FlyBC "Site of the Day" - September 20/2014

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Woodside has some outflow winds until late afternoon, so hopefully we are flying today.

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9/20/14
Woodside looks like outflow until mid-afternoon

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 26. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Coaches Corner for September 20, 2014 - Woodside may work after noon, and we are taking students to Heritage Park til later.



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9/19/14
Woodside looks like rain until late afternoon

Agassiz BC

A few showers ending near noon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 19.
240° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was supposed to clear by noon but it took til 3 pm, and all around us was drizzling but Mother Woodside would have been flyable.



9/18/14
Woodside looks like possible rain in the late afternoon

Agassiz BC

Periods of rain ending near noon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 19.
220° @ 17
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had low cloudbase all day, Blanchard was clear but only sledders occurred.



Cheam Report from September 14 - despite the NE forecasts, Richard T, John & Martin D hiked up Mt Cheam and had beautiful flights getting high above the summit.

From Sept 2014
They flew over to Lady Peak and over the snow slides in the north face, before flying out to Bridal LZ.

From Sept 2014
What outflow?

9/17/14
Woodside looks like inflow winds and possible rain in the late afternoon

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. High 23. UV index 3 or moderate.
260° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside/Ranch Report - Woodside was forecast to get rain in the afternoon with moderate winds aloft from the SW (what outflow?) but I was working on a building project ahead of the rain, so no flying today for me and my students.

One unnamed pilot flew off around 1 pm, but only got a sledder in light winds.



Mt. Robbie Reid Report - During early hours of September 13th I left my truck on a remote logging road located on the ridge separating Stave Lake from Alouette Lake and began my solo paragliding adventure with Mt Robbie Reid.

This prominent summit north of Mission, BC has been visited by paragliding pilots before, including myself.

From Sept 2014
I flew off its lofty summit last year after arduous solo climb through the intricate labyrinth of chimneys and ledges, difficulties compounded by the size of my backpack.

This time I decided to take easy way to reach the top: flying to its highest summit from lower reaches of the mountain, bypassing difficulties.

Launching my wing on a snowfield at 1800 m ASL only 4 hrs after I began my ascent, I was immediately lifted to the new heights.

From Sept 2014
Two hours later after covering 55 km, I safely touched down just a few meters from my vehicle - Richard Teszka.

From Sept 2014
copied from a FaceBook Post, what a flight and adventure!

9/16/14
Woodside looks like outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
260° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
800 metres
Woodside Report - Sam hiked up to launch today while I was in town doing errands and had a short scratchfest landing at the Ranch.

I had no students today but did take a load of pilots up around 3 pm, and Martin N showed them all how to get above the inversion layer which was just at the height of the South Knoll.

From Sept 2014
Sam, Danielle, Martin N & Ben W all flew and got above launch and soared. It was windy coming out to the Ranch with strong SW winds and thermic landing conditions but no outlanders today.

Martin N has logged 24 hours this month - what outflow?

9/15/14
Woodside looks like outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31. UV index 5 or moderate.
260° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside had outflow until 11 am, and we had good solid cycles to launch into all day long.

Lisa was the only student out today and she "bagged" 4 solo flights with 3 landings in the circle on her own guidance. and all landings were on her feet!

From Sept 2014
We had past students Sam & Danielle from Saskatoon out free flying today as well as the usual suspects. Martin N did not get his usual 3+ hours so it must have been stable.

I had a tandem at 5:30 pm with Dallas from Chilliwack and he was an awesome passenger with solid running skills at launch and zero wind landing at the Ranch. We even scored a field goal with a pass thru the goal post trees! Try it sometime!



9/14/14
Woodside looks windy with outflow til noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 29. UV index 5 or moderate.
340° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we drove to Agassiz for fuel & breakfast to find someone had parked their minivan in the middle of Harvest Market LZ, they were very lucky as they left Hwy 7 and went through a deep ditch and never rolled. But the undercarriage is broken pretty badly. No blood or driver at the scene, I suspect they fell asleep at the wheel as there were no skidmarks.

From Sept 2014
When we got back to the Ranch, Woodside had outflow until noon, and then we headed up the mountain for students & tandems.

Lucian is in the last days of his lessons achieivng 25 high flights, 5 different launch sites including a flight at Cornwall a few weeks back, about 7 hours of airtime and an 86% on his written exam. He logged 3 flights today.

Denis, Colleen & Kevin helped with tandems today and we managed to do 7 tandems in less thermic conditions than yesterday but all the flights were beautiful.

From Sept 2014
Partway through our second flight, Alex R dropped in to top-land Woodside after soaring off Mt Cheam with Tom C, Bill N, and some other un-named pilots.

From Sept 2014
As I did my second tandem, we were able to soar with Martin N on the South Knoll who logged another 3+ hours today!

We went up to fly the last flight and Kevin and a few others went solo, while Colleen took Trudy for tandem #2 and it was pleasantly soarable still.

From Sept 2014
A few more good days of flying here and some rain this weekend may force a trip to Savona.

9/13/14
Woodside looks windy til later in the day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Windy this morning. High 28. UV index 5 or moderate.
340° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was heading to Lake Errock for gas when I passed by the Tamihi Dry Sort and saw fire trucks heading in.

The sawdust pile was on fire and the neighbouring logs were also burning and the firefighters were spraying water on the flames but most of the fire was on the north side and not accessible.

From Sept 2014
I headed back to the Ranch and fairly strong NW winds, and it was blowing over the back.

The noon tandems were late, but we were not likely to fly until 2 pm anyway according to the IBIS reports.

When the tandems arrived we loaded all 7 passengers and 3 pilots into the Big White Bus and we headed up the hill.

We arrived to perfect inflow cycles and the smoke on the fire was still showing North.

Colleen launched first and was climbing nicely in front of launch and it was smooth.

From Sept 2014
Denis launched next and also climbed out. Norm got in the queue and was off and the last time I saw him he was at 2000 metres (or more) and heading east. He landed at Bridal Falls LZ in east winds and had lift all the way there arriving at 500 metres. He called Alan to retrieve him.

I launched Lucian on his 20th solo and he was climbing and soaring well, so I clipped in Meta (in a pterodactal one piece suit she designed), and we flew off and were soon above launch and through 1000 metres within minutes. The new Gin Fuse Tandem is proving to be a good wing, and launches are super easy with a fast inflation and easy to stop overhead.

From Sept 2014
Meta and I flew out past Mill Road to get a better look at the fire, which was now getting helicopter water bombed. many choppers passing through our airspace today. Martin was over the fire at Sasquatch and decided to fly back to Woodside when he saw a spotter plane & the choppers circling the fire. He landed 3 hours later.

From Sept 2014
We continued the tandem cycles and got off 3 rounds and with the additional help by Derek we managed to get 10 tandems done by 5 pm. Every tandem was soarable, and it was easy to stay up even without instruments.

Lucian logged 4 flights today and prbably 2.5 hours of airtime. Lisa also got her first solo floght and was above launch most of the way to the Ranch where she did an "Axam Landing". Ask her what that is?

We went back up for one last flight just before dark and Lucian launched first, followed by Derek who was still thermalling until legal dark. Lisa decied not to fly the last flight as she was getting tired so I flew the Gin Bolero 4 down and had a nice flight landing at the ProCircle. It was too damp to packup so I just rosetted the wing into the Barn.

What a nice day.

The fire was still blazing when we went for dinner at the Sasquatch Inn.

9/12/14
Woodside looks windy til later in the day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
090° @ 10
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside looked windy until 4 pm on the windgrams, not worth coming out except Moto wanted to work on reverse launcing, so he arrived at 9 am.

We did some ground school and then at 10 am the winds at the Ranch calmed down, I checked the windsocks on launch and it looked perfect so we went up.

We arrived to inflow winds on launch and the wind on Harrison Bay was calm, so Moto got set up. We had no outflow at all??

Moto launched forward and flew out in very smooth air and was heading to the south when he started climbing and fast. He then hit a layer of north wind but he was still climbing heading out to the valley, he climbed above launch and was out over the Ranch for another 30 minutes in smooth lift landing at the Ranch in the normal pattern.

From Sept 2014
Meanwhile on launch, a big gust of east wind came over the back and stayed that was as Moto was landing.

When I got down to the Ranch the north winds had kicked in and we had to go to Mission for training hill practice with Lisa who is just starting training with FlyBC.

We arrived on Heritage Park Hill around 1 pm, and we had perfect SW cycles and Moto & Lisa did 8 perfect runs each before they were too tired to walk up again, as it was 25 degrees in the sun.

We came back to the Ranch at 3 pm and the north wind was still there even after dark, so no more high flights.

9/11/14
Woodside looks windy til later in the day

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
030° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Woodside was windy until 4 pm, and I was working on my back deck when Derek arrived with Martin N not far behind.

It was howling from the North all day and at 3 pm, it went calm.

Earlier in the day there was a forest fire on the east Vedder Ridge and it was showing outflow and strong. Hwy 7 to Mission was also very windy and all flags showed outflow.

We went up to Woodside Launch around 4 pm and the smoke on Vedder was showing South now, and we had launchable cycles and Martin was off first.

From Sept 2014
He plummetted a bit hitting leeside conditions but he found a nice thermal further west and was soon above launch, while derek and I tried to inflate our wings in light to no wind.

Derek took off first and started a slow climb out front, I was a few minutes after him and was working the same thermal out front. Derek & Martin were on the north cliffs at 1000 metres and I was in front and above launch at 800 metres for some time. and the thermal I was in finally popped off and I was above the other guys. Not so nice above 1000 metres as you could feel the NE flow aloft (choppy). But smooth down low, so I flew out of the lift to descend.

I was trying top-landing approaches, as was Martin . . . for 30 minutes and we just could not get in. Derek tried too for maybe 15 minutes and I decided it was more prudent to drive back up to retrieve Derek's truck and I headed out to land at the ProCircle in smooth light west winds.

I was going to take Norm's bike up to retrieve, but as I was finishing packing up Martin & Derek both came in to land, so we retrieved with the Atlas.

From Sept 2014
A pleasant flight with from 1 hour to 1:30 on the varios!

Denis reported the same leeside chop at Grouse today.

9/10/14
Mother Woodside looks windy today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
090° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was driving out on Hwy 7 at noon and I was fearful that the trees beside the highway were going to fall on me. It was very strong and gusty from the NE & SE depending on the location.

9/9/14
Mother Woodside looks good today

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. High 20. UV index 4 or moderate.
230° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was back at Woodside at noon Tuesday, hoping to be flying solo but the clouds and light winds kept me on the ground.

I had to go to Vancouver to pick up some gear and left the Ranch around 4 pm, as Derek & a gang headed up to Woodside to do some grooming on the roadway & launch.

Apparently, Nikolai was more interested in flying and he took off and got to 1200 metres while the guys were working. Later Martin N & Kevin flew off and got sledders.

A big thanks to everyone that helped out today, we all appreciate it!

9/8/14
Mother Woodside might be getting rain showers today

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Gusty winds. High 21. UV index 6 or high.
230° @ 18
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - I was in Vancouver all day doing deliveries. But I got back to Woodside at 4:30 pm to hear Martin N & Kevin playing in the air. The forecasted rain never came, and the winds were lighter than forecasted too.

I loaded up the Atlas and headed up to see them both heading out over the flats, and when Martin came back he was grovelling for some time as I considered my options as I had planned on top-landing but it was quite gusty.

From Sept 2014
I had loaded the ramps so I could retrieve with the motorcycle, but I noticed the guys starting to head to the South Knoll so I waited.

From Sept 2014
I saw Kevin head to Harvest first, so if we all flew then we would have a big retrieve. I headed back down in Kevin`s truck to Harvest.

When I arrived at Harvest, Kevin was still at 700 metres and heading east. Martin was focussing on getting to Harvest rather than seeing Kevin climb out and missed the thermal that eventually took Kevin to the Seabird Island Gas Bar. Spot his location in the next shot.

From Sept 2014
9/7/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 28. UV index 6 or high.
260° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were at Woodside at 9 am, flying students & tandems.

We had third day student Jonnie here and he is progressing well, getting ready to try his new BlackHawk Paramotor which arrives today or tomorrow.

Jonnie logged three more flights today with the last one after noon getting kind of windy and bumpy as forecasted, but he did a great job piloting the Gin Bolero 4 out to the Eagle Ranch LZ.

Others stood down as we saw Alex R get high over the South Knoll and then take a 60% collapse right in front of launch with no warning (possibly a gust).

From Sept 2014
We had a family of tandems arrive for 3 pm and we were sure we were getting blown out, but when ww arrived on launch we had calm cycles and not much lift when we did get in the air. Kevin flew a straight line to Harvest Market LZ while Denis & I flew out to the Ranch where landing was quite smooth.

Colleen flew off after me on her Delta2 and could barely get to 600 metres on the South Knoll before heading out to the Ranch, testing my theory of landing at the training hill when it is gusty and it was smooth there.



Meanwhile, Klaus had "bush-wacked" up to Mt Cheam from Bridal and launched from the meadows as he wanted to get in the air before it blew out. He had an uneventful flight on his new Ozone Geo 4 hiking kit landing at the Bridal LZ.



Guy H was out bivi-flying in Pemby and reported he was camping at 7000 feet near Copperdome.



Another epic adventure was reported as Richard T had hiked up Mt Outram near Manning Park and flew off at 10 am from about 8000 feet, also having a nice smooth flight.

From Sept 2014
Richard landed near Sunshine Valley about 9 kms from Launch.

From Sept 2014


And not to be outdone by Richard . . . Edmond R, our favourite frenchman from Kelowna, reported to Kevin that he successfuly flew off Mt Baker after an overnight hike early this morning.

The season is far from over, come out for some nice fall flying!

9/6/14
Mother Woodside might be flyable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 6 or high.
260° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be at Woodside at noon, flying students & tandems except the winds were not favourable til after 1 pm. The actual winds in Agassiz were blowing NE 26 kph gusting to 40 kph and it was hard even driving east of Woodside!

We moved the tandems back to 1 pm. I headed up with a load of pilots and three tandems and Denis, Kevin & I were the tandem team today.

I got to launch after waiting for a grader to come by the spur road (that never arrived) and by the time I got to launch Denis had already launched and was heading in to land at the Ranch. Good launch cycles after waiting for the winds to stop blowing over the back all morning.

Kevin launched next with Alexis and they were soaring around out front and over Riverside for 30 minutes as I got ready and clipped Kayla in. But we had to wait for a decent cycle and we were soon off and thermalling with George, Martin & Andrew in front of launch. It was getting a bit crowded to navigate a tandem through all these pilots so we headed out to the Construction Zone and had some nice climbs there and over Duncan's too.

Landing at the Ranch was smooth and predictable and we had a nice touchdown in the circle.

When we got in to the Barn, Jonnie had arrived from bringing Amy back to the ferries and was ready to fly.

I took another load of pilots up including Colleen & Jonnie and Jonnie got his first solo in today after 3 yesterday. Weaker conditions but he had a perfect launch, flight and landing.

We went straight up again and this time it was soarable and Jonnie got some great ridge soaring in and was able to climb high flying the Gin Bolero 4 L.

From Sept 2014
After 20 minutes I suggested he head out to make sure he got out to the Ranch as the winds were picking up. He made it but Burt made some money off an Island Pilot.

We were finished by 6 pm to end a perfect day despite the morning outflow.

9/5/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches over western sections early this morning. High 27. UV index 6 or high.
280° @ 4
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we were at Woodside at 10 am, planning on flying students but all signs were showing outflow winds.

The Agassiz and Hope reports were NE at 10+ kph. The windsocks on top were blowing down hard. Sumas was showing NE at 17 kph at 1000 metres. We were hooped, so I hatched a plan to load up the Atlas and head to Ashcroft where it was light NE and flyable all day.

I started getting the students gear ready and in the truck and the student were watching the Ozone Ground Handling Video so I looked at the telescope one last time at 10:45 am, and it was blowing inflow at launch! Yes, we don't have to drive for 6 hours!

NOAA was forecasting inflow by noon, and it was correct. CanadaRASP showed outflow all day as did TJRasp, but Woodside has a good shape if it is NE winds and it really aids in getting pilots out to the Ranch high for lots of maneuvering.

From Sept 2014
We arrived on Launch with Amy (ready for her first solo), Jonnie (who flew solo last night) and Moto (who has 8 solo flights so far). Moto launched first in nice cycles and had a very long buoyant flight out to the Ranch where Colleen was waiting to guide the students.

Jonnie was off next and had a great forward launch and was headed out for an equally long flight. Amy had one abort but nailed the second attempt and was above launch as she is very light. She "boated her way out" to the LZ arriving at launch height and did a good job on the approach and landed "soft as a feather" at the Ranch in light winds.

From Sept 2014
We repeated this again after noon, and as I was driving the Atlas down one of the newly installed tires was flat and I found out the jack did not fit nor did the tire wrench (first flat this season and I never tested the tools before this). Jonnie brought me up a jack fromt he workshop and we took the Atlas in to the tire shop and used the Ford Bus for the rest of the day. Meanwhile, Martin N had launched and was hovering overhead trying to figure out what was going on with the truck.

From Sept 2014
Amy & Jonnnie completed 3 flights and then headed home early, leaving Moto to complete his last flight (#4 today) following Colleen & Norm out to play with Martin who was still in the air. Martin reported getting 2.5 hours in the lightest of conditions, loving his Rush 4 L!

From Sept 2014
Some say the season was over two weeks ago, but it is now perfect for student training and we don't have to start at some ungodly hour to get a few flights in. I am sure we could have gotten 6 flights in today without a flat tire slowing us down. I figure we have another 2 months of good training weather and lots of fun events to attend.

Women's Fly-In in Chelan WA for Halloween, Hedley Fly-In for Thanksgiving, more Cornwall Days before it snows, Savona for outflow days - lots to do this fall before Mexico Touring starts.

9/4/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
240° @ 6
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside/Mission/Woodside Report - we spent the morning at the Ranch doing Ground School and some kiting on the training hill with Jon & Amy, both new students.

Both did really well on the training hill nailing every inflation with perfect timing!

Denis came out to help with tandems and at noon Patrick arrived but there was just him and I had booked for 2 passengers. Plan was revised and Denis took Patrick tandem and I took Amy for her first flight and we had a good one thermalling with a bald eagle above launch!

From Sept 2014
When we landed it was thermic so I opted for the training hill landing spot and it worked well with no bumps or getting lifted at the last moment.

From Sept 2014
Later we went to Mission Heritage Park for a training hill session and some real airtime and despite the cross conditions, both Amy & Jon did well.

We went back to Woodside at 6 pm and Colleen took Amy for another tandem flight and Jon bagged his first solo flight on the Gin Bolero 4 L.

From Sept 2014
Cheam Report - A good time was had by all on Mt. Cheam Thursday with Rod, Dimitri, Toby and Kevin enjoying superb hiking conditions and excellent launch conditions with some pretty big air to be had.

I went minimalist today with my Alpina 2 and thus had no instruments but I estimate that this photo was taken from between 2500-2600 meters judging by the views of the Cheam range below.

From Sept 2014
I think my flight was about 75 minutes long and I flew high above Archibald and Upper Bridal and finally hit the inversion at Gloria and then had to employ my speedbar to punch east back to the Bridal LZ. Once again I cannot say enough about the Ozone Alpina 2's ability to thermal. What a wing! - Kevin
9/3/14
Mother Woodside might be soarable by noon

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - I had Kelly from Saltspring Island here for another day with his pal Richard from Vancouver WA and they both got in a high flight before heading to the Island.

Richard worked all day Monday on the training hill, after a nice tandem flight with Colleen and he was ready to fly!

Richard had a great takeoff on the new Gin Bolero 4 we just received and he had a brilliant approach & landing right in the circle!

I had to wait on the ground so that Richard's wife could practice some inflations, and missed going up with Derek, Martin N, and a few others.

From Sept 2014
But after the students left I was getting Bev to come up to drive my Van so I could fly, and we saw Norm landing at the Ranch so we picked him up. Apparently the sink was bigger than the lift?

We arrived on launch to see Martin N having a nap after top-landing.

Martin swapped me his Rush 4 L for my Gin Carrera M and we took off and thermalled for about an hour. Derek meanwhile had flown to the Sandpiper Golf Course to meet up with his tandem passenger Tonhya.

I was only able to get to 1000 metres and cloudbase but it was good lift everywhere.

From Sept 2014
I was a bit light on the Rush 4 L as I had a Delight Harness, light reserve and could tell I didn't have the speed that Martin had, but the climb rate was great and the Rush 4 was very stable.

Martin & I headed out to the Ranch together after a tour of Harrison Mills, where it was lifty all over the flats too.

Landing was the typical thermally ride in but I landed on my feet, Martin came in a bit lower and sooner and had a nice approach. It is all in the timing.

We went to the Sandpiper to pick up Derek and a few other tandem passengers and headed up Woodside to perfect conditions for takeoff & soaring together for about 30 minutes, but we had to get down so Derek could take Leah for her flight before sunset.

From Sept 2014
The last flight was equally lifty and only legal dark made Derek fly out.

From Sept 2014
9/2/14
Rain at Mother Woodside

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Showers beginning early this morning. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 16.
230° @ 25
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Valley Report - I spent the day doing truck repairs/upgrades on the big white bus. New tires, shocks and trailer hitch for the fall road trips we are planning. Not much else to do in the rain!

First trip could be this weekend if we get outflow winds, and then we may go to Savona again. Other trips include the Hedley Fly-In on Thanksgiving Weekend and other points east while the weather is still flyable.

9/1/14
We are back at Mother Woodside

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 18. UV index 5 or moderate.
230° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside Report - we went up Woodside at 10 am, and had two new students arrive. Kelly had done a 2 day course a month ago and was returning for two more days, and his pal Richard was here with his wife for Day One of his training.

Colleen took Richard tandem for his first experience and they were soaring early.

From Sept 2014
We had 10-15 kph of SW wind on launch, a far cry from the forecasted 19 knots (thankfully). Perfect for inflations for Kelly as he followed Colleen out to the LZ and passed her and landed just before her. He even hit the circle, not bad for being away so long.

I had left the Nissan Atlas on top and had to bum a ride from Andrei, as he and Elena were going up to try her new wing. Martin N tagged along. I am glad I am not the only desperado around here!

Everyone got to fly, and the Eagle ranch LZ was too calm to kite so the students followed me to Mission Heritage Park for some practice flights.

at Heritage Park the winds were catabatic, so we headed to Cherry Hill and got Richard set up on a new Gin Bolero 4. He had perfect infations but was not sure what to do with his hands so he was not getting off the ground. Eventually it all clicked after 5 flights.

The winds changed here so we headed back to Heritage Park and Richard & Kelly shared the Bolero 4 and got some really nice flights.

While we were at Heritage Park we overheard Martin N, Derek & Kevin flying Woodside. Martin had been up for 3:45 and still above Derek!

We headed back to Woodside and sent the students home until Wednesday as a front is rolling through tomorrow and they are ready to fly.

8/31/14
We are heading to Cache Creek/Savona for a few days

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h late this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
200° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
2000 metres
Savona & Cornwall Report - we were in Savona overnight, with students in tow, and we had a pretty successful day.

We started at 10 am with Gabe & Lucian and we headed to Savona's Lower Launch.

Nice cycles with east prevailing winds and Lucian launched first and worked the lift all the way to the Toilet Bowl. Gabe was soon afterwards and rode the Bolero home to the same spot. Bill G & Juan arrived just in time to see the guys fly and they retrieved them while I drove down.

From Aug 2014
The road and the Launch are in good shape to Lower Launch.

From Aug 2014
We gathered everyone up and I went to get Colleen from the Hotel and we all headed to Cornwall despite the forecasted +20 kph SW winds (Cornwall faces NE).

Rod had texted that he was on the way so Juan waited at the Hat Creek turnoff for 35 minutes and we then headed up to launch. The road is chewed up in a few places with some ugly cross ditches but Juan powered through in 2WD in his F350.

We arrived to perfect cycles even though it was now 3:00 pm!

Colleen launched first with Lucian & Gabe following her to the Ashcroft Manor where they arrived quite high.

From Aug 2014
Rod not so lucky, did not follow Colleen and he landed short on a plateau behind Ashcroft Ranch which required a hike to the highway.

Juan & Bill flew off next and Juan was getting some nice cloudsuck and they headed towards Cache Creek.

From Aug 2014
I had put my gear away as a rain cell unloaded on me on launch, and the cycles also turned tail. Crap, I was being denied.

Then a patch of sunlight broke through, and I laid out the demo Gin Carrera and waited for the cycles to come in. After several minuted I got a puff up the slope and I yanked the Carrera into the air and was flying!

By now all the sun was gone in the valley so I rode the ridge NE towards Cache Creek and was getting little bits of lift along the ridges and when I got to the Drag Strip where there was some sun, I turned towards the Ashcroft Manor.

From Aug 2014
Landing conditions were perfect with 15 kph SW winds and I touched down at the edge of the alfalfa just as Juan & Bill were landing.

I drove Juan back up in the Atlas with his mini-bike and dropped him off at the Cornwall Forest Service Road.

We then loaded up and headed to Woodside but arrived to too strong winds and impending darkness so we drove down.

A very productive & relaxing weekend for training and worth the drive, the season is far from over!

8/30/14
We are heading to Cache Creek/Savona for a few days

Agassiz BC

Cache Creek: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
200° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
2000 metres
Savona Report - we left Woodside for a change, opting for sunny skies in Savona.

Gabe & Lucian rode their motorcycles and Colleen & I were in the Altas and somehow we beat them when Lucian's GPS sent them to Lillooett?

Russell & Diane were also following in their rental car as he wanted to try his new Ozone Delta 2 before heading home to the Yukon.

By the time we got ready to fly the forecasted SW winds became NE so the boys got a Dump flight showing how well they can reverse launch. It was a short flight but they did well with all phases of flight.

It started to rain so we headed to Upper Launch to wait it out as it looked like a blue hole was coming from the South.

I fell asleep in the truck while the guys waited on launch, and when I awoke it was sunny and the cycles were cming in perfectly.

Russell got ready first and launched in nice cycle and headed east towards the Crash Pad LZ but he hit headwinds and sink and landed short and had a small hike.

Lucian launched next on a borrowed Rush and had a similar flight path and landed near Russell.

Gerry L launched on his Delta 2 and headed west and started to climb out! I told Gabe to follow Gerry and he did and they were soon above launch.

From Aug 2014
Gerry continued NW and I suggested Gabe follow the ridge east and see if he could make the designated LZ, As he flew by the HG Launch a Falcon flew off and Gabe was stil climbing hen I lost sight of him and drove down.

When I got down to the LZ, I saw Gabe packing up on the rim of the Toilet Bowl, while the HG was in the middle of the LZ. Apparently the HGer had a straight glide here with no turns and barely made it. Gabe hit some strong headwinds over the LZ and barely made it in but he kept his cool and flew as fast as possible and killed the wing afer he touched do so he would not get dragged off the bowl.

After we regrouped, the winds got really strong from the NE so back to the Dump Ridge where Gabe got dragged a few times and Lucian decided not to even try kiting. Russell took off on his new Delta 2 but the winds were too cross to soar.

It rained on us here again, and Mother Nature treated us to a nice rainbow before we packed up and headed to the Pub.

From Aug 2014
8/29/14
Chore Day in Vancouver

Agassiz BC

Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 70 percent chance of showers. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
230° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Decking Report - Gabe and I cleaned out a part of the garden at the city house to install a small 10' x 5' deck that will ultimately house a hot tub so it was overbuilt with 12" centred & doubled up 2x6 joists. Funny how a small project looks like a few hours work but ends up taking all day?

From Aug 2014
8/28/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today around 8 am

Agassiz BC

Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 30 percent chance of showers early this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 24. UV index 4 or moderate.
230° @ 16
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we planned to be flying at Woodside today after 8 am, with the students but when we arrived on launch it was already blown out for their skill levels so we drove back down and got them on the road to their respective destinations as this was their last day of lessons.

From Aug 2014
Gabe was helping me install new seats in the big white Van (taken from the green Shuttle Bus) and that took most of the afternoon due to rusted bolts and such but they look really good and now can fit 12 pilots in safe seats on those busy days.

Kevin called around 3 pm and mentioned the winds in Chilliwack had died down and he was coming to fly Woodside, so we got Gabe ready and headed up the mountain when Kevin arrived.

Kevin launched his new Ozone Mantra M6 first and started climbing out smoothly, so Gabe got ready and got the Rush I into the air equally smoothly and he started thermalling so I drove down.

From Aug 2014
Kevin climbed to 1100 metres overhead.

From Aug 2014
As I got to the Valley I saw Gabe approaching the Ranch into the Circle.

Gabe & I headed into Vancouver later and we saw Kevin over the HG LZ about 90 minutes later so he had a good flight!

8/27/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today after 10 am, with students after I made a border run to pick up a Paratoys Paramotor Unit.

We still have Sabrina, Gabe, Greg, Roy, Lucian and Harley here finishing off their lessons and their hard work the past 6 days is showing.

We bagged and early flight at 10 am and it was already getting windy. I was sure we were going to get shut down as the forecast winds were supposed to pick up by noon and as Denis flew off with Arlene on tandem he radioed back that it was picking up but he made the Ranch with lots of height.

Greg launched first after a few duffs and got "hoovered" off launch but had a great long flight, so one by one we got everyone off but Sabrina. Everyone had fun but Roy who got a bit low trying to thermal and landed in Burt's backyard.

Denis came back up in his car and we took the last two tandems and Denis ended up in Riverside as he hit sink but we were able to take off tandem on the Gin Fuse and climb with ease and even had to look for sink as it was thermalling off the flats. The LZ has just been hayed so it is dry brown and thermic and we got popped on final pretty good, as I decided to try the circle instead of the training hill.

The students all had good landings and were super happy to get the second flight in stronger conditions.

After that we went to Jack's for lunch before heading to the Agassiz Rec Centre for some kiting.

From Aug 2014
Derek tried to get a tandem later with a friend but they waited on top til dark and it was a "no-go" due to the winds.

8/26/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today after 10 am, with students and got only two solo flights but the students are flying very well.

Sabrina, Gabe, Greg, Roy, Lucian and Harley all flew and Sabrina & Greg are both flying their new Ozone Geo 4s and loving the handling.

8/24/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today for our latest crop of students & a special group of 11 tandems

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at Woodside today after 11 am, with students.

We had some light leeside cycles but the students are very skilled at no wind forward launches and everyone got 5 flights in today.

The new Van is working well as many loads were 10+ pilots and gear and everything was safe and secure in the Van.

The last flights were pretty late but it was still cycling in and almost soarable (at least for a few passes for Darren on his new Gin Atlas X-Alps).

From Aug 2014
8/24/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today for our latest crop of students & a special group of 11 tandems

Agassiz BC

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate.
250° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a pretty awesome & busy day with students & tandems as we had a special MeetUp Group here with 11 people wanting to go tandem.

Somehow we also booked in 8 students and I managed to put together 8 full kits including many new gliders we just received in stock. Nothing like treating a student right with brand new gear!

Denis, Derek, Andrew & Colleen were the most Awesome Tandem Team while I managed the guiding & driving duties. Colleen was also tasked with landing the students as some were brand new to the sport, as usual she provided top quality guiding!

Add to the mix another 20+ pilots on launch at Woodside and it was pretty crowded but we managed 4 student flights each, and the tandems were able to stay above launch until the passengers got dizzy!

From Aug 2014
8/23/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers later today for our latest crop of students

Agassiz BC

Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today after 11 am, with 5 students and they all got 2 flights before it got too strong thermic-wise.

We then did a set of 8 tandems with Denis, Derek & Colleen piloting and when we thought it would calm down around 6 pm we went back up with the students and got Derek off before it blew out really strong til dark.

Derek flew over to Harvest to show the students how to approach and land there for their future XC flights.



8/22/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today later for our latest crop of students

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 24. UV index 5 or moderate.
280° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Mission Training Hill Report - we headed to Mission at noon with Sabrina, Greg, Alan, Tim & Larry for their first day of lessons with FlyBC.

We had many good flights with no aborts but these folks have either kited or flown a few small flights with friends, so they were pretty easy.

Sabrina had one problem when she started to bring the Bolero 4 up too slowly and it drifted left into the only bush on launch. I came over to get some lines out of the top of the bush when I stepped on an underground wasp nest and they became very angry and attacked my sandaled feet. Yikes! I did the crazy dance trying to kill the ones that were still attacking me but they won and I ended up with about 20 stings. They even followed me 40-50 feet away still attacking. Meanwhile, Sabrina was attached to the bush and they started stinging her. She had to ditch the wing by unclipping and running away too.

After attending to our stings we still had to go down and get the wing out and bravely Karen went down and got the lines off the tree by avoiding the nest but as she was walking up the hill with the wing one wasp stung her.

My radio was still sitting on the nest where I dropped it but Greg managed to get it without getting stung.

Nasty beasts these wasps. We packed up and headed to Woodside where hopefully there are no wasps.

We went back to Woodside and had lunch and did some landing briefings and went up to launch around 5 pm to perfect cycles and light winds in the LZ.

One by one the students flew off with perfect launches and Colleen & Karen were in the LZ to guide them in for their maiden Woodside flights.

When I got back to the Van to drive down, I found I had a flat tire so Colleen drove everyone back up in the Nissan Atlas (with some tire foam to get me back down).

I drove straight down to the Ranch while Colleen got everyone ready to fly and I was in the LZ for their second flights and everyone did really well on flight #2.

A very productive day for the students who are here for 5 more days, so they should look like superstars when they leave (hopefully with their P2 ratings).

8/21/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today early for students

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. 30 percent chance of showers near Hope late this afternoon. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)
1200 metres
Woodside/Bridal Report - we started flying at Woodside today at 11 am, with Gabe, Karen G & new student Sabrina.

Gabe flew off solo as I readied the tandem with Kate from the Island who came all the way over to fly with us so I did not want to disappoint her and give her a sledder.

A few others flew off too and Mark C was doing well above launch so after a few duffs we were off (I think Kate was really scared and her legs would not move). We got lucky and were soon above the towers and it was easy soaring and smooth all over the mountain. After 30 minutes we flew out and even the ridge near Duncans was working as a gaggle of vultures soared with us.

I was concerned that Kate might not be able to run when we landed but she surprised me and had a great standup landing and dragged me into the circle to pack up!

By now Gilbert & his brother had arrived and I was to take Dennis tandem. It was getting stronger and when we arrived on launch it was pretty strong with gusty cycles rolling through. Good thing Dennis is a heavy boy.

Degas had launched and then Cornell from the Island and they were soaring around easily. Cornell is on a nice Ozone Delta 2 and he climbed like a rocket to the north.

I inflated the Magnum II and oddly I could not move forward. Ah, Dennis is pushing back on me. I popped the brakes to unglue his feet from the ground and we were free of terra firma and climbing.

A few turns and we got to 1000 metres but could not catch Cornell.

It was clearly too strong for beginners so the students drove down and I contemplated Harvest Market but with no plan in place I flew us out to the Ranch after 30 minutes.

Strong south wind in the LZ, so I tried my new approach into the training hill area and we had a super soft touchdown with no need to run. Dennis was standing up and then fell over on his back, no pull from the glider. He just fell over! He was giggling from excitement!

Another new student for paramotoring as Dennis does not like the idea of running off the mountain but loved the flying part.

Meanwhile Cornell & Degas flew out to Harvest Market and softer landing conditions that Riverside in the strong conditions.

We gathered up the students and headed to Bridal as it is usually less windy there and some of the recently signed off pilots have not flown there either, and we arrived to see Martin N up high heading to Elk.

It was strong in the LZ from the west, and we waited for Derek to drive up.

It looked like easy soaring on the Knob near launch.

We arrived on top at 6 pm and there was no wind and it clouded in. I was taking Ryyan for a tandem and we got clipped in and waited for a cycle . . . and waited some more.

We got one decent cycle but Ryan was too slow on the initial inflation run and the glider dropped to the side.

Next cycle we got the wing overhead but not enough speed and ended up in the bushes at the end of the runway.

We bunched up and let the solo pilots go next and we waited about 30 minutes before we got any cycles that were not down?

The better launch position was the upper launch and Sam A got off first, followed by Etienne and then Gabe. Mark C got off too and they were able to soar with Martin N who came back and was still in the air 3 hours later.

From Aug 2014
We laid out the tandem on top and we tried one more time in no wind and just could not get enough airspeed so we bagged up and drove down. By now the cameras had died and we would only get a sledder so Ryan can come back another day as he is in Chilliwack and close.

Bridal is a special place to fly tandems and you really need good cycles as the runway is short.

Meanwhile back at Woodside it calmed down enough for Karen to launch and get a 45 minute glassoff flight. Never leave Mother Woodside, at least for tandems.

8/20/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today early for students, looks like it might get windy yet again

Agassiz BC

Mainly cloudy. Clearing this afternoon. High 23. UV index 5 or moderate.
240° @ 14
-3.0°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at Woodside today at 9 am, with Gabe as we thought it looked windy in the forecast and wanted an early start.

Gabe launched just at 9 am, and he initially started going up and was on a good track for the Ranch when he hit a sinky patch of air that made it look like he would barely make the swamp. I had him angle out towards the HG LZ and he caught some nice lift at the bailout area and was on track for Bill Best's field. Good thing we stopped there and did a briefing this morning.

Gabe did a great job piloting his way over to the alternate LZ and had a nice touchdown mid-field and I drove down to get him.

By now Bill M & Gilbert had arrived and we headed back up the hill to have another flight.

Gabe launched first and was ridge soaring for a few passes but I was concerned whether it had gotten windier. All signs; Harrison Bay, Sumas Windtalker and the launch cycles said it was calmer but you never know, so I sent him out to the Ranch.

From Aug 2014
It was okay so Bill went next and had a super fun flight as it was lifty over the flats & the Construction Zone so he had a 30 minute flight racing around on his new Ozone Ultralite 23 (what a sweet glider, very fast).

Gilbert and I were going to go tandem but it picked up pretty strong and he is a small person so we drove down to do some kiting.

From Aug 2014
The guys kited in the Ranch LZ for around 2 hours while Denis & I did a set of tandems landing at Harvest Market. Good lift, quite spring like with sharp & strong thermals that took us to 1000 metres and cloudbase!

At 5 pm, we went back up with Derek, Martin N, Bill & Gabe and they had a super time thermalling all over the mountain for about an hour.

From Aug 2014
Bill got low a few times but could top up at the South Knoll. It was windy still so they elected to fly to Harvest Market. Unfortunately we had not briefed the students yet on the LZ so only Derek & Martin made the field whie the others flew right past it and landed further east?? Even Jan K who flew a tandem after the 4 left overflew Harvest and had an interesting time walking out of the fields they landed in.

8/19/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today early for students, looks like it might get windy

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 24. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 19
-3.0°C (unstable)
1500 metres
Woodside Report - we were flying at Woodside today after 9 am, with only Gabe here training today, and it was a good thing we started early as it did blow out around 3 pm.

But not until Gabe had 4 really good flights practicing "big ears" and a few other required skills.

At 3 pm, Gabe had a few duffs (getting tired and gusty conditions) so we bagged his wing and I flew Lydia off on a tandem flight, and it was a sweet tandem thermalling on the South Knoll with the vultures and out over the Construction Zone too but it got nasty out over the flats! Good thing Gabe didn't get off! We had a nice approach into the Ranch but the bottom dropped out on final so we butt-skidded into the circle. Next time I am aiming for the training hill area when it is gusty, it is usually smoother there (where Gerry L always lands).

We did some de-briefing in the Barn and called the day at 4 pm.

When I headed over to Agassiz, I saw an un-named Icaro pilot walking out from the Dykes LZ, so I assume it was too windy to make it to Riverside??

8/18/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today for students

Agassiz BC

A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 15
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we were planning to be flying at Woodside today after 1 pm, with Gabe, but at 2 pm it looked pretty gusty so we cancelled the day. There were some others flying but I didn't see anyone staying up for long despite the windy conditions, just barely soarable?

I took the time off to head in to PoCo to pick up an additional shuttle vehicle as we are so busy and we hate to leave anyone behind. I took Norm's Honda all the way in and it ran far better after blowing out the carbon (plus a can of carb cleaner & premium gas too).

After finishing up the deal the poor salesman had to help me load in the Honda so I could get back to the Ranch, he earned his commission today.

From Aug 2014


Kevin, Eddy, Carl & Larry - our intrepid para-hikers do Baldy!

Baldy, Bacon and Bogs from Kevin Ault on Vimeo.



Chrigel the Eagle, flying an Ozone LM5 glider showing us how to do a death spiral.

8/17/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today for students & tandems

Agassiz BC

Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 26. UV index 7 or high.
250° @ 11
-3.0°C (unstable)
900 metres
Woodside Report - we started flying at Woodside today after 11 am, with tandems & students as soon as we saw some wind in the socks.

We had Gabe, Moto and Andy flying as students.

It was Andy's graduation day and he had four flights pretty much unassisted by us.

Gabe was doing well on Day Two and was often seen above launch thermalling unassisted on the Gin Atlas.

From Aug 2014
Moto forgot his reserve on flight #1 so he had to sit one out, but he still logged three good flights today.

Denis, Colleen, Derek & Andre formed the Awesome Tandem Team today.

Somehow we managed to do 11 tandems and they were all soarable tandems too!

From Aug 2014
I did the last tandem with Amanda (who was really frightened and needed some encouragement from Colleen), we took off after telling her we were just kiting (LOL). and we were soon above launch at 1000 metres, where she asked to not go any higher.

Thanks to all that helped out today!

8/16/14
We are hoping Woodside delivers today for new stuents & tandems

Agassiz BC

Showers ending near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
250° @ 13
-3.4°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Mission/Woodside Report - Gabe arrived at 9 am and we started our ground school session for several hours and then we headed to Mission, as there was little wind on our training hill and Abbotsford was reporting 10 kms from the SW.

We encountered light drizzle on the way to Heritage Park and when we arrived the LZ was full of cars as there was another music festival in the Park.

From Aug 2014
Too wet to kite so back to the Ranch where the webcams showed dry conditions.

Now we had good winds and Gabe showed me what he had learned kiting with friends in Nelson over the summer (apparently spending 25 hours or more kiting his old Freeex wing).

I had him on the new Gin Atlas and he had many perfect launches on our training hill and got his feet off the ground several times too when he ran aggressively.

We had tandems coming at noon, so we loaded up the truck and headed up the hill so Colleen & Denis could fly the tandems and I would manage Gabe at launch, while COlleen could be in the LZ to guide him in.

When we got to launch it was socked in, but it lifted enough for Denis to go first.

From Aug 2014
Colleen followed after a brief wait and they both had nice mellow flights with little lift as it was 100% cloud at this time.

From Aug 2014
Perfect for Gabe's first solo! He had a nice inflation and the Atlas got ahead of him but the leading edge rods did their job and kept the wing inflated as he ran under it and was in the air with a few steps.

From Aug 2014
He followed Colleen's guidance perfectly and was soon setting up a perfect landing on his feet with little drama.

We had one more tandem to do and Colleen stayed down on the ground as Denis flew the tandem. Martin N joined us and found one small thermal off the Construction Site but otherwise it was "sleddie time".

I launched Gabe and this launch was perfectly timed and Gabe was in the air again.

Another good landing for Gabe, just a bit high on final, but he is getting the pattern.

We went up one more time around 4 pm, and Gabe was the only student and he had another perfect launch and landing to end off his first day. Three solos on Day One!

8/10-15/14
We are away on a roadtrip to the Interior and boating not flying

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 35. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 13
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
From Aug 2014
Shuswap Report - we spent the last 6 days boating around the Shuswap area looking for towing beaches and properties, we had some big storms happen too as thunderstorms hit the area. If this had been a flying trip we would have been "bummed" but it didn't bother us even when we were tenting on the beach.

From Aug 2014
See we do something other than Paragliding!

Many thanks to Derek & Martin N for mowing the grass after the past days of rain! Apparently the lawns came back to life with the rain, cause they looked dead when we left last week.

8/7-9/14
Woodside will be windy again

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 17
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Miscellaneous Reports - We have been finishing up chores and then headed off to Bowen Island for Jarod's wedding. Nice day with big CU over the North Shore mountains and Denis reported good lift at Grouse.

Bridal was working for Martin & George, not so well for another un-named pilot as they flew out.

8/6/14
Woodside will be blown out

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 15
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Valley Report - another windy day in the Valley, Derek said it was tough falling trees as the winds were very strong as early as 9 am.

8/5/14
Woodside will be windy

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 15
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - while the day started calm, reports say that it got very breezy by noon. This pattern often happens in the summer as the sea breezes kick in on stable days.

8/4/14
Woodside will be flyable today after 11 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 31. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 11
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - Andy logged two more flights to get close to being signed off P-2, one to Bill Best's Field and one to the Ranch.

I had one tandem to do at 1 pm, and we got some soaring on the South Knoll and the new clearcut before a perfect landing in the big circle with Jurg who wants to come and do lessons next spring.

Tobias, Janna & Matt F were also out flying and had a nice afternoon flight logging about 1.5 hours.

8/3/14
Woodside will be flyable today after 11 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a quiet day with only 3 students but they managed to "scare the crap" out of a few pilots on launch with dodgy launches. Thank God they are on EN-A ships! Back to the training hill!

We did get in 4 rounds of student flights with some thermalling late in the day as Matt F as trying out his new SupAir Acro3 Harness and Tobias was flying his new Ozone Buzz Z4.

From Aug 2014
Denis, Derek, Colleen & I also got in 5 tandems today with a nice family from Saskatchewan. I think the Dad Wayne had the most fun as he dragged his kids along for the ride.

From Aug 2014
We flew til 7 pm and I am sure it was flyable after that but it was time to go to dinner at the Sandpiper Golf Course.

Congratulations to Jason N who completed his P2 Certification today after 8 days of flying here at FlyBC. He left with a shiny new Ozone Geo 4ML as he is planning some big "hike & flies" with his pal Darren.

Un-named pilot also showed up at the Ranch with "treed paraglider" from last nights incident and it did not fare well as he fell through the trees breaking branches and tearing the wing. Wing was already in bad shape as it would tear in any direction with little tension so 14 years of use had made the fabric brittle.

From Aug 2014
8/2/14
Woodside will be flyable today after 11 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 11
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a productive day with Jason N, Moto, Andy D & Dillan. Moto & Dillan are Day 2 students and logged 3 flights each. Jason is close to his graduation flight and also logged 3 flights. Andy is at 12 flights and is progressing well.

Andy had a few aborts on the mid-day flight so we drove down some of the trucks. He redeemed himself on the last flight by test flying a Rush that he is interested in.

Launch, flying & landing conditions were perfect all day but it was pretty stable. Jason did manage to get above launch for 15 minutes on the last flight, piloting a nice new Ozone Geo 4.

Wiley & another pilot went up Woodside later after we were done, and the other un-named pilot somehow ended up in a tree below launch. Wiley had to borrow the Atlas to get back up the mountain to retrive the pilot & glider but they were back at the Ranch around 10 am so it must not have been too serrious. Report to follow I am sure!

8/1/14
Woodside will be flyable today after 11 am

Agassiz BC

Sunny. High 30. UV index 8 or very high.
250° @ 11
-3.1°C (unstable)
1000 metres
Woodside Report - we had a nice slow day here at the Ranch with new student Dylan from Ontario, arriving for a 3-4 day course. Dylan flies a King Air in the Ontario Fire Service so he was a quick study.

We also had Andy D here from Bellingham getting back in the air after a 1 month work hiatus, and he logged 3 flights today test flying the Gin Atlas & Gin Bolero 4.

We had two tandems at noon and COlleen & I completed them with little fuss as it was nice launch/landing conditions. Not quite so nice 2 hours later when I took Dylan tandem as it was very gusty at launch and turbulent in the air, but we had nice landing conditions arriving in the big circle in east winds.

Ninety minutes, it was great on launch as Derek did the "wind dummy" work and it was soarable at 6 pm. Colleen followed and progressively it got lighter when Andy & Dylan launched.

From Aug 2014
Oddly, Colleen commented that it was rough over the Maple Tree area, but Andy & Dylan were already in the air so she guided them skillfully through the bumps.



Squamish Chief Report Longest chief flight yet, 45 min of soaring the Chief this morning in 15+ km wind . . . on the Zero 17. Launching the Chief in 15km feels the same as my Buzz Z4 in 5-8km. Its awesome! - Dale



Willi Report Nicole reported big air today for those who are still racing. Results are Here.

Nic's Blog.





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