Slope Soaring in Arkansas

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

Nick Trubov sent in this info about slope soaring sites within a half hour drive of Fort Smith, AR. There are several spots.

Lake Alma: which has a dam facing due North

There is a South/Southeast facing cut along I-540 just West of Ft. Smith that works great those two days a year when the wind blow from the SouthEAST!

The landfill has a slope that faces Northwest.

There is a slope on a private farm about thirty minutes north of my house that I would take people to, but not tell ’em about since it is private land.

Also in Fort Smith there is a levee on the north side of the Arkansas river which faces  Northeast and has lots of places to soar from. The levee is only twenty feet high but the wind comes in over really flat open farmland in most places. Take highway 59 east from I-540 just after crossing the Arkansas river if you are going North. (Hey, get off on this exit  just BEFORE you cross the river if you are going South, ok?) Start looking at the levee after driving about two or three miles to the East. Eventually you will cross another bridge that takes you back to  the other side of the Arkansas river and into Barling, AR.

Local Pilots

I can almost ALWAYS be convinced to go slope soaring. I used to live in Albuquerque, NM, where they have REAL slopes. It looks as if I am going to have to hire myself a D9 and buy some land and MAKE my OWN SW facing slope. That is the direction of the prevailing wind in the summer and so there are no slopes facing that particular direction.

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