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Frequently asked questions - Airmax parapente annecy

Why coming to fly a paraglider above Lake Annecy with AIRMAX ?

Our crew will do anything possible to have you living a great experience and share their passion of flying. Annecy is one of the most famous spot in the world. Any pilot from anywhere knows this tiny little corner of the Alps. The view from Col de la Forclaz is breathtaking and the flying conditions are awesome, believe come and see.

Shall we talk about « jump » or « fly » a paraglider ?

It is crucial to notice that contrary to a bungee jump or a parachute jump, we are not falling into the nowhere ! A paraglider is like a sailplane soaring in the sky and what is amazing people flying with us is the feeling of being supported. You’ll have a briefing to explain you how the take off will be like. That can change a bit according to the aerological conditions. If there is no wind on the slope, you’ll have to start slowly running and then get faster. If there is a bit of breeze, start walking and sometimes doing a few steps backward and finally walking forward to launch. It sounds complicated but it’s not.

You’ll never feel like jumping of a cliff, it is a peaceful and graceful moment.

From the meeting a tour chalet on col de la Forclaz to the finishing of your activity, count on about 1h30.

What kind of clothes shall I wear ?

Come as if you were mountain hiking, we take of at 1250 m and fly up to 2000 m, even in summer it can be cold. Trousers, a windproof jacket or a fleece. Sport shoes, running shoes, no flip-flops. Sunglasses, you can take, we have never lost any.

Can I fly if I suffer from vertigo ?

Hard to believe but there is no feeling of vertigo at all. Because we have no link with the ground. The vertigo effect is about you eyes having trouble to focus when you have many point of view between you and the ground. In flight, there is just one. The only moment where you can feel it is on the ground before launching.

From what age children can fly ?

As soon as your child is asking for it. From the age of 5, kids are really able to understand what happens, they can do comparisons with birds, planes, superman !!!

What if I suffer from travel or motion sickness ?

Very few people are dizzy or sick in flight ( 5 %) If you are very sensitive in a car, on boat, it might be better to choose a discovery flight in the morning when the conditions are very quiet, and You won’t be sick. If ever it happens on a longer or bumpier flight, tell it to your pilot so we can adapt the flight.

Is there a weight limit to do a paragliding tandem flight ?

No, on one hand, children will fly in the morning (less wind) for a matter of flying speed because of light weight. On the other hand, we advise people more than 90 kg an afternoon flight so that the breeze helps us to launch with less speed.

Is it possible to fly with a handicap ?

Yes of course but you have to mention i tat the booking, so that we can adapt the best technique according to the handicap and the flying conditions.

Are the instructors of airmax certified and insured ?

Of course they are ! they have the french BEES, giving them the right to teach people how to fly and to bring people to fly on a two seater paraglider as a professionally activity. They all have an insurance covering themselves and their passengers. They all have a great experience, of solo an tandem flying, you can trust them, no daredevil in our team.

What ever if the weather doesn’t allow us to fly ?

We’ll report the flight another day, you won’t loose your money in any case.