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
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