Hatis and ararat

        Hatis is a closest high mountain to the capital Yerevan. The summit is on 2520 m. It is 25 km from city center.

Take offs:
         –  500 above valley –  coordinates   40.29s4048°/ 44.697437°, h = 1890m
         –  summit — coordinates   40.306320°/ 44.725273°, h = 2495m
         – Close to Yerevan,
         – Simple relief and predictable aerology,
         – Practically unlimited, free, flat fields for landings,
         – One can reach take off areas via 4WD vehicles (there is no asphalt-based road),  
         – Predictable micrometeorology, “surprise” changes usually do not happen,
         – Good XC potential, thermals are relatively high, thermal cycles are long-lasting
         – Rocky terrain (except for the take off areas, which are cleaned up) slopes are covered with pieces of obsidian and other rocks of volcanic origin,
         – Not suitable for dynamic soaring, as the mountain is “round”, and has not long straight ridges,
          – Southern, South-Western winds, (the wind changes to downstream direction on the take off areas lower the summit in the evenings in July-September months (period of the global north winds).

         – Good people, friendly and hospitable.

          Here is short video about how nice is it to fly from the top of the Hatis mountain in the beginning of the December 🙂