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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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Syride SYS'Nav Review

It's easy to overlook the diminutive SYS'Nav because of its size and remarkably low price, but the more I used it, the more impressed I became. It leads the mid-range-instrument field, and threatens some of the high-end instruments too, offering a powerful navigation solution based on minimalism and simplicity. More >

FlyNet XC1 Review

An ultralight box with one button, switch it on and fly! It beeps (vario), records a track (GPS) and sends detailed data to your phone (bluetooth). For pilots who use their smartphones as an instrument, it upgrades the sensors, doubles the battery life, and supplies a more reliable (and UK XC league compliant) IGC file. Do you need it on your flight deck? Greg Hamerton takes the Flynet XC1 for a test flight ... More >

Flight: Trying A New Angle

Greg Hamerton attempts a 50km triangle from Combe Gibbet on 25/03/2015. The prediction: light winds of steady direction, cumulus clouds with reasonable height, thermals and no inversions. The UK Paragliding XC facebook page was alive with excitement, so I knew I'd be in good company at Combe Gibbet. More >

Bo Peep Triangle 10th March 2015

Today I had my first proper flight on the Niviuk Artik 4. I also flew without my Oudie 3 for the first time in ages and I have to say felt rather NAKED without it! 

Nancy, Greg and I started at Firle at around 9:30, where it was nicely on the hill and soarable. We soon managed to get enough height to cross the small forest to the east of launch and fly to Firle Beacon. More »

Ozone Ozium Harness Review

Pod harnesses no longer weigh a ton! Having discovered the joys of the lightweight pod revolution a few months ago, Dickon Walker reports on the popular Ozone Ozium. More >

87km by Paraglider in UK Winter!

It's generally agreed by most freeflight pilots - paragliders and hang gliders - that the cross country (XC) season in northern Europe starts in April.

For example, the UK Paragliding XC League (UKPGXCL) runs a Winter League which ends on 31st March 2015, despite Spring officially starting on the 1st of March in the northern hemisphere.

This doesn't seem to tie up with reality as a lot of big flights are flown in northern Europe in March every year.

However very few notable XC flights have been flown in February in the UK, with the biggest recorded on the UKPGXCL before 2015 being 55km by Simon Twiss in February 2014.

The weather forecasts for Friday 27th February 2015 showed it looking very good for free flying in the south of England with some potential for XC but the risk of it being a bit breezy for paragliding. Could this turn out to be a big February day?

The best way to find out was to give it a try... More »

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