Inland S-SE
656' ft / 200m ASL PG2 / HG Supervised
North of Hobart (turn at Brighton to head west) Approximately a 35 minute drive north of Hobart. Take the Brooker Highway and then the Midlands Highway to Brighton. Just as you approach Brighton, turn left into Elderslie Road and continue for 2 kilometres. Turn right into Fergusson Road and continue for 1.9 kilometres. A gate on your right provides entry to the landing paddock with a windsock (LF2). Park cars at this landing area, as the landowners do not want large numbers of cars parked in view of their house, or at the top of the launch area. If and when conditions are suitable for launch, proceed in one vehicle via the access track on private land to the top of Winton launch. Along the way you will pass through at gate (ensure you leave it as you found it), cross over the Jordan river, via a rocky river crossing, and pass the second landing field (LF1) at the base of Winton launch. Keep to the established track that leads up from the saddle and park your vehicle no closer than 100 m from launch, so as not to overlook the residence of the property owners. After landing, arrange a car shuffle to collect your vehicle, or walk up access track to retrieve vehicle.

Landowners

The launch is on privately owned land and site access is managed by the THPA.

Contact

THPA, Rob Steane, Stephen Clark

Responsible

THPA
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Winton

For your first flights at this site, you must contact THPA local pilots for site protocols.

Winton has a low level airspace limit, refer latest Airservices Hobart VNC and confirm Class D LL 3500.

A popular and friendly HG & PG site featuring a lovely five kilometre long rounded ridge that spans E-W, but with a seabreeze limited window of opportunity to fly. Great for seabreeze soaring and early afternoon pre seabreeze cross countries in light synoptic Southerlies.

Ideal wind direction is: S through to SE. Will take ESE or SSW, however will be somewhat crossed.

Excellent for building up air time through summer due to its reliability with sea breezes. Top-landable if weather conditions allow.

The launch is on privately owned land and to keep good relations, permission must be sought from the THPA before accessing the site. Site fees may apply.

Please note that due to landholder restrictions, the site is closed during winter until daylight savings recommences. It is also shut on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Note that these and other established restrictions may vary, so ensure you regularly liaise with the THPA club contact for the latest site information. Please be mindful that on approach to the site you are in full view of the property owners, so please behave accordingly.

Winton is a valuable and cherished local flying site. Your cooperation in preserving site access and maintaining good relations with the property owners is greatly appreciated.

Winton is the summer soaring site, and has a good track record for thermals and records.

Early and late season the sea breeze can come in later and light allowing hours of floating conditions with thermic cycles coming through.

Mid summer the see breeze can rip in making it very rapidly unflyable for paragliders and only marginally flyable for very brave hangliders. On these days there is a fair chance the breeze will stay strong well into the evening.

A good difference in temperature between Hobart city (warmer) and Mt Wellington (colder) often indicates good thermic flying conditions in southern Tas, if all the other variables are in your favour. For paragliders, the very best thermalling and cross country flying comes on days when it is just too light to ridge-soar, but with the breeze still blowing gently towards the hill, triggering and guiding the thermals to you.

Weather Observations and Forecasts
Weather station

Droughty Hill Point: This station is a good indicator of the likely sea breeze direction at Winton. South through to SE is perfect for Winton. SSW or ESE means it is likely to be somewhat crossed at Winton.

Iron Pot: is a very small rocky island off South Arm at the entrance to the River Derwent. On this rock happens to be a weather station. Check here for current info, or if out and about, SMS the letters WN to 0428 376 538 and shortly afterwards, the station will SMS you back with a mass of data, including wind direction and strength. Because this station is at sea level and further downriver than the station at Droughty Point, it will give the earliest indication that a seabreeze is heading inland.

Hobart city, Hobart Airport & Mt Wellington: S to SE at both Hobart and the airport is good for Winton, but if at the same time Droughty Pt reads close to ESE, it may be crossed at Winton.

The sea-breeze can sometimes take an hour or so to arrive at Winton after it reaches the city; but usually a fair bit more, as it has to push under any breeze that is coming from the other direction.

Takeoff

Faces E-SE.

Landing

Top landings are possible on the ridge if weather conditions allow.

The site has two lovely paddocks for landing in front of launch. Landing Field One (LF1) is ESE directly below the hill (north of the river). Landing Field Two (LF2) is SE, in the larger paddock over the river.

During the flying season wind socks are normally erected in both paddocks. Check to see if these are in place en-route to launch.

Note, many paragliders have been caught out by low-level compression making attaining the more southerly landing paddock (LF2) difficult. In this circumstance avoid the potential danger of being cheese-wired on the adjacent fences.

If the wind suddenly drops whilst ridge soaring there are a number of bomb-out paddocks in front of the ridge.