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FOIRE AUX QUESTIONS

  • What is a hang-glider ?
  • What is a paraglider ?
  • What is a paramotor ?
  • What are the weather conditions to consider in order to be able to fly freely ?
  • Who can fly ?
  • What are the safety standards ?
  • Where can we stay ?
  • What are the different skill levels of a pilot and what are the criteria for obtaining them?
  • How much does a complete equipment cost?
  • What are the family activities to do near our site ?
  • How long should we consider before becoming an independent pilot ?
  • What is a winch ?
  • Is the practice of free flight safe?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Can we rent equipment after our course?
  • How to choose between hang-gliding and paragliding?
  • How long can we fly? At what altitude can we rise? And how far can we go?
  • What is a zip line?

What is a hang-glider ?
A hang-glider is a non-motorized aircraft that looks like a triangular-shaped kite. Its flight is stable and safe and it travels at speeds between 30 km/h and 120 km/h. Hang gliding is especially suitable for people who are persistent and in good physical condition, as the training is relatively technical and the piloting of the wing requires a minimum of force

 

What is a paraglider ?

The term paragliding comes from its origin: slope parachute. Although this aircraft looks like a parachute at first glance, it is not intended to slow a fall, but to glide through the sky and exploit ascents to rise into the air

Paragliding flies slower than hang-gliding, between 20 km/h and 50 km/h, but its rate of descent is as good as that of a hang-glider. In general, you can stay in the air as long and climb as high as you can with a hang-glider. Paragliding is accessible to everyone, as training and piloting are not very demanding

 


What is a paramotor?

A paramotor is an aircraft with an engine and back equipment to support the pilot, to which a paraglider is attached. One of the great advantages of the paramotor is of course, its great versatility in terms of take-off locations, thus providing a great autonomy to the pilot. The important thing when taking off is to make sure you are facing the wind and have a good safety distance

The distance required for takeoff is between 5 and 15 metres, while the distance required for landing is barely 1 metre. However, it is not possible to take off anywhere, either near cities or in some restricted areas. Paramotors are governed by the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), in the same way as ultralight motorized aircraft


What are the weather conditions to consider in order to be able to fly freely?
First, you need to know the wind speed. As for paragliding, the maximum permissible speed is 20 km/h to 25 km/h
 
Hang gliders can tolerate winds of up to 30 km/h to 35 km/h. In case of rain, all activities are cancelled. If your appointment is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, we will simply reschedule it to a later date that is convenient for you

 


Who can fly?

For initiation flights, anyone can try it out. Both adults and children are invited to come and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

For those who want to practice this sport consistently, all people in good physical and mental health can learn flying techniques. Paragliding is a sport that is accessible to all, because training and piloting are not very demanding. As for hang-gliding, as the training is more technical and the piloting requires a minimum of force, this is for people who are persevering and in good physical condition

 


What are the safety standards ?
Manufacturers of free flight equipment are subject to very high safety standards, which means that the products, once they have been tested and approved several times, are of very high quality: they are reliable, safe and solid
 
Safety also depends on the pilot's training and the decisions he makes before and during the flight. It is therefore essential that learning is supervised by competent instructors within a vocational school

 

Where can we stay ?

L'Auberge Bleue
570, rang de la Montagne
St-Paul d'Abbotsford
450-379-5102
 
Hotel Le Castel & spa Comfort
Forfait disponible Volez/Dormez : Obtenez 15% de rabais sur vos vols, sur preuve de réservation d'une nuitée.
901, rue Principale, Granby
450-378-9071 / 1-800-363-8953
 
ÉconoLodge 
700, rue Principale, Granby
1-800-267-8406
 
Motel Bonsoir 
1587, Principale, Granby
1-888-311-7947 ou 450-378-7947  

Motel Royal 
1097, Principale, Granby
1-888-378-6966  
 
Campings 
Plage et camping L'Estrival
1680, Principale, Granby
450-378-5828  

Camping Bon-Jour 
1633, Principale, Granby 
450-378-0213  

Camping Granby 

310, Robitaille, Granby
450-372-6639  

Parapente :
Niveau novice  
  • 25 vols supervisés ;
  • Examen de vol ;
  • Examen théorique ;
  • Le candidat doit suivre un cours théorique axé sur la sécurité, les diverses notions du vol libre, les conditions météorologiques et plus particulièrement, l’étude du vent.
    Niveau intermédiaire
Niveau intermédiaire  
      Pré-requis :
    • Qualification P2 (Novice Parapente)
    • Doit avoir obtenu les deux annotations Vol Côtier/Pente et Vol à voile Thermique.
Qualification Intermédiaire - Aptitudes Requises Vérifiables
Exigences au carnet de vol :
  • Doit avoir inscrit au moins 30 jours de vol.
  • Doit avoir inscrit au moins 90 vols au total.
  • Doit avoir inscrit au moins 60 hrs de vol.
Niveau avancé  
      Pré-requis
    • Qualification P3 (Intermédiaire Parapente)
    • Doit avoir obtenu les trois Annotations suivantes: Vol Côtier/Pente, Vol à Voile Thermique et SIV.
    • Passer l'examen HAGAR

Qualification Avancée - Aptitudes Requises Vérifiables


Exigences au carnet de vol
1. Minimum 250 vols.
2. Doit avoir fait au moins cinq vols à chacun des cinq sites différents visités, en conditions de qualification Intermédiaire, desquels trois furent intérieurs (i.e. pas côtiers).
3. Doit avoir inscrit au moins 80 jours de vols.
4. Doit avoir inscrit au moins trois vols d'une heure dans les thermiques sans ascendance dynamique. Les vols doivent être effectués d'au moins deux sites en conditions de qualification Intermédiaire.
5. Doit avoir inscrit au moins un vol d'une heure en ascendance dynamique, sans thermique.
6. Doit avoir inscrit au moins 120 hrs de vol solo au total, desquelles 60 heures doivent être en thermiques.
7. Doit avoir volé avec au moins cinq différents modèles de parapentes.
8. Doit avoir obtenu les annotations Vol à voile Côtier/Pente et Thermique
Pour plus de précisions nous vous invitons à consulter le site web de l’association de vol libre canadienne : www.acvl.ca

Deltaplane :
Niveau novice  
    • 25 vols solo supervisés
    • Examen de vol ;
    • Examen théorique

Qualification Novice – Aptitudes Requises Vérifiables

1. Passer l'examen écrit deltaplane Novice ACVL/HPAC (D2).
2. Avoir inscrit plus de deux heures de vol solo.
3. Avoir inscrit 75 vols supervisés incluant 10 à hauteur de plus de 500 pieds (150 m).
4. Doit participer à un cours théorique structuré qui se concentre sur la sécurité, le vol et les conditions météorologiques et vents.

Niveau intermédiaire  
  • 150 vols ;
  • 10 vols intérieurs ;
  • 10 heures de vol ;
  • Certificat de premiers soins.
  • Pré-requis
  • Qualification deltaplane Novice ACVL/HPAC.

    Qualification Intermédiaire - Aptitudes Requises Vérifiables


    1. Passer l'examen écrit Intermédiaire (D3) ACVL/HPAC.
    2. Avoir inscrit plus de 10 heures de vol solo.
    3. Avoir inscrit plus de 150 vols solo.
    4. Avoir inscrit au moins 30 jours de vol.
    5. Dix vols en thermiques de sites intérieurs (pas côtiers).
    6. Volé à cinq sites différents.

Niveau avancé  
  • 150 vols ;
  • 10 km de vol voyage ;
  • Examen écrit ;
  • 50 heures de vol ;
  • Certificat de premiers soins.
    Pré-requis
  • Qualification Intermédiaire ACVL/HPAC.
  • Passer l'examen HAGAR

    Qualification Intermédiaire - Aptitudes Requises Vérifiables


    1. Passer l'examen écrit Intermédiaire (D4) ACVL/HPAC.
    2. Passer l'examen HAGAR de Transports Canada (ou avoir une licence de vol).
    3. Avoir inscrit plus de 75 heures de vol solo.
    4. Avoir inscrit plus de 250 vols solo.
    5. Voler activement en deltaplane plus de trois ans.
    6. Vol distance de 25 mile (40 km).


How much does a complete equipment cost?
As an indication, the purchase of used intermediate equipment (paragliding or hang-gliding) in good condition costs between $2500 and $3500

New high-performance equipment is worth between $5,000 and $6,000 (paragliding or hang-gliding)

A complete paramotor equipment costs between $10,000 and $12,000.

What are the family activities to do near our site?

 
Zoo de Granby, Amazoo ;
Go-Kart  St-Alphonse;
Piste cyclable La Montérégienne;
Picking strawberries, apples, blueberries, raspberries; 
Visit of vineyards;
Hiking in the mountains;
Parc de la Yamaska (beach, swimming, BBQ) ;
Cinema;
Golf club;
Centre d'interprétation de la nature


How long should we consider before becoming an independent pilot?

This depends mainly on your speed of progress, your availability and your luck with the weather conditions

 

What is a winch?
A winch is a cabling system that allows you to lift from the ground up to 1000-2000 feet in the air. Then, simply drop the cable when the instructor mentions it to you by radio.

This device is very effective for students at the beginning of their training, as it allows them to practice approach and landing techniques. The winch also allows students to make several flights in a short period of time, which increases the student's speed of progression.

 


Is the practice of free flight safe?
With the evolution of equipment and knowledge, the sport has become very safe. Today, the equipment undergoes strict certification tests and there are free flight associations that regulate and supervise the teaching and practice of sport.


Do you have insurance?
We have civil liability insurance for both customers (passengers on introductory flights) and students.

 

Can we rent equipment after our course?
Unfortunately, free flight equipment is not available for rent in Quebec due to a lack of customers. However, used equipment in good condition can be found for almost any budget.

 


How to choose between hang-gliding and paragliding?
For people who want to start a complete training, but don't know which of the two aircraft suits them best, we suggest that they experience both types of tandem flight to experience the sensations. Most of the time, the choice is then made naturally. In order to guide you further in your decision, here are the advantages and disadvantages for paragliding and hang-gliding.

Learning to paraglide is faster and easier than for hang-gliding. Paragliding has a high stability in flight and its flight speed is lower. It also requires less physical strength and coordination. The transport of the paraglider is more convenient than hang-gliding because all the equipment fits in a simple backpack and its transport by plane is not complicated.

Hang gliding is more manoeuvrable and faster than paragliding. It is also possible to fly in stronger and more turbulent winds, which increases the chances of flying often. However, its assembly and disassembly, although short (10-15 minutes), are longer than for paragliding. Regarding its transport, although it can easily be transported on a car rack, its length of about 18 feet makes it more complicated to transport by plane.

 


How long can we fly? At what altitude can we rise? And how far can we go?
Contrary to popular belief, in free flight, we don't just glide down. We use thermal and dynamic air movements to keep us in the air and to rise.

So we can easily spend hours in the air, climb up to the clouds that are several thousand feet above sea level and fly tens of kilometres. Altitude records of more than 20,000 feet (6000 meters) have been achieved, and distances of more than 700 km have been covered!

In Quebec, the record altitude is about 10,000 feet and the record distance is 125 km.


What is a zip line?
It is a cabling system with pulley allowing to reach 50 km/h to 60 km/h. This device is designed to simulate rescue parachute openings before folding.