‘Medvednica’ flying zone is an airspace defined by a 2.5 nm radius circle, whose central point is located at N 45°56’33” – E 15°52’26”. The launch area ‘Medvednica’ acts as a reference point within the circle. The reference point, as the central point of the flying zone, is located near Jakovlje, and the circle links Donja Bistra, Kupljenovo, Hrušljevo selo and Strmec Stubički.
‘Glista take-off’, our flying site on the hill-sides of Medvednica, is a northerly site. Apart from the North direction (N) it also takes North-West (NW) and North-East (NE). The take-off coordinates are N 45° 55’ 01” – E 15° 55’ 14”. At 550 m ASL, the take-off is a grassy rectangle slope 50 m long and 40 m wide, angled at about 55°.
You cannot see the landing site from the launch point. Immediately after take-off you can see to your left (to the West) some fields at the foot of the hill that can be used for emergency landing. The official landing field is a huge parking lot in Gornja Bistra. It is rectangle-shaped, 250 m long and 100 m wide, and without inclination. As a very good reference point in the air, you can look for the Oršić castle located at the South side of the parking lot. The landing is at 220 m ASL and the coordinates are N 45° 55’ 03” – E 15° 54’ 05”.
The site officer and contact person is Mr. Radoslav Eršek, a paragliding pilot. You can reach him at +385 (0)91 3390303.
Flying conditions are good all year round, and the best flying days are to be found in spring and summer. Medvednica has characteristically Central European mountain weather with an average annual rainfall around 1300 mm (Zagreb-Grič 840 mm). Average annual temperature is around 7° C (Zagreb 12° C). Snow cover usually lasts for about a hundred days a year, and it is the highest in February. A natural clearing in the forest on the northern hill-sides of Medvednica over Gornja Bistra was recognised as a potential paragliding flying site.
Access: From Gornja Bistra take the road to the bottom stop of the ski lift. Between the lay-by points no. 22 and 23 on the left side of the road there is a descending mountain path that leads to the take-off. You will see the take-off – a clearing with a windsock to your right – after a 10-minute walk down the path.