Paragliding sites and clubs in Greece
In Greece there are many paragliding sites but only few clubs (1 club in Athens, 2 in Western Greece and 2 in Northern). Some websites are only in Greek, but here they are plus a website showing all paragliding sites on maps.
Showing all paragliding sites and contact information
paraglidingearth.com (in English)
Kitheronas Air Club (A.O.K.)
tel : +30 21177 01011 fax : +30 21177 01010
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
www.aokitheron.gr (in Greek)
Drama Ring Road, 66100 Drama
tel : +30 69444 60404
email : email@example.com
aiolosdrama.org (also in English)
Fly Pella Club
tel : +30 23810 29226
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
http://flypella.blogspot.com/ (partly in English)
Agrinion Air Club
Civil Airport of Agrinion
P.O. box 117, 30100 Agrinion
tel : +30 26410 28724 fax : +30 26410 22531
www.aleagr.com (partly in English)
Epirus Air Sports
www.epirus-airsports.gr (in Greek)
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wingwhose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside. Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometres, though flights of 1-2 hours and covering some tens of kilometres are more the norm. By skilful exploitation of sources of lift the pilot may gain height, often climbing to a few thousand metres over the surrounding countryside.
Paragliders are unique among soaring aircraft in being easily portable. The complete equipment packs into a rucksack and can be carried easily on the pilot’s back, in a car, or on public transport. In comparison with other air sports this substantially simplifies travel to a suitable take off spot, the selection of a landing place and return travel.
The sport requires good physical condition, excellent technique, mental clarity and peace of mind, perceptivity, as well as knowledge of meteorology and aerodynamics (the latter being provided by special instructors). Depending on the weather, the parapente (paraglider) can reach a height of 4,000 meters. and cover a distance of 2-2.5 kLm. The flights last a couple of hours and speed ranges from 48 to 60 km/h.
Greece has the ideal climate for parapente (paragliding) flights, since the drier the climate of an area or country is, the better it is for the development of the sport.
For more information regarding hang gliding and parapente (paragliding) in Greece, local clubs and the various events held all over the country, contact the:
Hellenic Air Sports Federation (HASF)
P.B. 70262 Glyfada, 166 10 – Athens
Tel: +30 210 9649 788, +30 210 9649 876
fax: +30 210 9649 547