Active Edge

Paraglide in Brazil with Active Edge & XCBrazil

Flying in Brazil

Escape the European winter and hone your flying skills for the forthcoming 2016 XC season

Brazil requires little introduction - quite simply it's one of the world's premier paragliding destinations. Governador Valadares, Castelo & Baixo Guandu has hosted many top-level competitions including the 2005 world championships and the 2014 PWC Superfinal. The thermals are smooth, reliable and user-friendly all the way to a warm cloudbase, over a rolling landscape of green hills and smooth granite outcrops, that extends as far as the eye can see and the pilot can fly. A great place to fine-tune thermalling skills and speed-to-fly technique. It's one of my favourite sites to teach cross-country. Gentle winds, lack of turbulence and minimum stress allow the pilot to focus on the flying.

Our advanced courses and trips are intended for all pilots who want to practice new skills such as pilotage, thermalling and XC. All the courses are led by Dean Crosby, who will provide assistance, guiding and advice on improving your piloting skills. Dean has coached at all levels from beginners to the British team, and guides all pilots individually at a level which supports their progress.

Whether you’re a low airtime post CP pilot looking to fly in a supportive environment or an experienced pilot looking to improve whilst enjoying the social aspect of a group holiday, we have trips that are perfect for you. Active Edge usually runs trips in conjunction with local schools and guides. This means that we get the best local knowledge, optimising your flying experience and airtime. In addition, we get insider information on the best bars, restaurants, local activities and attractions.

If you have a group of pilots and a specific flying destination in mind, we can price and organise a holiday for you, providing Dean as an expert and guide to enhance your experience.


You will be guided and coached by Dean Crosby, CFI of Active Edge, one of the most experienced XC pilots in the UK and Steve Barton, who lives and flies in Brazil. Dean is former British Paragliding Champion, twice XC league winner and has been captain of British Hang-Gliding and Paragliding teams. He has thousands of XC hours flying paragliders, hang-gliders and sailplanes. Dean was one of the first instructor/guides to run XC courses in Brazil way back in 1994. In 2019 Dean holds the current longest finished FAI triangle record in Governador Valadares and the longest straight distance flight in Baxio Guandu.

Below are details of the pre-set tours:

  • Tour 2001 – 10 to 25 January 2020
  • Tour 2002 – 31 January to 15 February 2020
  • Tour 2003 – 28 February to 14 March 2020

There will be a maximum of 7 pilots on each tour so please don’t leave it too late to confirm your booking. We will be basing the two-week tours in Governador Valadares, world-renowned and considered by many to be one of the best XC paragliding sites on the planet. Whenever the conditions look favourable, we will also visit other well-known sites; such as Castelo, Baixo Guandu or Alfredo Chaves. We aim to offer some variety but our priority will always be to maximise the flying time. Have a look at the individual site descriptions to get an idea of some of the places we usually visit.

We will be setting tasks each day, designed to make this more challenging and educational whilst keeping pilots relatively close to the main roads for safety and ease of retrieve.

Pilots should preferably have a minimum of 20 hours and some thermalling experience. Above all, you must be current with your flying and proficient with both forward and reverse launches.


Please contact Steve Barton if you have any questions or want to see a more detailed prospectus for any of the tours.

Note - The spectacular festival of the Brazilian Carnaval will be during the two-week period between the second and third tours, from 21 to 26 February. Why not combine one of our tours with some partying during Carnaval and have the holiday of a lifetime?

Never Come Down from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.

Castle in the Clouds from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.


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April 2015 Edition