As a visiting pilot we ask you to understand a few things which are particular to paragliding at our
sites. Most visitors happily know all this without telling.
- Paragliding is very free and not strictly regulated (please read the regulations here) in Denmark. This in reality places a great
responsibility on pilots in many aspects.
- On most of the sites we depend on the goodwill of land owners and local residents. If people
or authorities get a negative impression in terms of security or general behavior around our
sport, we face a very real risk of getting shut down on the precious few sites that we use.
Every year we experience accidents and hostile behavior by a few foreign pilots. This is
often reported in the local press and we struggle to maintain a good image. It is frustrating
that we as local pilots keep a very good safety record and a good relationship with locals
while a few visiting pilots behave hazardously and without respect. This way all our good
intentions are lost.
- Coastal soaring is a little different from flying in the mountains. In order to fly we often have to
start in considerably more wind than is typically the case in the mountains. This requires
different and more sophisticated ground handling skills. Many of the accidents by foreign
pilots happen in conjunction with starting in strong winds. A good advice is to go to the top of
the dune 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 gotten 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. We
understand that this is very frustrating, especially if you have traveled far, but it is a matter of
- On some days we fly very close to each other. Please pay attention to where other pilots are
relative to you at all times. 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.
- Give room for inexperienced pilots. There is no need to enforce your right of way. Use your
experience and simply turn away before a dangerous situation arises.
- Always fly with a helmet
- Please do not shout at people on the ground from the air. It is likely to be misunderstood.
- Do not fly over people who obviously prefer privacy
- Do not scare animals on the ground. If you see that animals are disturbed by you, please fly
- If you practice Powered Paragliding (PPG) please take considerable precautions not to disturb
people or animals by the engine noise. This is especially important on our soaring sites
which risk being closed down for normal unpowered paragliding if people are disturbed by
PPG engine noise. Ideally we ask you not to fly PPG at our soaring sites, but go somewhere
- As a special rule in Løkken we ask everybody not to fly south of Furreby during the summer
period. A few of the local land owners do not like paragliders flying near their houses. There
is plenty of room to fly north of Furreby, so please respect this.
- Also in Løkken it is prohibited to top launch in front of the big house close to the ridge a few
hundred meters north of Furreby (57N23’34’’ 9E43’51’’). Go north or south of the house or
launch on the beach.
- The former flying site in Bulbjerg is closed for all flying. Seldom bird species are protected
Once again: we are happy to meet foreign pilots at our sites. Please pay attention to these rules and
respect the locals.
Have a good time flying in North Jutland!
January 01st, 2019
Arne Staun Soerensen