- This site is close to the approach for Eagle County Airport. The planes have a designated flight path they usually fly on their approach. Their minimum altitude over our area is 10,200 msl, but generally they are around 12,000 msl flying through the area. Before every flight we contact the Eagle Tower to inform them of our flying and proximity. They in turn inform pilots on approach of our location and also include a NOTAM on the ATIS. There have been no close calls with planes since we have been flying this site for 20 years.
- Obstacles: Launch is natural grass and is convex, getting steeper as you run forward. It is surrounded to the east by a large shrub and sage brush on all other sides. There is a high tension powerline to the south about 700 yards which can easily be avoided and not flown over. The ridge runs basically north to south for about 3 miles. Cars park to the southeast below and behind launch in a flat area approximately 100 yards from launch.
- Understanding, reviewing, or being
trained/mentored in wind judgement and
compression effects, topographic and
terrain-induced amplification of weather,
thermal knowledge and skills to deal with
high altitude thermic conditions and how to
recognize ramping, wind shear knowledge
and forecast review, knowing where nearby
wind talkers are located, understanding
thunderstorm lifecycle and recognizing
hazardous conditions, having the flight skills
to manage your aircraft including turbulence
techniques and how to descend and land
quickly when conditions build, recognizing
changing conditions and landing quickly
|Ideal Wind Range|| Max Winds
|HG 3 - 12 mph||25 mph|
|PG 3 - 10 mph||15 mph|
|MW 3 - 15 mph||18 mph|
Each pilot needs to individually determine his/her ideal flying conditions.