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Mt Nebo

Mt. Nebo State Park offers a sweeping view of the Arkansas River Valley. The Park's Visitor Center is located on top of Mt Nebo 7 miles west of Dardanelle, Arkansas, on Hwy 155.

It was first flown by Roy Mahoney in July 5, 1975 (over 45 years ago).  Roy's brother, Bruce, made this 8mm video of this historic event.  Roy added these notes of his flight,

Flipped coin - I won (?) against Gene Hobson, tail wind 5mph, landing area 4 to 1.  Lost altitude getting airspeed on take off. Flew straight for field. Started hearing crickets (probably cicadas) in woods below (meaning trees were getting nearer).  At 50' spotted a thin low area in the trees, 180'd back to it.  Flared over trees, crashing thru - hung up 5' off ground.  Got a 2" rip in the sail. ...Couple others broke down their gliders after watching me get swallowed by trees.

Mt. Nebo has 3 launch areas

East    South    NE (Visitor Center)

and 6 LZ's

East LZ    Race Track LZ    Vernon LZ    Florida LZ    Ware LZ    Wesley LZ

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.   This is because of the distance to the nearest LZ (1.5) and the resultant glide (6.5).  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 landing zones before flying this site.  Please contact us if you need a site guide and we will be happy to help.

East launch

35.2140  -93.2510     Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo east 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:3 Min:3
  Ideal:6 Ideal:7
  Max:18 Max:20
  Gust:5 Gust:5
Launch altitude ft 1,740
LZ altitude ft 517  
Launch to LZ distance 1.5 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 6.5
Wind direction ideal 85-95
Wind direction OK 80-105

Notes – East launch

Launch is an east facing slope located at the Park's Sunrise Point.  Below the bluff line is a significant rock hazard that must be cleared immediately after launching.  Pilots should launch with sufficient wind velocity and accelerated launch technique to clear this obstacle. This site is primarily a thermal flying site with opportunities for ridge soaring in predominantly east winds. The East Launch may be flown by tandem pilots only when the wind velocity is sufficient to allow launching before reaching the bluff line.

The East LZ is the primary landing zone.  The Race Track LZ should be used for a bail-out in those instances when pilots cannot reach the East landing field.  The Vernon LZ should only be used in an emergency.

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Be prepared to experience severe sink between launch and the LZ!

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[photos of east launch]

South launch

35.2139  -93.2515    Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo south 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:3 Min:3
  Ideal:6      Ideal:10
  Max:18 Max:20
  Gust:5 Gust:5
Launch altitude ft 1,735
LZ altitude ft 517  
Launch to LZ distance 1.3 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 5.7
Wind direction ideal 160-210
Wind direction OK n/a

Notes – South launch (HG only)

Launch is a south facing slope at the edge of a bluff located at the park's Sunrise Point.  To reach the landing fields the pilot has to turn to the east immediately after launch unless ridge soaring.  This site is primarily a thermal flying site with opportunities for ridge soaring in predominantly south winds. The site may be flown by tandem pilots only when the wind velocity is sufficient to allow launching before reaching the bluff line.

The primary landing zone is the East LZ.  Alternate landing fields are Race Track LZ, Florida LZ, or, in case of an emergency, Vernon LZ.

PG

PG is not approved at South launch without instructor permission.

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[photos of South launch]

Northeast launch

35.2282  -93.2551    Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo northeast 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:3 Min:3
  Ideal:6 Ideal:10
  Max:18 Max:20
  Gust:5 Gust:5
Launch altitude ft 1,703
LZ altitude ft 513  
Launch to LZ distance 1.0 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 4.4
Wind direction ideal 30-60
Wind direction OK n/a

Notes – Northeast launch

Launch is a slope followed by a drop off to a bowl at the top of a ravine and located directly behind the park's Visitor Center.  Best launch windows for this site tend to be earlier in the day due to early shading of the easterly slope.  Before launching the flag in the bowl must show air flow toward the launch.  This site is primarily a thermal flying site with limited possibilities for ridge soaring in predominately northeast winds.

Landing zones are the Ware LZ and the Wesley LZ.

PG

During light conditions, the deep dip near the top of the launch slope may unload your glider.

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[photos of  Northeast launch]

 

East LZ

35.2197  -93.2249    Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo east LZ

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

Launch altitude ft 1,740
LZ altitude ft 517  
Launch to LZ distance 1.5 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 6.5

Notes – East LZ

The best approach in wind directions from east to south is to make the final approach to the south.  There is a gentle up slope in the middle of the field.  There are significant obstacles in the field to be avoided: trees, buildings, and horses.  The horses are familiar with flight operations.  Parking is limited along the side of the road and the gate entrance should not be blocked.  Vehicles and spectators are not allowed in the landing field.  There are occasions when this site produces significant sink cycles.

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[photos of East LZ]

Race Track alternate LZ

35.2164  -93.2281    Dardanelle, Arkansas

The Race Track landing field should be used for a bail-out in those instances when pilots cannot reach the East landing field.

Mt Nebo Race Track LZ

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

Launch altitude ft 1,740
LZ altitude ft 541  
Launch to LZ distance 1.3 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 5.7

Notes – Race Track alternate LZ

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[we need photos of Race Track LZ]

Vernon field emergency LZ

35.2166  -93.2323    Dardanelle, Arkansas

In case of emergencies the Vernon landing field may be used.

Mt Nebo Vernon emergency LZ

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

Launch altitude ft 1,704
LZ altitude ft 584  
Launch to LZ distance 1.0 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 4.7

Notes – Vernon Field emergency LZ

The Vernon LZ should only be used as an emergency field.  When launching from the east or south launch on Mt. Nebo, formidable sink can be found in the valley that you must fly through to get to the landing fields.  This LZ has significant obstacles.  The pilot will have to fly a very narrow final approach with large trees on both sides.  Windy conditions can also create considerable turbulence and rotor.

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[we need photos of Vernon LZ]

Florida LZ

35.2235  -93.2267    Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo Florida LZ

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

Launch altitude ft 1,740
LZ altitude ft 463  
Launch to LZ distance 1.5 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 6.2

Notes – Florida LZ (PG only)

The Florida LZ is adjacent to the home of a long time pilot whose house is located on the northeast corner of the LZ.  Parking can be arranged in his yard with easy walking access to the East LZ.  There is a power line bordering the north side of the field.  Tall trees on the south end require the pilot to work off altitude before entering the field.  This field is also used as a horse pasture and caution should be used if they are present.

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[we need photos of Vernon LZ]

 

Ware LZ

35.2380  -93.2430    Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo Ware LZ

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

Launch altitude ft 1,703
LZ altitude ft 513  
Launch to LZ distance 1.0 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 4.4

Notes – Ware LZ

The access road dead ends at the Ware residence.  Vehicles and spectators are not allowed in the landing field.  Vehicles should park on the side of the lane before arriving at the residence.  Visiting pilots are expected to visit the Ware and Wesley landing zones before using the northeast launch.

A north final approach for the Ware LZ requires crossing a small creek (running primarily northwest to southeast) to an uphill slope toward the residence.  The base leg for this approach should be made just above the trees on the south side of the field.  Northwest or southeast final approaches can be made on the slope.

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[we need photos of Ware LZ

Wesley LZ

35.2335  -93.2256    Dardanelle, Arkansas

Mt Nebo Wesley LZ

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

Launch altitude ft 1,703
LZ altitude ft 416  
Launch to LZ distance 1.8 mi
Glide ratio to LZ 7.4

Notes – Wesley LZ

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The Wesley LZ is used primarily for pilots when attempting cross country flying and is a more desirable LZ than the Ware LZ when launching from the Nebo Northeast launch.  There is a significant hazard with the creek running through the middle of the field when using a north or south final approach.  The field is used primarily for hay production and the grass can be waist high or filled with hay bales during the summer growing season.  Please give the field a visual look before planning to land here.

[we need photos of  Wesley LZ]