Section 16 is located in Colorado Springs in the foothills of Pikes Peak. It is the home flying site for Pikes Peak Paragliding, the Section 16 UFO Test Pilots.
Requirements: All pilots must be licensed through USPHA..
Info: Section 16 is part of the newly created Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs. The flying site is maintained in a joint effort with Friends of Red Rock Canyon, and the City of Colorado Springs. Access to the launch atop Section 16 is via the Section 16 trail, and then a spur trail along the Eastern ridge of the mountain. It is approximately a 1 hour hike from the Section 16 parking lot. The launch offers approximately 1500Õ of altitude over the the designated LZ's. The primary designated LZ's are directly East of launch in two meadows in Bear Creek Park. There are many other meadows in the region as well as potential for XC flights. A site introduction is mandatory in order to understand all the potential LZ's which are absolutely prohibited. Section 16 can pose technical challenges to pilots new to mountain flying. A site introduction is mandatory to fly Section 16.
To arrange for a site introduction, contact:
Ted at 719.761.1486 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The launch at Section 16 can be technically challenging because of the steepness of the slope. Pilots should have good kiting skills. Thermals at Section 16 can be powerful, especially in midday conditions. Pilots who are not used to this style of flying are encouraged to take early morning flights to acclimate to stronger thermal flying.
Weather conditions and wind conditions along the Front Range can change rapidly. Experienced local pilots should be consulted prior to flying solo. Also visit the Meteo page for up-to-date weather info and links.