WELCOME TO SOUTHERN
OREGON AIR RIDERS!
Rekindling the Spirit of Hang Gliding in Southern Oregon!
GRANTS PASS AIRPORT DAY
-AUGUST 6, 2014
By special invitation from the
manager of Josephine County
Airports, SOAR members were
asked to conduct a hang gliding
demonstration at the second annual
Grants Pass Airport Day.
LABOR DAY AT HAT CREEK 2014
Conditions were even more epic than usual this year at the
annual Labor Day Hat Creek gathering. Despite the fires that
had recently destroyed much of the forest and several iconic
structures nearby, a few SOAR members joined their
brethren from the Chico, CA based Cloud Street Gang for
yet another amazing weekend of flying and fraternization.
Climbs in excess of 11k were experienced by some. Of
course, the gathering wouldn't be complete without the usual
gatherings around the campfire for the sharing of food,
beverages, tall tales and music.
Participation involved demonstrating a scooter tow system belonging to Southern Oregon Airsports, including a
candy drop for the kids in the grandstands below. Four tows were completed to show how the system works
and hopefully to further generate interest in the sport. A short video of the flights can be viewed by clicking
TOWING AND MOTORING AT
ILLINOIS VALLEY AIRPORT
Apparently, the scooter tow demonstration at Grants Pass
Airport last fall was a big hit, as the manager of Josephine
County Airports invited us back for a couple more events in
2015. Although we will be in Hat Creek for one of the dates,
we are planning to attend the one at IV Airport on June 6.
In anticipation of the event, we have been visiting this mile-
long airstrip for practice sessions. The first visit
was blown out, but we managed to get one tow and one
Mosquito launch during the second visit. The first trip was far
from unsuccessful however, as we met the local FBO and his
wife and received a tour of their hangar. We will be returning
to IV for more towing sessions, eventually utilizing the entire
airstrip for some 2k vertical tows. This airstrip has amazing
potential as an alternate to the drive up the mountain, and we
are fortunate to have such gracious support from the JoCo
Airports manager Larry Graves.
EPIC SPRING CONDITIONS AT WOODRAT!
The relatively dry spring has resulted in some incredible flying days in the Applegate Valley so far this year. We've
been experiencing 7-8k days on a fairly regular basis, with just enough moisture to generate great unstable
post-frontal days. Long-range forecasts indicate more of the same for the foreseeable future. The second annual
gathering over Memorial Day weekend (aka Thistledew) should be fantastic!