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Gin GTO 2 (EN D): First Impressions

The GTO 2 from Gin Gliders is a lightweight wing with a high aspect ratio, built for performance.

Designed for both hike-and-fly racers and adventurous XC pilots, it is a 3-lined design that should prove to be more forgiving and versatile than some of the recent 2-liner EN D wings.

Not to mention that it's unbelievably light! We were keen to get our hands on one and test it out.

We don't do exhaustive testing for our First Impressions series: as soon as we've flown it, we let you know!

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Advance IOTA: first impressions

In October 2014 Advance made a surprise announcement: "At the beginning of November ADVANCE will announce a new product that will make a large number of pilots very happy." with nothing more than an image of paper plane to go with it. A lot of speculation quickly followed about what this new product could be: "The new Omega 9?" some speculated. "The Alpha 6?" or "A new rucksack?" others countered. "A hang glider?" one joked, grasping the air for flying straws. More »

Getting Into Acro Paragliding

Acro paragliding looks exciting, but how do you learn to do it? What is a freestyle wing? And where are the best sites to try out the acro moves? Greg Hamerton discusses getting into acro on the Niviuk F-Gravity 2 and shares some hair-raising videos ... More >

Sup'Air EONA: first impressions

We were excited to receive the new EN A wing for new pilots by Sup'Air, the EONA, for testing. Although Sup'Air has been manufacturing paragliding equipment since 1984 (!) they are relatively very new to the wing market, launching their first paraglider, the tandem SORA, in early 2014. Carlo was very impressed by the SORA, and it has been a great success with tandem pilots around the world, so we were keen to see what Sup'Air would come up with their first EN A wing. More »

XC Secrets: Learning From Tracklogs

You only get one chance to fly the line you choose to fly. But what if you could go back, and analyse the decision? Consider the alternatives? Compare with others? You can ... with a tracklog!

In this multi-part series, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark explains how you can learn a lot from analysing your flight tracklogs. Part one explains how to view your flight data by getting it out of your instrument and on to your computer, uploading it to an online XC league, and downloading the Google Earth (GE) file. Part two explains how to get more out of your tracklogs with GE, understanding the different file types, and drawing lessons from from them. Part three looks at multi-coloured traces. Part four draws more tracklog lessons. Part five investigates ways to learn from others in competitions and XCs.

Paragliding Safety: Preflight Checks

It's easy to become distracted and forget the Preflight Checks, but they could save your life!

Here's a simple reminder of the most important things to look out for when launching a paraglider ... More >

Light Equipment: The Complete Guide

Lightweight kit makes you more adventurous when going cross country. It inspires you to hike up peaks, just to fly down. It packs down small and makes travel a pleasure.

In this article we will try to assemble a complete lightweight flying solution that offers you the best from the latest designs.

We will consider harnesses, backpacks, reserves, helmets, instruments and wings; all the elements that combine to form an ideal lightweight kit.

Niviuk Kougar 2 PPG wing review

Flybubble's Chief Flying Instructor, Carlo Borsattino had the opportunity to test fly Niviuk's Kougar 2, a new reflex powered paragliding (PPG) wing aimed at experienced paramotor pilots who, to quote Niviuk, are: "... looking for fast, powerful and reliable wings enabling them to reach their goals".

After such an excellent paragliding cross country flying season in the UK this year, it'd been quite a while since Carlo last flew a paramotor.

Here are his first impressions >

Traffic Rules: Thermalers vs Soarers

What happens when you're ridge soaring, and someone thermals into you? Who has right of way? And what should you do? We analyse a common traffic problem and offer a strategy to solve it here >

Coupe Icare 2014 Roundup

Apart from being a spectacle for the 10,000 visitors, the Coupe Icare is the largest trade show for freeflight equipment. Flybubble visited the top brands and discovered what's new, what's hot ... and what's coming next! More >

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