to LZ: 4000 meters
LZ: Many available
is an excellent site for several reasons. The valley that this
launch overlooks is largely free of trees and obnoxious plants.
The hillsides are mostly grassy, with some rock, and thus
provide many places for landing outside of the chosen LZ. The
valley is adjacent to the Dora-Fasoula valley. In fact, one can
see the Dora launch from the Salamiou launch. Thus Salamiou
offers XC potential with known, relatively easy landing fields
if one flies toward Dora or Fasoula from here. But on windy days
there is the very real possibility of strong rotor on this route
if you get low.
the left and behind launch the ridge drops down to a saddle
before going up again to higher hills across the bowl. A creek
runs down from below the saddle to the river plain and the slope
of the subsequent ravine is shallow. It is a long way to the
river plain down this ravine. We have found that one tends to
encounter sink in this area. Beware.
that down in the valley there are no villages, no places to eat
or pick up food or water. You have to bring with you water and
nourishment. In summer time this valley is very hot. Heat
exhaustion is a very real concern. Bring a good hat and lots of
is at the peak of the highest hill southwest of the village of
Salamiou. It is very steep and easy to get away from. The top,
where one stands for launch, is a flat area about big enough for
one glider. Behind, a field drops away steeply . Standing at
launch, one faces westerly into a small ravine. To the left is
another ravine and a spine separates them. Thermals may roll up
both ravines simultaneously, being split by the spine. Depending
upon which ravine has the greatest share of the thermal one may
find that there are crosswinds on top coming from the left, even
though air is coming directly up the launch slot as well. We
find it useful to place a wind indicator directly on the spine
as well as in the launch slot. Then, when the launch slot
indicators are good and the spine indicator shows wind flowing
toward the ravine to the left we feel reasonably sure that
crosswinds will not be a problem. Should the spine indicator
drift to the right then the left ravine has stronger wind and
crosswinds may interfere with your launch.
crosswinds, this launch is a narrow slot with pine trees to both
left and right. Any turns induced by poor launch technique may
result in a sudden tree landing.
mentioned above, one may land in many places in the valley. Due
to the lack of stout vegetation there are many opportunities to
land on hillsides as well. The river plain is wide and open, if
rough with rocks and small bushes. There are power lines in some
areas. Thermic turbulence may interfere with landings,
particularly in the river plain. Prevailing winds tend to be up
the valley from the coast, though this is not always so.
have found a very nice field that sits about 40 feet above the
river plain on the east side of the river bed. It is visible
from launch. Look diagonally to the left, following the lower
range of hills down to the river plain. Just after the last
hill, before it drops off completely, you will see this field.
It is a comfortable glide from launch.
the map to the village of Salamiou and drive into the village.
Coming from the coastal direction you will find that, once in
the main village, the road makes a 90 degree left turn and then
goes about a hundred meters or so, widens slightly and makes a
90 degree right turn. As you approach this right turn a large
building with bars all over the windows is directly in front of
you. Instead of turning right with the main road, turn left onto
a narrow concrete paved road that goes up the hill. This will
soon become a dirt road. As you approach the crest you will pass
two large concrete water tanks, sitting side by side, on your
right. Shortly after these two tanks the road crests and splits.
The right fork continues up the hill, the left goes down into
the bowl. Take the right fork and wind your way up to the fields
at the top. You will see launch as the top of the highest hill
in the vicinity. Follow the road to the base of that hill and
then park. The carry up is about 100 meters.
launch, drive back to the fork just above the two water tanks
and take the right turn, away from the village, and follow that
road down to the valley. This road may also be accessed from the
highway just prior to dropping down to the village. It comes out
just half a km. upstream from the preferred LZ, which can be
reached by further roads along the river.