Castile and León, Spain
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40.4537, -5.1792 : 1851.0 m
40.4375, -5.1608 : 1482.0 m
Central European Time (+0100)
This is an excellent easy site, which offers good ridge soaring in the evening when restitution often sets up. We often go to this site when the wind is over the back at early in the day at Peña Negra. If pilots have not climbed out by around 2pm, we will often return Peña Negra. It is common to go over the back at Chia and find convergence with the anabatic wind up the face of the Piedrahita range. We have had some excellent XC flights from here to Salamanca and Cuidad Rodrigo.
Statistics * Altitude 1800 metres (5850 feet) ASL * Top to bottom height: 400 metres (1300 feet) * Orientations S and SE Access From the south side of the Chia pass there is a dirt track which leads to both launches. South East launch: This is in the bowl facing ESE. Parking near the water container, you walk 80 m up the hill were there is a large grassy launch, suitable for easy top landings. Southerly launch: follow the track out of the bowl to the main southerly face. Take off is a very shallow grassy area which is safe and easy for top landing. Out front of the S launch is very flat, with many unfenced large fields. We normally land in the large field with the goalposts. From the SE take off you sometimes do not reach the football field. There is a suitable landing field next to the road going down. You drive up the Chia pass from the Piedrahita (Corneja) valley. You will go through Villafranca and Navacepedilla de Corneja. about 50m after going over the pass there is a forest road on the right. Little used site, but essential on stronger SE days when the wind fails to come in at PN. On these days give good evening flying. Beware flying here on strong wind strong thermal days mid afternoon. Little used site, but essential on stronger SE days when the wind fails to come in at PN. On these days give good evening flying. Beware flying here on strong wind strong thermal days mid afternoon.
This site can take a lot of southerly wind witha degree of safety (slightly rising grazing land behind reduce rotor effects. Often the base can be low and raining in the Piedrahita valley, and flyable in Chia. It is a place you can often fly when on a day which starts to overdevelop, since Cbs generally form at other points around it. However, you still need to go and land when they get big as they can break into the Chia valley