Flying Sites & guides
COL welcomes you and we hope you will come and fly with us.
But first there are a few things you need to know.
**Fire extinguisher & shovel required at all sites**
Chewelah area sites***
During high fire danger times, 5 gallons of water are to be carried and no flying on red flag warning days. DO NOT PARK IN TALL GRASS****
Most of our sites are private & require landowner permission to fly, USHPA membership and a site orientation.
Landowners and site maintenance requirements dictate some rules that you need to follow in order for us to maintain the site.
Please be sure to read the site guide thoroughly, check the links on weather and get a site briefing before flying. Our club members are happy to answer questions when you are up on launch. Some cross country routes flown have limited landing options and can trap pilots who are not prepared.
It is very important that you treat the landowners with the utmost respect. If you are flying cross country and you have to land out please be as courteous as possible. You are an uninvited guest on someone else’s property. Your actions may only mean one bad day for you but can impact the flying of local pilots if we lose a landing field for years to come. Before you fly have a look at this site that shows the known landing and “no landing” fields.
Pilots flying cross country often are forced to land in farm fields. Some general rules when you land away from one of the marked landing fields:
When you land, sincerely apologize for landing on the property. Pack up and leave as expeditiously as possible.
- Do not land near animals (especially horses) except in an extreme emergency
- Do not land on crops. Offer to pay for damage if you do.
- Do not climb over fences
- Exit fields at gates. If gates are locked climb over at the hinge end.
If you are involved in an incident with a landowner or think you might have caused a problem please report it to one of the club officers. Often we can smooth things over if we respond quickly.