Star Thistle 2017 Cancelled!

Event cancelled due to smoke and fire fighting activities in the Applegate Valley.

Star Thistle turns 41!

Star Thistle Fly-in   September 9-10, 2017

Come help us celebrate the 41st Star Thistle fly-in.

We’re planning a low key, fun fly-in Sept. 9-10 at Woodrat Mt in Ruch, OR.  Enjoy hanging out with your friends and experiencing those big thermal mid-day conditions and smooth evening glass off flights Woodrat has to offer.

Registration is free with your RVHPA annual or 7 day membership.  GET a FREE Raffle Ticket when you register.

There will be pilot appreciation breakfast Saturday morning.   Saturday evening there will be a Spaghetti dinner fund raiser for the Ruch School put on by the Cascade Paragliding Club.

There will be a raffle following the dinner.  We will also have commemorative T-shirts and coffee mugs for sale.

It’s all happening at the LongSword Winery Landing Zone

Schedule of Events

 Friday Sept. 8

– Early registration Raffle ticket, mug and T-shirt sales at LongSword LZ (3 – 7pm)

– Early arrivals and Glass Off flying

 Saturday Sept. 9

– Pilot appreciation breakfast and registration at LongSword LZ  (8 – 9:30 am)
-Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee
-Donations accepted

-Pilots meeting at LongSword LZ 
-Welcome to Woodrat- Norm Young  (9:00 am)
-P2 site briefing for pilots new to Woodrat- Kevin Lee (9:05 am)
-Safety and weather for mid-day flyers- Rick Ray  (10:00 am)

-Food truck on site for lunches and snacks (12-4 pm) 
Keila’s Arepas  Venezuelan sandwiches

-Entertainment at the LongSword Tasting room patio  (1-4 pm)
-Rock trio Rickashane

– Ruch School spaghetti dinner fundraiser at LongSword LZ  (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
-Cascade paragliding club crew
-$7.50 donation requested

-Raffle (8:00 pm)

 -Other Saturday activities
-Post flight wine tasting at LongSword Tasting room
-T-shirt, mug, and raffle ticket sales at LongSword LZ  (9:00 am — 8:30 pm)

Sunday August 10

– Free Flying
-Wine tasting at LongSword tasting room

Other notes:

Important LongSword and Hunter landing zone rules

-No dogs
-No smoking
-No outside alcohol (beer and wine available at the LongSword tasting room)

Registration Fee

– NONE.  Only RVHPA membership required (annual or 7 day)


– Get one free ticket at registration
– Tickets on sale by RVHPA helpers throughout event and at the Dinner for $2 each or 6 for $10


– There should be plenty of drivers to shuttle pilots from the various LZ’s to launch.  We plan on having a few dedicated shuttle vehicles or you can arrange rides with other pilots.  Customary fee for a ride is $5 to Mid-launch and $10 to the Upper launch.  More details at the pilots meeting Saturday morning.

A few camping/ low cost lodging options close to the Launch and the LZs

-The Crash Pad
-Raven’s landing
-Cantrall Buckley Park