SAFA Skysailor Magazine

24 SKY SAILOR January | February 2024 Spotlight on flying sites – Mt Borah, Manilla, New South Wales The North-west Slopes and Plains Region of New South Wales is well-known in the sports aviation world for cross-country (XC) flying. Flying Mt Borah The internationally famous Mt Borah flying site (880m ASL) is four and a half hours drive from Sydney via Tamworth, and is located 13km north-west of the small town of Manilla. The site hosted the FAI Paragliding World Champi- onships in 2007, the only site in Australia ever to do so. With its small hills and ridges dotted amongst the flatlands around Mt Borah, this site has plentiful thermal triggers and easy navigation for big safe XC flights. Thousands of pilots over the past 30 plus years have flown their XC personal best distances from this site. The region also has reliable mobile phone and UHF radio coverage. Being an almost square shaped flat-topped mountain, Mt Borah also offers easy ridge soaring when the wind is right. The site is suitable for all levels of pilots. It has four vast astro-turfed launches for nearly all wind directions, multiple landing areas, and also offers the highest level of safety for learning to fly. Top landing at Mt Borah is possible for novice Paragliders (and experienced Hang Gliders) in the large cleared areas around and behind the launches, but watch out for the sink cycles on thermic days! Landings can be made anywhere in the region provided you observe the standard rules of leaving gates as you find them, don't