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XC Course Overview

Our paragliding XC courses are primarily designed for pilots already achieving flights in the range of 20 - 30k wishing to increase their range of skills, distances flown and their understanding of often damanding alpine conditions. We normally fly from the Chabre at Laragne, one of the most reliable paragliding launch points in the area but also use St Andre, St Vincent and other suitable sites depending on conditions. Often we visit Chamonix for some high mountain flying depending on the experience of the group and prevailing weather conditions. We try to give students experience of a number of sites during their stay. Our sites

Paragliding above Mt Aiguille

The XC Course

Flying, Flying and more Flying. This is a paragliding XC course and as you would expect we fly every day. Morning briefing outlines the days task and discusses interactively the methods of achieving the goals set. We fly with you, not always taking the lead as we want you to learn to make decisions and find thermals. You won't always get it right but this is an important part of the learning process. The instruction is tailored to suit individual students but as a general guide we cover the following.

XC flying Provence

Equipment and preparation
Thermalling - basic and advanced
How to find and use thermals effectively
Finding 2nd and 3rd thermals
Speed to fly - distance/triangles
Rapid descent/instability
Strategy for distance flying
More on rough air/active flying
GPS and on the "hoof" navigation

Blue thermal day above Chabre - click to activate video

Though we cover the theory fully in pre flight briefings, this is very much a practical course and we aim to fly in the range of 30 - 80k XC each day. This course is suitable for CP/Pilot rated pilots with minimum 30h and some thermalling and XC experience. We make full use of the available technology - CompGPS and Google Earth are used to brief and de-brief flights and to examine in close detail decisions made during thermalling and XC flights.

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XC Course Price List

1 week course (A full 6 days*) £525.00 inc equipment hire

2 week course (13 days**) £845.00 inc equipment hire

If you have your own equipment

1 week Course (A full 6 days*) £460.00 using own equipment

2 week Course (13 days**) £725.00 using own equipment

* Many offer 5 day courses compared to our 6 days - compare like with like

*12 flying days - saturday off/ change over day


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Day clinic 120 Euros/day

Paraglider hire 100 Euros 1 week - 150 Euros 2 weeks - 45 Euros/day

Radio hire 60 Euros/week - 25 Euros/day

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