FlyBC "Site of the Day" - December 4/2016

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Raining in Mexico too!

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12-4-16
San Marcos if the winds drop down

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. High 21C. Winds SW at 25 to 40 km/h
240° @ 24
-2.9°C (unstable)

3000 metres
PG Bum Forecast - maybe no flying as it is strong south-west the next few days.

Meanwhile . . . back at the Ranch in Harrison Mills we have decommissioned the Barn Bathroom for the winter months so plan accordingly to stop along the way for bathroom duties. Say hi to Bob but beware as Bev says Bob is in attack mode.



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Used Gear List: Updated Nov 22, 2016

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness).
Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Fazer 3 14 metre Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN
SupAir EONA (M/L) - EN-A demo wings - $2500 CDN without harnesses, all 2016 models
Ozone Swift 4 XS - EN-B - $4200 CDN - demo priced with 1 flight.
SupAir Leaf M - EN-B - demo flights only - $3500 CDN inc tax.
Gin Sprint 3 M demo - 5 flights - ready for a new owner - $4200 CDN
Advance Alpha 5 M - EN-A - with just 20 flights - $3300 with Advance Harness & Reserve
Advance Alpha 5 L - EN-A - with just 40 flights - $1900
Ozone Alpina 2 MS in Red/Blue from 2015 - 100 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Zeno M in Orange - now in stock and ready for test flights! - $4850 CDN
SupAir SORA Tandem 140-220 kgs in White - $2500 CDN - 80 hours

Paramotors for sale:
BlackHawk AirMax 125 Paramotor with your choice of new wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 2 hours.
Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - $6000 CDN brand new without wing.
BlackHawk MZ100 Paramotor w/travel cage & wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 5 hours.
Blackhawk Edge Paramotor Wing - 2015 model - $2000 CDN (2 hours/450 sec porosity)
Gin Rebel - EN-C - 85-105 kgs - $500 CDN (100 hours)
12-3-16
La Cumbre in Colima

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Chance of afternoon thunderstorms. 80% Chance of Rain. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.9°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we headed up to La Cumbre Despegue in Colima after noon, as it was supposed to be south-west the next few days.

It had rained at breakfast and they were calling for thunderstorms and 80% chance of precip so we weren't too optimistic but Derek had not seen the launch here so we headed up.

The road has been repaired and even cold-patched in sections so it was a smooth trip up.

The sign on launch has a nice description of how to launch a parapente: easy to understand even if you don't understand Spanish.



Light launch conditions and no birds soaring so we waited and round 1 pm I suited up and got ready to fly with hpes of top-landing so Derek could have a turn.

I did a few inflations but had no pressure in the Zeno, so I aborted until I got a good strong inflation.

It was soarable in front of launch for a few passes.



I saw the vultures out front so I headed out to join them and a nice +5 m/s thermal was there, smooth and strong which took me over launch and the towers,



When I scoped out top-landing conditions the ribbons were blowing every direction, just how tthe thermal near launch felt so I headed north,

I crossed the river out to the flats and got only few beeps and the birds were showing me a light thermal near the cane fields, so I dove in there to find nothing.

I lined up a nice road through the cane fields and landed there, dropping my wing on the dirt and not on the burned cane stalks.



Derek came down to get me but decided not to fly so we headed to San Marcos, where it was strong! Chapala was the next stop for money and dinner.

12-3-16
El Toro in Manzanillo

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.9°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - Derek and I drove up El Toro today to check out the road, as it has rained here before we arrived.

The road has a few washouts and cross ditches but it was generally pretty good. There was a machine working halfway up so maybe it will get better as the months roll by.

The two launches look alright, just some weed-whacking to do and the beach looks great for an LZ.



The gate was unlocked when we drove up, but somehow got locked when we got back down but Solomon arrived just in time to free us.

We had a lazy day of napping and hanging out by the pool and there was a huge thuderstorm just after dark, so the road to El Toro might be compromised.

12-1-16
San Marcos all day

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.7°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Report - we planned to fly San Marcos after noon.

We skipped the Gulley again as it was light there.

We waited on top til we got some action on the socks and then I launched and hung out on the south ridge for a bit followed by Derek. We never got above the ridge so I headed North as Jorge launched on his Delta 2.

I got higher on the North Hill but it was ratty and inconsistent so back to the place Derek was soaring. It was still lame there so I headed to the Gulley and got a strong climb there.



Derek and Jorge followed me to that spot as I climbed out enough to get to the saddle and beyond. My new GoPro DIY boom is working well. A wood-working clamp attached the boom to my right carabiner, out of the way of lines and reserve handles. It is very stable in rough air without the "bobble head effect" one gets with a helmet mounted GoPro.

I headed south to the Saddle pictured here toward the sunny spot where I saw birds circling and got some strong stuff there.



Oddly the thermals were tilted way back, without any meteo wind. Must have been sideways cloud suck, but it required lots of into wind thermalling with quick 360s back into the wind or one would get blown back.

Derek and Jorge hung back at the Gulley and then Jorge bailed over the back low.

I was working the thermals on the south side of the saddle, when I saw a cloud form out front. It was smoother out front when I got out of the windy thermals, I did have a frontal on the transition but it reinflated before I could look up. The Zeno was doing some yawing today in the strong stuff but it seems very solid.

After getting beat up in the rough thermal fo around an hour, I too bailed over the back as the mountain was getting shaded out.

I made it to the long grass field and Derek was heading there, but caught a climb out and went a few field further as Norm and Jorge came to find us. Hot hiking out to the Pemex, in the 28C heat.

11-30-16
San Marcos all day

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Partly cloudy. High near 25C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-2.7°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Report - we went to San Marcos after noon, as it was supposed to be south-west the next few days.

We arrived at the Gulley to find very light winds so continued to the top launch.

Just as light there, but there is more runway so Derek and Norm got ready.

Derek went first, followed by locals Fabio & Casper.

Derek caught a climb to the North, so everyone followed him out there.

They all climbed out to 2800 metres fast, as Norm launched. I drove down to the Gulley to watch their progress hearing complaints about the rough air, as Casper flew out to the lake bed a few times but always climbed out there too.

I saw Norm head south towards Magic Hill where he got some good climbs and he eventually got up enough to head to El Chante.

Derek landed in the tall grass field near Pemex #2.

I drove down to get the guys and we went for pizzas at Rueben's next to Casa de Marina.

11-29-16
San Marcos all day

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Plenty of sunshine. High 26C. Winds W at 15 to 25 km/h.
240° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)

3000 metres
San Marcos Gulley Report - we were at San Marcos at 1130 am, as it was supposed to be south-west the next few days.

I was elected wind dummy and we decided to test the Gulley.

It was cycling in but there were many lulls between the pulses, I could have a nice inflation but no pressure in the Zeno when I turned to launch.

I did launch after a few test inflations and got a few bumps to the North but not much to turn in.

As I was sinking to the North I went back to the Gulley but got nada, so I went further upwind to the South and found a small thermal near the powerlines but it fizzled and I was headed to a field close to a store that has New Mix.

After I packed up, Norm launched and headed North as well and he was rewarded with a climb. Thirty minutes made all the difference.

We lost sight of Norm and of course he never uses his radio for position reports, but he did call on the cell after he landed . . . back in san Juan Cosala.

We heard Casper and Fabio were meeting at Kordich Airstrip so we went there and waited . . . and waited.

Casper showed up at 2 pm, and finally Fabio at 4 pm but I did get to test my new DJI Drone in the airstrip.

We drove up leading Fabio to the Gulley Launch but it was crossing from the West so we drove home.

11-28-16
San Marcos all day

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Plenty of sunshine. High 26C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

3500 metres
San Marcos Report - we headed towards San Marcos at 1 PM, as it is supposed to be SW the next few days. There were nice CUs poppin' on the ridge north of Lake Chapala at 11 am.

Now that Derek & Norm pimped up the lower launch formerly known as "Los Banos", now referred to as "The Gulley", we don't have to drive up to the Upper Launch as the road is quite rough.

Norm and I seeded pasture grass here in 2015 and it took nicely after the rainy season, but it still took two days to cut the grass and weeds back as they grew to 2 metres over the summer.



"The Gulley" works if the winds are southerly, which they were today.

Norm launched first and climbed up to 2000 metres quite fast.



Derek was up next and he too climbed nicely with the vultures.



As you can see in the pictures, there are no CUs here, just horsefeather clouds.

I watched them head south along the Saddle and further towards the Magic Hill which tops out at 3000 metres.

I drove down to front to get a better view of their progress and waited and lost sight of Derek as Norm led out south first.

Norm got "Leading Out Points" but unfortunately he only "lead to the ground" as the lift was replaced with sink.

Derek decided to extend his flight time and was headed back to the north as this happened on Magic Hill where it went light northerly using the sink.

Back to the north the bowl was working and Derek climbed to 2700 metres and flew to Joco.

I drove down to get Norm and then Derek in Joco. We drove back up at 4 pm but the winds had gone to "lame state" so off to Ajijic for some shopping where the boys scored a sweet BBQ chicken deal for dinner (under $10 CDN for 2 chickens and roast potatoes).

Tomorrow looks strong, so I am sure they are gonna make me fly!

11-27-16
Tapalpa then San Marcos

Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Sun and clouds mixed. High 25C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

3200 metres
Tapalpa Report - Tapalpa looked possible, with east winds early on . . . .then on to San Marcos as it is supposed to be west the next few days.

Lift was forecast by IBIS to be good to 3250 metres with light winds.

I launched first at Tapalpa followed by Derek and we were joined by El Juevo on a tandem in front of Cero Gravidad Despegue.

Light climb at first and then I hooked a good one to 500 metres over launch.

As the lift stopped there, I headed north towards Tepec.

Sinky glide to Tepec with 45 kph ground speed, so it was south in the air.

I found a nice futball field for an LZ in case I bombed out just north of the bullring in Tepec.

I also found a climb from 1750 metres ASL back to 2200 metres (launch height), which fizzled out so I headed towards the ridge to the west. Derek was just behin me but closer to the ridge and kicking trees.

Unfortunately there was a plateau between me and the ridge and my shadow was getting pretty close, so i baled back to the Tepec thermal but it was not there so I just circled in zeros hoping and waiting as my bombout LZ was getting closer.

I noted this LZ was bordered by boulders, and snaggy trees but it had a nice green grassy surface for packing up.

I came in low over the north end and did one last turn over the northeast end before final and then I got bubbled up to 30 metres off the grass. I anticipated this event so my setup allowed me a tight 360 spiral dive into a flare.

As I packed up Mr. Patient was scratching to the west of my LZ and he got climb to 2500 metres and safety. This is Derek's kind of day, light lift and no turbulence!



I walked back into Tepec to the store by the highway as Norm drove through Tepec looking for me. A can of New Mix Paloma awaited me at the store for rehydration after an hour of fun flying.

We headed north stopping along the way to see how Derek was doing but he wa hard to see.

He reported in at 3100 metres over the Cross, then 2900 over Cocobut Corner but we still could not see him.

We finally saw him over the towers mid-crossing to the San Marcos Range at 2300 metres in a climb.

We drove over to the Cuota and Three Bird Road to wait in the shade with Magic Hil in our view awaiting Mr. Patient's arrival.



Derek reported in a few times at 2900 metres on his way so he was looking good.

We saw Derek dive onto the Magic Hill and he got nothing but sink. The winds here were North, which kills all ridge lift an makes big sinky lee air.

We waited and watched all Derek's hard work fizzle in a few minutes, but he had a great flight!



After packing up in a thorny cornfield, Derek was back in the truck and we headed up to San Marcos to meet up with Camilo & Bob doing some tandems.

Derek launched before the tandems were set up, spicy themals in front of launch but not much lift except one thermal to the north that Derek got up and away in.



As Derek flew overhead the winds on launch started to drop down and even blew over the back a few times, but the tandems got off as we drove down.

Derek disappeared to the south but did call finally tos ay he flew over the back with about 20 metres over the ridgeline and he landed near the eastern Pemex Station, where I picked him up.

Off to dinner at Gerard's new Italian Restaurant in Ajijic west just at sunset.



11-26-16
Colima looks good on the RASP

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 28C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Manzanillo Report - I landed in Manzanilo at 830 am and it was already 27C.

The Suburban was still in storage but very dirty despite being under a roof all winter, and it would not start as the batterry was dead. New battery and full tank of fuel and I was driving to Chapala to meet up with Derek & Normando.

The Bronco is finally primed and ready for paint and Yougi assures me it will be ready to drive home on December 10.

There was a huge CU over the ridge driving to Colima so I was sure someone would be going XC there, See flight report below.



Colima XC Report - Benjamin flew from La Cumbre to Tecoman for a new south distance record over some nasty terrain. It is only 46 kms but it is ll ino seabreeze. He made it in 1:48!



11-25-16
Woodside looks like light outflow

Agassiz BC

Sun and clouds mixed. High 8C. Winds light and variable.
090° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Road Report - Woodside currently had a bad 10 day forecast so I flew to Mexico. Say hi to Bob when you are out at the Ranch, she will be lonely.

11-24-16
Woodside looks wet

Agassiz BC

Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Temperature steady near 7.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Monsoon Report - Woodside received heavy rain all day, and it was so windy the last ferry from Nanaimo had to wait til 7 am to dock in Tsawassen.



I am heading to Mexico tomorrow to get some of this action. Taken 7 years ago by Gerry LaMarsh at San Marcos near Chapala where Norm & Derek are wintering this year.

Paraglide Holiday in Mexico from Gerry LaMarsh on Vimeo.

11-23-16
Woodside currently has opening and the winds don't look soarable

Agassiz BC

Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 8C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had light winds and high enough cloudbase for flying. But I was finished packing up for Mexico so I drove up with Martin N, Dennie, Linda and Claudia.

Martin launched first and got high to the North.

He was then followed by Claudia and they soared together.



Linda tried a few inflations but it was pretty strong so she wisely packed up. Dennie got "hoovered off" and disappeared into a cloud.

Claudia stayed out of the clouds out front.



It was drizzling on my Zeno so I put it away as Claudia and Dennie went in to Riverside.

Martin headed to Harvest Market where he was picked up by Kevin after hitting 1100 metres.



Tapalpa Report - while we are wet and cold up here, Norm had his first valley crossing yesterday making it to San Marcos meeting the boys theee to drive them up for a glass-off flight.

11-22-16
Woodside currently has rain in the forecast

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Rain beginning late this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 6.
040° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had strong NE winds in the forecast and rain, not good for flying.

11-21-16
Woodside currently has inflow winds in the forecast soarable and cold and launch is in the clear at 9 am

Agassiz BC

Rain showers this morning with some sunshine during the afternoon hours. High near 10C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1200 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside delivered one flight today after 1 pm, as the low clouds made us wait for a window to fly.

Denis flew off first followed by Alex R and they soared the South Knoll near cloudbase but we could not see them. Claudia caught Alex kiting in the fog in this picture.



Dennie, Paddy and Claudia also flew with little luck finding lift.

Kevin, Bev & I drove down after Kevin took this great photo of the "tractor beam" over Chilliwack . . . not motivated to get the gear wet before Mexico.



11-20-16
Woodside currently has inflow winds in the forecast, but also rain

Agassiz BC

Rain showers early becoming more intermittent for the afternoon. High near 10C. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had heavy rain all day, and I did a few chores, but a good day to stay indoors.

11-19-16
Woodside currently has strong outflow winds in the forecast, good for kiting but not for flying

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 10C. Winds NE at 15 to 25 km/h.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had strong outflow winds when we returned from Ashcroft, and it rained in a few places in the valley most of the day.

Folks are telling me that there has been 45 rainy days out of the past 47 days, so I guess we did not miss much flying when we were in Australia.

11-18-16
Woodside currently has strong outflow winds in the forecast, good for kiting but not for flying

Agassiz BC

A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 10C. Winds NE at 15 to 25 km/h.
040° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
BC Report - Woodside did have strong outflow winds at the Ranch, good for kiting but not for flying. We were heading to Ashcroft for a play by noon, and had to drive through a huge blizzard to get there.

11-17-16
Woodside after noon

Agassiz BC

Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 8C. Winds light and variable.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be heading up Woodside after noon.

IBIS and CanadaRASP were conflicted with IBIS saying soarable winds and CanadaRASP saying light & variable . . . and it turned out CanadaRASP was correct with light to tailwinds.

Add to that a ceiling that dropped down to 300 metres at times and it was a no go, with only Hunter showing up.



Martin N arrived later but I was heading in to the WCSC AGM by then.

Claudia, Kevin, Alex flew Elk after the clouds cleared there. Claudia said it was "Super smooth and floaty sled ride from Elk to Kevin's school. Thought it was snowing but it was the snow on the boots blowing in my face.".



WCSC has a semi-new Board of Directors with most people staying on in one capacity or another.

WCSC 2017 Board Members

Please welcome our new President - Tyler

Everyone else remains:

Treasurer - Kirstie
Web - Pedro
Sites - Paddy
Pemberton - Guy
Memberships - Peter



Great work by our pals at Revelstoke Paragliding, taking Rick Mercer for a flight this fall.

11-15-16
Heading back to Canada

Sydney NSW

Mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Winds light. Chance of rain 100%.
320° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Road Report - we were on a plane back to Vancouver on the 15th and getting back on MST time zone all day Nov 16.



Our Australia 2016 Album is now up on Google Photos, much less user friendly than PicasaWeb Albums but you can click here to access them.
11-14-16
Heading to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains

Sydney NSW

Sun & Clouds during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Moderate NW winds. Chance of rain 100%.
270° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)

1900 metres
Blackheath Report - today showed moderate NW winds in the forecast in the Blue Mountains, so we tried Mt. Blackheath a few times.

It was gusty at noon so we went for lunch in the Village.

NOAA said 2 pm it would lighten up to 15 knots, so we were back on launch to try again.

The sky was pretty foreboding with black bottomed clouds and pretty gusty conditions so I did not even lay out the Zeno. Also no birds or local pilots after 4 days of rain & winds made me nervous to launch or even kite as the launch is rather tight.



11-13-16
Heading to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney for some hiking

Sydney NSW

Sunny this morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Winds NNE at 25 to 35 km/h. Chance of rain 100%.
320° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

1400 metres
Hiking Report - today shows moderate NW winds in the forecast in the Blue Mountains so maybe some touristy things in the rain? Like hiking around the bush trails in Katoomba.

The walking trails are amazing with lookouts over sheer drops for 400 metres.

We hiked the Cliff Trail for some time and then descended down into the rain forest to the Katoomba Falls. By this time my knees were crying in pain!

We made it to the Vertical Railway, claimed to be the steepest in the world but it reminded me of St. Hilaire's old railway.

We saw the Three Sisters rock formation from below the base, and from many other angles as we hiked the rim of the canyon.



Meanwhile it as blowing over 60 kph when we weren't in the lee.

11-12-16
Heading to the Blue Mountains

Sydney NSW

Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 100%.
320° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Road Trip - today showed moderate NW winds in the forecast in Coffs Harbour so maybe some a road trip to Katoomba is in order!

I picked out a Historic Guest House on BOOKING.COM and it was not cheap, but it was nice for relaxing.

Built in 1902, it is pretty well maintained in the original glory . . . just with big screen TVs and wifi in the rooms.

11-11-16
Heading to the Pacific Ocean

Sydney NSW

Sunny this morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 100%.
140° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Coffs Harbour Report - today showed moderate SE winds in the forecast in Coffs Harbour so maybe we can fly?

But the old saying is "Red sky at night . . . sailors delight. Red sky in morning . . . sailors take warning." And of course we had a red sunrise.



We did a morning hike down the beach and then drove to the south to a launch we found on Paragliding Map.

These launch spots are pretty small slots in the bush usually just above the beach but offer up good soaring . . . if the winds are right.

Today we expected SSE at 15 knots but we waited and waited and got nothing. It was launchable but it would be a quick ride to the beach and sand in the wings so we just watched the whales out front.



By the time we got back to the hotel it was thunderstorming and hailing with lots of lightning, what a show!

11-10-16
Heading to the Pacific Ocean and Coffs Harbour

Sydney NSW

Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 100%.
320° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Rain Day Report - today shows moderate NW winds in the forecast in Coffs Harbour so maybe some touristy things in the rain? And it did rain hard all the way here.

11-9-16
Heading to the Pacific Ocean cause it is blown out again in Manila

Sydney NSW

Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 27C. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 100%.
320° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

1000 metres
Road Trip - today shows moderate W winds and thunderstorms in the forecast in Manila . . . so off to Coffs Harbour on the East Coast. We had a lovely drive through the mountains and no rain until we hit the coast where it was hailing and heavy thunderstorms with lightning.

11-8-16
Heading to the East Coast for surfing or snorkelling

Sydney NSW

Thunderstorms expected. High near 31C. Winds NW at 15 to 30 km/h.
270° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

2800 metres
Manila Report - today showed moderate NW winds in the forecast in Manila again.

The B&B owner here in Manila is a PG pilot and he said you can launch in these winds but it is never nice. I dropped in to FlyManila but no one was heading up and there was little action. Most pilots were either stuck in their campers or had gone into town for supplies.

Colleen was on a conference call so I stayed out of the B&B for a few hours, and it was getting windier as the day went on.

I know pilots have had good flights out of here, just not lately!

But I am on vacation and we have done enough cloud chasing this trip so we are heading back towards the coast and then on to Sydney.

11-7-16
Heading to Lake Keepit Glider Club for a visit

Sydney NSW

Plentiful sunshine. High near 25C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h.
270° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

2800 metres
Lake Keepit Report - today shows moderate W winds in the forecast in Manila . . . so off to Lake Keepit Glider Club for the day. It was 30 kms from the B & B we were in so it was a must see place. Much nicer venue than Hope BC Glider Club where one is boxed in by a tight mountain valley, here they have 100 kms of flat lands in all directions.

The club has two tow planes and a huge grass runway and many nice hangars to store their gliders.



But today I watched them tow up and then return quickly as there was spotty lift to 7000 feet, like one thermal and no CUs.



I was feeling bad that the flying has been so poor for us but we are not the only ones, the OZ Leonardo has a few good flights in late October but none since then. At least it is warm and we are vacationing.

11-6-16
Heading to Manila for the noon shuttle

Sydney NSW

Plentiful sunshine. High near 25C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h.
270° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)

2800 metres
No Fly Report - today showed moderate W winds in the forecast in Manila . . . so off to FlyManila for the day. but no one was flying there as it was really gusty up to 60 kph!

11-5-16
Heading to Tamworth tourist spots as the winds are RIPPING

Sydney NSW

Sunny skies for the afternoon. High 29C. Winds SSW at 40 to 60 km/h.
270° @ 28
-3.0°C (unstable)

2800 metres
Manila Report - today showed Strong SSW winds in the forecast in Manila . . . so off to being tourists for the day.

We slept in late and had a late breakfast and the winds were howling all day long.

I went shopping and Colleen was working in the motel so she can go flying as soon as the weather improves.

I did find the world famous Golden Guitar, as this is a big venue for Country Music here in Tamworth.



We saw a big billboard advertising a show with the Beach Boys & the Temptations coming in Feb 2017!

Tamworth is also famous for their Agricultural Shows and Horse Ranches, and I found one of the big supply shops and thought of Bev & Robin McC.



11-4-16
Heading to Manila today as the winds look NW, not good for Newcastle

Sydney NSW

Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 29C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.
290° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Mt. Borah Report - today showed NW winds in the forecast in Newcstle so we are heading to Manila.

We checked into a motel in Tamworth and I was being lazy but Colleen forced me to get in the car to drive to FlyManila Ranch to check out the scene and maybe get a flight. It was already 4 pm but I agreed and we headed off towards Manila with the Google Maps working most of the way there.

Manila is the site of many regional and PWC Comps and is well setup for visiting pilots. Cabins for rent, outdoor swimming pool, and a large LZ . . . if you get high enough to fly back there.

Also available is a ride service in one of the Borah Bashers, well worn Toyota Land Cruisers with 8 pilot seating and a trailer for gear. Well worn in every way interior, exterior and engine components as it wheezed up the dirt road to Launch with 8 of us in it.Manila is the site of many regional and PWC Comps and is wel setup for visiting pilots. Cabins for rent, outdoor swimming pool, and a large LZ . . . if you get high enough to fly back there.

Local pilots gave us a site briefing on the way up pointing out bailout LZs.



We arrived to launch to find two pilots in the air and doing okay, but not really high above launch. Strong cycles at launch but straight in as some pilots launched okay and others got dragged around.

Fortunately launch is pretty huge so there was no drama or damage as they got dragged.

Colleen had a nice lull and brought up her Swift 4 XS in a nice cycle but with a cravatte that cleared it self as she turned to launch.

I was behind a fairly inexperienced pilot and waited for him to launch which took some time, but it was perfecct as 4 kangaroos arrived to watch us launch. Two adults and two Joeys and they were quite interested in the human flying beings. Not the least bit afraid.



I launched after the beginner pilot finally got off, and started climbing. Mostly ridge lift but there were some thermals mixed in. One of the plocals that gave us the briefing in the Basher had a Zeno that he had just received and I followed him around a bit but it looked more productive on the ridge.

I found the lack of ridge rules a bit odd, pilots were more predictable at Stanwell Park than here but maybe they are very junior?



Colleen stayed pretty high further back on the ridge. We watched a few pilots top-land on launch, perhaps our driver Arnaud.



But as time went on we started to get lower and some pilots headed out front to the bailout LZ quite low. I wanted none of that on my Zeno!

I headed east to the saddle and got some thermals there where I topped up a bit and then headed downwind toward Manila Ranch, fully expecting some rotor but mostly I just got some thermal bumps. It was a good test for stability on the Zeno and I had a few ratty spots but the Zeno stayed solid overhead.

There is one cone shaped bump partway to the Ranch, that I went straight towards and it yielded some nice lift on the windward side but even better thermals on the leeside where I climbed an additional 200 metres and had a great vantage point of Colleen coming over the back too as she came underneath me.

It was ratty and thermic over the LZ but kind of normal for us that have landed at Eagle Ranch mid-day. It also reminded me of going over the saddle at San Marcos in Jalisco Mexico.

Colleen landed ahead of me, and I swooped in right beside her as other pilots came in behind us as we packed up.



One guy on a UP glider was one of the original pilots in the air and he said he got to 8500 feet a few times but it was a struggle.

We were happy with our first flights here and we "did not suck" as we got enough height to come back to our car without paying for a retrieve.



International Pilots - more info .. please read this :

If you are coming for the XC camp, and indeed any XC flying in Australia now and in the future, you will need to have a VHF Airband radio endorsement to allow you to fly through some new areas called CAR166 airport zones. Of course you can fly through the areas as before, but if you dont have the endorsement AND you upload the flight to a online contest etc (or are in a comp) you will get penalised as there are pilots watching who have nothing better to do and just love to send the xc flight file to the authorities.

These are small airports with almost no traffic, but the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) decided in its (un)wisdom to force all users to make calls on airband radios (VHF AM 118-136mHz) to improve safety and avoid mid-air collisions. Previously there was no need for this as everyone just looked out for each other typical for Class G airspace around the world. There has been no increase in air traffic nor any evidence of mid-air collisions or close calls. Almost nowhere else in the world has such requirements for such small airports. Yes its stupid (Bureaucrats are not known for their practical thinking ability !)

Either way we are stuck with this situation almost uniquely in the world. It has recently effected the HG World Champs (in Forbes) as well for example.

Most XC areas in Aus now have some of the zones which are a circle 10nm / 18kms radius around the tiny country airports/airstrips. We have some in NSW, and there are close ones to Bright, Corryong and others.

In order to help out visiting pilots to Manilla I have a link to the study guide and can do the exams with you once here. We can then send in the the form which gets endorsed to your HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership. This doesnt cost anything except your time to study a little - (maybe on the flight over!) and do the exam (about 30mins). You will learn how to make proper radio calls to other aircraft just like a Cessna or Airbus pilot. Once you have the VHF Airband Radio Operators Endorsement you will have it for life..and wont need to do it again. Then you are Ok to fly in the zones here and in other countries where it is needed (of course you need a VHF AM airband radio as well).

If you would like the study guide link pls email me : godfrey at flymanilla dot com

Of course there are ways around the issue.. like uploading xc flights with a pseudonym, or dont upload at all...its the upload that is the issue as this provides official evidence that you were in the zones.

In the Manilla XC region there are some zones like this approx 60-150kms out from take off in a few directions. You can easily fly around them if you plan ahead, but on a cracking XC day with great wind drift its a shame to waste time to fly around them.

ALL visiting international pilots MUST have a HGFA Visiting Pilot Membership (VPM) to fly in Australia. Please also dont forget to do your HGFA Visiting Pilot m/ship online before you leave home.. www.hgfa.asn.au and click on the top menu bar "overseas pilots" .- Godfrey

11-3-16
Heading to Stanwell Park with Colleen

Sydney NSW

Plentiful sunshine. High around 25C. NW winds shifting to ENE at 15 to 30 km/h.
030° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Newcastle Report - we decided to drive straight to Newcastle, where we had a hotel room booked as Stanwell Park is 1.5 hours south of Sydney an Newcastle is 2.5 hours north.

We stopped at Shelly Beach partway to Newcastle for fuel and food and the sign by the ocean said the air temp was 27C and the water temp 20C and there were lots of surfers and swimmers out in the ocean.

There is also a Launch spot near here called Crackneck Lookout so we had to go see it.



The winds were too light to soar and you have to do a mini-XC to the Beach area north as there are rocks and crashing surf below the launch.

We continued on to Newcastle and when we arrived at the Hotel there was a paraglider soaring the beach near us! I didn't even know there was a site here in downtown Newcastle.

We unloaded our suitcases and checked in and afterwards we went to the launch spot, right in the park in town.



The pilot we saw was back in the park where he toplanded and he gave us a site briefing before relaunching to show us where the lift was.



Brad (the local pilot) took off again and offered to show us the lift band, but quickly top-landed to say it had gone east and he was heading to another site.



But not before helping Colleen off with a helpful shove to endure she cleared the fence (which she didn't need as she popped off quickly into the lift).



I laid out my Zeno and despite this being a rotory cliff launch area, it came up fast and straight into the wind first try and I was stabilized and lifting off with no fear of touching the fence. I headed North to where Colleen had got highest (120 metres).

Apparently it got stronger as we were flying as Colleen was only getting 3 kph on her Flytec Element but up to 18 kph on bar (Swift 4 XS). I had no penetration issues on the Zeno as I am heavily loaded.



We boated back and forth til we got bored and Colleen top-landed first between the statue and the trees.

I had to go out over the surf to get down and through the lift band, before coming to land (the Zeno really floats although I only got to 100 metres today).



Meanwhile . . . back in BC I saw Rod F and a few others from Squamish were flying Hedley to get out of the coastal rains. Looked nice there!





Woodrat Report - Derek & Normando are headed south to Mexico and they made a stop at Woodrat. Sunny and thermic as they flew to Longsword Winery.



I suspect there will be more reports coming in as they go through California.

11-2-16
Heading to Stanwell Park

Sydney NSW

Sunny. High 23C. W winds shifting to NNE at 25 to 40 km/h.
030° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Stanwell Park Report - today showed NNE winds in the forecast in Sydney. So I drove to Stanwell Park with high hopes as Colleen had one more day of Conferencing.

I arrived just before noon to see smoke in the distance leaning over with a SW drift, but there were gliders in the air . . . about 20 of mixed HG & PG all doing well and going far north.



With not much prodding I was soon in the air and soaring and thermalling northward too. It was more North wind than East but no problem penentrating on the Zeno.

I got up to the top of the peaks and stayed above the locals and it got pretty crowded at times as some were ridge soaring and some were thermalling making the turns pretty close to each other.

I felt a few bumps but overall it was quite smooth.

There were tandems landing on the beach to the south, solo PGers were top-landing on or near launch and the odd HGers were also landing on the beach.

I flew over the South Launch to check out the Hgers setting up and did a top-landing near there to avoid the rotor near launch that is mentioned on the HGFA Site Guide..

It was turning more Northerly but pilots kept launching in the rotor and doing fine once in the air, but their top-landings got a bit messy as they hit sink and rotor out front. No trees like Bridal or Woodside so it was still safe.

After flying I got some fish & chips at the new restaurant right near launch and talked to some locals and they were all exclaiming how rough it was today in the air?? It was like a glassoff Woodside flight for me!

They also mentioned the schools of whales out in the ocean that I completely missed. Maybe tomorrow I will see them when we return.

11-1-16
Tourist Day and website maintenance as we have west winds, outflow here

Sydney NSW

Sunny. High 23C. W winds shifting to NNE at 25 to 40 km/h.
230° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)

1100 metres
Sydney Tourist Report - today showed W winds in the forecast in Sydney, which came true so no Stanwell Tops today.

But I had a nice tour of the city and a sereral hour nap to recharge before dinner with everyone at a Malaysian Joint.

10-31-16
Canberra Spring Ridge looks good today . . . if we can find launch

Melbourne VIC

Sunny. High 16C. Winds WNW at 15 to 30 km/h.
320° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Spring Hill Report - today showed NW winds in the forecast so we stayed in Canberra in a nice tourist park.

We drove to a ridge site called Spring Hill which can be found on the local sites guide of the HGFA .

Spring Hill is a NW facing ridge with a 4x4 road up to the launch areas. We were going to hike up but when we arrived the winds were as reported NW 30 gusting to 45 kph. Even the birds were having trouble getting upwind as it was very gusty.

The site looks very nice though on a less windy day.



We arrived in Sydney around noon and got settled into the nice Adina Apartment Hotel as Colleen's next conference starts tonight.

John and I went to Sydney Harbour for dinner and drinks by the Harbour Bridge, where one can go on a tour of the top of the bridge. John says they are hooked in with harnesses and ropes, but it looks quite daring.



Tomorrow looks windy from the west, and they only launch for west wind is in the Blue Mountains about 2 hours away so I will wait for East winds and Stanwell Park.

10-30-16
Flinders looks good again today

Bright VIC

Rain. High 18C. Winds NNW at 25 to 45 km/h.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Bright Report - Today showed Strong NW winds in the forecast so we are driving towards Canberra. We had rain and strong winds all the way to Canberra but it got sunny for dinner in yet another brew pub.

10-29-16
Bright looked good in the AM with strong winds from the north as a front rolls thru

Bright VIC

Plentiful sunshine. High 18C. Winds NW at 15 to 30 km/h.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Bright Report - Today's forecast showed North winds in the forecast so headed towards Bright Launch after a nice breakfast in Mt. Beauty.

We found the LZ and saw about 20 gliders in the air, some at cloudbase around 2000 metres. Others just sledding out to the LZ.



Colleen talked to some of the pilots and they were done for the day as it looked like it would get strong and they were newbies.

They advised just driving up was fastest as the shuttles were done for the day.

The road up is not too bad, gravel and narrow in places but doable in the rental car.

We arrived on top to see a few beginners in the air out front doing not too bad, but by the time Colleen got laid out and ready to fly they were all in the LZ.



A few other pilots were on launch and the PGers took off leaving Colleen and one lone lady HGer left on launch.

Strong cycles rolled thru and then nothing, so it was not meteo wind rather just thermic cycles that were far apart.

Colleen took off and got in a few turns but mostly it was a sledride out to the LZ. Odd that it was so good early on and then it shut down?



I drove down to the LZ and Colleen talked me into flying too, hoping it would get better. We saw several HG trucks head up too, so why not!



Apparently the Lady HGer that had taken off after Colleen had hit sink and "got flushed into the trees" (her version), and she was on the ground and okay walking out to the road. I suspect she was scratchig too close for the conditions and miscalculated the sink cycles (or was 360-ing instead of figure-8-ing.

It was again strong cycles in the trees and then big lulls as I laid out the Zeno.



A HGer took off ahead of me and he was on the way to the LZ pretty fast.

I had a nice inflation on the Zeno, but as I turned the Zeno shot forward pretty fast which I caught with a bit of skill and hard braking and forward momentum and I got sucked off launch.

I caught some climbs out to the right of launch and got above launch for maybe 10 minutes as another HGer took off on a red Moyes glider. He was trying to thermal in some weird places as I stayed out front hoping the thermals would stay solid but the north winds were kicking in, not enough to ridge soar but enough to blow the thermals apart.

After 15 minutes I headed out and it took forever to ge tdown as it was thermic over the LZ and about 30 kph of N wind.

The red HGer was seting up over the bigger LZ where his buddy had landed earlier so I landed in the Active Tandem LZ where someone was kiting. As I came in on final a black & white bird did an angry pass at me, clearly not happy with my presence.

Colleen was down just as I packed up so we went for lunch at a local brew Pub and then Colleen soaked her feet in the river.

We headed back to our cozy motel but stopped at a winery for a tasting tour. Nice vacation so far!

Later we went for dinner about a 2 km walk from the motel, where they have a limo service to take clients back home after wining & dining. The limo is a 1990 Lincoln stretch limo in really good shape.





Cross Country Mag had a nice article on Bright in 2014

10-28-16
Flinders looks good again today

Melbourne VIC

Plentiful sunshine. High 18C. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)

1800 metres
Sunnyside Report - Today's forecast showed SW winds in the forecast so headed towards Sunnyside.

It was too south and too light but it was a nice place to soak up the sun and watch the surf. After a nap I headed back to pick up Colleen as her Conference ended at 5 pm and we were driving to Bright for the evening.



10-27-16
Nice strong SW winds here in Melbourne so I am going flying

Melbourne VIC

Plentiful Sunshine. High 18C. Winds SW 15 to 25 kph.
240° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Flinders Report - Today showed SW winds in the forecast so I am driving towards Flinders.

I visited a few sites I found in the Paragliding Map App, but none seemed that good for layout or wind direction.

I did find a nice lighthouse at Cape Schank where there is supposed to be a site.



At another site further east I met Luke and Alexis packing out a speed wing it was too cross and he was heading to Flinders Golf Course so I followed him.



When we arrived there were a few gliders in the air, and as we closer they were Speedwings, so it was strong.

As it got lighter the speedwings sunk out and the pilots reappeared on their big wings, here is one on his Swift 4 after landing his Litespeed.



I watched a few more gliders take off and it got lighter so I laid out the Zeno on this small launch pad, kind of had to lay it cross wise to fit ala Cobra Launch style and I took off first try and started climbing above the lone HGer and about 5 other PGers.

Odd that the aussies drive on the wrong side of the road, but they have the same ridge rule as us!



I flew for 30 minutes and then landed down on the beach as the rules state: No top landings or golf course landings.

Oddly my new Spot Tracker only recorded the takeoff and landing, I have to check the settings.

10-23-16 to 10-26-16
Woodside looks wet and rainy so we are heading to Australia & SUN

Melbourrne VIC

Woodside: Rain & occasional showers during the afternoon. High 10C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Tourist Report - the FlyBC Coaches are in Australia for a three week tour of Sydney & Melbourne. Today showed NW winds in the forecast so I am driving towards Melbourne.

Colleen was smart and on a tight timeframe so she flew in a jet while I drove 8 hours.

Nice fast highways but the kangaroo carcasses (over 50 in 600 kms) hows you that you should not drive at night! I got to Melbourne and our 5 Star hotel by dusk thankfully.

The past few day here was spent shopping and orienting to the time zone and climate, with a few rainshowers.

Colleen is busy at the conference so we just get to go out for dinners.

10-22-16
Woodside will have light outflow in the AM and some showers expected for later but Saturday looks great

Agassiz BC

Mostly sunny skies this morning will give way to occasional showers during the afternoon. High 13C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we had some outflow as forecast for Woodside Launch but only Mark C got a flight as 10 other pilots waited for the outflow to stop. Colleen & I stayed on the ground as we were packing and later are heading to Australia for a three week tour of Sydney & Melbourne.

Claudia led a group of pilots up Elk on Saturday & Sunday and were rewarded with nice flights both days.

10-21-16
Woodside will have light outflow in the AM and some showers expected for later but Saturday looks great

Agassiz BC

Mostly sunny skies this morning will give way to occasional showers during the afternoon. High 13C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Elk Report - Woodside had some early outflow, but by noon it was launchable but no one was here to fly so I did chores and shipments.

Kevin, Brad & Dave from Oregon flew Elk and had amazing flights with some +5 m/s thermals and cold conditions at 'base.



Kevin top-landed to warm up and then relaunched and they all flew to Brad's farm in Rosedale.



10-20-16
Woodside will have rainshowers today but Saturday looks good

Agassiz BC

Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 15C. Winds light and variable.
320° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

300 metres
Valley Report - I had a nice ferry ride to Nanaimo delivering a paramotor to Richard T, and it was mixed weather from Horeshoe Bay to Harrison Mills. Some sun, some showers and a thunderstorm over Agassiz with some hail as I got to the Ranch around 6 pm.

I did have some time to edit some footage from yesterday.

10-19-16
Woodside will have a brief reprieve today from the rains, but cloudbase looks like 200 metres, so no local flying unless it is a paramotor

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy this morning, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 15C. Winds light and variable.
320° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

300 metres
Woodside Report - we had a few hours of mixed sun and clouds with low cloudbase, so Dennie, Linda & Kevin came out to fly.

Linda tested the air for the boys launching first and she had some thermalling.

Dennie & Kevin caught some lift too, but Kevin was flying my cheater wing - "Zeno" and stayed aloft for 45 minutes disapearing into the soup a few times.



The plan was for all of us to fly but Kevin's Alpina2 MS might not have kept my large frame in the air for that long so I drove down to save the retrieve time.

10-16-16 to 10-18-16
Woodside will have heavy rains and stormy winds for at least 7 days as the remnants of a Pacific Typhoon pound SW BC

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 12.
220° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Rain Report for October 16 - 18 - heavy rain forecast for Woodside Launch came true and it was very wet, but the wind warnings somewhat fizzled thankfully.

Meanwhile in another part of the world it was sunny and soarable.

Ozone Rapido & Zero from Victor Gordillo on Vimeo.

10-15-16
Woodside will have heavy rains and stormy winds for at least 7 days as the remnants of a Pacific Typhoon pound SW BC

Agassiz BC

Showers ending early this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this morning.

Rain beginning early this afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Temperature steady near 11.

Tonight: Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southwest 50 gusting to 70 after midnight. Temperature steady near 11.

190° @ 30
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - heavy rain forecast for Woodside Launch for the next 7 days but today we did not get much precip, and we had strong outflow winds which are usually drier conditions.



Brazil Report - while we are hiding out from the monsoons, Brazilian PG Pilots have been breaking records going 564 kms on October 10th flying Gin Boomerang 10 & Ozone EnZo2. XC Mag article here .



And last week Hunter had a really nice Pemby Flight on his new Ozone Swift 4.

10-14-16
Woodside will have heavy rains and stormy winds for at least 7 days as the remnants of a Pacific Typhoon pound SW BC

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain. High 12C. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 12mm.
190° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - heavy rain forecast for Woodside Launch did not materialize here.

We also avoided the strong winds experienced everywhere else in BC.

Interesting look at CanadaRASP showed us in a protected zone, while everything else looks super windy (this happens sometimes in South windstorms).



Generator is fueled and ready, and wired into the house if the power goes out.

Still thinking of Cali trip cause it looks nice in the south.

10-13-16
Woodside will have heavy rains and stormy winds for at least 7 days as the remnants of a Pacific Typhoon pound SW BC

Agassiz BC

Rain likely. High 12C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over 25mm.
090° @ 20
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Monsoon Report - heavy rain forecast was for Woodside Launch for the next 7 days but today was not as bad as I thought it would be.

I had to do a Sumas Border run and it was raining a bit near Sumas Mtn. and then not bad on the way back to the Ranch.

When I came over the Harrison River Bridge it almost looked flyable with lots of low clouds to skirt around and light outflow. Mother Woodside!

Generator is ready for power outages for the next few days.

The weather warnings are pretty severe.

Alerts for: Fraser Valley

Statements

4:46 AM PDT Friday 14 October 2016
Special weather statement in effect for:

Fraser Valley - east including Chilliwack
Fraser Valley - west including Abbotsford

The second in a series of storms is currently over the South Coast. Heavy showers will continue with this storm but strong south or southeast winds are the main concern. Wind warnings have already been issued for many South Coast regions with the strongest winds this morning.

The third and potentially most powerful storm will approach the coast late Saturday. This low pressure system will be accompanied by very strong winds and heavy rainfall. Computer weather models are predicting a range of landfalls Saturday evening anywhere from northwestern Washington State to central Vancouver Island. A worst-case windstorm scenario for the Inner South Coast would be a landfall along central or southern Vancouver Island. However, if the storm makes landfall and tracks over Washington State, the storm would not impact BC nearly as much. As details concerning the precise storm track become clearer, warnings will be issued for multiple regions throughout the next couple of days.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

10-12-16
Woodside will have outflow winds until noon but it looks launchable now on the webcam

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate.
240° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - there was an outflow forecast for Woodside Launch til noon so we did a reconn trip up Horsefly to check out the road and launch conditions.

We went up in Chris D's big F350 but I am sure the FlyBC Van would handle the cross ditches, but you will need 4x4 and good tires to get up there, and this is the outflow season that it works well for.

The trees have grown up in front of launch again in only one season, so a work party will be launched one day soon.

Chris & Pete installed some ribbons on the lone snag, and as soon as we did that it went to SW from the light NE wind that we found as we arrived at noon.



It was time to head back to Woodside after a quick bite at the Sasquatch Inn.

When we arrived at the Ranch we found Dennie, Linda, Derek, and a few others and we all piled into Chris' truck and we went to launch to find nice reversible cycles despite outflow winds in the Valley.



I flew off on the Zeno after the others had sunken, and I found a few turns in front of launch and further out but 14 minutes was all I got in nice air.

Dennie went up one last time to take a work mate tandem, and it looked similar with a few more thermals as I built a nice campfire - the last of this week as the heavy rains come in all week long.



We have SupAir Leaf here for demo as soon as the weather improves.

august 26, 2016 Paragliding from jonas Laplace on Vimeo.

10-11-16
Woodside will have outflow winds until late afternoon so maybe a quick trip to Merritt is in order to get teh students some flights

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 16C. Winds N at 15 to 25 km/h.
060° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Merritt Report - we had an outflow forecast for Woodside Launch so a roadtrip to Merritt started when left the Ranch at 930 am.

Hwy 5 was fast and clear and we arrived to calm winds in Merritt so up Sugarloaf Mtn for Dawson, also attending was Chris D & Peter M who are doing an Instructor Recert this week.

We had cross wind at launch but occasional straight in cycles as Dawson flew off on the demo Geo 4.



Chris flew off on his Litespeed 17 and they both landed by the road on the Upper Bench area in NE winds.

Pete followed on our demo Leaf M and also landed on the Upper Bench.



Due to the NE flows I decided we could let Dawson fly the Water Tank Launch which faces NE. He did a good forward until he paused to look at the wing threatening to cause an aborted launch as it was very light.

He did launch and had a short sleddie down to a dry spot in the sage.

The Instructors decided not to fly as we were headed back to Woodside as Derek had called to say the outflow had stopped.

We raced home to see Derek & Dennie above launch as we came out of Agassiz.

We went straight up to Launch and there were nice reversible cycles as we saw Derek climb through to 1100 metres.

Dawson had a nice reverse launch and was thermalling out front on the Leaf M, while Pete set up his new Magnum2 tandem to take Chris for a flight.

A bit of driving but we got Dawson 3 more high flights and he only needs 6 more to be P-2 certified.

10-10-16
Woodside will have outflow winds all day

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 15C. Winds NE 10-15 kph.
060° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - we arrived back at the Ranch at 3 pm to find strong NE winds, but clear skies and of course no pilots in the air.



Some folks had a fun time at Revy on their speed wings . . . Jamie Lee says he is on the Ozone Rapido 7 proto but we can now order you the production model of the Ozone Rapido 7 metre. Better be able to run fast to take off!

Mt Cartier Heli Speedfly from Jamie Lee on Vimeo.

10-9-16
Woodside will have showers and low clouds so classes are cancelled til mid-day Monday

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. Slight chance of a rain shower. High near 15C. Winds light and variable.
060° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

700 metres
Woodside Report - despite a showery forecast for Woodside Launch and low cloudbase, a group of pilots were seen flying and getting cloudsuck at times as we headed north to Spences Bridge.

Un-named pilot took this shot today.



10-8-16
Woodside will have showers and low clouds so classes are cancelled

Agassiz BC

Rain. High 13C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 12mm.
060° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Monsoon Report - heavy rainfall warning for Fraser Valley came true, good day for car repairs and indoor chores.

10-7-16
Woodside will have showers and low clouds so no classes are planned

Agassiz BC

Rain. High 13C. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 12mm.
090° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - showery forecast with high winds for Woodside Launch, and it became reality so did lots of indoor chores.

Looks like Monday may deliver some sunny skies.



For explaining Newton's Theory of Flight.

Hand Glide from 80D on Vimeo.

10-6-16
Woodside may have showers and low clouds so maybe a ground school session after noon

Agassiz BC

Cloudy with showers. High around 15C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
250° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)

400 metres
Woodside Report - rained all day, good time for heading to Sumas to pick up Yu's paramotor.

10-5-16
Woodside may have outflow and clouds so maybe a roadtrip to Cornwall will work

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
090° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1900 metres
Benny Report - there was an outflow forecast for Woodside Launch, so I planned a Cornwall trip early on but no one else wanted to roadtrip.

While in Chilliwack doing errands I stopped in at GVP, the local CanAM dealer to look at the new 6 person Defender ATV.

They gave me the sales spiel and showed me the price at $20,000 plus taxes.

They also said that farmers love these units and everytime one goes out on demo they get a new sale. I asked "How much for a demo?", they replied "Free" so I took one home with me and test drove it up Mt. St. Benedict following Al's FJ.

Smooth ride and it does the cross ditches without slowing down.

It also has a dump bed big enough for 5 gliders, so no need for a roof rack.



It was quite fast on the way down after I watched Martin N & James F fly off, 25 minutes to the gate.



I tested top speed on the road and it was over 80 kph uphill, thanks to the 1000 cc motor.

As I was driving back to the Ranch with the Defender on a trailer toward Hwy 7, I saw Paddy and then Martin, Derek and James all doing the downwind run towards Woodside. Big development from my vantage point.



Fish was meeting me at the Ranch to do his graduation flight (last minute), and write his P-2 exam.

We ran up Woodside in the Defender and it was a breeze even though I went up in 2WD.

Fish flew off as James came overhead on his way from Benny.

It was nicely lifty as Fish climbed out on his new SupAir EIKO 20.



When I arrived back at the Ranch, there was quite strong outflow winds in the LZ, nice for landing into.

Congratulations to the XC Pilots: Martin N, Derek, James and Claudia who all made it to Woodside and Eagle Ranch. Is it coincidence that they were all flying Ozone Swift EN-B gliders? Maybe . . . but they are all excellent pilots and today was a great day considering it was October 5th.



10-4-16
Woodside may only be good for ground handling and some paramotoring between showers

Agassiz BC

Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 16C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

600 metres
Woodside Report - it rained earlier but we taught some paramotoring with Richard at 3 pm, cloudbase was too low for Woodside Launch to be visible but the fields were dry and clear above.

10-3-16
Woodside after noon due to outflow forecast but we have some ground training to do before then

Agassiz BC

Sunshine and clouds mixed. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 16C. Winds light and variable.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

900 metres
Woodside Report - I was doing double duties today: helping Jessica get tuned up for her first solo flights & geetting Richard ready for his first paramotor flight.

Richard did a great job and was in the air first try on our new MiniPlane Top80 unit and he flew around for 30 minutes while Jessica kited.



Jessica had 10 forward launches all perfect form, while Richard motored overhead.

After the fun on the ground, we started flying at Woodside today after noon.

Derek & Martin N joined us and they launched first to check the air.

Then Jessica had her first launch and she did very well.



Derek hit some sink and was in our Eagle Ranch LZ and guided Jessica in for her first perfect landing.



Martin N found some sun and managed to stay aloft, while Richard launched for the first of three PG flights after his motoring fun.

I raced down and collected Jessica, Derek & Richard and this time Derek stayed up with Martin as the others sledded down.



By the end of the day, Jessica had done three perfect flights . . . a good start to a long PG Career hopefully.



10-2-16
Woodside after noon due to outflow forecast

Agassiz BC

Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 19C. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today after 11 am. There was outflow expected and Agassiz said "NE 18 Gusting to 29" on the EC website, but it was inflow at Woodside Launch.

I just had Billy here and he logged four flights and some nice thermalling.



Billy is now up to 10 flights and his launches are very solid as he got off first try everytime while other P-2 pilots were struggling to get off.

We finished off at 5 pm after completing his "online log book", we are now using Google Drive to manage student log books as we have too many students to do it manually. And they can view their progress and what needs to be worked on to graduate.

Reports from Benny said 18 pilots came out to fly there and Derek & Martin were sitting on Hwy 7 looking for a ride as the got shaded out betewwn Dewdney & Deroche.



The PWC Comp is on at La Reunion France, and as usual Phillipe Broers is filming the event.

World Cup La Reunion task 1 Sunday from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.

10-1-16
Woodside early until it rains

Agassiz BC

Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers this afternoon. High 16C. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

800 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today after 8 am. There was rain on the radar over Vancouver & Bellingham but it held off here til noon, and by then we had done three student flights.

Dean & Eric both flew in light winds and then they wrote their P-2 Exams and did very well. They have graduated to P-2 Status as of today!



The wings were a bit damp as the grass never dried off all day, but the Inspection Rack upstairs is a convenient place to let them dry out.





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