Cross Country Travel Guide

Cross Country Travel Guide 2016-17

Cross Country Magazine’s annual international travel guide to some of the best paragliding and hang gliding sites around the globe. Packed full of information and stunning photographs the 100-page guide is full of up-to-date information about where to fly, when to go and who to talk to when you get there or before you go. Whether you want inspiration for your next trip or reliable, fact-checked information about flying sites around the world, you’ll find it here. A must-read for any pilot who wants to hit the road.

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six euro winter getaways

The Promised Land Home and R&D playground of Apco Aviation, Israel promises more than 300 flyable days a year, good food and a warm welcome from the pilot community whether you are paragliding or paramotoring. Most of the free-flying sites are in the north, between Haifa and the Sea of Galilee. Flying with pelicans and storks in the Gilboa or enjoying an authentic local Druze experience after flying at Har Ha’ari are examples of a typical day in Israeli winter. Southern Israel will see you flying above the ancient, breathtaking landscape of the Negev. As well as the beauty of the desert, southern Israel hosts the Dead Sea. If you don’t come in winter, but instead are visiting from April to October then ridge soaring in Netanya on the ‘Israeli Riveria’ is the easiest…

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bucaramanga, colombia

Bucaramanga is the perfect place for new pilots to spend time perfecting their skills, or for a few days chilling out after flying XC in Roldanillo or the sites of the Cauca Valley further south. It’s not a site for flying big XCs as airspace gets in the way, but if you want a place that is reliable where you can hone your thermalling technique and rack up hours and hours of airtime, then this is it. There is a hostel here – The Nest, run by Colombia Paragliding – and from the terrace you can watch as the first pilots of the day take off. When it’s good for you, the launch is a two-minute walk away. Mid-week you might have the place to yourself, while on weekends it’s…

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never-ending summer

Araxá, Minas Gerais This site is well known to Brazilians as it has hosted the Brazilian Nationals several times. The grassy launch is considered one of the best flying sites in Brazil, large enough for 15 pilots to launch simultaneously and with a good road network for easy retrieves Its proximity to the Canastra National Park reveals a spectacular landscape with waterfalls and various species of the fauna and flora of the Cerrado biome, the plateaus of central Brazil. The best season to fly XC is from July to October, when it’s possible to fly over 200km. The city of Araxá is a traditional 18th century town located in the state of Minas Gerais and known for its mineral springs and health spas. Talk to the locals and ask about the routes…

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bright, australia

Banish the northern winter blues and give your year the perfect kickstart in Bright. Known as a town for all seasons, Bright’s tree-lined streets provide summer shade and brilliant colours every day. It’s a small resort town that sits in the heart of the Australian alpine region, only three hours north of Melbourne. Fifteen minutes away is the launch of Mystic, probably Australia’s most accessible take-off. Mystic faces north (remember you’re in the southern hemisphere) in a north-south valley, so the valley wind is always up the face. After climbing out in one of the house thermals – known as Marcus and Emily – you can fly any way you wish, or wherever the wind blows you. Landing fields and roads in every valley make retrieves and hitching easy, and the…

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power and control

1. Figure out the weather With the expense and effort that goes into an international flying trip, the last thing you want to do is spend your precious time in Tahiti waiting out bad weather. There are many climate resources available online but I go the next step and hire a meteorologist to create easily digestible graphs from historical records to determine the best season to fly at my chosen destination. Rick at has helped me plan flying trips from California to Peru. 2. Local laws Do your homework! First, purchase the low-level aviation charts for your destination. Then find a local pilot to help educate you on laws, licensing requirements, hazardous conditions and flight restrictions. Flying clubs, professional pilots, tour operators and gear vendors can all help you locate the right…

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travel is an adventure

We landed together, five of us coming down in the fields of a small Indian village a little west of Bir. The weather had closed in and the thermals had switched off, so we all slid slowly to the bottom, landing with a thud in the downslope flow. Immediately we were surrounded by laughing children, while curious but more reserved adults stood and watched from a distance. “Please, you will come to my house? We will help you.” After packing we were swept up in a wave of people to the young man’s family home, a fine looking two-story building with balcony. There we were offered tea, sweet peanuts and biscuits. To our left two women worked separating wheat from chaff, while on our right three well-fed cows munched contentedly in their stall.…