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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
>>> For those who wish to write the HPAC rating exams
>>> 9:00am exam writing. please bring your logbook and a pen
>>> 12:30pm BBQ for end of season students
>>> after the BBQ will be ground school #4. This is a bonus ground
>>> that sumarizes the information that you will need when continuing
>>> in the
>>> sport. If you have questions, this is the time to ask.
>>> Can you please confirm your attendance. Also let us know what
>>> exams you
>>> will be writing so that we can have enough exams and answer sheets
>>> let us know numbers for the BBQ
>>> Keith & Vincene
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Subject: Cochrane Hill Work party
Saturday September 12 at 1:30pm pm we are having a work party to clean up the hill to make it more user friendly to pilots.We want to fill in gopher holes and cut brush below launch.Please bring any gardening tools and help out. should be funafter the work is completed we will have burgers and beer to celebrateLet us know how many people will be coming so that we can stock up the burgers and beertalk to Keith if you have any ideas on what else needs to be done to improve the launch/landing arealooking forward to seeing youKeithMuller Windsports Ltd
Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B8
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here is some upcoming Info and Scheduling:
First of all we would like to congratulate the 20 students that
completed their High Flights in Golden and most have now had flights
without my assistance...RIGHT ON!!!
The schedule has been very full lately with me teaching courses in
Golden but with the thunderstorms nightly at Cochrane it has not been
great midweek so not a lot of flying which is normal for July at
Starting this Friday July 24th and continuing till August 5th we will
be closed for teaching as I will be competing in Golden at the WIlli.
I suggest those that qualify to meet up with us in Golden for some
nice morning and evening flying.
The second part of the scheduling most of you are aware of but my
girlfriend and I are expecting a child sometime around Aug. 15th so I
will be passing the reins to Doug, Ross and Brad during my break as I
will be home caring for my girlfriend and baby. My plan is to only be
gone for a week and while I am gone there will most likely not be any
morning flying unless Ross is not away at work as well. Ross will let
Vincene know his schedule so just call in as per instructed on the
online student schedule.
I will also be looking into the Fall Ground Schedule in the next
couple weeks and will post them on the schedule likely early August
sometime. They will not be till September. I would also like to
encourage those that want to aim for the fall High Flight Course to
let Vincene or myself aware of that.
Cheers for now and enjoy the next couple weeks
Keith(time for me to fly and yes I actually fly as well....grin)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
completly. For those that stayed it turned on. I opened the beer and
now sits back in the fridge. Barrett, Kristy, Kevin, Ian, Candice,
crystal and the man of the night Tyler. Tyler managed to soar above
hill height for a few minutes and pulled off a great top landing for
his first soaring flight. Nice job Tyler.
Sorry for those that left.
Sent from my iPhone
Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
the weather continued all day and the students were back for the
evening with almost everyone getting flights before the wind went
cross and a bit strong but ground handling was still great.
2008 and has no gone to his first SIV course. Great job Guys
Thursday, May 15. We made it!
Clint and Tomo and Daniel (Guillaume) and Dan (Miller) leave Calgary
around 5:30 PM, driving in Clint's truck. The landscape south of the
city is stunning, and we are treated to a magnificent sunset. The
massive wind turbines north of Lethbridge are awe-inspiring, as is the
trestle bridge – which was the longest in the world when the bridge
was built almost a hundred years ago.
We arrive at the United States border shortly before 10:00. The four
of us make an interesting group, and we raise a few eyebrows there.
Tomo is travelling with a Japanese passport, and he has never visited
the United States before. Clint has entries in his passport for Egypt
and Jordan, and Dan has entries for Cuba. Daniel is Korean, visiting
Canada on a temporary work visa, and travelling with a Belgian
passport that was issued in France. To top it all off, we are all
looking a little nervous… (We have heard all about SIV maneuvers and
they sound pretty damn scary.) However, it takes only 40 minutes to
do the paperwork, which is a lot less than it might have been.
Surprisingly, the folks at US customs are great, and we don't
experience any hassles or major delays. Nobody has to endure a strip
search or (much worse) watch uniformed neanderthals with handguns
unpack his glider and spread it all over the pavement at the border.
We alternate drivers through the night, and we arrive in Salt Lake
City at 8:00 in the morning. The first place we visit is (of course)
Point of the Mountain. If there is any possibility of a flight at the
south side, then we want to be there for it. Conditions are too
strong, though, and only the hang gliders are setting up. The hill is
impressive – and we are all feeling a little jealous. (Only Clint has
seen the north slope, so the rest of us have no idea how jealous we
We drive to Sandy, just south of Salt Lake City, to say hello to the
guys at Super Fly. Chris is out towing, so we decide to continue
south to Yuba Lake and check out the site for tomorrow's course. At
Yuba Lake we find four other pilots on the beach. They have been
doing maneuvers over the water all morning, and they don't look any
worse for the wear. The "witching hour" at Yuba Lake starts at noon,
and the wind changes while we're chatting. When Chris returns to
shore with the boat, he suggests they switch to towing behind the
truck, so we head over to the road and wait for him there.
When the truck arrives, it looks like something out of a Mad Max
movie. It's a large vehicle, painted jet black, with tinted windows
and black hubs on huge knobby tires. The box has been replaced with a
flat-bed dominated by tow equipment: a huge spool of tow line, a gas
engine, and an enormous tool box. We are standing at the side of the
road in the blasting heat when the truck pulls up in a cloud of dust,
and for a moment it reminds me of one of the horsemen of the apocalypse.
With the exception of Clint, we have never met Chris Santacroce
before. The truck stops and Chris climbs out. He is tanned and dusty
and grinning like a Chesire cat. "Welcome to the desert!" he says,
with all the grace and charm of a host welcoming guests to paradise.
It takes no more than three seconds to get a very clear impression of
Chris, and time only reinforces that first impression: he is equal
parts boyish enthusiasm, impish mischief, grandfatherly wisdom, and
Zen master – like a genie who has escaped his lamp.
One at a time, he tows the other four pilots to an impressive height,
and we stay to watch their flights for a while. Afterward we drive to
a small town called Scipio, about ten miles south of Yuba Lake, where
we meet up with Mathieu and Trevor, and we check in to the hotel for a
few hours of sleep.
(Mathieu arrived a day earlier, and conditions were ideal last night
for ridge soaring. He is still euphoric over his first soaring
flight, more than 20 minutes in the air. Mathieu has also had time
for some sight-seeing in Salt Lake City, and several times he comments
on how clean the city is, and how friendly the people there. One
couple handed him the keys to their vehicle when he offered to drive
it down to the landing zone for them. Just imagine how remarkable
that is: an American giving his car keys to a complete stranger with a
strong French accent!)
After dinner we drive out to the lake and we practice a few
inflations. The wind is too light for anything except forwards. It
is good to practice though. The weather in and around Calgary has
been dismal the past several months, so most of us have not even
inflated our gliders this year. We return to the hotel early, anxious
and jittery over tomorrow's first SIV flights.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
have been looking for. We had 10 students with all different levels
out fr some flying and ground handling on Saturday morning. Some had
as many as 5 flights but most had at least 3. After the wind picked up
a bit they all did a bunch of ground handling in order to perfect
those higher wind launches. The rest of day was blown out but after
hiking up the hill 5 times I am sure some of them did not care
( Kevin.....grin. Congrats on being a Dad again ). Sunday was again
perfect for student flights in the morning. Ross had 5-6 students out
with Ladde and Candace getting their Maiden flights off the big
hill...congrats. So nice work to all those that came out and the
forecast sure does look nice for the rest of the week so call in.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Hey Vincene and Keith (Vincene, could you please forward this to Keith as
I do not have his email address),
could you please TEXT Trevors cell phone number to me, as he has my
harness to pass on to Santa and I need to get it back from him if he picks
it up from santa.
We had a great towing yesterday after Chris got a couple of injectors
replaced in his boats engine - everyone did really well and got at least 1
tow in each. Tomo had a little excitement on his second flight, and his
360 turned into a sprial dive, which Chris managed to get him out of in
Epic day today... we towed up until late afternoon, and everyone got in at
least 2 more tows today, so some had 4 maneuver flights total, others had
5 or 6, and all finished the course with a smile on their face! Tomo was
a little more hesitant today after his spiral dive yeasterday, but still
managed couple of good flights.
I had a bit of a blip on my last attempt. It was starting to pick up and
get quite switchy with thermals on the beach. I was hooked in, and there
wwas zero wind. The instant I started my inflation, a thermal kicked off,
and the wind was straight down beach - my glider weather vained away from
the water, i got picked up and tossed down. I caught mh hand in a rut,
and when I looked at it, my finger was going 90 degrees in the wrong
direction. I thought it was broke, so I tried to abort the flight - Chris
thought I was trying to correct, and unfortunatley I got pulled into the
water and did a face plant in knee deep water, so my glider and reserve
got soaked so I couldnt fly any more. We looked at my finger and thought
it was broke cause of the direction, or severely disolcated. He gave me
800 mg of ibuprofen, and I chased that with a can of redbull. After about
10 minutes, he mnade the comment "I just want to pull that finger
stright...just give it a yank!" Not sure if he was serious or not, but
with a bit of hestiation i gritted my teeth, and pulled. It made a
horrific asound just like in the movies with about 4 bone pops, I groaned,
and it was back in place (all the guys kinda had a horrific look on their
faces when it cracked like that), but my glider and reserve were still
wet so that ended up my last short flight of the day. That is about all
that happened this weekend in terms of injuries (lol, at least this time
it didnt cost TIC another $30000, lol). If chris can do a repack for me
tomorrow, I will try and fly at the point with the rest of the crew
tomorrow night if conditions allow. Everyone is flying with a lot more
confidence than they came down with, so they might fly the point under
Was awesome down here, especially the weather, and Mathieu tells me he is
still a fabulous great guy. He even managed his first thermals over the
beach and gained a bit of alitutude!"
Believe it or not, Trevor was probably the rockstar of this group of guys
doing their first SIVs, nailing most of his maneuvers and then towing up
for some thermals on his last flight which lasted 20 - 30 minutes..
ANywas, that is all for now.
See you in a few days.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
>> Hey Vincene and Keith,
>> weather down here is awesome! 20-30C sunshine....
>> just give you a quick update...
>> I towed up first thing this morning, did a few basic manuevers, was a
>> blast.. came in to land... I know I have put weight on but man that
>> is the
>> hottest that I have ever come in (no wind to help slow my fat ass
>> and the flare didnt do much to slow me down, but managed to stay on
>> Dan towed up next... was a little dicey (he said he had his break
>> caught thru his risers and couldnt turn while on tow... never
>> occurred to
>> him to avoid the handle and just go for the actual break line...
>> but, with
>> a little anxious moments Chris got him back on track and he did a tow
>> (close to lockout a couple of times)... did his manuevers really well
>> Trevor went next... awesome first SIV flight
>> Then the Frenchy-left-backward edmontonian with a fake accent
>> awesome first SIV flight
>> Then Steve... awesome first SIV flight
>> then the boat broke down... Chris not sure if it is an engine
>> problem or
>> what, but we had to stop... so he gave the guys who hadnt towed the
>> of doing a first tow off the truck down the road
>> was starting to thermal slightly
>> Daniel went first... dicey tow but chris again got him up (again
>> lock out a couple of times)... he did some of the over the land
>> (the best was... do a right 90... alright, that was a left 90 but
>> it will
>> have to do cause it's done now)
>> Tomo went next.. was thermalling a bit more.. he did a good job
>> (first attempt got pulled off his feet), but second time got up...
>> bit of
>> a dicey tow again, almost lock out).. he released and hit nothing
>> but sink
>> cause he was down in about 2 minutes and didnt do any maneuvers
>> Chris said it was too dicey for any of the newbies to continue
>> today... I
>> think he might have been a little miffed with people not doing what
>> were supposed to while on tow, even after explaining, but whatever
>> I did a final tow, thermalled around for 25 minutes or so and then
>> to land cause the thermals were getting a bit strong for my comfort
>> in the desert and the wind was picking up (starting to get parked,
>> and not
>> too familiar with the how strong they get here, so chose to get
>> down while
>> i could still move forward!)
>> Chris has taken the boat back to his buddy, so hopefully he will
>> have it
>> repaired in the next couple of days. We are gonna head into SLC in
>> hour, and maybe try the Point if the wind cooperates. As it
>> stands, we
>> have had 6 people tow and manuever; Tomo towed but did not
>> manuever, and
>> Terry has yet to tow.
>> Cheers, and i'll see you on Wednesday or Thursday.
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Friday, April 24, 2009
The results are in the column on the right.
I will try to update but as you know I get lazy.
All for now
Monday, April 20, 2009
House getting 3 flights. Ryan and Dustin from Calgary got there first
nervous flights off of Cochrane Hill as well. The wind proved great
for groundhandling the rest of the morning for Julia, Elaine, Cody,
Dustin, Shane, and Ryan. After a break for lunch we moved into
Groundschool #1 and it was well attended by the large crop of
As most of you are aware I will be away competing from Thursday April
23 to May 4th. My other Instructors will be picking up the slack with
evening and weekends available for Instruction. When I return we will
be running a full schedule for till July.
Look forward to seeing you all out sometime soon
Thursday, April 9, 2009
groundhandling. The winds were rather cross for flying but it was a
perfect evening for reverse inflations. The snow has now melted to the
point we can fly and groundhandle without getting to dirty or wet.
Hope to see you all out soon.
Monday, February 23, 2009
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Repack Fee: $40.00 Deployment, inspection and repack. The lecture is free.
PLACE: Ecole Ste-Marguetite Bougeoys,
4700 Richard Rd SW
(note: the school is next door to Bishop Carol High School & near the Farmers Market)
Format: Deployments will start at 9am for pilots who have attended previous clinics.
Lecture will start at 10am. It is recommended that pilots who have not attended a clinic should attend the lecture.
After the lecture, deployments will continue. Repacks will start during the lecture. If work needs to be done on your equipment it will be done at the shop during the week.
If you are a new pilot and don't yet have a reserve we will try to make sure you get a practice deployment. There is no charge if you have no equipment.
1:30pm- Pizza – included in repack fee or $10 if you didn't pay for repack.
AHPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2:00
Can you please let us know if you will be staying for pizza so that we can order enough
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Going to bed
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Hope all is well back home and see most of you soon. We have 3 tasks left and then its party time and then come home to get some work done and yes I am actually excited about that.
Cheers to you all
Keith (Not frustrated at all)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Well today we had a 84km task all over the place including the Monarca Butterflies. It was another cluster in the start gaggle but once the start happened the fast gliders got out in front and we then had space. I was with the lead group going into the first turnpoint but lower. I decided to make the wise decision to take a climb as there was no point in being stupid so early. The climb allowed me to catch the lead group again as they got low. I headed across the mesa and well on speed bar took a nice blowout and my wingtip stuck in so I lost some height fishing it out. I was now low and behind again. At this point the group behind me got me and I lead them into the flats where we took the convergence out to the butterflies. After getting stuck for a few minutes with the lead gaggle in sight it was just not to be and I resorted to being second group for the day. So all and all another good day but not sure how I did. maybe 15-20 mins behind the leaders. I did not see anyone from Team Canada in goal when I left so can not report on them at all. Hope they made it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I am off in about 6 hours to Valle de Bravo, Mexico for the Paragliding World Championships. I will get a week of practice in then the game begins on Sunday the 25th. I plan to try and update my blog but I will also give you the links for other sites with info. My other major plan is to fly with my SPOT locator beacon, It will update every 10mins live with where I am so if you want to get fired then go watch this site.
The Best Coverage probably
The Official Coverage
So hope all is well for all of you and Thanks so much for all the support now its my turn to go represent.