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Paragliding

I would like to try this someday after seeing people paragliding around Roche des Nayes.

Would someone have a suggestion as to which company might be good and where is it best to go? Maybe Interlaken? Someplace that will videotape it would be great? I heard a place above Gardson - was it Mauborget was nice too.
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Old 10.09.2010, 14:39
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Re: Paragliding

I tried it a couple of years ago, a poster on this board setup a trial day where we all got to run off a hill and fly for a bit, great fun.

Here was his thread, maybe he still does it.
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Re: Paragliding

I can warmly recommend Champoussin http://www.planet.ch/parapente%2Dcha...n/en/ecole.htm

They are in Valais, not far from Lausanne. Jean-Philippe and the other guys are top top people and very experienced. I actually met them many years ago in Italy where they come for a week of flying every year in September. They are actually here right now
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Re: Paragliding

You should try the one in Zermatt. It has a good view of the town and ofcourse the Matterhorn.

http://www.paragliding-zermatt.ch/
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Re: Paragliding

I tried in Interlaken, it was absolutely amazing. The company I went to was http://shop.paragliding-interlaken.ch/en/ this one. They are amazing, everything went absolutely smooth and I can recommend Dominik, a great instructor (and cute, too!). Hope you have as much fun as I did. You can always PM me for more details
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I tried in Interlaken, it was absolutely amazing. The company I went to was http://shop.paragliding-interlaken.ch/en/ this one. They are amazing, everything went absolutely smooth and I can recommend Dominik, a great instructor (and cute, too!). Hope you have as much fun as I did. You can always PM me for more details
I also took my first (so far) trip with Dominik at ParaGliding Interlaken.
I didn't consider him cute though
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Re: Paragliding

Hi gamezgirl, you can contact the guys based in Villeneuve that fly at above Montreux:

http://www.flyriviera.ch/

I also fly with them and they're very friendly.
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You should try the one in Zermatt. It has a good view of the town and ofcourse the Matterhorn.

http://www.paragliding-zermatt.ch/

I did it there a few years ago. It was cool.
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Re: Paragliding

You didn't say whether you just want to do one flight as a tandem passenger, or whether you want to learn to fly yourself?

There are places all over where you can do tandem flights, just check what a "typical" flight time is because some are really short. Winter is of course spectacular but maybe Spring would be a better time to try it from the warm sunshine point of view. Interlaken has plenty of places and prices are probably cheaper there than in Zermatt I guess. I think the Interlaken shops do their flights from Grindelwald First or Männlichen.

If you want to learn yourself then just pick somewhere local and friendly - it takes quite a long time to learn.
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Re: Paragliding

Brilliant - we had fabulous flights in Arosa.

Talked to a guy who does tandem flights from Mauborget some time ago:
Jean-Daniel Olivier jdolivier@bluewin.ch 130CHF per flight (last year's price). Will be booking for a flight for my BiG BD in Feb.
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Re: Paragliding

I am a HPAC certified paraglider from Canada, now living in Geneva. Does any body know anything about transfering to a local association? Mine expires every year and I will continue to need to get it renewed to keep it current. Is there an organization here that I can contact? Is it as simple as I show them my Canadian rating and I can join here? I would appreciate if someone can steer me in the right direction.
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I am a HPAC certified paraglider from Canada, now living in Geneva. Does any body know anything about transfering to a local association? Mine expires every year and I will continue to need to get it renewed to keep it current. Is there an organization here that I can contact? Is it as simple as I show them my Canadian rating and I can join here? I would appreciate if someone can steer me in the right direction.
You'll need to do a conversion. You'll probably need an FAI card as well.

You definitely need to do the written exam and may have to do a practical depending on your actual rating.

Everything's here:

http://www.shv-fsvl.ch/en/

Once you've done all that you'll get a number that you'll need to display on your wing.
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I am a HPAC certified paraglider from Canada, now living in Geneva. Does any body know anything about transfering to a local association? Mine expires every year and I will continue to need to get it renewed to keep it current. Is there an organization here that I can contact? Is it as simple as I show them my Canadian rating and I can join here? I would appreciate if someone can steer me in the right direction.
I'm HPAC certified as well looking to fly in Swiss... I've been on the DHV site to find a wing but I need to get a vehicle to transport it.

I've gotten an IPPI card before but the guys in Australia usually just go by your hour count and honesty. Not sure how strict they are out here. I had to sign up with the Ozzy Association.

I was here some years ago and there was a guy ready to rent me equipment and let me jump off... Never thought you'd have to write a test and all if you're a rated pilot. I mean, guys fly comps all over the world (including Swiss) and I've never heard of having to go there and write a test.

Trev, not sure if Canada covers anything for you when overseas. I forget, I would have to look on the CDN site. But if you don't renew, you don't lose anything. The next time you go back to CDN, you just renew again no questions asked with your last official rating.

Tom, how does third party insurance work here? Or does your personal insurance you pay with krankenkasse pay for any problems you might run into?

I'm also curious about radios used here.
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Re: Paragliding

Thank you both for your comments. I am curious about the radios to. I brought mine but it is a FM what is used here? What station is used?

I am checking with the association to see what they say about the license. I will let you know.
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Re: Paragliding

I've heard people show up on site with a drill and drill the radios out because they are illegal.. be careful :-S

Might I add to this topic that Tandem HG is quite fun too :-). Also done in Interlaken.
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Re: Paragliding

Most people here (me included) use PMR radios. Powerful enough (Wintec and none of the other crap) and legal to use all over Europe.

I don't say that aerodynamics are different here, but it certainly makes sense to understand the local rules and regulations. The requirements for obtaining a Swiss license don't mean that you can't have fun while doing so. See it as an opportunity to learn about new flying areas, to learn to avoid the dangers of mountain flying and to get to know new people.

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I was here some years ago and there was a guy ready to rent me equipment and let me jump off... Never thought you'd have to write a test and all if you're a rated pilot. I mean, guys fly comps all over the world (including Swiss) and I've never heard of having to go there and write a test.

That's because the difference between then and now is then you were a visitor and now you live here.

If you live here, you need a local licence.

See this page

If you want to fly now, you need to do so under the guidance of a school - or fly in the French alps.

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Tom, how does third party insurance work here? Or does your personal insurance you pay with krankenkasse pay for any problems you might run into?
You need 1 million chf third-party insurance. You get that by being a member of the SHV.

Personal accident for your own injuries + Rega is good idea.

And judging by the guy who had to get rescued the other day here from the top of a very tall tree, a reel of dental floss in an accessible pocket is a good idea o you can lower it down to bring up the rope (I learn't that one in Bright, Victoria !)
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Thanks for the info. I'll look into it. I figured I'd have to join the local association (which is no problem). Most countries have this in place. And I would never fly a site without consulting a local. Common sense to me.

I think most PG pilots in the CDN rockies ire expected to carry a 'tree kit'. The dental floss is in that kit :-). Good idea.
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That's because the difference between then and now is then you were a visitor and now you live here.

If you live here, you need a local licence.

See this page

If you want to fly now, you need to do so under the guidance of a school - or fly in the French alps.



You need 1 million chf third-party insurance. You get that by being a member of the SHV.

Personal accident for your own injuries + Rega is good idea.

And judging by the guy who had to get rescued the other day here from the top of a very tall tree, a reel of dental floss in an accessible pocket is a good idea o you can lower it down to bring up the rope (I learn't that one in Bright, Victoria !)
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