The Desert Air Riders is a small and active paragliding club based in beautiful Central Oregon. Paragliding started in this area in the late 1980's, and the club was formed in the early 1990's. We fly year-round, although the best paragliding weather is in late spring, summer, and early fall.
Central Oregon Flying Sites: There are five flying sites less than an hour drive from Bend, the largest city in Central Oregon. Most of the flying happens at Pine Mountain, which has launches in almost all directions. Pine Ridge is the second most popular flying site during the summer, and Mt. Bachelor gets flown during the winter and spring. Black Butte and Haystack are rarely flown.
Pine Mountain Fly-in: The Desert Air Riders have hosted the annual Pine Mountain Fly-In every year since 1991. Pilots and their families camp at the mountain for the weekend, fly during the days, and get together for dinner at the Flying Farm on Saturday evening. For information about the event visit the Fly-in page.
Desert Air Riders Google Group: To discuss paragliding in Central Oregon visit the Desert Air Riders Google Group. Topics include weather, flying plans, and flight reports.
Desert Air Riders Membership: To join the club see the Info page for instructions. Club members can renew their membership in the Desert Air Riders using the convenient online renewal page.
Cascade Paragliding Club: For information about paragliding in other parts of Oregon visit the CPC website.
Rogue Valley Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association: For information about paragliding in the Medford area visit the RVHPA website.
United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association: The Desert Air Riders club is a chapter of USHPA. The purpose of the United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association is to promote the growth of sport flying in foot-launchable soaring aircraft.