Friday, August 17, 2007

New site possibly opening on Blount Mountain

Hey Guys/Gal, I talked to the landowner next to Walkers Gap and he seems positive about us creating a new site there sometime in the near future. Due to a family situation it won't happen for probably about 5 months. I'm sure most of you know which place I'm talking about.........the huge field with no obstructions with the killer view next to a pond and small cabin/house . There is about 1000' of cliff frontage and we can put a launch anywhere we want. There is a possibility that we could create a nicely sloped launch which would be good for paragliders as well. The glide would be easier to reach the chicken house LZ and Washington LZ for PG. (4:1 maybe) Also top landings are a probability. It is a 600' agl SSE facing site. Walkers Gap is still in question and the court date is this month some time. Anyway check out the website and please send pics/posts suggestions to me. I'm using mainly old photos plus some Ray's girlfriend took. We are listed on the now and should be getting some good PR. We are also coming up on a google search now thanks to Ray Helman. See you in the air. Philip Dabney

Sunday, August 12, 2007

August may bring news about Walkers Gap

The court date is sometime this month to decide access issues due to Walkers Gap. There are several possibilities: Either Bobby (launch owner) prevails and we get a right of way access........or Eddy lets us put a new launch in on his land......or the next door neighbor lets us put in a new launch........or none of the above. Keep your fingers crossed. I'm posting some old pics of Wakers and Jenkins . Philip Dabney

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Friday, April 20, 2007

Walkers Gap site cleared today.

Today, Friday , April 20th, Keith Nunnally and I cleared Walkers Gap for the first time in a year. It is very launchable now however the access issue won't be solved until the court date at the end of May. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope that we can all buy the place to preserve hang gliding and paragliding in central Alabama..........Walkers Gap is a 600' launch that faces SE and is top landable with a gentle slope launch. Pics to follow soon........... Philip Dabney

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Friday, March 30, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

Old hang gliding club needs new members

The Alabama Hang Gliding Association needs people interested in hang gliding to assist us in launching from Chandler Mountain at our Jenkins' site. Many times we can't fly because we need two people on launch helping to steady the glider. Hang gliding in Alabama is endangered because flying sites are hard to come by. We need to preserve Jenkins' site because it's the only one we have and Mr. Jenkins, the owner wants us to come more often or else not at all. We have been flying hang gliders there since 1981. If anyone can come up to watch and assist in launching please email Philip Dabney at