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tom clark tom clark wrote on August 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm:
Aug 18 - visiting climber Will talked me in to taking him for a tandem off the Chief. With the help of Daniel we made good time on our hike up, but unfortunately the wind was east - so we waited. Finally once the sun dropped below the west mountains conditions started to lighten up and we were away. A super landing in high winds but the glider decided to wind itself around the goal post. Climber Will quickly climbed the goal post and freed the wing. Hopefully he will move to BC in the near future to start his flight school (and climbing) training with Deimos.
tom clark tom clark wrote on August 14, 2018 at 4:31 am:
Aug 12th: A couple of last minute tandems signed up, so I emailed Tonya and she said okay. So after driving 3 plus hours from Summerland my newest students Tanika and JC arrived looking for some adventure; strange because they said they were busy a couple of days ago. As it turns out I texted Tanika instead of Tonya so now we were really over booked and no student gear to boot. Tanika and JC did there best to help me complete four tandems and one for Andrei. Some complaints that the turn around is a bit longer than Woodside, but I feel that the quality is much higher, especially now with the new out house! My forth flight with Olga was the best with lift everywhere. Tricky landings due to East wind, but a fun day as usual.
tom clark tom clark wrote on August 5, 2018 at 9:26 am:
Aug 4: I've been obsessed about adding a new outhouse to Bridal this week - put in about 40-50 hours labor. Today, I had 3-4 morning helpers but they also canceled, so that left just Robert and my neighbor for the loading. Once at Bridal I was expecting 4-6 people but again it was just JP and myself. Once at launch we recruited Alan, but the call of the wild was too strong and then there was just me. I managed to install everything except the 200 lb roof. Just then Brad and his crew arrived so we quickly installed the roof but digging a new hole was very slow work. With Brad and Laura's helped we were final ready to set my "self leveling " outhouse in its final resting place. All it needs now is some paint or stain to protect it from the elements. Feeling pretty spent, I decided to fly with plans to top land (risky when tired). After about an hour I got very tired and started my reluctant top landing, but noticed that the Titan was gone already. Perfect! Derek drove it down probably saving me from either a long hike or dangerous top landing. Many thanks to all that helped today! Hopefully we can all enjoy the new outhouse for the next 10-15 years! Next Project - recover the picnic table.
tom clark tom clark wrote on July 30, 2018 at 9:40 am:
A video from JP Hey Tom, Just finished editing my footage. Only used the stuff from Saturday since the smoke was better and it was waaay more scenic. I could watch it on loop. https://vimeo.com/282235291
tom clark tom clark wrote on July 30, 2018 at 1:37 am:
July 27th - when many traffic delays Robert and I finally made it to Pemberton. We flew off the lower launch and managed about 20 minutes only - upper launch had better results. July 28th - Dillon, Robert and I arrived at upper launch around 10:30am to nice student conditions. Robert practiced his aborts for about 45 minutes then Dillon flew off with the intentions of landing back at the Miller camp ground (my back up plan was to land at the LZ used in the last National comp. Robert went next followed by myself. Dillon managed to escape the LZ police but we had to promise a couple of "cases" of beer to the land owner. Hopefully the WCSC can sort out this landowner (with a turkey or free tandem flights). Our second flight (tandem) was super exciting with us specing out to over 8500' and a valley crossing to Mt Curry. I really wanted to climb above the peak but the Mt had other plans. Earlier we took a huge collapse (50% of our wing was folded) but had a nice recovery. Great to see my old friends and make a couple new ones.
tom clark tom clark wrote on July 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm:
A private lesson at Burnaby Mt for Rob today. Some good kiting (south) wind but not so safe for high flights. Big road trip to Pemberton planned for this weekend.
tom clark tom clark wrote on July 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm:
An exciting day planned with Tonia helping some new birds fly (Robert and Tanika). In the end only Robert flew solo with a horrible launch attempt: all was good when he past me then he felt the wing go soft so he tried to stop. However today's wings can fix almost every problem - even if the pilot makes the wrong decisions. We finished at Bridal with a couple more tandems. A little too tired to do a third round so we called it a day.
Tom Clark Tom Clark wrote on July 12, 2018 at 11:19 am:
New student Bruce did my first live broadcast on our sweet 40 minute tandem. Visiting pilot Sam offered to drive my truck down allowing Bruce to carry on his evening adventures on time. Jeremy's friend Veronica was the perfect weight for our next flight. Jeremy put on a great little acro show on my old Obsession while Veronica filmed it in full. After about an hour and a half it was time to land (time for my regular poker tournament). Super fun day!
tom clark tom clark wrote on July 9, 2018 at 11:22 am:
New student Bruce was a last minute no show, along with a couple of other students, so Robert had another private lesson. We started at Agassiz and focused on a controlled forward launch. I find too many instructors focus on quick throughput instead, resulting in some close calls and a scared pilot. Once on launch there were a handful of new students launching - generally doing okay. Always interesting to debug their technique. I'm always surprised that other school don't encourage the pilots to wear gloves. Eventually Robert and I launched (tandem) and managed about a 25 minute flight landing at the Dykes. Most of the LZ hydro lines have been removed which will help with our approaches. Back on launch, we watched a very scary launch from a new pilot: another case of not spending enough time on the training hill. In this case he ran way too fast and had heavy brakes for the first few seconds. Best to learn how to launch as slow and as safe as possible.
tom clark tom clark wrote on June 22, 2018 at 5:28 am:
June 21 Thanks to Tom (manager at a new home here in White Rock) , I finally after about ten years got to fly very locally. Super smooth conditions. This flight included a wing tip kiss from Migel, soaring with the eagles then a soft landing on the beach in WR, followed by a lift back to my truck. Very sweet flight. I wanted to top land, but did not want to wreck the peace if something went wrong. I probably could have made it most of the way back to my house if I really tried.
tom clark tom clark wrote on June 3, 2018 at 8:11 am:
June 2 - as predicted epic conditions today! Today it was Robert's first flight ever, so time for a big tandem flight. While Movie Dave was practicing his forward launch the other "advance" were all standing around for some unknown reason. Finally JP launched and spece'd out in just a few minutes at 1700m. Next Karin, Dave, Mark and Phil all launched leaving just myself and Robert. A couple of aborts initially due to line cravats but eventually we had a "weak" launch near the fire pit. We flew for about an hour, but on our way to Gloria Rob started feeling sick. It took about 30 minutes to get back to the LZ, sadly about 20 minutes too long. JP was a "super hero" today by cleaning up the fire pits and later ending his Cheam peak flight early to top land and drive my Titan - many thanks. Next weekend hopefully we will be in Lumby - should be fun!
tom clark tom clark wrote on May 28, 2018 at 11:03 am:
May 27: Blanchard - Whidbey Island Trip JC , Tanika and myself headed to Blanchard for our first tandem flight, followed by hours of forward and reverse launch practice at Whidbey. Conditions were slightly too north (and lite) to fly, so we played with the gliders. At around 6pm the west wind finally arrived but it was a little too much at times. I had tonnes of fun swooping and surfacing, but when I got to about 50' AGL the wind started to push me backward - you had to stay low. We started preparing for another tandem flight but it was getting too strong now with gust up to 18 mph - so time to wrap it up. No boarder line up providing the icing on the cake of a perfect day!
tom clark tom clark wrote on May 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm:
May 25: Three tandems planned with Kevin, Greg and new student Robert. Once at launch (Bridal) conditions were gusty and a little too south for my liking, so we waited. Eventually Kevin and I launch easily from upper position in surprisingly smooth lift. My plan was to fly to Elk and back but I chicken out about 2km away due to constant sink - on the way there we had some cloud suck but were able to stay just out of the white room. About an hour later we landed back at Bridal LZ. Greg is about 250 lb so a lot harder for me to control the take off. It took 3-4 tries but we finally got air borne . While flying one of the young "ladies" on launch got a little too excited watching us and decide to pull her pants down and flashing us for about a minute or so - just when you think you've seen it all... A strong south wind was imposing on us so I decide to land while it was still smooth, a good thing cause Greg was just starting to feel the effects. Robert and I spend the next few hours kiting and ghosting to prepare him for his first solo flight. 8-16 hours required kiting before your first solo flight with Deimos.
tom clark tom clark wrote on May 13, 2018 at 10:09 am:
Due to Vahid's new wing being ripped up by a cyclist, it was just JP and myself heading to Whidbey today. Awesome kiting allow us to "fly" from various launch points, but in the end there were no virgins to sacrifice so no flights longer than a couple of minutes.
Tom Tom wrote on May 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm:
Lots of talent at this year's FlyBC's Recert clinic. Managed just two high flights and many hours of individual launch training. Vahid managed another solo flight at Woodside, but once the conditions picked up we had to go back to kiting. Yasic, Vahid and myself took one more trip up to fly, but in the end only Andrei (already flying) and Yasic got to fly.
tom clark tom clark wrote on April 25, 2018 at 7:58 am:
Mixed conditions at Blackie Spit - perfect for fine tuning your launch. Only Vahid showed today.
tom clark tom clark wrote on April 23, 2018 at 11:40 am:
Some East wind at 1pm so we (Paddy, Jeremy, Alan, George and my self) needed to wait it out. Launch changes: Last week, some mystery pilots cleaned up the trees and bushes just past the rock to make it slightly easier to speed fly. Just a few more trees would make it perfect, however this is not the best way to go about improving a site. Best to work directly with the WCSC Site Director (not sure who that is these days). This kind of action can sometimes cause our flying sites to be closed permanently. Looks like the missing table top has been found (just over the edge near the rock). I think with a group of about ten helpers we may be able to get it back in place - if you are interested in helping please let me know. Flying Report: As usual, Alan D went first and sank out only to return about ten minutes later. George followed and then Paddy. JW and I were seconds from launching when the East wind returned flushing all but Alan who was on his way to Cheam Peak. At this time a gaggle of pilots , old and new arrived. Another 30 minutes and JW launched, finding a nice +4m/s thermal and climbing out. Very light East now so I launched and also climbed up to about 3000'. I tried to head towards Elk but ended up returning after just a few minutes due to heavy sink. I barely made it back to launch. Just a handful of pilots were able to launch after me and were handed another sled ride in East wind. JP graciously saved me from hiking up and drove down my CX-5. By the time JP arrived the West wind was back, as forecast - again pilots were back in the air and doing well. I offered to drive JP back up but he declined.
tom clark tom clark wrote on March 18, 2018 at 10:38 am:
Intermediate conditions today at Woodside. When Jonathan and I arrived at 2:30 there were a half dozen pilots in the air (about 3500'). The road up was tricky in spots. Denis discovered that his car was not a 4x4 and needed a tow from us. All trucks were parked about ten minutes walk short of launch. Once in the air it was quite easy to stay up, however it was bumpy at times, no big collapses but some wing control required. Peter, Paddy and myself all managed to top land saving an extra drive back up. Another great day of flying.
tom clark tom clark wrote on March 14, 2018 at 1:35 am:
March 10: A great day of training at Windskill Park with Vahid.
deimospg deimospg wrote on March 9, 2018 at 11:30 am:
flight log



Date Site Name Weather
Nov 10 Blackie Spit Cloudy Very calm conditions but as usual great success in learning the forward and reverse launch (Vahid).
Nov 3 Deifenbaker sunny West wind so difficult conditions for my newest student Vahid.


Oct 28 Bridal Sunny Another fun day at Bridal. Visiting pilot Rio had some problems locating the LZ (since the wind sox is gone), but he finally found us. Today we had JP, Ivan and Vahid.

Light tail wind on launch so you had to run to get enough air speed. On my tandem we were quite busy working on the standard Deimos maneuvers: steering with the D risers, weight shift turns, big ears, singles ears, counter wing overs…and eventually when to flair. In a few more sessions Vahid should be ready for his first solo flight.

Oct 27 Deifenbaker Park Suuny Lee side conditions today, so no real flights for my newest student Vahid .
Lots of good work covered towards getting ready for his first high flights with Deimos.A tandem is planned for Saturday to introduce him to my favorite site Bridal Falls (no titanic flight planned – that comes much later!)
Oct 5 Bridal Clear Tricky conditions at Bridal today , due to south wind. Not worthy of a second flight.

Wil T had more of an exciting flight than I did.

Sept 16 Diefenbaker Sunny I had a rare Saturday free so Miranda and Cabrinha got a private lesson from their dad. Since Cabrinha is just under 100lbs she was able to go up in the lightest of wind. She probably set a new Diefenbaker record.
Miranda, on the other hand, had to live with only sled rides. Time to start saving up for a couple more wings for my girls (custom colors of course).
Sept 13 Grouse Mixed Due to the long line up for the peak chair I decided to hike up (it’s a little faster too). A great decision because it started pouring as soon as I got up – I would have been soaked on the chair otherwise.
As soon as it stopped raining the Birds in Motion show started so I had to wait about 45 minutes.
Another no wind launch and I was on a smooth flight to CP. Not my best approach but it’s getting close now (it’s been a decade or so since I flew Grouse regularly).
Sept 10 Upper Bridal Mixed A magical day with my new advance students Tyler and Chersty.
We agreed that hiking to upper Bridal was the “adventure of the day”.
For the last 200m the clouds settled in preventing any launch attempts, however after about two hours we were above clouds and cleared to fly. Tyler when first with a very fast launch followed by Chersty and finally myself. As usual conditions started to crap out so I had to rush or maybe be forced to hike down. After I launched, I could see the ground initially but then got swallowed up by the clouds about 1/3 towards the LZ. Tyler kept sending encouraging words like keep the sun on your left and you should be clear soon. I was not too worried: I was having fun checking out my new phone compass (left my compass/vario with my tandem gear).Conditions were pretty light so Tyler and I headed out to do some intro Siv maneuvers.
Sadly, Upper Bridal is almost closed due to bushes on both the road and trail up. Maybe 2-3 years until it’s done completely. Time to hire some heavy equipment?upper_bridal
Aug 27 Bridal Sunny A busy day with 11 tandems – thanks to Amar, Andrei and Andrew.
Aug 26 Bridal Sunny An easy day with a couple of tandems (Ohad and Mr Dysdale) .
Aug 23 Swansea windy We had to wait until the sun went behind the Mt’s for the wind to die down.

Perfect one step take off and a 40 minute flight. Hopefully I will return for another flight.


Thanks for the drive from my brother Neil and and sherpa help from Steven for $5.

Aug 6 Bridal Smokey A few pilots chose to stay home due to health issues and the smoke, but for Maty, Dave and myself, we had a great day. Maty needed just a couple more flights for his P3 and the customary sign off tandem flight with Tom. Dave struggled with his preflight checks (due to a complete lack of practice for the last four years) but still managed relatively good launches on his Vitamin and later on his U-Turn Infinity. Maty was in love with the New ProDesign Accura3, but due to the lite conditions his longest flight was about 30 minutes.

After the first set of flights it was time for the “Titanic” tandem flight. Since Maty has an affinity for adventure, I decided to show him the difference between a spiral dive and SAT (instead of the Titanic). A superfun day for all with the driving help from my creator – thanks Dad.

July 29 Woodside and Bridal Sunny Started off with an advance kiting session with Maty and his beautiful friend Pega. Funny thing, he was more focused on playing with the new Accura and did not notice his girlfriend sun tanning – a true pilot!
After about an hour we raced over to Woodside where Maty took his first flight: initially he was below launch but quickly found his way back to about 500 over. We headed down to pick him up so we could fly Bridal. Light conditions so perfect for my tandem with Pega. We flew to Laura’s Ridge and just over my “Zombie home” and landed at the east Off ramps. Super fun flight hopefully -Pega will learn to fly solo one day.
July 25 Blackie Spit Sunny Advance kiting session with Mark – worked one three stage reverse and basic forward launches.
July 22 Blanchard Sunny windy I just got my new ProDesign Accura3 and had to test fly it. Strong NW wind at launch and a bit cross. Easy launch but right away I notice a problem with the speedbar line (too short), so I took a few more passes and decided to top land to avoid a potential problem if the wind picked up. Nice wing, nect test will be thermaling and SIV tests.
July 16 Bridal Sunny An early start, but this time it was for a harness testing at Deimos HQ.
Matt was quick to decide that he needed an airbag harness so he selected the U-Turn IQ5 harness (which happens to be the same harness I fly with). Next was the P2 exam Section three, but said it was still too early for that so instead we watched Ultra low flying – still a useful and impressive video for being about 20 years old now! A quick check of the weather and we headed to Exit 92 to meet with Cliff and then off to Bridal. It seemed a little too strong still so we worked together on adding another step on one of the lower slippery sections. We were done in about 30 minutes and the wind was surprisingly not too strong now, so Cliff and Matt launched. I followed as usual. About 30 minutes later and Clif was below launch, so I decided to top land while it was still easy. Matt was just a couple meters off his spot landing leaving just one more spot landing for his P2 rating.
For our second flight (sled rides) Cliff volunteered to drive down allowing me to test out a B-Stall on the Black Lite II, while Matty played with his new harness and the Muse. Next week my new ProDesign wing arrives – can’t wait!
July 15 Whidbey Windy So it is a scientific fact that Cliff has the Whidbey curse, or else Brian and Art have mega Karma points!
My self, Brian and family  spent the night at the Whidbey drive-in then very early (7am) headed over to Fort Ebey.
Matt and Andrew were already kiting but the wind was South and a little too lite to fly – so as Clif knows well (what happens next) we waited (slept some more and worked on our stick finding). I had rated the site 100% chance of flying and was not planning to leave until I flew. Sure enough around 2:30 the wind direction changed to West and everyone was flying. Each minute after 3pm it slowly started to pick up until around 4pm it was too much. We all had many flights, some landing in weird places (Art). Superfun!
July 10 Bridal Windy A tricky afternoon of tandems at Bridal. The air was very “soft” at times which caused me to shorten my flight on the first launch. Probably a good thing because my passenger just started feeling queasy about one minute from landing. More tricky conditions but we still managed a nice launch and a smooth second flight. Another great day at Bridal!
July 8th Bridal Sunny Mark, Jon and Clif were all on time (as usual actually) so we headed up Bridal. Light conditions as predicted so we waited about ½ hour. Clif went first and immediately sank out, but after a short time he was back. Jon had another perfect launch, not distracted by his upcoming wedding next week. But Mark was a different story. Coming from a different school (mostly self-taught I think) his technique is nothing close to the Deimos method, both forward and reverse launches, so his results may vary. On this day they varied considerably! 9 out of 10 on my crash scale. He did clear launch and managed about two hours of air time – like the rest of us.
Conditions were started to back off so I top landed just to make sure we had a driver, moment later I hear Jonathan come crashing in arriving about ten feet too low – his first Top Landing at Bridal (speech to follow – see below). Soon Clif was back above launch so I suggested that he try a few 30’ fly byes.
On his third fly-by the sky gods showed their wrath and gave him a nice 50% collapse, but he handled it perfectly and head back out to the center of the air (the edges can be rough at times).I was just about to head home when Will and Jeremy showed up “forcing” me to fly again. I switched wings so I got to fly my old U-Turn Obsession while Jeremy flew my new U-Turn Blacklite II. Two completely different wings. I was amazed how much faster the Blacklite was. We flew for another hour plus in better conditions, with Will as our driver – thanks.Lessons learned:
– If you don’t have time to practice your launches at your local hills, then at least do a few practice aborts on launch.
– Unless there is a good reason to top land, best to take a pass – there is about a 1% chance IMHO that you will crash and get hurt killed or worst!
July 2 Pemberton Sunny Reports of stronger wind due to arrive in the afternoon had as worried, So Maty and I launched a bit early. By the time we were ready to launch, a few of the beginner students had already called it quits. Our flight was relatively smooth with about a half hour long with a zero wind landing.

Super nice to be back in Pemberton again!

July 1 Pemberton Surnny and hot An interesting start to a great couple of days of flying in Pemberton.
After picking up Maty, I guess I was too excited to start our next Deimos adventure that I turned down a one-way street. Moments later I was stopped and reminded by a very kind police officer. Even with the extra delays we arrived right on time. A small crowd of pilots were waiting for Guy to arrive – overdue to road blockages due to parades . Upper launch had slightly cross but light conditions so we waited. Eventually we all launched and enjoy relatively smooth conditions for a 90 flight. Once in the air, conditions eventually got too strong so all but one pilot landed. I gave Maty a tour of Narin Falls and Mile One swimming pond. At 5:30 we packed up the truck and raced back up to Upper Launch. Conditions were still too hot so we needed to wait some more. Around 7pm I started kiting my Blacklight II (using very heavy D-Risers), by 7:30 it was time. Not quite the smooth Magic lift I remembered but constant lift was everywhere. With almost no effort I was able to persuade Maty to try (again) a Baby Spiral starting more than 6000’ AGL. The Muse, as usual, kicked him out after just a few 360’s. So we did a few more just for fun. Conditions at the School were still very strong, so we all followed Janice out to the Miller LZ. Thanks again to Guy for picking us up.Apparently, my stomach did not like the little bugs that live in the Mile One Pond and immediately let me know just moments before we had our camp set up – not my favorite memory. Maty wanted me to burn my shorts but instead I was able to clean them. This gave me a strong flashback of when my kids were baby’s and some of the classic BM’s they would surprise me with!
The mosquitoes were quite persistent, but I was too tied to fight them so I crawled into my “bivy bag” and past out.
June 17 Bridal then Woodside Cloudy Movie Dave, after recovering from some major life changing events, took to the sky today. We started early, at Bridal, so he could practice his forward launches. The Aeros Vitamin was the best choice due to the light conditions. After his flight, we headed to the Wildcat for a brief lunch and lots of catching up. It’s been about three year since he flew last.

Pilots at Woodside were about 1000’ over so we headed there. Dave, flying his new U-Turn Infinity, had a good launch and was even with launch for about 15 minutes but eventual chose to head to the Dykes before he got too low. I launched and was above take off until I aborted a few top landing attempts  (It was difficult to set up with pilots everywhere). Eventual I made a sweet landing (between launches).
I was hoping for another flight but Dave got the “Call” so we called it a day.

Welcome back Dave!

June 11 Bridal Falls Mixed Surprisingly light conditions at launch, so we waited. I was busy cleaning up the trash and installing a few new steps, the first of many to come (I just need to find the materials). A big thank you to all that worked on Bridal last week – nice improvement with the road, bushes and tree topping.

Finally, it was time to fly. Jonathan was our wind dummy, since I promised to pick him up if he sank out; instead he shot up to 3500’ which sparked the rest of us to gear up. Maty joined Jon for awhile, but by the time I was ready they were both below launch. A quick drive down and up again. The shade was even more pronounced this time around so we waited again. A few pilots could not wait any longer (for thermals) and ended up heading to the LZ. Another 15 minutes and the sun was back bringing lots of fun thermals. Maty and I flew halfway to upper and Cheam then back to launch. I was worried about rotor and collapses so we keep our distance from the tree. Jon reported a 50% collapse so probably a good idea.

After about 1.5 hours it calmed down enough to top land and call it a day. A couple more days and Maty will be singed off – another Deimosian is born!

June 6 Woodside Sunny, Windy Conditions were just starting to pick up when Clif , Maty and I arrive on launch in Maty’s near new Zip car. Jim’s student made it without issue to the Eagle Ranch: but to keep it simple, our plan was for the Dykes (typically smoother air) instead of Riverside. Elena and Andrei reported bad conditions there earlier.

Maty had a near perfect launch, but my rushing did not impress the judges  – Clif was criticizing me for hours afterwards, but since it was his 32 birthday (or so) I decided to agree to practice more next time!

Happy birthday old man!

May 27 Bridal Sunny With Ivan’s help – Clif and I got to have a challenging flight with lots of scratching. Unlike Clif who landed just a few feet off the target, I misread the LZ and picked up a last minute unwanted 20’ and slightly over shot the target by a 3-4 meters.
Andrei managed Jeremy, while I flew with Colin. After about 30 minutes Colin got caught up in the excitement and started to feel uneasy so we headed out (no Titanic this time).Surprising nicer conditions for our second flights. Tim and I had a great flight flying over to the Cheam Valley and back, ending our flight with a baby spiral and big wing overs – I decided to leave the Titanic for next flight.Mark had a 1.5 hour flight and landed just because. Lots of pilot high so another great day at Bridal!
May 20 Bridal Mixed A fun afternoon at Bridal. It was Clif, Mark and Maty today. Clif set his new personal best for highest and longest flight (2:30), outstanding for being his first flight of the year! Mark was away from the sport for a few years and also managed a long two hour flight. Both Mark and Maty made some errors during their SIV maneuvers, and conditions were starting to pick up, so I ordered Maty to the ground. I managed another soft top landing (On my Blacklite II) and headed down to pick up the boys. However they were all spent after their long flights so we called it a day.
Some Deimosian’s are flying under the radar by not paying their WCSC fees – if you fly Bridal, or Woodside then you need to help share in the costs. Please update your membership. Thanks to whomever cut the the grass in the LZ. Congrat’s to Peter Spear with his huge XC flight in Alberta – 307 km! World record is 514 km.
May 7 Bridal Sunny As predicted, another perfect day of high flights at Bridal with my newest student Maty climbing to more than 4000’ (with me as his wing man) on his tenth flight. I sensed that the conditions were still building, so we headed out over the golf course to do some baby SIV maneuvers. Maty continued to over-steer his Muse, but by his forth asymetrical he had it mostly sorted out.

While Maty heading into the LZ (I top landed on my new U-Turn Black Light 2, softest landing ever),  with BE to the ground and then raced down to pick up Jeremy, Jonathan, Norm, Tual, Curstie and a few others. Because the thermals were peaking at 5-7 m/s it was time for a big tandem flight for Maty. In no time at all we were at upper launch and on our way to Gloria, Elk and Woodside. About half way to Woodside we decided to head back to Bridal LZ – I think the cold air at 6000’ took its toll on us.

Super day – great to see all the Deimosians out there: like Peter, Claudia, Laura, Karen, and Jeremy.

PS – the Bridal LZ is almost overgrown – time for a hair cut!

Apr 28 Bridal and Woodside Sunny A little too much cloud at Bridal but both Chris and Jonathan managed to get above launch.
But by the time I launched, it was too cross and time for a nice sled ride (no trip to Yak peak as planned).Next, we headed over to Woodside. Norm went first and slowly climbed to about 3200’, followed by myself and eventually Jonathan. Andrei and Chris along with many fresh pilots decided to wait it out.
A pleasant 1.5 hour or so flight on my new Blacklight II.
April 14-16 Savona Lumby mixed Another super fun weekend with lots of interesting a delicious camping food and a variety of flights. More than 20 paragliding pilots and 15+ hang gliders too.

My newest student Maty join us for mostly kiting but still managed three flights over two days. Thanks to Gabby and others for keeping an eye on Maty and offering the odd tip or two.

I spent the whole weekend focusing on Maty and his training but still managed a flight a Mid Toilet Bowl, the Dumps (high wind soaring) and Mt Baldly.

The driving time did not equal the air time, but totally worth it!

March 31 Diefenbaker Very Nice I spent a few hours with Miranda practising my tandem and solo launches.

Miranda was a quick study and did 4-5 flights at at 30′ high – super fun!

It must be a Clark gene: looks like she will be ready to fly soon, but we just need to convince her mom! Only 14 still.

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