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Created in 1987 at the instigation of the ACPUL (Association of Manufacturers of Ultra-Light Gliders), the test laboratory of the FFVL (formerly AEROTEST) is the official homologation organization of reference of the French Federation of Free Flight.

The laboratory team is made up of specialists and expert pilots in the paragliding fields. Highly invested in issues related to the safety of equipment and drivers, the test laboratory actively participated in the development and evolution of European standards, within the WG6 (working group developing standards within the European Committee for Standardization ).

The test laboratory, mainly, implements the test procedures according to the current European standards relating to paragliding and its accessories.

The laboratory is insured in civil liability by the AXA Corporate solution contract (XFR0080948AV16A) for the performance of laboratory tests, including paragliders, harnesses, parachutes, kite bars, drop systems and all equipment for free flight practice. technical studies related to the practice of free flight, research and development related to the practice of free flight
and certification of equipment for the practice of free flight. The guarantee is equally effective for ground and flight risks and is exercised for control and reception flights.

The different standards applicable to paragliding

Paragliding sports activity is the subject of the following 5 standards:

• EN 926-2 (08-2005): paragliding flight tests
• EN 926-1 (10-2006): resistance tests of paragliding structures
• EN 1651: harness test
• EN 12491 (06-2001): test of emergency parachutes
• EN 966 (05-1996): air sports helmets.

In addition to the tests in charge of paragliders used in free flight, the test laboratory of the French Federation of Free Flight carries out the validation of the mechanical resistance criteria of the wings used in paramotor, criteria specified on the instruction of February 21, 2012 relative to ultralight aircraft motorized (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) section 7.4.1. Ground tests for class 1 (paramotors).

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