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XC Fly Guiding

From early January to late October our XC Fly Guiding service for a maximum of three pilots includes transport to the sites, retrieves, detailed safety information, briefings at both launch and landing areas, information on where the best thermals are, possible XC routes and in-flight safety advice where necessary. This service offers hassle free flying for maximum airtime.

Late March, April and May give the best lapse rates and highest cloud base, and most of the longest flights from this area are acheived then.

We can tailor the day to the weather and your requirements: the perfect fly guiding day would be to set you an XC track/task perhaps with turn points, and maybe with start and finish gates loaded into your GPS. Making it a purposeful flight!

We would fly with you and if necessary helping you to find the best thermals, climbs and making sure you utilise the best glides, all via radio. There are a number of routes within our local valleys ranging from simple 12 km flights to out and returns, 25 km triangles and cats-cradles up to 50 km and more, all with good land out options. Ideally we try and complete at least 2 good flights each day depending upon the itinerary and weather. Email us for a GPS waypoint upload of our local flying area.

We try and visit a different flying site each day depending upon the weather. The area has a number of excellent sites accessible either by road or cable car. Details can be found in the Sites Guide pages.

XC Fly Guiding clients should have a minimum qualification of BHPA - CPC or level 2 licence or IPPI 3, ideally with some mountain experience.

All your own gear should include a selection of clothing for both hot and cool circumstances. Please bring a Vario, GPS and Radio, your licence and log book. We have radios for hire if required. Our licensed radio frequency is 161,325. Don't forget your camera, vario or GPS computer cables so you can view your pictures on our equipment! Also don't forget the instrument instruction manuals!

In addition you require at least third party flying insurance and a holiday insurance that includes medical, repatriation and cancellation cover. European citizens should bring an EHIC card the European Health Insurance Card that entitles you to reduced-cost and sometimes free medical treatment if it becomes necessary while you're in a European Economic area (EEA) country. In the UK, Air sports Insurance Bureau Ltd, offers holiday insurance if required. Tel. +44 01983 298480 or e-mail to

The cost for our fly guiding service is 220€ (Euros) a day for one pilot, 270€ for 2 pilots, or 300€ for 3 pilots. Costs includes transport to all local drive-to sites and retrieves.

All guiding charges shown are for local flying in and around the Chamonix Valley and include transport to and from all the drive-to launch sites and all retrieves. An additional charge of 40 Euros a day that covers extra transport costs is made for trips to places like Annecy, Verbier or into Italy: this cost is split between all clients in the minibus. Cable car and Annecy Montmin upper lifts are not included, sorry!

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