Flowerdale
29 / March / 2014

Flowerdale (3 Sisters) 10 point

Flowerdale (3 Sisters)

Approach

10 point
Restrictions: Due to rules put in place during negotiations with the Landowner this is a CLOSED CLUB SITE. You must be a current financial member of the Melbourne Hang Gliding Club or Skyhigh Paragliding Club to fly this site, see below for contact details. Also, you must not fly alone - there must be at least two people, even non-flyers.
  • Easy to access
  • Parking is available in the near
  • Dirt road
  • Requesting permission is a prerequisite

The site

10 point
A smooth grassy double sided east / west ridge with both the north and south sides soarable and trees below the south launch. in summer weeds can snag lines, sheep & cattle leave their calling cards on deck so a good clean of the wing is needed after flight if you get marked....
  • Ordered, maintained

Flying

10 point
This site is normally an easy site to fly to the North although can become quite turbulent in strengthening winds or if the wind swings. To the South you need to be careful on takeoff due to the turbulence produced by the trees in front of launch. Cross Country has potential, but works best when some initial height can be gained from ridge lift before having to work and possibly commit over the back in thermals.
  • Flight with restrictions
  • There are impeding objects

Landing

10 point
North:
The paddock is large but slightly sloped away from the hill and as such your approach should be as low as comfortable into the paddock to give you plenty of room. Be aware of possible turbulence from other hills, especially in NW winds. In very light or nil conditions an uphill landing can be successful. There is a windsock on an orange PVC pole on the ground by the fence. Put it in the footing in the paddock, and the last person the leave can place it back by the fence. The footing for the windsock is at co-ords S 37.29094 E 145.27245. Or, simply start at the green EMP pole located in the PG car parking area by the fence and walk 105m towards the notch in the hills on the horizon to the east.
South:
The landing area is along the Strath Creek Rd in one of the first three paddocks immediately over the creek. Check these paddocks before flying for stock or other obstacles and possible dangers (possible flooding in wet months).
  • Easy landing
  • Landing area is located near to the site

Summary

10 point
As mentioned above, All pilots must be current financial members of the Melbourne Hang Gliding Club or Skyhigh Paragliding Club. This site was only re-opened (February 1998) so please respect the site rules as arranged with the private owner of this property. In summer, drive very slowly along the dusty track from the highway to the LZ, because in a N wind, the dust blows onto the two or three houses along the way. There is a power line directly below the northern launch at the foot of the hill. There are also power lines in alternative landing paddocks on the south side. This site can become very turbulent in NE or NW winds, be extremely careful when low either side of knolls. This site is on the edge of a 4500' to 7500' controlled airspace step.
  • It's worth to come back

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