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Weather Info

Explanations of the tools below and more

Introduction to weather for ultralight pilots

NWS forecast Southeast OK

NWS hourly forecast Southeast OK

Mesonet station Wister, OK – current conditions

Poteau, OK – current conditions at the Poteau airport

Kiamichi – current conditions near Panorama launch

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)

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

Current and Future Events

Spring 2022

Introductory videos and information about paragliding.

Training month of June

On schedule – please contact us for training locations, cancelations, weather issues, and/or dates.

Recent Events

Friday June 3 - Panorama

Moderate temperatures, buoyant air, gentle winds from the northeast all made flying at Panorama another one of those magic times we have in the region.  A gaggle of about 15 pilots enjoyed flying until dark.  Yours truly top landed for the first time - something the launch does not encourage because of its small size and the problem of rotor and turbulence, especially if the winds are more northerly.

paragliding at Panorma,OK

paragliding at Panorma,OK

paragliding at Panorma,OK

Friday May 13 - Poteau River flooding lowlands

Zimmerman Ranch flooding from Poteau River

Last week we had a deluge - and it takes that long for the runoff to reach a river.  The Poteau River was high enough that it moved inland (from the right in the above photo).  Fortunately, yours truly was in the air and did not have slosh through the fields.

Saturday May 7 - LeFlore County view

LeFlore County, OK

Sunday May 1 - Jamie Hackler continue her P1 training

Jamie is a high school teacher at Poteau High School and helping acquaint her students with aviation.  She has come to the right place!  We welcome her to our increasing roster of local pilots seeking to enjoy life as a bird!

Ready to be towed up!  Jamie is progressing very fast in her training due to, in part, being in good physical shape.  Pilots need to be able to run 30 yards in 6 seconds or less to enjoy optimal safety launching and landing.

Jamie Hackler training at the Poteau Airport

With towing, getting altitude in order to do maneuvers safely is EASY.  She had (6) flights today.  The emphasis for P1 is to launch and land safely.  Everything is done under radio instruction.

Jamie gliding along in the air above the airport.

Jamie Hackler training at the Poteau Airport

Tuesday April 26 - Nine pilots training via tow for the P4

Tuesday was on of the busiest training days via towing at the Poteau Airport in recent years!  Britton Shaw and Had Robinson each operated a winch for over 6 hours, putting pilot after pilot into the air for the P4 certification.  It's a tough test: pilots must continually land within a (10) foot radius of the LZ marker.  Keith Hamrick was key assistant who made sure that the towline stayed on the turnaround pulley.  Thank you, Keith!

We all had the privilege of FAA air traffic controller, Jim Fuhrman, to ensure that there was never a mix of paragliders and general aircraft the entire time.  This was critical help that the student pilots and tow operators had to have and that off-loaded a huge concern to a professional.  A BIG THANKS TO JIM!

Today's students were: Todd Peele, Shelli McDaniel, Chris McDaniel, Branson Rhoads, Mike Farney, Stuart Wilson, Joey Levin, Dennis Blackstad, Paul Condron, and Jim Fuhrman.  We will continue our training the next fine day we have during the spring weather hiccups.

paraglider training the Poteau Airport, Poteau, OK

paraglider training the Poteau Airport, Poteau, OK

paraglider training the Poteau Airport, Poteau, OK

Saturday April 2 Site survey - north launch at Panorama

Britton Shaw needed some testing done of the air around a proposed launch area at Panorama that would allow pilots to enjoy the site when winds are largely from the north.  Yours truly spent over an hour in the air, both in average sunny conditions around the LZ and also when it became shaded.  In sunny conditions, the LZ (blackened from a recent controlled burn) was very active and the air around it was as sinky as it gets (1-1.5 m/s down).  The proposed launch site is about 1,000' further from the LZ and 100' lower which makes it an intermediate, advanced site

Panorama LZ in partial shade. Note: the recent burn left a layer of ash everywhere that get on your glider.  It is especially thick outside the grassy landing strip.  It is not greasy, thankfully.

Panorama LZ shaded


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