General Requirements for Southern Arizona Sites

  • Weather conditions can quickly deteriorate and become extreme at desert mountain sites. Lightning, hail, heavy rainfall, and high winds can develop over a short period of time. Rain or virga in the desert can produce gust fronts and microbursts. Watch for overdevelopment and lines of moving dust.
  • Dehydration and heat exhaustion are serious hazards during hot weather. Bring plenty of water.  Rest in the shade as necessary.
  • Desert vegetation is often thorny and can easily damage anything that touches it, including clothing, wings, and lines.
  • Desert air can be extremely turbulent. Inexperienced pilots should limit flights to evenings or early mornings under the guidance of a local pilot.  Aside from December and January, midday adventures at these sites should be conducted by experienced pilots with ratings of at least H3/P3 and the TUR special skill.
  • SAHGA has no experience or expertise in mini-wings and speed wings, so none of these sites approved for use with these wings.
Mount Lemmon "A" Mountain Box Canyon Whetstone Mountains Mustang Mountain Miller Canyon