We are continuing to see many pilots flying in inappropriate locations to prevailing conditions at our more complex non simple ridge sites like Little Black and Palomar to name a few. All Pilots need to constantly evaluate wind directions & shifts to perpendicular faces. Do not fly Mt sites by rote.
This material is re-posted from our Members Only section 2015 Thermal and XC Clinic Talks , but is so important to making better safer pilots; we are repeating it here in our open blog section.
Some Basic to Complex Ridgelift Therey
Mt Condition Cautions
- Do not fly Mt sites by rote.
- Constantly evaluate wind directions & shifts to perpendicular faces.
- Constantly evaluate rotor and wind shadows to wind direction shifts.
- Make your 1st pass along a face into the wind if slightly cross to maximize lift height away from terrain.