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Advance EASINESS 2 Review

The Advance Easiness 2 is a light reversible harness with no seatboard. It has an optional removable airbag with built-in reserve compartment.

Advertised as comfortable to fly and carry, it is aimed at hike-and-fly pilots exploring the remote high places of the world. Is it suitable for ordinary pilots as well?

Always up for a challenge, ED BEWLEY performs a thorough investigation on the lowest test site we could find, and takes it to places no other man would dare to go.

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Safety: Managing the Mayhem

Team pilot Ruth Churchill Dower recounts a high altitude incident in the Himalaya.

A sudden updraught led to a stall and cascade. Despite having two reserve parachutes, Ruth lost 1000ft trying to fix the wing and landed in a tailslide on a precipitous ridgetop perch, luckily mostly unscathed.

It makes a cracking story, and there's a good deal to learn about managing mayhem and your personal reserve deployment throwing height.

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Grab Bag For Adventurous Paragliders

Get ready for adventure with our quick guide to preparing your own grab bag! 

Paragliders can cover great distances and land in some unexpected locations. Even a gentle evening glide over your favourite forest can end in a surprise.

Having some basic survival essentials in your bag can make a big difference.

Team pilot Alistair Andrews outlines what should be in your back-country grab bag.

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2015 UK Paragliding XC Season

Flying cross country in the UK offers many challenges and special experiences.

Carlo Borsattino summarises the action from the most successful XC season in history ... grab a cuppa and enjoy the lengthy report at your leisure.

There's lots to learn from reviewing the days that worked well, and what pilots chose to do.

The Pilots' Tales section offers a unique perspective from some of the leading pilots in the UK.

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XC Secrets: Going First or Going Fast?

Getting the most out of a good XC day often comes down to a simple decision: do you leave the hill as soon as you can (and try to stay up all day) or do you wait till it's good and blaze a trail on speedbar to cover more ground during the strong part of the day?

Carlo Borsattino recounts his decisions and tactics on an epic flight from Selsely common, when his leading position on his Skywalk Cayenne 5 (EN C) was put to the test against the relentless racing of Mark Watts on his Ozone Enzo 2 (CCC).

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Nova ION 4 Reviews

Nova make some bold claims about their new Progression Class wing, the ION 4.

Flybubble tests the wing in some bouncy spring conditions.

Simon: "In the air the glider is very solid ..."

Greg: "A well-designed evolution in the Nova range."

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Advance Pi 2 Reviews

The Pi was an astounding design but some aspects kept it limited to being mainly a mountain wing. Advance have learned from the first project. Have they perfected the concept in the Pi 2?

It has some impressive characteristics and surprising performance. Instead of a bomb-proof wing for quick descents, our reviewers found a fully developed paraglider, capable of XC flying.

Greg Hamerton: "I kept looking up and thinking, how is it doing that?" 

Phil Clark: "You get the feeling it's put together with precision and finesse."

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Niviuk Hook 4 Review

Niviuk says "The docile and intuitive character of this new model brings full awareness in flight, handling ease and provides the means to progress in all phases of flight with peace of mind."

What does this mean, in the real world?

The Progression Class is full of exceptional modern wings designed to appeal to low airtime pilots. What special characteristics does the HOOK 4 offer, and to whom is it suited?

Greg Hamerton investigates >


Advance Alpha 6 Review

The Advance Alpha 5 was an outstanding first wing that took beginners well beyond the school environment.

The updated design boasts less weight, fewer lines and doubel 3D shaping at the leading edge that is bound to give it more performance.

The Alpha 6 also promises 'air scoop technology' that increases the stall resistance when flying slowly.

With all these improvements, is it still suitable for training? Does it meet the needs of adventurous beginners and recreational pilots?

Carlo Borsattino investigates >


How To Go Harness Shopping

Stuart Hall needed a harness. The Flybubble shop was in East Sussex, a round trip of more than 500 miles. No problem, Stu has a creative solution!

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