We are USHPA certified instructor and tandem rated pilots willing and available to provide you with safe instruction and reasonable equipment purchases. Dedicated to making safe pilots we emphasize ground handling as the prerequisite for mountain flights and the skills necessary to fly anywhere in the world.
Buffalo Mountain Flight Park is located in the scenic Kiamichi Valley near Talihina, Oklahoma. We are within reasonable driving distances from Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK, Dallas TX and Little Rock AR.
We have several mowed and flat fields available as well as nearby gentile hills and suitable mountaintops. All of our sites are easily accessible by car with minimum turnaround times and we have a dedicated 4-wheel drive vehicle and driver for quick, easy and reliable retrieves. (A fee of $8 at Buffalo, $9 at Panorama and $10 at Heavener applies).
All our sites are ridge soarable with landing fields easily within glide. Thermal flying occurs frequently with cloud streets marking thermals across flat valleys and over mountain ranges. A moderate climate allows instruction throughout the year. We have students traveling from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas for instruction and certification.
ALL GLIDERS & EQUIPMENT MUST MEET OUR SAFETY STANDARDS. ALL FLYERS MUST BE CURRENT USHPA MEMBERS. BUFFALO MOUNTAIN FLIGHT PARK RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE FOR ANY REASON SUCH AS MISCONDUCT OR INTOXICATION.
Lessons are by Appointment / Advance Payment
Lessons are weather dependent
Allow extra time to complete lessons.
Weather conditions can cause delays or cancellation of lessons.
Be prepared to spend the entire day!
Call ahead to avoid cancellation.
4/28/2017 GOOD NEWS
Instruction, Tandem and Solo is now FREE. Insurance requirements prohibit compensation at this time so I've decided to share the experience at no charge. No appointments, no schedules, no groups... contact me the day before to confirm suitable weather conditions and location.
TANDEM INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT – $180.
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Introduction to flight, Equipment Review, Regulations
Tandem flight can be enjoyed by just about anyone with no prior experience. Minors need to be accompanied by a parent. We use a larger canopy designed to carry the weight of two people. Each person has their own harness, and the passenger and instructor are connected together with spreader bars. The Tandem instructor sits in the back and the passenger sits in front. We organize our equipment and do a simulation before our actual launch. The instructor double checks your buckles and straps, clips you in, and we turn and wait for a nice launch cycle.
When the wind is right we build energy by running together as the wing comes overhead into the flying position. We run with the wing as we are lifted of the ground, up, up, and away! The flight will last at least seven minutes, maybe more depending on the conditions and your karma.
INTRODUCTORY LESSON - $300.
Ground School, Set up and Preflight, Level Ground Training.
Maybe you just want to take a look? This is a introduction to PARAGLIDING. Students progress from a presentation to canopy familiarization and launch practice on flat ground. If you decide to pursue the P2 course the full lesson price will be applied to the course fee.
NOVICE (P2) PARAGLIDING COURSE - $1,145.
Layout & Preflight, Forward & Reverse Inflations, Radio Instruction, Landing Approaches, Turn Coordination, Site Selection, Airspeed Control, Turbulence Recognition, Canopy Malfunction, Weather Conditions, How to Survive, USHPA and BMF Associations.
This is a comprehensive PARAGLIDING COURSE consisting of all the lessons you need. Anywhere from 10 to 15 days on average. This course contains the classroom and flight requirements necessary to acquire the skills toward a novice solo rating. Upon completion students will generally have acquired the basic minimum requirements to understand how and when to fly paragliders as entry-level pilots. Completion of the course does not intend to qualify the student as an advanced pilot. Novice training is only the basic understanding of paraglider flight and how to proceed safely as a beginner pilot. A textbook and logbook are included. An annual membership with USHPA ($75) and BMF ($60) are required upon completion. We provide the equipment for initial ground handling only. Once the student is ready for mountain flights new or used equipment must be owned by the student. We offer substantial savings on new equipment from APCO to all students.
INTERMEDIATE (P3) COURSE - $400.
Weather Briefing, Flight Plan, Advanced Ground Handling, Thermal Theory, Survival Kit
To achieve an intermediate rating the pilot must demonstrate the maturity and skills to fly most sites in mild to moderate conditions and judge when the site conditions are within the pilots skill, knowledge, and experience level. Understand the FAR’s and regulated airspace for cross-country flights and be able to select and perform safe landings under various conditions.
ADVANCED (P4) TANDEM (T1) COURSE
Please contact me with a brief resume of your experience and motivation.