Hang-gliding – Paragliding in Greece

hang gliding in Greece

 

 

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.

Paragliding Earth
Showing all paragliding sites and contact information
paraglidingearth.com (in English)

Kitheronas Air Club (A.O.K.)
32200 Plataies
tel : +30 21177 01011  fax : +30 21177 01010
email : aok@aokitheron.gr
www.aokitheron.gr
(in Greek)

Aiolos Drama
Drama Ring Road, 66100 Drama
tel : +30 69444 60404
email : aiolos@enplo.gr
aiolosdrama.org (also in English)

Fly Pella Club
58200 Edessa
tel : +30 23810 29226
email : flypella@gmail.com
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)

 

ParaglidingParagliding 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

Hang gliding in Greece

Hanggliding

Hang-gliding is an air sport in which a pilot flies a light and unmotorized foot-launchable aircraft called a hang glider (also known as Delta plane or Deltaplane). Most modern hang gliders are made of an aluminium alloy or composite-framed fabric wing. The pilot is ensconced in a harness suspended from the airframe, and exercises control by shifting body weight in opposition to a control frame, but other devices, including modern aircraft flight control systems, may be used. In the sport’s early days, pilots were restricted to gliding down small hills on low-performance hang gliders. However, modern technology gives pilots the ability to soar for hours, gain thousands of metres of altitude in thermal updrafts, perform aerobatics, and glide cross-country for hundreds of kilometres. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and national airspace governing organizations control some aspects of hang-gliding. Gaining the safety benefits from being instructed is highly recommended.

Hang-gliding started in the ‘70s in the United States and Australia where it quickly became popular. In the years to follow, it became known worldwide and today it is particularly popular in more than fifty countries. It was characterised as an Olympic sport in 1985, but has not yet been included in the Olympic Games programme.
In 1978 it was introduced in Greece and in 1999 it was included in the Hellenic Air Sports Federation (HASF). Nowadays hang gliding is favored in all the country and as a result there are many clubs that can provide training for people interested in learning the sport.
Parapente (Paragliding) took its name from the French words “parachute” and pente (mountain side). It originated in the ‘60s from a NASA programme, but practically it was established in the mid ‘80s in France.

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