An exceptional location
The aerodrome of Santa Cilia is at an altitude of 684m above sea level. It is located in the jacetania Area, which has a dry, continental climate with low levels of humidity. Cool nights and sunny days lead to long soarable days with many hours of good thermals. The high season for gliding is from March to September, with very little rainfall and fog.
The airfield is 20km south of the main slopes of the Spanish Pyrenees, which rise to altitudes of between 2000 and 3500m. These mountains receive the influence of the Bay of Biscay, giving them the humidity required to create high cumulus. As a result of the convergence of north-easterly winds from France and South-westerly winds from Spainn along the 300km of mountain ridges, the first thermals start mid-morning and last all day.
In order to be able to reach the high Pyrenees with thermals or wave, it is necessary to progress in steps along two rows parallel foothills. The first is 5 km from the aerodrome (1200m peaks) and the second is 10km from the aerodrome (1500m peaks). This allows you a step-by-step progression to higher ceilings.
The Guara mountain range lies south of the aerodrome. I is a row of middle-range mountains which blocks hot and damp air masses from the Mediterranean and Africa. This range allows us to fly a southern wave when there is a strong southerly wind, although the best mountain wave is the one generated by the Pyrenees with strong northerly winds (more than 10knots). The latter provides excellent conditions for climbing to over 5000m and crossing the Pyrenees. It has in the past been possible to fly at altitudes of more than 8000m.
Geography and relief
The aerodrome is located in the middle of a broad, agricultural, river valley, 50km long by 15km wide. It is possible to land, if necessary, in one of the many corn fields almost without obstacles.
The southern slopes of the Pyrenees are very dry and warm up quickly,creating very strong thermals. In spite of this, the mountain peaks remain snow-covered throughout winter and well into spring due to their altitude.
There are no big cities in close proximity to the aerodrome. The air space is not controlled. There are few restricted areas and you will find little air traffic in the Pyrenees.
We have an experienced team of gliding instructors, tow pilots, administrative assistants and maintenance personnel working at the aerodrome. Hundreds of pilots come to fly at our aerodrome each season and over several years of experience we have come to know the needs of our clients. Our aim is to ensure those needs are met.
Flying in Santa Cilia aerodrome will enable you to improve your flying skills while enjoying the stunning scenery of the Pyrenees.