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.
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