Boztepe is a touristic area where tourists coming to Ordu provide transportation by cable car and watch the city view. You can paraglide by watching the Black Sea with a bird's eye view. Renewed Boztepe 457 meters from where the runway is the nature of the pupil Army as one of the first places where the paragliding in Turkey.
Ordu Metropolitan Municipality has renewed and put into service the safe runway area, which adrenaline enthusiasts who have been flying paragliding have been waiting for years in Boztepe, which is the observation deck of the city. The runway area of 530 m250 in total was covered with green rubber in harmony with the natural texture. A safe departure was made ready for a pleasant flight.
Where is Ordu Boztepe, How to go?
Boztepe, located on the slopes of the city, has a height of 450 meters. You can see all the beauty of Ordu from here. There are motels, casinos, pine forests and picnic areas here. Also, paragliding is done here. I especially recommend you to see the sunset here.
Ordu Boztepe is located on Atatürk Boulevard in Şarkiye District of Altınordu district of Ordu. It is located 6 km from Altınordu town center.
What is Paragliding?
Paragliding is an extreme sport type that was found in the early 1980s by a few people interested in air sports, allowing free parachutes to run off the slopes. It is classified as a very light aircraft (ÇHHA) according to civil aviation regulations.
Paragliding is the lightest among very light aircraft. Thanks to its easy transportation, it can be taken off from hills without roads. It does not require a special runway. Using natural lifting forces, it can stay in the air for hours, rise to the clouds and travel kilometers for miles. It is the most common and rapidly developing aviation sport in the world.
How Is Paragliding Done?
In order to do paragliding, it is necessary to go to the places that are suitable for this sport. Later, only muscle power and wind are needed for flight. If you will be in the sky to add the paragliding experience to your life and just leave a pleasant memory, you can get brief information about paragliding from the instructors in the places where this sport is done and fly with the pilots. If you are going to do this sport professionally and want to stay in the air for hours, you can join the free and certified paragliding course of the Turkish Aeronautical Association.
In order not to endanger both the paraglider pilot and yourself in the air, you have to follow some rules.
- On flights accompanied by a pilot, the person must fully comply with the pilot's instructions.
- It is mandatory to wear a helmet with a chinrest and a life jacket.
- There should be a first aid kit during the flight.
- Paragliding training or flight should be taken only in places where the weather conditions are suitable.
- Paragliding is not a three-person sport. It is done with only one plus person except the pilot. This is called "Tandem Paragliding".
- It is mandatory to have a spare parachute and rescue boat on tandem flights.
- The wind required for paragliding should be checked before flying, and if appropriate, it should be started after it.
- Clothing that will provide comfort in the air should be worn.
- Paragliding is prohibited for people with heart disease, fear of heights, pregnant women, asthma patients and those with more than 105 kg.
- Paragliding should not be done while under alcohol.
- The age limit for paragliding is 16. Family leave is required for those under 16.
When Is Paragliding Done?
Paragliding is usually done between spring and autumn, in clear and no rain. Other than that, there is no strict rule that paragliding is not done, but the weather of the region is a very decisive factor.
Materials Required for Paragliding
The paragliding team basically consists of 4 basic equipment.
Wing (Dome, Canopy)
Unlike aircraft parachutes, the fabric part of paragliders is called "wing" or "canopy", not a parachute. Basically, between two fabric layers with openings in front of the parachute, it preserves its swollen shape by filling the air from the openings called cell mouths in the front of the parachute. The wing has an airfoil structure like a sailplane and glider. The cross-section shape resembles a half-drop of water. This special structure creates a pressure difference by flowing the air at different speeds above and below the wing according to Daniel Bernoulli's principles and can reduce the vertical speed of the paraglider to levels of 0.8 m / s. The fabric is made of special polymers and covered with silicone. It is very light (30-35 gr / m2). Air permeability is zero in a new wing. Likewise, it does not pass water unless it is completely wet. Over time and as it is used, the material begins to become permeable, indicating that it has reached the end of its life. The lifespan of a regularly flying parachute is ± 5 years, depending on the region and weather conditions. For more detailed information, see the links below.
Ropes consist of two parts. The inner part is made of a kevlar demen material that is resistant to weight but weak against friction. This material is a very durable material used in bulletproof vests. The second part is the material called dacron, which protects this heavy material from abrasion by friction in mountain conditions and as a result of rupture. The feature of this material is that it is very resistant to friction. However, it does not contribute to the bearing of the ropes. This material is not used in order to reduce the weight of the competition wings. However, this is a very exceptional situation. The average thickness of the ropes is 2 mm. However, a single 2 mm thick rope can pull around 150 kilograms. The number of ropes in a parachute is over 100. Therefore, the weight of a pilot is reflected on the ropes at a rate of about one percent. This is one of the most important factors that ensure the durability of the material.
Supporting columns connect the dome ropes to the enclosure. They carry the weight or load through ropes. They are attached to the ropes with the enclosing carabiners with small metal (rabıt) rings. It enables the dome to be brought to the head with the help of the carrier column during take-off. The rear columns also hold the brakes by means of rings. At the ends of the brakes are stylish sleeves for easy holding, and these are attached to the rear pillars with snaps or verkuro.
Harness (Harness Assembly)
The method of wearing that the pilot is attached to while flying and is attached to the wing with carabiners.
It is one of the priority materials for flight. As a basic principle, there is no flight without a reserve parachute. It is made of a fabric that is lighter and much more slippery than the actual parachute. It has two types, external and internal. External spare harness is attached to the carbine. For the internal backup, all harnesses have a cell either on the back or under it is placed here and connected to the harness by means of columns, a material that is resistant to pressure and shock. Its working principle is like a free parachute. The pilot himself decides to use this parachute and pulls the handle called handle when he deems necessary. In this case, unlike free parachute, the parachute comes into the hands of the pilot in a ready-to-open package called navlaka. The pilot opens the backup by quickly tossing this package down. With the activation of this parachute, the actual parachute loses its flight. The pilot, descending at a speed of approximately 5 m / sec, must collect the parachute that is no longer flying.
There are two types of helmets with full face protection and full face protection. It is generally produced from kevlar. It is highly protected against impacts.
With the GPS device, information such as altitude, speed, location information will be provided, and it is possible to reach the target by drawing a specific route. GPS is also a device that should be used by athletes in competitions.
Variometer with thermal air currents often used to make distance flights; It is a device that shows the height, ascent or descent rate in the current lift. In addition, it notifies the pilot of these rises and descents with an audio notification. It is available in compact devices that combine variometer and GPS.
The wind meter is a small but important paragliding material that shows the strength of the wind and the impact range, if any, in km.
Although paragliding pilots determine the direction using GPS, it is a device that they should have with them in the magnetic compass. A magnetic compass is kept in case the electronic devices may give false information in some cases.
It is a must-have device used in trainings in radio paragliding in distance flights. Communication with other pilots in the air or on the ground is established by radio during the flight.
According to Article 6 of the very light aircraft regulation (SHY 11C) published by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation: