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Stay Home or head to Mexico
A few flurries and rain showers ending in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers. High 6.
300° at 15 knots

700 m
Vancouver Report - light snow falling, but it is warming up and drying up too!

Wouter's Holland Report - About paragliding? Last week me and Johannes (the other dutchy who flew with Jim a few years ago) went to the man-made hills that keep the water from flooding half of our country. This 20 foot barrier surrounds the whole northern part of Holland.

Blue Sky Holland, just before getting dragged! - Photo by Johannes K.

Kiting went awesome but flights didn't last longer than about 10 seconds. Maybe there wasn't enough wind or the "ridge" wasn't steep enough. Anyway, later the wind picked up a bit but still the same short "bunny-hill sled rides". We tried another spot where the hill is a little bit higher and where the wind was stronger, about the same as the flying speed of my glider (without bar though, no time), but still not much succes. When I finally got picked up and flew about 20 feet in the air I immediatly flew past the lift area and found myself heading over seas. I turned back 90 degrees, landed crosswind and next thing I was on my back being dragged up and over the hill.

Bruised my little finger, sounds pretty stupid eh? I think I need steeper hills, where the winds makes a better lift area rather then just blowing over the hill, the dunes on the westcoast of holland are pretty nice but no suitable weather for those yet. Ah well, we've got some towing stuff so as soon the weather permits we'll be trying that - Wouter

Stay Home or head to Mexico
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries late this morning. Periods of snow beginning early this afternoon. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 2. Wind chill minus 18 this morning.
150° at 29 knots

700 m
A380 lands in Vancouver By JAMES WALLACE

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Steven Halinen was supposed to be in college Wednesday, but instead he abandoned his classes to watch what will soon be the world's biggest commercial jetliner make a quick stop at the Vancouver International Airport.

Up close with the A380 - Photo by Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Wow, it's gorgeous," Halinen, 22, said as he stood in snow and bitterly cold morning temperatures when the big Airbus A380 taxied past him after landing at 7:32 a.m. Dawn was just breaking over the airport as the double-decker jet, which will typically seat about 100 more passengers than a 747, approached from the north after a flight across the Pacific from Sydney, Australia.

"Oh my, just look at that thing. It's huge," Halinen said.

The plane was due to depart Vancouver at 4:30 p.m. for its return via the North Pole to the Airbus headquarters of Toulouse, France.

It stopped in Vancouver as part of a series of technical route-proving flights, the final process in a long test flight program that is required before a new jetliner receives a critical airworthiness certificate and is allowed to carry paying passengers for airlines.

That certification for the A380 from the FAA in the United States, and from European regulators, is expected Dec. 12, Airbus said at an airport news conference following the plane's arrival here.

But because of wiring problems that have set the program back nearly two years, the first A380 won't be ready for delivery to Singapore Airlines until October 2007.

The 150 hours of route-proving flights, which began Nov. 13 from Toulouse, took the A380 around the world three times to 10 different airports.

The stop in Vancouver was the plane's first visit to an international airport in North America. But the A380 has been to Canada before. Last winter, it landed in Iqaluit, a remote area of the country, for cold weather testing.

Vancouver may not have been all that much warmer than Iqaluit Wednesday. The temperature was well below freezing when reporters and photographers were bused out to a remote section of the airport to watch the plane's arrival.

The A380 was parked far away from the airport terminal, in an area that is used to de-ice planes when there is snow. Media were not allowed inside the plane.

Airbus disclosed that the A380 will make its first flights to cities in the United States next year before entering airline service, though exactly which airports it will visit has not been determined. Several airports in the U.S., including Los Angeles and New York's Kennedy, are being readied to accommodate the A380, which has a much bigger wingspan -- nearly 262 feet from tip to tip -- than the 747.

But don't expect to see the A380 at Sea-Tac Airport anytime soon. The runways are big enough to handle the plane if it needed to land there, but the airport does not intend to spend the millions of dollars that would be required before the A380 could operate in regular airline service from gates at Sea-Tac, an airport spokesman said.

James Wallace can be reached at 206-448-8040

Stay Home or head to Mexico
Sunny. Local blowing snow early this morning. Wind northeast 40 to 60 km/h. High minus 8. Wind chill minus 27.
310° at 10 knots, in the PM

700 m
Valley Report - Derek and Martina took off to the south just in time, howling North Winds in Agassiz and icy roads in Abbotsford, but sunny on lunch at Woodside.

Stay Home or head to Mexico
A few flurries ending near noon then a mix of sun and cloud. Amount 2 cm. Windy. Temperature falling to minus 6 this afternoon. Wind chill minus 15 this afternoon.
310° at 7 knots, in the PM

700 m
Woodside Report - strong outflow winds all day in Agassiz.

Stay Home or head to Tapalpa
Snow. Amount 10 to 20 cm. Becoming windy early this morning. High plus 2.
100° at 24 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - north winds blowing at up to 60 kms at the Ranch, could not even see the training hill let alone launch. I am sure glad we flew Saturday, because it doesn't look like any flying until Wednesday, if you can get to launch.

Woodside or head to Tapalpa
Cloudy. High +2.
140° at 19 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - after 3 weeks of ugly weather, Mother Nature let us fly. I took a load up around 11:00 am and we made it to the parking area just behind launch, but did not dare to go down the last hill. When I left Derek K was ready to launch, followed by Colleen, Derek P, Norm and Alan.

Snowy day at Woodside! - Photo by JPR

By the time I got back up with Gary K to fly his new Buzz, everyone was at 1000 meters! Gary launched, as did Derek K after he top-landed for the third time. I followed them out and up Derek and I went to the towers. Gary was a bit lower.

Gary soaring his Orange Buzz at Woodside! - Photo by JPR

I flew for about an hour and top-landed as everyone headed out to the Ranch, and we went back up again for the "desperados", Thomm and Rob S, who flew in the snow showers with Gary.

Desperado Rob at Woodside! - Photo by JPR

Stay Home or head to Tapalpa
Showers and snow in higher elevations. High 8.
210° at 11 knots

700 m
Vancouver Area Report - heavy rain and snow in some sections. When the clouds cleared off around 3:00 pm, you could see snow on Grouse almost to the parking lot!

Stay Home or head to Tapalpa
Rain and Snow. High 8.
210° at 11 knots

700 m
Vancouver Report - heavy rain!

Stay Home or head to Tapalpa
Showers. High 8.
120° at 25 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - Derek said it looked flyable, but wasn't on the mountain.

Stay Home or head to Tapalpa
Rain. Risk of a thundershower late this afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind east 20 km/h becoming south 40 to 60 late this morning. High 9.
230° at 30 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - windy and stormy in Vancouver, but the FlyBC WebCam looked good for the afternoon.

Sunny day at Woodside! - Photo by FlyBC WebCam

Stay Home
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain this morning. Periods of rain beginning near noon. Becoming windy near noon. High 9.
230° at 17 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - clouds and rain most of the day according to our webcam.

Stay Home
Heavy Rainfall Warnings. High 12.
230° at 32 knots

700 m
Vancouver Report - more storms coming through Vancouver, very windy.

Woodside might be flyable at times, beware of the wind.
A few showers ending near noon then cloudy. High 12.
150° at 23 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - Thomm headed up to launch but had no retrieve so he waited for a few hours as cycles came and went and clouds formed between launch and Eagle Ranch. Eventually Norm showed up to help retrieve after "the crack of noon" and by then it wasn't flyable.

No flying locally for at least 4 days
Periods of rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Windy. High 9.
190° at 16 knots

700 m
Vancouver Report - clouds from 600 meters solid thru to 6000 meters and windy.

No flying locally for at least 5 days
Cloudy with sunny periods. Showers beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 9.
190° at 29 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - Hi Jim! The second we saw a tiny patch of blue sky today we called Alan & drove up Woodside.

The road was covered in branches, the wind must have been fierce through there last night! Launch was clear (no snow) and when we finally found the windsock it was torn and had tied itself in knots (see picture).

Nice windsock! - Photo by Martina

Derek & I both ran off with a forward launch as it was coming up very light from the north. 30 seconds after I launched I was getting snowed on but it cleared up until I got over the Ranch. Then the rain started - a few drops at first but then enough drizzle that it sounded like rain hitting an umbrella overhead! We both landed to the west at the barn and ran to pack up on your gravel driveway, but by then the rain had tapered off again. Any day you get to fly is a good day!

Thanks Alan for driving and being our official photographer! - Martina

Nice view of the Fraser Valley - Photo by Alan Dickie

Derek is in the air - Photo by Alan Dickie

Martina on the way to Eagle Ranch - Photo by Alan Dickie

No flying locally for at least 5 days
Rain at times heavy. Amount 40 to 50 mm. Wind south 50 to 70 km/h. High 11.
210° at 48 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - it was very windy today, the barbeque was blown across the deck, and it is sheltered. The travel trailer was moved about 1 foot from where I parked it in front of the garage! Many trees down, and power was out for 200,000 Hydro customers this morning, but we were okay at the Ranch. Derek drove up Woodside Road to launch and the road is holding out pretty well.

Lost & Found - Jeremy Hanen: we found your cell phone in the LZ at Eagle Ranch a few weeks back before the rains hit. We finally figured out who owned the phone after charging the battery. You know where to call to get it.

Woodside may be soarable early
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 8.
200° at 16 knots

1000 m
Woodside Report - it was sunny from 8:00 am til 10:30 am, and then it got windy, rainy and snowy on the hills.

West Coast is rained out
Rainfall Warnings. Amount to 50 mm. Windy. High 8.
160° at 22 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - no flying locally as it was "raining buckets", in fact I used a bucket to collect rain water for mixing cement and it was full every 5 minutes!

Coast is rained out
Rain at times heavy. Amount 30 to 40 mm. Windy. High 9.
160° at 22 knots

700 m
Woodside Report - you could see launch and it was flyable a few minutes at a time, but the grass was pretty wet, so back to chores.

Woodside should be soarable!
Showers. High 8.
240° at 23 knots

760 m
Woodside Report - Thomm said "You must be smoking crack!", after my forecasting Woodside might be soarable. And for an hour around noon, it was sunny and nice soarable cycles at launch with rain on all four quadrants, but no pilots . . . and I was tearing the back wall of the barn down for repairs that had to be completed by dark, so I kept working.

Caught on the Harrison Bridge, on the way to Home Depot - Photo by Gerry LaMarsh (who has too much time on his hands)


Special Counsel in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division Riley Hollingsworth has warned seven Michigan residents that unlicensed use of Amateur Radio transmitting equipment on 2 meters to facilitate their bear hunting activities is illegal and may result in substantial fines. Warning notices went out October 19.

"While many hunters use Citizens Band radio or Family Radio Service equipment, the use of Amateur Radio equipment requires a license," Hollingsworth advised. He also sent an Advisory Notice to the Michigan Bear Hunters Association, suggesting the association post it on its Web site.

In a similar situation, the Commission attempted to enlist the aid of Quest Air Soaring Center in Groveland, Florida, in spreading the word that glider pilots using the facility also need to avoid unlicensed operation on 2 meters. Hollingsworth said unlicensed use of airborne radio equipment not only violates federal law but causes widespread interference to licensed stations. He suggested the soaring center post the Advisory Notice on its Web site as well.

The FCC also warned yet another trucking firm of apparent unlicensed operation on 10 meters by two of its drivers this past summer. Hollingsworth wrote Sysco Corporation of Houston, Texas, October 10, citing reports that the transmissions were spotted August 11 and 18 on 28.115 MHz while the drivers were on the road in Michigan.

In all instances of alleged unlicensed operation, Hollingsworth pointed out that violators face fines of up to $10,000 and possible imprisonment as well as seizure of any transmitting equipment they may have been using illegally.

In other recent actions, the FCC alerted two radio amateurs that the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has referred their Amateur Radio license renewal applications to the Enforcement Bureau for review. Hollingsworth notified each licensee to expect a Hearing Designation Order from the Commission.

Hollingsworth told David O. Castle, WA9KJI, of Evansville, Indiana, October 11 that the WTB referral was the result of "longstanding complaints against the operation of your station" involving interference on HF and 2 meters. In another case, Hollingsworth wrote William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, that his license renewal application has been designated for hearing after a review of "numerous complaints filed against the operation of your station" alleging deliberate interference.

Hearings are held in Washington, DC, before an administrative law judge, and the applicants will have the burden of proof in showing they're still qualified to be Amateur Radio licensees. Over the past several years, the FCC has asked both licensees to respond to allegations of deliberate interference on the amateur bands.

The Coast is rained out today
Rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Wind southeast 20 km/h increasing to 40 to 60 this morning then diminishing to 20 this afternoon. High 9.
150° at 19 knots

746 m
Vancouver Report - heavy rain all day.

Woodside may be flyable later
Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing near noon. High 10.
light and variable

741 m
Richmond Report - it looked sunny at times in Richmond, stuck in a meeting room all day :-(

No pireps received from Woodside.

Woodside may be flyable at times
Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of showers. High 10.
light and variable

740 m
Woodside Gloat Report - Wow - what an AWESOME day!!

I got up to launch at 12:30, and watched the conditions for a half hour. Windsock was between horizontal and straight uphill (12 to 20 km/hr WSW in-flow) ... But quite consistent and cyclical. Launched during a lull and went straight up, especially to right of launch over the ridge ledge. Could have shot 300m over launch at will.

Was all alone save for a few eagles and ravens, so I flew for a bit under an hour, with a few cycles leaving me momentarily 'parked', but all quite smooth and somewhat even with lift available any time one wanted it closer to the surface. Saw possibly approaching cloud-line off to the west (over Langley)and being such a cautious pilot, I didn't want to chance getting slammed by a pre-frontal flow, so flew out and down to land at Riverside. As it turned out, the conditions became mellower and smoother as the afternoon waned, with conditions being perfect even for less experienced flyers after 3:00'ish (went back to launch with Joe to retrieve vehicle).

A bit of ridge turbulence (WSW flow) a hundred meters up or so above the LZ mandated active approach flying, but scrubbing off altitude over the railroad tracks in such conditions allows one mostly clean air, with the lower few feet being fairly laminar.

A GREAT flight but very lonely!! Where was everybody? Kent R

ps: Alan was at the dentist, and I was working. Don't know where everyone else was! - Jim

Stay Home
Showers. Wind southwest 30 km/h increasing to 40 to 60 in the morning. High 13.
240° at 25 knots

750 m
Fraser Valley Report - heavy rain in the morning, showers in the afternoon, full moon and clear after 7:00 PM and west winds . . . hmmmm, maybe a night flight isn't all that safe after a huge storm?
Stay Home
Rain at times heavy. Amount 50 mm. Wind southwest 40 to 60 km/h diminishing to 30 in the morning. High 17.
240° at 32 knots

750 m
Woodside Report - Agassiz broke an all-time weather record today with 152 mm or rain in a 24 hour period. Yes, that is almost 6" of rain. And windy too! Easy call on not trying to fly today.

Captain Jack's Report - a bumpy day in the cockpit, lots of wind coming into YVR, but sunny and 28C in LA. Time for a road trip.

Woodside early
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Rain beginning late this afternoon. High 14.
260° at 11 knots

750 m
Woodside Report - a great chore day, but when the sun came out we had to go flying! I kept checking out the wind on launch and it was perfect for launching all day from 8:30 am on. But no one to fly with so I worked. Around 2:00 pm, Colleen and I headed up to Woodside Launch, and the road is suffering serious erosion from all the rain. At launch the cycles were good, but maybe not good enough so I was to go first and test the soarability of the air. If it was good to soar then Colleen would fly to and one of us would top-land.

I was able to get about 100 meters over launch only by staying over the cliff to the north, light thermals flowed up the gulleys, but not enough ridge lift. I was up for about 15 minutes and Colleen was almost ready to launch when I felt sink everywhere, so I headed back to launch and made one pass and dropped in to land between Colleen and the HG ramp. Colleen had only a few passes and then out to the house thermal (which was ratty) before heading out to the Ranch.

Rob S arrived and we chatted for a while waiting for better cycles (as forecasted by the weatherman). They never came, but Chris came up with the Jeep full of family friends wanting to see someone fly, so after arranging to get the Tracker driven down I showed them what a sinking paraglider looks like, a buoyant but short flight into the Ranch, after exploring all the places where lift usually can be found - Jim

The Harrison River is back to normal, and in this shot the exact place we landed a few weeks ago flying off Eagle Launch is 3 feet under water - Photo by JPR

Chelan last weekend, count the gliders - Photo by JPR

Another shot of Chelan last weekend - Photo by JPR

Stay Home in BC
Rain at times heavy. Amount 40 to 50 mm. Wind south 30 km/h increasing to 50 gusting to 70 late this morning. Temperature steady near 14.
250° at 27 knots

800 m
Woodside Report - we were out at the Ranch all afternoon and driving out was dangerous, and it was too wet to even walk to the barn without getting drenched. So obviously no pilots were out.

Stay Home in BC
Rain at times heavy. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Becoming windy this morning. High 14.
220° at 25 knots

700 m
Fraser Valley Report - yesterday had no rain and even the odd sunny break at Woodside, but it was windy.

Kelly's Road Report - I ran into the bad weather on my return trip as well. I had watched the weather from Ontario and figured my run for home would be better north of the border. And it was…until I hit Alberta. Actually the weather was fine but it had obviously snowed the night before. So when I hit Lethbridge it was car carnage. The Crows Nest Pass was beautiful but the highway was 8 inches of snow packed ice or slush depending on the shadows. It took me 15 hours to get from the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border to Castlegar…much of it in 4X (~1300 km).

And now the weekend looks like crap!

Great pictures of the Chelan party. After a case of beer and a bottle of scotch you would make a fine looking woman. - Kelly

Stay Home in BC
Periods of rain. Amount 5 mm. High 8.
130° at 24 knots

700 m
Ugly weather locally makes planning a flying trip a high priority soon!

Send in your votes to Nicole for Wouter for WCSC Eagle of the Month (on the WCSC forum):

I nominate Wouter Janssen for October's Eagle of the Month.

Wouter came over from Holland to learn to fly (after some of his friends learned with FlyBC 2 years ago).

He put in the effort, kiting every chance he could, strong or light winds, and developed an awesome launch style regardless of conditions.

He also out-thermalled many of the locals, getting 2-3 hours of airtime without a vario. To quote Norm, "Wouter is gonna be dangerous if he gets ahold of a vario".

He also has a great sense of humour, with some great flight reports on the FlyBC SiteoftheDay.

This picture says it all, Wouter is now back in Holland standing on his balcony waiting for it to get "kite-able". He achieved his Novice rating in two months and has become a true "Eagle".


Wouter back home, waiting for the wind to die down so he can BASE jump off the balcony - Photo by ?

Sumas or Eagle
Sunny. High 7.
100° at 13 knots

1300 m
No pireps, but east wind all day.

The new Ozone Bullet Speed-Flying Gliders (10-12-14 meters) - Photo by Ozone

Speeds up to 70 kms on shortie skis! I wonder if Hemlock will allow them??? Whistler would be a blast on the glaciers!

FlyBC Paragliding Past Site of the Day Reports

October 2006 Site of the Day archives - lots of good days with 3-4 hours airtime. The Women's Fly-In was on again in Chelan with about 18 Canucks, and a good day Saturday with 85 registered pilots.

September 2006 Site of the Day archives - still soarable in the Fraser Valley, little or no rain. Colleen is back flying! Some mayhem in the valley.

August 2006 Site of the Day archives - a great flying month everywhere, we had a super successful SIV clinic at Mara Lake with everyone SAT-ing and heli-ing.

July 2006 Site of the Day archives - road trip to Lumby, then on the 8th Colleen spun in below Gloria cancelling her summer plans (but she is recuperating well).

June 2006 Site of the Day archives - the Valley dried out, and we flew most days and every weekend.

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!)

October 2000 Site of the Day archives

September 2000 Site of the Day archives

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