Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Flying Style: Cross Country, Soaring
Terrain: Flatlands, Mountains
Lessons or coaching
Depending on the season and the weather we have different places we go to. The best period for the flying spots in the mountains like Poggio Bustone, Leonessa, Gran Sasso and Monte Cucco is from April-October. During the winter months we have magic Norma and San Donato Val di Camino that still give good thermals while the Alps are already in winter modus. A day in San Donato with a high cloudbase and light NE wind in the winter can be closed with 70-100km and a big smile on your face.
Typical Pickup: Quartiere XXI Pietralata, Roma RM, Italy
Flight search assistance
Suitable for: Solo traveler, Group
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Experience Type: Collective
Our playground is the “wild heart of Italy”: the Apennine mountains. It is the second main mountain range of the country and stretches hundreds of kilometers from the north to the south. Bordered by two seas, a rich diversity of ecosystems and wildlife, open hillsides and alpine grasslands it brings epic landscapes. At 1,5 hours driving from Rome you’re already on a take-off. Besides flying, the Apennines are perfect for climbing or discovering by foot, searching for traces of wild wolves, bears and horses. The nature is different than the Alps, maybe more like the Pyrenees. You can drive through the valleys and always have another view. The Apennines are not overpopulated or overbuild and contain many regional and national parks. The hospitality in the villages is still high and the delicious Italian food doesn’t need to be described anymore.
Taking off 1,5 hours from Rome, from a spot with a spectacular view on a valley filled with lakes, climbing up to Monte Terminilo while watching the wild horses underneath your feet, jumping in the back to fly over the epic landscapes of Castelluccio and Monti della Laga to go landing at the foot of Gran Sasso, or Little Tibet as they also call it. This is one of the experiences we can give you, flying in the Apennines.
You choose a date on our calendar or your own preferred period. We organize the logistical part and the guidance.
In case of bad weather we can propose other activities like climbing, hiking, biking or visiting the area.
The objective of the course is to improve your thermal & cross country flying skills. Many things can influence a cross country flight and the key is to adapt your plan to these conditions: wind, thermals, flying site, clouds,…
We will learn during the course how to prepare for an XC flight with the meteo forecast given for that day, where the best thermals can be found, how to choose the best lines so you don’t lose all the altitude you have just gained in your last thermal and how to optimize your flying time.
The day will start with a meteo briefing, on the take-off we will make our flight plan, during the flight I give you guidance from the air and afterwards we do a de-briefing of the flight. Besides a lot of practice I also want to share some theory about meteo, thermal and cross country flying and how to set up your equipment. After the flight we relax with a good glass of wine and taste the Italian food in a great atmosphere.
We don't have a fixed accommodation since we will stay where the best weather forecast is. If we are in Poggio Bustone we stay in an agriturismo with a splendid location. It's based on a little hill with a view on the valley Santa and next to the landing field. It has a relaxed atmosphere and the guests are a mix between paragliding pilots and families coming for the weekend to enjoy the nature. Waking up and taking breakfast in the morning sun is my favorite moment. The price for a double room is 20 euro per person. A menu with local products you can have already from 15 euro. WIFI is free and the owners are planning to offer bikes for the guests. There is also an option for camping if you prefer.
Jo Giuseppe and Jana ran a very professional and exciting tour ! Jo first checked our equipment and a nice top-bottom flight to help us orient with the site. He then pushed us to our individual flying abilities the following days ever so patiently !! He would constantly be on the radio making recommendations and talking about aerology, especially when picking lines during transitions. The day would start with a detailed briefing about the weather, an anticipated route based on wind and abilities and then literally hand hold through the entire flight !! I personally learned a lot during this week here. Keep up the good work !!