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"In these frantic times which seem, more than ever, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, there is an oasis; cool, clean, quiet and very personal. The serenity of soaring is available to each of us just for the asking. Those who pause to refresh themselves at the spring always return to it, or, having found it never depart." (League of Silent Flight)

Cape Blanco is one of Oregon's most beautiful state parks. And Flyers have discovered that it an excellent flying site for slope soaring because our dependable winds provide endless lift. The hobby and sport of flying Radio Controlled (R/C) Model Airplanes is becoming a popular year-round activity at Cape Blanco State Park. Model soaring is both an art and a science and reportedly the fastest growing segment of model aviation. Inherently friendly to the environment and considerate of nearby neighbors, it is both a quiet communion with nature, and one that provides a great outlet for creative and competitive desires. Year-round dependable wind, convenient parking, tree-less slopes, supportive Oregon State Park personnel and supportive fellow flyers, all combine to make this an outstanding location for slope soaring. To view the Cape's current and recent wind data, visit iwindsurf.com's Cape Blanco webpage. The campground, historic house and lighthouse are open May 1st - Sept 30th. This Slope Soaring Launch Site is open year round.

Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Dave - "Talon" - Cape Blanco June 2003


Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Cathy - Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Cathy (Dave's wife), Dave and Marcus - Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Dave - "Highlander" - Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Dave - "Highlander" - Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Dave, Marcus - "Pink Flamingo" - Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Marcus - "Pink Flamingo", Dave Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Marcus - "Mog" - Cape Blanco June 2003
Cape Blanco Slope Soaring
Marcus, Dave Cape Blanco June 2003

The Southern Oregon Slopeiens promotes the hobby and sport of Slope Soaring at Cape Blanco State Park and is based about an hour's drive north in Coos Bay, Oregon. The Slopeiens annually organize a 5 day Cape Blanco Summer Fun Fly event. The Slopeiens reserve the group campground the entire time, with the camping fee will be divided among the people present. A Barbecue dinner is provided on Saturday evening along with a great raffle. For all the August 10th-15th 2011 details, visit the Southern Oregon Slopeien's website. Email Todd Davis if you need more information.

SOS Group Photo 2001

Cape Blanco Slopefest 2005

Dynamic Soaring is a type of Slope Soaring that uses a flying technique which can result in one's glider attaining speeds in excess of 150 mph. The following explanation of Dynamic Soaring refers to Cape Blanco and is from the ShredAir website. "The plane gets launched to the north and gains altitude in the compression lift on the north side. To initiate the DS flight, the plane dives down the south-side slope. Then, several miracles occur... As the plane turns down-wind and dives, its speed increases. Because it then flies through relatively calm air even when coming back up, it retains most of the speed it carried when entering. As it crests the ridge, it suddenly enters the north-side slope lift. A skilled pilot will anticipate this moment and use the slope lift's push to accelerate the plane back down the south side. When done properly, the plane will accelerate with every turn until the plane's or pilot's limits are reached, or until no more energy can be extracted from the gradient... Given a 20-mph north wind at Cape Blanco, a DS speed of 200 mph is theoretically possible. Most planes will experience catastrophic structural failure before this speed is reached, and/or most pilots will lose the groove, thus allowing the plane to slow."

Combat Wings are one type of slope soaring radio controlled (R/C) model airplanes. They move so quickly they are very difficult to photograph, but Rufus Quail has managed to do so. Take a look at his "Cape Blanco Dogfight" !

To help promote and share the hobby of model airplane Slope and Thermal Soaring, the following websites have posted a lot of practical information and also URLs that point to additional relevant websites.

AMA - Academy of Model Aeronautics - Since 1936
Academy of Model Aeronautics
MapMuse
Click to view RC Airplane Clubs across the US
Seattle Area Soaring Society
Seattle Area Soaring Society
Salem Soaring Society
Salem Soaring Society
Fatlion's R/C Sailplanes
Fatlion's R/C Sailplanes
Inland Empire Soaring Society
Inland Empire Soaring Society
League of Silent Flight
League of Silent Flight
Mid-Columbia Soarers
Mid-Columbia Soarers
Northwest Soaring Society
Northwest Soaring Society
PASS - Portland Area Sailplane Society
PASS - Portland Area Sailplane Society

Slope Flyer Resource Site
Slope Flyer Resource Site

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

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