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Weather Info

Explanations of the tools below and more

Introduction to weather for PG pilots

NWS Le Flore county forecast – Kerr Airport, Poteau, OK

NWS hourly forecast – Kerr Airport, Poteau, OK. Includes a gusting forecast

Buffalo Mountain Flyers – current conditions & more at Buffalo Mountain

Robert S Kerr Airport Poteau, OK – current conditions

Kiamichi – current conditions near Panorama launch

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

Training & Flying – Spring 2020

Training - We are ramping up for training in late June, hopefully.  Permits, insurance, and the like are slow in coming because of the health crisis and our move to our new location.  Please be patient.  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.

Recent Events

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.)

sucked into a cloud

Flying cross country in central Florida - nothing like being at cloudbase!

paragliding in central florida

Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM in January - photo by V. Strader

Dry Canyon in Winter 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!

Dry Canyon in snow

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.

launching at Valle de Bravo, MX

Paragliding in Big Sur

paragliding at 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)

paragliding in south central New Mexico


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