Flyable wind direction N NE (015)

Launch MSL

  • 1650 ft (750 ft AGL)

Glide to LZ 4:1​

Location  Elmira, NY

Launch type

  • FL steep slope narrow slot launch above cliff like palisades

Rating Requirements

  • H2 P2 with observer

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The wonder started at 6:20 and lasted less than an hour.  It was very light. Jim B had a sledder, Karl scratched the ridge for 20 minutes and Katrin drove the car down.  Still nice to be out, though. Katrin P.


We arrived at launch at about a quarter to two. The windsock showed light winds but good cycles with a light North cross.  Katrin launched first, immediately went up and got high. Jim was next. Same result.  Karl was watching them and then got ready to follow.  Suddenly everything stopped. No wind. No lift. End of show. At 4 pm a Bald Eagle came past launch. At about 4:20 another Bald Eagle went the other way, sinking.  At 5pm Karl gave up and took his sledder. Nonetheless a nice day at the Cliffs. Landowner was called. Tower was called, before and after.  Katrin P.


Jim, Bob, Bill, and Karl launched at about 5:45 into lots of lift and punchy thermals. We had flights in the two hour flight time and highest altitude achieved was 1600 over.
Jim and his Falcon and the rest of us PG.
We had punchy thermals at first which transitioned into a 7 PM wonder. We all flew until we had enough.

James B.


It was a nice day at the cliffs.  When we arrived around 2 it was blowing mostly straight in around 8-12 with some stronger cycles.  5 HG pilots came out .  First off at 3:30 was“ SkyKing “ Skinner, followed Dave P, Bill V, Pat M and myself.  The air was rowdy and turbulent at times with sharp, punchy thermals.  Flights ranged from 1:15 min to 2:30 min with max altitude about 3500 MSL.  Having had our fill, we all chose to land around 6 pm.  The eagles were out in force, and seemed to enjoy the day as much as we did.  Jim K observed the flying from Draht Hill……. Watching us thru binoculars.  He graciously offered Uber service back to the top for vehicle retrieves.  Beer and burgers were enjoyed at Tags after.  The flying has been good so far this season.  Get out and get some!   Chris