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Weather Info

Explanations of the tools below and more

Introduction to weather for ultralight pilots

NWS Poteau, OK forecast

NWS hourly forecast – Poteau, OK

Wister, 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

Winter 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 February

On schedule – please contact us for training locations and dates.

Recent Events

February 11, 2021  Hoarfrost at Panorama launch, Ouachita Mountains, OK

Yours truly went up to repair the gate to launch that had been damaged by some people.  What I saw was amazing.

Talimena Highway, Ouachita Mountains

Talimena Highway, Ouachita Mountains

Talimena Highway, Ouachita Mountains

Talimena Highway, Ouachita Mountains

Talimena Highway, Ouachita Mountains

Talimena Highway, Ouachita Mountains

The road going to launch off the Talimena Highway.

road to Panorama launch, Ouachita Mountains

Panorama launch parking area

Panorama launch, Ouachita Mountains

Panorama launch.  Cloudbase is likely 500' lower than launch.  It was a true winter-wonderland that that Creator gave us that day.

Panorama launch, Ouachita Mountains

February 9, 2021  PPG at the Poteau Airport

It was cold flying today – and misty with a 300' AGL cloudbase.  Such conditions which are near freezing but not quite enough to produce snow often produce ice.  Just like in an ordinary aircraft, the leading edge of the glider started to accumulate clear ice.  A pilot cannot see the leading edge but he can see his risers, clothing, etc.  When they start to accumulate ice, it is time to promptly land.  The glider's shape had not begun to change nor was there any perceptible change in its handling, which is always the most important thing to watch.  Reflex gliders are more resistant to the effects of increase weight from icing than a standard PG glider.  Nonetheless, if there is a chance of ice occurring, it is important to be close to the ground (<200') so a pilot can land quickly, as conditions warrant.

icing on a paraglider

This is the sign on your clothing that it is time to get on the ground.

icing of flight suit

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