We have a varied flying area, with sites ranging from easy practice slopes right up to the alpine launch areas of the Hohe Tauern National Park. That means we can offer all stages of flight training – from beginners’ to professional pilot level.
Zell am See
With launch areas in all directions at altitudes of just under 2,000 m above sea-level, the Schmittenhöhe can be reached by cable-car from Schmittental in Zell am See. The landing-site is located between Zell am See and Kaprun, directly south of Fürth station (Pinzgau Railway) and west of the Kaprun country road. The altitude difference here is 1,200 m. With an east wind it is possible to fly over the Sonnalm to Maishofen, enjoying splendid views of Lake Zell along the way. The best time to fly: May to October.
The Schmittenhöhe provides a starting-point for longer cross-country flights and in summer it is possible to cover distances of over 200 km. A particular attraction is that it is possible to fly the first 20km as far as Mittersill without crossing the valley, which means that 40 km return flights are perfectly manageable – even for those with little cross-country experience. This route, known as the “Pinzgau Ridgeway” is also a popular place for tandem paraglides.
Hinterglemm is known for its particularly good flying conditions in winter. The best launch area in south to easterly winds is usually the Zwölferkogel (approx. 2000 m), whilst in west to north-west winds it is best to start from the west peak of the Schattberg (approx. 2,100 m). There are excellent thermals from as early as February, so visitors coming to Saalbach to ski should always bring their paraglider. The landing-site is located approx. 100 m east of the Zwölferkogel lift station.
The best place to launch in summer is from the Schattberg in Saalbach, from which one can head either to the north or the south. The flying area here is characterised by early thermals and you can find yourself flying over the peaks of the Glemmtal valley as early as 10am! The landing-site is located between Saalbach and Hinterglemm, on the right as you exit Saalbach. In the afternoons strong thermal currents around the landing area make conditions rather unpredictable. It is therefore advisable to only fly in the morning in Glemmtal during the summer months.
The launch area is located on the east side of the Asitzkogel (approx. 1,900 m), so you can really only take off on an east wind. The landing-site is located approx. 200 m west of the valley station of the Asitz railway.