WEST RUTLAND Launch: Ramp
Covered metal ramp facing southwest.
Most hang gliding pilots find the launch very comfortable. The ramp is self-launchable in light winds.
Paragliding pilots layout and pull up behind or to the right side of the ramp.
Large setup area.
(43.617856, -73.081289) Google Maps
1839 feet, (561 meters)
Wind direction: Ideal 235 from the left and 245 from the right.
Wind speed: HG Min. 5, Ideal 10, Max. 15 … PG Min. 5, Ideal 8, Max. 10
Glide ratio: 3.1
Works best in calm to moderate southwest winds, but is usable in light south through light west winds.
Can be turbulent since the ramp is located on a ridge, thermals move across the ridge and hence the ramp. Pay special attention on windy or strong thermal days.
Easy for paraglider pilots to run across the ramp and therefore fall off the side or swing into the side of the ramp if launching next to it.
Unload and then move vehicle aside to make room for those driving up after you.