Our flight maps
Both our flight maps were created in the past two years. Initially it was only intended for glider pilots, until Werner had the idea to develop a second map. Now there are two editions: a thermal map for sailplane pilots and a valley wind map for hang glider and paraglider pilots. Clearly both maps are useful and suitable for all pilots. Both maps are published as a limited edition and are exclusively available from this website. Further useful maps are in development and should be available in winter 2017/18.
The maps are printed at the highest quality on 135g/m2 paper and are manually folded. In exceptional cases we will ship the maps unfolded. Unfolded, the map is 1260x500 mm, folded it is 157.5x250 mm.
All further information can be obtained by emailing: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The concept of both maps:
The great advantage of our maps is the 3D relief presentation of the terrain. It is only possible to identify and read the terrain, mountains and valleys and plan your cross-country route by using this type of map representation. The scale of the area allows the user to think big at a glance, but also take in the details to work into flight plans. By studying these maps, connections become clear, you focus on the essential and the most important learning goal... "the pilot is able to undertake analysis of the terrain and flight planning" – this will make you an independent pilot.
We wish you success and most importantly, have fun flying!
THERMAL MAP (still available)
Our thermal map:
This map contains house thermals, optimal glide lines and potential landing areas for a light wind, thermic day. The optimal glide lines are designed for sailplane pilots, but are still useful for hang gliders and paragliders. Field landing sites are as useful for hang-gliders as sailplane pilots and all house thermals are useful for all thermalling aircraft. The majority of the information is based on Werner and Simon's long experience, augmented by locals and after a protracted process was worked up and published. All altitudes are AMSL. Airspace is deliberately omitted and this information should be obtained from current aircharts (e.g. ICAO)
This map aims to assist in getting a bigger picture, seeing connections, recognising sensitive areas and therefore being able to understand meteorology in the Alps. They should further help with reading terrain. They are primarily for flight planning in the eastern Alps. The marked house thermals are those which have been identified in-flight.
- Known house thermals: the marked house thermals are recognised hotspots , which, depending on the time of day, generally provide lift.
- Airfields’ radio frequencies, including military and civil frequencies
- Field landing areas - good
- Field landing areas - doable
- Field landing areas - emergency only
- Good possibilities for crossing main ridges
- Good glide lines - often with good transition possibilities
- Prominent mountains/thermals, including names and altitudes
VALLEY WIND MAP (sold out)
Valley wind map:
at the moment not available - stay tuned for more info
The map displays valley wind systems and their directions of flow on normal/light-wind, thermic days. The majority of the information was painstakingly collected with the help of locals and after a protracted process was worked up and published. Despite this, the complexity of the weather means it is possible that not all valley winds have been included or that one or more of the arrows is not completely accurate. There are clear areas and less defined zones, where changes may occur throughout a given day. Some areas are more or less affected by large-scale weather patterns or strong supra-regional met winds.
This map is intended to assist with getting a bigger picture, seeing connections, recognising sensitive areas and therefore to be able to understand what is happening in the atmosphere and how to read the terrain. Steep slopes, areas of convergence and lee areas are immediately identifiable.
- normal valley wind up to 20 km/h with direction (thin arrow)
- strong valley wind over 20 km/h with direction (thick arrow)
- Lee side areas: Strong valley wind systems (e.g. Bavarian wind) often flow over slopes or ridges and create unpleasant lee side areas. We have marked many, but not all, sensitive areas.
- Known house thermals: the marked thermal sources are known and popular hotspots, which depending on the time of day, will produce more or less lift.
We only ship once or twice a week and we have learnt that delivery to Germany or other EU countries may take between 5 - 7 days. We cannot guarantee delivery times like a professional online shop can - we will do our best to get the map(s) to you. Thank you for your patience if delivery is delayed a little.