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Big XC? No Hotship Required

Although having more performance helps, you don't have to fly an Advanced or Competition wing to achieve your Big XC dreams. The gliding and climbing ability of the modern Performance Class (mid EN C) is now remarkable! 

Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than Carlo Borsattino's recent performance on his Artik 4. 

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XC Tales: Cracking 200km in the UK

Carlo Borsattino has been flying XC for over 20 years, and has a reputation for his ability to stay aloft for hours even in the weakest conditions. But it takes more than patience to fly over 200km in the UK.

He analyses the technical challenges, tactical moves and saved mistakes that helped him to achieve his personal best distance.

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Niviuk Skin P Review

The Niviuk Skin P is an incredibly light single-surface wing with some technical innovations that help to keep its shape intact. But does it really work as a paraglider, or is it just a gimmick?

Greg Hamerton tries it out ...

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XC Tales: Hammer's XPYRience

What's it like taking on the Pyrenees with nothing but an aircraft that runs on air?

Greg Hamerton shares the preparation for a week of volbiv (and will include a report back after the trip on what worked and what didn't).

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XC Secrets: Cloudsuck

In the UK we often fly near clouds, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem.

How can you tell the difference?

Greg Hamerton analyses a recent XC flight that became a little too lifty. 

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Incident Analysis: Reserve Ride

When flying a spine-backed ridge in strong conditions, an experienced pilot suffered a wing collapse with cravatte and decided to deploy his reserve. He was blown over the crest of the ridge and landed hard. In this detailed analysis he shares the background and lessons of what he considers to be a lucky escape.

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Choose The Right Paraglider

With so many brands and models to choose from, finding the perfect paraglider can be a real challenge. In this article we will demystify the process, by considering various aspects that affect your choice. Firstly, what is the difference between the various classes? More >


Flight Instruments For Mapping

In this article I will evaluate a range of instruments in the search for a useful, reliable and simple mapping display. I have flown extensively with all these instruments to identify the practical issues they raise. 

Getting the right instrument is about understanding what your information needs are, and matching a device with your typical flying environment and aspirations.

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XC Tales: Busting 100km

Want to know what's involved in doing your first 100km paragliding cross country flight in the UK?

Flybubble Team Pilot, Dickon Walker, shares the tale of a cracking XC in Wales from Hundred House during the British Club Challenge ... complete with ups, downs and strategic thinking. 

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XC Tales: Breaking 50km

Want to know what's involved in doing your first 50km cross country flight?

Flybubble Team Pilot, Dickon Walker, shares the tale of a cracking XC in Wales from the Blorenge during the British Club Challenge ... complete with ups, downs and strategic thinking.

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