Founder of the long-standing paragliding school ‘Les Passagers du Vent’ and one of the pioneers of free flying in France, Pierre Naville (67) lost his life in a paragliding accident during a flight in Australia, where he was chasing long distance flights with other pilots and his wife, the female paragliding world champion and holder of several records, Seiko Fukuoka-Naville.

Pierre Naville
Pierre Naville, flight and life lover. The news of his passing has shocked the French paragliding community

According to the local press, Naville took off from an airfield near the remote New South Wales town of Wilcannia, some 840 kilometres northwest of Sydney, on Saturday 8 in the afternoon, along with seven other paraglider pilots. They all landed on a highway about 160 kilometres further south, except for Naville, prompting emergency services to launch a search.

His body was found in a bushland near the landing site on Sunday afternoon.

Pierre was a passionate pilot and, among other things, did a lot to open and develop the site of Talloires, in Annecy, to become one of the reference flying sites in France. He was a recognized character in the paragliding world both in France and internationally and will be sadly missed. Our condolences go to his wife, family and many friends around the globe.

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