Notes for new & Visiting Pilots

1. Make sure you're current!

2. Contact a club member:

Julia Knowles - JHFFC President - 207-504-4107

Richard Grove - JHFFC Vice President - 925-785-7885

John Hovey - JHFFC Treasurer - 605-381-9358

3. Understand the Weather

Issued daily by National Weather Service. Keep reading it daily and it'll sound more like English

Pocatello, ID 6 Hour forecast. Pocatello is closest city upwind of JAX. Check AM & PM.

Pocatello, ID 12 Hour forecast. Good to look at in morning.

Hi-def mobile radar. Zoomable radar loop. Know what's going on around you.

Summer tram wind readings, every 15 minutes. Average 30-min delay. Often turned off when lightning is within range; occasionally they may forget to turn it back on.

Winter tram wind readings, every 15 minutes. Average 30-min delay. 

Shows wind dir/strength at wx stations. Snow King station displays wrong wind direction. Airport readings are suspect.

Soaring forecasts for free flight pilots. Sign up for the membership!

4. Get in Touch with the Locals

WhatsApp Group Messaging- contact Julia, Courtney or Chad to be added!

Morning meet-up at 7:45am in the Bridger Center

Afternoon meet-up at 5:00pm at Snow King

5. Educate Yourself!

Literature (click titles for more info):

The Art of Paragliding- Dennis Pagen

Understanding the Sky- Dennis Pagen

Paragliding & Rowing Boats- Richard Grant

FAR 103

Thermal Flying - Burkhard Martens

Mastering Paragliding- Kelly Farina

50 Ways to Fly Better- Bruce Goldsmith

Prepare to Fly- Simon Blake


Cobra (high-wind inflation technique)

Fingers on brake lines (inflation/uphill kiting)

Understanding Airspace

Flybubble Paragliding videos

Reserve Test (PLF example @6:00)

Reading Sectional Charts

PG XC Flight Browser (UK only)

Other Media:

Cloudbase Mayhem Podcast by Gavin McClurg

The Paraglider Podcasts by Judith Mole

"I'm Right Here!" app

Playground in the Sky (don't try these things at home...)