FlyBC "Site of the Day Archives" - for over 20 years!
Our home flying site - Woodside BC
Quote of the Day:
"I hate being the wind dummy!" - Peter Brinkeby
FlyBC Paragliding Past Site of the Day Reports
August 2018 Site of the Day archives - we worked the first week in the smoke and then took the rest of August off for vacation and flew to Ontario in our Cessna 337 to get away from the forest fire smoke.
February 2018 Site of the Day archives - I arrived back from Mexico early to get recertified with Transport Canada for Ultralight/Paramotor training but the weather was not so cooperative for paragliding and paramotoring.
December 2016 Site of the Day archives - another very wet month at Woodside, and then around December 20th we got extreme cold and very windy from the NE so definitely no flying, but I did manage a trip to Mexico to get setup for our winter flying vacation.
March 2016 Site of the Day archives - we were in Mexico for the last few days ending March 5 for our winter tours and we flew everyday there. When I got back the students were stacking up and after a few rainy weeks we started training hard in March.
August 2015 Site of the Day archives - we flew most everyday here at Woodside with many new students starting this month, and when we went to Europe we left Denis & Bill in charge and with Bev & Norm's help they turned out some damn good students!
August 2014 Site of the Day archives - August was soarable most everyday with tandems & students having nice flights. We even took a few days off and went boating on the Shuswap and didn't miss much flying as it was raining then.
Jun 2014 Site of the Day archives - June had many nice days on the weekdays but many rainy weekends which made booking tandems kinda tough, but also some very productive student days.
May 2014 Site of the Day archives - May had many rainy days but also some very productive student days with up to 6 flights per day. Some great XC flights in Pemby and the Fraser Valley too.
April 2014 Site of the Day archives - April started out nicely with some great 100 km XC flights from Woodside, and then Colleen & I went to Hong Kong for the latter part of the month. Hong Kong has some amazing sites but most are hike up launches for the physically fit.
March 2014 Site of the Day archives - we were in Mexico for our winter tours and left on March 6th to return to Canada and the month was pretty productive with a fantastic Vancouver Outdoor Show on the first weekend where we met many new students who flew with us all month long (between rain storms). Ashcroft proved to be an awesome site for newbies ths Month.
February 2014 Site of the Day archives - we were in Mexico for our winter tours and the third month was punctuated with a drive back to Canada and the Ozone Dealer's Meeting in Santa Barbara. And then back to work until March in Chapala.
November 2013 Site of the Day archives - we had many more good training days & a few rain days causing us to roadtrip to Ashcroft, but a productive month for all. Now on to Mexico for our winter tours.
May 2013 Site of the Day archives - another rainy & wet month with lots of rain in the Interior almost every weekend, but we had good flying mid-week. Nicole kicked butt in the US Nationals arriving in goal most days!
March 2013 Site of the Day archives - Colleen & I went to Peru for 2 weeks but it was not that successful a flying trip (Jim with a busted foot and zero airtime for Colleen), as it rained heavily. But Woodside was on and folks were doing 80 km triangles.
January 2013 Site of the Day archives - we had another good month on our Tour in Mexico, lots of airtime for Derek, Colleen & Jim. Sean, Lee, Chris, Mark C, Steve D and Steve M were treated to nice thermals and some XC action.
November 2012 Site of the Day archives - we had a good month with Holger getting signed off in a record 7 days, with road trips to Savona and Lumby. Woodside had some good soaring days too and I flew the XXLite a few times and Alex R got over an hour on the XXlite late in the month too.
February 2012 Site of the Day archives - the Mexican Tours wrapped up this month with many more Canucks visiting and getting great flights, with a side trip to the Ozone Dealer Meeting in San Diego with Colleen.
January 2012 Site of the Day archives - the Mexican Tours have been very busy with many hours and many more kilometers of XC flying with Colleen here for a few weeks & other friends visiting from the US & Canada.
October 2011 Site of the Day archives - another 100 tandems done this month by the Awesome Tandem Team! Road trips to Pemby, Hedley, Savona, Cache Creek to round out our students skills when the coast got rainy.
April 2011 Site of the Day archives - many long XCs in the Fraser valley by many pilots, and we roadtripped to the Ashcroft area many times to get flights between rain storms and snow storms.
March 2011 Site of the Day archives - got home from 2 glorious months in Mexico & New Zealand to try to fly in the Valley, but due to rain & snow we roadtripped to the Ashcroft area many times to get flights.
August 2010 Site of the Day archives - unstable conditions made for some great days at Benny and Woodside. Al & I had a Delta Day with me stealing Colleen's Small Delta and he on a Large one and we went over the back to Seabird on a strong day.
April 2010 Site of the Day archives - worst April in years weatherwise but we managed to do some awesome tandem groups and some nice flights with Justin, Nicole and Norm flying to Mission late in the month.
October 2008 Site of the Day archives - we went ot the Women's Fly In on Chelan for the annual Halloween Costume Fly-In, great conditions there to offset the wet month on the West Coast. Steve Fosset's crash site was found in Nevada after a year of searching.
August 2008 Site of the Day archives - our second SIV Course of the 2008 season went well at Sale Mountain near Revelstoke (except for a few water landings and minor injuries). Wet all month at Woodside except the weekends.
May 2008 Site of the Day archives - the cost of gas is keeping pilots at home and the weather isn't helping either. One good XC in May for me, leaving Woodside with Norm and Martin H and ending up at Elk at 1600 meters before landing by Hopyard Hill. 3 hours and 85 kms later by the GPS.
November 2007 Site of the Day archives - Colleen and I went to California to fly the new Falcon A-16 Advanced Ultralight prototype and it flew very well. Some good soaring days at Woodside, some folks were still trying to fly Bridal but that is a waste of time this late in the season.
October 2007 Site of the Day archives - mid-air at Woodside caused Martin H some paraglider damage, some great soarable days. The Women's Fly In was a success with the Canuck Team taking top spot for the theme of "Celebrities in Rehab".
September 2007 Site of the Day archives - we re-discovered and flew 'Horsefly' Launch for the first time, some mayhem at Woodside due to tree-suck, lots of good soaring in afternoon glassoffs, a great Indian Summer until late in the month when the rains came early. Derek, Martina, Robin and Diane went to Europe. Kirill went to Australia for a paramotor Fly-In.
December 2006 Site of the Day archives - more ugly weather on the Coast. Severe winds damaged trees and property so not much flying happened. Some good flight reports from local PGers travelling world-wide.
September 2005 Site of the Day archives - dry most of the month. Some great 4 hour flights at Woodside getting to cloudbase most days. Three crash-landings in the same clearcut by pilots scratching too low, but no injuries.
July 2005 Site of the Day archives - good flying all month, no rain but some windy days shut us down. The Willi started in Golden with a few good days, but one tragedy as Charles Warren perished in a crash near Harrogate.
May 2005 Site of the Day archives - our Instructor/Tandem seminar yielded some good flying. Our May 2005 SIV Clinic had a good turnout, with many wet wings/pilots! Many nice flights at Woodside and Bridal, with some long "out & returns" at Bridal.
October 2004 Site of the Day archives more record rain, but sweet soaring between showers. Many new students signed up and making quick progress. We missed the Women's Fly In for the first time in 9 years, and there was some interesting flying on the Sunday!
September 2004 Site of the Day archives rainiest September on record for the first 3 weeks, made flying difficult. But Alan and others logged some pretty nice flights later in the month. Lots of student tandems for both Colleen and Jim.
August 2004 Site of the Day archives Great Maneuver/SIV/ACRO course at Mara. Jack got wet! Some great soaring at Woodside. Norm made it 68 km from Mara to King Eddie, Derek made it from Lumby to Enderby the opposite direction for 67 kms. We also did our BC roadtrip from Ashcroft to New Denver, and flew everyday.
December 2003 Site of the Day archives we flew a few times but it got really cold at the end of the month as we prepared for a gala New Year's Party for 40 of our close personal friends and neighbours.
August 2003 Site of the Day archives Forest closures made the end of the month a non-flying period unless you headed to Blanchard. FlyBC SIV 2003 was a great success with 9 stunt pilots and no deployments or crashes.
May 2003 Site of the Day archives not a great weather month on the coast, especially on the weekends but a few pilots managed to get some great airtime at Bridal. The Nationals were held in Lumby and it didn't rain!
November 2002 Site of the Day archives not a great flying month, lots of rain in the beginning and then super stable and inverted for the balance of the month. Even the Savona Road Trip wasn't that great. Looking forward to Mexico!
October 2002 Site of the Day archives Still soarable some days, great fun at the Women's Fly In 2002 in Chelan. Allan logged 15 hours and only flew a few days. Most of the students are ready for signoff soon to get ready for Mexico trips!
June 2002 Site of the Day archives another rainy and windy month with great lapse rates, some great flights at Bridal with some getting above Cheam Peak. The Club Cup was nearly rained out but they got one valid task in on Sunday June 30.
May 2002 Site of the Day archives an extremely rainy month with the more spring mayhem, another reserve deployment at Lil Nick and a pilot crashed at the top of Deroche Mountain, uninjured but with a ripped glider and long hike down the mountain. Colleen placed 5th place at the Canadian PG Nationals in rainy Lumby!