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Middle Brother SE, Middle Brother National Park

View of the landing from the take off ramp. Landings outlined in pink, click to embiggen
MSL 1800 ft
AGL 1800 ft
Glide to LZ 5:1
Rating/Skills Strong Intermediate
Wind Directions SE
Season Summer and early Autumn
Restrictions No Domestic Animals allowed in national parks
Radio Frequencies Local club requests all pilots carry radio tuned to HGFA frequency.
Site Type Public
Fees None
Contact None
Links http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0128
<googlemap lat="-31.71" lon="152.69" zoom="14">

41.685861, -74.40465, Training Hill http://www.evilleoutfitters.com/hg/index.html </googlemap>

Important Update

Take off is not owned by Department of Environment Climate Change and Water. Currently flying is by "we don't want to know". You can try to get an invitation to fly there by calling the local Paragliding School on 0429844961.


Overview

Overlooking Johns River, this is the middle of three isolated small mountains. Independently named after brothers by both the Aboriginal and White Australians. The take off was carved out from a state forest with a ramp installed by local pilots. The area was handed to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, now known as the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water. They have a policy of removing ramps and replacing them with more natural surfaces, grass or crushed rock. This site is slated for improvement but this has not yet happened (Aug 2009.

History

Hang gliding has been going on here since the 1980s, however since the local school switched from Hang gliding to Paragliding there has been a decrease in activity at this site. Often quite overgrown, count on significant gardening prior to launch. National Parks is apparenlty ok with gardening as long as it doesn't extend beyond the already gardened area. No chemicals are to be used, this site has been endangered by use of herbicide.


Geography/Meteorology

Mountain site with the normal attendant risks. The ramp is quite slippery, probably due to lack of use. Care should be taken. There is a gap between the end of the ramp and the cliff. A very agressive launch is required.

As expected from the name this is a SE launch. Also infested with leeches so bring salt. Like most Australian takeoffs, it's alive with snakes. All reptiles are protected by law, do not harm any, the owners will take a very dim view of any such activity and this will further endanger the site.

Landing is visible from the launch. Areas outlined in pink in the photo. The landing on the left is as advised by Central Coast HG pilots, the one on the right is as advised on the HighAdventure marketplace website, information since removed.

Clubs/Owners/Manager

Take off is on Park land, owners require HGFA membership. Landing is on private land and depends on the goodwill of the owners. Gates as you find them, no driving on paddocks, polite to landowners (and everyone else), thank them for use of land, no rubbish left including toilet paper windsocks etc, no fires, no smoking. Normal inland rules really.

Site Records

Flex wing Distance/Duration Unknown

Rigid wing Distance/Duration Unknown