FlyBC "Site of the Day" - March 23/2017

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Woodside is getting some rain today so we are staying on the ground

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3-23-17
Woodside looks wet today, so we are doing chores in Vancouver til noon

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this morning. High 13.
200° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Coaches Corner - we are heading to Vancouver for errands til noon. Might be flyable later if it dries out.



Ozone News Release - lots of new stuff coming out very soon!



DELTA 3 final prototype of ML size is now available. EN C certification.

It has been a hard job to improve upon the Delta 2, but we are now very happy to launch a wing we think will keep all Delta 2 pilots very happy. .



Delta 3 stock colours

ULTRALITE 4 is now available to order in all sizes. 150g lighter than the Ultralite 3 with better performance, such as more speed, we think this is a worthy successor.

Ozone Ultralite 4 info here.

OZIUM 2 - making final preparations to launch. We think this is a great improvement and pilots can also save some weight over the Ozium 1!



FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , Niviuk , Gin , SupAir, Flytec, Naviter Products (Oudie 4 Basic & 4+), Blackhawk Paramotors , Wills Wing.



Used Gear List: Updated March 15, 2017

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness).
Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Fazer 3 14 metre Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN

SupAir EONA (M/L) - EN-A demo wings - $2500 CDN without harnesses, all 2016 models
Ozone Swift 4 XS - EN-B - $4200 CDN - demo priced with 1 flight.
Ozone Swift 4 L - EN-B - $3000 CDN - one year old with excellent porosity results
Ozone Rush 3 2014 Model with less than 60 hours - ML Size good to 105 kgs - $2000 CDN
Ozone Rush 4 2015 Model with less than 80 hours - L Size good to 115 kgs - $2000 CDN
SupAir Leaf M - EN-B - demo flights only - $3500 CDN inc tax.
Gin Atlas XL - EN-B - two years use at Dallas Road - good paramotor wing - $2025 CDN
Gin Sprint 3 M demo - 5 flights - ready for a new owner - $4200 CDN
Advance Alpha 5 M - EN-A - with just 20 flights - $3300 with Advance Harness & Reserve
Advance Alpha 5 L - EN-A - with just 40 flights - $1900
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Zeno M in Orange - now in stock and ready for test flights! - $4850 CDN

Paramotors for sale:
BlackHawk AirMax 125 Paramotor with your choice of new wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 2 hours.
Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - $6000 CDN brand new without wing.
BlackHawk MZ100 Paramotor w/travel cage & wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 5 hours.
Blackhawk Edge Paramotor Wing - 2015 model - $2000 CDN (2 hours/450 sec porosity)
Gin Rebel - EN-C - 85-105 kgs - $500 CDN (100 hours)
3-22-17
Woodside looks wet today, so we are dheading to Savona to try for some flights

Agassiz BC

Cloudy this morning. A few showers developing during the afternoon. High 13C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.
040° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we were heading inland today to Savona for lessons. But just as we were loading up to leave we rechecked the Savona forecast and it was already windy +22 kph from the SE.

Then I checked the windsocks on launch here and they were coming in despite the NE wind forecast, so we headed up to launch.

Dennie got ready first and launched to check the air for Kim and it looked very smooth.

Kim got ready quickly and was off in a perfect forward launch torpedo position and flying out to the Ranch.



The wind in the Eagle Ranch LZ was non-conventional . . . read NW which doesn't happen often but it is good to know how to land in every wind configuration.

Kim had a nice landing and we debriefed her on the board as to why we offered up that suggestion for "figure-8"s over the Maple Tree.

I rechecked the wind sock on top for flight #2 but it was now blowing down. We lucked out with a lucky bubble for the first flight and now it was drizzling lightly too.

We only got one flight but it was better than a 2.5 hour drive to Savona to find out it was blown out!

3-21-17
Woodside looks wet today, so we are doing chores, Happy First Day of Spring 2017

Agassiz BC

Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High near 10C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
040° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we were closed today for lessons, too wet and windy from the NE.

3-20-17
Woodside looks windy today, so we are doing ground school sessions and maybe a run to Mission for new students

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 13C. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 km/h.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Mission Report - it was so windy at the Ranch that the flagging tape closing the parking lot blew down last night.

Marwan arrived at 10 am and we did some ground school hoping for some calming of the winds.

By noon we decided to go to Mission Heritage Park to kite on the flats.

It was good between the gusts but a combination of gusts/wet grass/bad shoes made it really tough for Marwan to get a solid wing overhead.

We kited for an hour and after lunch headed to Agassiz Rec Centre where it was still pretyy gusty (we had loaned Marwan some hiking boots by now).

Smart choice was to regroup on a better day, and now Thursday looks good at the Ranch!

3-19-17
Woodside looks good today

Agassiz BC

Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High around 10C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside WOW Report - we were meeting at Woodside at 10 am after being in Vancouver for a birthday party and we drove through rain, hail and snow until we go to the Ranch.

We had many students today and they were not disappointed by their flights after waiting in the Barn doing some ground school until cloudbase rose enough to fly.

Colleen came up to be our ground control instructor and she had a nice soaring flight, while long time student Nelson flew out below her.



One by one the students flew off in nice NW cycles that were reversible for some.

It was soarable for the first flights and average flight times were 20 minutes for the students. The last flight with Ralph having a small frontal way out front signalled a stop to student flights until after 4 pm.

We took a lunch break and watched the experts take off and disappear east & west as the climbed out.

I could hear reports of pilots over Agassiz Mountain, Green Hill, Bridal and Elk. Mike headed west towards Sasuatch and found that it was leeside and not productive there.

Claudia connected with Bridal Falls and got some nice shots showing her view from above.



She then found Kevin below her near Bridal Launch and got some nice shots before he headed towards Elk where he landed at Eddie's house to find Eddie not there so he was stuck for a ride.



Derek reported in at Klaus & Monika's House near the Rosedale Bridge where they too were not home, and he was stuck there waiting for a ride. Fortunately Brad had made to his own house in Rosedale where Christine was home to shuttle the guys around and back to the Ranch to retrieve their cars.

Meanwhile, I launched the second round of student flights and Tom (new student with some 8 flights for a few years ago) climbed out and was still in the air an hour climbing out over the Duncan's. These slight outflow conditions make some great thermals out over the flats, not strong just big and floaty.

Colleen was back on ground control duties and had her hands full as we had six students all in the air over the Ranch at once, four on orange EONAs and two other colours so it was interesting hearing her keeping them separated and safe as they were landing every direction as the winds were light and switchy.

I drove into the field to pick Colleen up and she & Mike had their heads craned towards the sky and I wondered what they were looking at and it was Mike's wife Kim way up high on her new Ozone Geo 5 still at launch height.

Colleen had her finally do some "big-ears" to lose height.

Notice the nice CU over Woodside at this point in the day, now 6:00 pm. And it was still soarable!

Also notice the small speck just right of the big CU . . . yes that is Kim!



Kim skilfully held her "big-ears" through many turns and finally came in to land to the west for a perfect touchdown.



She amassed over two hours of flight time in two flights today, not bad for her first time out here with FlyBC.

3-18-17
Woodside looks awful today

Agassiz BC

Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 8C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 12mm.
240° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we had heavy rain til 4 pm, then high winds with whitecaps on Harrison Bay and all the way into Vancouver.

3-17-17
Mission & Woodside look possible

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies with periods of rain this afternoon. High 9C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 90%.
050° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we were at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather, but headed to Mission first thing to train new students as it was NE wind.

John & Ralph are here for paramotor lessons but are going through the P-2 course first to familiarize themslves with proper wing control and flight.

They did very well at Cherry Park Training Hill in Mission despite the cross winds.



We then headed to Neilson Park facing Hatzic Lake where the wind was "straight in" and a bit strong, but they had quite a few good flights there before we headed back to Eagle Ranch for lunch and ground school.

After ground school and a paramotor video, we headed out to the LZ to show them the approach and some waypoints.

The wind was outflow in the LZ, something that doesn't happen often so it was good to show them an alternate approach path.

When we went back in the Barn, the webcam on top was showing inflow winds so we packed up and headed up the mountain.

You can drive right in to Launch now as the road is plowed for the logging trucks.

We arrived to find 15-20 kph inflow winds on launch, probably due to the snow squall on Sasquatch Mtn.

Ralph got ready first and was able to stand and kite his wing for 30 seconds before launching off.

He was above launch for some time as I guided him, but by the time I fished out my camera he was heading out to the Ranch where Colleen was waiting to guide him in.



Ralph landed in the middle of the circle as we got John ready.

John had a very solid launch and was soon above launch too.



As they packed up the snow squall turned into rain and we had light sprinkle in the LZ, so the day was done.

Super productive day with great ground school, some nice training hill flights and a high flight to end the day by 4:30 pm.

3-16-17
Cache Creek & Savona are looking promising

Agassiz BC

Kamloops: Sunny. High near 10C. Winds light and variable.
210° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Savona Report - we stayed in Cache Creek and the winds were good for Savona again today.

It was only Om and Nelson as the others headed home last night and they had 2 flights before it got very strong from the NE (despite the forecast to be strong SW?).

While we were kiting CUs were popping overhead, signalling good lift if one could time a good launch cycle.



Om was able to kite continuously for 10 minutes in gusty conditions, not bad for Day Two of his paramotoring course.

When it got too strong we did a drive up to Lower Launch and it was clear of snow.

We tried to go to Upper Launch but the spur road off to launch was snowed in.

It will be a few more weeks but it should be good for the Easter Meet.

When we got back down to the flats, the wind had switched to SW and it was gustng to 35 kph, so we headed west to Ashcroft at 4 pm but it was too strong there too.

Another very productive day for the boys and it felt good to be in the sun again!

3-15-17
Cache Creek & Savona are looking promising

Agassiz BC

Kamloops: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High near 10C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
210° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Savona Report - we headed to Cache Creek today to escape the rains, but the winds were better at Savona so we introduced new student Om to Paragliding today.

Old student Nelson also joined us for some refresher training and they both did amazing today!

Om was kiting like a pro in light winds and when it got stronger he was reverse launching using the patented "FlyBC Secret Technique" and was able to launch and kite on his first day.



Dennie also came up with us and enjoyed the lack of rain and all three pilots were able to get 7 flights at the Dump Ridge and it was almost soarable each flight.

At the end of the day it got quiet strong and I ballasted Dennie off and he go a nice soaring flight before we headed home.



Alex arrived late but managed to get a few flights on his Swoop2 speedwing and on his AirDesign big wing too.

3-14-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain again today and it is raining hard right now

Agassiz BC

Rain likely. High around 10C. NE winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around 12mm.
210° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Monsoon Continues - another very wet day, so I did some indoor sorting of gear and tools.



Ozone News Release - Ozone Delta 3 info here.

DELTA 3 final prototype of ML size is now available to order, we have a few demos on the way.

It has been a hard job to improve upon the Delta 2, but we are now very happy to launch a wing we think will keep all Delta 2 pilots very happy.

3-13-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain again today and it is raining hard right now

Agassiz BC

A steady rain this morning. Showers continuing this afternoon. High near 10C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
210° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Monsoon Report - more rain and cloudbase down to Hwy 7 as I headed to Chilliwack. Norm & Bev got smart and headed towards Marshall CA.



Colima Report - meanwhile back in Colima, our amigo Griss just flew from Colima to Sayula on his Advance EN-B glider. Almost as fast as it takes to drive on a toll highway too!

Leonardo Track Here . Nice flight!



FlyingOrange Brazil Report - meanwhile in Brazil, our amigo Mark C just flew from GV to 69 kms south on his new Gin Explorer!

Leonardo Track Here . Another nice flight while we are drenched in rain in BC!

3-12-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain and/or snow again today

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with occasional showers. High 9C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
200° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - spent the day doing outside chores and it actually looked flyable until noon when the rain hit yet again. Six and a half months with almost no flying, when will it end?



At least they are flying in NZ this time of year, although there were some rained out days at this Comp.

Pg open 2017 Rotorua from Jean Brossard on Vimeo.

3-11-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain and/or snow again today

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain. High 7C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 6mm.
180° @ 22
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - I was here at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather, but it was an outside chore day installing windows in the rain with Paul.

If anyone needs a reno project done or even larger full house projects call Paul at 604-703-8010 Kloepen Construction.

I was able to make a lean-to tent for one window but the rest of the time we were hiding under the eaves to stay dry. The grass is very saturated and turns into mud soup when you walk on it.

This is why I had to close the flooded Eagle Ranch Parking Area, too much water and no where to drain.



SupAir News Release - the new SupAir EN-C Taska is ready! So many choices for upgrades this season.

3-8-17 to 3-10-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain and/or snow again today

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with rain and snow showers early changing to mainly rain showers in the afternoon. High around 5C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
270° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - indoor chore days with this rain & snow pattern.

Bronco is now licensed and on the road after brake work and final inspection. Yay!



Ozone News Release - ZERO 2 The ZERO has gained a reputation for agile handling in a highly efficient platform, and the new ZERO 2 improves upon every aspect of the wing.

With the ground-breaking Ozone SharkNose leading edge, a new arc inspired by the Ozone performance-project, and significantly improved launch, handling, and overall performance, the ZERO 2 offers more without compromising stability and comfort.

Also, we have created an exciting new 13m size.

FlyBC is taking orders now!

3-7-17
Woodside is forecast to have snow all day

Agassiz BC

Snow starting early. High 1C. Winds light and variable.
270° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather, but the forecast was right with snowfall warnings.

Bronco Update - installed a new dash pad and speedometer lens and got the winshield washers to work, after getting some parts at Pick-a-Part almost ready to get the inspection finished this week so we are ready to roll up Woodside in old school style. Thankfully we have a dry workshop in the barn as it snowed heavily all day.

Ozone News Release - lots of new stuff coming out very soon, and the Ultralite 4 is now shipping and we have a 19, 21 and a 23 coming for demos. The world's lightest double surface paraglider!

Ozone Ultralite 4 info here.

3-6-17
Woodside is forecast to have soarable winds around noon

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 4C. Winds light and variable.
270° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - I was at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather, hoping to fly around noon and we had decent cloudbase but it was kinda gusty in the LZ.

By the time Bev & Norm arrived it was starting to snow lightly so we didn't go up. But it was flyable before noon, last likely day for a week.

Ozone Rapido - lots of new speed wings headed for the BC Interior soon.

The Ozone Rapido from Ozone Paragliders on Vimeo.

This video features some footage from Mt. Cheam during Rapido testing runs.

3-5-17
Woodside is forecast to have snow all day

Agassiz BC

Periods of snow changing to a few rain showers and wet flurries near noon. Snowfall amount 2 cm. High plus 3.
270° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - we were at Eagle Ranch monitoring the snow most of the day.

3-4-17
Woodside is forecast to clear up by 2 pm

Agassiz BC

Rain ending by noon. High +1 C.
270° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - Denis, Norm, Bev & Gary P headed up around 2 pm.

The road is drivable to 3 kms then very deep snow made it wise to hike in.

I saw Denis and Gary getting to cloudbase at around 1000 metres.



I decided it was warmer in the barn, so I installed a new console/jump seat in the Bronco, while the folks flew.

I think Gary top-landed but I never saw Bev or Norm in the air.

It is forecast to rain or snow the next week too?

3-3-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain all day

Agassiz BC

Rain. High 8C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 6mm.
270° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather, but I have no doubt it will rain most of the day. Off to Pick-a-Part for some stuff.

3-2-17
Woodside is forecast to have rain all day

Agassiz BC

Rain. High 8C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 6mm.
270° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

500 metres
Woodside Report - at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather, but I had no doubt it will rain most of the day.

3-1-17
Woodside is forecast to have high winds and rain all day

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind west 50 km/h gusting to 70 becoming southwest 20 this morning. Temperature steady near 6.
270° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Hwy 5 Report - I checked DriveBC at 6:30 am before I headed North to Kamloops to check out a vehicle but by the time I was halfway to the Snowshed, traffic was stopped in a full-on blizzard.

I sat there for 45 minutes as not much was happening and then there were 2 snowplows coming from the North that did a U-turn and started plowing in my direction. Then we started moving slowly up the hill. Some semis were stuck against the guardrails as they slid backwards, attached now to big tow trucks.

I made it to Kamloops in one piece where there is little snow and it was quite warm and flyable.

Pilots "jonesing" for a flight might want to do a roadtrip to Savona or Cache Creek.



Ozone News Release - lots of new stuff coming out very soon!

ULTRALITE 4 is now available to order in all sizes. 150g lighter than the Ultralite 3 with better performance, such as more speed, we think this is a worthy successor.

DELTA 3 final prototype of ML size should be going to certification by next week assuming weather is good. Load test already completed. EN C certification expected. It has been a hard job to improve upon the Delta 2, but we are now very happy to launch a wing we think will keep all Delta 2 pilots very happy. Hopefully on the order form within 2 weeks.

OZIUM 2 - making final preparations to launch. We think this is a great improvement and pilots can also save some weight over the Ozium 1!

2-28-17
Woodside is clear of snow and rain at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies. High 4C. Winds light and variable.
270° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - there were some blue holes over Woodside but mostly cloudy low base and lots of snow to melt.

2-27-17
Woodside is clear of snow and rain at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies. High 4C. Winds light and variable.
270° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - I was in Chilliwack til 5 pm but it snowed hard all day in the Valley.



Shot taken from the FlyBC Bottom Webcam today while I was at lunch

2-26-17
Woodside is covered in new snow at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 6C. Winds NE at 30 to 45 km/h.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - at Eagle Ranch watching the snow melt with strong NE winds but a high of +6 which did get rid of most of the white stuff. Will this winter ever end?



Bridal Road Report - Too much outflow for flying today so we went on a search for the plugged culvert up Bridal Road.



Managed to locate the upstream end under a big puddle of mud, dirt and branches and dug it out.



But water has been running down the road below so its not in the best shape - Alex, Pete and Claudia

2-25-17
Woodside is sunny at 830 am

Agassiz BC

Increasing clouds with showers arriving this afternoon. High 6C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
270° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
No Fly Report - we were at Eagle Ranch monitorng the weather, hoping for some flying today after noon but it was forecast to be pre-frontal and strong and no one showed up so we did chores.

2-24-17
Woodside is sunny at 730 am

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
270° @ 3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Woodside Report - Claudia & Pete went up around noon and were soon seen way above launch.

Kevin arrived much later and flew to Agassiz and back and top-landed to drive down at 4 pm as we arrived on launch.

Alex W, Paul and Colleen got ready and were soaring as I drove down the mountain.

Apparently it was quite cold at 800 metres, so Colleen flew out after watching the boys landing.





Bridal Road Report: Alan Dickey reports that a culvert has been plugged at 1.5 kms up Bridal Falls road and has created a 0.5 metre washout down the road for 0.5 kms.

We may have to get a construction company out to fix the road as Forestry will not fix it as the road is deemed deactivated.

Does the WCSC have funds available?

2-23-17
Woodside is sunny at 730 am

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy skies. High 6C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we headed up the mountain at 1230 pm and it was coming in strong when I laid out. Bev was in front of me and she waited for a lull bt then it got too light as she tried a few inflations.

It got strong again and I duffed a few inflations too as my ballcap was obscuring my view of the wing, so it came off.

I was kiting closer to the north trees to stay out of Bev's way and it was rotory but I managed to kite the Zeno up nicely and get off into a nice climb right away.

It was developing fast out front and soon the entire mountain was shading up. I tried the north bowl and there were mild climbs there.

I tried the South Knoll and was soaring with Claudia, Matt and Dennie and it was working but we were not getting higher than launch.

I saw some mist forming out over the swamp, so I headed out there and found a climb to 1200 metres clear of the 1000 metre cloudbase and it was strong and smooth at the same time. Soon Claudia, Delvin and Matt joined me.



Norm ended up flying Bev's wing as she wisely drove down and he was finding some nice climbs and he headed out over the Fraser River almost out to Chilliwack and I followed him and we were at 900 metres on the the south banks.



It was a magical cold day, going wherever we wanted and getting high.

Norm, Linda and I landed at the Ranch and it was sporty!

Gusty south winds and lots of thermals made it interesting but I did land on my feet in the circle by some miracle.

Lovin' the Zeno! There were some strong turbulent climbs but I did not eve lose a wingtip during the 1:30 flight.

Nikolai had launched earlier with Igor and Igor made the crossing to Bridal Falls, but could not make it back to Woodside but Nikolai top-landed to go chase him later in the day.

Denny tried a Sasquatch Crossing but got flushed in the lee and landed at Squakum Beach.



Colima Report - local hotshot pilot Benjamin had a really long flight straight line to Lake Chapala on his Zeno today. +7.6 m/s climbs and a 5 hour duration with a 145 km distance and a 245 point XC score.



2-22-17
Woodside is cloudy and low base

Agassiz BC

Rain and snow tapering off this morning. Decreasing cloudiness for the afternoon. High 6C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.
230° @ 7
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - I was at Eagle Ranch monitoring the weather this morning and it was raining and the snowline was down to 100 metres. I did not think anyone would show up . . . but by noon Alex, Nicole, Paddy, Claudia and Martin N arrived and we drove up to launch as soon as the clouds thinned out.

We arrived on top to find Denis, Robert and Dylan waiting for the clouds to lift as it OD'ed as we drove up.

By 1 pm Claudia launched first and started soaring out front.



Weak cycles from the south and sometimes the SE but evenually everyone got off and most were soaring the South Knoll where Alex said he encountered the white room at 1000 metres.



I was the last one to set up and just as I was ready to launch Alex said "here comes the shade" as he headed in to top land. Al also top-landed as I tried to launch and got my lines tangled in my helmet . . . twice!

All my launches in Mexico were very strong and today I was having to yard up the Zeno and turn before it fell back.

I finally got a good cycle and was off and spent 20 minutes soaring with Martin N, Claudia and a bald eagle and it was tight keeping out of everyone's way. The eagle gave up and landed in a tree to watch us.

I tried some sunny patches to the northwest but they were not working so I flew out to the Ranch as Alex thoughtfully drove my Van down. Thanks!

Nice boaty conditions on the way out with little wind in the LZ. Claudia took this picture of me trying to find lift over Kilby Road.



Reports from Pemby said stronger cycles on launch and Guy H did a 30 km out and return in the cold Pemby air.

2-21-17
Woodside looks soarable

Agassiz BC

Mix of sun & cloud. High 6C. Winds light and variable.
230° @ 7
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - headed up Woodside with Derek, Martin N, Bev and myself at 430 pm.

We arrived after hiking in from the main road to find gusty SW winds and it was cold!

Martin N laid out his new Swift 4 and had a great launch and never turned for 30 minutes getting to 1200 metres.



Derek and I wimped out . . . too cold and too gusty so we drove down.

Derek drove Bev home while Martin called in over the golf course runway at 700 metres.

Martin ended up landing at Eagle Ranch in nice conditions and we met at the Sasquatch for dinner.



Colima Report - the boys were flying Colima today and they said it was windy.



2-20-17
Canada is getting closer

Phoenix AZ

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 61F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Road Trip Report - started driving at 4 am and thought is was 730 am cause the clock in the room was flashing that time, power must have gone out?

Left Wells in the dark and a jackrabbit did a suicide dash towards my Bronco and hit the rear diff, sorry buddy!

The plans was to make it home and I did at around 130 am, thanks in part to the CBSA taking a long time to clear the Bronco despite perfect paperwork from A & A Customs Brokers.

The worst part of the drive was the I-90 over Stevens Pass in a blizzard.

Bronco did very well averaged 110 kms per hour, only one litre of oil used and just one small issue with the alternator mount that slowed me down in Idaho for an hour. And it is now home ready for shuttle duties!





Colleen had a nice steak dinner prepared when I got home!

2-19-17
Phoenix is wet so I am heading north

Phoenix AZ

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 61F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Coaches Corner - driving from Goodyear AZ just north of Phoenix towards Canada but I had to stop in Wells NV when it got too dark to see the deer. And there were many dead deer on the road looking for food as there is snow covering their food.

I did get 12 hours of driving in before I stopped though so not a bad day. Bronco running great!

2-18-17
AZ is cold and wet

Phoenix AZ

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 61F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
220° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Road Report - not so productive a driving day but I did get insurance for USA & Canada in Tucson and got some lights working that were out in the dash.

Sounds easy until you disassemble the dash, find the offending bulbs and replace them with LEDs . . . only to find after you reinstall the dash that the LEDs that O'Reilly's sold me were differnt colors in the package!

After 2 hours and driving to 2 different O'Reilly's to replace the bad LED I was on the road towards Phoenix in a huge rainstorm. The storm that hit Hawaii and then California with damaging rains is not inland but with less punch.



I did arrive in Goodyear AZ, north of Phoenix around 9 pm for the evening.



2-16-17 and 2-17-17
Manzanillo is windy I am headed North to Canada

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Road Trip Report - I left Manzanillo at 1030 am, heading north toward Canada.

I called Jonathan to wish him a Bon Fete, and he was on Colima Launch waiting for Richard S to fly before it got too strong and it was only 11 am, and the gustw were heard through the phone.

I hit a nasty duststorm at Sayula on the Toll Road, at first it looked pretty small.



But within minutes it enveloped the road and made driving dangerous.



It cleared up a bit further north but then it got even worse near San Marcos.

At the last toll booth, the Federal Cops had the highway blocked to southbound traffic, Norm & Derek got out of here in good time.

It was howling all the way to Mazatlan, my first stop and I arrived there just as it got dark.



The next morning I got up and on the road by 630 am.

I was going to check out Guaymas, where Sean G's Mom and Dad have a house, but I thought I should get to the US Border as the weather was changing to rain soon.

I drove through a spit of rain on the way to Nogales but it was short-lived.



For those curious as to the Bronco's reliability: so far so good, averaging about 16 Litres/100 km driving her hard and fast, 120 - 130 kph all the way. Good old 1980 Technology with a carb and no computers.

I made it to the US Border by 830 pm, and a short wait and I was through with no searches or questions about my Mexican Plated Bronco!





Woodside Gloat Report - while I was driving on February 17th, folks were soaring with the eagles til they were too cold to fly. Kevin top-landed and maybe some others too, and there is still snow around launch.

2-6-17 to 2-15-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tourist Report - we have been in Manzanillo most days, hoping Pelican Bay will work again after 1 pm and most days it turned on even earlier . . . somedays too strong to even attempt a visit with huge rollers and too many whitecaps to count.

Sorry I have been offline for ten days but it is all pretty mundane: swimming in the ocean or the pool, two trips to Puerto Vallarta to get Colleen to a flight to Vancouver for a few meetings (600 km round trip), and one last trip to Guadalajara (600 km round trip) for Colleen to fly to Toronto for her last day here on Valentine's Day.

We stayed at the beautiful La Vita Bella Hotel & Spa in Chapala for her last night here in Mexico, and enjoyed a nice dinner on the terrace.

My last day in Manzanillo consisted of errands and a trip to the mechanic for an oil change and fluid level check to prep for the long trip home to the cold North.

I think the Bronco will do fine as we have done 1800 kms in road trips the past few weeks, which is almost half way home anyway.

Last night's sunset was amazing!

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It was flyable most days here in Manzanillo or Colima this trip, just too many logistics for only myself and Colleen as she was working most weekdays, but we had planned this as a vacation time. Next year we will re-start the Tours with the month of January as the main Tour Month, book soon.

Looks like not so nice weather back in Agassiz, based on the webcam shots!



2-5-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Beach Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, maybe Pelican Bay will work again after 1 pm. Camilo and Kiki are here for a visit enjoying the beach.



Canadian PG Nationals is coming in July . . . here is a preview of the mountains in Pemberton where it will be held.

This. Is. Canada. from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.

2-4-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Puerto Vallarta Road Trip - we are heading to PVR for Colleen's flight home for a few days. Just like Google Maps says: 4:45 with traffic. PVR is too busy for me, much bigger than in 1999 when we first visited Mexico.

2-3-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Chore Day - we are in Manzanillo for the day, but no flying as we prepared for Colleen's flight home on the 4th. Another sunny day in paradise as BC gets ready for another snow dump.

2-2-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe La Cumbre & Pelican Bay will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Coaches Corner - Colleen Varcoe and I dropped the Bronco off at Volumen Stereo for new stereo, alarm system, daytime running lights (to be BC Legal) and power locks.

We hiked back to our condo past the crocodile swamp in Manzanillo.



Interesting that this mangrove swamp is right here in the city with a walkway so close, I was walking fast just in case.



Then a nice windy dinner at Pacifica Restaurant with Pelican Bay flying site in the background. Rollers and whitecaps suggest it might have been too windy to fly today! But it has been coming on before noon most days, now that the Bronco is fixed we can go flying.





Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here after 6 tasks . . . with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada.

2-1-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe La Cumbre & Pelican Bay will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Chore Day - we are in Manzanillo for the day, instead of travelling to Colima I picked up the Bronco finally after 13 long months of waiting . . . ridiculous even by Mexican time standards.





Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada.



2016 in Review - we had our busiest season every in 20 years!

Thanks to all of you that supported us in 2016!

We started out in January with our biggest Mexican Tour with many guests improving their skills at El Toro, Pelican Bay Soaring Site, Colima and Tapalpa.

February brought us more Tour guests with me returning to Canada on March 1 to start lessons.

March brought on some great spring conditions with some excellent XC flights in the Faser Valley.

April brought out many new student pilots and we had up to 7 per day requiring some additional manpower to help out with Degas in Mission with newbies while I was sending students off Woodside. April enjoyed the first tree-landing of the season as an un-named P-2 pilot 360ed himself into a 200' tree just before dark.

May brought out many pilots doing XC flights from Benny to Woodside. This site was improved in 2016 with WCSC & BCHPA funds so we are going to take advancing students there in 2017. We also ran our Annual FlyBC Instructor Course and had many new candidates working with our students. We had to go to Coyote & Mara many times to avoid the weather.

June was an awesome month and we had many signed off P-2 students by now. Thanks to all who helped us get them through their courses!

July was a productive month but also brought some sad news as a local Bellingham Pilot who had flown Blanchard hundreds of times had a fatal crash while paragliding on a mellow day. TJ had been flying since 2000 and had created a Weather Page that was very useful in predicting the conditions.

August took us to Mara Lake for our Annual SIV Course and we had 25 participants over 10 days with only a few wet wings. Either we are getting better at guiding, or the gliders are getting safer, or the pilots are doing more studying prior to the Course . . . or all three but it is a pleasure to put pilots through the maneuvers and see them cain confidence in their gear.

September was flyable most days but we did do the odd road trip to Merritt and Coyote. I think we are up to 200 flyable days now. We also had one weekend closed to students and pilots at Eagle Ranch while we married off Aaron & Christy!

October turned out to be a complete bust as it rained everyday, as did November. Odd as this is usually our busiest training time. It was okay because we had planned a trip to Australia anyway, but I felt bad for the students that did not get finished in 2016.

December was also bad weather-wise with record snow falls, so I went to Mexico to get our winter condo ready for the winter season, and Derek & Norm & I had some nice flights.

Thanks again to the 40+ students we signed off in 2016.

Thanks also to the pilots that bought a record number of gliders from Gin, Ozone & SupAir from us in 2016.

Stay safe in 2017, and we will be here to support you in your flying endeavours.





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