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Mt Magazine site info

Launch

35.1634  -93.6420     Paris, Arkansas

hang gliding at Mt Magazine

photo by Allen Tarver

Mt Magazine launch

launch = magenta, glider setup = blue, parking = yellow

Requirements for pilots Paraglider Hang Glider
Minimum required rating and special skills P3 H3
Recommended wind limits (mph) Min:0 Min:3
  Ideal:7 Ideal:10
  Max:15 Max:20
  Gust:5 Gust:5
Launch altitude ft 2,517
LZ altitude ft 545  
Launch to LZ distance 2.1 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 5.6
Wind direction ideal 185
Wind direction OK 165-205

hang gliding at Mt Magazine

photo by Donald Briley

Notes

Mt. Magazine State Park is located on the highest mountain in the state of Arkansas.  The state park Visitor Center is located 16 miles south of Paris Arkansas on Arkansas Highway 309 or 10 miles north of Havana, Arkansas, on Arkansas highway 309. The launch site is a south facing slope launch to the edge of a bluff line which extends over 2 miles east and west on either side of the launch.  This site is primarily a thermal flying site which also offers great opportunities for ridge soaring. On days with light and variable winds the wind direction need not necessarily be southerly to fly this site.

A minimum USHPA pilot rating of H3 or P3 is required to fly this site.  H3 and P3 pilots must be accompanied by an advanced pilot (H4 or P4 respectively) until they have successfully flown this site a minimum of 10 separate flights along with a minimum of 5 hours flight time.  The distance/glide to the nearest LZ is over 2 miles.  Low performing gliders may not be able to reach the LZ if significant sink is encountered.  Sink cycles can be severe in midday thermal conditions.  Usually evenings are the best time to fly for pilots unfamiliar with the site or for lower performing gliders.  Visiting pilots should visit the Albright landing zone before flying this site.  Please contact us if you need a site guide and we will be happy to help.

PG

The hazard for PG is the long glide to the LZ (over 2 miles) with no bail out.

HG

The launch site is located in a slot through the trees with minimal clearance.  Because Mt. Magazine is operated by the state parks we may have numerous spectators when flying activities are conducted.  It is the pilot’s responsibility to communicate with spectators and request they maintain the required clearance BEFORE launching: no spectators in front of take-off, 30 feet or more behind take-off, and 30 degrees or more to the side and behind take-off.

hang gliding at Mt Magazine

Roy Mahoney - photo by Mel Hair

Albright LZ

35.1336  -93.6442    Waveland, Arkansas

Hang gliding at Mt Magazine, AR

photo by Donna Stokes

The entrance to the Albright farm is located 7 miles west of Havana, Arkansas, on Arkansas highway 10.  The entrance can be identified by a red gate and cattle guard.

Albright LZ

launch = magenta, glider setup = blue, parking = yellow

Notes

Vehicle parking is located on the east side of the Albright home. Please observe the "No Parking Beyond This Point" sign at the end of the lane. No vehicles are allowed in the landing zone.

PG

PG landings can be more easily made in east or west wind final approaches.

HG

There are significant obstacles to be avoided when entering the field from the air. Power lines run north and south along the west boundary of the field and west to east just south of the house. The north and east side of the field is bordered with large trees and the north end of the field (typical base leg into the field) is narrower. For a safe final approach (flying south), stay low to the trees as you enter the field avoiding the large tree in the middle west third of the field.

[we need photos of Albright LZ]

Beatty alternate LZ

35.1311  -93.6696    Waveland, Arkansas

Beatty alternate LZ

launch = magenta, glider setup = blue, parking = yellow

Notes

The Beatty LZ is located 1.5 miles directly east of the Albright Farm on Arkansas Highway 10. When the predominant winds in the valley are easterly or westerly, the Beatty LZ is ideal since the Albright field is best in a north or south final approach.

PG

It is a long glide to the LZ!

HG

The field does have some negligible obstacles on the east side of the field: building, pond, and trees. Power lines border the highway on the south side of the field. The Beatty’s typically have cattle in the field and caution should be used to avoid them. Parking is limited at the Beatty LZ. There is an access road on the south side of the highway and can be used for parking if the road is not blocked.

[we need photos of Beatty LZ]