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Acro and SIV heaven
Launch in shorts and T-shirt and arrive 1,500m above the warm Mediterranean
Go from April to November, though midsummer is stable
All the delights of a beach resort
High above Olu Deniz beach at sunset. Photo: Markus Zimmermann

Wring the living daylights out of your wing, land on the beach, then do it again.


Set on a Mediterranean cove in the south-west of Turkey, Oludeniz is a beautiful and reliable place to fly. The season starts in April and goes through to November, with July and August being very hot and stable.

Oludeniz is a tourist resort with all the infrastructure, hotels, cheap flights and package deals that go with that, but with the bonus of a 1,900m mountain. Babadag comes straight out of the sea and provides a perfect flying site for every direction. Light winds and cloudbase at 2,500-3,500m are normal during the day, with smooth sunset flying in the evening.

Babadag is very much a mountain and it gets mountain weather – but it feels more benign and coastal because it’s so close to the sea. Some of take-offs have been graded, but be careful of your wing – the surfaces are rough and can damage it if you drag it around. It’s also very rocky and steep around the launches and pilots must make committed and positive take-off runs. You should also keep a close eye on the streamers as the wind can shift and come up both sides at once.

The most commonly used and biggest launch is at 1,700m, where the vans stop first and there are toilets and a cafe. 1,800m is smaller and steeper and faces in the opposite direction. The 1,900m take-off has launches in two directions and toilets. There is also a new 1,200m launch – useful in stronger conditions or when the top clouds over.

The main landing is along the promenade in Olu. Keep a close eye on pedestrians and the tandems coming down the main street.

Published date: August 25, 2018 Modified date: December 31, 2019 Publisher / Owner : Things to Do Attractions Events

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