Site Safety Briefings

Safety Plans Disclaimer:

You are the pilot in command. Your safety is your responsibility. These safety guides are developed by non-professional volunteers to the best of their abilities and they could be wrong. These guides do not relieve you of the ultimate responsibility to learn how to access flying conditions and determine for yourself if conditions are safe for you
to fly. If you need help developing site assessment skills, seek the assistance of professional guides and instructors.


North Side Point of the Mountain

Winds

    1. Max recommended winds on launch 10 mph.  Estimate the winds aloft by the south side wind meter.  Max base wind there is 15 mph for P2 18 mph for P3 and above.
  1. Safe wind directions are 330 – 30 Degrees.

Known hazards

    1. Paragliders kiting or landing in the hang glider fly through the area when hang gliders are landing.  Paragliders don’t do this.
    1. Strong mid-day turbulence releasing off the lower bench.
    1. East wind causing ground turbulence at the backs of the launch fingers.
    1. Pilots mixing ridge soaring traffic patterns with thermal flying patterns.
    1. Benching up low and flying downwind puts pilots close to the ground flying fast in turbulence.
    1. Wind gradient causes a very real potential for being blown back over the upper ridge into the rotor just behind the ridge top.
  1. Experienced pilots flying deceptively small wings can make bad conditions look good for less experienced pilots on full-sized wings.

Hazard Mitigation

    1. While benching up at the north side fly to the front occasionally to check penetration
    1. If you are above the back ridge and cannot penetrate forward get as high as possible and fly to the west end.  Fly over the south side and land in the fields well south of the south side.
  1. Do not ridge soar close to the ground during mid-day.  Midday launches should only be attempted by very experienced pilots and from the upper bench.

Site Sensitivities

    1. We are under warning form the FAA not to fly illegally after sunset.
    1. We will lose the lower LZ if an accident occurs involving a pilot who has not signed the Metropolitan Water District’s waiver.  Without the lower LZ we lose the site.
    1. Speeding through the neighborhood to get to launch is Draper City’s number one problem with the flight park.
  1. Lawsuits against the County caused by non-USHPA members will cause the County to close the park to flying.

Please read the North Side Rules

North Side Rules

Please Read about Point of the Mountain Weather

Point Weather

South Side Point of the Mountain

Winds

    1. Max recommended winds on launch, 15 mph for P2, 18 mph for P3 and above.
  1. Safe wind directions:  160 – 200 degrees.

Known hazards:

    1. Paragliders kiting or landing in the hang glider fly through the area when hang gliders are landing.  Paragliders don’t do this.
    1. Strong mid-day turbulence releasing off the lower bench. 
    1. Strong east wind rotors off the hills south-east of launch and become turbulent enough to collapse paragliders.
    1. West wind can create rotor in the bowl just west of the main ridge.
    1. Students and other pilots who do not follow the USHPA approved ridge soaring pattern frequent the south side.
    1. Blowback is possible and extremely dangerous. Behind the kiting area are power lines and an extremely steep gravel pit wall with potentially extreme rotor turbulence.
    1. For paragliders, a downwind-base-and-final top-landing frequently results in a low turn to base or final resulting in an impact.
    1. South side lift often develops “holes” which can cause inadvertent top or side hill landings.
    1. Strong winds easily result in being severely drug with bad inflations. 
  1. Traffic at the south side can become dangerously heavy. 

Hazard Mitigation:

    1. To top land the South side crab on an angle into the wind with the ridge on your right and back behind the ridge lip about 100 feet.  The glider should not point north of the windmills for the landing sequence.
    1. When you feel yourself blocking collapses it is time to land.
    1. Land when conditions become too crowded for your ability. 
  1. Don’t fly close to the ground when the air becomes textured.

Site Sensitivities:

  1. Lawsuits against DNR caused by non-USHPA members will cause the State to close the park.

Please read the South Side Rules

South Side Rules

Please Read about Point of the Mountain Weather

Point Weather

Grandeur Peak

Overview:

  • Grandeur Peak is generally considered P-3, due to often strong conditions during mid-day and/or summer flying conditions. P-2 with instructor.  P-2’s should avoid strong mid-day conditions.
  • There are a number of launches on Grandeur.  The North launch (at about 5,950 ft) is the most common, and is the easiest to launch from with NW – SW winds.  The North launch has an upper launch area about 300′ higher along the same ridge.  The South launch is steeper, and more for W and SW winds, and offers a more direct glide to the LZ.
  • The main LZ is at Eastwood Elementary School.
  • The Grandeur Peak Trailhead (face) at about 4,950 ft. is a common starting point for the hike, but there are other options.

Winds:

  1. Max recommended wind on launch: 9 mph
  2. Safe wind directions: West preferred, but NW and SW are also acceptable.

Known Hazards:

  1. Winds can change direction quickly on launch.  A wind flag is recommended to assess conditions and wind direction.
  2. There are power lines on the ridges below, and by the school LZ, these can be easily avoided, but should be noted before flying.
  3. There are a number of ridges on Grandeur, which are good thermal triggers.  There is potential for rotor if pilots fly behind ridges.  Maintain good ground clearance, and keep high when crossing from ridge to ridge.
  4. Midday spring and fall can be very active air, requiring strong active piloting skills.  Midday summer conditions can be extremely challenging.  Morning or evening flights during those seasons will be generally safer.

Site sensitivities:

  1. Use the main LZ  (the elementary school LZ) on weekends, or after school is out. DO NOT use during school hours.  School typically lets out at 3:20 pm M-Th, and about noon on Friday.  The school LZ is the primary LZ for Grandeur, and really the only good LZ nearby.
  2. The LZ will often have children and families playing during and after school and on weekends, be careful to land safely away from people in the LZ.

Inspo

Overview:

  • This site, also called Inspiration Point, is generally considered P-3, due to often strong conditions during mid-day and/or summer flying conditions. P-2 with instructor.  P-2’s should avoid strong mid-day conditions. Also, attention needs to be given to glide to assure landing in an appropriate LZ.

Winds:

  1. Max recommended wind on launch: 9 mph
  2. Safe wind directions: 220 – 300 Degrees

Known Hazards:

  1. There are multiple power lines that may be an issue.  Immediately before the cemetery, there are high tension lines that need to be crossed with sufficient altitude ( generally not an issue, but important to be aware).  At the school LZ, there are power lines immediately to the east of the LZ.  Before landing at the school, it is recommended to visit the school LZ to see the power lines.
  2. Trees surrounding LZs.  At the church LZ, these are easy to navigate around, since the LZ is quite large.  The school LZ is much smaller, and trees on the north and south side, and the power lines on the east, need to be considered when setting up for a landing.
  3. Dust devils on launch.  These are fairly rare, but do occur from time to time.  Whenever you see one, yell ‘dusty’, and alert other pilots.  Jump on any wing that is laid out.
  4. Spectators are often at launch.  Make sure to set up far enough away from spectators, so as not to get blown back into them, due to high wind launch, or a botched launch.
  5. There is potential for rotor if pilots fly behind the launch area, tree lines, or houses.  Pilots need to actively pay attention to wind speed and altitude. Pilots should actively determine ability and plans to make the LZs.
  6. Midday spring and fall can be very active air, requiring strong active piloting skills.  Midday summer conditions can be extremely challenging.  Morning or evening flights during those seasons will be generally safer.

Site sensitivities:

  1. Use LZ 1 on any day but Sunday. Respect the local church by not landing there on Sundays.
  2. Use LZ 2 (the elementary school LZ) on weekends, or after school is out. DO NOT use during school hours
  3. Use LZ 3 (vacant field, to be developed into city park in the future) anytime.  It is more commonly used by hang gliders, as it is the farthest glide from launch.   If you only get a sled ride, it is not an easy glide to LZ3 on a paraglider.  Make sure one of the other LZs are within your glide range.

Jupiter

Winds:

  1. Max recommended wind on Launch: 10 mph
  2. Safe wind directions: 140-230 degrees

Known Hazards:

  1. Strong Cycles at times.
  2. Prone to rapid over-development
  3. This site is best flown in late morning to very early afternoon at the latest. Later in the day it tends to become quite gusty and can become blown out.
  4. Due to the launch location on the south side of the ridge, a light prevailing south wind is preferred.  As the day progresses, the wind can switch to north, and pilots should make sure that a north wind is not coming over from the back.
  5. Midday summer conditions can be extremely challenging.
  6. Steep launch, high altitude launch

Site sensitivities:

  1. The Launch is very close the Park City Resort’s property, please be respectful of that.

The V

Overview:

Note that the Fire Break Road is now designated as the primary LZ for P2’s, with the school being the secondary LZ for P2’s.

Winds:

  1. Max recommended wind on launch: less than 10mph including gusts.
  2. 250-290 degree heading for P2 conditions, 270 degree heading recommended.
  3. 240-300 degree heading for P4 pilots, still 270 degree heading recommended.

Known Hazards:

  1. Gun range at the bottom of the mountain is a minimal safety concern. The club flies a flag when they are shooting at that location.
  2. Mechanical turbulence exists from the wind rolling over terrain as the prevailing wind direction approaches true north and true south.
  3. During north wind conditions, which is common in the afternoon, rotor commonly exists south of the ridge that runs down and NW from launch. This can potentially create south cycles at launch.  Pilots should make sure to keep plenty of ground clearance.
  4. Power lines cross between the bottom of the hill at launch and all designated LZs.
  5. Trees and shrubs present hazards that must be cleared if a pilot’s launch run extends significantly far down slope.
  6. Two recorded incidents at this site in 2019 involve pilots launching on a northerly day and surfing the north bowl deep. Both pilots allowed themselves to get low enough, and deep enough in the canyon that they had no escape to the LZ and landed in the canyon in trees/shrubs.

Hazard mitigation:

  1. Pilots should use discretion when launching in less than ideal conditions.
  2. Pilots should be familiar with and recognize the conditions where rotor can be created due to mechanical turbulence at launch.

Site sensitivities:

  1. Do not land at the primary school LZ when school is in session.  Watch for children and others if there are activities in progress after school hours.

The Y

The Y can provide a good launch for XC flights along the Wasatch range.  It is a hike-up site.

Winds:

  1. Max recommended wind on launch 9 mph
  2. Safe wind directions 225 to 315 degrees

Known Hazards:

  1. High Tension Power lines between launch and primary LZ
  2. Tall trees and Power Lines bisecting and surrounding primary LZ
  3. Primary LZ slopes down into the usual wind direction
  4. The launch is very steep.  At times, launch can have very light cycles, which can require either good forward launch skills on steep slopes, or a hike down.  Cross winds can make launching difficult due to the steep slope.  You should be willing to hike down without launching, if conditions do not permit a safe launch.
  5. Midday spring and fall conditions can be very active, requiring strong active piloting skills.  Midday summer can be even more challenging. Late afternoon or evening flights during those seasons will generally be safer.
  6. High winds aloft are common

Site sensitivities:

  1. Get off of the primary LZ as quickly as possible and fold gliders on the lawn of the church across the street.