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Paragliding

Paragliding has also been developing in recent years in Armenia, specially that the Country has the necessary technical - high and convenient mountains for repulsion, safe areas for landing, winds and air flows - and also attractive conditions to glide high.

Paragliding Sport Federation is actively taking steps towards well-development of the field by tutoring and organizing tours and events for paragliding and tandem flights.

Below you will find take-off places recommended by the Federation:
 

Mt. Hatis
"Birthplace" of Armenian paraglider and hangglider pilots.
- Close to Yerevan,
- Simple relief and predictable aerology,
- Practically unlimited, free, flat fields for landings,
- Take-off areas can be reached by 4WD,
- Predictable micrometeorology, "surprise" changes usually do not happen,
- Good XC potential, thermals are relatively high, thermal cycles are long-lasting.

 

Tsovagyugh
Upper slopes from "Akhtamar" hostel near Sevan lake.
Beloved "belveder" of Armenian paragliding pilots, with beautiful views of the lake.
- Mountain range, has long straight ridges, good for dynamic soaring,
- You can find the convergence phenomenon allowing to soar not only in the dynamics near the slopes but also in the entire territory even to novice pilots,
- Smooth, soft, grass-covered fields for landings,
- Take off areas can be reached via ropeway and also by 4WD.

 

 

Aparan
Mountain range stretching from nearby area of Aparan town to Dzoraglukh village.
Is a relatively newly discovered flying site, with beautiful scenery, and is beloved site of all Armenian paragliding pilots.
- Excellent, very large, clean and smooth take off area & good conditions for top landings,
- Mountain range, has a long ridge, good for dynamic soaring,
- Practically unlimited, free, flat fields for landings,
- One can reach take off area via 4WD vehicles (there is no asphalt-based road),
- Predictable micrometeorology, "surprise" changes usually do not happen. 

 

Vedi
"Vayots" mountains (Shaghap-Aghavnadzor).
Relatively newly discovered flying site, is beloved site of experienced paragliding pilots.
- Take off areas can be reached by 4WD,
- Sunny weather (precipitations are relatively scarce in this region of Armenia)
- Practically unlimited fields for landings,
- Predictable micrometeorology, "surprise" changes of weather usually do not happen
- Long stretch of mountain range that allows to fly great distances. 

 

Sovetashen
Little hills near Nubarashen.
The first practical lessons of federation's novice pilots take place here.
- Close to Yerevan
- Soil is soft (red clay soil) and the vegetation is scarce.
- Different orientation hills and take off areas for winds blowing from different directions.

 

 

Gandzasar
Mountain near Vank village, Artsakh
Scenic place with unique landscapes of Gandzasar.
- Beautiful scenes,
- Mild microclimate.
 

 

 

Armaghan
"Armaghan" is a volcano mountain near Madina village of Martuni region with a beautiful little volcano lake.
- Simple relief and predictable aerology
- Mountain with smooth, clear slopes
- Flights can be done to all directions, depending the direction of the wind at the moment
- Practically unlimited, free, flat fields for landings,
- Predictable micrometeorology, "surprise" changes of weather usually do not happen
- Take off area can be reached by 4WD.

 

Reference: Paragliding Sport Federation