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Bjelasnica
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Welcome to Bjelasnica (42) flight site

Place: Babin do - Bjelasnica, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina, 71000 Sarajevo

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Activities: Paragliding

Level of difficulty : Beginners.

Description: Flying site Bjelasnica is located on Mount Bjelasnica, as part of the winter resort Babin Do. There are two main landings and several meadows that can be used as alternate landings:
In the north side at Babin Dol, the landing field is next to the Beneton center which is the starting point of the three-seater cable car.

Babin Do, landing field N 43 ° 42 875, E 18 °.17.020, altitude 1270 m

The landing field is quite large and is perfect even for beginners. Width of the Landing field in the upper part is 100 m and about 75 m in the lower. Length of the landing field is 300 m.
Precautions in case of the wind in North directions over the 6-7 m/s, we recommend landing closer to the slope, not near the end of the landing field because of the possible rotor which is formed across the newly built hotels.
In the south side the primary landing field is below the top of Bjelasnica, above the village of Lukavac.
Ivanovo Polje (south slope) landing field N 43 ° 41 280, E 18 ° 15 463, altitude 1500 m

Landing field size is approximately 100x100 m.

When landing at Ivanovo polje in cases of wind over 6 m/s you should pay attention to the rotor of the hill Mali Šiljevac located in front of the landing to the south, which means you need to plan the landing a little further away from it, closer to the slope from which you took off.

Another landing field is next to the village of Lukavac - very rarely used because of transportation problems (distant from the top and with bad gravel roads).

Takeoff fields are as follows:

1. Trosjed - the meadow above the terminal point of three-seater cable car, suitable for takeoff of 15 paragliders in a row. The takeoff field is north oriented. Not particularly suitable for hang gliders because of smaller slope inclination. On the map in the appendix marked with 2.
Take-off Trosjed (Three-seater cable car terminal point), N 43 ° 42 520, E 18 ° 16,205, altitude 1680 m.
It is possible to get there using off-road vehicle or chairlift during the winter.
Take-off is a large grassy field oriented to the north. In east wind there is another take-off which is East oriented and 200m away.

In winter during the ski season you may not take off from the middle of ski slope and interfere with skiers. You have enough space to spread your wing near the trees to the right peering down the slope and you can land at the center of Babin Do, because it is flat with no cross traffic.

2. Dvosjed - the meadow alongside the terminal point of two-seater cable car. Orientation N. Suitable for takeoff of more paragliders in a row.

3. Medjustanica - the meadow alongside the former intermediate substation of three-seater cable car - now there is only a metal skeleton of the building. There are three slopes oriented NNW, N and NNE.

Takeoff Medjustanica N 43 ° 42 400, E 18 ° 15 960, altitude 1830 m
Start is suitable for beginners.

4. The top of Bjelasnica, near the Meteorological Observatory, is often called Heliodrom after the old EUFOR heliport. Takeoff field can be used for both North and South takeoffs. It is very spacious (large meadows) and can be used for serial and parallel takeoffs of several paragliders.


Top of the Bjelasnica, North start. N 43 ° 42 240, E 18 ° .15.420, altitude 2068 m

It is possible to get to the top using off-road vehicle by gravel serpentine road that climbs up southern slope. It takes 30-40 minutes from Babin Do to the top using vehicle or if you’re in the mood for a hike the top can be reached for about 2 hours by foot (this applies to those who are in great physical shape).

Start faces the north-east side. It is possible to take off with the wind directions from north-north-west to pure east.

It is possible to take off from a flat rocky plateau, with several flat grassy parts or with steep
grassy slopes. Not so tricky that even beginners can find their piece of ground to take off.

If the wind blows south direction, more experienced pilots may start below the meteorological station of the Observatory on the south side, while less experienced pilots have to walk 200 meters to the East-South-East, to find a grassy area where you can spread a couple of wings.

2.3 Shape, size, boundaries and characteristics of the terrain at and around the airfield

Bjelašnica is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, located southwest of the city of Sarajevo and in only half an hour drive from the city you arrive at Babin Do.
Babin Do is the starting point of the vertical ski transport for almost all the slopes and also registered paragliding landing.
At the highest point (2067m altitude) in 1894 a meteorological station was built, after which the top was named the Observatory and is the highest continuously inhabited point in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mountain was named Bjelasnica after the white stone and snow that lingers on the tops even in August. In summer it is covered with green grass and in winter up to 4m high snow.

For the XIV Olympic Winter Games, which partly took place in this area, trails were made for downhill, slalom, giant slalom, biathlon and ski jumps, so that conditions were created for an outstanding winter recreation.
The landscape on the north side consists of a meadow and forest. North takeoff is oriented towards the mountain Igman, behind which are the international airport and the city of Sarajevo (13km to the NNE).
On the south side there are not many trees, at the top is grass with a few rocks. The primary southern landing field is below the top, above the village of Lukavac (restricted by two reefs). Also, there is not tall vegetation.
Near the village of Lukavac, there is a lower southern landing field with pastures that are fenced with barbed wire so it is necessary to be careful at landing.

Take-off: 43°42′24"N, 18°15′42"W, altitude 2068 meters, GR 0 (see in google map).
The top of Bjelasnica, near the Meteorological Observatory, is often called Heliodrom after the old EUFOR heliport. Takeoff field can be used for both North and South takeoffs. It is very spacious (large meadows) and can be used for serial and parallel takeoffs of several paragliders.

Top of the Bjelasnica, North start. N 43 ° 42 240, E 18 ° .15.420, altitude 2068 m

Landing: 43°43′0"N, 18°17′2"W, altitude 1270 meters (see in google map).
Babin Do, landing field N 43 ° 42 875, E 18 °.17.020, altitude 1270 m

The landing field is quite large and is perfect even for beginners. Width of the Landing field in the upper part is 100 m and about 75 m in the lower. Length of the landing field is 300 m.
Precautions in case of the wind in North directions over the 6-7 m/s, we recommend landing closer to the slope, not near the end of the landing field because of the possible rotor which is formed across the newly built hotels.
In the south side the primary landing field is below the top of Bjelasnica, above the village of Lukavac.
Ivanovo Polje (south slope) landing field N 43 ° 41 280, E 18 ° 15 463, altitude 1500 m

Landing field size is approximately 100x100 m.

Weather and wind at this place: This site is flyable on all wind direction

Going there: It is possible to get to the top using off-road vehicle by gravel serpentine road that climbs up southern slope. It takes 30-40 minutes from Babin Do to the top using vehicle or if you’re in the mood for a hike the top can be reached for about 2 hours by foot (this applies to those who are in great physical shape).

Usually practicable from january until december.

Number of accidents occurred: 0.

Flightsite created on 13 June 2012 by Mirvad Zenuni (11413) .