene's Birthday Adventure.

since the weather was a bit iffy, I suggested the other tandem pilots stay home and I elected to do both late day tandems myself. Camilo offered to drive.

Rob W & Peter came up for a flight too.

Fairly strong launch winds but not the 17 knots forecasted, and I was off and flying and soaring above Woodside with Marlene.

From June 2014
We flew for 35 minutes landing nicely at the Ranch at the foot of the Training Hill as we kept getting lifted on final. The wind at the Training Hill is usually very laminar, which is why the Training Hill is placed there.

The truck arrived just as we landed so we headed back up with Chelsea for her flight.

Meanwhile, Rob & Peter both flew and made it to the Ranch with no issues despite it being pretty windy.

The last flight with Chelsea looked like a sledder, as the winds dropped off and Gary P had flown and top-landed as he thought it was shutting down.

We launched in a light cycle and were scratching around near the Lower Launch Switchback when I caught a sharp pulse of lift and cranked the Magnum up and started climbing. Light at first but then it really picked us up and we were above Launch and still climbing. Gary relaunched as we had a spare driver to drive his truck and he managed another 30 minutes of soaring around with us.

The next two days look really nice and then rain for the long weekend.

6/23/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon. Becoming windy late this afternoon. High 26. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we had a nice day today with many student flights and nice tandems too!

Jeremy managed to get 3 flights on the Geo 4, Nova Ion and decided on the Nova Ion as his wing of choice (loved the Geo 4 but budget said Ion was better for him).

He left with completing the HPAC P1 Level of Certification with 11 flights and 2 hours of airtime. Not bad for three days!

Denis, Kevin & I did some tandems today and my first tandem with Birthday Boy Caden (13 yo) was interesting, as he said he was 80 lbs but I doubted it as we floated to 1000 metres without a turn and took 30 minutes to reach the Ranch!

The second round of tandems had all three tandems floating over Woodside with ease! Nice video footage of us ridge soaring at 800 metres before heading over to Harvest arriving there even higher as we found some nice thermals over the river and the sandbars. Kevin was soaring Cemetary Hill and we came in even higher using those thermals.

Meanwhile . . . Tom C, Joe C, Normand and Norm were flying solo and Tom C logged 3 hours alnding at the Dykes to help Normand find the LZ as he left low.

Denis took the last tandem as I was doing Jeremy's paperwork and his passenger Ben came in with a huge smile saying "I will be back, this is way too much fun!".

Thanks to Bev & Rob for driving today! I owe you guys some rides in return.

And for the record . . . our friend Camilo is here for to summer earning his Instructor/Tandem Ratings and is going through the HPAC Instructor Certification Program as per the HPAC PRDs. We have sent in his Membership Forms and also we sent in his Rating Application for P-3 as he has had a New Zealand P-3 Rating since 2010. Next item to get for him is his HAGAR and renew his First Aid. He has been doing tandems in Mexico for 3 years and wants to get legally certified.

Once he has his HPAC Card he will be doing the required 20 tandem flights with rated pilots.



Revy Report - Chris D just sent me a flight report 136 kms to Mica Dam on his Ozone Alpina 2! He said the Alpina "crushed the thermals"!

Tracklogs here from Canada on June 22



Found on Facebook - can you Identify the ATOS in this Google Street View? It is Marv from the Island from 2 years ago!



Ozone Octane 2 Wingovers

6/22/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Becoming windy near noon. High 25. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we had many students and tandems to do today and somehow managed most of the flights pretty well.

Denis & Colleen helped with the tandems, and Camilo was helping with launching students & Lee was helping with the landings, as both Apprentice Instructors are working toward their Instructor Certifications.

We had student heading for the gulley with a riser twist as he tried to reverse launch, and Camilo tackled him down and they both got bruised up. Folks need to do more ground handling before they try to reverse launch on a busy launch area - ratio of kiting to flying is 5 hours of kiting to each hour of flying to keep current!

At the end of the day . . . Jason logged 6 solo flights (with some nice thermalling over launch), Jeremy logged 5 solo flights and some of the others logged 2-3 flights depending on the launch sequences.

From June 2014
Denis & I both did 5 tandems, Colleen had one tandem at noon before packing up to head to Vancouver.

Most of the tandem flights were soarable today and the last evening flight we caught the Woodside Glass Off, very smooth.

Again, the weather forecast said "Windy in the afternoon" and it stayed nice all day. Great for students and tandem passengers alike.



Elk Report - Elk hosted a Summer Solstice Overnight Party with many hike & fliers camping out and flying down in the morning.

From June 2014
Light leeside at launch but Klaus said the Geo 4 worked well, getting him airborme fast. A dream to hike with apparently!

From June 2014
6/21/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming windy near noon. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - Jeremy arrived from Dawson City YK for a three day course and made great progress today!

We has been kiting up north with Steve J and had a great tandem with Russell B at the March Fly-In at Dawson this year, and it showed as he was super confident kiting the Nova Ion. He had purchased a used harness at the Fly-In so all he needed was one of our front mount reserves and he was ready to fly.

He made his first flight at 11 am and it was a perfect inflation into 10-15 kph inflow cycles and he was off and flying.

He somehow managed to turn the volume down on his radio as he was turning over the Maple Tree, so he drifted off course without friendly reminders . . . but remembered our Ground School landing breifing sessions earlier and had a perfect landing with Colleen shouting out instructions.

He came up for one more flight around 12:30 pm and was able to thermal above launch from above the Construction Zone in a big fat thermal. At this time everyone that took off got way above launch with smooth thermals all over the place.

We started doing the first of 13 tandems as well, with help from Denis, Kevin, Colleen & myself.

From June 2014
All the tandems today were soaring flights so we got behind schedule but folks were pretty patient as the day was beautiful and the "mossies" were dormant in the heat & winds in the LZ.

John & Annette, Camilo, Rob W, Jeff S were also out flying and Rob made his graduation flight #25 today! He passed the P2 Exam with 86% too, so he is ready to fly alone on his beautiful new Ozone Buzz Z4.

From June 2014
We went up for one last flight last night at 7:30 pm, and Jeremy bagged his third solo flight with another perfect launch & landing. Colleen flew first to check the air but decide to soar around and left the guiding up to me.

From June 2014
I think I figured out why the summer forecasts have been so poor on the weekends. ie. Today, they said becoming windy near noon, while the windgrams showed 8 knots. Final result was light winds all day. I think the Environment Canada senior meteorologists take weekends off and leave the juniors to man the office and make incorrect forecasts.



Some pretty big flights up in Pemby & in the Interior too. Tracklogs here

6/20/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today, maybe too soarable

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early this morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Windy. High 18. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we were only able to get one student flight in today around 11 am, and then it blew out as forecasted.

Rob W, Andy & Sean flew and it was Sean's first flight and it lasted 30 minutes, with a solid landing near the circle.

We were able to make 3 tandems each for Denis, Kevin & myself throughout the day ending at 8 pm.

From June 2014
Oddly we had strong conditions in the air but no wind in the Harrison Mills LZs.

From June 2014
6/19/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable again today

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Periods of rain ending this morning then 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we had a late start due to light winds on launch, but managed to get three solo flights and Denis helped with one tandem today.

Andy is up from Bellingham, and Rob is here again and almost finished his P2 rating as he is now over 20 flights and launching like a pro!

The winds were light enough that the guys could approach from every direction with zero turbulence.

The forecasted 30 kms of wind never happened today, but we worked with the differing conditions.

Jeff arrived late and managed one light wind reverse launch & a nice flight to the Ranch before it shut down around 6 pm.

6/18/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 19. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we had Rod, Rob & Sam A out training today and it was a very nice day despite the cloudy forecasts.

We had a sledder on the first flight and then the air turned "magical" and the lift was everywhere. Good thing the students knew how to do "big ears" as they were getting some decent cloud suck at times.

Rob was having way too much fun on his new Ozone Buzz Z4 as he was buzzing launch and hooting & hollering with glee!

Rod was trying out our Gin Atlas M demo, and loving it. We may have an Icaro WildCat trade in soon.

From June 2014
Sam got three flights as did the other guys and decided to head to Harvest Market at 5 pm and I saw his approach as I drove to Agassiz for an appointment. Looking super confident with the landings!

From June 2014
Kevin & Derek were coming over to help me with tandems and snuck in a solo flight between 5 & 6 pm, top-landing to meet up with the tandem passengers.

The late set of tandems at 6 pm had a nice extended sledder into nice landing conditions, and after they went I took my grandson Remy for a flight and we had beautiful conditions landing in the new ProCircle (which I think has better airflow than the old one).

I used the used Nova Ion L today for our tandem, a great beginner ship with little airtime and the last porosity test revealed between 240-300 seconds good to 130 kgs all up.

6/17/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we had a nice family come out from Ottawa to do some tandems today. Shiraj, Shirely & son Rohan were super excited and we didn't let them down as we all soared around for at least 30 minutes.

I took Rohan (6 years old and 80 lbs!) using the Magnum 41 and had a very nice sink rate. Denis took Shirely, and finally Kevin took Shiraj and we had super conditions at launch & landing.

Later Denis took one last tandem at 430 pm and it was also nicely soarable.

From June 2014
Brett & Torsten both took their Boomerang 9s out for a spin too.

From June 2014
Camilo was test flying the Gin Atlas and had some very nice flights today.

From June 2014
6/16/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable today

Agassiz BC

Showers. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - despite low clouds and rain all the way out to the Ranch, Josh & Camilo managed to make three good flights today.

Camilo arrived on the weekend from GDL and he is here for 45 days earning his Instructor/Tandem ratings from HPAC & USHPA.

Camilo was flying my Skypper harness with the Gin Atlas and he learned about our site in differing conditions from light to strong winds.

From June 2014
Josh is progressing well, flying a Gin Bolero 4 and he is learning & mastering the reserve launch technique and has a great flight path & approach. He is up to 9 flights now.

From June 2014
We flew til 5 pm, and when we went to Agassiz for some shopping it started to rain there so we had perfect timing and the wings went back in the Barn dry at the end of the day.

Mother Woodside delivers again with a blue hole overhead and rain in all four quadrants around us.



6/15/14
Woodside looks possibly soarable today

Agassiz BC

Showers. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Tandemonium Report - no students today but many tandems to complete . . . if the weather behaves!

Denis and I took Thomas & Carrie tandem at 12:30 pm and I launched first and hovered over the clearcuts for 15 minutes waitng for Denis to launch. I got lowere and lower and had to make a run to the Ranch.

Carrie noticed and remarked that "we are just suspended here" as in parked over the Construction Zone.

We were making some forward progress but very slowly but the vario was still beeping so all is good.

Then we hit the ridge and got really parked. I contempleted the HG LZ and even shifted a bit to the North to head that way and found some lift and calmer air and started heading to the Ranch (slowly). We came into the NE corner and got popped up and had a nice smooth landing.

Denis was now in the air and got above launch before heading out as his passenger (a sailor) started feeling woozy. They had lots of height but apparently Denis had to go full open trims to get out here even with a heavy passenger.

Despite our nice approaches and landings both passengers failed to run and landed either on their butts or faces.

Our next passengers were waiting so after downloading the videos for Carrie & Thomas, we were back in the truck heading up to Launch.

We now had a blue hole over Woodside and I thought it might get windier so I clipped in Nicole fast and we were off after a 7 minute wait for a lull. We climbed out pretty fast and waited at 900 metres for Denis to launch with Devon.

Devon's hubby Brad was driving for us. Brad is an ex-HGer that used to fly in the Okanogan with Don Glass but he quit after he moved down to the coast 20 years ago. He seemed interested in getting back into the flying game.

After 20 minutes of soaring out front of Woodside, Nicole looked down and sideways at launch and said "they are looking very small down there!" and then she looked up and said she was not feeling very good. Damn!

From June 2014
We then stopped turning and headed south to the South Knoll and then I saw the huge cell over Rosedale. There was also a cell over Sasquatch, and over Hemlock & Chehalis Valley. We continued south towards the Fraser River and then east towards Cemetary Hill. Past Cemetary Hill it looked like rain in Agassiz and Seabird Island.

There was still a blue hole over Woodside as we set up our approach and landed to the South near the road at the Harvest Market LZ. Nicole kept her lunch in but it was after we landed that she mentioned she had to take Gravol just for the drive out and then again before the flight.

Denis was in the air now with Devon after waiting a long time for a lull and they got "hoovered off" when they did launch.

We packed up and Nicole was feeling better now as she filmed Denis & Devon come over the LZ.

Oddly, the wind switched from SW to SE as Denis approached and I didn't notice it, nor did Denis and they landed somewhat downwind. After that we had steady east winds, perhaps from the cell over Agassiz?

Brad arrived after Denis packed up and we drove back to the Ranch, still dry here in our Magic Valley while everywhere else was getting drenched.

Our last set of 6 passengers was canceled due to the winds, so they are coming back Friday instead.

Camilo G arrived today from Mexico, and he came out with Derek from Vancouver. He is staying to get his Canadian/USHPA Tandem Ratings and will he here for 45 days.

6/14/14
Woodside looks stormy until 1:30 pm

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending late this afternoon then cloudy. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Valley Report - we headed in to Chilliwack to drop off some gear at the Greyhound Depot, and do some errands and as we were there cloudbase dropped to around 300 metres so we cancelled the tandems today.

By 1:45 pm, the launch reappeared and it looked possible to fly the rest of the day but it would not have been that enjoyable for passengers as it was damp & cold.

6/13/14
Woodside looks stormy until noon

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
230° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - we met at the Ranch at 8 am with hope for a few flights before it got windy, but the rain and low clouds kept us inside for an exam day for Curtis, Rob W and Darcy G.

We marked the exams together and although Rob thought he did poorly, he managed a 85% pass mark! The others passed too with Curtis getting a record 92%!

We also managed to be here for Fedex to drop off some great new kit for Rob as his Ozone Buzz Z4 XL arrived as well as some other gear that is going out on a bus tomorrow.

We waited until 4 pm but the launch never opened up until later, and it was quite windy.

Probably a good day to stay on the ground with a full moon & Friday the 13th too!

Congrats on the progress the students made this week, with many interesting flights and landings & passing the P2 Exam.

Meanwhile . . . in the Alps, Hardy H & Alex R had a nice XC outing.

Stubnerkögel thermic flying with Austrian XC cracks from Hardy Hall on Vimeo.

6/12/14
Woodside looks stormy today so we may head upcountry

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms and hail late this afternoon. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - after carefully checking the forecasts and meeting with the students . . . I decided it was better to stay at Mother Woodside than do a 4-5 hour roadtrip to uncertain conditions up north.

In the end it was a good call!

Miquel & Curtis were camping on top and we watched them trying to decide whether to fly or not (through the telescope).

We went up to join the boys, and started flying Woodside at 9:00 am and it was cycling in nicely and the air was clear with a few misty clouds at launch altitude.

Darcy went first as we thought it was going to get windy early on.

From June 2014
Darcy, Rob, Curtis & Miquel all flew and had nice launches, flights and approaches on flight #1.

We were back up at 11 am, with the addition of newly signed off student Rod F.

This flight Darcy got to thermal his Element II near the construction Zone, as did Rob and Rod.

From June 2014
It was still not getting windy! Bonus!

We went back up at 1:30 pm, and everyone had nice flights landing at the Ranch after Miquel showed us how to stay above launch.

From June 2014
Curtis was last off and it was getting windy on launch, and as he took off he went straight up with little penetration so I suggested Harvest Market and Darcy was driving Curtis' rig down as he tweaked his back running out a downwind landing on flight #2. He was fine to fly later on so it was not too serious.

From June 2014
We regrouped and made a plan to try Lil Nic, once a favourite spot for HG & PG when it was windy. We haven't been up there for years so it was a reconn & hopefully a flying tour.

The road up to Norrish Creek is good as they are logging up there, but the road to Lil Nic is a bit rough in spots. The Atlas pulled through with ease through the rough sections.

Launch is a bit overgrown but we had a tarp to lay on the gravel and we cleaned off a firepit.

From June 2014
Conditions were too strong for students with gusts to 30 kph. Sumas was reporting up to 13 mph from the SW. Abbotsford Airport was gusting to 35 kph, as was Hope. All information was saying NO to flying safely.

We now have too much information! In the old days we would throw Tom Hasek off first and see if he survived, and he always did.

After waiting 30 minutes we drove back down and arrived to the Ranch to see the same gusty launch conditions at Woodside so the day was done with 3 rounds. A good day of not road-tripping.

6/11/14
Woodside looks good all day

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started at 10 am, as I had some errands (AirCare & Insurance) in the 'Wack before we could go flying.

We got up to launch as soon as we could load up the Atlas and we arrived to light inflow cycles. Curtis was camped in top and said earlier, the winds were all over the place as it was leeside.

We got Curtis, Samuel and Rod off and Rob waited for stronger cycles. Rob got set up and flew off last. Perfect conditions for a morning sleddy to clear the head and practice precision landings as Samuel nailed the circle.

I raced down and grabbed the students and we were back on top for a repeat performance befre it got too thermic.

I suspected we would have to stop student flights around 1 pm, but a high cloud cover came in and blocked enough sun to keep the thermals mellow and the winds light all day.

Denis & I took Severin & his Dad tandem at 1:30 pm and we barely got a beep but had nice launch & landing conditions following the students out on flight #3. Loving the new Gin Fuse tandem!

On the next round Norm was in the air already and he was at 995 meters but could not break 1000, while reports at Bridal said they were at 1400 metres.

Curtis showed us the way to thermal again as he piloted his new Ozone Swift 2 up above launch and got an hour flight while everyone else was "sledding".

Samuel launched his new Nova Mentor 2 perfectly every time today, and on the last flight found a nice thermal near the lower clearcut and he was soon at 1000 metres so I suggested he fly to Harvest Market. He has done that flight on his Hangglider so I figured he could find the field on a paraglider.

From June 2014
I had to go get fuel so we took a one hour break before the last flight.

We had Darcy join us later from Revy as he missed out the morning flights, but he looked good getting two flights in today after a long winter hiatus.

The last flight had everyone fly a nice sledride launching in light winds and landing softly at the Ranch. We logged five flights today for the students that got here early and stayed all day, a very productive day indeed!



Ozone News - in the latest Ozone News there are some nice flight reports from everyday pilots (like you).

6/10/14
Woodside looks possible today although it is raining at 7 am

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - I woke up to nice skies and launchable winds at 6 am, but by 7 am we had a torrential downburst over Woodside and the radar looked grim as Vancouver had heavier rains.

As I am an optomist and trust Environment Canada forecasts, we hung in and did 3 hours of "speed to fly" ground school and other paperwork.

And then it started to clear up around noon. We could see launch and the winds looked good in the telescope, so we loaded up the Atlas and headed to launch.

When we arrived it had fogged back in but it was a thin layer according to our new webcams.

From June 2014
We set up Curtis as first wind technician and went over the big ears plan in case of cloud suck, and as soon as it cleared he was off in a perfect reverse launch and clear of cloud right away.

By the time we got Josh ready to fly it had fogged back in as Curtis made his way to the Ranch arriving quite high as it was buoyant and we had light valley winds.

We got a nice window after 15 minutes of waiting as the air was warming up and we could see the thermals as the mist was rising and condensing.

Josh took off in a perfectly executed forward launch on a new Gin Bolero 4 and he was on course for the Ranch again with lots of height to burn off, perfect for practicing figure-8s over Duncan's field.

From June 2014
Last off was Rob W flying his Nova Ion and he launched with a tangle in his left brake cascade that was causing him to turn and he got off to a left turn before getting the craft back on course. He opted for a Riverside landing in case he could not make the Ranch, good decision-making, in the end it was not necessary but he stuck with the plan. Always stick with the original plan for an LZ, as last minute changes sometimes do not go well.

Curtis found some nice thermals and was above launch on the last flight for over an hour on his new Swift 2, very nice with no electronics.

We repeated three rounds today and the guys were pretty tired by the end of the day around 5 pm.

6/9/14
Woodside looks windy today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. High 22. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 21
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - the early bird gets the worm!

Rob & Walter were ready at 8 am, and we headed straight up the mountain. Rob on his Nova Ion L and Walt was trying out the Gin Atlas so he was better loaded for the forecasted 15 knots of wind (which did not materialize until 1 pm).

Rob flew off first and was enjoying his valley tour so much he almost forgot the approach to the Ranch, fortunately he had lots of altitude as it was very lifty at 8:30 am.

Walter flew a straighter course and had a nice landing although although he is now a "corn-husker" as he misjudged his turn into final. Good thing the corn is only 6" high today.

We raced back up and decided it was time for these guys to learn the Harvest Market run, in case it was too windy after takeoff.

Conditions on launch were 10-15 kph straight in, but you never know how windy it might be after climbout. And they both climbed out well.

Walter was off first and got nice lift out at the South Knoll, Rob got lift all the way out and chased three bald eagles soaring the South Knoll and was at 1000 metres when he flew to Harvest Market.

From June 2014
Both pilots had nice landings and were greeted by Anita from Search & Rescue who informed them that the possible paraglider sighting at the north side of Mt Cheam the night before was a false alarm - someone mistook a rock for a multicoloured paraglider (after a 911 call).

We all went back up with Magalie from France who was here for a tandem flight but it was way too strong as we got "turtled" once as I decided not to take ballast assistance.

We went for a drive to find David from Gravity Sports Hanggliding a suitable tow field near Dewdney to kill some time as I figured it would mellow out later. We found a nice field that we often land in coming from Benedict Launch and they seemed receptive.

At 6 pm we went back up Woodside and we found a lull to launch into with Magalie and we were soon at 1200 metres and it was very cold, good lapse rate!

After 30 minutes soaring Woodside and making it out to the Ranch and back a few times, we headed east. Andrei & Elena were going to go tandem too but it got stronger instead of weaker so they drove down. Rob was driving my rig.

I knew we had enough height and Derek was planning a trip over to Woodside later so I flew to Agassiz where we set up to land at the High School where we had a super swoop landing on our feet right in the Oval Track.

From June 2014
Two nice ladies came over and offered up a ride back as they said "we made their day".

We got a rie with Derek and we headed back up Woodside for a late evening flight but as we got to the top it was much windier than when Magalie & I flew a few hours earlier so we drove down as we were running out of daylight.

6/8/14
Woodside looks windy later today

Agassiz BC

Mostly cloudy. High 22. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a busy day here with 7 keen students all ready to fly after a long day of kiting and training hill in Mission. It was too windy to fly last night so some of the students (Wendolin, Andy, Jason got to do their first solos at 9 am). Colleen took Rachel for a tandem to test the air for the boys!

We also had many other students flying and we managed 2 rounds before it got too windy and thermic. Colleen expertly guided them threw their approaches and landings.

I then took Eric, Blake's son for a tandem and we had some small thermals on the hill and over the Construction Zone but not much to gain height in and we had a rough approach with some turbulence and winds coming from all four quadrants but we landed on our feet in the middle of the big Circle.

After we landed Rod & Martin N took off and they climbed immediately over launch . . . and then it blew out and Derek, Gary K and others were forced to drive down.

Martin flew straight to Sasquatch Inn and didn't lose anything on the crossing but the westward push was slow and rotory.

Rod flew to Harvest Market and Blake picked him up.

Later we got to see Martin landing at the Ranch and it was "spicy" but he did a great job.

After that it was more kiting and no more flights, as it was still windy at sunset.

6/7/14
Woodside looks windy later today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
1250 metres
Woodside Report - I took 7 new students to Mission for training hill practice while Colleen, Denis & Derek (The Awesome Tandem Team) took up some tandems early to beat the winds.

We had a really good session with Walter from 2 weeks ago showing the students how to do it right. He is back from a work vacation and ready to get his P2 Rating completed.

After three hours in the sun running up and down the hill the students were ready to fly, but the winds were way too strong by now, so we went kiting at the LZ at the Ranch.

Lots of reverse kiting practice and they all have a good grasp of the concept required in higher winds.

We stopped training at 7 pm and headed in to Chilliwack to buy a new lawn mower as the old one has expired - blown ring in one of the cylinders as it pumps out blue smoke and has no power. Good for mosquito killing while mowing, but not gonna last long that way.

We are starting early to beat the forecasted 18 knots of wind tomorrow.

6/6/14
Woodside looks good today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1250 metres
Woodside Report - we started early with flights around 9 am and Ali, Paul & Rod had some nice sleddies on flight round #1.

Ali was super excited after being away since last fall after her first solo. We had done a tandem last week to reinforce the landing skills (the best way to train) and she showed the others how to launch perfectly every time today.

Flight #2 had some thermals and Paul was working the Construction Zone Thermals pretty well.

Ali sat out flight round #3 as it was getting too thermic but the other guys with 20+ flights were loving it! Rod caught a low save over the Construction Zone and thermalled above launch and chased Colleen on tandem over to Harvest for a mini-XC flight. Colleen was flying new student Andy for his first lesson.

By now it was getting quite windy and Colleen took the students out kiting in the LZ here.

Denis & I had a set of tandems to do and I ballasted off Denis & passenger Shaun in a lull. Good climbs but later Denis aid he did not like the texture of the air.

I was with Mehreen and we clipped in and unclipped several times before calling it too unsafe and we drove down to Harvest to pick up Denis & Shaun.

Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than the other way around!

We waited til 6 pm and then called the day. Several pilots waited on launch til after 8 pm and it never calmed down.

6/5/14
Woodside looks good today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 22. UV index 7 or high.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
1250 metres
Woodside Report - I only had Paul & Rod here for lessons today and it worked out very well for their private time. We had one other pilot joining us for site briefings, Gary from Texada, and he probably needed more help than the students as he hadn't flown for a while.

We had a first flight at noon and it was normal little bits of sink & lift over the Construction Zone for the students with nice landing conditions. After the students flew off I took Lance for a tandem and we soared above launch and to the North Cliffs chasing a bald eagle. We flew for 30 minutes before having him fly me out to the Ranch.

Flight #2 was very different! Paul launched first and was soon above launch flying his wife Ali's Element 2 Small. Paul definitely had some skills as he out-climbed everyone!

From June 2014
I launch with Cody on my new Gin Fuse Tandem and we found some good lift right off launch and now I was chasing Paul and it took 15 minutes to get above him.

Rod was enjoying ridge soaring more than thermalling but he found some good cores and also climbed out.

From June 2014
The thermals were getting strong, estimated +5 m/s but fairly smooth and soon Paul, Rob, Broc & Mark T were all at 1200 metres going up everywhere. I was watching the students closely and they had few tip tucks, just generally good techniques keeping their wings overhead.

From June 2014
We flew for an hour and I suggested the students try a Harvest Market run as they had never landed there before. I saw them both head over to Cemetary Hill with ample altitude and they had good landings. I then flew out to the Ranch and let Cody fly.

We arrived over the Ranch at 700 metres and tested some spirals!

Landing at the Ranch was fairly thermic but we had a nice touchdown on our feet in some gusty winds.

We packed up and headed to Harvest to get the guys who were pretty pumped, before heading to Bridal as a group was assembling there.

We drove to the top to watch Derek launch and decided right then that it as too strong for the students as he hoovered off launch and got parked!

I watched Klaus head out to the LZ and he also was getting tossed around in some windy thermals.

Most everyone bailed and headed out to land except Kevin who braved the winds and got to 2200 metres.

From June 2014
6/4/14
Woodside looks windy today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
1250 metres
Woodside Report - Shaun & Sam met me at the Ranch early and we were heading up the mountain by 8 am to beat the forecasted winds.

We arrived to some low clouds but Sam was able to launch and fly around them, all the while I was still able to watch his flight path and it was light SW winds all the way out with good lift (even that early).

From June 2014
Shaun had an equally amazing flight for his third high flight and they both had good landings at the Ranch.

From June 2014
Klaus joined us for a flight later and test flew the new Geo 4 ML with his harness setup and followed the boys out for their second flight today alunching in +15 kph W winds.

The third flight I thought might be pushing the boundaries but we repped for a possible Riverside Landing in case of strong winds but that plan was not needed as the students flew over the Ranch at 300 metres with ease and little turbulence.

We held off any more flights as it looked like it could get very windy and instead went to our training hill where we had perfect East winds and strong enough to reverse launch and pop off the ground for a few seconds!

Later it got very strong as I headed to Chilliwack Bus Depot to ship gliders to some very excited pilots up in Whitehorse (Wolf & Stan). I could barely get the Nissan Atlas above 80 kph there and very fast back to the Ranch on the return run.



Belated Golden Ears Hike & Fly Report - We arrived to strong NW thermals creating clouds at the summit.

From June 2014
Jola T was at ground level reporting excellent landing conditions 10-15 km/hr.

We launched at 5:30. I think I had about 45-60 min of soaring at the peak and then out over the UBC Research forest.

From June 2014
Great ending to a 7 hour climb. We were the first summiters of the year along with a russian couple - Kevin

from Sunday June 1, 2014



Pemberton Report - from Saturday May 31, 2014.

Some very big flights from our local pilots .

One of the very big flights was posted here by Fred B More guts than a pork sausage!

6/3/14
Woodside looks good for the next week!

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers near Hope. Risk of thunderstorms. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
260° @ 15
-3.1°C (unstable - YIKES!)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we got started early but the clouds did not cooperate until 10:30 am.

We had low clouds and light winds here at the Ranch so we did some ground school and set up harnesses and packs for Mike M, Josh L & Rod F.

From June 2014
By 11 am we were on launch and it was clear enough to fly and the winds were light so everyone did one forward launch and all got off first time including Josh on his first solo flight piloting our APCO Karma S. Bill G stayed around for the morning to help Josh in for his first landing before heading back to Horsefly.

From June 2014
Rod & Mike had nice flights too on the first round.

From June 2014
Mike is flying a brand new shiny Ozone Geo 4 and it worked well today for him.

From June 2014
We raced back up after they landed and it was getting windier on the ground and at launch but it was manageable even for a second flight for Josh. He went last and made it look easy through the bumps.

We went back up one last time after surveying Riverside LZ just in case they were getting parked and figured out a flight & landing plan for them. Oddly we had east winds in the LZ there with strong SW flow everywhere else? Woodside has some interesting back eddies in the air.

We got to launch and it was clearly too strong for students so back to the Ranch for a debrief before heading to Mission for some training hill flights.

It was windy there too and mostly cross so we just kited and learned how to reverse launch with Mike & Josh.

6/2/14
Woodside looks good for the next week!

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
260° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started early and were on the hill by 8 am for first flights.

Curtis & James stayed another day and some other students arrived that were not scheduled and I somehow had 10 students at the Ranch.

Fortunately the senior students got 2 flights before the newbies arrived, so by noon I was done ground school with Sam 1, Sam 2, Josh & Shaun and we headed to Mission with Ali to do the training hill duty.

Bill G took the senior students up with Denis as they had tandems to do, and launched them and they got another flight and some soaring too while we sweated on the training hill.

After 2 hours the new students were looking good and had done many runs both on the hill & the flats so we headed back to check conditions but the over-development near Bridal looked ominous.

All the way back it was very windy near the Fraser River, so we took a break until 6 pm as the students went to lunch or just hung out.

Reports from Bridal said it was windy but doable.

We went back up the mountain at 7 pm and got everyone a flight including Sam W, Sam A, Shaun for their first solos and the other guys had very nice soaring conditions.

From June 2014
Derek & Jack came over and had a nice flight with Derek top-landing to drive Jack's truck down.

Everyone was pumped to get another flight and were packed up when I arrived back at the Ranch, so back up the hill and everyone was off and back on the ground by legal dark.

Five student rounds on a windy day is pretty good for Woodside! Good time for repetitive skill building with multiple flights in differing conitions.

From June 2014
6/1/14
Woodside looks good for the next week!

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
260° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable - YIKES!)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - a very busy day starting at 7 am, to beat the winds that seem to be stronger than a normal June cycle. I had 5 students at varying levels and they were all doing really well, although there were some moments on launch that got tiring as pilots were duffing launches in perfect cycles (that is why we call it training).

Mike M was back for followup lessons and had a nice set of thermalling flights on his new Ozone Geo 4 (all new for 2014 and it looks amazing).

Everyone had 3-4 flights depending on their schedules, and Denis & I did a few tandems too in strong winds mid-day.

Loving Harvest Market these days!

We went back up for a late flight around 8:30 pm and Woodside was "glassing off" and everyone stayed up for 30+ minutes before a very smooth landing at the Ranch!





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