PARAGLIDING FROM 2365 METERS TO ZERO!

 

Dejan Stojnic, dejan@stojnic.co.uk, dejan@djesi.ba

 

While been on vacation in Kemer, Turkey, I heard about possibility to make a tandem paraglider flight from 2365 meters high Tahtali summit of Olympos mountain to the beach. This is the biggest altitude difference for tandem paragliders IN THE WORLD. I've looked on the internet, found www.escape.com.tr, sent a few emails to Ibrahim Onal Ibo and on 16 September 2011 I joined Abu, very experienced paraglider pilot, in ESCAPE's base in small town Tekirova, 10 kilometers from Kemer. From there we were transported to the cable car station, situated at 726 meters above the sea level. Cable car cabin can accommodate 80 people, yes, EIGHTY! Like London double decker bus!

At the upper station, 2365 meters above sea level, I've got a 10 minutes briefing, gave an interview to Turkish TV TRT, and we went to the concrete take off platform. First attempt was unsuccessful because I started to run, although they told me just to walk slowly. Second attempt: one step, second step, and third step I couldn't make because we were in the air!

Oh, yes, money, all thing, everything included, picking up in hotel, transport to their base at the landing site, transport to the bottom cable car station, cable car fare, flight, and transport back to my hotel, everything costs 175 Euros.

I have 14 videos and over 120 photos.

Something else, that took place just twelve days after riding Bosnian safari

Dok sam bio na odmoru u Kemeru u Turskoj, čuo sam za mogućnost da se napravi let u tandem paraglajderu sa Tahtali vrha planine Olympos do plaže. To je najveća visinska razlika za tandem paraglejdere U SVIJETU! Malo sam pogledao po internetu, našao www.escape.com.tr, poslao nekoliko emailova Ibrahimu Onalu Ibou i 16 septembra 2011 sam se pridružio Abu-u, veoma iskusnom pilotu na paraglajderima, u ESCAPE bazi u malom gradu Tekirova, 10 kilometara od Kemera. Odatle su nas prebacili do donje stanice uspinjače, koja se nalazi na 726 metara nadmorske visine. Kabina uspinjače može da primi 80 putnika, da, OSAMDESET! Kao dvospratni autobus u Londonu!

Na gornjoj stanici, na 2365 metara nadmorske visine, dobio sam 10-minutni brifing, dao intervju turskoj televiziji TRT, i onda smo otišli na betonsku platformu za polijetanje. Prvi pokušaj nije uspio zato što sam ja potrčao, iako mi je rečeno da samo treba sporo da hodam. Drugi pokušaj: jedan korak, drugi korak, i treći nisam ni mogao napraviti, jer smo već bili u zraku!

Ah da, lova, cijela stvar, sve uključeno, da me pokupe u hotelu i prebace u njihovu bazu na mjestu gdje ćemo prizemljiti, transport na donju stanicu uspinjače, karta za uspinjaču, let, transport natrag u moj hotel, sve to je koštalo 175 eura.

Imam 14 videa i preko 120 fotosa.

I još nešto, ovo se dogodilo samo 12 dana nakon što smo bili na Bosanskom safariju

There are 14 videos uploaded on YouTube. Just click on thumbnail, and video will open in new window Ovdje su 14 videa smještenih na YouTube. Klikni na sliku i video će se otvoriti u novom prozoru

 

1. We just took off and lost some altitude. Abu is trying to soar on the mountain slope on the eastern wind Upravo smo poletjeli i izgubili nešto visine. Abu pokusava da jedri na padini na istočnom vjetru

2. We are just maintaining altitude. Two other paragliders took off and joined us on mountain slope. Održavamo visinu. Dva druga tandem paraglajdera su poletjeli i pridružili nam se na padini

3. Other two paragliders gave up and flied away toward a coast. But Abu is trying hard, we are back to the starting altitude Druga dva paraglajdera su odustali i odletjeli prema obali. Ali Abu pokušava vrlo ozbiljno, i mi smo natrag na polaznoj visini.

4. We are maintaining altitude Održavamo visinu

5. A single paraglider took off and he joined eagle in thermal. Abu said: “We are going to catch him!” Jednosjedi paraglajder je poletio i pridružio se jednom orlu u termičkom stubu. Abu kaze "Ima da ga uhvatimo"

6. We have finally centred the thermals with great help from one eagle. We are climbing, watch cable car building! Konačno smo centrirali termički stub uz veliku pomoć orla. Penjemo, pogledajte stanicu uspinjače!

7. We are still climbing, watch cable car building! Još uvijek penjemo, pratite stanicu uspinjače!

8. We are at 3000 meters! 650 meters ABOVE the take off altitude! Unfortunately, we have to leave the thermals, flight can last up to one hour because next customer is waiting. Na 3000 metara smo! 650 metara iznad starta! Nažalost, moramo napustiti termiku, let može nejduže trajati jedan sat, slijedeći kandidat čeka.

9. We have 7 kilometers to fly to the beach. Because we are at 3000 meters, and gliding ratio of this paraglider is 11:1, there is enough room to fly free 7 kilometara treba da preletimo do plaže. Pošto smo na 3000 metara, a finesa ove stvari je 11:1, možemo se slobodno ponašati.

10. We have enough altitude even for me to have all commands, BOTH! It is other planet than gliders and planes. After couple of minutes, I gave up Imamo dovoljno visine čak i da ja dobijem komande, OBJE! To je druga planeta od naše planete sa jedrilicama i avionima. Ali, poslije par minuta, ja sam se predao i vratio komande gazdi.

11. Abu shows me sharp 60 degrees turns Abu mi pokazuje zaokret sa nagibom od 60 stepeni

12. This video shows Abu performing standard aerobatics, after my approval Abu, uz moju dozvolu, radi standardne akrobacije.

13. When Abu realized that standard aerobatics didn't have any effect on me, he asked me for approval to show me EXTREME areobacics, what I accepted in a milisecond Kada je Abu shvatio da standardne akrobacije nisu napravile nikakav efekat na mene, zatražio je dozvolu da uradi EKSTREMNE AKROBACIJE, što sam je prihvatio u milisekundi

14. This video shows Abu performing rest of the aerobatics and landing at the green strip on the beach Na ovom videu je ostatak akrobacija i slijetanje na zelenu traku na plaži


Now, there are over 120 pictures taken with two cameras. When you click on thumbnail, it will expand as much as your screen allows. If picture is bigger than window of your browser, click at lower right corner, and picture will expand to it's full resolution, 1024 X something. Certainly, I have all pics in 14 megapixels resolution. Ovdje je kolekcija od 124 slike snimljene sa dvije kamere. Kada kliknete na sličicu, ona će se proširiti da popuni što veći dio vašeg ekrana. Ako je slika veća od prozora vašeg browsera, kliknite u donji desni ugao i slika će se proširiti na njenu punu rezoluciju 1024 X nešto. Naravno, ja imam sve slike u rezoluciji 14 megapiksela