Lookout Sponsorship Programs

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.

Sponsorship Steps
  1. Memberships/Waivers Signed?
  2. Review the Lookout Site Guide
  3. Radio? - 158.400 MHz DCS 23
  4. Are you qualified? P3, P2/M1, H3?
  5. Reach out on the Lookout Telegram Group. Weather allowing, sponsors are availible most weekends, and some weekdays.
Communications
Radio Frequency

158.400 MHz DCS 23 -- DCS Guide

Telegram Groups

New to the area? Post a quick message about yourself so we know your'e not a spammer will get you access to the private Telegram groups.
RMHPA Telegram Groups

Lookout Requirements

All Pilots Must Receive a Site Briefing from a Sponsor/Observer
Memberships / Waivers
  • Must be a current member of USHPA
  • Must be a member of RMHPA (Join/Renew)
    Visiting pilots (less than 5 visits) may waive the fee but must complete the membership form and Jefferson County Waiver (if flying Lookout).
  • Must sign the Jefferson County Liability Waiver
Paragliders
All New Pilots
Must Receive a Site Briefing from a Sponsor/Observer.
P2 with a minimum of 75 flights
At least 10 Sponsored Flights.
P3
Generally 10 sponsored flights. Based on the Pilot's experience the Sponsor may increase or decrease the number of sponsored flights.
P4
Site Briefing
Paraglider Sponsors
  • Ed Williams*
  • Benzie
  • Don Hillmuth*
  • Sam Crater*
  • Justin Hoggatt
  • Jeff Schneringer
  • Rick Damiani*
  • Kevin Carter
  • Charlie Martin*
  • Josh Taylor
  • Julie Taylor
  • Chris Webster
  • Darren Jack
  • Gary Vaillancourt
  • David Hach
  • Kiernan O'Donovan
  • Lex Shepherd*
  • Shad Preston*
  • Scott Drinkard
  • Arnaud Boucherat
* - USHPA Observer
Review the Lookout Site Guide
Mini Wings
All New Pilots
Must Receive a Site Briefing from a Sponsor/Observer
P2/M1
At least 10 Sponsored Flights
Mini Wing Sponsors
  • Logan Hulett
  • Danelle Herra
  • Charlie Martin*
  • Garry Vaillancourt

Review the Lookout Site Guide
Hang Gliders
All New Pilots
Must Receive a Site Briefing from a Sponsor/Observer
H3
10 Sponsored Flights
H4
Site Briefing
Hang Glider Sponsors
  • Dean Miller
  • Steve Ford
  • Jim Yocom
  • JT (James Trujillo)
  • Tavo Gutierrez
  • Sam Crater*
* - USHPA Observer
Review the Lookout Site Guide
Documents

Please use the documents and forms above in conjunction with an official sponsor.

Walkthrough Checklist
  1. Verify radio 158.400 DCS 23
  2. Walk Main LZ
    • Discuss landing approaches.
    • When at or below 2nd switchback start setting up for landing.
    • Flying with hang gliders and clearing the LZ.
  3. Walk South LZ
    • Point out Miners Field SE Corner.
    • Discuss landing approaches.
    • Sponsored pilots should try to land in the South LZ at least once during sponsored flights.
  4. Windsocks
    • Top sock
    • North sock
    • South sock
    • Rockpile sock
    • Thermal sock
  5. Mention hazards in Windy Gap and in Clear Creek.
  6. Point out powerlines.
  7. Point out the horse pasture and soccer fields.
  8. Lookout Weather Links
Handy Links
USHPA Mobile Pilot Lookup - https://www.ushpa.org/m/{USHPA MEMBER NUMBER}