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SkyWeek France

SkyWeek France

Daniel Kaye |

On 1st September we departed from Newhaven after a challenging 3 months in the UK, however, the forecast was looking good for the forthcoming week!

Alex paramotoring above the cloudsSkyWeek France consisted of 16 pilots and we all met at a campsite in Argentan, Normandy on Friday 1st September. Due to some heavy rain the night before the following day dated with a thick fog, giving everyone plenty of time to prepare their equipment and have a pre-flight briefing before Alex tested the air around 11 am as the fog started to lift. Suffice to say the conditions were perfect and everyone managed to get up for the first flight of the trip before enjoying a 'Ricardo style' Brazilian BBQ for lunch. What a great start!

Parajet Maverick and Ozone Roadster 3

We stayed in the Argentan area for the weekend with everyone managing to fly the following day. However, the forecast suggested both strong winds and a heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 38 degrees! Alex and Ricardo therefore decided to drive 6 hours south to the Massif Central region in the middle of France, to escape the stronger winds and also the high temperatures. This turned out to be an inspired decision!

Fly Products ParaTrike flying at sunset

This was the third time we have visited the Massif Central, situated in the stunning Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region region of France. It is a sparsely populated part of the country and inundated with extinct volcanoes, the most famous being the Puy de Dôme. The forecast predicted perfect flying weather for the entire week and for once it was correct.

SkyWeek France Pilots

The majority of the team stayed at a campsite on a nearby lake, allowing them to cool off in between the morning and evening flying sessions. We had been given permission to fly from a microlight airfield with seemingly endless cross-country flying routes in every single direction. Obviously one of the best flights was around the Puy de Dôme, approximately 25k to the north, during which we shared the skies with more than 15 hot air balloons.

Paramotoring around the Puy de Dôme

We ended up flying 6 days in a row, 2 days in Normandy and 4 days in the Massif Central and even managed to fly just outside of Paris on our final day as we made our way to Dieppe in time for the ferry. We will certainly be back to run SkyWeek France next year, so click here for our 2024 schedule. 

Paragliders flying at the Puy de Dôme at sunset


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