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Things to do : Sports : Paragliding Last Updated: Jun 28, 2008 - 12:29:23 AM

Paragliding: The wild orchid from the air
By Oliver R. Donald Guenay
Jun 5, 2008 - 3:53:57 PM

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The Madeiran Aeroclub in Funchal provides assistance and information for those who wish to come to fly.

In 1997 the German Hartmut Peters visited the island and fell in love with it.

Ideal climatic conditions and soaring over breathtaking landscape were, in fact, the reasons to escape Central Europe.

In 1998 the first Madeiran Paragliding Rally, a friendship competition, was held, causing a very positive echo among international pilots.

It encouraged paragliding on the island and the local pilots started improving their sports conditions.

Paragliding over the skies of Arco da Calheta - one of the most popular paragliding areas of Madeira

Now Hartmut has organised a boarding house for guest pilots and their families at Arco da Calheta, just a few meters from his own, nicely arranged, take off field 450 Meters over the beach where people can join him there all over the year round, for flying, biking, climbing and many other activities.

Landing at base in Arco da Calheta

I have joined Hartmut and the Aeroclub in the year 2000, following a private engagement on the island, and as an internationally certified and insured pilot with experience over 13 years, on that occasion I offered Tandem Paragliding visitors of the island to discover the very beauty of Madeira from out of the Air by gliding over different places !

Paragliding in excellent weather conditions over Arco da Calheta

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