Suitability – Experienced /proficient Club Pilot or confident XC pilot for flying in thermic conditions (ideally Level 2 or 3).
Also, qualified Speed Flying pilots - conditions are normally excellent for SF in the mornings, paragliding or other activities later in the day.
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The French Alps region around Morzine, Le Grand Bornand etc is the perfect playground for all types of adventurous pursuits - including speed flying. All popular flying sites are served with efficient lift systems or there is opportunity for ‘hike and fly’. The exact flying locations are chosen on a day to day basis depending on the prevailing weather conditions and the preferences of the group.
Morzine is particularly suitable for early flights or for beginners to speed flying. Le Grand Bornand is a more demanding area but offers world class speed flying runs. here are also many paragliding sites in the local area, including Annecy. Typically the group will speed fly in the morning (whilst conditions are benign) and paraglide or mountain bike (or kayak, or sightsee etc) in the afternoon.
Local Fees and Rules - There are may be some fees to pay to the local club to fly (not included in the trip price), but generally sites are free to use for qualified pilots. Lift passes (to takeoff, or for other activities) are not included in the package. Multi- day passes can be obtained and some options cover mountain bike transfer up the hill (there are hundreds of kilometres of marked downhill tracks).
Expert speed flying and paragliding guiding will be provided throughout the week. Transport will be provided to shuttle the group to the flying area, some XC retrieves will be available. The group will move on to other activity areas when conditions dictate.
We will be based in a smart, clean and bright apartment near the flying area (currently for 2021 provisionally booked in Le Grand Bornand). Accommodation is on a ‘self catering’ basis. Clients can make their own meals in the apartment or eat out in one of the many excellent restaurants nearby. Usually groups put a little money together to buy the basics for the week – tea / coffee / milk / cereal / plus beer and wine of course! Local supermarkets are very good and have a great range of food and drink products.
The guides take a minibus from the UK (via Eurotunnel) to the French Alps. There are (free!) places available on this transport, simply arrange to meet the minibus en- route and pay for one night in a budget hotel (details available on request). This is a cost effective method to travel with bulky items (paraglider / mountain bike etc) which can be taken with ease. Be prepared for a journey time of about a day and a half. Alternatively, clients can fly to Geneva airport and will be collected in the group minibus on arrival.