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Saturday
Sep062014

iParaglide Simulation of Flight Incidents SIV Sep 20-21

Stunning Pitt Lake will be the site of our upcoming Paragliding SIV Simulation of Flight Incidents Seminar September 20 & 21, with 27 & 28 as weather back-up days. Here you will learn first hand the limits of the flight envelope of your paraglider!

SIV is among the most important pieces of training a paraglider pilot can receive, and is a real paradigm changer in terms of a pilots ability to know and trust the limits of their paragliders' flying envelope.

The only way to safely become proficient at anything is with practice. Learning to prevent or recover from bad flight attitudes is something that should be done with expert coaching in a controlled environment over water; not by chance the first time when over hard ground...

SIV will empower you with vital skills to be able to deal with turbulent conditions and will greatly help in: preventing the development of an extreme flight attitude; restoring an extreme flight attitude to regular paragliding flight; or executing a well timed and delivered reserve parachute toss.

Paragliding SIV should be conducted at least once a season to keep your skills sharp and especially every time you get a new paraglider, so that you can understand your new gliders' behavior characteristics at the limits of the flight envelope. 

 

 

 

 

Towing is an even better way to experience paragliding SIV. Learning a new skill and a new way of flying up to launch altitude is a rush of its own!    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging out at the beach and learning from and enjoying the entire show - just epic!

 

 

Towing is also the most efficient delivery method for SIV. That is because launch and landing is from the same location. So pilots do not need to pack up their paraglider each time, drive up a mountain, layout, and then fly out over the lake before they can begin their routine.  With towing we are able to stay ahead of the pilots.

This is a quality paragliding SIV course, with a smaller group size to ensure you get lots of flights and learning opportunities are maximized. We use a high-end Pro-Tow hydraulic payout winch and jet powered boat to tow you up to 3000ft over the lake.

Saturday & Sunday mornings we are meeting at 07:00 at the boat ramp at Grant Narrows Boat launch at the end of Rannie Road in Pitt Meadows. 

From the boat ramp we will take you on a great cruise to Raven Creek beach where we will do SIV.

The beach at Raven Creek is remote. That will be the site of our paragliding SIV.

For your enjoyment please bring:

- recently repacked reserve & harness with back protector

- helmet, life vest, hook knife, safety glasses, gloves & ankle support boots

- two FRS radios fully charged & chargers (Motorola ONLY) zip lock bags & duct tape

- food & water, coolers

- sunscreen, bug dope, folding chairs

- warm clothes for tow, towels & spare clothes

- tripods, video/photo cameras 

 

Hook knives, tow bridals and life jackets can also be rented by paraglider pilots for $30/day. 

Towing for paragliding SIV / Acro training is the most favored delivery method worldwide for many reasons:

  • turnaround time is superior with no need to pack up, drive up a mountain, then fly to lake
  • exhilarating flights up to altitude, learning new skills
  • more adaptable to wind, not dependent on mountain wind cycles
  • participants can see others maneuvers and hear all instructions, learning from entire event
  • lounging and watching the show from the relaxed comfort of the beach is just plain fun!

Our graduates often indicate that this was the favorite weekend of the season with huge aha learning moments and lots of animation and positive energy.  It shows in the intense smiles and expressions of empowerment and a new sense of knowing their paragliders more intimately at the end of the weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all at the SIV (Simulation of Flight Incidents) weekend and working a safe and optimized progression to help you prevent, recognize and recover from non-standard paragliding flying attitudes!
Saturday
Sep062014

Outflow and Katabatic Conspire

Looking out the window and doing my daily weather review for paragliding and realizing that, as expected, it has started again: with days getting shorter, solar delivery is for a shorter time, and it is also less intense.

Just one of the many cycles we enjoy in paragliding, during the seasonal patterns of change, as we progress in our loop around the sun.

One great way for Vancouver paraglider pilots to save a drive out to the valley that would result in para-waiting, something we have managed to avoid almost completely for many years, is to take the time to make some observations.

Vancouver paraglider pilots are in an optimum location in that they are central to sites in the Vancouver, Pemberton, Chilliwack, Bellingham and Seattle sites and so can choose the best site to account for daily and seasonal wind and weather changes.   

 

With solar delivery shorter, the land-breeze (out-flow) persists longer and Katabatic (downhill) flows also persist longer.  These two conspire to amplify each other to produce big out-flow that generally gets progressively longer and stronger as we go through September. It is as if a "big switch" goes off, usually in the last week of August to the first week of September, and the Fraser Valley starts to "exhale" longer than it "inhales". So, often even sunny days result in outflow and un-flyable lee-side conditions.

 

 

A good hint to watch for outflow is that if the visibility is exceptional, and from Vancouver you can easily and clearly see distant mountains on the horizon, including Baker and others: it is because the smog has been pushed out of the valley to the sea by the land-breeze.  A very blue and clear sky is a good clue that it will be beautiful to do other things, but not paragliding in Chilliwack, due to east outflow yielding lee-side conditions at most of the west facing launch sites found there.

 

 

Here is a more typical in-flow condition in the Fraser Valley earlier in the season. Note the brownish haze/smog in the valley pushed in from the sea-breeze. 

 

 

If you use the iParaglide Paragliding Webcams and Paragliding Weather Tool widgets in the lower right of each screen page, an outflow condition will be easy to predict, by clicking from top down, in order. 

In this case, the 3000 ft winds aloft forecast for YVR were east (080) to 26 km/hr (14 knots) until 14:00 (21 Zulu) and then easing to light and variable.

 

 

Similarly for Seattle, the 3000ft winds aloft were east (100) to 23 km/hr (14 mph) until 13:00. 

 

 

Using the real time ground based wind measurements Vancouver>Abbotsford>Chilliwack>Hope: progressively further east and into the narrowing Fraser Valley gives the ability to quickly picture the status of outflow or inflow at various points.

Here we see Chilliwack producing some gusty outflow in the morning: 

 

 

Further up the valley in Hope it is also outflow, as expected:

 


 

 

Note that outflow manifests as a North wind in Pemberton, Squamish, Bellingham and Seattle sea level areas. 

 

 

 


 

The good news is the start of outflow in the Fraser Valley also signals the time to head to other great locations to go paragliding! 

Today will most probably be epic at Pemberton, which generally has the opposite problem.  When inflow (south) occurs it gets amplified by anabatic flow and further amplified by venturi effect caused by the narrow and tall valley.  This results in the "Whistler Express":  too strong a south wind.  By contrast, with a light outflow condition, this tends to cancel out the other effects, and you end up with glorious light and variable flows, which means mellow and beautiful anabatic lift on most sides of the mountains! What would you like to fly? A triangle? Square? A giant double sided "Y", enjoying lift on all sides following the intersecting valley? Go... 

A detailed weather check each morning helps one learn these daily and seasonal patterns and see how they change.  

In turn, paragliding pilots can flock to the right mountains and enjoy more flying...

Monday
Aug042014

Flying Fast Forward 2014

European Flying Redux with the Chabre Open at Laragne and XC Training in St.Vincent les Forts + Sederon. A pair of token shots involving Pemberton and Woodside just to give it a dash of Canadian.

Tuesday
Jul222014

Flight Club August 1 

It's time...Time to celebrate paragliding adventures so far this season and plan new ones at our mid-season pub crawl at Flight Club! 

Come down to the Yaletown Brew Pub on Friday night August 1 at 18:30, to share a beer and/or dinner with like minded adventurers, from beginner to ace paraglider pilots, and other free spirited friends.

Skytrain to nearby Roundhouse Station, so you can get home safe...:)

Feel free to bring down non-flying friends, as the more the merrier.   

A great venue, there should be some pitchers soaring and a great chance to catch up on the latest in the Vancouver Paragliding scene.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Flight Club!

 

Monday
May122014

Video Night at BC Mountaineering Social May13 

Pilots and free spirits,

We've been invited to do a presentation on paragliding at the BC Mountaineeering Club Social, Wednesday night May 13.  Doors open at 19:00 with the show beginning at 19:30.

The Anza Club is a great cozy venue, and we are excited to be presenting The Sky is Your Playground to climbers and friends who love to be in the mountains!

Hope to see you there!