18-24 AUGUST 2019


Flight Culture will be running an Alpine flying course in Le Grand-Bornand at La Ferme Du Soleil. It’s about an hour from Geneva so flights are inexpensive and transfers are easy.


This is primarily for those who can already fly and are looking to develop mountain flying and thermalling skills, although it is open to anyone from near CP upwards. On your course you’ll cover mountain meteorology, will develop a detailed knowledge of thermals and increase your confidence in your flying. We’ll improve your glider handling skills, including B-line stalls, as well as teach you new ones and, if you’re trying to gain your Pilot or Advanced Pilot rating, this is an excellent opportunity.

The flying in Le Grand Bornand is outstanding with the primary take-off from Mt. Lachat at 2100m, giving a vertical descent of over 1000m. We access the take-off via the lift system and the bottom landing area is large and unobstructed. Le Grand Bornand is a beautiful site with consistent weather. It has hosted the World Championships, hosts the French Championship and Belgian Open in 2019 and will host the British Open in 2020. Lake Annecy the global epicentre of paragliding is also just a short drive away.

This is very definitely a flying trip but will also be outstanding for non-flying friends or partners. John has lived in the Alps for 10 years and the summers are really incredible. There is just so much to do besides the paragliding: hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, paddle boarding, via ferrata, climbing, or simply relaxing by the pool in the village or on the balcony of the chalet. There is a weekly market in the village where the stallholders sell local Savoie meats and cheeses and it is definitely worth a visit.

DATES: 18-24 AUGUST 2019 (arrival on 18th, flying starts on 19th)

PRICES: £965 (includes tuition, accommodation and meals), £475 (non flying partners or friends, accommodation and meals)

You will have breakfast provided every morning and dinner every night except one, when we’ll go out to eat.

John Welch

Chief Flying Instructor - Flight Culture


John Welch is the chief flying instructor (CFI) registered with the British Hang gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA) & founder of Flight Culture. He began paragliding in 1987 while living in the French Alps and it was in France that he began instructing. John returned to England in 1994 and went on to gain his UK instructor and tandem rating. He worked for two schools in the south of England before setting up Flight Culture in 2000.

John is an instructor examiner and serves on the BHPA executive committee.

In addition to his paragliding qualifications, John is a PADI diving instructor and a qualified First Aid trainer, holds a yacht master and ticket and likes Cuban cigars!