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Pawnee Grasslands

Ridge soaring the northeast plains


Min Rating:

Eastern Plains Free Flight

158.400 DCS 23


As the "Otto's of the East", Pawnee is primarily a ridge soaring site. It's far enough out on the plains that the wind can be smooth and laminar and provide hours of airtime, even for brand-new pilots. Thermals do happen and pilots have occasionally had thermic flights.

This is also one of the better places for towing. If you have a rig and are looking for long straight roads with very little car traffic, this area is good to explore.

Lots of free camping is possible on public lands, some quite close to flying sites.


Many launch areas are possible with winds from south to west, and there are few more that face almost every other direction. The more frequent ones are marked on the map, but if you see something that should work, just give it a try!


Top-landing is easy if there's enough wind to keep you up. There are no designated landings or trails back up.

It's wide open below the cliffs and you won't have a hard time returning if you poke around a bit through the small cliff sections.

Launch and Landing Map


Live Wind Usage

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Live Winds

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