Lookout is a challenging site with hidden hazards and complexities that are not immediately obvious. A sponsorship program has been established to get pilots the knowledge they need to fly Lookout safely. Participation in the sponsorship program is mandatory for pilots rated less than P4/H4. Sponsored pilots must use a working radio to receive guidance from sponsors. Sponsored flight without a radio is not permitted. RMHPA members rated as P2 and meeting other requirements may be sponsored. H2 pilots may not fly Lookout, visiting or not.
Sponsors are experienced pilot volunteers who are enthusiastic about safety, information sharing, and mentorship. When you contact a sponsor, they will recommend the best time for your site briefing and first flight. Your site briefing will cover the important aspects of flying at Lookout including weather and the site's complexities. Your sponsor will walk the LZs with you and accompany you launch to continue discussions. Your sponsor will allow you to launch if conditions are appropriate. You may NOT participate in a sponsored flight unless you use a radio that can be heard in-flight for receiving guidance from sponsors and other pilots flying at Lookout.