Day 7 – Norwegian Tour

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09:15 Morning in Bassano   While the rest of the Alps are taking a rest today from XC flying due to very poor conditions, we start our final day in Bassano. The northern flow brought the fresh and buoyant airmass as far as to Italian Voralpen. Normally at this time of the season Bassano stays very stable, hardly allowing climbs higher than 1200 m. However today we have almost a spring situation with early cumulus clouds popping up over Montegrappa … Read More

Day 6 – Norwegian Tour

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10:35 Driving to Seiss, passing by Feltre   After another cold front passed through yesterday, the Austrian Alps are suffering from NW flow again and it is a fair bit of a task to find a good area for flying today. In classical spots such as Greifenburg or even Gemona the cloudbase is predicted to be very poor. The forecast is also calling rain showers for the afternoon. These conditions together with NW wind could put anybody down, however our … Read More

Day 5 – Norwegian Tour

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08:35 Clouds over Italy   Today we see this picture from our window: Rotor cloud over Gemona and Meduno We take a rest day to have a long lecture session devoted to technical aspects of hang gliding. Apart from that since we happen to be in basically cradle of Prosciutto, we are planning to spend some time on checking out nice restaurants in our vicinity 🙂 We have to get ready for tomorrow, which is promising to be a day … Read More

Day 4 – Norwegian Tour

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08:35 Going to Vittorio Veneto   After a short briefing today morning we drove from Meduno to Vittorio Veneto. Our plan is to fly from Pizzoc take off today. This high point of the Italian Southern Alpine ridge faces SW and allows to get up straight to the cloud base as the spot appears to be a local “thermal kitchen”. The cloudbase is predicted to be quite high for this area — 2000 m and the W-SW wind will support … Read More

Day 3 – Norwegian Tour

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08:25 Setting off to Italy   Today we are leaving our base in Greifenburg and heading to south. In our region the cloudbase is not going to be high throughout all southern part of Austrian and Italian Alps. However, what is not high enough for a decent flight in Greifenburg can sometimes be more than good in Italy. The next two days promise to be suitable for flying in the areas of Vittorio Venetto, Meduno and Gemona. Most of our pilots … Read More

Day 2 – Norwegian Tour

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08:15 Leaving Greifenburg   Fresh morning in Greifenburg but we are already about to leave to Südtirol, to the place called Kronplatz, which is a famous takeoff in Pustertal.   12:25 On Kronplatz Coming to the take off, which can be reached by the cable car: The weather looks promising, we have decent NE on the take off, some paragliders are already floating on the level of Kronplatz top (2275 m). This take off is not an early start for cross … Read More

Day 1 – Norwegian Tour

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09:15 Morning   Today we start our tour with 7 Norwegian Pilots who came over to the Alps for mountain flying. We are planning to have a warming up flight at Radsberg (Austria). The previews days were affected by a cold front passing through the Alpes. Yesterday we had intensive showers with lots of cloud cover. These factors together with a North flow expected today will surely govern the flying conditions during our task. We hope that the air is going … Read More

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