Castile and León, Spain
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40.4217, -5.30073 : 1920.0 m
Central European Time (+0100)
This is the main launch site that is usable on 90 percent of good flyable days. There is a car park, a bar (not is use, and vandalised since 2001) and the take off area is divided into two sections: above and below the road. With nil wind it is generally better to take off below the road as it is steeper and if there is any danger of catabatic wind it affect the upper take off first. With a few km/hr of wind, the top take of is used. There is a fence to the rear, so if there is any chance of you being dragged back on a failed take off, it is best to prepare a little down slope. If you top land, the best area is the flatter area near the windsock on the west side of the upper launch. The whole area is a little rocky, and also there are a number of gorse bushes. We have been clearing the site by hand, improving it as best we can. For 2009 a significant improvement is anticipated with help of the local government and town hall with a budget of 31.000 euros.
* Altitude: 1.909 metres (6204 feet) ASL * Top to bottom height: 900 metres (2925 feet) * Orientation: NW Access Tarmac road linking Piedrahita to the Peña Negra pass. The flatter fields of the valley are approximately a 4.5:1 glide from Launch. There is a landing field at the half way point on the spine running down on the right of take off. This is just before the forested section (called locally the Monte de Jura). It often has about 70 beehives in summertime, so we name it ¨The Bees¨ (although its real name is Los Ramos). There are also good fields in the gulley before the forested section next to the road. On the Chalet spine there is the option to land near the Chalets. The official landing field in the valley can change year by year. for 2008 and onwards it is a large field on the hill side of the Panera Bar/Steve Ham´s house. Tarmac road linking Piedrahita to the Peña Negra pass. Important airspace restrictions after 64km to the east. Important airspace restrictions after 64km to the east.
On strong eastely forcasts it often appears fine at take off. This is shielding form the mountains, and out in the valley the wind can be strong and turbulent.