Site Safety Breifings

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.
  2. 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.
  2. Strong mid-day turbulence releasing off the lower bench.
  3. East wind causing ground turbulence at the backs of the launch fingers.
  4. Pilots mixing ridge soaring traffic patterns with thermal flying patterns.
  5. Benching up low and flying downwind puts pilots close to the ground flying fast in turbulence.
  6. Wind gradient causes a very real potential for being blown back over the upper ridge into the rotor just behind the ridge top.
  7. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Speeding through the neighborhood to get to launch is Draper City’s number one problem with the flight park.
  4. 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.
  2. 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.
  2. Strong mid-day turbulence releasing off the lower bench. 
  3. Strong east wind rotors off the hills south-east of launch and become turbulent enough to collapse paragliders.
  4. West wind can create rotor in the bowl just west of the main ridge.
  5. Students and other pilots who do not follow the USHPA approved ridge soaring pattern frequent the south side.
  6. 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.
  7. For paragliders, a downwind-base-and-final top-landing frequently results in a low turn to base or final resulting in an impact.
  8. South side lift often develops “holes” which can cause inadvertent top or side hill landings.
  9. Strong winds easily result in being severely drug with bad inflations. 
  10. 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.
  2. When you feel yourself blocking collapses it is time to land.
  3. Land when conditions become too crowded for your ability. 
  4. 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

Inspo

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 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.

Site sensitivities:

  1. Use LZ 1 (the elementary school LZ) on weekends, or after school is out. DO NOT use during school hours
  2. Use LZ 2 on any day but Sunday. Respect the local church by not landing there on Sundays.
  3. Use LZ 3 (horse pasture) only in an emergency.  Make sure to land far away from horses or any livestock so as not to startle them.  Exit immediately upon landing. No folding on the property.

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. 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 Y

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
  5. 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.