Frequently Asked Questions

You would like to fly, but you have some apprehension, and you ask yourself a number of questions, it's normal? don't worry !

Below you will find some answers to the most frequently asked questions about tandem paragliding flights.

And if other questions come to your mind, do not hesitate to contact us !

Can I fly paragliding two-seater ?

The thing is to want and to be able to run a few steps on a gentle slope.

Tandem paragliding flights are accessible to both adults and children.
As far as children are concerned, we take them flying with pleasure, but it is important that the child is able to express his own desire to fly, and that he is ready to spend a moment alone with the instructor. .

For small weights, we prefer to take them when the conditions are soft, rather early morning or late afternoon, if the flight is in the spring, summer or early autumn

As for the weight limits, note that our two-seater wings of 40/42 m2 are approved to carry up to 220 kg kilos of PTV (= total flying weight pilot + passenger + flight equipment).
Finally, know that in terms of resistance, the wing is tested at 8 times the maximum permitted load.

How do we book ?

Booking is essential before the flight, for organizational reasons.
It's very simple, just contact me at +33 663 236 142 or at ailelibre@gmail.com or fill out the contact form.
The appointment, as well as the place of appointment, will be fixed according to our respective availabilities and your expectations concerning the flight.

It's also a good time to ask all the questions that may be in your mind.
Finally, know that if you are on vacation, it is best not to wait until the last day of your stay to fly paragliding, in case the conditions are not favorable ....
Sometimes, the weather looks nice, but it's not good for flying because of strong wind conditions for exemple !

How should I dress to fly ?

Clothing more or less warm depending on the season and temperatures.

Know that even on a hot summer day, it can be much cooler in flight than on the ground, especially if you take altitude, and more, as we move in the air , we will have a constant wind of 30 to 40 km/h during the flight.

Regarding shoes, avoid all that looks like flip flops, sandals, or smooth soles. The best, a good pair of hiking shoes with ankle support preferably, it will avoid you twist stupidly ankle on takeoff or landing. In addition, on some flying sites, a small approach walk is necessary.

If you are sensitive with your eyes, plan a pair of sunglasses ...... but no, they will not fall ......

If it is cool or cold, a pair of gloves and a hat may be welcome.

Who am I going to fly with ?

If you are alone, normally with me.

If you are several, I try to organize myself with other independent instructors, with whom I work in collaboration on the different flying sites.

In any case, you will fly with an experimented and state certified paragliding instructor.

How does takeoff take place ?

After analyzing the aerological conditions, your instructor takes care of preparing the flight equipment, and equips you with a helmet and a very comfortable  harness,  allowing you to go into a sitting position during the flight.
At the end of this preparation, we indicate you the procedure for the takeoff which is carried out in several times :
A few steps forward allow us to inflate the wing.
Your pilot then takes care of the control and timing phase.
The last phase consists in a gradual acceleration to  transfer our weight to the wing, we feel more and more light, and a few seconds later, our feet leave the ground ...
Here we are in flight ! .... it's simple, no ? .....

And once in flight ?

Once the takeoff is done, we move into flying position, comfortably seated in the harnesses.
You then have all the time to discover new sensations, and are in the front row to enjoy the earth seen from the sky, because you are installed (e) in front of your pilot.
In the air, we can discuss, because there is no noise, no engine, just the breath of the relative wind created by our moving in the air.
If you wish, you can bring a camera, but plan a strap to ensure it in case it gets out of your hands, and avoid having your eyes fixed on the lens if you want to enjoy the flight ......

We offer photo and video report with onboard camera mounted on telescopic pole for those who wish.

Is there a risk of nausea during the flight ?

When the conditions are calm, and there is no or little movement of the air, we hover peacefully and feel little movement

On the other hand, as soon as the air mass starts moving and rising currents are put in place, the flight can become more hectic, and people prone to motion sickness (car, carousel, seasickness ...) can eventually be inconvenienced and become nauseated.

For truly sensitive people, there are effective antispasmodics.

The piloting of your instructor influences in part the air sickness.
If, before the flight, you talk to him about your sensitivity, he will adapt his piloting in a soft and aerial way and will make you fly preferably at the beginning or end of the day, in smooth aerological conditions.

And vertigo ?

Believe us or not, but vertigo does not exist in flight!
Dizziness is a phenomenon that occurs when you are in contact with the ground : at the top of a cliff, on a roof, on a

ladder ...
During a paragliding flight, you are seated, with your feet in the void, and therefore do not suffer this phenomenon.

How's it going for the landing ?

At the end of the flight, as the ground gets closer, we stand up and  prepare to take a few steps forward,
Before landing, to land gently on the feet.

I made an appointment for a flight, are we sure to fly the J day ?

And unfortunately, no!

Being totally dependent on the meteorological and aerological conditions, we study the latest forecasts the night before, and decide if we hold the flights or not for the next day.

We live in an environment in perpetual evolution, and as long as we do not take off, there is always a risk that the flight is canceled at the very last moment ...

If the flight is canceled, it will be enough to reset the appointment to a more favorable day, so do not wait until the last moment to book ...

Must i take insurance to fly in tandem paragliding ?

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No, you are covered by the insurance subscribed by your instructor and pilot :

liability insurance, and individual accident and repatriation for its passengers.

how can i pay you ?

For the payment of the flights, you have the choice between transfer or check before the flight, or on the spot in cash, check, chèques vacances or coupons sports.

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Aile Libre Parapente

352 chemin de Blaqueirette

06460 St-Vallier de Thiey

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