Hang Gliding in Ventura County, California
Year round cross-country flying is possible at a variety of sites
scattered throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. These
are described in an on line
site guide which can be interfaced through a clickable
Hang gliding instruction is available at
hang gliding school, run by Tammy Burcar in Santa Barbara.
Additional information (heavy on PG) about Santa Barbara
flying can be found at
Phone number for windtalker on La Cumbre
Peak is (805) 963-4422. Interesting discussion of recent
flights and conditions is conducted at
- These are regional implementations of the BlipMap forecasts developed
by Dr. Jack Glendening.
You can read about RASP details
I run Santa Barbara forecasts twice daily based on 6Z and 12Z ETA
initialization data. These are typically available for the current day
by 1 AM and 7 AM PST respectively. Forecasts for the next two days
based on 12Z data become available by 10 AM. RASP forecasts
for Lakeview and Chelan are also updated daily.
Or use Univiewer
RUC Forecast Soundings
- These are forecasts of the atmospheric profile you can expect
at various flying sites at the actual time you will be flying. They are based on the RUC weather model from NOAA/NCEP and
are available for the following sites.
12Z Upper Air Soundings
- I've written some scripts which download the 12Z soundings every morning
and plot up the data in a form more intelligible to pilots than the
Stuve or SkewT plots. Tell me if you have any sites you'd like me to add.
Salt Lake City,
Dodge City KS,
Midland Regional TX,
Winds Aloft Forecast
700 mb Forecast
Other weather information.
Peruse and place ads for used hang gliding or paragliding
equipment. Database of hang glider models
will tell you what's what.
For more information about the Topa Flyers or local flying you can contact: