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6/29/06
Bridal
Sunny with cloudy periods. Becoming windy in the afternoon. High 27.
Small craft warning on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
250° at 6 knots
-2.6°
(un-stable)

2430 m
Bridal Report - Andy, Rob and others spotted near the Upper Road.

6/28/06
Bridal
Sunny with cloudy periods. Becoming windy near noon. High 25.
Small craft warning on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
280° at 9 knots
-2.9°
(un-stable)

2353 m
Bridal Report - Derek was flying Bridal and was observed along with Rb at Upper Launch altitude. Later, Derek flew to Green Hill behind Agassiz and was soaring there before landing near his house. The air was choppy, but not as windy as the forecast stated.

6/27/06
Bridal
Sunny. High 29.
220° at 5 knots
-2.5°
(un-stable)

2285 m
Bridal Report - Jack, Derek, Sean and Alan flew Bridal, having to wait for the wind to subside until around 6:00 pm. I flew over from Calgary at that time and didn't see anyone flying Woodside or Bridal. They also flew again around 8:00 pm. Winds were light westerly at 7:00 pm when I landed.

6/26/06
Bridal
Sunny. High 35.
270° at 10 knots
-2.1°
(stable)

3150 m
Bridal Report - Derek K flew Bridal for 1:30 not really getting high, but able to soar nicely. About 7 other un-identified pilots showed up later with varying degrees of success getting into and staying in the air.

Mara Report - Captain Jack flew Mara and was high over the Enderby Cliffs but didn't quite make the Gap, landing at the High School in Enderby. At least the Interior hasn't gone stable yet!

Silver Creek Report - Captain Jack spent the weekend brushing out the road and launch area at Silver Creek, south of Salmon Arm, above Rick's house. Carl and Jack flew this site 2 years ago and got "stinking high" right off launch landing in Rick's pasture. I think an XC flight into Salmon Arm is possible in light valley winds.

6/25/06
Woodside for students, Bridal later if it gets windy
Sunny. High 34.
280° at 7 knots
-2.5°
(unstable)

3000 m!!
Woodside Report - good student conditions all day, but "hotter than a firecracker", 5 circuits up the hill (thanks to Kelly for some of the driving). James, Derek, Mike, Dave, and tandem student Kim all flew until 6:00 pm. Andy had a nice 1:30 flight mid-day staying aloft while others scratched down to Riverside. We decided not to go to Bridal mid-day, as conditions there sounded lame, although it did get soarable later. Reports of 10 pilots soaring the Knob around 5:00 pm.

Grouse Report - a few pilots got above launch, nice smooth conditions according to Russ. To get on the Guest List send me an email and I will forward it on to Russ F. and Ian P., if you have more than 150 flights and are up to the restrictions of the Grouse Flight Rules.

6/24/06
Woodside for students, Bridal later if it gets windy
Sunny. High 30.
300° at 6 knots
-2.6°
(unstable)

3000 m!!
Woodside Report - good student and intermediate day. Andy was first off the hill at 8:45 am, followed by a 2 hour soaring flight (down low to up high). I flew a tandem around 2:00 pm, soaring with Richard (from Kelowna), Yevgeni and Andy getting up to about 800 meters (not easy to get higher). We flew 5 students all day, til we stopped at 7:45 pm for a smoky roast at Stonehenge (until the mosquitos zeroed in on us!).

Bridal Report - a tough day to get high, but 20+ pilots were flying Bridal today. Alan made it to Upper Launch but mostly it was lower flying. Rob only logged 4 hours today.

6/23/06
Bridal, Grouse, should be good
Sunny. High 25.
270° at 6 knots
-2.6°
(unstable)

2600 m!!
Bridal Report - Lower Bridal was working. Alan, Norm, Andy, Lee, Zack, Greg, Alex and Nataliya were all out. Alan, Zack and Lee were among the first pilots to launch. Initially climbs were pretty easy, but then a batch of cirrus moved in for a couple of hours, and getting high became a bit of a challenge. Everyone except for me and Alan eventually gave up. Unfortunately for them the sky cleared up and the lift got stronger and more consistent. My flight time was 5:30 and I got credit for 65 km in OLC - Rob.

Woodside Report - When I arrived at 4:00 pm, there were a few wings in the air I didn't recognize, some out-of-towners I guess. I flew the Tetra awaiting for Colleen to arrive and flew for 30 minutes before top-landing to drive down to get her. In the meantime Greg and Kelly arrived and we loaded Greg's HG onto the van and they went up, Nataliya, Alex and Norm went up in another car, Colleen and I followed later. The last flights were smooth and it shut down fairly quickly and only Norm was above launch for a few passes.

6/22/06
Woodside, Bridal, Grouse, Blanchard should all be good
Becoming cloudy early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High 22.
light and variable
-3.1°
(unstable)

2087 m
Bridal Report - Alan flew and experiences some huge sink and high winds, which were not forecast. The instability must have caused the Valley to suck up all the sea breeze making it extremely windy. It calmed down around dusk.

6/21/06
Woodside in the AM, Bridal in the PM
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 21.
290° at 11 knots
-2.9°
(unstable)

2000 m
Bridal Report - apparently, Bridal was a bad call. Too south, requiring forward launches and no lift to be found.

Woodside Report - Jack and Rob made a tactical error trying to fly the bowl to the North, too south. They made it to Riverside. Later, Keith and a few others were able to soar the South Knoll.

Martina's Report - Derek drove me up for a sledder yesterday morning. It was already choppy air at 10:30 a.m., due to the lapse rate and overdevelopment. Derek said it reminded him of Hawaii - beautiful in the early a.m. but you had to fly before 10 to avoid the OD'ing!

Jack came out at 3, it was still clouded over and really windy. He hiked up Bridal and we drove over an hour later to see if he wanted his wing brought up. Ihor, Rob, Robin, Keith, Derek & I drove up when Jack said it was calm on launch. It was blowing cross or down most of the time, so about every 20-30 minutes someone would launch. D & I eventually drove down after watching everyone sink right out. Most of them headed to Woodside for a last flight at 8pm. Depending on your launch timing you either sunk out or got up high and had to land at Harvest, according to Jack - Martina

6/20/06
Woodside in the AM, Bridal in the PM
Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers this morning. High 21.
300° at 11 knots
-2.9°
(unstable)

1550 m
Woodside Report - by the look of the FlyBC Woodside WebCam , it was flyable all day. I think Lil Nic might be a good call these days as well, with all the inflow, if you get high on Big Nic you could make it to Woodside with only a few thermals. No pireps.

6/19/06
Woodside in the AM, Bridal in the PM
Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers this morning. High 19.
300° at 8 knots
-2.9°
(unstable)

1550 m
Woodside Report - when I talked to Alan around 8:00 am, it was already getting windy. Later I had a call in Abbotsford and Chilliwack (where it had rained) and saw Andy and Stephan way above Woodside . . so I headed over.


Andy is the small speck to the left, Kevin in the middle, Dr. T on the right - photo by JPR

I met up with Kevin and Dr. T and we headed up the hill arriving at 6:15 pm. Off they launched and Kevin and Dr. T quickly climbed to 1000 meters. So I thought, I can fly and top-land and still get home to eat dinner by 9:00 pm. So I launched and was getting to around 900 meters and it wasn't calming down, in fact it was windier at launch the later it got! I eventually spiralled the Tetra down to 700 meters and made a few passes and it was still to lifty. So the patented "tail-slide into launch from the ramp" was attempted and it worked. Although, coming in backwards, up-hill with sandals is not recommended (hiking boots still in Coquitlam). But it worked out well and I was soon on the way home.

6/18/06
Woodside in the AM, Bridal in the PM
Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers this morning. High 19.
300° at 8 knots
-2.9°
(unstable)

1550 m
Woodside Report - another great day at Eagle Ranch.

Early flights were sled rides into the Ranch, later advanced students were landing at Riverside, then it got really strong as I did my second tandem (testing out the new Magnum), we went to cloudbase many times, and during one of the spiral descents my passenger complained of an upset stomach! No chili puke, please! We went on big ears and came over the Ranch at 800 meters and it took a while to get down, and no up-chuck.


Locals at Woodside showing perfect thermal style/etiquette - photo by Kelly

The next tandem with Rick was equally strong and he also complained of being nearly sick due to the fast climbs. We headed to Harvest for a nice landing, while the HGers got worked over in the HG LZ, some not making the correct field (another $60 in Bert's jeans)


Rick going tandem with Jim before heading to Harvest - photo by Kelly

As it got too windy 16 of us went to the Sasquatch Inn, for cheap burgers, and after we went back to launch around 8:00 pm. Only Alex W was brave enough to launch.


Alex heading out to the Ranch - photo by Jim


Nice Woodside Sunset - photo by Jim


Bridal was raining most of the day - photo by Jim

6/17/06
Woodside flying between showers
Cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of showers this morning. High 21.
light and variable
-3.0°
(unstable)

1700 m
Woodside Report - good flying from 10:30 am until dark at Woodside. Andy was flying early and logged 30 minutes on his first flight soaring the north side. We had several students flying until mid-day when it was deemed too strong (many experienced pilots forced to fly over the back). A bit of excitement as Gary H was observed heading downwind low, and reports were that he was in the trees behind launch, but without a working radio. Andy, Nataliya and Alex were searching for him, and we found him getting a ride back from Harvest Market.

The new Ozone Magnum Tandem arrived, and it is very nice to launch and is very fast in the air. We were doing some film work for a local TV show and I took the camera-man for a flight to get in-air footage of their host "solo paragliding" and I was able to do 360s around the student several times on the way out to the Ranch. Colleen later flew it with Rob S as ballast and they had a great flight getting up to 1000 meters on the towers, at 8:45 pm!


Colleen and Rob on the Magnum - photo by Kelly

6/16/06
Woodside soaring between showers
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 19.
220° at 17 knots
-2.6°
(unstable)

950 m
Woodside Report - a few rain cells moved through the area during the day, but the real problem was 30 kph+ winds at launch. Norm tried but it was too windy, Derek was heading up later but I didn't get a report. Landing at Abbotsford was choppy and on Runway 25 at 7:00 pm, and it was overcast all the way to Mission.

6/15/06
Bridal in the PM
Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers this morning. High 21.
light and variable
-2.9°
(unstable)

1400 m
Calgary Report - A heavy rainfall warning was issued two days ago! The rain was heavier than we normally see in Vancouver. So no flying all week here.

6/14/06
Woodside soaring the the AM, Bridal thermalling in the PM
A few showers ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods. High 20.
250° at 10 knots
-2.9°
(unstable)

1200 m
Woodside Report - Derek was heading out after 5:00 pm, to check out Woodside but he thought it looked too windy because the clouds were moving by pretty fast. The weird thing was that the Woodside Webcam, showed the same cloud over launch for 1.5 hours around 3:00 pm?? He didn't report a flight later.

Chabre Open Report (France) - It's ON! The first task of the Ozone Chabre Open has just finished... the scores aren't even calculated yet. With cloudbase currently at over 3000m and a brilliant forecast for the week, it looks like we're in for another excellent comp. Last year we flew 6 out of 6 days, with every task valid, and we hope to do the same this year. The Chabre Vol Libre crew have done an excellent job with the organization, and the event is running as smooth as can be, even with 120 pilots (many of whom have little competition experience). Of course, with so many pilots returning from last year, and so many planning to attend next year's Ozone Caribbean XC Challenge in the Dominican republic, very soon every competitor here will be a seasoned veteran!

The aim of the Ozone Chabre Open is to be the perfect environment for experienced pilots to begin flying competition, in a relaxed and educational environment. Every night there are educational lectures by top pilots like Russ Ogden and Jocky Sanderson, and plenty of entertainment throughout the week. This morning, World Paramotor Champion, Mathieu Rouanet, treated us all to an incredible paramotor acro display and then flew with his new toy- a 150m long windsock he tows around the sky!

Stay tuned for more news during the week, we'll try to post it as it comes. For daily results and more info on the comp, go to Chabre Open 2006 Results Page .

Hi Jim - Iíve been flying a bit with Alex Raymont, from Vancouver, Mantra pilot (I was wondering where Alex had gotten to lately? But note Alex got 13th place overall in a field of over 120 pilots!) Thanks again for getting so many Ozoneís in the sky over there, itís great to hang out with a fellow northwesterner out here, and Iím stoked that heís on the right wing. ;-) Best, Matt

Matt Gerdes

Ozone Paragliders
1258 Route de Grasse
06620 Le Bar-sur-Loup
France
Office: +33 492 604 400
France Mobile: +33 614 282 965
Fax: +33 492-60 44 61

6/13/06
Calgary
Sunny with cloudy periods. Becoming cloudy this afternoon with 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 25.
160° at 16 knots
-3.0°
(unstable)

3000 m
Calgary Report - strong SE winds made Cochrane unflyable, as well as light showers. The Highwood River site over the family farm, would have worked but I was in town.

6/12/06
Sumas or Woodside if you like leeside conditions!
Sunny with cloudy periods. Becoming cloudy this afternoon with 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 25.
110° at 11 knots
-3.0°
(unstable)

1800 m
Woodside Report - from Calgary it looked a bit wet and definitely east at Agassiz. I am sure Andy flew at least once!

Murray Ridge Ski Hill Report - I am working in Fort St. James and I have finally been able to put my wing to good use. I quaded up the Murray Ridge Ski Hill today and ridge soared after 6pm. It is a great flying site. There is a fellow at the bottom that will double me up on the quad for a beer. I will let you know if I have any more flights worth talking about. You have about 1500 feet to play with.

Launch 4444 Feet.
LZ 2900 Feet.

See ya - Darren

6/11/06
Woodside
Sunny with cloudy periods. Risk of a thunderstorm late in the day. High 24.
100° at 6 knots
-2.1°
(stable)

1100 m
Woodside Report - we flew! We got rained on! The gust front Jack predicted hit us big time, so we went for lunch. By the time we finished it was clearing up and we went to launch again.


Annette at Woodside - photo by Kelly


Kelly over launch - photo by JPR

The last flights were leeside and new student Derek followed Martina out, and had an interesting ride in a leeside thermal coming off the bailout swamp. He was climbing fast and the higher he got, the windier it got from the north and he had to concentrate on the right balance between penetrating and keeping the wing slowed down to control the pitch. Colleen guided him into a perfect landing in the circle as we drove down.

Grouse Report - Man gets lightning shock on Grouse Mountain
June 11, 2006 - 10:31 pm
By: Renee Bernard/Tamiko Nicholson

A Grouse Mountain employee has a shocking tale to tell his friends and family. Erik Bowkett with Grouse Mountain says the worker was inside a steel building at the bottom of the mountain when a thunder storm hit. He says lightning hit the area and charged the structure the man was in. The employee happened to be touching steel at that moment and the shock threw him back several feet and then he fell to the ground. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance, but besides being badly frightened, he is physically fine.The storm also had hundreds of visitors stranded up at Grouse because the tramway system was shut down for safety reasons while the storm blew threw. The wild weather also caused power outages for least 12,000 households in Aldergrove, Mape Ridge and Langley.

6/10/06
Woodside or Blanchard WA or head to Vernon for the Lumby Air Races
Sunny with cloudy periods. Risk of a thunderstorm late in the day. High 21.
300° at 10 knots
-2.0°
(stable)

1400 m
Woodside Report - many great flights, students bagged three flights most getting above launch. Cloudbase started out low but eventually got to 1100 meters. Good student conditions all day, more of the same for tomorrow.

Lumby Air Races Report - good development early. Nicole won the day, thanks to superior GPS technology, and some determination. PG Comps require good GPS understanding, when tagging turnpoints, due to the recording intervals. I usually rely on the "mark-enter" to ensure the cylinder is recorded, cause I fly with a GPS 12.

6/9/06
Whidbey Island, WA or head to Vernon for the Lumby Air Races
Whidbey: 10 - 20 knots from the west, higher in the PM
Vernon: Showers. Risk of a thunderstorm late in the day. High 25.
light and variable
-2.6°
(unstable)

700 m
Bridal Report - thanks to Alan and Rob for cleaning out the cross-ditches on the Bridal Road. They sacrificed some good flying to complete the job, but when I talked to Derek they were at launch and setting up, with wind from the south (left) at launch. As we arrived at Harrison Mills at 8:00 pm, it was raining hard, so I hope they got a flight.

Lumby Air races Report - a decent day despite the forecast according to Nicole's report.
Here's the Day 1 results:

(PG)
1st Jim Orava
2nd Nicole McLearn
3rd Brett Yeates

(HG)
1st Jon Orders (made goal)
2nd Randy Rauck
3rd John McClintock

Major rainstorms later in the day flooded the Racetrack where the beer tents were. (It rains a lot more in Lumby than 10 years ago!).

6/8/06
Woodside or head to Vernon early for the Lumby Air Races
Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of showers. High 21.
270° at 7 knots
-2.6°
(unstable)

1560 m
Woodside Report - it was soarable from first light, and I heard reports of rain at Manning Park on News1130.com before 9:00 am. I think the rain at Woodside started around noon, but I was in town by then.

6/7/06
Woodside, then Bridal
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 24.
light and variable
-2.5°
(unstable)

1350 m
Woodside Report - I arrived at the Ranch at 7:00 pm, and decided it was time to do some mowing. Launch winds were light with the occasional thermal blowing up, but not enough for sustained lift. Even the birds went home early today. Winds on the ground were strong and gusty. Nicole and Greg headed to Bridal earlier, but I didn't hear them on the radio.

6/6/6
Woodside, then Bridal
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 24.
light and variable
-2.5°
(unstable)

1350 m
Vanier Report - Colleen and I went down to Vanier Park to watch Annette kiting. Good winds, not too strong and the wing could stay up with finesse.


Annette at Vanier - photo by CMV

Grouse Report - from Vanier Park we could see several gliders flying Grouse, so I thought I would try some shots on Colleen's Fuji Digital.


Un-Identified gliders soaring near the Scum Zone - photo by JPR

Grouse Report #2 - Thomas H sent me this photo later, so I expect he is the bottom glider in the long distance shot from Vanier Park.


Thomas Hasek just off Grouse - photo by Michael Iwasaki

6/5
Woodside, then Bridal
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 20.
light and variable
-2.5°
(unstable)

1120 m
Woodside Report - I talked to some locals yesterday, who said it was raining around noon, but I am sure it cleared up enough to fly. I will update the reports when I get them.

Woodside Update from Saturday's flights - reports are floating around about an "un-named Russian Pilot" who tried going XC past Agassiz Mountain and ended up knee-deep in the dreaded Bear Swamp. A local farmer picked up the "swamp-lander" and deposited him back at the foot of Woodside, weighing about 20 lbs more due to all the mud.

6/4
Stay Home
Showers. High 17.
light and variable
-2.6°
(unstable)

950 m
Woodside Report - even from my hotel room in Charleston SC, it looked like no one would be flying with all the rain.

6/3
Bridal or Woodside
Showers ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods. High 20.
light and variable
-2.6°
(unstable)

950 m
Woodside Report - 2006 FV XC for HGers was on today, and apparently it was launchable and flyable. Charles M made it to the Crossroads Esso near Agassiz, Brett H made it to Hope on his UP Targa II PG, Thomm said he bagged an extended sledder.

Woodrat Report - the last day and last task was finished today. Reports at Rat Race .

Honduras Report - I have been dreaming of this flight ever since starting to fly Yuscaran.

After my 50 + km flight a little over a month ago I have been focusing more and more on getting away from the mountain when ever I can. Last weekend was Mango festival in Yuscaran and though it is supposed to be the start of the rainy season it has mostly remained dry with only a few showers and the winds have generally been light.

I flew off the mountain at 11 am with my camera hoping to get high and away but encountered sink all the way out to land and didnít even really have time to take photos. Lunch and then back up the mountain for 3pm into conditions on the mountainside that I could not maintain in so again flew away from the mountain towards the landing field. A few hundred meters out, started going up and began circling. The thermal quickly developed and I was at 2,800 meters through an inversion and still climbing quickly. I was able to see over the top of the entire range of mountains to the valley of Zamorano and with cloudstreets downwind it was a no brainer to turn and run over the top. Though there were areas of sink on the way there were also several nice thermals and I crossed the town of Zamorano at 3,000 meters with my high point along the way being 3,400. I continued on to the next range behind Zamorano and flew the first mountain I could reach (donít know what it is named) until the lift started to subside in the late afternoon and then flew back to land in Zamorano beside the highway were I knew I would be easily found. Total flight time 2:20. Why I didnít have my camera? Stupid, always take it. There were numerous landing sites to record for future crossings not to mention remembering were the thermals were etc. Oh well next time.

Sunday I also got away from the mountain though cloudbase was somewhat lower (2,800 mtrs) and instead of crossing the range I flew to its end for 1:20 landing about 20 kms out again by the highway. Lesson. Even if you have your camera it wonít work unless itís charged - Jeffrey

6/2
Bridal
Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of showers. High 20.
240° at 14 knots
-2.6°
(unstable)

950 m
Woodrat Report - the comp is getting rained out, same lows as we are getting in the Fraser Valley unfortunately. Only one valid day so far. Hopefully the rest of June will be better!

6/1
Head to Kamloops or Vernon, another low is hitting the coast
Kamloops: Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of showers late in the day. Wind east 20 km/h. High 26.
170° at 13 knots (YKA)
-2.6°
(unstable)

1950 m
Kamloops Report - Kamloops looked alright for flying most of the day, no rain. No pireps though.

5/31
Woodside or Bridal will be good today
Sunny. High 23.
270° at 11 knots
-2.8°
(unstable)

1470 m
Woodside Report - it looked flyable until the rain started at 6:00 pm, maybe even soarable.

Wood Rat Race Report - a great race day with some challenges, all Canucks in goal but one, 50 pilots in all made goal which diluted the points for making goal in the later packs.

FlyBC Paragliding Past Site of the Day Reports

May 2006 Site of the Day archives - more rain that ever imagined in the Fraser Valley. Very few soaring flights and even less XC.

April 2006 Site of the Day archives - the Easter Bunny was "run over" on Kilby Road, plus the train wreck on April 1.

March 2006 Site of the Day archives - a new pilot was born, Chloe. We also flew a few days between showers, some long flights up to 4 hours. A few Out & Return Flights to Deroche and Bear.

February 2006 Site of the Day archives - another wet month with some soarable days (2).

January 2006 Site of the Day archives - some flying on Elk and Woodside, smart pilots headed South for great Mexican or Chilean flying.

December 2005 Site of the Day archives - some flying on Elk and Woodside, smart pilots headed South.

November 2005 Site of the Day archives - rain, snow and not much flying.

October 2005 Site of the Day archives - Women's Fly In in Chelan yielded two soarable days before the snows hit.

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.

August 2005 Site of the Day archives - road trips to the Interior gave us an opportunity to rag out some gliders at FlyBC SIV 2005 (Part II). Also a great road trip to Savona.

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.

June 2005 Site of the Day archives - too much rain, but good days to fly between showers.

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.

April 2005 Site of the Day archives - some great soaring at Woodside and Bridal. Sad news from the US Hanggliding Nationals as Chris Muller crashes at goal.

March 2005 Site of the Day archives - we had to head out of town to Savona a few weekends due to wet weather on the Coast. Wetter than normal according to Environment Canada.

February 2005 Site of the Day archives - some good soaring despite early time of year. Flights as long as 3 hours at Woodside, some good flights at Whidbey Island for first timers, too!

January 2005 Site of the Day archives road trips to Mexico, not much flying locally due to strong north winds and rain. Record rain kept Eagle Ranch quite wet for kiting.

December 2004 Site of the Day archives a dry month with some good soaring including a fantastic day on Dec. 11 where we thermalled for 2+ hours!

November 2004 Site of the Day archives more record rain. We installed a fireplace in the barn to keep pilots warm between winter flights.

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.

July 2004 Site of the Day archives the Willi was on at Golden. We missed the mayhem due to work and school commitments but Norm did a great job representing the West Coast.

June 2004 Site of the Day archives Canadian Nationals came off with many great rounds. Pemberton-Whistler Championships were blown out most days so we headed to Cornwall.

May 2004 Site of the Day archives great flying at Woodside and Bridal. We held a very successful SIV Course at Mara Lake, and hope to run another one in August if they keep the forests open.

April 2004 Site of the Day archives good flying in the Valley. The Fraser Valley Cross Country PG Series was successssful.

March 2004 Site of the Day archives Nicole won in Brazil, otherwise the month sucked for flying time.

February 2004 Site of the Day archives some local flights extended to an hour with vigourous scratching above the trees. Good paramotor month.



January 2004 Site of the Day archives Mexican road trip yielded 20 hours of flight and a wet Canadian January kept most local pilots on the ground.



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.



November 2003 Site of the Day archives windy and wet with the odd good soaring day, not many pilots out these days.



October 2003 Site of the Day archives Women's Fly In was great fun, some good soaring days mid-month, most of the students are signed off.



September 2003 Site of the Day archives good conditions until the last days of the month when it got stable. Most days were flyable at Woodside or Bridal.



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.



July 2003 Site of the Day archives we flew most days early at Woodside until it got windy, then over to Bridal. Good Golden flying reports from the "Willi".



June 2003 Site of the Day archives we flew most weekdays at Bridal, Woodside worked most weekends. Bridal Air Races had one great day with only two tree landings!



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!



April 2003 Site of the Day archives rain for 28 of 30 April days, but we managed to get a few flights in between showers. Even the golfers were complaining!



March 2003 Site of the Day archives some high spring flights in early March, but not a great weather month. Still no HPAC Insurance!



February 2003 Site of the Day archives some nice long spring flights in late February. HPAC Insurance expired on Feb 14, so many pilots stayed home instead of getting USHGA coverage.



January 2003 Site of the Day archives lots of rain all month in BC so we bailed and headed to Tapalpa Mexico for three weeks. Norm and Lucille had a great XC flight the first day we arrived.



December 2002 Site of the Day archives lots of rain all month.



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!



September 2002 Site of the Day archives Still soarable most everyday! Some scary incidents at Woodside. Fun flying at Ashcroft.



August 2002 Site of the Day archives More spring-like days with super lapse rates, great fun up-country at Revelstoke and Mara, with some good XCs for all.



July 2002 Site of the Day archives Some spring-like days with super lapse rates, but still rather wet at times.



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!



April 2002 Site of the Day archives a rainy month with the usual spring mayhem, one reserve deployment at Woodside and a pilot hit a parked car at Bridal LZ, fracturing his leg.



March 2002 Site of the Day archives a few great days days with lots of snow and rain mixed in.



February 2002 Site of the Day archives two epic days already (4.5 hours and 2.5 hours!).



January 2002 Site of the Day archives Mexico vacation shots, some local flying but it was wet on the coast.



December 2001 Site of the Day archives pretty stable locally, wettest December on record, some good days sprinkled thru the month.



November 2001 Site of the Day archives pretty stable locally, had some good days at Woodside +2 hours, lots of rain later in the month.



October 2001 Site of the Day archives pretty stable locally, but great flying at Chelan at the Women's Fly In.



September 2001 Site of the Day archives starting to get pretty stable, more sled rides forecast for October.



Aug 2001 Site of the Day archives Mara, Bridal, till some great flights locally



July 2001 Site of the Day archives Road Trip Month, Golden, Mara, points east!



June 2001 Site of the Day archives Great Month, 3 hours of airtime for some pilots every time they flew Bridal Lower! Some getting up to 6 hours in a single flight!



May 2001 Site of the Day archives Unstable Month, 2-3 hours of airtime for some pilots every time they flew Bridal Lower!



April 2001 Site of the Day archives Rainy Month, not as much airtime for some pilots



March 2001 Site of the Day archives Spring has Sprung!



February 2001 Site of the Day archives Spring is in the Air!



January 2001 Site of the Day archives - Mexico Flying Trip



December 2000 Site of the Day archives



November 2000 Site of the Day archives (great month for airtime!)



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