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  • Photo: Felix Wölk
  • Photo: Christoph Frutiger
  • Photo: Felix Wölk

ADVANCE - it's in your nature

Passion is the best start up capital. From the beginning 27 years ago, to today, ADVANCE set the paraglider pilot’s needs,  desires and emotions centre stage. Because we are pilots ourselves. Because we are motivated to pay back the trust that the pilots out there place in us, with new ideas and leading products; with perfect service and a unique look. ADVANCE – It’s in your nature.

Independent Success

Travelling our own route and remaining true to our philosophy and demands. Over the last 27 years many an innovation from ADVANCE has eventually become standard for the whole paragliding scene. These improvements have often been ahead of their time. Sometimes they have been revolutionary. But one thing has always been clear to us: you can only make real progress if you leave the mainstream, and even swim against the current sometimes. We like to face these challenges. We take the time to refine our products down to the last detail - before we market them.

The incentive to repay the trust and confidence of pilots motivates us day by day. With new ideas and leading products. With perfect service and a unique look.

  • Bild: 3D Gurtzeugentwicklung
  • Bild: Winglet seit 1988 als Markenzeichen

Worldwide Representation

Several hundred people in a variety of positions work for ADVANCE, the world over. 25 of them look after Development, Marketing, Sales, Support or Customer Service and Dealerships. This now takes place at the headquarters in Thun (Switzerland), Ruhpolding (Germany), the sales base for Germany and Austria, or in Oderen (France) where ADVANCE operate a second Service Centre. 270 employees at Ho-Chi-Minh-City in Vietnam produce our paragliders, harnesses, rucksacks and accessories. Worldwide sales are conducted by around 50 importers and more than 350 dealers and flying schools.

Made by ADVANCE

Bild: Quinn Mattingly  // ADVANCE Produktion Ho-Chi-Minh-City, Vietnam

If you have ambitions you have to do something about them. We value this principle. From the beginning it has been important to us to retain our own control of development and production. We have a motto: «Precision and Perfection at every stage of the work». To ensure this level of quality in the future we took on a mammoth project in our 2013 jubilee year, and built a new production site in Vietnam. Our products are made there, prepared with the latest technology, under the best conditions for producing the perfect flying experience for our customers. The tracks have been laid for tomorrow.

Our own production plant makes it possible for us to put our own high expectations and quality standards into practice - even better.

Sporting Successes

Picture: Andreas Busslinger

High performance sport drives innovation and progress. For years a small but dedicated team have achieved countless sporting successes for the brand.  After longstanding dominance in classical contests ADVANCE today concentrate their sporting efforts primarily on the hardest paraglider race of all time, the X-Alps, and on cross country competition. This also influences serial products. They are becoming even lighter and more convenient to use.

Competitions forge people and brands. Successful ADVANCE involvement in competition has shaped products and pilot personalities.

    • 2015 X-Alps Champion Chrigel Maurer, 2nd place Sebastian Huber
    • 2011 X-Alps Champion Chrigel Maurer
    • 2009 X-Alps Champion Chrigel Maurer
    • 2005 3rd place Urs Lötscher
    • 2010 Akro overall world cup winner Judith Theurillat-Zweifel
    • 2008 Overall world cup winner Andy Aebi
    • 2008 3rd place overall world cup Stefan Schmoker
    • 2007 Overall world cup winner Chrigel Maurer
    • 2007 3rd place overall world cup Andy Aebi
    • 2007 Akro overall world cup winner Judith Theurillat-Zweifel
    • 2006 Overall world cup winner Karin Maurer-Appenzeller
    • 2006 Overall world cup winner Chrigel Maurer
    • 2006 Akro overall world cup winner Judith Theurillat-Zweifel
    • 2005 Overall world cup winner Ewa Wisnierska
    • 2005 3rd place overall world cup Karin Maurer-Appenzeller
    • 2005 Overall world cup winner Chrigel Maurer
    • 2000 Overall world cup winner Andy Hediger
    • 1999 Overall world cup winner Kari Eisenhut
    • 1996 Overall world cup winner Nanou Berger
    • 1995 Overall world cup winner Housi Bollinger
    • 1995 2nd place overall world cup Frauen Nanou Berger
    • 1995 3rd place overall world cup Olivier Nef
    • 1994 2nd place overall world cup Housi Bollinger
    • 1993 2nd place overall world cup Housi Bollinger
    • 1992 3rd place overall world cup Housi Bollinger
    • 2009 Worldchampion Andy Aebi
    • 2007 Paramotor worldchampion Ramón Morillas
    • 2006 Acro worldchampion Judith Theurillat-Zweifel
    • 2006 Acro vice worldchampion Chrigel Maurer
    • 2005 Worldchampion Steve Cox
    • 2005 Vice worldchampion Ewa Wisnierska
    • 2005 Paramotor worldchampion Ramón Morillas
    • 2003 Paramotor worldchampion Ramón Morillas
    • 2001 Vize worldchampion Nicole Nussbaum
    • 2001 1st place worldchampionship Team SUI Nicole Nussbaum, Steve Cox
    • 1999 1st place worldchampionship Team SUI Steve Cox und Kari Eisenhut
    • 1997 1st place worldchampionship Team SUI Michi Steinbach and Housi Bollinger
    • 1995 Vice worldchampion Housi Bollinger
    • 1993 Worldchampion Housi Bollinger
    • 1991 1st place worldchampionship Team SUI Robert Graham
    • 2006 Vice European champion Ewa Wisnierska
    • 2006 Vice European champion Chrigel Maurer
    • 2006 1st place European championship Team SUI Karin Maurer-Appenzeller, Chrigel Maurer, Michael Witschi, Andy Aebi
    • 2004 European champion Chrigel Maurer
    • 2004 Vize European champion Ewa Wisnierska
    • 2002 1st place European championship Team SUI Eliane Blondeau-Ueltschi, Steve Cox
    • 2000 European champion Kari Eisenhut
    • 2000 Vice European champion Steve Cox
    • 1996 European champion Nanou Berger
    • 1996 European champion Vincent Sprüngli
    • 1996 Vice European champion Housi Bollinger
    • 2011 FAI WXC Serial Class Champion: Kurt Eder
    • 2010 FAI WXC Open Class Champion: Thomas Koster
    • 2009 World Xcontest: 3rd place Thomas Koster
    • 2008 World Xcontest: 2nd place Chrigel Maurer
    • 2007 World Xcontest: 3rd place Stefan Schmoker
    • 2006 OLC Champion Chrigel Maurer
    • 2009 Infinity-Tumbling world record with 210 Turns
      by Chrigel Maurer
    • 2009 Paramotor altitude world record byx Ramón Morillas
      with 7800 m.ü.M
    • 2007 Paramotor world record by Ramón Morillas
      open distance over 1105 km
    • 2006 world record FAI-triangle by Chrigel Maurer
      over 266 km
    • 2004 FAI european world record open distance by Chrigel Maurer over 323 km
    • 1998 FAI world record open distance
      by Godfrey Wenness over 335 km
    • 1991 FAI world record open distance
      by Xavier Rémond over 128 km

History and Background

To mark its 25 years ADVANCE published a book that gives an informative insight into the brand’s history and philosophy. This book is out of print - but you can look at the digital version online. Have fun leafing through the virtual pages!