Half Island

Half Island flying site

Site Status: Open
Site Name: Half Island
Location: Lawrencetown
Province: Nova Scotia
Suitable for Hang Gliding: No
Suitable for Paragliding: Yes
Regulating Body: HPAAC
Site Regulation: Informal HPAC Insurance, Local Club Waiver
HPAC Rating: Novice
Type of Site: Coastal
Type of Flying: Ridge
XC Potential: No
Description of Site: Coastal ridge soaring site with southern and western facing ridges. A relatively new site with narrow launches and beach landing.
Direction of Launch: West or South
Launch Elevation: 40′ asl
Launch GPS Location: 44.63772, -63.31523
Launch Description: Two launches at site. One faces west, the other (longer) ridge faces south. The West launch was shaped with a bulldozer, but is quite small, and just large enough to lay out a wing. The South launch is larger and is a natural grassy area at the end of a walking trail
Launch Site Rating: Novice
Transportation: Walk in.
Specific Hazards: West launch: As launch is small, and there are tall bushes behind launch, care is needed when inflating/dropping the wing. This launch is best for light to medium (<25kph) winds only. Also, as the ramp is in a bit of a corner in the ridge, wind must be quite westerly, as launch is in a wind shadow when there is too much of a southern component to the wind.
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LZ Description: West launch area: Lots of rotor behind the cliff edge due to severe back slope, therefore a good place to land is on the sandy area of beach in front of the launch. If wind is light it is possible to top land on the launch or right beside it, as long as care is taken not to drop the wing onto the surrounding bushes.
South launch area: this area is flat and large enough that it is suitable for toplanding near the cliff edge to avoid any possible rotor further back.   The beach in front of the South launch is rocky/sloped and not very good for landing. However, just east of the launch there is a short driveway running parallel to the beach, and landing on the driveway or in the tall grass just behind the driveway works well but the landowner has stated that they like their privacy so it is best to topland as much as possible and keep landings on the driveway to a minimum.
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Site Fee:
Local Contact 1: Tim Parker   Tel. 902-219-4085
Local Contact 2: PG: Michael Fuller.Tel. 902-254-2972 or 254-3789
Seasonal Flying Potential: 0=None, 1=Rare, 2=Low, 3=Good, 4=Excellent
Spring: 1
Summer: 2
Fall: 2
Winter: 0
Recommended Ratings
Mild Conditions: Student (with Instructor), Novice
Moderate Conditions: Novice
Strong Conditions: Intermediate
Special Skills Required:
Other Notes:
Radio Frequency: HPAAC: 173.640 Mhz
Reviewed: May 29, 2012



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