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FlyBC "Site of the Day" - November 3/2001

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Date Site Forecast Precip. Winds Aloft
3000 ft.
November 2 Woodside

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November 1 Woodside rain tapering to showers in the PM 60% POP 220° at 12 knots, soarable Looked windy and rainy so I don't think any one flew. I got the Upper Level Winds from the early report and after 8:00 am they reforecasted 220@20 knots. Even the airlines were having problems penetrating west as they were all running late! - Jim
October 31 Whidbey Island Winds southwesterly 25 to gales 35 knots easing to southwest 15 this afternoon. 30% POP 240° at 15 knots Another no fly day, Ian J headed with a group to Woodside as the forecast west winds never materialized at Whidbey. Woodside was blown out at 40 k/hr +. Oddly Blanchard was on all afternoon with south winds - Jim
October 30 Sumas (or stay home) rain developing 70% POP 140° at 12 knots Rain all day! :-(
October 29 Sumas BC cloudy with sunny breaks 20% POP 140° at 11 knots Sumas Report - no one reported their flights, but the upper level clouds appeared to be moving in a perfect SE direction. I am sure Sumas was working.

Point of the Mountain Report - Kelly was on her way back from Utah, with Ian J/Dean sleeping in the truck as she drove. It was either too light or too windy for the past 5 days but they got 1.5 hours of air-time.

October 28 Chelan WA
for the Women's Fly In
Sunny! 0% POP light and variable Chelan Report - We awoke to a sunny day with an excellent lapse rate! We arrived at launch at 12:00 noon, and there were people soaring the north ridge landing in the Chelan Falls Park.

Then the wind switched to east, and pilots started launching of "Ant in the Pants" launch, and climbing out rapidly. I drove down to leave the Suburban in the Park leaving Colleen, Nicole and Jack to fly, Colleen later mentioned that the lift was very strong and there was no problem getting high (just avoiding other gliders that were not allowing her to climb thru them).

I eventually got a ride up with Pam and Harry, and there was a huge line up at launch so I launched to the west (it was coming up on all sides).

I overheard on the meet channel that retrieve drivers were available for those who landed out, and discovered later that 10 pilots couldn't make it out to the LZ. The great lift was accompanied by great sink!

After I launched, I went up quickly circling with about 6 gliders with little drift, all in tight formation. One HG was below us climbing nicely for about an hour. Then the gaggle started to spread out, Tom Clark heading west, others to the north over the towers, some south over the river - still all going up.

I had never made a run to the Airport before so I ventured north, and got a few bubbles on the way. But I was bucking a NE headwind flying a new Allegra L and not making great progress but I got past town and was on a good glide into the airport when the sink alarm started screaming - 2.8 m/s down for a long time and I was now over the highway and powerlines near the airport. I soared the highway for a while just not getting high enough to dare cross the powerlines into the airport and finally landed in the bailout LZ just at the foot of the hill below the airport.

A great day to end the Women's Fly In! - Jim

Grouse Report - Derek and I flew Grouse on Sunday and it was real nice, I got 45 min. in some nice smooth thermals. There's about 6 to 8 inches of snow up on the peak - Glen Taylor

October 27 Chelan WA
for the Women's Fly In
showers in the AM 30% POP light and variable Chelan Women's Fly In Report - 45 pilots signed up for the event, and they were not disappointed Saturday. Steve "Sled Ride" Skogmo logged 6 flights, while everyone else got at least one flight. Gumby flew in full costume but the pictures were not available at press time. At 4:00 pm it got strong from the west and pilots were soaring the gust front until the party started. The pot luck supper was great. Where were all the Canucks? - Jim
October 26 Stay Home showers in the AM 60% POP 140° at 12 knots It rained all day in Abbotsford, but, . . . . . there are about 10 Canucks at Point of the Mountain and they are flying everyday.
October 25 Sumas showers in the AM 30% POP 140° at 17 knots Pemberton Report - Jim O called to say he got high over Copper Dome and flew for hours. Some localized high pressure seemed to keep the rain away and genrate nice lift for the Pembie Locals.
October 24 Stay Home, plan a road trip for the weekend (Chelan or Point of the Mountain) Rainy and Windy, heavy rain warnings! 100% POP 200° at 15 knots It rained all day in the Fraser Valley with new snow down to Lower Bridal!
October 23 Stay Home Rainy and Windy, wind warnings everywhere! 100% POP 290° at 29 knots! Van Isle Report - Ian J and Alex R ferried a boat from Comox and had a wild ride but no para-flying - Jim
October 22 Stay Home Rainy and Windy 100% POP 260° at 35 knots! Victoria Report - Bruce got 20 minutes during his lunch hour! Then back to the grind - Jim
October 21 Stay Home Rainy and Windy 100% POP windy Great day to get some housework done, it rained heavily all day - Jim
October 20 Woodside in the PM misty on the morning 30% POP light and variable Woodside Report - 10 pilots including HGer Martin Henry flew Woodside today. Martin flew for "just under an hour" before we arrived and most of us got sled-rides. Rob S found some bubbles of lift to the east and squeaked out 14 minutes. Satelite Tim was the last to launch into a fog bank and he managed to soar for a few passes. - Jim
October 19 Stay at Work rainy sometimes heavy 100% POP 280° at 14 knots Victoria Report - Bruce, Claudio and Jayson flew Dallas Road at lunch time, for about an hour before heading off to work, etc. (Bruce says "Try that in Vancouver!" - we do Bruce, it is called Grouse Mountain).
October 18 Stay at Work rainy sometimes heavy 70% POP 280° at 14 knots Woodside Report - rain all day!

Cochrane Report - 25 mph all day, even the 737s had problems landing! - Jim
October 17 Whidbey Island windy 40% POP 280° at 14 knots It was on all afternoon at Whidbey Island, did anyone fly? - Jim
October 16 Stay Home rainy and windy 100% POP 280° at 18 knots Winnipeg Report - nice cloud streets at 4000 AGL. Looked very lifty, but I saw no gliders in the air - Jim
October 15 Sumas clear 0% POP 130° at 15 knots Sumas Report - Ian J, Ihor, Norm and I flew Sumas thanks to Beverley for driving! 30 minute soaring in a narrow lift band with some thermals mixed in. Then back to work for the balance of the day, the last fix for the week as the weather turns nasty Tuesday. Stay tuned for our new weather briefer, George Jetstream, joining us from recent work at The Weather Network. George can be reached at - Jim
October 14 Sumas clear 0% POP 060° at 15 knots Sumas Report - we drove around looking at places to fly and giving up, we headed to Sumas for a drive. We collected about 12 lost souls at the foot of the mountain and drove up to sweet soaring conditions - from 1 hour to 2 hours depending on how cold pilots got. Everyone flew down, thanks for driving Thomm and Ihor! - Jim
October 13 Woodside overcast 30% POP in the morning 260° at 7 knots It was good in the morning at Woodside, but by the time everyone showed up it started to rain and get windy. Forecast was backwards.
October 12 Stay Home or at Work rainy all day, windy 100% POP 270° at 28 knots Water Wings Report - it was wet all day, high winds on the coast.
October 11 Woodside
showers in the AM, clearing 10% POP 290° at 16 knots Woodside Report - Allan D and I drove up to launch, while trying to talk others into joining us. As Allan launched into moderately strong westerlies and started climbing straight up on speedbar; Ian J, Kevin A, Klaus and Monica showed up in the parking area.

I spent a while adjusting my speedbar, sitting on my glider so it didn't blow away and I watched Allan pull big ears and head out to land. I caught a lull and launched heading straight up and back. Hit the speedbar but I had misadjusted it so I had no tension, tweaked the A's and still climbing got in front of launch and had to ditch the brakes to re-tie the speedbar lines in the air! Now I can penetrate!

I spent 1:16 flying straight out, once heading to the north cliffs which had me stuck for a while but I was at 1040 meters ASL so I could always head to Agassiz.

Landing was smooth and uneventful in the proposed LZ with slight west wind just above the trees, no rotor. Apples are very tasty and won't last.

Kevin, Ian and Klaus flew and had smooth lifty flights til dark, still pretty windy aloft.
October 10 Stay home
heavy rain 90% POP later 290° at 16 knots It rained a lot all day - no problem getting work done! Road trips need to be planned now!
October 9 Blanchard WA
Sunny w/cloudy periods 40% POP later 210° at 8 knots Blanchard Report - Ian J, Delvin, Doug Beer and I all flew Blanchard today in changing conditions. I had the shortest flight launching first with Ian getting SkyPig honours for 35 minutes and 1000 feet over launch. Some said it would not happen and to "stay at work" but we persevered and flew. Doug and Delvin had pretty good flights after Ian landed.

Fraser Valley Report - it was raining hard in Mission at noon, as I left the tire shop for Sumas Crossing. Tough getting into the US now, take your passport and remove all un-necessary items from your vehicles - Jim

October 8 Savona
Sunny/cloudy periods 40% POP light and variable Hi Jim, had a good thanksgiving dinner and time with my kids. Monday we went over to Savana on our way home, it was sunny and nice so we went up to Deadmans launch, Norm had a great launch and soared for awhile. I drove down as we were the only 2 there, and I am not the wind technician he is, anyway he landed over at the dump launch where we all practice, he had a great time flying but it got a bit strong and we decided to head home - Bev

Woodside Report - It rained, then it cleared, then it blew too strong . . . so we all went home early :-(

October 7 SunPeaks
Sunny/cloudy periods 40% POP light and variable Savona Report - Colleen and I flew the Dump Ridge on the east side until it got too light. Good kiting and soaring practice, and we got home early enough for Turkey Dinner! - Jim
October 6 SunPeaks
Mara Lake
Sunny/cloudy periods 0% POP light and variable Woodside Report - Rob S reports lots of fliers including HGs out at Woodside, soaring for 3 hours in ridge lift.

Mara Lake Report - It was raining when we arrived to pick up Harvey, the RV. Back to Kamloops to soar at Savona hopefully. Happy Turkey Dinner everyone!

October 5 Sumas or Woodside possible later Sunny 0% POP 160° at 8 knots Woodside Report - we soared for hours . . . actually I worked, and it looked really stable in Vancouver - Jim
October 4 Stay Home Sunny 0% POP 070° at 45 knots Fraser Valley Report - I called the Chilliwack Windtalker at 1:00 pm and it was 050° at 11 knots gusting to 22 knots! I guess no one flew yesterday.
October 3 Sumas Sunny 0% POP strong outflow winds forecast Woodside Report - Jack was at Bridal and it was light south on the ground, on the way to Agassiz it was howling from the NE, and at Woodside it was blowing over the back - leeside conditions so he didn't fly. No other reports.
October 2 Bridal Sunny 0% POP 290° at 6 knots no pireps from Bridal
October 1 Vedder Mountain Sunny with cloudy periods 0% POP 320° at 11 knots (soarable if this is true) Bridal Report - Flew @ Lower Bridal, very light lift (0.3m/s) resulted in 14 minute flight, light valley winds from SW, developement near Vedder & Deroche (might have been good) - Rob S

Vedder Report - we had to hike part way in because of a road washout, to find the wind SW/S and it was not launchable. Prety view though - Jim & Colleen

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

July - August 2000 Site of the Day archives

June 2000 Site of the Day archives

March - May 2000 Site of the Day archives

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