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Monday, February 11, 2013

AEROCLUB ALBANIA Paragliders (Courses,Fly Equipment) ,touching and feeling the sky, seeing your body above the earth, see surface, trees, ridges... part of your holidays 2013 in Albania

http://www.aeroclubalbania.com/
Our Aeroclub is founded in 2010 as a good will between all the pilots to give birth to this flying association. Since than, we have achieved some of our principal goals:
2010 - Representing a well-known paragliding manufacturer in Albania (Sol Paragliders)  
2012 - Roland Dorozhani: the first and the only Albanian instructor recognized by an International association (APPI)
2012 - Obtaining International flying licenses for our pilots (APPI)
2012 - The first and the only paragliding school in Albania, which is recognized by an International association (APPI). We have the right to deliver international flying licenses.
2013 - Except Zell am See Acro Cup and Air Show in Oludeniz, for this year we are planning two more trips: Dune de Pyla and Annecy in France. Norma, Italy.  
Since we became friends and before creating the flying club, we organize each weekend (depending on weather forecast) trips not only between pilots but also we invite people who just want to see the view, be with us or explore new places.
Generally, during a year we are:
  • 8 weekends in Llogara/Dhermi
  • 20 weekends in Shashica/Vlora
  • 22 weekends in Dajt/Tirana including mid-week flights 
  • 2 weekends in Morava/Korçë
  • 2 weekends in Galishica, Macedonia
  • 1 week in Zell am See, Austria
  • 1 week in Oludeniz, Turkey
International activities

Each year we participate in two International events:
- Acrobatic World Cup in Zell am See, Austria. August.
- International Air Games Festival, Oludeniz, Turkey, October.
- Air Show in Galishica mount, Ohrid Lake, Macedonia. June and July.

National activities

- From May to September, during weekends, we are mostly in the South coast, Dhermi       beach and Llogara mount.
- From September to May, during weekends we fly mostly in Shashica mount, Vlora
- During the week we fly in Tirana, Dajti mount, and also teaching students or practice  exercises at Tirana’s lake.  
- We fly in Morava mount, Korçë. December-January and August.

Teaching to fly:
 our club is the only flying association in Albania who has a real flying school, recognized by APPIWe have a great experience in teaching both theoretical and practical questions to anyone who want to begin this sport. Learning is step by step, as a combination of continuous practice in the ground, explaining theoretical books, analyzing different concrete questions in videos etc. A minimum of 7 intensive learning days is necessary for a beginner. A person should be at least 16 years to get enrolled in the school with parental permission. First 3-5 flights will be under survey of the instructors and under radio communication. A possible tandem flight is possible before the solo flight. Flying is not an opinion, an illusion or a beautiful quantity of words, but a real reality! We work in the safe side of flying and we consider this sport in a serious way. It’s not for people thinking they are heroes or braves enough. It’s not an extreme sport. It’s really safe if you do things in calm, rational and pleasure way, without going against nature rules, weather conditions, egoistic or collective pressure.
- We are the only flying association in Albania to deliver International Flying License APPIThe student must pass both theoretical and practical exams and a minimum of 20 flights under survey to get the first flying license.    
- We can teach in Albanian, English, French and Italian languages.

- We offer photos and videos for each passenger. The service is included in the flying price.
- We can order printed gliders with the advertising you like on the inside or outside surface.

Flying Sites



Dajti mount, Tirana. (Mountain) :

Take-off: 1020m asl.
Landing: 190m asl
Flyable: All Year.
Max. Take-off hours: 10h-16h (May-September) and 11h-15h (October-April).
Best thermal hours: 12h-14h.
Flyable wind direction: from NW to SSW.
Best wind direction: W and WSW.
General wind direction: NW and WNW.
Quality of take-off place: 2/5.
Quality of landing place: 2/5.
Flying characteristics: generally turbulent. Suitable for Soaring and XC. Not a great site for beginners. Possible for Tandem (with a very good pilot).
Warning: with NW wind requires fast and precise take-off skills. Avoid take-off with NW wind more than 2m/s.  

Shashica mount, Vlora. (Seaside) :
Take-off: 680m asl.
Landing: 0m asl.
Flyable: All Year.
Max. Take-off hours: 10h-17h (May-September) and 10-16 (October-April).
Best flying hours: 12h-15h.
Flyable wind direction: from NNW to SSW.
Best wind direction: NW and W.
General wind direction: NW.
Quality of takeoff place: 4/5.
Quality of landing place: 3/5.
Flying characteristics: laminar wind and rarely turbulent. Suitable for Soaring. A great site for beginners, soaring and acro pilots. Great site also for Tandems.     
Warning: no particular flying attention. Just be careful at landing, specially during warm season, the beach may be crowded.

Llogara pass. (Seaside):
Take-off: 880m asl.
Landing: 0m asl.
Flyable: All Year.
Max. Take-off hours: 10h-16h.
Best flying hours: 12h-14h.
Flyable wind direction: from WNW to SSE
Best wind direction: WSW and SW.
General wind direction: W.
Quality of take-off place: 3/5.
Quality of landing place: 5/5.
Flying characteristics: laminar wind and sometimes turbulent.
Suitable for Soaring and XC.
Suitable for beginners and Tandem flying.
Great for acro pilots.
Warning: after take-off, avoid do fly toward the right side (N and NW) or above the straight valley between take-off place and the higher mountain in the right.    

Morava mount, Korçë. (Mountain) : 
Take-off: 1340m asl.
Landing: 920m asl.
Flyable: All year.
Max. Take-off hours: 10h-16h (May-September) and 11h-15h (October-April).
Best thermal hours: 12h-15h. Flyable wind direction: NNW to SSW.
Best wind direction: NW and W.
General wind direction: NW.
Quality of takeoff place: 3/5.
Quality of landing place: 4/5.
Flying characteristics: non turbulent, but strong thermals in summer. Suitable for Soaring and great for XC. Suitable for beginners and Tandem flying.   
Warning: no particular flying attention. During warm season, the thermic activity may be fast and strong till 16h-17h.

Occasionally flying sites in Albania
- Tomorr mount, Poliçan. (Mountain) Takeoff: 1940m asl. Landing: 1470m asl. Flyable: from May to September. Suitable wind direction: from N to S. Best wind direction: NE. Strong thermal activity. Moderate windy in general. Great for XC and Soaring. Not for beginners. 3/5 Takeoff place but landing might be difficult in XC mode.  
- Cajup mount, Gjirokastër. (Mountain) Takeoff: 830m asl. Landing: 370m asl. Flyable: from May to September. Suitable wind direction: from WNW to SSW. Best wind direction: W. Strong thermals. Great for XC and Soaring. Suitable for beginners and tandem flying. 4/5 Takeoff place and many possibilities for normal landing in XC mode. 

 

Aeroclub Albania Tirana/Albnaia Email: info@aeroclubalbania.com Tel: +355692075277


Why we fly?

Each of us has a personal and professional life experience, rich and different, but we have something special in common: the love of flying! It is by pure coincidence that we are a group of good friends sharing this unique experience, the free flight, the paragliding sport. Perhaps, for the human being, touching and feeling the sky, seeing your body above the earth, see surface, trees, ridges etc. is the most beautiful experience, a challenge since centuries, an ancient myth of freedom. So we share this dream which is fulfilled by practicing paragliding.
But it’s not just flying from one point up in the mount toward and down the landing area, isn’t just staying in the air. Flying is for us an excellent way to better know the earth, meteorology, physics and aerodynamic laws, learning the nature and the limits of universe, the capacities of technology to push forward the human being in other challenges. Flying means to explore new places and new possibilities, participating in competitions, have contact with different people all over the world. Flying with e paraglide is a genuine and positive sport for the body and mind. It demands the use of rationality without losing the pleasure but enjoying everything, from checking the weather forecast to the packing of the glider for the next flight, preparing for the trip up in the mount, going abroad in other places and coming back home with new experiences, photos, videos, relaxed with so much fun. Flying for us an ethical way of living in respect to others, nature, using the right thing, choosing the safest alternative, being inside the safety side of living and flying. Thus, we continue to fly and learn more and more, each month, year after year.   



Some main good principles to remember :

- We do not make extraordinary things, we are humans like anyone.
- We have fear of death or injury like everybody has, but we fly without putting ourselves in danger.
- Flying is not a privilege for talented people, everyone can fly with the right learning and practice.
- We do not fly just telling to others that we do things they can’t or will never do.
- A good prepared pilot is a person who tries to avoid situations that might require superior skills.
- A good prepared pilot is a person who has the power to say in some cases: No, that’s not for me.
- Study, learn, observe, listen, ask, reflect, memorize, practice and make the right judgment.
- Respect your knowledge and your unknown. And you will fly for so many years
- This is an outdoor sport. If the weather conditions aren’t good and if you are already at the take-off, be calm and wait, enjoy the view, listen some music, analyze the wind situation, keep talking with others, kiss your girl-friend, read a book, or just sleep. Better to be in earth wishing to be in the air than being in the air and wishing to be in the earth.
- Paragliding in Albania is free of any juridical law or institutional obligation and no one has the right to stop you flying, except near airports, military restricted area or any other place regulated by other authorities.





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