The Atlas is best flown over the winter season when the weather is being difficult back home, which makes Morocco a superb destination for winter vacation. The flying season can be extended to the end of Autumn to the beginning of April.
Before booking your plane tickets to Morocco, there is few things to do to avoid any issues with local authorities. You may find these information on the FREE FLYING RULES page or alternatively on the button below.
In terms of general forecast, Morocco is a perfect destination for winter flying. It is possible to fly everyday over winter whereever it is on the coast or in land in the Atlas range. Some fronts may occur topping up snow on the summits but they generally don't last more than few hours to few days. Summers are generally too hot and too thermic to fly during the day and only evening flights are available. Coast flying can be done all year around.
From October to December, Morocco is still mostly dry and dusty. Sun activity is decreasing as winter comes which translate into smoother thermal activity. Fronts may occur infrequently but it shouldn't be ignored, they will bring instability and the best skies known to cross-country pilots.
From January to April, as we get close to Spring, this is when there is the best skies for cross-country. Morocco gets greener, snow covers the mountain summit and water flows in river. Thermals are gentle earlier in the season but powerful. This time of the year is the best for cross country, flying in the Sahara dunes.
|NAME||SITE TYPE/FLYING DIFFICULTY||REGION|
|Aït Ourir||Mountain / Medium||Marrakech|
|Aglou||Coastal / Easy||Agadir|
|Aguergour||Mountain / Easy||Marrakech|
|Legzira||Coastal / Easy||Sidi Ifni|
|M'Zouda||Mountain / Medium||Marrakech|
|Nid d'Aigle||Plain / Easy||Agadir|
|Plage blanche||Coastal-Dune / Easy||Guelmin|
|Tiz N Test||High mountain / Expert||Taroudant|
|Guigou||Mountain / Easy||Ifrane|
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