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Weather Info

Explanations of the tools below and more

Introduction to weather for ultralight pilots

NWS forecast Southwest OK

NWS hourly forecast Southeast OK

Le Flore county, OK – current conditions

Stigler, OK – current conditions

Poteau, OK – current conditions at the Poteau airport

Kiamichi – current conditions near Panorama launch

Buffalo Mountain Flyers – current conditions & more at Buffalo Mountain

WeatherLink station at Buffalo Mtn – requires a free logon (more info)

MesoWest stations Ouachita Mountains – current conditions

Guide to safe flying

Weather for Aircrews – Basic weather info for non-professionals

Pivotal Weather – an outstanding site for anything weather but it requires some work and know-how

SPC Balloon Soundings (every 12 hours)

UoW Balloon Soundings – usually available before the SPC soundings for 72364 (ELP)

Jet Stream and 4 day forecast – Pivotal Weather (above) gives much more accurate info on the Jet

NOAA Satellite image of moisture and clouds over the USA

Windy – animated map of winds and other data over the surface of the world

Wind History Map – actual vs. forecasts

Weather Spark – monthly, daily, and hourly graphical reports anywhere on earth

SkyVector Aeronautical Chart – road maps of the sky including TFR's

NWS Woods Hole, MA

Current and Future Events

Spring 2021

Introductory videos:  The Dream of Human Flight is now a Reality - The Joy of Paragliding – a fine video production by Steve Crye showing the elements of why we love to fly.  Let's go places (from Toyota), Featured video and introduction to paragliding (from the National Geographic),  Fly like a bird (from USHPA)

Nearly every country in the world promotes and loves adventure sports, like hang gliding and paragliding.  Switzerland even put an image of a guy paragliding on their 50 Franc note.  Our sport is popular because it is the purest and rawest form of aviation there is and one that an average person can afford (about the price of a 10 year old used car).

Training month of April

On schedule – please contact us for training locations, cancelations, weather issues, and/or dates.

Recent Events

Saturday April 3 at Buffalo Mountain

It was a windy day at Buffalo!  Yours truly (Had) was barely able to launch in the high winds.  An anemometer with both average velocity and gust intensity is handy for guessing the cycles but you have to guess what is the cycle and what is a thermal blowing through.  I launched just before the cycle hit bottom and got into the air and away from launch.  In any case, it was a "pluck".  Once above launch, made it out in front slowly.  Air was somewhat turbulent with thermals, some of which were broken up.  There was a big fire on the north slopes of the Kiamichi which sent smoke this way which was a little hard on the eyes.

Buffalo Mountain paragliding

Started to relax when out front – but relaxed a little too much and began to drift back behind launch.  For a new guy in the area, I saw first hand that there are not a whole lot of landing options downwind.   Trees, trees, trees....  The top of the Mountain is a vortex and winds behind launch were even higher.  Speed bar to the rescue.

Buffalo Mountain paragliding

Took a long time to come down and get near the LZ.  Challenging PG day to fly but beautiful.

Buffalo Mountain paragliding

Thursday March 4 at Buffalo Mountain

The weather finally warmed up a bit, not hot, but shirt sleeves at the LZ today.  Winds were high at launch in the afternoon.  There were both hang gliders and paragliders in the air, some for hours.  The lift band was strong and reached a half mile or more out in front of launch.  It was like an elevator, smooth.  There were controlled burns at the base of the Kiamichi (just visible) and a lot of burns east of Buffalo.  Ken Cobb helped with pilot retrieve!  It was a great day to fly for intermediate and advanced pilots.

Buffalo Mountain late winter


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