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Paraglide in Brazil with Active Edge & XCBrazil

Flying in Brazil

Escape the European winter and hone your flying skills for the forthcoming 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 and 2017 PWC Superfinals. 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.

FLYING

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.

Below are details of the pre-set tours:

Tour 1801 20-Jan-18 to 03-Feb-18

In January/February we will be running a two-week thermalling and cross-country course. We will visit Alfredo Chaves, Castelo and Governador Valadares.

Alfredo Chaves is situated close to Vitória. It’s an excellent site for blowing away the cobwebs and introducing you to the flying conditions in Brazil.

We move to Castelo a few days later. Castelo is a bigger site, with a mixture of mountain and flatland flying. It’s one of my favourite sites in Brazil and has hosted many national and international competitions, including the PWC.

Whilst this course is aimed at those who are relatively new to cross-country flying, it could also benefit pilots with more experience who want to improve their technique. Visiting three sites with varied conditions and working towards specific objectives, helps to create a more interesting and challenging environment.

Tour 1802 17-Feb-18 to 03-Mar-18

On the second tour we will spend four days in Castelo,  a week in Valadares and then three days in Baixo Guandu. These are all excellent cross-country sites that have been used many times for national and international competitions, including the Paragliding World Cup.

The intention is to gear this towards those pilots who already have some experience of flying XC and are either looking to improve or just wanting a stress-free guided holiday, flying in some of the best XC sites in the world. 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 post CP airtime and some thermalling experience. Above all, you must be current with your flying and proficient with both forward and reverse launches.

Tour 1803 17-Mar-18 to 31-Mar-18

On the third tour we will spend four days in Castelo,  a week in Valadares and then three days in Baixo Guandu. These are all excellent cross-country sites that have been used many times for national and international competitions, including the Paragliding World Cup.

The intention is to gear this towards those pilots who already have some experience of flying XC and are either looking to improve or just wanting a stress-free guided holiday, flying in some of the best XC sites in the world. 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 post CP airtime and some thermalling experience. Above all, you must be current with your flying and proficient with both forward and reverse launches.

THERE WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF 7 PILOTS ON EACH TOUR. FOR MORE INFO. ON PRICES AND BOOKING SEE WWW.XCBRAZIL.COM

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

Note - The Brazilian Carnaval in 2018 will be during the two-week period between the first and second tours, from 9th February to 14th 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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PENNINE SOARING CLUB MAGAZINE

April 2015 Edition

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