Paragliding on the Island la Palma
Flying on La Palma is mostly not difficult, but the right interpretation of the
meteorologic situation is. Most of the time we are flying leeside of the big mountains
of the island. The weather, especially the winds, might changing rapidly. If you plan to
fly on la Palma without school or Guide, you mave to be sure in the interpretation of the
weather situation. In addition, you should not only be an experienced pilo, but also
proficient in manouvers as spiral, B-Stall and Big-Ears to decrease altititude.
Althought the landing spot in Puerto Naos is good, precise landing skills are welcome.
Depending on the take off, winds might be strong. Backwards starting technique is
then supporting you. We highly recommend to listen to the local pilots. Security is our
first aim: In any doubt do not take off!
We recommend to unexperienced pilots to visit la Palma together with a paragliding
Pilots with some experience (> 100 flights) can book our inexpensive ParaGuide
Service. The package which fits the pilots needs in holidays.
It needs experience to discover those developments in the air.
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”.
INFORMATION AND RULES
Before your fist flight, please sign the guestbook in the office of Palmaclub. You
will also get latest information there.
Paragliding in Spain requires a valid pilot licence and insurance; it is obligatory to
fly with an approved emergency parachute and wearing a helmet.
Please respect traffic rules during flight and landing! The international rules are
also valid here: if you have the cliff on the right, you have right of way.
The special conditions at the landing site in Puerto Naos require a change of the
normal approach. The circuit should be flown high, reducing by flying 8s only
before turning into the final approach. Consult graph.
Before launching you should check the conditions at the landing site (eg. by
walkie-talkie). Pay attention to the appearance of the sea: if the waves are big or
you see white crests, do not launch, or land immediately if you are already in the
Please take care of the lauch and landing sites. Some take offs are in natural
protected areas. Take your rubbish away with you, even cigarette stubs!
Flying from, into and over the “Caldera de Taburiente” is strictly prohibited! In the
natural reserve “Cumbre Vieja”, taking off is only allowed at the official launch
sites! In order to not put our activities in danger, please respect those rules!
Take Off and Landing in Puerto Naos:
The Take Off in Puerto Naos is maintained by the PALMACLUB paragliding
association. This includes the wind socks, rental of the area etc. The club requests
a contribution of € 14. -- per pilot and week or € 35.-for 12 months. This goes
towards maintenance expenses.
Please pay your contribution before first take off! Group leaders are responsible for
their group. For inscription and further information step in our office in Puerto
Naos, Calle Juana Tabarez N°3.
Tandem flights and instruction flights (schools) are only allowed with consent of
PALMACLUB. Please seek permission before flying!
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
All emergencies, Police, Guardia Civil: 112
Javier López Redondo 610 695 750
Roger P. Frey 638 809 917
Walkie-Talkie frequencies of Palmaclub:
PMR Channel 5/15 446.05625 MHz
2m 143.050 MHz
Station Puerto Naos: ISPANIEN2, Tacande IKANARIS5