Sunday, November 2, 2008

Final Day of 2008 Season

Saturday November 8 will be the last day of paragliding training for 2008.

 

For those that have the requirements for the Novice Rating you can write the Novice exam at 8:30am at the Cochrane Shop.  There will be time to correct and go over the exam afterwards.

 

At 1pm we are having hot dogs on the barbie followed by ground school #4.

 

Ground School #4 is offered only once a year at the end of the season and covers information that you need to know when moving along in your paragliding career.  Try not to miss it.

 

Let me know if you can make the BBQ so that we can plan supplies.

 

for pilots who attended the recent high flights in Golden weekend last month you can pick up a photo dvd of the event.

 

Vincene

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Great Afternoon

Saturday proved to be a lot of fun for Trevor and Jason. The usual suspects were out as well with Devin getting nice and high in the warm winds coming from the East. The entertainment came from a large grassfire just down the hill in Gleneagles with helicopters having to come in and fight it. After that it was back to very cross wind conditions but the boys made the best of it with extended flights and side hill landings. So all and all a great day for the start of november. Hopefully see you all out next weekend for some grub and chatting.
Cheers
Keith

Saturday, October 25, 2008

WINDY

Yes WINDY
that is the story for the last couple weeks. It has been crazy just how windy it has been. That being said I will be running the final groundschool of the year Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. It will be #3. Call out to the shop if you can make it.
Cheers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Flying

Don't forget this weekend is still ok for coming out to fly. I will be around if anyone wants to come out. Please call into the shop at 8:30am if your interested.
Cheers
Keith
PS don't forget to call me and get your name on the list for the end of season bbq on November 8th.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall Flying

Just to keep you all up to date on the goings of the last month. I have not forgotten about the blog but I have been busy trying to wrap up students before winter hits. The flying has been inconsistent but it has had its moments. The last couple Saturday mornings have given up some great flights for those that have come out to brave the frost. 
We all had a great weekend in Golden for the High Flights and an even better party...Right Tomo. Saturday was blown out but Sunday we woke up to beautiful clear skies with great flights for everyone. Not a single Muller Student blew a launch while many more experienced pilots did....grin.
Vincene and I have decided to host a BBQ for this years Intermediates on November the 8th a 1pm. There will be smokies and buns. I will also be giving my year end groundschool called number 4. Please RSVP so we have enough food.
For those that are qualified to write the HPAC novice exam I will be hosting a writing of it before the BBQ at 8:30am. If you are unsure if you qualify please call or send me an email. We will mark it after you write it and send the results if you pass to the HPAC for your ratings card.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we will see ya all soon
Cheers
Keith


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday Sept. 13th

The morning started off a little windy so no work got done but shortly after the afternoon groundschool everything got great. The thermals took a little time to go away to make room for safe conditions. Soon as they did conditions got perfect for flights. Several students completed flights until winds eventually died off and the shade rolled in from the setting sun. So another great evening for flights with most getting upwards of 4 each. Great work all who came out.
Cheers
K

Thursday Sept.11th

The weather gods shined again. We spent the afternoon with some of the instructors getting some flying in. Young Devin rocked the show early with a little bit of Thermal instruction and now knows the Cochrane house thermal inside and out. After two years of flying Cochrane he completed his first 360's coring up over the hill in the lift. With enough of watching him I decided to go get my glider and get some flying in as well. Ross, myself and a few others soared away until the wind picked up just enough to not make it uncomfortable. At this point the students arrived to watch a few Hanggliders soaring. After not long I decided to go check the air and lets just say I did not want to land. Well I did land and got the students going. Todd launched and soared well down to the east side of the ridge and back before realizing he had no radio turned on but he was still above the top of the hill so he turned it on and I talked him through another pass on the ridge. After a 5 min flight I talked him through his first perfect top landing. Good Job Todd. Soon after Todd's flight we got Allan in the air for his first extended flight. Nice launch Allan. The evening continued till darkness began with all of the students getting flights of various lengths. We should give a big welcome to Elaine and Gary for getting their first flights off of the big hill. Nice work everyone and keep it up.
The word of the day is RELAX......grin
Cheers
K

Monday Sept. 8th 2008

After receiving a horrible forecast for Tuesday I decided to switch my day off and work tonight. Well it sure turned out to be a great evening. We had several students out for flights with Darcy leading the way with 9. Most others had at least 4. So with 11 students getting flights the batteries on the radios sure took a beating. Hope the nice weather continues as we prepare for the Golden High Flights. I would also like to Welcome James and Jason into the Karma ownership club after purchasing new Karmas this past week.
Cheers
Keith

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Long Time No Chat

Well the Fall season is upon us with a few great nights in the past couple weeks. It all started on my Birthday August 20th that turned out to be ridge soarable all evening bringing out several students for some extended flights. 
Vincene and I then took a group of the instructors down for some extra training over the water in Park City Utah. They all had several flights learning to spin, stall and recover from various collapses while there.
We came home this week to the most amazing Tuesday evening of soarable conditions. It started around 3pm and finished just before dark. Matt from the USA and myself enjoyed a couple hours before Peter(nurse) showed up to get his allotment of airtime. At this point around 6pm James, Ken, Allan, Jason, Trevor, Peter(lawyer) and Tomo got their evening going. Most had 4 or 5 flights in windy but safe conditions. Most of the flights were launched using reverse technique, so practice up kids if you want a better chance of getting nice flights in the windier conditions.
The surprise of the evening was our good buddy Blake who managed his first 7 Flights ever and is now ready to do his own approaches. Great Job Blake.

I was super pleased with the progress that everyone showed throughout the evening considering it was the first time out for some since early July. 
So Cheers to you all

Hope to see you all out in the coming days as the fall should bring us some nice flying weather.

Cheers
Keith


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Schedule Changes

Well as some of you know this summer has been a volatile weather patterns in the evenings but the students have been flying a lot in the mornings during the week of course. This week we have been shut down not by weather but the fact they are repaving the road to the shop. The construction has made the road impassable for today and tomorrow. 
That leads us to next week. I will be away for the next 3 weeks as I will be competing in the Paragliding Nationals for the first week then some holiday time after that. Vincene will be in and out of the office if you need something but we will not have any Instructors until August 4th in the evening. Either Doug or Brad will take care of the tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights for those two weeks. Check the schedule on the right of the blog for updates.
Some of the boys have been flying a ton out in Golden and have now completed their Novice exams. So congratulations to Chad, Peter(nurse), Ian for their passing the exam and Jean Michel for completing his intermediate level.
Hope everyones summers are going well and see ya in August.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Every Morning

Well as the title says it has been flyable for the students every morning since we came back from Golden. Several new students have been out getting flights in the mornings. I am sure most of you have been on Stampede hiatus so we will see most of you again starting next week I guess....grin. For anyone wanting to come out this weekend Doug will be working with you as I am headed to Golden to hopefully fly far. Please call in Friday afternoon if you can make it Saturday morning. 
For those of you who qualify for writing the novice exam I will be holding a writing session at 6pm on July 22nd. 
For those of you that do not have the windtalker number that is connected to the shop please dial (403)932-3551. I ask that you phone this number to get used to what is windy and what is not. We have been suffering from a lot of thunder activity and in these cases the windtalker is unplugged to stop it from frying.
Hope all is well in whatever your up to and see ya soon.
Keith

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Golden High Flights

Perfect Weather was what happened. We had a great group of pilots show up for our first High Flights of the year. We had Peter(nurse), Mathieu, Chad, Darcy, Jeff V, Jeff L, Tomo, Curtis, Dan, Ian and Steve joined us for flights. Most guys got at least 3 flights with some getting a fourth on Canada Day morning with no instruction. Very well done guys. I was very impressed at how well everyone responded to being at a different site. The temperatures were very HOT with a daily swim needed to just be able to function. The students kept busy with various activities such as hiking and biking. 
Please check the schedule for the updated student training times.
Hope everyone had a Great Canada Day
Cheers
Keith


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Long Days

Well yet another day (Wednesday) that started at 8am and finished at 9:30pm. The day started off looking less than desirable but slowly became very nice around 9am. We had several students getting around 3 flights each. 
After the afternoon passed we saw Ken R, Ken L, Jeff L, Ang, Daniel, Peter(transport), Peter(Nurse), Allan, Jeff V, Steve, Mathieu, Chad, Devin, Clint and even myself getting a flight. The night was the night for Chad as he was able to fly for a solid 10mins with at least 100ft over the top of the hill for his first real Ridgesoaring flight with a Top landing. The night was gusty but allowed for some great groundhandling. The students with patience and great reverses where then allowed to fly in the almost too windy conditions. 
The flying in the mornings has been perfect in the mornings with the exception of only a couple days in the past couple weeks. Most students have been getting about 4 flights each morning. This morning we had a few first time intermediates getting their first flights off of Cochrane. Looking forward to introducing them to you all in your next visits to the hill.
This weekend we will be in Golden for High Flights but will resume on Wednesday evening for classes. Please call in on Wednesday at 4pm if you can make it out.
Have a Great Long Weekend
Keith


Friday, June 20, 2008

WHAT A NIGHT!!!!!!!




Well let's just say Thursday Night was the Night we had all been waiting for. We had conditions that allowed for some to get their first ridge soaring experiences to several that had some great flights and of course a couple newbies who got some groundhandling in. The day started at 8am with Peter (nurse), Allan, Darcy getting several flights. We started again around 5pm with Peter(nurse), Jeff V, Clint, Chad, Marc and Ian all getting some ridge soaring flights. A couple of them even managed some form of top landing and some with better grace than others. 
Shortly after that Jeff L, Daniel, Allan and Alain all got several extended flights to the bottom. So when it was all said and done we stopped around 9:30 pm as the sun was setting on a great day of flying. 
I would also like to congratulate Allan, Peter (nurse) and Daniel on their purchase of equipment so they can continue their flying careers for many years to come.

Don't forget for those going to Golden we have Ground School Sunday at 2pm

Keith

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Monday

Farmer and Keith at Cochrane
Photo by Tomo Murase

Well lets just say that Monday proved to be better than Sunday. The day was filled with lots of flying. Myself and a couple more experienced pilots flew during the afternoon while it was rough and windy. But it calmed down enough around dinner time to allow Clint and Chad to take to the air for some ridge soaring. They both had several flights with a couple top landings as well as some side hill landing practice in the SE winds. With the wind at times on the more strong side the students were left to watch for a bit. Farmer and I took to the air for an hour of playing paragliders on the ridge while waiting for it to calm down a bit for the students. The wind calmed down still early in the evening so out came the student gliders with extended flights for most. Tomo, Jeff L, Jeff V, Curtis, Mike, Lilly and Richard all had great flights with some getting a few flights. The conditions allowed for most of them to do their own approaches into the LZ with very little help from Brad or myself. Lets hope this forecast continues. I am interested in taking a group towing on Friday, so please email if your interested at mullerwindsports(at thingy)mac.com
Cheers
Keith

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Great Father's Day


View From Golden looking South to Invermere BC


Well today was the day. We had a great morning teaching a bunch of first timers at the Ogden Site then it was on to Cochrane hill for some intermediate training. It started with Instructor Clint getting his first real ridge soaring flight with a top landing to wrap it up. Great Job Clint. We then proceeded to get Daniel, Tomo, Peter(Lawyer), Peter(Nurse), Jeff, and two new intermediates from this morning's class a bunch of groundhandling. It was amazing flying for the more experienced pilots including myself all afternoon and early evening. After a few hours of groundhandling everyone got flights with the exception of James and Andrew as it was their first time out. Everyone out tonight is now capable of launching from the reverse position so nice work all of you that came out tonight. The forecast is looking great for this week so I have added Monday evening as a training night. Hopefully see most of you out this week for some training.
Cheers
Keith

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Clouds

Great photo of clouds

Test Post

I have decided to keep it simple and use a Blogger account let me know if you can see this.
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