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Orientation Wind Systems
Palma is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The high mountains are responsible
for a microclima. The normal weather rules appropriate for the alps
are mostly not working the same way on la Palma. There are situations
where flying is totally forbidden in the alps (Föhn) but possible
on la Palma. But it is important to understand there is also the
oposite possible. There are weather situations when rules for the
alps telling you OK, but on la Palma, you can fly into dangerous
La Palma is close to the Equator. This is responsible for much stronger
sun of a factor of appx. 1.6 compared with central Europe. Take
in mind, thermic developments could sometimes also be strong.
are building a natural barrier against the main wind. On La Palma,
there are therefore very local wind systems. Supported with thermics,
they may not only be very local but also very complex.
For example, it could be possible to fly in Puerto Naos whereas
the wind is as strong as 60 km/h only a few km south or north. Pilots
which are flying cross country must keep this always in mind!!!
The special shape of the island divert the passat winds and implies
most of the time flying on the lee side. Lee thermic is not only
often strong, the wheater conditions may change very rapidly. Therefore
la Palma is not recommended for beginners.
Do not hesitate to ask
local pilots for more informaion. Ask them about the
situation and let them explain. You can find them in Puerto
Naos close to the landing spot at the beach. If there are no
pilots in the air nor at the beach, you should take this as
hint of bad conditions even if the sky is blue...
Always check the sea.
It is a wounderful indicator for whats going on. If the waves
in the sea are building foam, this is indicating strong wind.
You should not start and if already airborne, land immediately.
Always also keep the development of the clouds in mind. Changing
wind in the mountains are seen. No clouds = Risk! Do not start
before having consulted the weather page in Puerto Naos!
the island slowly. Distance to the cliff always means more security.
in the mountains, be aware of rotors and check the main wind
before take off. And now, enjoy this Beauty and always happy