Thursday, October 14, 2010

End of Season Party

You are invited to the end of season party for Muller Intermediate Students.
 
Date:        Saturday October 30
time:        12 noon
 
Please let us know if you can attend so that we can have enough food
 
cheers
 
Vincene & Keith

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SIV and HIGH FLIGHTS

Dear Students
Hope everyone has managed to stay dry through this horrible weather. There are couple important dates coming up:
The first is the fall high flights for all the students that qualify on the weekend of September 25 and 26 and an option of the evening on September 24. The ground school will be held on Tuesday the 21st of September at 7:00pm for .
The second event will be the fall SIV course held in the Salt Lake City area on October 9,10 and 11. The SIV course has limited availability so please contact us ASAP if your interested for this course.

I hope to see most of you soon as the weather improves

Cheers
Keith

Golden Glassoff and Muller Student High Flights

Hi all, 


The Golden Glassoff is scheduled for sept 25 (fly 26 if rain). Amy and Jamie are thinking of doing a paid BBQ on the friday, not sure yet. 

Entry is $20 includes saturday's supper and dance music. 

We'll be allowed and maybe even encouraged to do some maintenance work on the LZ. This is completely voluntary, I'll do some if the weather is not so good. The things to do would be: cutting invading bushes and small trees (chainsaw not necessary), cutting large thistles, shoveling some gopher holes, and misc. 


thanks, 
Serge. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fall Season Begins

Hello to All
It has been a great summer for flying with many student flights being completed in Golden and other venues. The fall season is well underway in Cochrane and hopefully we will get many flights.
We are planning an SIV for October long weekend and would like to know who would like to attend this course down in UTAH. Please email Vincene to confirm that you would like to attend.
There is also the Golden Glass Off which is an end of the season party out in Golden on September 25 and 26. This event also doubles as our Fall High Flight Course. So we hope to see you all out flying this Fall either in Golden or Cochrane. If you have any questions please feel free to contact either Vincene or myself.
Cheers
Keith

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Golden High Flight Course

MULLER WINDSPORTS LTD


HIGH FLIGHT COURSE

Groundschool: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 7:00pm or after flying.

Date: Saturday, July 3 & Sunday July 4, 2010

BONUS IF YOU CAN MAKE IT TO GEAR ON FRIDAY, JULY 2 BY 6:30PM
WE WILL MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO DO AN EVENING FLIGHT
Please let us know if you can make it in time.

Meeting Time: 7:00am 
Meeting Place: The Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch (the LZ),
872 MacBeath Road, Nicholson, BC.

Drive Approximately 5km south of Golden BC on Hwy.95, Turn right at Nicholson Road; Take the first  right on Canyon Road to cross the bridge that spans the Columbia River. Proceed to where MacBeath Road splits off to the right. The Ranch will be on your right. Proceed for 1 km along MacBeath Road until you reach the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch driveway and turn right.


What you need to bring:
Glider, Harness,Helmet,Reserve ,Boots,Water, snacks

Muller Windsports offers a high flight course at Golden for students who have completed the Intermediate Course and purchased equipment from us.  There is no charge for the course.

We meet at the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch parking lot at 7:00am on Saturday 

After an inspection of the landing area we will load up into vehicles and drive up to launch.

Instructors will give you a briefing and flight plan and you will then have the flight of your dreams.   We will aim for an early flight before the thermal activity gets strong.

On Sunday we will meet at 7:30am at the Nicholson landing area and go up for another flight.

  

Please contact us if you are interested in joining us.  


Keith

Check these websites.  
Information on Camping :  http://www.goldenadventurepark.com/
Information of flying Golden:http://www.flygolden.ca/

Flying Golden 

The official landing site is privately owned.  The owners require that all pilots who land on their property have HPAC liability insurance.  Membership forms will be handed out at the groundschool.  Membership cost per year is $140.00.

2010 Thermal Course

Hi Everyone
For those that Qualify

As most of you know I will be running my annual Thermal Course in Golden on the weekend of July 11 and 12 ( Bonus Friday Evening the 10th )

Just wanted to let everyone know a couple details.

Its a tight group and everyone knows each other so we should have some fun.

You should all bring these items

You
Glider
Harness
Reserve
Helmet
Vario
GPS(if you have one)
Umbrella for sun or rain
Camp Chair for the morning and evening talks
Warm Clothes including gloves for high altitude
2m radio if you have one if not I will have FRS for everyone
bring your laptop if your interested in downloading your flights from your GPS(bring cables for your gps as I dont have them for all types)

Thats it for now

We will meet Saturday at 8am in whatever Campsite Vincene's trailer is at in the eco adventure ranch or LZ. maybe go for a flight Friday with everyone to check all our gear over and get a flight in.
we will go over a bunch of info during the morning then head up to launch. Time will be tight between groundschool and flying so make sure your ready to go at 8 am with lunch and gear.

Hope for good weather or it will be hours of talking about thermals to make up the time but either way your brains may be mash potatoes by the time were done.

I will be providing dinner at the GEAR on Saturday evening as I have hired Jamie to cook for you all.

I have hired Vincene to take care of us all and of course abuse her amazing driving skills hopefully.

The cost this year is 350$ no gst ...haha
I prefer cash as then I wont have to charge more for taxes...wink wink

if you have any questions please ask

Cheers
Keith

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Amazing Weather

Its been two days in a row now that have turned epic conditions for flying. With Wednesday being the best for the more advanced pilots. Tuesday night saw 4-6 flights each by the 14 students that were here and then again Wednesday morning another 4 flights each for the students that came. But Wednesday night was just the icing on the cake for flying. Its was ridge and thermal soaring from midday till about 9pm. Many pilots got upwards of a couple hours of soaring time it was so good. The students had lots of wind to practice their groundhandling and many also got a flight or two. Unfortunately the wind was a little strong to get everyone a flight but it was still a great night.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

2010 Paragliding Info

2010 Intermediate Paragliding Schedule

Listed below is the schedule for April, 2010.        Note all flight training is weather dependent

Friday, April 2 training at Cochrane from 8am – noon
Call back at 4pm to find out conditions for evening training.  Evening training is 
from 6pm depending on weather

Saturday, April 3 training at Cochrane from 8am – noon
Call back at 4pm to find out conditions for evening training.  Evening training is 
from 6pm depending on weather

Please phone 403-804-8373 or email fly@mullerwindsports.com if you can make it.

Instructors can be available Tuesday thru Friday mornings and evenings.  For morning sessions please call the day before at 4pm so that the Instructor will be available.  Evenings can often be windy, so we ask that you call at 4pm to check conditions, this may save you a wasted trip.

Weekend schedules.  On weekends when we have introductory courses in Calgary, Intermediate 
Students can call Saturday afternoons at 4pm to check on an evening session.  

Student Phone #403-804-8373, please leave a message and one of the instructors will contact you.
Student Blog – mullerwindsports.blogspot.comthere is a schedule on the right hand side of the page.  This will list when we have introductory morning courses and intermediate sessions.

The first set of grounds schools are:

#1 Saturday, April 24 at 1:30pm
#2 Saturday, May 15 at 1:30pm
#3 Saturday, May 29 at 1:30pm

Note:  if you can't make a ground school, you can pick it up next time around.  

We are closed Sunday evening  and Monday

Vincene 403-932-6760 – regular office hours
Keith 403-804-8373 – leave a message

Friday, March 26, 2010

Start of Season

So it is currently snowing very hard here cochrane. So we will be
delayed this weekend as it will be very messy. Please contact us this
week if you would like to get going with lessons.
Cheers
Keith

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

2010 Muller Windsports Reserve Seminar Report


For the second year we had the reserve seminar at the French Community Centre in Calgary.  Thanks to Caroline Lampron for looking after booking arrangements. 

We had a very good turnout, over 70 pilots both hang gliders and paragliders.  Many paraglider pilots had previously had repacks due to winter travelling and this certainly helped the repackers.

Several problems were discovered during deployments.  

Damp lines and bridles.  
Usually due to storage in vehicles or unheated garages.  Fortunately the reserves were dry and they will be hung in the shop to completely dry before being repacked.  Make sure harnesses and reserves are stored inside to avoid this happening.  Also make sure that any camelbacks or water bottles are taken out of harnesses after each day of flying.

Incorrect packing rubber bands
One older hang gliding reserve had been repacked with incorrect rubber bands.  They looked much like those found in the veggie department at the local supermarkert.  This reserve would not have worked.

Older reserves
A few old time pilots have very old reserves.  Due to the age, they should be replaced.  No point having reserve that comes out and should work if the fabric doesn't hold up.

Dirty equipment
Many pilots (both hang glider and paraglider) have a lot of dirt in the reserve containers.  We had harnesses with dirt, grass and gravel.  Some pilots had harnesses that had water, juice and whatever spilled on them.  Please try and make sure that you keep your equipment as clean as possible.  

Deployment problems
With one paraglider harness, the reserve came out incorrectly.  It a real life situation it would have worked but not as fast as it would have if it was in the correct deployment bag for that harness.  The reserve was a used one and just needed the right deployment bag to work faster.

Some hang glider pilots had difficulty pulling reserves out of containers.  Problem was solved when they changed their method of pulling the handles.  Not all systems work the same and pilots have to adapt their way of pulling the various different types of handles to make the best deployment.

One experienced hang glider pilots decided to try a deployment using his left hand on a right hand internal side mount.  This was an exercise to see what would happen if he had his right hand trapped in the wires.  It took him twice as long to deploy but his time was still quite good.

Four paragliding students and three hang gliding students who don't yet have equipment deployed.
Having watched all morning, they did a great job.  

So the statistics are as follows:

34 hang glider deployments, 15 were new pilots
37 paraglider deployments, 16 were new pilots

Jean-Michel Wan had the fastest deployment time for both hang gliders and paragliders.  All pilots were hooked up to the simulator and spun.   Most pilots remembered to wait to throw after the spin, into clear air (in our case, the person catching the reserve), and most remembered to pull back the bridle.

Many thanks to John Janssen (HG) and Keith MacCullough (PG) who worked so hard with the deployments.  Keith did a great job with the new simulator which made it so much better for the hang glider pilots.  Thanks to our packers, Bernard Winkelmann, Ole Andreas Haddeland, Marty Quinn, Rob Clarkson & Clay Brauer.  Helpers Tina Haddeland, Doug Skye & Clint Doering.  Pizza arrived at 1pm and it was great!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Reserve Pack Clinic

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010
Location: La Cite des Rocheuses (French School)
Address: 4800 Richard Rd, SW
Calgary, AB
cel #'s 403-804-8373
Time: starting at 8:30am
Cost: $40.00 per repack includes pizza for lunch
If you are a student without equipment you are invited to attend and participate. We will lend you equipment so that you have a chance to deploy a reserve.
Pizza will be provided at lunch time for those who pay for a repack. It will be $10 for those without equipment being repacked.
email if you have any questions or call us at the shop 403-932-6760