Virginia Slope Flying at Mt. Trashmore

Virginia Beach, Virginia – Mt Trashmore

Mt Trashmore is a  recreation area located on the south side of I-264 in Virginia Beach. The hill is a wide V-shaped hill oriented with the bottom of the V pointed roughly Northeast. It is approximately 60 ‘ high with about a 45 degree slope to the North, a 20-30 degree slope  to the South and Southwest, and a 25 degree slope to the East.  The recreation management allows, within reason, small electric R/C aircraft and gliders (no gas).  Best days to fly are when the wind is from the South or Southwest as they come in over the “lake” run right into the top of the V and are the least disturbed by trees etc.  The flying area is also much larger to the S-SW as you can work most of the inside of the V and out toward the lake and don’t have to worry about the parking lot (or the highway) which are to the North of the hill. East winds are ok there but the slope of the hill to the East isn’t as steep.

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South Carolina Slope at Pinopolis Dam


South Carolina Slope Flying Sites

Pinopolis Dam, SC

Pinopolis Dam is located about 4 miles north of Moncks Corner, SC. This dam site has a 60-70 foot face that faces southeast. The spot in the pictures is on the north side of the river next to the Jeffries Hydro plant.

Winds from south to east should work well here with southeast best. If the wind is out of the northwest, as it was on the day I found this site, the front side is usable although it is only 15 feet or so to the water. I used an SH-50 and was able to make a few passes before landing. A handlaunch plane would have been perfect, but my Xterminator’s battery was not charged


Take 52 north from Monks Corner about 4 miles to Powerhouse Rd. At the end of powerhouse Rd. you will see the dam. I checked with the guard at the Hydro plant gate and he said walking up is no problem, just do not drive.

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