New Speed-Flying Rules for Switzerland

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New Speed-Flying Rules for Switzerland

Submitted  on December 19, 2007 - 8:51pm.

The SHV have announce new regulations regarding Speed-Flying in Switzerland from 01/01/08 as posted on their website:

Important Note: The following is a translation also includes some missing details which are included in the following PDF file -

English Translation: SHV-FSVL - "Speedflying" Information

F - Notice Speedflying (1)/ D - Notice Speedflying (1)/ F - Notice Speedflying (2)/ D -
Notice Speedflying (2)

The Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) / Switzerland. Hanggliding Association (SHV)

FAQ on the "speedflying" (10.12.2007)

What are the requirements to practice speedflying?
Until 31.12.2007: Paragliding License (pilot minimum age: 16 years)

From 01.01.2008: Paragliding License with speedflying extension (pilot minimum age: 16 years)

Transitional arrangements for existing "Speed Flyers": Pilots have until 01.04.2008 to obtain the required Speedflying extension.

What exactly is the training for speedflying?
The license "speedflying" is an extension of the license for paragliding. This means that the license is an ESSENTIAL CONDITION for the practice of the speedflying.
The extension speedflying can be made in its entirety with an instructor of speedflying.

The training is done in accordance to the Guidelines and training inspection sheet of the SHV-FSVL.

After the training, the student takes an exam directly with the instructor. This confirms the granting of the extension to speedflying and SHV-FSVL enters the 'speedflying extension' in the pilot's license.

How do I find an instructor of speedflying?
Instructors of speedflying are paragliding instructors who have passed a supplementary examination in speedflying.
This is taking place mid-December 2007, we can not yet provide their names.

A list of all instructors speedflying will be available on as soon as December 20, 2007.

Does my paragliding insurance cover me for the practice of the speedflying ?
Yes, at the moment, pilots insurance contracted through the FSVL also applies to the speedflying. The air-law guidelines must clearly be respected.

What is a speedflying wing ?
The FSVL take the definition as stated by the manufacturer: In Switzerland, in order to fly with a wing sold as a "speedflying" or "speedriding" wing, the extension of the license for paragliding in speedflying is mandatory. If FSVL or its experts have noted that a wing is sold in a category to which it does not match, FSVL will contact the manufacturer and inform the world of free flight.

(Currently, a physical and technical definition might be founded on the basis of wing loading and profile of the wing. But it is difficult to predict the evolution of these wings).

What do I have to attention as a pilot speedflying ?
The air law regulations must be respected, in particular the 'Regulations for aircraft of special categories' (OACS, RS 748,941)

The most important:

* The holder of a 'Speed Flyer' needs for liability claims by third parties on the ground, a liability insurance of at least one million CHF (art. 10 OACS).
* The speedflyer must carry proof of insurance while in the operation of a "Speed Flyer'(article 10 OACS).
* The wings of speedflying must be fitted with a distinctive mark clearly visible affixed to the underside surface sustentatrices. The distinctive markings must match the registration contained on the speedflyer certificate of insurance liability (art.11a of the Ordinance on distinctive markings aircraft; OMDA, RS748.216.1).

* Launching and landings are not allowed on public roads and on public ski slopes (art. 8 OACS).
* Collections of people, buildings, public roads, ski slopes, public transport facilities, including railways, cable cars and ski-lifts, as well as power lines or other cables are to be bypassed or overflown at a sufficient safe distance (article 8 OACS).

In addition, each pilot speedflying must behave according to the Code of Conduct:

Practice speedflying in areas marked for this purpose.
Learn about the region (with lifts, local clubs and schools flight).
Enforcing the agreements to the letter.
Avoid absolutely Wildlife protection zones and all areas at risk of avalanche.
Wear a helmet, goggles and a back protection.

Further information:
The Federal Office for Civil Aviation, 3003 Bern (
Swiss Hanggliding Association, Seefeldstrasse 224, 8008 Zurich
(Tel: 044 / 387 46 80, , )

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Submitted by Anonymous


As a current speed rider, I have no qualifications for either speedriding or paragliding (although i have done speed riding courses), given that I have no paragliding qualifications would I first have to attain my paragliding qualifications to then get this swiss speed riding extension to then be able to speed ride in switzerland? If so would I need the elementary or club pilot qualification?

Also, what are peoples opinions on the likeliness of these rules spreading to France/Italy etc.?

Thanks for your help,




Requirements for Swiss Extension

Submitted by kitesurfa on January 5, 2008 - 6:56pm.

Requirements for the Swiss Speed-Flying License extension

original text from - in French


____________________________________( Surname, first name) No-__________( FSVL)
_________________________________________________________( Address)

Training: Level I

Preparation of equipment (wing, harness, helmet Back protection)
Preparation of ski equipment and setting up bindings.
Specificity of speedglider inflation.
Specificity of speedglider flight: Speed vs. Smoothness.
Check ski area development and planning his flight.
Preparation for Launching (check the Trimms + 5 points).
Ski with wing inflated.
Slalom with wing inflated.
Folding wing fast at the bottom of the slope and conduct on the ski-lifts.
Evolution in a given corridor (inflation, flight and landing).
Technique for interruption of takeoff (life line).
Exploration of the amount of brakes and its relation to Speed-Smoothness.
Concept of symmetrical braking for the management of rolling.
Concept of anticipation and Plan B.
Re-Launch independently on the slope.
Launching with favorable wind <20 km / h.
Launching with a side wind / rear <10 km / h.
Meaning of loss of altitude in a turn (turn widened).
Flights with changes in direction up to 90 degrees.
Touch and go and landing on a defined area.
Legislation, priority rules and local regulations.
Various methods of folding.
At least 30 flights.

The instructor confirmed that the speedflying pilot had completed all items listed above
And it is able to do them in full control.

Date: ____________ buffer / signature the instructor

Training: Level II

Analysis of the environment (decorative, zone changes, landed)
Formulate a systematic flight plan aloud.
Approach and shooting in L or U.
Flights with changes in direction of ± 90°.
Back to flat (level) flight after turning widened.
Quick change of direction.
To play with rolling until 45° of wing tilt.
Take-offs on slopes with different gradients - more or less steep.
Touch and go and precision landings.
Different landing possibilities (slope across and against)
Using trimms.
Flight with rear risers.
Launching with inflation vis-a-vis with the wing
Launching in strong wind < 40 km/h
Group Flights: rules and danger.
Emergency Landing on the orders of the instructor (quick stop).
Knowledge of Snow and Avalanches
At least 50 touch and go

The instructor confirmed that the speedflying pilot had completed all items listed above
And it is able to do them in full control.

Date: ____________ buffer / signatur the instructor

Nr Theory Practice Date / Expert