Explanations of the tools below and more
Buffalo Mountain Flyers – current conditions & more at Buffalo Mountain
NWS current conditions & forecast – Kerr Airport, Poteau, OK
NWS hourly forecast – Kerr Airport, Poteau, OK. Includes a gusting forecast
Kiamichi – current conditions near Panorama launch
MesoWest stations Ouachita Mountains – current conditions
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)
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
Training - NOTE: In agreement with our national certifying organization (USPHA) and because of the current world-wide health crisis, Southwest Airsports is suspending all flying and training operations until further notice. Please follow all instructions from your local authorities and do not further burden the health care system with an accident. Thank you - Had
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), Eagle Paragliding has this outstanding video on the front page of their website of a pilot flying in the Alps.
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. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has opened the doors of Texas parks to USHPA pilots. Other public land administrators in the U.S. should do the same.
The danger of getting too close to the bottom of a rapidly developing cloud. It's time to *get* down. The pilot here is entering a spiral dive – and why learning how to do these maneuvers safely is a good idea. Even so, he was briefly in a "white-out". (This event did not happen in U.S. airspace.)
Flying cross country in central Florida - nothing like being at cloudbase!
Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM in January - photo by V. Strader
Dry Canyon with a light snow coming down. The small figure at launch is Lee Boone who is going to join us in the air!
Flying in Valle de Bravo - a perfect, controlled launch by a visiting pilot. Note the trailing edge and the pilot's skill in keeping the glider from surging over his head.
Paragliding in Big Sur
Paragliding in south central New Mexico. The towering clouds in the distance are strong thermals coming off the Potrillo Mountains. (photo by Steve Crye)
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