Launches

There are 11 launches at Soboba each with their own unique qualities and challenges.  All launches feature extensive clearance space, with only readily visible obstacles.

Launch Chart

Launch Chart

The training hill is 100’ high with a launch at the top and a lower launch at 40’. The slope of the lower section is 4:1 and the top section is 3:1. The lower launch is accessed by hiking and the upper launch is accessed via a quad trail approaching from above the training hill. The training hill will accommodate a south to southwest wind. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees (15 degrees for students) and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

The first launches are at 200 and 250 feet and are accessed via the quad trail. These launches offer a gradual slope and enough space to set up multiple wings. These launches are required for student pilots and great for beginners. For pilots new to the site you may be asked to use these launches to demonstrate flight capability. These launches will accommodate a pilot taking off into a south-southwest to west-northwest, and south to southwest wind respectively. Glide to the landing area is 3:1. The launches allow a progressing student to experience significant flight time with minimal turning required to land in the long LZ. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees (15 degrees for students) and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

250 Launch

250 Launch

The 500’ launch is one of the largest at Soboba and will allow for multiple wings to spread out. This launch will accommodate a pilot taking off in a northwest to southwest wind. It is primarily used as a secondary PG launch to the 650 when the winds are from the northwest. The slope is gradual and the runway is lengthy. Most of this launch is primarily for paragliding, however mini-wings can launch on the east side of the orange windsock, going west into the gully. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees (15 degrees for students) and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

500 Launch

500 Launch

The 650’ launch is the primary paragliding launch and will allow for multiple wings to be spread out. It’s also the highest point for motorized transportation. All pilots who wish to use a higher launch will be required to hike the remaining distance. There is a permanent canopy for shelter from the sun as well as an ice cooler filled with bottled water. Pilots should remember to retrieve any items left in the cooler before the end ofthe day. Due to its lack of steepness this launch is not appropriate for mini-wings. This launch will accommodate a pilot taking off into a southwest to west wind. Glide to the landing area is 3.5:1. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees (15 degrees for students) and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

650 Launch

650 Launch

The 800’ and 800’ alternate launches sit directly above the 650. The 800’ launch is smaller but will easily allow for two wings to spread out. The slope is a gradual grade however the runway is short. In terms of mini- wings this launch is perfect and the most popular. The 800’ alternate launch is approximately 50’ east of the main launch. The alternate launch will accommodate a pilot taking off into an east wind, while the main pad will accommodate a pilot taking off into a south to west wind. The main pad is also a third choice for launching a PG if the wind is from the south and the 650 and 500 are not suitable. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

800 Launch

800 Launch

The 1000’ launch will allow for two wings to be spread out. The runway is short and eventually drops off to an aggressive slope. This launch will accommodate a pilot taking off anywhere between an east to south wind. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds. 

1000 Launch

1000 Launch

The 1200’ launch allows for two wings to be spread out, but it is very steep. This launch is not very forgiving. The runway is lengthy but extremely steep. A favorable wind is highly recommended to assist in getting lift quickly. This launch will accommodate a pilot taking off anywhere between an east to west wind. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

1200 Launch

1200 Launch

The 1450’ launch will allow one to two wings to be spread out, depending on the vegetation growth. The runway is gradual and decent length. It should be noted however that there are power lines approximately 100 yards west of the launch. This launch will accommodate a pilot taking off anywhere between an east to south wind. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

1450 Launch

1450 Launch

The 1500’ launch is the highest of them all. It sits about 100 yards east of the 1450 launch, which is great for using them in conjunction to each other. The slope is lengthy but relatively steep. This launch will accommodate a pilot taking off anywhere between an east to west wind. Maximum wind speed is 12 mph measured with a wind meter, maximum crosswind of 30 degrees and max gust of 3 mph in 5 seconds.

1500 Launch

1500 Launch

The “upper” launches above 650’ are restricted to use only by H3/P3+ rating, H2/P2 rating plus site sign off or M1/M2 rating, or student under direct instruction.




Return to Site BriefingLast Updated: April 6, 2017

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