Portugal has some of the most consistent weather for XC flights in Europe. The westerly winds tend to dominate and the seabreeze often sets in, allowing long border-crossing fligths into Spain. From May to end of September the conditions are the best for XC. The middle months, June-August, are more demanding which require good and confident piloting skills. Our playground is mainly flatlands or mixed with low hills, giving the ideal landscape for safe and easy flights.
If you are an independent pilot, confident with thermaling and able to fly some cross-country but looking forward to take your paragliding skills to a higher level, this is for you! We offer a tailor made coaching with the aim of helping you reach your goals in a structured, safe and supported way.
We provide a complete and mixed-trip: We will pick you up from Lisbon Airport on the first day and after spending the first night in the capital we will travel inland to the best spot in order to meet the thermals and try to fly far. We will be chasing the good weather and make the most out of your trip. Every day will start with a detailed analysis and comprehensive briefing before each flight, following the part we all look forward: to FLY! We will be flying together, with radio contact all the time and with a ground crew chasing us. On the end of each day there will be time to digest the experience, analise in detail the decisions and settle the new learnings and improvements. We will share some tips and hints that will allow you to improve your skills and hopefuly help you to set your new personal-best ;) For those really wanting to go fast and furious we have an option for specific coaching regarding the mental game on XC and competition flying. We will go deep into some interesting subjects and share our knowledge from a long and intense flying career.
According to the current weather conditions we will select the best spot. This means we will have to be flexible about accommodation and travelling when necessary. In case the weather does not allow flying in one day or another, there are plenty of alternative options to chose from (kite-surfing, sailing , caving, wine&food tasting, sightseeing, trekking in the Mountains etc.). In order to keep the maximum quality for the atendees, we limit the max nr of pilots per workshop to 6 pilots. For safety reasons and for efficient retrieve service, a live-tracking device is compulsory.
We are a flying couple with a long and diverse experience and we have flown in many different places around the World only to come to the conclusion the area we live is a perfect playground for challenging yet safe flights. Together we've set some remarkable flights including some of the longest ones in our own country and we can humbly say we know our "backyard" quite well. Every corner is under our "flew over/landed there once" list. These experiences gave us the ability to help progress any pilot who is willing and ready to challenge themselves.
Your Host: Nuno
Nuno is your host for this experience and will provide you with all the information needed.