Ellenville

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Ellenville Flight Park

Dave Lewis on the north west launch Fathers Day 2007
MSL 1380
AGL 1040
Glide to LZ 4:1
Rating/Skills H3/P4 FL

H2 w/Instructor

Wind Directions W,WNW,NW,NNW,N
Season Year round
Restrictions Top Landing forbidden.
Site Type Commercial
Fees Day Pass $10 US

Yearly $150 US

Contact Tony Covelli
Links http://www.ellenvilleflightpark.com/

North Knob

North Knob Launch Ramp
MSL 1180
AGL 960
Glide to LZ 3:1
Rating/Skills H3/P3 FL

H2/P2 w/Instructor

Wind Directions WNW,NW
Season Year round
Restrictions Top Landing forbidden.
Site Type Commercial
Fees Day Pass $10 US

Yearly $60 US

Contact Greg Black
Links http://www.evilleoutfitters.com/hg/index.html

Route 52 Launch

Route 52 Road Launch
MSL 1110
AGL 890
Glide to LZ 4:1
Rating H3
Wind Directions WNW,NW
Season Year round
Restrictions Top Landing forbidden.
Site Type Public
Fees  ?
Contact Tony Covelli (landing zone owner)
Links http://www.ellenvilleflightpark.com

Overview

Ellenville, NY is one of the oldest and largest hang gliding communities in the world. There are several launches on the ridge, and in the valley there are two airports, a flight park and a hang gliding school.


History

Pilots have been flying here since the early 1970s. A unique film The Silent Wings of Freedom from 1978 shows area pilots flying the ridge, and includes an interview(5:01) with Jean Michel Bernasconi who went on to run Pacific Airwave and design many gliders including the Vision and Pulse. {{#ev:youtube|D8-Eo6jiPP4}}

Geography/Meteorology

The Shawangunk mountains provides ridge lift for miles and the roundout valley below generates thermals. Wave lift is somtimes found at this site, but usually is out of phase with the ridge, so pilots generally will have to venture out over the valley to find it. Note: The Sunset Mountain West launch is a slot launch, and there is a hike in SW Cliff Launch for H4 pilots.

Clubs

The Southern New York Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SNYHGPA) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/snyhgpa-web/ is the local club that coordinates the FLY-Ins, Fun Meets and the Holiday Party. The individual launches are managed by their owners.

Site Records

Rigid wing Distance - 156 miles set by Dave Hopkins on July 13th, 2007. This is also the New York State record. A full accounting of the flight can be found at http://www.stanjroberts.com/Dave%20Hopkins%20Log.htm


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