Many of you know us and have flown with us but for those who don’t I thought it is about time I explained who we are and what we do.
Primarily we are a British registered paragliding and paramotoring school and teach the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) syllabus and have been doing this for the last 17 years.
Our team (see http://www.flightculture.co.uk/learn-more/the-team/ ) are a great group of individuals who all are passionate about flying and collectively have a huge range of experience.
We believe that life should be a huge adventure and the world is our playground. We spend the summer months teaching in the UK and although we’re based in Dorset we always run a couple trips (paragliding and paramotoring) to other parts of the UK.
Outside the summer months we visit and fly in some amazing places and have taken groups to the Rift Valley in Kenya, the Azores, Argentina (lots of times), run expeditions to remote parts of Mexico and to many, many more places. We are always looking for new places and new challenges. While we prioritise the flying, we also show you why the places we visit are so special. We’ll take you to restaurants that only the locals know about, wander around local markets as well as visiting local producers. We’ve been caving, white water rafting, horse ridden through the Amazon, and the list goes on. If you have a non flying partner they’re always welcome and we get quite a few. Our courses and trips are incredibly friendly and so much fun that we have many people who come back over and over again.
We always run paragliding trips (instruction or guidance) to Dune de Pyla in SW France in May/June and again in September. We do all of our tandem pilot training at Dune de Pyla and it’s an incredible place to fly.
We also make an annual paragliding trip to Lanzarote in January because it’s just so good at that time of year and after taking groups there for over 20 years, we know the island intimately and as well as making the most of the flying we’ll take you to hidden black sand beaches, take you down non commercial caves (lava tubes), hike up volcanoes, surf, scuba dive, visit some of the iconic national monuments on the island and the list goes on.
In addition we always do something that is a real adventure and have been on lots of trips to Madeira, the Alps, New Zealand and next year we’ll be going to South Africa.
As far as paramotoring trips, we fly from the Somerset levels during the summer months and for the rest of the year from our base in central France in the Creuse. It is an area with the lowest population density of anywhere in mainland France. Based on the edge of the Massif Central, there are broken hills and wide valleys. The towns and villages are relatively unvisited, medieval and beautiful. This is truly rural France.