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We invite visiting pilots to fly SPP managed sites, twice a year, free of charge, without requiring them to join the club. Visiting pilots must be current members of USHPA and a USHPA sanctioned club, or for non-US based pilots, have a valid IPPI card and temporary USHPA membership (required for insurance). You must be accompanied by a member, have signed and submitted a SPP waiver, familiarize yourself with, and conform to, all site guidelines and rules.

You may submit your waiver in one of the following ways








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LZ at Bell Mountain On final approach at the LZ at Bell Mt






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Flying Sites

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Bell Mountain

The Launch at Bell MountainBell is a mile long ridge and only a smaller portion of that is facing west. This area can get crowded fast so please remember it is your responsibility to make sure to avoid collisions and to follow all right of way rules. The spine to the north of launch often produces turbulence as a west or southwest wind curls around it.

Bell Mountain is P3 because the glide from launch to the primary LZ is 4.59:1 and the Emergency LZ is not visible from launch. We strongly recommend that even P3 pilots only fly Bell Mountain under the supervision of a pilot with site experience.

Bell Mountain is H3 because the primary LZ is narrow and contains a fence.  The launch is fairly benign if you wait for a good cycle.  We strongly recommend that even H3 pilots fly Bell Mountain under the supervision of a pilot with site experience.
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Pigeon Mountain

The launch is located on park service land. It is about 70 feet wide and gets wider
further back. There is enough area to set up at least 2 to 3 gliders. The launch is a cliff with several
jagged rocks jutting out below. The clearance above the trees after launch is minimal on no lift days.

This site is P3 because of the flat cliff launch and the glide required to reach the primary LZ.  The valley winds can be much stronger than those on the ridge, be conservative.  Top landing is NOT recommended because of constant rotor behind the launch.  We strongly recommend that even P3 pilots fly under the supervision of a pilot with site experience.The Launch at Pigeon Mountain

The launch is on state park land and the hang glider LZ is not insured by USHPA (the paraglider LZ is).  Therefore hang gliders are not required to be members of the Southern Para Pilots.  However, you still need to contact us or another local club to get up on the rules.  The LZ landowner has specific rules on parking and the land around the primary is strictly off limits.  We strongly recommend that all pilots fly under the supervision of a pilot with site experience.
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Chilhowee

The launch at ChillihoweeThis site is P3 because of the glide required to reach the primary LZ and the emergency LZ is not recommend. The flight to the LZ is often filled with sink. We strongly recommend that even P3 pilots fly under the supervision of a pilot with site experience.

This site is H4 because the primary LZ is short and there is a real possibility to overshoot with a bad setup too high over the power lines. We strongly recommend that even H4 pilots fly under the supervision of a pilot with site experience.
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Other Sites

There are several other sites located in the South East that welcome Southern para Pilots. Please note that these sites are managed seperately from SPP and you will need to follow site protocals, possibly pay membership fees, and sign additional waivers to fly at these sites. Please contact the site managers for details before flying at these sites.

Blue Ridge Paragliding
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Hensons Gap
Hensons Launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whitwell
Launch at Little pisgah