The Nirvana Team is happy to announce that we have received formal Clearances for Recommencement of Paragliding Operations at Kamshet from the relevant authorities and NOTAM’s are in place for the new flying season which commenced recently.
Our sincere thanks to the District Administration, Security Services & Indian Air Force Base - AOC & ATC – Lohegaon - Pune for their kind support and co-operation.
Area of Flying is to be restricted to 5Kms Radius of Takeoff (18′ 44 52’.31”N 73′ 32 33’.88” E )
Time of Flying is from 0800 hrs to 1900 hrs
Altitude Limit is 5000 Feet / 1525 Metres ASL
The NOC granted requires the Operator who has been authorised at the location to take daily formal clearances from the ATC - at commencement of operations and advise on close of session.
This is not a blanket permit for the sites we fly. We request all pilots to make sure that the daily clearance for the appropriate sites are in place before they fly at Kamshet to avoid any issues.
Further more All Pilots will need to advise the the Operator who has the NOC and have to provide all their ID’s / Licenses etc before flying . Over and above this all pilots may have to take police clearances as required.
We would request all pilots respect this requirement as this is one of the primary conditions set by the Security, Administration & Defence while granting clearances from a National Security & Safety point of view.
All Pilots who are soaring must have a Variometer so they can strictly observe the ceiling granted and carry the appropriate Communication Equipment so they are in touch with the authorised operator under whose clearance they are flying .
All Pilots must note that we will also be sharing our airspace with Hot Air Balloons who we need to co ordinate with and will now be operating in the same flying area and similar altitudes. Apart from Helicopters who use VFR and will be flying regularly in the airspace above us with minimum safety altitude of 6000 Ft AMSL .
We must always remember we are now legally flying in Restricted Airspace that belongs to the IAF. As responsible citizens n pilots we must adhere to all the restrictions imposed to fly safely.
All Pilots must understand that we have to respect the limitations strictly as we are all responsible to keep the skies open for paragliders and violations could lead to us losing this privilege and are required to be reported to the respective authorities.
We wish you all a very Happy Diwali & look forward to sharing the sky with you :-)
Peace, Bliss & Happy Landings
Yes, I have a ridiculous tan, but it’s just there to remind all of you how much fun it is to fly even if you are baking in the sun. Either way, Colin’s red face should be distraction enough!
Yup, this weekend saw a ton of pilots back at Native Place set to open the paragliding season with gusto. (And also a teensy hope of shooting stars, which we did see, although 4 was the final count). Dr Satish was at Tower Hill with his brand new tricoloured wing. The Ozone Mojo 4 was a beauty to watch at take off, and even better to fly according to its pilot.
The flying continued all morning, with pilots going back for more flights as the wind welcomed everyone back in the air. The only small disappointment was the amount of development at the base of Tower Hill. So make sure to scope out the landing field and get a brief from the Fly Nirvana crew before you take off.
And of course, the party went on back at Native Place, with the hope of seeing some more shooting stars, but hopefully we’re luckier next time (there’ll be an update on Facebook for the next meteor shower). And it plans to continue this week with Jannis and Angeliki back at the house!
They’re heading to the paragliding site with us soon, as the conditions continue to stay beautiful for some ridge soaring (and some brave attempts at thermalling from me). Who is joining us for the next parawaiting session?
Hi All ,
Many of you may be aware of the Golden Glades School, the only secondary school in the villages around Kamshet catering to all the children who complete their primary education in their respective village schools.Nirvana Adventures has been associated with the Golden Glades school since the 2009 when we assisted Dutchmen Eddie , Oscar and gang donating the money they received for a delayed baggage claim to a good cause by suggesting the GG school as the beneficiary. Check the full story.
Since then we have maintained a close relationship with the school organising tree planting drives, attending their school sports days, holding dental camps and Independence Day functions. We have committed to work closely with this school as we see it as an opportunity to impact the lives of the children from all the nearby villages. The school is rather tiny yet it accommodates 400+ students. . Despite the large numbers and the lack of basic infrastructure they have an overall class 10 passing of 86% of the students which is a good number for a village school thanks to a vibrant teaching and support staff.
It has 2 classrooms for class 8, two class rooms for class 9 and one for class 10. There are 102 students in class 10 this year the kids have been sitting on the floor all along in a cramped fashion.This year they approached us to help them procure a 100 benches for the students , and the teachers themselves sourced out a supplier to make the benches locally.
We are very happy to let you know we achieved the target with the support from our well wishers and friends and have now been able to provide the students comfortable seating for the hours that they spend in the classroom. Now the school has started work on a new classroom for the class 10 kids and the plan is to have a projector and computer set up for E learning to better their chances to get good grades and get exposure to modern training methods , current information and technology.
Peace Bliss & Happy Landings
Astrid & Sanjay Rao
Some of the above were familiar faces, people we have known for many years , as well as first time visitors. Each guest found their own place in the sun / sky / hammock. Every guest was treated to panoramic nature views from the air and from Native Place, enjoyed great food at Native Place, made friends, achieved best flights and pushed their boundaries … Most of all each of them felt a sense of being at home – in this remote rural corner of India – at a unique eco friendly and culturally sensitive guesthouse called Native Place.
We got to Kamshet on Friday evening in time to meet Marco Contecelli an old friend who had come back to fly and meet up with us after 6 years of being away in Geneva and Rome. It was wonderful to see him and we reminisced about the early days and caught up on the new stuff.
Flying at on of our Paragliding Sites – Tower hill was an absolute treat this weekend. Two other Visiting Paragliding Pilots (Rene) and Niles as well as a number of Nirvana club pilots – Gokul, Shin Chan, Vineet, Dylan, Sunil, Porush. Dwane and Piku drove up for an afternoon flight on Sunday.
On Saturday we took off at about three in the afternoon. Mild winds and many pilots led to a merry go around of sorts with everyone trying to stay in the narrow lift band, working hard and just about managing to stay above the takeoff level.
Porush and Renee (a visiting pilot from Singapore) bombed out after a while and landed in the fields below. I too was pretty low for the 4th time in the span of an hour and was just thinking about leaving the slope when, like a perfect day in January the entire valley began to lift and we were all ‘on’ once more.
Sunith and his class mate Rehaan did Tandem Paragliding with Ravi. Sunith was pleased with his half hour flight as Ravi gave him the controls. Sunil me and Gokul, just back from a week of flying in the Himalayas agreed that the experience had left us more confident but all the same we were happy to be enjoying the air the familiarity and the happy company at Kamshet.
Sunday afternoon began with strong conditions and then it got progressively more hospitable. I headed back home in the morning watching the sky all the way back. It was a perfect day for cloud spotting as you can see in Jessica Mellocastro’s photos.