The Parâng Mountains are one of the highest mountain ridges in Romania and Southern Carpathians with its highest peak Parângu Mare reaching 2,519 m. The Parângmountains are located in the south-western part of the Central-Meridional Carpathians. They are the highest mountains from the local Parang-Cindrel mountain group and the second largest mountains in the Romanian Carpathians after the Fagarasmountains. They are situated between the Şureanu mountains in the North, Latoritei mountains in the NE, Căpăţânii mountains in the East, Vâlcan mountains in the West and the Petroşani depression in the NW. Located south and east of the city of Petroşani, the Parâng mountains begin from the eastern barrier of the Jiu river valley. The mountains occupy a territory of 100 km wide from East to West and 70-80 km from North to South.
The main take offs are located not far from the town of Petrosani.
Parang flying site is used mainly from April until the end of October. Best flying season is between June and September. It is possible to fly in any other season though little sense in it. Still the local pilots keep a tradition on New Year´s Year: celebration flights from Parang at 12:00 a.m. every year on the 1st of January.
The flying site is operated by a local club and it is famous amoungparagliders. Parang take off is also the place where stays TomaCoconea – the famous X-Alps pilot. Moderate mountain climate produces stable thermal activity on most of the days. Also, the good road condition in the district makes retrieveorganization simple.
Cloudbase is usually at 2500 m ASL, but on a good day during summer it usually reaches 3500 m ASL. Average thermal strength in summer is more than 4 m/s. Thermal activity starts in the morning and it is present until sunset. The best time to start is between 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There are about 5 house thermals with a possibily to climb right after the take off.
During spring, the cloudbase is low and take offs are covered with clouds. Same for autumn. In winter you may occasionally expect a good day, but no reason to plan for it. For example,the winters of 2012-13 there was a lot of snow. So, the pilots went skiing, not flying.
Best flights made from this site are over 100 km in all directions with several out and return routes and triangles. Flights of 50 km are very easy.
The launch ground is enough for 2/3 pilots to startin the same time. Grassy slope, no stones, mud, etc. There is possibility for top landing. This take off is very easy to reach by a cable lift that operates every day from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.