Frequently Asked Questions 

Generalities

  • How to use our technical sheets ? 
    The answers to many of your questions on the practice environment (conditions, contraints, seasonality, etc), can be found in our "product sheets". Nevertheless we are here to listen and complete the information.

  • Is the vouchers' validity expandable ?
    Our gift voucher have a validity period of a year, after the date of the purchase. We only accept a limited potential extension, in exceptional circumstances; if said extension is asked at least one month before the expiration date, or if the performance was rescheduled because of the weather conditions. 

  • Do we have to arrive before the appointment ?
    Once we have settled on an appointment, you only have to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. Apart from delays due to the weather conditions or technical issues beyond our control, we like punctuality, a matter of respect and organisation.

  • Can we bring cameras with us during the flight ?
    In all of our activities, except skydiving, you can bring your camera with you. In some cases, we will ask you to secure it beforehand in order to avoid jeopardizing the controls. Know that we are not held responsible for any damage of your cameras, whatever the reason.

  • What are the temperatures during the flight ?
    Generally, the temperatures decrease by about 0.6°C every 100 metres, or 6,5°C per 1000 metres. Depending on the activity, the relative wind is more or less important, so do not forget that you will be outdoors or in a cockpit. For example, in a hot-air balloon there is no relative wind and the burners create heat ! Take into ccount the season, but do not exagerate our outfits ! 

  • Can we fly all year around ?
    In Gap-Tallard, we fly more than 330 days per year, giving the place its unique reputation. However for comfort reasons, we stop skydiving, paraglidng an dYtrikes and three-axes microlights in the months of December, January and February. Every other activity continues and flying over snowy mountain ranges is purely magical, especially... in a hot-air balloon ! 

  • Is it possible to change the chosen activity ?
    Yes, if this expected during your booking. You can change your helicopter gift voucher in a glider voucher or any other activity. We will just need to adjust the cost of the performance to the previously planned one.

Hot-air balloon

  • How should we dress for the flight ?
    We often say that you do not need to be more covered than how you are on the ground, on the day and time of the flight. Indeed, there is no air velocity (as we move thanks to the wind) and the burners create a sufficient heat in the basket. Just dress according to the season, and try not to wear any outfit with synthetic fibres.

  • What is the average distance travelled during a flight ?
    The wind gets to choose! Indeed, we can very well leave in one direction when at ground-proximity, and then go the opposite way moving up in altitude, making the real distance between take-off and landing vary. The wind being our only engine, we never know what his mood will be like ! 

  • Where will we land ?
    We never know ! After an hour of flying, the pilot will choose the most appropriate field, on his itinerary, to securely land the hot-air balloon. But a hot-air balloon crew is composed of the pilot, and his assistant who follows the balloon's evolution aboard the following vehicule. We will therefore return together in our shuttle to the initial rendez-vous point. 

  • What the flying height ?
    The flight is governed by minimum rules of overflight, including housings, villages, etc. However during a flight, and depending on the aerology, we alternate low-level flights, allowing us to capture nature's details, and flights at a higher altitude from 200 to 1000 m in average, allowing us to enjoy a wider panorama.

  • What is the best season to fly ?
    We fly all year round whether it is i Gap or in Moustiers Sainte Marie. These 2 regions are very beautiful in any season, even in winter where we make magnificient flights with the proximity of snowy mountain ranges. 

  • Do you fly in winter ?
    Yes and it is magical !!! Flying over white moutains is really exceptionnal in a hot-air balloon ! Rest assured, it isn't even cold, as we have burners onboard and there is no relative wind !

Glider

  • At what speed does a glider fly ?
    A glider progresses at 110-120 km/h in average, although it is capable of flying faster, in particular whilst switching from one point to another.

Skydiving

  • At what altitude do we skydive ?
    We carry out drops at 3800m vertically from Gap-Talalrd's airfield, or at 4 400m above the sea's level!   

  • Can we combine several tandem jumps in one video ?
    Unfortunately no, but for techinal reasons or rather for... physical reasons. Indeed, a videoman jumps next to the tandem at 160-180 km/h approximately. As the plane's exit by each tandem requires a minimum of preparation, when the second tandem will jump, the first videoman wil already be 1000 metres lower !!! 

  • Why does the passenger's weight influence the jumps schedule ?
    Mostly for comfort reasons during landing ! Every afternoon, breezes rise on the airfield and allows us to slow our ground speed down during landing, arriving almot vertcially ! As the passenger is in front of the instructor during landing, it is more pleasant for the latter not to have to run if the passenger is fairly heavy ! This is the reason why beyond 80 kgs, jumps are programmed on afternoons.      

  • How many tandems can get on the same plane ?
    We usually use the "Pilatus" to drop people off. In this kind of plane, we can embark 9 people. You work it out, a tandem takes up 2 seats, and a tandem + video 3 seats ! 

Paragliding

  • Is it cold whilst paragliding ?
    Whatever the season to which you decide to fly, we advise you to be a little more covered then you would be on the ground. During the flight, you'll be static, you will progress moving at roughly 40 km/h and and will probably gain altitude in updrafts (loss of 6,5° for a 1000 m gain). Make sure you take it into account, depending on the season to which you decide to fly. However, if it is during summer, a coat is not necessary. Do not forget sunglasses and gloves in certain seasons.         
  • What is the average altitude during a paragliding flight ?
    The gain in altitude will depend on the updrafts' force and the kind of flight you will have chosen. In most cases, for a discovery flight of roughly 20 minutes, the gain is usually of 200 to 500 metres. During longer flights - 45 minutes- you will go higher and will regularily gain more than 1000 meters.

  • Can we consider several flights at once ?
    Yes, if you notify us during the booking, we will make sure to have one of more available intructors, in order to fly next to your loved ones. Of course, there is a limit !

ULM

  • What is the difference between all your ULMs ?
    Generally speaking, a ULM is an aircraft powered or towed by a motorization, which has a wieght, power and passenger limit (single or two-seater). Depending on the profile type associated to the motorization, we speak of: paramotor (paragliding profile), trikes microlight (hand-gliding profile), three-axes microlight (plane profile), gyroplane (rotorcraft or blades profile), Motorised aerostat or airship (hot-air or gas balloon profile), and the lastest, Class 6 (mini helicopter).

  • What is the difference between a ULM and a plane ?
    If a ULM looks like a plane, then it is a three-axes microlight. The fundamental difference is not security but technical matters. A ULM has a litmit of two people on board and a maximum total wieght of 450 kgs for take-off.

  • At what speed does a ULM fly ?
    This depends on the kind of ULM. Here are the average speed according to its categories: paramotor (30 to 60 km/h), trikes microlight (100-150 km/h), Three-axes and Class 6 helicopter (120-180 km/h), gyroplane (120-150 km/h). 

Gyroplane

  • What is a gyroplane ?
    The gyroplane is one of the ULM's categories. Like every ULM, it has got an engine (to be propelled) and an aerodynamic profile for its leviation (in this case) a rotorcraft. Like every ULM, it has got a limited wieght for take-off, and a passenger limit on board (up to 2).

  • What happens if the engine stops ?
    Like every aircraft, a gyroplane can still safely land if the engine stops. This is part of a pilot's training, to know how to manage an "engine failure", we then speak of an "unscheduled countryside landing"! 

  • What should we plan to complete the flight ?
    Like with a motorbike, and for security and comfort reasons, we need to be well equipped to fully enjoy the flight. The helmet - equipped with a radio transmitter to communicate with the pilot - will be provided, as will a coat, if you do not have one. Do not forget of gloves and sunglasses, just in case.

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