Denmark offers some of Northern Europe’s best coastal/ridge soaring spots, as well as tow launching possibilities for both paragliders and hang gliders. This page provides visiting hang glider and paraglider pilots with information about safety, rules and flying in Denmark.
Denmark offers many fantastic possibilities for coastal/Ridge soaring. However, it is important to note that not all of the areas where this type of flying takes place are open to the public. In some cases, a Danish paragliding or hang gliding club may have entered into a private agreement with a landowner to use the ridge or dune facing out to sea for flying. Therefore there may be special rules applicable to these areas. These rules may include obtaining permission to fly, specific no-fly zones, fly free periods, and limitations to the number of paragliders and hang gliders that can be in the air at any one time. For an overview of flying zones see the link on the page here (the site is still under construction).
GIVE WAY RULES WHEN COASTAL/RIDGESOARING
Please pay attention to where other pilots are around you at all time. Be sure to know the simple rule: when two pilots approach from different directions, turn right! So if you have the dune on your left-hand side you must give way by flying away from the dune. You must give way in good time and keep ample distance in order to avoid collapses on the shadowed glider.
SAFETY WHEN COASTAL SOARING
Coastal/ridge soaring is different from flying in the mountains and can be very dangerous if you don`t know how to do it. In order to fly we often have to start in rather more wind than the typical case in the mountains. This requires different and more sophisticated ground handling skills. Many of the accidents by foreign pilots occur in connection with starting in strong winds. The sensible thing is to go to the top of the dune or ridge and measure or feel the wind before starting on the beach!
It is important to be aware of the fact that the wind on the beach may seem adequate but it may very well be too strong for most pilot levels a little higher up.
Many pilots have been surprised by this and have got blown back into the rotor behind the crest where collapses are likely to occur. Very experienced pilots may be able to fly in strong winds. This does not necessarily mean that pilots unaccustomed to the local factors can do the same. Paraglider students should never fly in stronger wind than 7 m/s or 26 km/h (measured on the top of the dune or ridge).
Always fly with a speed bar.