Savana Mt. (Microwave Tower)

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Savana Mt. (Microwave Tower)

Postby siteguide » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:06 pm

Site Name: Savana Mt. (Microwave Tower) - TVSC Website: http://members.shaw.ca/KVRC/

Direction of Launch: N, NW . . . . . . . . Site Suitable for: HG, PG.
Type of Site: Mtn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Type of Flying: Thermal, Ridge
Elevation Launch: 5000' asl . . . . . . . . GPS: N 50 42 01.0 W 120 48 57.7
Elevation LZ: 1150' asl . . . . . . . . . . . . GPS:
Site Regulation: Informal . . . . . . . . . .. XC Potential: Excellent 150 Km +
Location: Due south of Savona

Flying Season: Assign value 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 (Highest)
Spring 4 . . . . . Summer 4 . . . . . Fall 3 . . . . . Winter 1

Rating Recommendations:
Mild: Nov . . . . . Moderate: Int. / Advanced . . . . . Strong: Adv.

Vehicle / Transportation Requirements: Any Vehicle

Description of Launch:
Very good, wide, long grassy launch above a tree covered bowl.
Strong winds will require a two man wire for Hang Gliders.
Lots of setup room. The launch is sheltered and it is usually launchable
- however watch for venturi effect re the ravine in front.
You have to fly out and around the ridge to the right to get to the bombout LZ's along the main road access.

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Times to Fly
- usually late morning through afternoon, though the east face can crack early morning.

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:
For your HAGAR Canadian Airspace information, see: http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/ca ... space.html

Class E Controlled Airspace above 2200' AGL.
Re-set your altimeter to the accurate launch altitude before flying.

Call Transport Canada Flight Services Station at 250-376-7941 prior to any XC flight near the Kamloops control zone.
Fly around the 5 mile control zone, not through it.
FSS will require information about where you are flying from, where to, what time period, expected altitude and if you carry a radio.

Long glide out especially with headwind. Winds can be strong (increase) at lower levels.

A few scenic Photos by Jennifer Hamilton of the XC route south to Little Nicola http://www.cacheco.ca/sixmile.html

Launch Road Directions:
Just east of Savana turn south onto the Tunkwa Lake Resort Road (paved).
At the 10.7 Km mark turn right onto the BCH Road. At the 0.5 Km mark go straight, and at the 4.5 Km mark take the right fork.
Total of 7.7 Km into the launch which is at the 2nd microwave tower.

Description of LZ:
Numerous fields, sage brush field to the right of launch along the access road at bottom of mountain
- or the beach at Savana.
Landing: The landing fields below launch do not normally have streamers.
A wind sock should be used as conditions can be quite variable.
You can also land east & west on the abandoned airstrip just north of the plywood plant if you get permission from the plant manger.
If you are Advanced or better then you can also land at the ball park but it can be pretty snug. Watch out for power lines and strong wind gradient.

Other Information:
FIC Advanced Weather Briefing and HAGAR Notification:
1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433) French service: 1-866-GOMETEO (1-866-466-3836)

Radio Frequency:
123.4 Mhz (Aircraft) & 173.640 Mhz, Local Club Frequency: 146.415

Mount Savana is a good collecting locality for opal and agate with the best collecting areas along the cliffs below the microwave tower site. http://minfile.gov.bc.ca/Summary.aspx?m ... =092INE158
More interesting local Geology info - see: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geolsu ... inecov.htm

Photos: http://www.ourbc.com/travel_bc/bc_citie ... 03_640.jpg

Site Record(s): Altitude Gain: . . . . . Duration: . . . . . Open Distance:
Dog Leg: . . . . . Out & Return: . . . . . Triangle: . . . . . Race to Goal:

Primary Local Contacts: . . . . . Regulating Body: Thompson Valley Soaring Club (TVRC)

HG: Dave Wagner Tel 250-579-9182 dave_wagner@REMOVE.THIStelus.net
HG: Lawrence Barichello 250-372-8459 lawrence-b@REMOVE.THIS4warding.com
PG: Terry Butcher Cell: 250-320-0103 tsbutcher@REMOVE.THISgmail.com
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