What’s that word I hear in every paraglider’s mouth?
It means to move in the air and to make way with the help of my paraglider.

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For small cross-country, it is wise to already have a good technical background:

Getting into the thermal is the most important thing, because you don’t move if you don’t get in! Simple no?!

> Knowing the basic descent techniques, in case of a cloud or simply a desire to land quickly.

> Know how to land in unofficial land.

> t is important to have a free spirit when flying cross country, to be able to land in any place, or to have a notion of landing size where you feel comfortable.

Once you are comfortable with the first fundamentals, the pilot’s ability to judge comes into play:

1. I must be relaxed in my piloting gestures, my piloting actions must be voluntary and not due to imbalances. Of course, there will be times when our body and our concentration will have to give a maximum, but it is necessary to make sure that there are calmer moments to recharge our batteries, to feed ourselves and to observe. This rhythm will allow the pilot to recover and better manage his flight over time.

2. I need to have a good understanding of the breeze flow in the valleys and where to hang up. There are a number of tutorials and texts about easy cross country flying on your favourite sites.
Nevertheless it is important to have a good theoretical knowledge to understand the basic rules of aerology. The FFVL pilots’ certificates are the proof of your involvement in this practice.

3. Prepare your flight. When you are a pilot and you want to have as few surprises as possible, it is a good idea to find out the feasibility of what you are planning. Even great distance pilots or bivouac adventurers spend a lot of time preparing on Google-Earth maps before a flight.

4. At the moment of the flight, the most difficult thing to do is to adapt to the situation, compared to what you had planned. It is rare that everything goes as planned. Managing the unexpected is easy if everything is well prepared in advance. Otherwise, too many parameters at the same time jostle your brain and your ability to judge is impaired.
This is the classic case that leads to an incident, or even worse.
So to avoid this kind of situation, as soon as too many questions remain unanswered, I move away from the complex areas in order to have a more global view. If this is not possible, I have to go and land quickly.

The cross country flight is the most existing and richest flight of our practice, it can be approached in different ways, performance in terms of km, or circuit to achieve ... I see it each time as a journey, a ballad from pebbles to clouds, from valleys to ridges. Let's remember that it's a luxury to be able to fly, so enjoy these magical moments in the world of birds.

Prepare, fly, climb, analyse, move and enjoy your time in the air!


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