FlyBC "Site of the Day" - May 20/2018

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Woodside looks like some flying mid-day if the rain goes away

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5-20-18
Woodside is looking like the rain will end by noon and offer us some nice soaring in the afternoon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Showers ending near noon then cloudy. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
240° @ 9
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Coaches Corner - Local forecast says it will be 40% Prob. of Precip. It is raining now but expected to stop by noon so we will do some ground school and simulator work til then. We may do a noon shuttle if the conditions open up.



We have updated the FlyBC Calendar to include new dates for Beginner (P-1) Courses to be run 2 times each month on the third Friday - Sunday of each month.

Also we have added a weekday Beginner Course starting the 3rd week of each month on Monday - Tuesday to aid those with mid-week days off.

FlyBC Operational Calendar

Paramotor courses have be added for those interested in becoming Motor-Heads. We have several new training units here now for pilots up to 250 lbs.



FlyBC is an authorized distributor for Ozone , SkyBean Varios, Gin , SupAir, Flytec/ Naviter, Blackhawk Paramotors , Wills Wing.



Used Gear List: Updated April 30, 2018

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness)
Supair Radical 3 reversible airbag harnesses - $750 without reserve
Supair Strike Light Pod harness - $1250 without reserve
Ozone Ozium 2 M Harness - $1500 CDN without reserve
Ozone Forza M Harness - $1600 CDN without reserve
SupAir EONA (L) - EN-A demo wings - $2600 CDN without harnesses, all 2017 models
AirDesign EAZY SuperLight - EN-A - Small & Medium sizes good for 65-105 kgs - new demo stock - $3200 CDN
Gradient Golden 4 M - 85-105 kgs - EN-B - 2014 model - 45 hours - $1600 CDN.
Nova Ion 3 M - 80-100 kgs - EN-B - 20 hours - $2200 CDN.
Nova Mentor 5 Medium - Blue/Yellow - 45 hours - Instructor flown - $3200 CDN.
Ozone Alpina 2 MS - 140 hours - $2800 CDN - no damage in custom Yellow/Orange/Red colours.
Ozone Delta 3 ML - 2017 Model - 15 hours - White/Grey - EN-C - Ozone's hottest EN-C ship - $3700 CDN - customer bought Alpina 3 to save weight

Paramotors for sale:

Kangook Lite Frame with SkyEngines 110cc water-cooled power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $6000 CDN including taxes.



Kangook Lite Frame with Compact Radial MZ100 power. High hang point harness with option to add swing-arms for extra cost. $6000 CDN including taxes with only 4 hours of run time.

Blackhawk Quad Unit with MZ 34 big power unit and electric start - $6500 CDN with Magnum II tandem wing.



BlackHawk 125Lite Paramotor the new 125Lite Paramotor, 5 lbs lighter than the previous model - $7995 USD with Edge glider of your size. BlackHawk 125 Lite Paramotor

Blackhawk EDGE 30 paramotor glider (rated EN-B) - $1500 CDN - good to 110 kgs without motor or 140 with motor - 2016 model with 20 flights
5-19-18
Woodside is looking like a small chance of rain today on the RASP so we hope to be flying

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)

1600 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 40% Prob. of Precip. But as it rained in Deroche, Chilliwack, Abbotsford . . . we got barely a spit of rain.

Alex and Greg were here despite the crappy forecast and they were ground handling like pros on the training hill in perfect conditions and were both ready to fly by 1 pm after a landing briefing.

Denis launched them for the first flights and I landed them, and we repeated this 2 more times and as it was inverted the conditions stayed perfect for student flights til 6 pm.

We received our new SupAir EONA2 today but I did not want the guys to test fly it if it was going to rain so we used the EONA L and the Nova Ion3 today for student flights. Both are available for purchase.

5-18-18
Woodside is looking like rain today on the RASP so no flying today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said it would be 60% Prob. of Precip. I had a few hours of work planned for the C337 with an Avionics tech so I was at the airport til noon.

Delvin and Guy arrived after 1 pm to throw their reserves and have them repacked. Both worked despite Guy's reserve had not been repacked for 8 years!

After they were repacked, they headed up the mountain for a flight at Woodside. A nice boaty flight for Guy to try out his new Ozone Swift 4.

We also went up around 6 pm so Colleen and Derek could have a flight. Derek was also trying out a new Swift 4.

Too bad I called off the day with rain and Thunderstorms in the forecast because it was nice all day.

The Fraser River is rising and threatening lands outside the dykes, as seen in this photo. The last time I was flying here the windlines on the river were very visible as the river is more like a lake and slow moving.





Paramotor Infraction News - Niagara Parks police have charged a Quebec man after receiving a report of a powered paraglider being operated near Chippawa Thursday afternoon.

At around 4 p.m. on May 17, police were called to the area of Portage Road South.

Officers found the man landing his aircraft at the Rapidsview parking lot between Portage Road South and the Niagara Parkway. The man was identified as a Quebec resident and was issued a Provincial Offences Notice for unlawfully landing an aircraft.

The airspace where the man was operating his aircraft is also identified as restricted airspace by Transport Canada, and they have been notified of the incident.

Editor's Note: This is CYR518 clearly identified on sectional charts and in the CFS.

Here is a view of the Niagara Area and overflying is prohibited up to 3500 feet.



5-17-18
Woodside is looking like SW wind today on the RASP and drizzle so no flying today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
20% Precip. / 0.00 mm Mostly Cloudy. High near 20C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - the day started with low clouds and minor drizzle.

Errand day in Chilliwack and I went back around 4 pm, to find Derek & Martin N organizing a trip up Woodside.

I arrived and loaded up the truck with my Swift 4 (now sold to Guy S from WA).

We picked up a lone hiker Bob T on the road and gave him a lift to the top.

Martin launched first on his Ozone Swift 4 and I was a close second after him and we were soaring above launch.

Derek was off third and also soared.

Bob T launched and was handicapped by his small BGD wing I guess cause he really never got above launch, despite being in the same airmass as us.

I flew to the South Knoll twice hoping for better lift as we could not get above 800 metres on the north face.

The second time over to the South Knoll I got just in line with launch and tried a top-landing pass (winds were 25 kph).

First pass I was too high so I cranked a few figure-8s near launch and the second pass was the charm . . . 10 feet over the center of launch and I stalled the Swift 4 in to a soft landing.

No retrieve drive needed.

I packed up and warmed up and watched Martin & Derek soar for another 15 minutes before they headed to Harvest LZ.



All the eastern fields have been hayed now and the field near Mark F's house is now seeded in corn so that is off-limits.



You know you are not having a good day when . . . a photographer gets this shot of you hanging off the face of the Squamish Chief!

Reports say a freak gust of wind caused it!



5-16-18
Woodside is looking like SW wind today on the RASP but not much lift as the inversion and high pressure sets in

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy. High 21C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we planned for shuttles at 11 am but the clouds were too low and our one student David had a broken car so he had to go to a mechanic all day.

By the time he got back it was blown out but he got to kite his new Ozone Rush 3 that we just took on trade this morning.

I was planning to meet the pros at Bridal but half way there I turned around because it looked too windy.

A glider was seen over Bridal Launch later so it might have been okay but I had chores to finish anyway.

5-15-18
Woodside is looking like SW wind today on the RASP but not much lift as the inversion and high pressure sets in

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Mostly Sunny. High 28C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying with Cam & Eric (father son team) and they logged two flights before heading home.

Cam must have sensed that it was going to get stronger because they had great smooth flights and about 20 minutes after they left it got very windy.

After a quick lunch at the Sasquatch Inn, Bev & I drove to Chilliwack Airport and flew up to Williams Lake to retrieve Colleen from her project.

We made a straight GPS flight to CYWL over Harrison Lake, past Lilooett, and into Williams Lake for a flight time of 1:20.



Not as fast as the last trip due to some crosswinds/headwinds but still pretty fast. Some nice lift along the Fraser River near Green Lake with +1000ft/min lift for extended periods.



Colleen was waiting on the tarmac and we loaded her stuff in as I filled the tanks. Tip of the Day: Always fly with full fuel over the mountains as long as you don't exceed your gross weight.

We flew back to CYWC at 11500 feet and were just under the clouds where the cloud suck helped us get home in 1:20 as well.



Quite windy still when we landed at Chilliwack at 6 pm, and no one flew Bridal cause it looked too strong. A group went up Woodside at 6:30 pm and flew and Derek got a 14 minute sleddie.

He landed at Riverside to check out the new mowing job and he says it looks better than ever with a wide long runway.



5-14-18
Woodside is looking like fairly strong SW wind today on the RASP but later in the day

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High near 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had five students and the two newest members were a father-son team from North Vancouver. Cam & Eric spent a few hours with Dennie in the LZ and on the training hill while I took the more experienced students up for a flight.

Dan is closing in on his P-2 rating and he wrote his exam last night and aced it with an 89% pass mark!

Lara is finished now and just has to write her P-2 exam and she will be free to fly soon.

Jim O from WA state is only 2 flights away from earning his P-2 and he got a few mentored flights in with Jess W at Blanchard last week too.

The first two flights were rather lame conditions as indicated by the RASP but great for students.

Dennie took over the launch duties while I managed the haying and watering chores and guided the students in.

One un-named student decided that he should thermal his way down into a clearcut below launch and had a long walk out, teachable moments!

We only got 4 flights in today and it never got windy, and the last flight yielded about an hour of airtime.

5-13-18
Woodside is looking like fairly strong NE wind today on the RASP so maybe a roadtrip is going to happen to Savona or Merritt

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 31C. Winds N at 15 to 30 km/h.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside WOW Report - I was originally planning a trip to the Interior today to get everyone some flights when it was so windy from the NE in Agassiz.

But we had 8 students and only one Van so we stayed and kited and it switched to inflow around 1 pm.

Denny took the students up and I managed the landing duties while mowing and doing maintenance tasks.

Highlight of the day: Chase & Jaime both flying SupAir gliders were up at 2000 metres for hours trying to get down cause they were dressed in t-shirts and shorts!

Second Highlight of the Day: Sheila figured out ridge soaring on her fourth high flight and was up for an hour too on the XS Rush trainer.

Daughter Nadya landed short in Duncan's feedlot and was a bit panicked when the cows came to say hi, a lot of cows. LOL!

So eight students, three runs and lots of airtime.

Here is Dan coming in on his first flight, notice the awesome wind direction and strength for landings.



Pretty busy day and I am glad we stayed local because the Kamloops forecast did not materialize and we would have spent 5 hours driving instead of ground handling practice, which everyone needed.

Reports of 2400 metres at Bridal, while one of our un-named students claimed to be at 2300 metres east of Woodside today (no wonder we lost sight of him).

5-12-18
Woodside is looking okay after noon according to RASPs

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 22C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Williams Lake/Woodside Report - I got into the Skymaster at Williams Lake Airport at 8 am and flight plan said 1:10 to Chilliwack.

I planned a cruise altitude of 11500' today and it worked out well as I was getting 215 mph on the GPS passing Lilooett.



I landed at Chilliwack Airport at 9:00 am for a total flight time of 1:00.

Definitely North wind aloft all the way to Woodside and then nothing over Woodside!

I was back at the Ranch by 10 am to meet up with students already kiting with Dennie in the LZ.

We had a very mixed bag of students with 4 that had never seen a paraglider, to 4 more with between 8-20 flights but everyone kited their gear to get tuned up.

Jaime had a new SupAir Leaf Light to try out and he had some great flights today.

Nadia & Sheila are here for a Mother's Day Adventure and by 3 pm they were ready to fly.

Dennie managed the top launch duties while I provided landing support and we were busy with 5 rounds of flights today.

I was also guiding Jackson while he was doing each of his four paramotor flights today, getting off with style and grace! His Kangook SkyEngines 110 is running beautifully!

Scotty West was staying at the campground by the River and he flew over on his new Ozone Freeride 16 also on a Kangook SkyEngines unit.

Jim also flew in from Chilliwack on his Blackhawk 125 unit and he hung out while we were coaching off Woodside and he flew off after 7 pm to head home.

Lots of action at Eagle Ranch today!

We were packing up from the last flight at 7:30 pm.

A very long productive day at FlyBC's Eagle Ranch.

5-11-18
Woodside is looking okay after 11 m, but there is some higher winds later according to RASPs

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 22C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we took Dan R up the mountain at 1 pm and he only got one flight as it got pretty windy right after he landed.

That worked out well for my plan as Colleen & Kelsey were meeting me at the Chilliwack Airport to load up the Skymaster T337 to fly to Williams Lake.

They arrived with about 300 lbs of gear for their research project and somehow we got it all stowed and still had room for three people.



We flew up Harrison Lake at 6500 feet, past Pemberton Airport and over the Duffey Lake Pass to Lilooett and then North to Williams Lake. Very scenic with some nice 1000 ft/min thermals to boost our speed.

We arrived in Williams Lake in 1:25 as flight planned with a direct route so it did not cost us anytime to do the scenic route.



A nice little airport with a long runway for a casual approach with some gusty crosswinds tonight.

5-10-18
Woodside is looking okay after 12 pm, but there is some cloud/rain according to RASPs

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
20% Precip. / 0.00 mm Mostly Cloudy. High 13C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said it would be 20% Precip.

Only Martin showed up around noon and I had to go to Chilliwack Airport after 2 pm to get my plane out of the shop, so we went on a reconn tour of Chehalis Band Lands to scope out the LZs.

There is an easy to spot area to land in when soaring the North Cliffs of Woodside . . . the ball fields. And there is a flag to give you wind direction too. Behind the ball fields is a bare, unfenced field by the roadway too with no obstacles or powerlines.



Closer to the mountain and river is the Chehalis Boat Launch (not public) that has a long gravel parking lot and few trees that is about 200 metres from where Martin had to land a few days back.



This photo is looking down the river from the boat landing to where the arrow point to Martin's Cove LZ.



It was quite windy at the Harrison Bridge and Chehalis Band Offices, and also at the HG LZ but apparently Denis flew a tandem and had a nice flight with his first tandem top-landing!

Martin came with me to test fly the Cessna Skymaster taking off from Chilliwack Airport at 3 pm and heading straight over Bridal Launch (no Alan to be seen), and it was lifty with 500 ft/min thermals to help us climb.

We scooted over to Harrison and then past Woodside at 3000 feet, where it smoothed out. It was bumpy below 3000 feet as the air was unstable and there were Cumies everywhere with the odd rain patch.

Nice landing conditions with +20 km/hr on the runway straight in.

5-9-18
Woodside is looking wet all day and stormy

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. High 19C. Winds strong.
040° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - there was not one flyable window out here today. It was either sunny and windy or rainy or both. Good day to source out aircraft parts for the Skymaster cause we have a trip planned Friday to CYWL.

5-8-18
Woodside is looking okay after 2 pm, but there is some outflow according to RASPs

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
040° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying the students around 1 pm after waiting for some upcycles.

Greg H was here finishing up his Instructor Recert and did a fantastic job managing the students while I was watching them land.

I had one tandem at 1 pm that was short because it was not lifty anywhere.

But it was good for student rounds.

After 3 pm we went up and this time Colleen launched the students while Greg was in the LZ guiding and I did another tandem. Justin K was here taking Cheryl K for a tandem too and they launched first and were grovelling for some time before getting above launch.

It did take a few tries to get a solid wing for me though as the cycles looed strong in front but the wing would not pressurize so I was patient and the cycle I picked rewarded us with a short run and immediate lift off launch.

I watched Martin N & Wouter take the north route and the both "beamed up" and away, so I followed that route and we also climbed out fast on the Swift Max tandem.

I got us to 1350 metres pretty fast and was flyng with Wolf at times on Wouter's Alpina 2, cause I sold his Rush 3 from under him to Mike.



Other times I was all alone but we never got below launch and it was interesting checking out the wind layers. From 800 to 1000 metres was rough from the north wind but super smooth above 1000 metres away from the rotor.

We flew for about an hour and Colleen was launching Noah & Mike and Mike got a nice climb too under Colleen's skillful guidance so we flew around him for a while.

I flew out to the Ranch and past almost to Kilby and on the way back to launch we arrived just below launch and then climbed again to 1100 metres with ease.

My passenger was enjoying the flight and did not even once feel dizzy despite looking down a lot!

We had a nice smooth approach into the Ranch with no wind and a nice butt landing into the circle.

Meanwhile Martin N had gone XC to Sasquatch and had landed on the other side of the river, and Wouter top-landed and drove our Van down. Thanks to Bev & Norm for driving for everyone today! What a team.

After packing up we started working on the training hill raking project.

Rain was forecast tonight at 9 pm, and we had about two hours to finish what Wouter & Martin N had started earlier. I had done some heavy smoothing with a beam behind the quad earlier, but the rakes were needed to pick rocks and smooth out some holes.

We had a good crew with Daniela & Wolfie picking rocks with me and there were some big ones.



We had Colleen seeding and Wouter raking it in too.



Just around 8 pm, we were just finishing as the storm arrived with 30 k winds and sprinkles of rain.

What a great day, happy students left with new gear!

We had great flying and managed to get the seeding and levelling done just in time.

A few more days of rain are forecast so it is perfect timing to get this work done and it will make Eagle Ranch even more productive!

5-7-18
Woodside is looking okay after 10 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
040° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying students at 10 am with aid from Greg H here for his Instructor recertification.

We had a few drop-ins so the student ranks rose to 6 by mid-day with Clark & Neumann joining us.

Lara got to thermal on her three flights today and as usual it got windy by 3 pm so we had a kiting session.

Marwan got to try out his new Nova Ion5 and got a high flight after 5 pm, when I flew off with a tandem to check the air and we got to soar above launch before flying out to check the for the students.

It looks like one more good day until it rains on Wednesday.

5-6-18
Woodside is looking okay after 10 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Instructor Recert Day Two - we had perfect winds from 10 am on and we ran up the mountain many times until after 3 pm it got too windy for students so we had a great kiting session.

I felt is still looked too windy but Jacek went up with Tom C and and his student and Jacek flew as the wind tech but advised that it was not student friendly.

We had a student and instructor debriefing session and most Instructors were free to leave by 6 pm.

5-5-18
Woodside is looking okay after 2 pm, but there is some outflow according to RASPs

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 19C. Winds light and variable.
040° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Instructor Recertification Course Review - We had a nice professional group of experiened Instructors here today for their three year recerts.

Colleen led the group discussions on Adult Learning - focusing on key strengths and how to improve on Educational Techniques.



We moved to the towing field and introduced the Instructors to the new FlyBC winch and students and instructors got a chance to be tow operators and tow pilots.



We had 5 students for the instructors to work with with varied experience levels, and it worked out well by the end of the day with many launch & landing coaches for the students. We did 4 rounds of student flights before 6 pm.

5-4-18
Woodside is looking okay after 10 am, but some forecast predicted 60% chance of rain

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. 60% POP. High 19C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Coaches Corner - Local forecast said it will be 60% Precip and it was raining in Agassiz. High 15C.

We started flying at 10 am with Jerry getting his first of five high flights today.

Bob & Regent arrived late but still managed to get 3 Woodside flights after a three week hiatus.

Colleen joined us for the last flight at 6 pm and she managed to find some soarable lift on her SupAir Taska.



This is Jerry's last flight and he was very high when he headed straight out.



Apparently landing conditions were perfect but the students came in too low or too high with one in Duncan's freshly hayed field and the last two landing downwind?

I guess 25 acres is not quite enough space for a suitable LZ for some pilots!

5-3-18
Woodside is looking okay after 10 am, but may get windy later according to RASPs

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High 19C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Reports - Jerry was able to get his first high flights in today after a 2 hour towing session.

We had great East Winds for towing but somehow the students had trouble staying on the tow line?

After many duffs and a few near crashes, Jerry got a great last tow landing straight ahead!

The great thing with the new tow rig is that I can instantaneously drop tension and the winch will freewheel with just a few pounds of force eliminating lockout.

The tow rig is invaluable for new paramotor pilots, as the tow force is identical to the push force of a paramotor.

We had nice straight-in cycles at launch after 2 pm, and Jerry flew off twice with one confused approach and then a perfect one.

After 5 pm we did a landing debrief while Derek, Martin and RObert P went up for a glass-off flight and were rewarded with a 2 hour flight up to 1300 metres, with perfect landing conditions.
5-2-18
Woodside is looking okay after noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High near 20C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - I had one student here for Paramotor Lessons and he was doing very well with the kiting phase of his lessons.

We kited until noon, and I sent him for lunch while I took Jonnie for a Birthday Tandem.

We got up right away and it must have been luck (or a logging truck thermal) as we climbed though 1000 metres right off launch, while Dennie had to work to climb above launch initially. He did outclimb us after a while and had no problem getting lift all over the mountain as did Nicole.



We had some pretty strong and disorganized thermals and no wind to drift us back but it just felt weird.

We flew on the front side of Woodside for 30 minutes and the weirdness made me think the Ranch might not be so good as the farmer was seeding our new runway and it might get thermic with all the tractor activity.

The end result in the perimeters of our Eagle Ranch LZ will be very nice when the grass seed takes over. You can see the difference the packing and seeding makes, from the initial plowing done last week.



Jonnie & I flew east towards Harvest Market and had some nice soaring on that side of Woodside for another 20 minutes and despite seeing smoke with a SW drift there was no wind and 3 feet of hay in the Harvest LZ so our landing was spectacular!

Dennie & Blake joined us in the Harvest Thermals and we all landed together and we were packed up as Bev drove in to retrieve us. Thanks Bev!

Meanwhile we heard Alex & Greg heading in to the Ranch as they had a nice XC from Lil Nic. They took different lines from Deroche but achieved the same result and the gyrations I saw in their wings on approach into the Ranch confirmed that I made the right decision to land at Harvest.



A crew went over to Bridal for a 4 pm start time and later reports said the air over there was weird too.

5-1-18
Woodside is looking okay after noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Partly Cloudy. High 17C. Winds light and variable.
040° @ 2
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying with new student Sergio here for his second day of flying and he logged five solo flights.

Folks got very nice long flights today and some ended up east near Agassiz.

I headed up for Sergio's last flight and took up a wing and was having a nice flight, and was doing some formation flying with Martin N with both of us on Swift 4s.

Bev was driving and I decided to head out after getting to cloudbase (1200 metres) several times, hoping for a sixth flight for Sergio but after taking 30 minutes to come down over the Ranch I decided it was too windy for a last flight.

As I was setting up for a bouncy landing at the Ranch I overheard the calls regarding Martin N who had got too far back and was now in the rotor zone behind the north ridge and plummeting.

He ended up in some trees near the south shore of the Harrison River after being unable to escape the rotors.

We were formulating a rescue plan when we heard he was now at the boat ramp on the north side of the Harrison Bridge after getting picked up by some fishermen. They did not rescue his wing though.

Martin was now back at the Ranch and we had to drag my boat out of storage and repair an oil leak and steal a battery from Norm's car to get the boat mobile.

After and hour of repairs and getting tools together we were headed up the river in 3 foot swells as the winds picked up even stronger.

About an hour later we were back in the boat with an undamaged Swift 4 and undamaged pilot Martin and we pulled the boat out before dark.

Boat ran perfectly despite sitting over the winter. Last used at our annual SIV course in Revy in August, where it sprang an oil sump leak which was just some plastic lines that needed replacing as they got brittle. I found some lines off the old parts Bronco to get us going.

Wing was hung on the drying rack for the evening and we will kite it tomorrow to check for hidden damage.

Always an Adventure!

4-30-18
Woodside is looking okay after 3 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
10% Precip. / 0.00 mm Mostly Cloudy. High 14C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said it would be 10% Precip. High 14C. I was in Chilliwack looking at the progress on my airplane when Sergio called to say he was lost.

I gave him directions to the Barn and headed home and we started the ground school lessons.

Sergio is a sky diver so he had a good grasp of canopy control and approaches, so we quickly moved out to the LZ for ground handling lessons.

Sergio started on the training hill and had flawless forward launches and as the winds picked up we started doing reverse launches and he picked that up quickly too.

The winds switched to more southerly so we went to the landing area and kited for a few hours and by 1 pm Sergio was doing well and with good acceleration was getting airborne too.

Launch was just starting to clear so we went for lunch and returned to find Martin and Andrei ready to fly.

We drove up at 2 pm and launch was in and out of clouds but nice cycles and smooth conditions when Martin launched.



We launched Sergio and he had a great launch and was on his way to the LZ at Eagle Ranch and I tried to get him to thermal in one spot but he was hesitant so he flew out and did the standard approach.

He overshot the Landing Circle somewhat and apologized for landing in the mud, but he was on his feet at least.

I raced down dodging logging trucks (150.080 MHZ is the road frequency) as they are hauling actively.

When I arrived Martin was just landing and he said it was lifty only by the trees but that is where clouds were forming so it was hard to stay VFR.

We went up for a second flight and Sergio again did a flawless reverse launch, and this time he started to thermal on his own getting more comfortable when he hit lift.

This time he landed near the training hill again in the newly plowed soil. Practice makes perfect so we went back up at 5 pm for a last flight.

Sergio had to do a forward this time as the winds were lighter and he did perfect again.

More thermalling on his way out and this time a perfect circle landing! Yay!

A very productive day with one-on-one coaching and good conditions!

4-29-18
Woodside is looking wet til Monday

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
70% Precip. / 2.50 mm Showers. High 9C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - as forecasted we had rain on & off all day. There may have been one flyable window after 4 pm but the grass was still wet.

4-28-18
Woodside is looking wet til Monday

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
80% Precip. / 1.24 mm Light Rain. High 11C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Monsoon Report - Local forecast said it would be 80% Precip. / 1.24 mm with Light Rain. High 11C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. And they were right but it did dry out later in the afternoon.

Derek and I went down to retrieve the POS lawnmower from Riverside and it quit raining for that project, now if we can just find the keys?

And then it got flyable but Derek had no wing with him.



Brett and Andrew were at this FAI Comp in Brasil a few week back and we finally saw Brett's video of his trip. We were here in November but the weather never cooperated to fly this site so we have to live vicariously through Brett's lens.

Baixo Guandú II | 3rd FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championship from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.

4-27-18
Woodside is looking sunny with leeside winds in the AM and strong SW winds in the PM

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 28. Becoming windy in the afternoon. UV index 6 or high.
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - weird weather day with leeside winds (but light) early so we went up around 11 am and the students all flew and had nice flights.

On the second round martin N, Bev, Norm and a few other experienced pilots came up too and we had nice cycles at launch but the smog from Vancouver that was far in the distance on the first round was now over Chilliwack? Hmmm? Must be geting windier out there but all signs on launch were positive and it was easy flying until Ryan started to head out and he hit a wind layer at about 400 metres.

The arriving HGers also said it got windy in the valley as they were loading up, but did not give us a reading on speeds.

Then the air started getting turbulent the lower Ryan got and his forward speed was dropping. But he kept the glider flying out to the Ranch but alas did not make it landing in one of Duncan's field.

I advised Travis to head to Riverside and he was up for a good 30 minutes not moving forward but he was upwind of the LZ and it was smooth so he just hung out as two other signed-off pilots made their approach into Riverside.

I missed the final approach of one of the pilots as he came in on final and got pushed back into the east treeline and was dangling 3 metres off the ground. The other pilot was Paul H and he had a safe but thermic landing and he went to help the un-named pilot out of the trees.

Meanwhile Travis was still hanging out over Riverside and he eventually got down to a safe landing too.

Martin N & Norm were still in the air and super-high when they headed out on a SW track but when I came down to the Lower Launch Switchback I saw Norm in Duncan's field just south of Hwy 7 and Martin N was hovering over the HG LZ where Nelson had landed earlier.

Eight pilots launched and three ended up in Riverside and the rest were scattered all over the valley.

Undeterred, the HGers flew but the landings were not so nice for them as the air was turbulent.

Darren H and his wife went to Blanchard to fly, and the plan was to have lunch on launch and then Darren would fly off. But they arrived to launch to find the air very cold as the front rolled in and it got very foggy so Darren could not fly.



4-26-18
Woodside is looking sunny with leeside winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
040° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - we thought it would be outflow all day but magically Woodside had nice launch cycles at noon, even though Agassiz was still blowing North at 25 kph.

Our wind tech today was Travis on his third day of flying and he took off on our demo Blackhawk 125 Lite motor for his first motoring flight (he is a commercial pilot so I expected he would do fine!).

After the motoring flight we went up to launch and had two really nice flights for Travis, Jackie & new student Ryan.

I even got to fly Jackie's wing down on flight #2 as she was feeling burned out from the heat, trying to fool Dennie but he was not to be fooled today.

Martin N was out and flying and was still up after 2 hours desite the inversion.

4-25-18
Woodside is looking sunny with strong leeside winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. Becoming windy this morning. High 26. UV index 5 or moderate.
040° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Merritt Report - Local forecast said it would be NE wind all day and much stronger than yesterday, and it was howling windy in the AM so we drove to Merritt.

We got some kiting for a new student but only Denny got to fly off the speed wing ridge top.

We had to race back to the Ranch for student evening commitments and everyone left by Jacquie who was kiting later in nice winds as I worked on the training hill west section now that the dirt has dried out.

4-24-18
Woodside is looking sunny with leeside winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High near 25C. Winds light and variable.
040° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said NE wind all day but lighter than yesterday, so we did some student towing in the morning.

And by noon the launch winds looked good so we went up for a flight and got more solo flights in for paramotor student Travis and also two high flights for Clark who had done some hours on Diefenbaker Park with us in late February.

And around 5 pm we went up for a last flight and I even got to fly! I launched and headed out towards Riverside where I saw a flock of birds climbing fast earlier, but found nothing but sink. Ali had launched earlier and headed north and was above launch so I dove in there and climbed out with her and Delvin, and we all got up to around 900 metres.

Some very nice lift over the clearcuts, and I overheard Martin N and Alan chatting about the good lift at Bridal.

I flew for an hour and then headed out to the sweetest landing conditions in Eagle Ranch. I think the tree removal project last year has made a huge difference in air quality.

4-23-18
Woodside is looking sunny with leeside winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High 22C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said it will be NE wind all day so I planned some student towing.

Oddly, when I went out to setup the tow winch the winds were the normal SE direction in the LZ.

I had a new PPG student, Travis here for lessons and he already has his Commercial Licence so he should be an easy student. He caught on to the reverse As-Cs technique fast!

We did a couple hours of ground handling and then he was ready for the tow rig!

We were joined by Ryan who has done towing and high flights and the two guys kept me pretty busy towing them up and we did 5-6 tows each in the SE winds.

The towing is making the students much more skilled at launch trajectory and keeping a good track while flying. Also landings from a tow release requires glider stabilization due to the surges, and it gives them thermal stabilizing skills early on too. And it saving a lot of road time and parawaiting on launch.

We went to hookup Daniela, a swiss pilot who had never towed and just then the wind quit and we started getting NW winds so we headed up the mountain.

Norm, Derek, Andrei, and a few others took off and climbed out to join Martin N who had already been up for a few hours having launched earlier.

The air looked smooth so I launched Travis first and Ryan second and the cycles were decent despite the RASP and reality showing strong NE winds on the ground in Harrison and Agassiz.

My guys had decent approaches and good thing it was not windy as they were doing their "figure-8"s in the wrong field but made it in to the Ranch okay.

Travis was pretty burned out so he declined the second flight but Ryan was keen for another one and this time he had a great approach and landed near the ProCircle area to save the walk in.

Martin N was packing up after 4 hours of flight time going from WOodside to Bear to Sasquatch and points in between, and Jacek was also very happy after two hours of thermalling around. They are both on matching Red Ozone Swift 4s and the only way to tell them apart is that Jacek is in a pod harness.

4-22-18
Woodside is looking good with some leeside winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing this morning. High 17. UV index 5 or moderate.
040° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - wow, the season has started! Five students and three tandems but it was pretty nice all day with some big flights.

I was out in the LZ with the students towing and we got many tows in two different directions as the winds switched to NW in the LZ.

Once the students looked ready to fly we loaded up the Van at noon and headed up with the first of two tandems.

Colleen launched with her passenger and soared around until the passenger wanted to land, cold & scared.

I launched the students and they had nice long flights with Brad M landing them.

I took the last tandem after all the students had flown down and we got in some nice thermals but my guy was also glad to land, and the conditions were very nice with 15-20 kph of NW wind.



I went back up with the third tandem up and left the students to kite with Brad & Colleen. It was Alex's 14th Birthday present so we planned a big flight. He was also quite light so we went on Colleen's Gin Osprey 43 metre tandem, but getting high was no problem. I think there was an "alien tractor beam" in this cloud.



We got to 1600 metres and Alex was so excited he kept looking down and I only got this one shot off his helmet cam while he looked up towards Harrison Lake.



I started to head towards Bridal as the thermal drift was in that direction bt the logitistics of getting back to the Ranch seemed complicated so I turned around at about halfway to the Rosedale Bridge and we took a long time to get back to Harrison Mills.



It took us about 20 minutes to get back to Eagle Ranch where landing conditions were again stellar with the NW winds.

More towing with students getting them tuned up for one last flight at 6 pm.

Colleen launched first and went to about 1300 metres at the North Cliffs and abandoned the students so I guided them from the top.

Nice long flights with odd approaches despite some long briefings about landings?? But everyone had a good launch!

Highlight of the day was Scotty West on his new Kangook paramotor trying out his 12 metre Fazer 2! 40-60 kph ground speeds but it worked and he had a good landing.

4-21-18
Woodside is looking wet for Saturday but we are running a ground school session and may go do some kiting if the rain stops

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
AM Showers. High 12C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
240° @22
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 90% chance of rain and windy mid-day so we had a ground school sessions starting at 10 am and went kiting later until the next squall rolled through at 4 PM.

The two new students, Noah & Mike, were looking great by days end. They mastered reverse launches despite the switchy, gusty winds.

I was so busy running back and forth for gear and supplies that I forgot to take any video.

4-20-18
Woodside is looking wet for two days

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 14. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Pemby Trip Report - Local forecast said 60% chance of rain out there, and fairly windy mid-day so I went to the US for some shipping chores picking up paramotor parts.

On the way back from Sumas I stopped at Chilliwack Airport and fueled up the C337 and took of for Pemberton. GPS said 32 minutes direct route over the rocks, and I took that route past Banjo Launch but cloudbase was too low to go direct so I rerouted north of Hemlock to Harrison Lake at 4500 feet and flew that route.

The valleys get pretty narrow at 4500 feet and at Lillooet Lake I was getting light rain showers but they dried up near Pemberton.



I overflew Pemberton Airport and over Upper Launch and it was pretty grey up there, no PGers flying.



I decided not to push my luck and get weathered in if I chose to land at Pemberton Airport and go for lunch at the golf course, so instead circled back the same route as Whistler looked socked in.

Total time to Pemberton was in fact 35 minutes with the rerouting for cloud.

I was talking to Brad M later in the day and he saw me fly over Pemby but did not connect that it was me!

I flew back over Harrison Lake all the way to the village and along the Agassiz Mtn route back to Chilliwack, same time back aided by some nice thermals over Harrison Lake (push the nose down and get more speed while maintaining altitude in some 500 feet per minute lift.



Back at Chilliwack the winds were "all over the place" according to a flight instructor in a C150. I had taken off from 07 earlier and the smoke out by Vedder looked west so I set up for Runway 25.

On final I got a big thermal push to the north just as I crossed the the threshold and had to stab the left rudder to correct but I had good speed and a smooth landing. It has to be pretty strong to push a 4000 pound airplane around.

I headed back to Woodside as the desperados were meeting after 3 pm to fly.

We went up in Bev's shuttle. Martin N, Derek, John W and myself and we arrived to strong winds (prefrontal).

I launched first and climbed to 900 metres pretty fast.

Martin headed to the North Cliffs and was heading out and it looked okay . . . but no! When I started to push forward I was down to 5 kph but still going up.

We soared in front of the launch for 20 minutes and I felt the wind was getting stronger and we were not climbing above 1000 metres, so I headed East towards Mark F's house near the Esso Crossroads.

Oddly the downwind speed was only 45 kph but it was lifty as I was getting -0.3 m/s down at my highest sinkrate.

I passed over Cemetary Hill at 600 metres and arrived over Mark's house at about the same altitude and it was black all around me.

It took some time to land in the cornfield next to Mark's house which is now covered in a grass cover crop and my landing was uneventful despite it being vertical as it was windy on the ground.

I packed up quickly and moved to a dry sport on the grass near the road.

Derek and Martin appeared overhead and started making their approach, but Martin tried to tag Green Hill and was having a hard time to move forward to our field.



Derek landed first and had some gyrations on final due to the gustiness of the air as it started to rain.

Martin's landing way down the field was a bit more dramatic as it was full on raining now and gustier.

We packed up their gear fast as Bev and John arrived.

John was amped because it was his first XC flight and he got plucked and twisted at launch but flew it away without panicking. Flight #32 for him! He said he was glad his Ozone Speedster had trimmers to get him into Harvest LZ as he was getting pushed back.

Nice day and I got to fly PG solo three days in a row! I have to keep this up and fly with the students too!

4-19-18
Woodside is looking good for Thursday if it doesn't get too windy

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High 16C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1300 metres
Woodside Report - we had two students arrive bit late just as I was taking a load up to launch so they came up to watch the pros fly.

We had a new/old pilot come back to start flying again. Will Craig used to fly around here a lot in the late 1990's and then went stateside to Utah for Med School and has since returned to North Vancouver. He just bought an AirDesign Rise 3 and SupAir harness from us and he is back in the air.

The air was not as nice as yesterday with lots of sink and wind-blown thermals.

It did get over 25 kph as predicted by CanadaRASP around 3 pm but folks were still soaring.

We also had some great kiting conditions for the new students in the LZ but it was too gusty for towing. They were pretty tired by 5 pm.

Kevin, Alex, Derek, Brad (on his new Alpina 3) and I flew Woodside after 6 pm and it was sweet/cold soaring to 1000 metres with mixed thermals. The plan was to fly to Mark F's house near Agassiz but we did not have enough height so Alex top-landed and drove the Van down, thanks for that!

Here is Derek on his Alpina 2 as he passes by Alex near the north cliffs.



We flew for an hour and my hands were frozen by then and it was lifty all the way to the Ranch arriving at 600 metres on the Swift 4 L.

On to the Sasquatch Inn for dinner and Music Bingo where Alex won the prize.



Wow, I got to fly two says in a row! This is way better than teaching! Note to self: wear mitts not gloves.

4-18-18
Woodside is looking good for Wednesday & Thursday

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
0% Precip. / 0.00 mm Mostly Cloudy. High 14C. Winds light and variable.
040° @4
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Woodside Report - I was getting things ready to fly as the masses started to arrive and I soon had a Van full of 9 pilots itching to fly. Bob was out by the road welcoming pilots as they arrived.



We arrived on Launch to light cycles and we could barely see shadows as it was quite hazy.



But everyone got ready and we soon had Alex & Igor in the air showing us it was lifty without sun.

I got ready and I was 8th in the air and by now folks were on their way east or west, with the exception of Igor who headed due north to Banjo.

Igor had the least conventional route today north to Banjo and then direct to Benny, down to Dewdney and then back to the Ranch on his shiny new Ozone Zeno.



Easy climbs over Woodside and not rough despite the north wind aloft.

Norm, Sam & I were the lone pilots over Woodside as everyone else headed XC.

I entered the whiteroom at 1550 metres but it was easy to stay VFR if you stayed on the outside edges of the clouds. I was flying the Ozone Swift 4 L with the SupAir Strike harness and loved this combination, warm and cozy with no extra layers of clothes needed at my altitude.



Reports from Dewdney area had pilots having to use techniques to stay below 1980 metres (and Class C airspace).

I flew for an hour contemplating flying to Chilliwack Airport where the new Cessna 337 is tied down and going for a flight but did not have a retrieve organized. It would have been easy from 1500 metres with the tailwinds we were getting heading SW (+50 kph Groundspeeds).

In the end I just flew to Harrison Knob and then back to the mountain before landing by the Ranch to get a ride back up to retrieve the Van.

Derek and Kevin flew this round and Kevin hit a "boomer" with +8 m/s lift right to 1980 metres over launch at 4 pm.

Alex took this shot as he was making his way back from Bear Mtn. later in the day.



Very interesting that we had more NW wind in the Eagle Ranch LZ all day long, which always makes for a nice approach and landing.

4-17-18
Woodside is looking like rain til Wednesday

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
100% Precip. / 2.78 mm Showers. High 8C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 100% chance of rain out there, so no flying was planned and it was a good call because even when it wasn't raining it was blowing +40 kph from the SW.

Colleen was receiving a prestigious award at UBC this afternoon so I joined her at the Reception for a change of pace. Congratulations on the Killam Award for Excellence!

4-16-18
Woodside is looking like rain for several days

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
80% Precip. / 3.18 mm Light Rain. High 6C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Monsoon Report - Local forecast said 80% chance of rain out here, but it was more like 100% all day long.

It was nice to have a dry, organized workshop in the Barn to build a paramotor with Blake (a new Blackhawk 125 Lite).

Here we are adjusting the prop angle in the new simulator.



4-15-18
Woodside is looking like outflow and low clouds, so maybe Pemby is a better call

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
20% Precip. / 0.00 mm Cloudy. High near 10C. Winds light and variable.
050° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - the forecast held out for Woodside and despite the outflow winds there were many hours of good flying to be had.

First round of flights went off around 1 pm and Colleen got to shake the Mexican sand out of her wing.

Here we have Linda sorting at launch as Bev, Colleen and Tom are already flying. Colleen climbed out above launch height soon after this shot.



It was taking a while to get folks off as the north wind was pretty strong but the air was smooth.

I drove down as I had some old friends dropping in to visit at the Ranch.

The second round of flights offered up 2 hours plus of soaring well above launch with some top landings to retrieve trucks.

Pilots were flying til almost 6 pm and the rain started after everyone was packed up.

Pemberton offered up some great flights too but there were reports of hail later in the day.

4-14-18
Woodside is possibly soarable today after noon, according to SpotWX and CanadaRASP

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
90% Precip. / 3.62 mm PM Rain. High near 10C. Winds light and variable.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside/Eagle Ranch Report - Local forecast said 90% chance of rain but SpotWX was much more optimistic with a big spread between temperature & dewpoint from 11 am til 6 pm.

Bev drove a shuttle up at 1230 pm with John W, Mo M, Norm and Andrei and everyone flew but Norm who drove down. Not epic flights but they flew while all the mountains around us were socked in. Mo got to fly his new Swift 4 and looked very happy.

John landed just as Jackson took off on his first paramotor flight today with his newly rigged Kangook with low swing arms.

Winds were quite shifty in Eagle Ranch today but we managed 3 flights for Jackson and Scotty got his first three paramotor flights on his new Kangook too.

By the end of the day Scotty was swooping and doing "touch & gos" and having a great time, big smiles all around.

4-13-18
Woodside is getting a good dousing

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
90% Precip. / 10 mm PM Showers. High 8C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

200 metres
Woodside Report - heavy rain and very low cloudbase made for an interesting outdoor work day.

We picked up another Blackhawk Paramotor at Sumas WA destined for the skies over Chilliwack.

The paramotor shop is now complete with a new hoist for weight and balance that is more centalized.

4-12-18
Woodside is possibly soarable today after noon

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
30% Precip. / 0.43 mm PM Showers. High 8C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - at noon we had soarable winds but all the desperados were busy or at work, so I kept working on the workshop spring cleaning project.

4-11-18
Woodside is looking like outflow

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h. High 12.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - Derek & the Desperados went up to launch around 2 pm.

Bev did the wind tech duties and had a sledder landing in NW winds in Eagle Ranch.

Derek tried a few times but the outflow was too strong so after waiting an hour they all drove down.

Meanwhile I was still working on cleaning up the Barn Workshop area and had another truck box full of junk to recycle.

4-10-18
Woodside is looking like rain for many days

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. Rain beginning this morning and ending early this afternoon then 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h then southwest 40 to 60 late this morning. High 12.
240° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 100% chance of rain and strong winds so I tackled sorting out my paramotor workshop.

4-9-18
Woodside is looking like light outflow and sun around 2 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High 16. UV index 5 or moderate.
050° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - I had a windshield leak on the Cessna 337 I had to deal with so I took it for a flight around noon to dry out the seals and re-siliconed the top of the windshield.

I flew over the Ranch, up to Dewdney to check out the new Bench Launch, back over the Ranch to buzz Brian kiting and then into Chilliwack Airport where it was still blowing east.

Derek and the crew of Desperados went up Woodside in Bev's truck and everyone flew.

Mixed results with Bev doing the wind tech routine and she landed first at the Ranch, while the others sniffed out some nice thermals out over Harrison Mills flats. Derek claimed 1:30 of airtime.

This is Jacek's tracklog, and you can see the thermals were all out over the flats. His flight was his maiden voyage of his new Gin Genie Lite harness and probably contributed to his comfort in the flight.



I missed the shuttle up but I helped Chris L build his new Blackhawk 125 Lite paramotor, and it started up and ran perfectly. We did some run ups near the barn and then we took him out for a flight to test it out and do the run-in required,



4-8-18
Woodside is looking like rain all weekend

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
40% Precip. / 0.19 mm Showers. High 13C. Winds light and variable.
240° @9
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 40% chance of rain and light winds so I doubted we would be flying today, so it was chores and errands for us.

At 3 pm, Derek organized a group of pilots and they went up but it was deemed too windy. There were rain cells in Agassiz and Chilliwack that were affecting the winds.

I was swapping harnesses and reserves around and did some repairs to get caught up in the shop.

Meanwhile, folks in Pemby got 2-3 hour flights! Sometimes you just have to have faith and a desire to drive a bit.

4-7-18
Woodside is looking like rain all weekend

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
90% Precip. / 3.50 mm Rain. High 13C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @14
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 90% chance of rain and light outflow winds so we were assembling motors.

Scotty came out to help build his new Kangook/SkyEngines 110 lite unit and we figured out all the pieces and got it balanced in the simulator.

Great thrust with the DG wooden prop and way cheaper to replace than a carbon model.

Next sunny day Scotty will be out for his first test flights.



4-6-18
Woodside is looking like rain early but clearing by noon so we are hoping to fly Woodside

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Periods of rain ending in the morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
040° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - Local forecast said 40% chance of rain and light outflow winds so we stayed in Harrison Mills hoping to fly later.

The rain quit around 2 pm, but we had low clouds and outflow winds.

Ever hopeful, Derek and the usual band of desperados met here at 3 pm and we all headed up in my Van as I had 2 students itching to fly.

We arrived on top to nice cycles despite the winds on the ground showing moderate outflow winds in the smoke from various burnpiles.

Bev, Martin & Derek launched and went up in various spots. Martin disappeared to the east of the South Knoll for some time.



It was still strong outflow winds in our LZ as Bev parked into the wind over the Maple Tree.

I launched Regent after a thorough radio check and he was having too much fun over Harrison Highlands (formerly known as the Construction Zone) and he forgot his approach and landed short by a country mile.

Bob also launched and was going up everywhere and he follwed the flight plan and it was even windier as Derek reported 20 kph from the NW in Eagle Ranch.

Bob did not have to do many turns to lose his height, and he had a nice landing.

As I drove down it started to blow down so the day was done.

Martin was "sky pig" today with 35 minutes of airtime.

I got a call later from Homer who was in Savona trying to kite but he said it was too windy! Good thing we stayed in Harrison Mills today.

4-5-18
Woodside is looking like rain & outflow winds so we are calling the day off

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Periods of rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. High 9.
040° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Rain Report - Local forecast said 100% chance of rain and outflow winds and they were right as it rained all day and night.

4-4-18
Woodside is looking like rain & outflow winds so we are heading to Cache Creek

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 8. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Savona Report - Agassiz Local forecast says 30% chance of rain and Savona says 20 kph west winds so we headed North at 8 am.

We arrived at Ashcroft to find SW winds, which are not good for Coyote Ridge, so we kept going to Savona.

We arrived in Savona to find perfect NE winds which favour the Dump Ridge.

It was perfect for kiting and flying all day long.

New students Bob & Regent have spent that last two days kiting and towing, and they were ready for some higher and longer flights.

We did the flight briefings and landing approach briefings and they were soon off and flying.

I was brutal on them, making them hike back up but the 10C temps made it bearable and it was much more productive than waiting for the Van to come and get them and having to pass through 2 gates to get back on top.

Here is Bob on one of his first flights flying the AirDesign EAZY.



And Regent was flying the SupAir EONA.



By the end of the day we got these guys eight flights to add on to their three towing flights yesterday so really great progress.

Bellingham Jim got seven flights making his flight total 17 now so he is getting close to signoff, just some more thermalling and high flights and his exam.

Norm & Bev joined us after lunch and enjoyed the sunny day and Norm even got a bit of soaring at the Dump Ridge before we tried to drive to Uppoer Launch.

The road is still snowed in as you get to the flats before the meadows, maybe 2 feet deep still.

We retreated and tried the lower launch road and found it closed by someone depositing trees on the road near the entrance.

We heard that Woodside was flyable, but just a small window around 2 pm before the rains came in as Andrei flew and Martin drove down.

I think we had a super-productive day despite 4 hours of driving but we would have not gotten this many flights anywhere else!

4-3-18
Woodside is looking like rain & strong winds so we are flying in Cache Creek

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Showers ending near noon then mainly cloudy. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - we were doing a ground school course at the Ranch and we decided to stay at the Ranch to tow and possibly fly later.

I had three eager students and after 2 hours of ground school we headed out to kite as the rains held off.

Bob was having problems with forward launches but once I showed him our revers technique, he got very proficient at that method!

Jim & Regent were doing well with forwards & reverses, so I got the tow rig set up and we did 4 tows each before taking them up Woodside.

Conditions looked good on the webcam, but when we got to launch it seemed stronger.

Jim duffed his first attempt and by the time we got the wing sorted out, it had become too strong.

Norm flew off and got up to 1100 metres immediately.

There was little penetration as he got higher, as the RASP had forecasted.

Norm flew out to the Valley high and lost nothing.

Apparently that was to warm up as his blood is still thin from Mexico.

Derek & Martin N arrived an both launched and got high too and they hung out longer than Norm.



We waited an hour and decided to drive down to warm up and wait out the winds.

After waiting til 6 pm, we decided it was good to wait til tomorrow for the high flights.

Maybe we will have to drive to Savona or Cache Creek to fly as rains are forecasted.

4-2-18
Woodside is looking like rain and strong winds today so we are taking the day off

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
PM Showers. High near 5C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
240° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today at noon, just before it OD'ed.

Colleen was working with new students Bob & Regent in the LZ while I took Ian C, Patrick & Andrew up for high flights.

Patrick got two flights in while Andrew had to wait for wind but he got a really long first flight as he and Patrick got "hoovered by the nice lift".

Later flights by the pros were cut short by Overdevelopment coming over from Bridal, and it rained for a short time while we were towing.

Busy day at the Ranch!

Lots of Hangies out today too and they had nice flights after the OD'ing and after snow fell on launch.

Scottie West got his first paramotor flight on the G6 powered motor but I think we will wait until his Kangook arrives to do more sessions.

4-1-18
Woodside is looking like rain and strong winds today so we are taking the day off

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
PM Showers. High near 5C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
240° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Rain Report - we were not flying at Woodside today due to wind and rain. We went to Spences Bridge for Easter and got snowed on big time, when will winter end?

3-31-18
Woodside is looking like outflow til 3 pm

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High near 55F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
First Day Report - we were flying by towing at Woodside today when the outflow stopped gusting to 35 kph.

We had a great morning ground school lesson indoors for Andrew, Patrick and Ryan and we got harnesses adjusted in the simulators and waited for the winds to drop to manageable levels.

Scotty was out in the LZ kiting his 12 meter Ozone Fazer 2 and that was still a handful as the wind was strong & gusty.

Once the winds abated, we headed out for some kiting starting on XS wings first and then graduating to regular sized gear and everyone did well. It was Day One for Andrew and Patrick, and Day Two for Ryan and they were all kiting like pros within a few hours.

Then I pulled out the Tow Rig and we were towing to the NW in the field in very nice winds.

Patrick & Ryan did 6 tows each, while Andrew was more cautious and only got 3 tows but they were all good tows.

Jacek tried a tow just before I put away the rig and the winds were a bit cross and he got off track a bit but he saved it in the end so I could keep the tension up.



Another successful day proved the value of towing for new students.

A few pilots were up on the launch at Woodside but it was not flyable due to outflow winds til after 6 pm and we only saw one pilot fly off, meanwhile we had 15 student flights.

It is also saving a lot of gas by not having to drive up the mountain!



Sea to Sky Report - this week two very experienced bush pilots, James & John recreated John's flight to Squamish.

They launched off Cypress ski area and flew north past Brunswick Beach, on to Brittania Mines and then on to Squamish.

They are both flying Ozone gliders, James on a Swift 4 and John on an Alpina 2. Nice flying guys!



This is James' tracklog.

3-30-18
Woodside is looking good after 11 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. High 46F. Winds SW at 15 to 20 mph.
240° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - Colleen and I took the new Skymaster 337 for a rip around Harrison Mills and found the air to be quite windy and textured even for a 2 ton airplane. I figured we had 20 knot headwinds from the SW.

Around 1 pm we saw some HGers in the air at Woodside and they looked parked coming out.

Later we were kiting in the LZ and hoping to get Scotty up on a paramotor but it started to rain.

This seems like a slow start to the season?

3-29-18
Woodside is looking good after 11 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. High 46F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
240° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Rain Report - more rain and no one flew.

3-28-18
Woodside is looking good after 11 am

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. High 46F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
240° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Rain Report - we hoped to be flying Woodside today but the sprinkles did not stop.

3-27-18
Woodside is looking wet for today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. Amount 10 mm. Becoming windy early this afternoon. High 7.
240° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - it rained hard all day and I finally got a break to do some RV maintenance around 3 pm.

If anyone is looking for a light travel trailer, we are selling our Trail Cruiser 21 this spring. Trail Cruiser Trail-Lite for sale $10,000 CDN.

We now have a camper that goes 200 mph and it has wings!

3-26-18
Woodside is looking wet for two days

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. Amount 10 mm. Becoming windy early this afternoon. High 7.
240° @20
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Monsoon Report - heavy rains all day all over BC, snow warnings on Hwy 5 & Hwy 97C . . . we came home way too early!

3-25-18
Woodside is looking good for soaring and thermalling to 2000 metres but it is going to get windy later

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Partly Cloudy. High near 45F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Woodside Report - we had new student Ryan show up and after a short ground school session we went kiting after the rain stopped. We also had some hail here earlier!

Ryan took to kiting the EONA L quite quickly and we had perfect East wind from 15-20 kph with no directional switching. He was kiting using the As-Cs method perfectly within 30 minutes.

I had to go in to get some gear for another pilot and I left Ryan to his own and when I returned he was running the length of the LZ and kiting the wing back to restart.

I got the tow rig setup for this direction of wind and just as we clipped him in the rain started, and heavy. And the wind switched to South and gusty.

While all this was going on Pedro & Brian were flying their Hanggliders off Woodside and they got 20 minutes of soaring before the rains hit.

Others were down at Blanchard WA and having great flights of 2-3 hours, a great place to fly in spring when cloudbase is low elsewhere.

Some others were flying the not-so-secret Dewdney Bench and got some nice airtime too, but I did not hear if it rained there.

After a few hours the sun came out at Woodside but it was too strong for towing and the group that went up in Bev's truck drove back down as it was blowing pretty strong on top.

It was a great day for Ryan as he is super confident with his ground handling and next step will be towing this week to prepare him for high flights, as his goal is to hike & fly the local montains when he gets certified.

Note the new snowline at Mt. Cheam, which came yesterday and today after the front rolled through. More hiking at Bridal I suspect but Woodside is driveable almost to the launch.



3-24-18
Woodside is expected to be wet for a week

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly rainy. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
240° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Ferry Flight Report Day Four - I planned to fly direct from High River to Chilliwack Airport this morning and had completed my weather analysis early in the day.

We had breakfast at mom's house and she drove me to the airport but a big cell came over the Rockies from Cranbrook and cloudbase dropped to less than 1000 feet.

I called Flight Service and the specialist said that it was going to get worse instead of better and to "get out of High River fast before it becomes IFR".

I did my prefight and run up and was off at 9:30 am and could only climb to 4500 feet and had to divert 50 miles north to Airdrie to maintain VFR and the Controllers would not let me fly over the Calgary Aiport at that altitude.



Once over Airdrie I could see the Rockies and they were in sunshine with a few clouds above 15,000 feet.

I flew straight at the Rockies and from the 4500 feet to 12500 feet I was getting 150 knots and a great climb rate as the turbos kick in at higher altitudes.

I crossed the Banff area to the north and was levelling out at 12500 feet for the duration of the flight. This Skymaster has oxygen tanks but they were not filled and there are no masks onboard so it was just like flying a paraglider.



Somewhere near Golden my iPad lost GPS reception and there is not VOR or ADF reception for a bit but I had a good course line and came out over Golden where I planned and it was clear there as forecasted.



Clear sailing all the way to Salmon Arm which looked cold but in the clear still.



From Salmon Arm to Kamloops doesn't take long when you are going 170 knots and I was soon overhead Kamloops, before heading along the Coquihalla towards Merritt.

Merritt was also in the clear but soon after that I was having to descend to maintain VFR. I did some cloud hopping and flew through some little puffs but I was soon having to descend from 12500 feet to 6500 feet and had to start flying down the Fraser Canyon as I was not sure how the Coquihalla Summit would be for visibility as it often fogs in there when driving,



I was soon down to 4500 feet near Boston Bar but still going 160 knots and I quickly over Hope Airport after soaring Dog Mountain close in to check out the snowline.

As I crossed near Green Hill it started to rain and then it started to snow! WTF! It was hard to see the Chilliwack Airport in the distance but I followed Hwy 1 and was soon on final slowing down to 120 knots to drop the gear and flaps.

The landing was soft and smooth and I taxied in to the gas pumps but decided I was too cold to fuel up now and Colleen came out and we taxied to an empty tiedown spot for the evening.

Total elapsed flight time from High River was 2:30 despite the diversion north. Maybe could be done in 2:00 with a straight line flight plan.



When I looked to the east after tie down, it looked like the ceiling had dropped lower and we could see snow down to 300 metres on Elk.

The entire ferry flight from Live Oak FL to Chilliwack (3500 miles) took four days and could have been done faster if I flew longer hours and into the night but I was getting acquainted with the aircraft and had a few minor snags to deal with along the way so I took it easy. I think one could do this trip in two days comfortably, starting earlier and planning longer legs with less fuel stops.



3-23-18
Woodside is expected to be wet for a week

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly rainy. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
240° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Ferry Flight Report - it was very windy last night with gusts to 35 knots and I expected to see my plane moved a bit when I arrived to the airport but it was secure.

The line guy filled the plane with some of the last cheap 100LL as I would be in Canada today.

I took off at 8:30 am and headed straight over Billings MT and headed straight to Lethbridge AB to clear customs.

The vastness of the Western US is apparent as you fly over it.



Flight time was 3.5 hours and I arrived exactly when my Foreflight App had calculated my ETA from the upper level winds.

Lethbridge as usual was gusty from the West at 25 knots so my approach was a long final and a short landing distance.

Customs here is a phone call to someone in Ontario and they clear you over the phone as they have all your info two hours ahead of your arrival.

I had the FBO fill up the plane while I warmed up in the office. The Skymaster has a gas heater but it barely keeps up with -10C at altitude and was dressed for Florida/Texas temps. Oddly I could not find any warm weather gear at my stops in Texas.

The flight service specialist I called for a weather briefing from Lethbridge to Chilliwack advised that VFR was not possible today as a Pacific Low was pummelling the west coast and dropping heavy snows in southern BC.

So I flight planned to High River (30 minutes) with a plan to visit the family in Calgary while waiting for the weather to clear a bit.

We used to keep a Cessna 182 here and flew out of here for many years so it was good to be back!



3-22-18
Woodside is expected to be wet for a week

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly rainy. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
240° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Ferry Flight Report - a great Cross Country day with clear skies and minimal head winds, although it was quite thermic from 11 am til late.

I departed DeQuincey LA at 9 am and stopped for fuel in Plainview Texas where the airport winds were quite gusty but the Skymaster is a good crosswind performer.



After resting for an hour and re-doing my flight plan which originally was taking me to Salt Lake City which now had rain/snow showers and low visibility, so I replotted a course to Billings MT.

When I got to Gillette WY about an hour from Billings, I decided to stop for the night as it was quite windy and wanted to land in daylight. Gillette has a nice runway and it was right into wind with winds 180 degrees at 18 gusting to 28 knots!

Again the Skymaster is a solid heavy bird and takes gusty winds well.

I taxied into the FBO and tied down for the night.



The FBO offered me a free shuttle truck for my use for the evening. They apologized for it being an old truck?



My tracklog for today is pretty straight and I flew through 6 states today with lots of help from different ATC Controller doing flight following for traffic advisories theough the Military Operation Areas (MOA).



3-21-18
Woodside is expected to be wet but Florida is sunny and windy

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly rainy. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
240° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Ferry Flight Report - I checked the Live Oak FL weather and there was a high wind advisory, great.

I fueled up the new Cessna 337 and took off towards the west and after I selected "gear up" the gear cycled but I did not get the yellow light and the handle did not return to neutral?

This happened once on the test flight last week but we thought it was due to not being used much since Christmas.

I kept going towards Louisiana and landed a Crestview Airport for fuel and had to hand-pump the gear down, and after taxiing in I noticed the doors were still not closed.

The local mechanics were not that famiiar with this model so I had to point out the hydraulic fill point and how to check it and after a few hours I was back in the air with good landing gear.

I had to wait for a few military planes doing circuits here at Crestview, a big military service hub for the airforce.



I continued west and landed at 5:30 pm in DeQuincey LA to fuel up and decided to stay for the night.



Nice airport with some ancient buildings, some destroyed by a tornado last Christmas.



Cheap gas compared to Canada!



3-20-18
Woodside is expected to be wet

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy. Rain starting inthe morning High 7C. Winds light and variable.
240° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Road Trip Report - a long trip to Florida with multiple layovers of 3 hours each.

3-19-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with light SW winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
240° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was working for Rod and a few others, while I was doing errands and taking a red-eye to Florida.

3-18-18
Woodside is expected to be cloudy with light winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
040° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Paramotor Report - we are hoping for some good winds for paramotoring lessons today and we got them.

Jackson got his first two motoring flights today, one on the Blackhawk and another on the Kangook/Sky 100 unit before the winds got too strong.

Martin from Squamish also got his first launch on our 100 cc trainer, but the carb was gumming up so I had to do a rebuild to get it at peak horsepower.

Yes, we are fully certified now by Transport Canada! Yeay, but they fouled up my permit again so back to the Abby Office when I get back from FL.

3-17-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with strong SW winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
240° @13
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Woodside Report - good lift and good winds for the hike & fliers at Woodside.

Bev & Dennie flew to Harvest Market, others flew to Dewdney and back.

It got windy and thermic at the Ranch around 5 pm and we had some exciting approaches into the LZ!



Pic by Rod F.

Some folks were trying a new launch at Dewdney, where there was a new clearcut created last summer. It is not a high launch but the road access is good and apparently it worked for Gary P.



3-16-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with light NE winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
040° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Woodside Report - some epic flights for the hike & fliers at Woodside. Dennie & Brad flew over to Gloria and back to Brad's house! 1600 metres was top of lift!

3-15-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with light NE winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Sunny. High 11C. Winds light and variable.
040° @3
-3.0°C (unstable)

1700 metres
Road Trip Report - I made a trip down to Live Oak Florida to look at an airplane and bought it, but there was too much thunderstorm activity around so I flew home to teach some paramotorists this weekend.

3-14-18
Woodside is expected to be rainy with NE winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. High 14C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - rain all day. with clearing at 4 pm. Congrats to Dylan L for passing his P-3 exam in preparation for his NZ adventure.

3-13-18
Woodside is expected to be raining with NE winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain. High 14C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - cloudy with low base, then heavy rain after 4 pm.

3-12-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with NE winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 14C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Report - too windy with strong outflow. The students were kiting and experienced 180 degree shifts in the winds within minutes and found out why we were not towing or paramotoring!

3-11-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with NW winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Sunny. High 14C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Towing Report - we were hoping for some good winds for more towing flights and despite the forecasts for NE winds we had perfect SE winds in the Eagle Ranch LZ all day long.

At the Harrison Bridge it was definitely outflow with whitecaps.

New PPG student Jackson arrived at 10 am for ground school and some kiting and his new SupAir EONA was put to the paces today.

Jackson got the wing last November and has been kiting and practice flying at Diefenbaker Park and he looked good from the first kiting session today, with no bad habits and good wing control so we hooked him up to the Winch.

We had 10 perfect tows and he was doing reverse launches with good control, and had very nice landings. Yes, 10 flights in a day and we quit at 4 pm.

This is increased productivity and increased skills for new students.

We did get some video footage today testing the new Independence Paragliding Chase Cam on Jaskson's wing and it turned out quite well first try.



3-10-18
Woodside is expected to be sunny with outflow winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly Sunny. High 11.
040° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Motoring Report - we did more tow testing and Martin H got his first 3 tows on the new rig and said it was very smooth, he was flying his new Ozone Geo5.

It was then Chris L's turn to do some warm up tows before clipping into the Blackhawk 125 Paramotor.

Chris did 3 tows as well and has a great mastery of the AirDesign EAZY glider after just a few days.

Chris did 2 paramotor flights and we had to stop when it got too windy from the NW, it was smooth in the air but just no penetration for doing circuits.

We are very pleased with the winch after 20 test tows and it is going to help new students progress quite quickly for free flight and especially paramotoring.





Horsefly Report - I skied up to Horsefly today. The logging road is plowed up to about 3km right down to gravel, but is waist deep snow until 800m, then ice-rink breakable crust above 850m. I decided to B-line for launch and skinned straight up through the trees - a little faster that way.

Launch is currently a luge track with all the melt freeze cycles, and only safely launchable on skis right; foot launch on that steep slope would be committing until it warms up and the snow could be packed down.



I sawed away some slash and branches to clear a little ski launch. Light outflow in the valley gave perfect launch conditions.



It was a mellow flight over Elbow Lake back down to the golf course. A beautiful evening. Thanks for suggesting that site - Brian B





3-9-18
Woodside is expected to be cloudy with SW winds

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mainly cloudy. High 9.
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Road Trip Report - I drove to Vernon to pick up some paramotor gear and had to take Hwy 1 as the Coquihalla was closed again due to truckers not chaining up and spinning out.

We now have 5 paramotors in the Barn!

3-8-18
Woodside is cloudy and rain is expected

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Periods of rain ending near midnight then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Becoming windy late this evening. Low plus 4.
240° @15
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - low cloudbase and rain came later in the afternoon. More snow higher up! Bring a shovel.

3-7-18
Woodside is sunny and we have light NW winds!

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy. High around 10C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h.
040° @8
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Paramotoring Report - we were hoping for some good winds for more tow flights and maybe drag out a paramotor to test.

But the winds were fickle!

We started out with South winds, which then became East winds and then strong NW winds . . . all in the matter of a few minutes so we just kited rather than setting up the winch.

Chris is doing extremely well with the reverse kiting and he is completely self-sufficient on his second day of kiting!

When the winds stabilized I took the Blackhawk 125Lite motor out for a spin using Chris' AirDesign EAZY M, what a nice wing for motoring. So easy to bring up! And stable in the air.

I did one quick circuit over the Ranch and the air was extemely mixed up! I took off to the east and did a right turn over the training hill hitting NW winds at tree top height and it was turbulent to the west. Quite thermic so it was good that we were not towing!

Back to kiting for a few hours.

When we started getting solid NW winds I pulled out the motor again this time test flying a Blackhawk Edge 30 wing.

Of course once I clipped in the winds went light for some time and I had to try many times to get a solid wing, but I got off and did a few circuits bteaking in the new motor.

And the switched 180 degrees in the field requiring me to land to the east?

A very mixed up day! But we flew!

3-6-18
Woodside is sunny and we have light winds!

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
AM Clouds/PM Sun. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
040° @4
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Woodside Tow Report - as forecasted there was strong outflow winds from the NW but pilots still assembled and flew Woodside after 2 pm.

Chris was out for his first high flights on the tow rig after only having a training hill session last October before the rains hit us.

We started out kiting into the NW winds and then it switched around 1 pm to straight South winds. This of course after I set up the tow system to tow into the NW wind.

Once Chris looked good with his forward launches, I sent him to the east side of Eagle Ranch to kite while I moved the winch.

Our first tow went well but Chris misunderstood my command to keep left of the tow line and he released prematurely, but it was a good low run.

After that the tows got better and better to the point that we were getting him over 100 metres off the ground.

We had the weaklink break once and a few of the turnaround pulleys failed and were replaced but we got 10 tows done by 5 pm.



The Phoenix Winch LLC winch project is a success with little tweaking. I added a total of 1200 feet of line on the spool and added the paramotor throttle so I am away from the engine noise.



Woodside Report - Derek and a group of 10 pilots headed up Woodside after 1 pm.

Al made it to 4 kms and got stuck and had to winch out, Derek turned around at 2.5 km and hiked from there with a group.

Conditions were lee and some pilots had dicey launches but no one was hurt.

Once in the air it was idiot-lift everywhere away from the mountain.

Martin N is back from his Oz/NZ expedition and had a great flight landing at Prest Road & Highway 1 where Ev picked him up.

Derek and others bagged 2+ hours and some topped out at 1800 metres.

Denis snapped this shot at cloudbase.



Folks came into the Ranch while we were towing but there was no conflict and most were pretty cold and glad to be on warm terrafirma.



Kevin's Ozone Alpina 3 Report - Kevin was in Raglan NZ, where Robbie Whittal lives and develops Ozone Kites & Speedwings. He snagged a new Ozone Alpina 3 for a test flight in strong conditions.



I had the opportunity to fly the new Ozone Alpina3 (ML) in Raglan, NZ, thanks to Matt Taggart of Ozone on March 6th.

We flew their nice local coastal site and upon arrival noticed the wind picking up so we got prepped quickly.

By the time I launched, the wind speed was hitting 20-25 km/hr, so I picked a “lull” and pulled the glider up. The wind was strong but the glider responded well to my movements and I was airborne in a few smooth seconds.

The air was surprisingly bumpy for a coastal site and this was because it was extremely unstable with cu’s popping in front. I experienced some nice little 3.3 m\s bullet thermals that got me 100 m over launch at times. I was right at home on the wing immediately and can only really say that it felt like an A2, but due to the strength of the wind, it was difficult to discern any significant difference, except for one dramatic change: I needed to use big ears to lose altitude and unlike the A2, which would start fighting the big ears after about five seconds, the A3 didn’t mind the ears at all and still popped out after a couple of quick pumps. I boated around with Matt who was flying a D2 and top landed after about fifteen minutes. I saw him land and then work hard to bring the glider down and out of the wind. I could sense the wind speed getting stronger, so I began working on the “process” of landing. In the meantime, Rob Whittal launched what I think was an Ozone Rapido and was playing around in the strong wind considerable lower than the A3 (which is real climber).

It took me about fifteen minutes to get the A3 down. I tried flying out to the ocean but the lift was strong under the cu. I tried big ears and speed bar but as soon as I got near the take off, I was hoisted up. Eventually I was doing wing overs, with ears in sink in front of launch before finally getting into position to descend going backwards onto the nice big field. The glider came down but I couldn’t kill it, so I just ran for a while until I over took it and got round to the side and de-inflated it (probably about 20-30 meters of running!)

Not the greatest conditions to test a new wing but happily, I felt very secure on the A3 which made it n immediate winner and the handling was absolutely reminiscent of the A2, which was always my favourite glider of all time - until today! Nice work, Team Ozone. - KVA

3-5-18
Woodside is cold and we have expect new snow again today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High plus 5.
240° @12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - it was inflow Monday but we also had rain & hail. Also new snow at higher elevations.

Meanwhile, Kevin was spotted flying a new Ozone Alpina 3 in New Zealand that he snagged from Ozone staffers in Raglan (Robbie Whittal lives there).



3-4-18
Woodside is cold and we have more new snow again today

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
A few flurries or rain showers changing to a few rain showers this afternoon. Windy this morning. High 8 except plus 4 near Hope.
240° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we got more new snow, will this winter ever end. Derek says 3 weeks for the launch to be open cause it is so deep on the road.

At least we got the ice storm blow down all cleaned up this weekend even if it was not flyable.

3-3-18
Woodside is cold and we have more new snow again

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning then 30 percent chance of rain showers late this morning and this afternoon. Clearing this afternoon. Windy this morning. High 6.
040° @10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - it was blowing outflow strong there was more new snow as Hammer & Derek drove/hiked up to Woodside in the afternoon. I saw the RASP had little chance of turning around but IBIS was reporting it would turn at 3 pm.



They got stuck at 3.5 kms and hiked in knee deep snow to find strong East winds at launch.



Meanwhile at the Ranch I finally got rid of the last of the deadfall and it was cold and windy the entire day.

Brian came down afer the failed attempt at Woodside and kited til dark in the Eagle Ranch LZ, which is drying out nicely.

3-2-18
Woodside is cold and we have Rain/Snow again

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Flurries or rain showers changing to rain showers this afternoon. Wet flurries over higher terrain. High plus 4.
220° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - cloudbase was low and lots of new snow again at higher elevations (Mission was reporting to have snow just up Cedar Drive), so I worked on winches and paramotors to get ready for the weekend. Two new motors here: a Kangook with a water cooled SkyEngines 100, and a Blackhawk 125Lite unit (42 lbs!).

3-1-18
Woodside is cold and we have rain forecast for the morning

Woodside Forecast

Harrison Mills Forecast:
Rain ending this afternoon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High plus 5.
220° @5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - cloudbase was low (200 metres) and lots of new snow but Derek mustered up Brian, Norm, Bev and me to head up Woodside.



Derek was ready with chains and studded tires but we only got to 2.5 kms before we got stuck, so it will be a "hike & fly" this weekend.



Brian was motivated and hiked up through knee deep snow from where we stopped and managed to get off launch despite deep snow there too.





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