Take-Off and Landing Sites
The Westside is the best-known area for flying, where international competitions are also held. It is the dryer side and often in lee. The Westside in also known for good flying conditions and thermal developments, often lasting the whole day. The situation in lee requires special attention and meteorological knowledge. NB: Wind strengths may increase rapidly resulting in dangerous conditions! It’s always a good idea to talk with the local pilots or book the ParaGuide Service.
Dominated by the CTR of La Palma, the eastside is a good alternative with calmer eastern winds, especially in the morning before the sun is heats up. Well-known take-off is at the “Pico de las Nieves”.
Landing Site Puerto Naos (official):
W 17,908629 N 28,5844745
East of the beach promenade on the soccer field. Attention, thermals possible. With S Wind on the parking lot far away of obstacles. Approach on left!
Alternative Landing Sites: Visit them before !
W 17,899024 N 28,572583
(Landing in the little bay)
W 17,888568 N 28,5521906
(Attention telephone cable at restaurant 7)
Landing on the beach of Puerto Naos is not allowed. If landing on the official sites is not save (turbulences, many pilots, emergency), it might be better to risk a forfeit for a secure landing. Landing on the beach promenade is prohibited. Please do also not walk with open gliders on the promenade.
You should pack your glider on the beach side of the promenade, leaving enough room for pedestrians (4mt at least). Put canopy sea side.
Start Nº 1: Puerto Naos
W 17,902177 N 28,586762
240 m. W-SW. Turbulences with S and Nord wind. Parking above take-off. Driving down to the take-off is not allowed.
Start Nº 2: Campanarios
W 17,869102 N 28,580566
Privat cars must be parked at the end of the road. Walk ~ 30 mins from here. 800/900 m. SW-NW Alternative landing site in Charco Verde.
Start Nº 3: Jedey
W 17,883048 N 28,582477
650 m. SW. W. Rarely used and might be overgrown. Not recommended for modern gliders due to sharp lava stones.
Start Nº 4: El Gallo (the 1.300)
W 17,848952 N 28,6165694
1300 m. W-NW. Alternative landing site in the soccer field of San
Nicolas. Before starting assure good wind conditions in Puerto Naos.
Start Nº 5: Fire Tower El Time
W 17,925362 N 28,691611
1100 m. NW. Turbulence with south and eastern winds. Landing site at the beach of Tazacorte. Attention, strong winds may blow out of the caldera. Might be thermally very active.
Start Nº 6: Puntagorda
W 17,933593 N 28,7524074
1600 m. WNW. Landing aside the Helicopter landing (W -17,994432; N28,7799857). Flight must be authorized by the mayor. Attention: minimum glide ratio of 7+ without wind.
Start Nº 7: Barlovento Costa
W 17,793707 N 28,8385596
Temporary closed due to problems with the landlord.
250 m. N-NO. Landing „Fajana de Barlovento“ 10m, (W -17,788627 N 28,8430799). Attention, changing winds. Minimum glide ratio of 1:3 without wind.
Start Nº 8: Cumbre San Andres y Sauces
W 17,834105 N 28,7512347
2.140 m. N - NE. Attention: forming of lower clouds is already in the early morning possible. Wind direction and intensity may change below the inversion. Take off with low inclination. Landing site Puerto Espindola 10m, (W -17.763525 N 28.811293). Glide ratio 1:5 without wind.
Start Nº 9: Puntallana
W 17.743856 N 28.745871
430 m. N, NE, E. only top-landing possible, landing on the lower fields not allowed!
Enjoy the Isla Bonita, La Palma and always happy landing!