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"I am not a professional pilot, nor a serious competitor. I am just a dedicated paragliding pilot who has had the fortune of flying in several fun sites around the world. Richfield Utah, offers some of the most consistent paragliding sites that I've visited. I've seen pilots from across the globe come to Richfield and get a healthy dose of good flying. Between all of the sites, Cove launch is probably my favorite launch in Richfield. Cove is flyable most of the day (for at least 5 hours every day). This often means that pilots get more airtime here than many other mountain sites (ones with relatively small daily flying “windows”). This consistent airtime coupled with the variety of launches, makes Cove excellent for a wide range of pilots (from beginner to competitor). With 3300' of descent, even a “sled ride” is worth driving up. As with any mountain site, conditions can vary considerably (which is part of the fun and challenge). With a weather station at launch, pilots can check out flying conditions prior to heading up there. The dirt road to cove is an easy drive (with some rough spots), and typical for a mountain site. The only thing that would make Cove even better would be if there was a cable car to launch for winter access (the flying season there is usually May to November). Some of best characteristics making the Richfield sites some of the best mountain flying areas around are, relatively consistent weather patterns, good access to an assortment of launch sites, the large valley that the Richfield area sits in (creating the consistency, and offering plenty of LZs), great cross-country potential, and friendly locals, especially Stacy." Thanks. Fio
- Fio Antagonini- (St. George Utah) -

COVE CLUB:
This is everyone that has launched from Cove launch and benched all the way to the peak of Cove!

2005 Stacy Whitmore (7/06/05) 2007 Doug Whitmore (6/09/07)
Cameron Street (8/30/05) Jef Anderson (7/4/07)
2008 David Barton (7/14/08) 2009 Fio Antognini (9/08/09)
Dennis McDonald (7/24/08) Taggi T. (9/11/09)
Jochen Rink Todd Nelson
Neil McGarry (8/28/08) Rick Baars (9/27/09)
Peter Boven 2011
Nationals
Year
Barrett Kauffman (7/23/11) - Finally
Dave Dixon (9/13/08) Preacher (Rest In Peace) (7/23/11)
Thomas Stankowski Sam Crocker
2010 Thayne Belnap (6/26/10) Chris Kurowski
Mark Latham Fredrick Bourgault
Darius Lukoseviccus (7/3/10) Chuck Leathers
Hildegard Niedeggen-McManus Jan Voegeli
Daniel McManus Casey Meeks
Ron Peck (7/23/10) 2012 Kristjan Morgan (9/29/12)
Neil Hansen James Hull
Tony Lang Justin Brim
Pierre Beney 2013 Doug Argen (6/26/13)
Benjamin Vandyke Michael Trottier (9/30/13)
Gavin McSweeney (9/23/10) Jiri
2014 Martin Piehslinger (5/1/14) 2015 Josh Evans (06/17/15)
Lee Wycoff (7/24/14) Todd Bement (06/27/15)
Doug Carlson (9/29/14) Jonathan Leusden (9/27/15)
Austin Kasserman David Whitmore (09/11/15)
Jim Baldo Thai Verzone (9/26/15)
Joe Wright Joe McLaughlin (9/27/15)
Jan Kursic (9/30/14) Nicholas Reiter (10/10/15)
Matt McGlamery Brendon Elliott
Logan McGlamery 2017
Banner
Year for
Cove Club
Ryan Runolfson (6/24/17)
Jack Rossman James Cowan (8/31/17)
Marten Van Speybroeck Vladimir Kremenovic (9/2/17)
Chris Irish (10/1/14) John Murphy (9/25/17)
2016 James Griffith (6/1/16) Brian Fowler
Matthew Van Zjl Jacob Hartley
Andy Schumachar (6/30/16) Casey Bedell
Jeff Arbon - Hang Glider (7/9/16) Carl A.
Mike Packard (7/23/16) Paul Roys
Ryan Dunn Tom Jenkins
Darren Verploegen David Morrey (9/26/17)
Trevor Cowlishaw Curtis McDougal (9/27/17)
      Judith Hutchinson
      Mark Fisher
      Charlie Thomas
      Bart Garton (9/28/17)
      Dan Bruce (9/29/17)
      Devin McGlamery
      Jessie Bohn
      Stephen Schmidt
      Charles Cozean
      Theresa Fielding
      Amanda Craft
      Julia Krammer

 

"You have not flown Utah until you have flown Cove." - Jochen Rink -

"The best ridge lift I have ever flown!" - Pierre Beney (France) -

"Cove may very well be the best site in Utah!" - Todd Nielson -

Cove is now a registered USHPA site under the administration of CUASA, and official chapter of USHPA. We have a few rules that we must have pilots follow when using Cove. Those instructions are as follows:

Site rules and risk assessment and mitigation plan for Cove Launch

8731ft/2661m GPS 38 38'03”N 112 03'39”W LZ: 5360ft/1634m GPS 38 38'46.1”N 112 06'29.1”W

Cove launch is on National Forest Land and is administrated by the Central Utah Air Sports Association. CUASA. Membership in USHPA and CUASA and being familiar with the Cove risk assessment is required to fly here. Please contact one of our officers for information on risk mitigation, weather conditions and CUASA membership before flying. stacy@cuasa.com - jef@cuasa.com -jonathan@cuasa.com

     Cove Launch is located 12 miles South East of Richfield Utah at the top of the Thompson Basin road. High clearance vehicles are required. With over 3000 feet of vertical drop to the landing zone which is just north of the Monroe City Cemetery. A ridge finger extends miles out into and 3300 feet above the Sevier Valley, and creates a soarable take off in three different directions. You can bench up 3000 feet in evening ridge lift.

     This is a high mountain launch and requires the respect and caution associated with high mountain launches. A lot of heat can be stored in the terrain and thermal activity can continue until late into the evening.

      There is a 2.5 mile glide out to the landing zone over mountains valleys and unfriendly landing conditions, so head out to the landing zone while you are still high enough to make it. In the evenings the winds tend to move from west to north to east. Being aware of wind changes is very important to staying away from Lee side turbulence and rotor. Remember. When in doubt, head out. It is recommended that you head for the LZ if you are 300 feet below launch.

     Often in the evening basic wind direction is north but there are cycles coming up the west side. This can cause the west launch to switch from launch able to rotor conditions very quickly. In north flow - launch north.

     The west launch goes from fairly flat to fairly steep very fast. This launch should only be used when wind conditions are strong enough to indicate a reverse inflation.

     Other risks include vegetation near the launch areas. Sage brush and scrub oak and scrub juniper can snag lines if launches are not clean. Vegetation higher up includes pine and aspen trees. There is a 345 KV power line about a quarter mile from the landing zone. If you have any doubts that you can make it over the power line - land short and walk.

The plateau at launch invites top landings, but rotors are common if you are close the ground and behind the ridges. Use extreme caution when top landing.

     Your safety is determined by clear thinking and understanding the conditions and risks, CUASA and USHPA are committed to your freedom to fly according to the dictates of your own conscience, and decision making, and to making it as safe as possible by informing you of risks so you can make informed, wise, and safe decisions.

Cove site rules

1)     P3 or instructor supervision required

2)    Membership in USHPA and CUASA and familiarization with site rules and Risk assessment required.

3)  In Southwest flow stay even with or west of Pharaoh’s ridge unless you attain 11,000 feet altitude (even with the peak  because Pharaoh’s Tomb can be a 0 lift situation)

4)   In North and West cycles: use the north launch.

5)  The ridge rules “right of way” are to be followed at all times.

6)  Helmets are required and must be worn any time you are attached to the glider.

7) Spectators must remain 50 feet away from laid out paragliders, and be aware of launching and flying pilots.

8) All vehicles on launch need to park east of the road. This applies to both the west and the south launch.

9) No vehicles in the landing zone. Park on the west side of the paved road.

10) The higher north launch is intended for use by hang gliders. P4's only may use it – when no hang gliders are present. This is because of a very narrow window of safety.

11) Mini wings may use the Cove launches, but extreme caution should be used because of the distance to the landing zone. It is recommended that mini wings be 15 meters or more when using the Cove launches.

12) Any commercial instruction or site guiding must be done in accordance with USHPA guidelines and instructors must represent a PASA certified school.

13) Tandem instructors must be in compliance with the USHPA FAA Tandem Exemption, and all participants must be issued a 30 day student membership or current USHPA membership.



Directions to Cove Launch from Richfield, Utah;    Click on thumbnails to see pictures 
 

CentralTurnoffA:

WashburnRdB:

ThompsonBasinRoadC:

ThompsonRoadDirtD:

A. From Richfield, head south on Hwy 89 about 3 miles to the a town called 'Central'. Find your way to the middle of town. When you have come to the middle of town, there will be a park on the west side of the road and a tricky intersection. You make a kind of zigzag to continue going south on Main Street. This is the picture above.
B. After traveling south from the Central intersection about 1 1/2 miles, you will join a road following the foothills of Cove Mountain. This is called Landslide Road. Turn left.
C. The next turnoff comes a little quicker. When you pass two houses, the turnoff onto Thompson Basin Road is on the right.
D. Once you are on Thompson Basin Road, you will have a hard time not making it all the way to launch. When you see the radio towers, you know you are there.

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Some pictures from Cove.



A couple pictures off Cove North Launch.
1. You have heard of biwingual, well this is going a bit too far - don't you think?
2. The second is Dave with a beautiful forward lean off the north launch.
3. Stacy just after lift off.


Here is a picture of the LZ and one of Stacy benching over the cab with Dave doing a beautiful launch.