Analysis of the Wind Persistence in Southwest Anatolia in terms of Paragliding

Yavuz V., Koçak K., Kahya C.

OSTIV (Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale du Vol `a Voile) Congress, Poznan, Poland, 30 July - 06 August 2014, pp.43

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Poznan
  • Country: Poland
  • Page Numbers: pp.43
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Paragliding was discovered in the 1980s by a few innovative aviators. In recent years, paragliding has taken place as one of the preferred extreme sports in Turkey. Turkey's geographical structure and climatology are suitable for this sport and this speciality provides paragliding to be held widely in some areas. Since its an extreme sport, research and analysis are required for paragliding to be done safely. As a priority, the analysis of the wind speed and direction; the most important meteorological parameters for paragliding, should be made. In this context, wind persistence methods;  a measure of continuity of the wind at any time and place, were applied to the wind speed data collected from Antalya, Kaş (Antalya), Isparta, Denizli and İzmir. In this study the wind analysis were calculated using two different persistence methods namely Conditional Probability Approach (CPA) and Speed Duration Curves With Threshold (SDCWT) and as a result of this study needful information were obtained for those interested in sport aviation.