Kobala is a popular paragliding and hang gliding take-off, as well as an excellent starting point for long cross-country flights on the southern crest of the Julian Alps and a well-known competition site.
The best conditions for long cross-country flights are with a very weak general N or E wind. However, the western wind, more suitable for local flying, will normally predominate.
Description of take-off:
A very large, nicely maintained meadow on the pointed top of the forest-covered Kobala hill.
Two take-off directions are possible depending on the direction of the wind.
GPS (dd° mm.mm): N46° 10.86, E13° 46.76.
Suitable wind direction: E, SE, SW, W.
AMSL altitude: 1080 m.
Airspace: Allowed up to 2900 m AMSL.
Take-off difficulty level: Moderate.
Flying difficulty level: Moderate.
Suitable for beginners: Yes, but only in mild conditions.
Access: 13.6 km by car, right to the take-off area.
Landing place Tolmin:
A big meadow located on the flatland by the Soča river.
GPS (dd° mm.mm): N46° 11.09, E13° 43.33.
AMSL altitude: 160 m.
Difficulty level: Easy.
More detail and information on the flying areas described here, as well as other Slovenian take-offs, can be found in Paragliding & Hang Gliding Guide Book (www.bigopensky.com
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