Archive | Flying Sites – US

These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions. Check with local flyers for more information.

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Connecticut Slope Soaring in Bloomfield

A nice grass NW slope about 80 feet high is located behind the Seabury retirement home on route 185 in Bloomfield. Park in the parking lot on top of the hill. The slope is owned by the town so don’t let rent-a-cops from the home say you can’t be there. There is an RC field […]

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Rhode Island Slope Soaring

Jan sent in this info. Thanks for the first info about Rhode Island! Here’s a link to a couple of slope sites in Rhode Island – yes, RI. Provided by Dr. Bill. Haven’t flown there myself. Jan says “It’s been a cold and rainy summer out on the Cape so far with very little […]

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South Dakota Slope Trip April 2009

Dave and I went on an early season slope trip in mid-April 2009. We met Rob and about a dozen other dedicated slopers on Thursday and had a couple of good days of sloping at The Pasture in NE wind conditions. Some of the highlights of the weekend were: Maiden flights for several of DaveO’s […]

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Famous Washington Slopes

Some nice pictures (thanks Michael!) of a few of the most famous slopes in the world! If you are going to be in the area look at the Mid-Columbia Soarers website for directions and lodging info. I know that when I go there it will be for more than a day! Chandler Butte Eagle Butte […]

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Montana Slope Soaring in Missoula

Montana Slope Flying Sites Jim Crook – Missoula I have flown on a local hill, that seemed fine to me, but I have never been to a slope site that was known as a good site so I have nothing to compare my hill to. If you are in the area, and you are […]

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Fly Fult’s Hill near St. Louis

  Missouri Slope Flying Sites Fults Hill (OK so technically it is in Illinois, but it is only 45 minutes from ST Louis!) This is a public park in rural Illinois about 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis, MO. Head South on Rt 3 to Waterloo, right on 156, make hairpin turn at abandoned gas […]

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Slope Flying in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Near Houghton, MI on the Keweenaw Peninsula My suggested site is Great Sand Bay, in the Keweenaw Peninsula. It faces Northwest, looking over Lake Superior and has a cliff 50 to 100 ft high. The site is about 25 miles north of Houghton and Hancock. The nearest towns likely to be on a map are […]

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Sloping in Frankfort, Kentucky

These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.Check with local flyers for information. Chris DSing a Wizard at the Frankfort slope. Photo: Ken Marks   Frankfort, KY SlopeDiscovered by Dave Smith of the Bluegrass Soaring Society. We have discovered a good slope here in the Frankfort, KY area […]

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Slope Flying – Chicago Style!

Slope flying in Chicago? Yep, thanks to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County access to the Greene Valley Hill is available on weekends with a valid permit from the Preserve Office call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for more info. Slopin’ over Chicago From the Forest Preserve website: The 190-foot Greene Valley hill is […]

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Hawaii – Polipoli slope soaring

Polipoli is Maui’s “Bunny-slope”. It is the place to fly if you’re learning to fly something slow like a Gentle Lady. It’s also a great place if you’re interested in lazing in the sun flying a gentle gas-bag like the Lady or the Olympic II. Thermal Soaring at PolipoliThanks to Duane Asami for permission to […]

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Hawaii – Waihe’e slope soaring

These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.Check with local flyers for information. Sloping the Kapuna Point Sea-Cliff at Waihe’eThanks to Duane Asami for permission to use this info. In May of 1998, Alvin Battad of Kahului set the current A.M.A. Class-A Slope Duration Record at Kapuna Point. […]

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South Florida Slope Site

Update 08/05/03: Regarding the “South Florida Slope Site” post from Charles Lillo, the park he referred to is called Vista View Park and is now open to the public. However, radio-controlled model aircraft are not and never were permitted there. Along with a growing group of interested local glider flyers and AMA Flying Site Assistance […]

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Slope Soaring Without Mountains

Check out this site at: Here is a brief excerpt. “Believe it or not, slope soaring is entirely possible here in sunny Florida, despite the fact that within 30 miles of the coast the ground rarely gets more than fifty feet above sea level. While our thermals in the summertime have been known to […]

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Mild Slope Site Near Orlando

Chris Wells sent in this story. Site: Carlos Canyon Description: a pit with 25-30′ of slope, soarable in 270′ of wind direction. (South winds are no good) Probably needs a 20 mph wind to be soarable for most gliders, a Zagi THL is fine on 10-15mph. Location: off of route 27, maybe a mile north […]

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The Dynamic’s First Flight in Florida

Mirko sent in this report on slope soaring in Florida the 30 foot dunes at Merrit Island located about 10 miles north of Cape Canaveral. If you look closely at the photos you will see the gantries in the background for shuttle launches! We drove from Orlando to this area (Titusville) in a little over […]

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Slopes in the Clearmont, Florida Area

Greg from Florida sent in several slopes in and around the Clearmont area. Nice to know that there is sloping going on in Florida! 1 – There is a slope behind the Bob Evans restaurant on SR 27 off of Johns Lake Rd 2 minutes south of were SR 50 & SR 27 cross which […]

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Slope Soaring in Colorado

With all the mountains in Colorado you’d expect some great sloping, and you’d be right! These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.Check with local flyers for information. Loveland Pass, Coloradoreported by Kou Vang US Hwy 6 bypass off interstate 70 before entering the tunnels. You climb about […]

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Slope Soaring in California (North)

There are numerous great spots for slope soaring in Northern California. This article has links to other sites with more info These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.Check with local flyers for information. Northern California Davenport is about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz just off HWY […]

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Slope Soaring in California (South)

Southern California boasts some of the most famous slopes in our sport. This article includes links to other sites with more information. These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.Check with local flyers for information. For Torrey Pines info: List of the best sloping spots in SoCal: Jon […]

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New York Slope Site: Sterling Bluffs on Lake Ontario

by Dave Garwood  –  MAY 7, 2008 We like water out in front of our slope sites because without upwind turbulence-makers, we fly in smoother air. One such site available in upstate central New York is Sterling Bluffs in Sterling Park, located on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, northwest of Syracuse and south of […]

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