Max Melcher

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This post will be totally SharePoint unrelated but it was so amazing that I will briefly tell you about me last week in Ölüdeniz, Turkey – with lots of pictures! So please read on if you are not afraid of great heights.

Sundowner! Start close to latest takeoff guarantees a flight in the sunset

Sundowner! Start close to latest takeoff (~18:00) guarantees a flight in the sunset

Paragliding

1.5 years ago I started to learn how to use a Paraglider – and I enjoyed every minute in the air since then! It is an awesome, thrilling but still very relaxing sport – and not as dangerous as you might think. But it requires a lot of practicing and lots of technical gimmicks – an ideal sport for me. In order to improve my technique (I am still a beginner) I booked a paragliding tour with my flight school – a so called performance training – with my buddy Sebastian and traveled to Turkey (2.5 hours flight from Munich) – and we had a blast from 10/10/15 to 10/17/15.

Babadag, 1700 meters above sea level – close to heaven!

Above 1700m

Above 1700m – this guy found some thermal wind to fly above the peak

I must say, I am totally impressed of the city Ölüdeniz – it almosted seems like the whole city is built for paragliders, but i am most likely not objective! Every day you can see paragliders flying closely above the city – and we landed next to the beach on the pavement. The “normal” tourists are warned with signs like this one:

Warning: Paragliders incoming!

Warning: Paragliders incoming!

I could not imagine that in Germany – here you need a certified launch and landing site to prevent accidents. In Ölüdeniz it more looked like an airport for paragliders:

Landing close to the beach

Landing close to the beach

One of the launch sites - one of the best I have seen so far

One of the launch sites – one of the best I have seen so far – and its always busy up there

A typical launch looks like this – here is a tandem (2 persons) start:

Performance Training

So what do paragliders learn in a performance training? From start to landing I got advise from my flight school – and we practiced extreme maneuvers to better handle a glider in extreme situations like a collapse – it is totally amazing to me that you can still fly with 50 percent of your glider and it was fun to destroy the glider mid-flight (and above water) to simulate this behavior. Or a so called B-Stall – where you pull down some lines to decrease the glider surface – and loose height. In my case I went down with notable 8m/s. Good fun! The most exciting and thrilling exercise tho was the spiral – during this you pull one break until the glider spirals down with extreme speed and g-force – that pressure and sound was totally new for me and at first scared the sh** out of me to be honest 🙂 Peter did it amazingly fast and recorded it with two cams – one attached below the glider and one on his helmet:

The sound still gives me heebie-jeebies 🙂

Relaxing above the sea

Pictures tell more than thousand words – here we go:

Relaxing above the sea

Relaxing above the sea

1000 meters above the sea

a selfie ~1000 meters high

a view from the side

a view from the side

my favorite pic so far!

my favorite pic so far!

just hanging there

just hanging there – I really love my Cyber TE glider!

The view is amazing - every time!

The view is amazing – every time!

Little Helper - this guy tells me exactly how long my flight was, g-force, won altitude, distance and all that useful paragliding stuff.

Little Helper – this guy tells me exactly how long my flight was, g-force, won altitude, distance and all that useful paragliding stuff.

Closing

Okay thats it – I learned a lot, had lots of fun, met new paragliding friends and had 9 happy landings that sums up to more than 15.000 height meters – and I am very thankful to my always patient flight trainers Wolf and Markus from Bayrische Drachen + Gleitschirmschule.

My friend Sebastian created a nice video that sums up all the experience in just 3 minutes – awesome!

You have questions? Drop a comment and I am happy to help!

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