After what seemed like an 'endless summer' in the United Kingdom, the paragliding cross country flying season appears to have finally come to a somewhat unwelcome end for 2014 - and what a hugely eventful year it proved to be! However, just because it's warmer than usual doesn't necessarily mean it's better for XC flying. So what kind of year was it for flying XC on paragliders in the UK - not just the few 'Sky Gods' but the many 'mere mortals' too? One of the best ways to gauge this is by looking that the UK Paragliding XC League, and hearing from the pilots, of all levels, who took part. More »
To beat the Christmas rush and avoid disappointment it's wise to order well before the "recommended last posting dates" as published by Royal Mail and courier companies, leaving plenty of time for unexpected delays and out-of-stock items to arrive and be shipped to you. Don't make the mistake of leaving it to the last minute as this leads to stress and disappointment!
See our Last Order Dates for Christmas 2014 in Shipping and Postage.
Bought a Flymaster, Syride or ASI flight instrument from Flybubble and want some tips on how to get the best out of it? This is for you!
Date: Friday 12th December
Location: Devils Dyke Pub
News from Naviter: "This is so exciting… New versions are out for all types of Oudies and the major version of the SeeYou Mobile software running on your Oudie has been raised to 6.0. With a few good reasons. There is so much news that we are going to list the major ones in this blog and explain them in more details in subsequent blogs.
However inspite of the many major new improvements it is not difficult to pick THE most important one: It is now possible to connect the Oudie to the Internet using the free Oudie Live. More »
So, how does it compare with the Artik 3?
More performance. Easier handling. Softer inflation. Lighter. Turns more precisely and effortlessly.
EN D performance with EN C handling.
Sizes 23 and 25 have been certified EN C.
Available to pre-order from Flybubble now. More »
The TEQUILA4 is THE benchmark for low level EN-B gliders. A combination of safety features, agility and performance has made skywalk's all-rounder one of the most successful gliders of the 2014 season.
With the brand-new ARRIBA3, skywalk has brought a lightweight model to the market that combines the versatility of the company's bestseller with the demands of a top-modern, lightweight wing. More »
For the safety of all customers AustriAlpin has issued an immediate voluntary recall of all AustriAlpin DELTA carabiners. If you own one of these carabiners then you must stop using it immediately!
Please read this notice carefully and follow the instructions.
Bought an Oudie 3 from Flybubble or our UK dealers and want some tips on how to get the best out of it? This is for you!
Date: Monday 27th October
Location: Devils Dyke Pub
Flymaster have launched a new firmware version available for the Flymaster GPS SD, GPS SD+, NAV SD and LIVE SD flight instruments. With this new firmware installed these instruments are then capable of providing worldwide Airspaces and height Above Ground Level (AGL)
Besides the firmware update it is also necessary to insert an SD card with some specific data files on it (containing the Airspaces and AGL data). To get this you can either:
The new ‘high-end EN-B’ wing claims to have an increase in performance of approximately half a glide point across the entire polar curve in comparison to the MENTOR 3.
Smart Cells improve the load distribution in the wing, the Air Scoop increases the internal pressure, which adds to performance and stability and Double 3D Shaping ensures a smooth profile nose.
The MENTOR 4 is lighter than its predecessor, achieved through an intelligent mixture of materials. It is currently being certified as EN B. The first demo gliders will be delivered from the end of October.
More performance but the price stays the same ;-)
More information on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/nova-mentor-4
In the LIGHTNESS 2, ADVANCE has refined an already established product. The second generation LIGHTNESS takes the best of the original and achieves more safety, comfort and looks. At weights from 2.8 kg the LIGHTNESS 2 is a light harness, for sure; but its integrated reserve, certified protector and much reduced drag coefficient make it fully suitable for the serious cross country pilot. It comes with its own special rucksack, and the new COMPRESSBAG light.
Available soon from http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/advance-lightness-2
The Swing Orange Cross incorporates the best features of various types of reserve design. By using special openings for dynamic pressure distribution, the cross canopy design achieves superior pendulum stability, even in strong or unfavourable wind conditions. The innovative concept gives excellent opening times, but at the same time prevents any unwelcome tendency with cross canopies to glide. This helps avoid unnecessary stress on the pilot in an extreme situation and the low sink rates allow plenty of time to focus on the landing.
More info on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/swing-orange-cross
A glider for a broad group of pilots in the mid-EN-B segment, with simple and precise handling, pleasant damping, pitch stability, high passive safety and impressive performance. The SENSIS is a balanced fun wing for leisure pilots who want to enjoy themselves with recreational thermaling, cross country flying, fun or freestyle. It is forgiving and easy to control, even in turbulent air.
More information http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/swing-sensis
A lightweight cross-country ‘hammock’ style harness with removable carbon mini seatplate enabling efficient piloting with good feedback. Easy to use with a dorsal reserve parachute container; a backrest fitted with 15 cm medium density foam protection, "Safe-T" leg straps, and self-stabilizing geometry. Running on take-off is easy due to the light weight and the position of the leg straps. 3.640kg complete (M), Certification: EN 1651. Available from December.
More information on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/sup-air-delight2
A great new option for pilots on a budget. A simple well designed reserve parachute, easy to pack, and extremely stable. Sink rate below 5.5 m/s at max load (Certification: EN 12491). Pull-down Apex dome design with two colors to facilitate packing. Available in M (<100kg), L (<125kg) and Tandem (<215kg) sizes.
More information: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/sup-air-start
Major paragliding magazines Cross-Country, Parapente, Parapente + and THERMIK have been putting the SIGMA 9 through its paces. And they are unanimous: the new ADVANCE performance intermediate is a top class EN C wing. Something especially stands out - all their reports emphasise the stress free SIGMA 9 flying, without having to pay for it in performance or precision. On the contrary: it’s exactly because the SIGMA 9 is stress free to fly that you can use all its potential performance.
Read what they have to say on our Sigma 9 page (scroll down to reviews).
The Flybubble Crew saw the first production demo units of the Oudie 3 Droplet (for hang gliding) at the Coupe Icare in September 2014, one of which we now have available for testing here in the UK.
Naviter originally hoped to release the Oudie 3 Droplet in the first half of 2014 however it took much longer to produce a hang gliding housing which they were 100% happy with than they anticipated.
The new housing is of a very high quality, with a very nice finish, and feels very robust. It has the screen, power button, charging light and speaker on the front, power and mini USB jacks on the side, Pitot tube on the top, and an M8 thread for mounting in the bottom.
The instrument itself runs on exactly the same software as the brilliant Oudie 3 (for paragliding) so it has all of the same great flight navigation features, with the addition of the Pitot tube for accurate air speed measurement and associated features.
Naviter say they have optimised the Pitot tube to get the best results, and tested it extensively to be sure it's working AOK.
Naviter hope to be able to deliver the first Oudie 3 Droplet units for sale before the end of the year.
We'll update our website once we have more news!
More info: Oudie 3 Droplet
Skywalk are now offering a special color combination for the CHILI3, their successful XC glider. The CHILI3 Limited Edition is available immediately in a limited run of just 45 gliders for all sizes.
If you value uniqueness and individuality, make sure to have your skywalk dealer reserve your Limited Edition today! Be the first pilot at your mountain with this unique color combination!
The Limited Edition is available from your skywalk dealer at no extra charge. Special color combinations will now no longer be available.
The fantastic Sup'Air Skypper FR harness is flown by many discerning XC and competition pilots. These include ex World Champion Charles Cazaux (who worked with Sup'Air to develop this model) and European vice champion Clement Latour. The Skypper FR integrates state of the art technologies: two reserve parachute pockets, high speed stability, superb handling abilities in thermals, streamlined and reduced drag. The Skypper FR harness is delivered fully set up (ready to fly).
Normal price £1495.
Special limited offer: £945 (save £550!)
Order yours here
Unusual wear has been detected on a strap passing through the female part of the 30mm automatic buckles (mainly used in chest closure) on SUP'AIR harnesses. (pictured). If you have a SUP’AIR harness with automatic buckles, check your webbing! Read the full safety notice >
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Woody Valley have issued an important Safety Notice regarding their buckles:
We need to inform you we are experiencing unwanted openings of some of our light automatic buckles located on the main chest strap of our harnesses. For a matter of safety, we decided to write a safety note that will be published by the DHV.
There are about 12000 harnesses equipped with this kind of buckle and so far we’ve registered problems only with the "07/13" and "08/13" batches.
For the records, "07/13" and "08/13" are the month/year production date engraved on our buckles. Company policy will be exclusively for a prompt and free buckle replacement.
We apologise for the inconvenience and we thank you in advance for your precious cooperation in managing this issue as professionally as we can.
BR, Woody Valley staff"
The Gin Genie Race 3 is the new racing harness from Gin Gliders. It is significantly lighter than the Race 2 and uses Edelrid buckles to allow thin webbing straps to be used.
It was designed and developed by PWC Champion Aaron Durogati. In developing the new racing harness, the Gin team used extensive wind tunnel testing and incorporated input from respected aerodynamicist and competition pilot Adrian Thomas to create a design that offers maximum performance by reducing drag forces in the cleanest profile flow ever produced by Gin.
The harness includes useful features like a hook knife in the shoulder pocket and big zip pockets on the side. It has a front mounted reserve, and second reserve beneath the seat, secured with plastic wire pin releases and a magnetic closure flap.
The Skywalk lightweight pod harness RANGE AIR scores high marks for safety with EN/LTF certification, yet it has a tiny packing volume because it is entirely air-inflated. Tested by the world’s toughest adventurers during the X-Alps 2013, the 1,9 kg serial version is a must have for pilots who want to optimize their equipment in terms of weight and aerodynamics. It has a 'hammock style' single layer seat, designed to offer hours of relaxed flying. The aerodynamic rear section was optimized in the Daimler wind tunnel. It inflates via the small lateral scoops and helps smoothen the airflow behind the pilot to 'significantly reduce' the aerodynamic drag. Find out more >
When using a flight deck, there is a real risk of forgetting to fasten the legstraps. Several fatal accidents have happened despite modern harness systems that ensure at least one legstrap must be connected to be able to launch. The problem is that once a cockpit is in place, you lose visual contact with your straps and launching is possible without being attached. Find out more >
The Element is an affordable entry-level paragliding helmet from a trusted manufacturer. It comes in 2 shell sizes, which are adjustable using removable/washable foam pads. Available in white only.
Available from http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/lazer-element
The Atlas X-Alps—the light version of the Atlas—is here. Aimed at intermediate pilots looking for a light and compact wing, the Atlas X-Alps is around 1kg lighter than the Atlas with improved flying characteristics all-round.
S, M and L sizes are in production and available now.
More details: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/gin-gliders-atlas-x-alps
Skywalk issued a safety notice for CULT3 harness reserve handle pins. Only one size has been detected with a problem but it's worth checking your serial number against the list on http://bit.ly/1lkl8gf
As with all modern hi-tech devices, it's important to keep your Oudie 3 up to date so you can benefit from the latest features and bug fixes. Updates are free an easy!
PC users: Update using Oudie Updater (very easy)
Mac users: Update using the manual method (easy)
Flybubble team pilot Emile Van-Wyk won the 2014 British Open paragliding competition in Italy, flying an Ozone Enzo (yes, the original one).
1 Emile Van-Wyk GBR Ozone Enzo
2 Damien LACAZE FRA Ozone Enzo
3 Kirsty Cameron GBR Ozone Enzo 2
This was also the first round of the British Championships. Well done to top female pilots Kirsty Cameron (3rd place overall) and Nicole Fedele (7th overall). Congrats also to Flybubble team pilot Malin Lobb for doing well in his first ever international competition on brand new Niviuk Peak 3.
Swing's best-selling convertible harness is now available as a completely revised new version.
Says Swing "We have kept the proven and well tested features, as e.g. the carrying system by the alpine backpack specialist Deuter. In the further development and optimization, we have listened to our customers and invested a lot of time. We proudly present the result: proven and well tested, but much better."
The Connect Reverse Evo is a modern, functional and comfortable harness with an integrated rucksack. The X-frame system with curved profile aluminium stays provides exceptional weight carrying ability. Together with the anatomic hip belt, with bi-laminate foam, it provides for comfort, flexibility and weight transfer and ensures that the 'felt weight' is noticeably reduced.
The Connect Reverse is ideal for those looking for a durable and comfortable harness with low weight for Hike & Fly, extended Vol-Biv adventures or simply for flying pleasure.
More info on: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/swing-connect-reverse-evo
Nova says that their new TRITON 2 (EN C) is “the highest performing wing we have ever produced. Our goal wasn't just excellent performance in still air – the wing had to set a benchmark with regard to handling, safety and usable performance (gliding in turbulent air). We wanted to produce the ultimate cross-country machine.”
In terms of pilot skill requirement, the TRITON 2 is comparable to its predecessor, the TRITON 1. During certification testing Nova did not use folding lines. Rods are only used in the leading edge. With a flat aspect ratio of 6.4, the TRITON 2 is clearly a high performance wing and is suitable only for very experienced pilots.
More info: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/nova-triton-2
The Flytec 7030 will not be produced as announced previously. Flytec's new manager, Jorg Ewald has said: "I will inform you over the next few weeks in detail about the future Flytec devices." See the full official announcement from Flytec >
The Fuse is Gin Gliders' new tandem wing for pro tandem pilots—available now.
The Fuse contains the same EPT (Equalized Pressure Technology) that’s at the heart of their XC wing, the Carrera. EPT means a better launch, a better landing and a better flight all-round! The Fuse is both reliable and efficient for commercial use, yet makes no compromises when flown for pure pleasure.
More details: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/gin-gliders-fuse
The GIN Atlas X-Alps—the light version of the Atlas—is here. Aimed at intermediate pilots looking for a light and compact wing, the Atlas X-Alps is around 1kg lighter than the Atlas with improved flying characteristics all-round. S, M and L sizes are in production and available now.
More details: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/gin-gliders-atlas-x-alps
The lightest complete navigation instrument on the market, the SYS'Nav contains some great features for competition and XC pilots.
A 2D map shows airspaces, waypoints, real-time-computed optimized route, and mountains around you to increase your safety. Areas that are between 0 and 300m heigh over your current altitude are shown in light grey, whereas areas that are over 300m heigh from your current altitude are shown in dark grey.
AGL airspace altitudes are handled thanks to topography support as well.
The really exceptional feature: it weighs 83 grams! Find out more >
Flymaster is proud to present the new series of flight instruments. The new series comprises of:
VARIO SD: no GPS module
GPS SD: for XC pilots
GPS SD+: includes a GSM module for Live Tracking and other safety functions
NAV SD: for competition pilots
LIVE SD: top of the range flight instrument
Compared with the previous series, the new series has a new look, more robust (new shock absorbing system which makes the display almost unbreakable), includes 6-degrees of freedom Tilt-compensated Compass and SD Card which provides extended memory. More »
Cross Country Magazine reviewed the Naviter Oudie 3 on Youtube
This brilliant all-in-one flight instrument is available now from Flybubble at http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/naviter-oudie-3
The XCertina bag helps you fold your paraglider quickly whilst protecting the delicate parts. Featuring a new riser pocket and bigger sock, with a 2-way zipper and handy compression strap.
Weighing only 180g, the Yeti front container has an integrated bridle and hang loops to neatly and conveniently attach your Yeti rescue to your main carabiners.
Sup'Air have released three new bags:
The Sup'Air XA 13 Backpack is a light, functional hike-and-fly race backpack, developed for the X-Alps 2013.
The Sup'Air Bird 150 Backpack is a large (150L) backpack for a tandem or bulky solo kit
The Sup'Air Tandem Stuff-Bag provides tandem pilots with a quick pack that can be carried like a backpack.
Flybubble is the Sup'Air distributor and main dealer for the UK South. We hold stock and provide fast reliable supply.
We've just received our first Sup'Air XA 13 in stock. It is an ultra-lightweight (approx. 2370 g) seatplateless pod harness which is both EN and LTF certified. It offers both foam and air bag protection, and an integrated front reserve container with flight deck. The first pilot to try the XA 13 ordered one! http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/sup-air-xa13
The new ICARO NERV is a light, comfortable and modern helmet with EN966 certification and a very strong polycarbonate shell. Made in Italy. http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/icaro-nerv
We've received our first PROGRESS 2 seatplateless reversible harness-rucksack in stock. Advance raise the bar yet again with an innovative, top quality product! Very comfortable to sit in, with a very nice feeling. Extremely comfortable rucksack with lots of useful features. Lots of clever features and details which make it a pleasure to use. As always with Advance, the build quality is absolutely top-notch - like a work of art! We like it a lot. Find out more: http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/advance-progress-2
Naviter have released version 5.16 of SeeYou Mobile - the fantastic gliding software that the Oudie 3 uses - which includes the fix for the UK Paragliding XC League. The differences are minor for paraglider pilots, except the UKPGXCL fix.
Update your Oudie using the Oudie Updater
We have the brilliant Oudie 3 in stock!
A few reserve parachute deployment handles on the following Sup'Air harnesses had a manufacturing defect: SKYPPER, EVO XC2, SHAMANE and SHAMANE FR. If you have one of these harnesses then you should download, read and act upon the full safety warning dated 15/04/2014 (see download link below).
If you think your reserve handle is one of the defective ones then you should contact the dealer you purchased your harness from to arrange for a replacement. Otherwise you can buy a new reserve handle.
Kudos once again to Sup'Air for being proactive about issuing safety notices!
Download safety warning (PDF 126KB)
For the hang gliding and paragliding community Combe Gibbet and the cross-country path that leads from it is something very precious. It is the epic cross country site in the South of England. TAG Farnborough specialises in executive air transport, and they are proposing to grab a massive area of airspace that will shut down our XC routes and limit our altitudes. Find out how you can oppose them >
High definition OS Landranger 1:50,000 maps for the whole of Great Britain. Use these detailed OS maps to plan walks, mountain bike trails, print your own maps and program routes and waypoints into a GPS.
These elegantly cut leisure jackets are wind and water resistant. Made from very breathable two-ply fabric, they have side ventilation zips under the arms, a detachable hood, fastening cuffs, adjustable hem and side pockets.
Advance Softshell jackets are available to order now! More information on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/advance-softshell-jacket
A streamlined design for freeflying, XC and competitions, the new EVO XC3 is a great choice for all levels of pilots. Including the trustworthy Bumpair 17 XC dorsal protection, it's an extremely comfortable harness.
The optional Speedbag enables a progression toward performance flying (and added warmth).
Available to order now! More info on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/sup-air-evo-xc3
The Ozone Rush 4 is the Delta 2’s little brother. A high-end EN B design that features Ozone's SharkNose profile to provide better performance and stability with 25% reduction in line drag compared to its predecessor.
It is available to order now! Find out more on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/ozone-rush-4
A special event featuring project manager JC Skiera and X-Alps sensation, Clément Latour. More »
After decades of producing the world's leading harnesses and flight accessories, Sup'Air have released their first paragliding wing!
Pierre-Yves Alloix joined Sup’Air to develop the new range. He worked with Bruce Goldsmith at Airwave and also developed the Escape range of wings. He believes that a tandem wing for professionals is the most complicated design and requires the most focus.
"There is no room for compromise," he explained.
More info on http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/sup-air-sora
Announcing the Oudie 3 for Hang Gliding! All the great features of the Oudie 3, now available for hang glider pilots in a specially designed fully integrated instrument racing pod with integrated pitot tube. More »
Win lightweight Syride varios and more ... More »
Flytec have officially announced to Flybubble that their new high-end flight instrument, the 7030 will be released in 2014... More »
Development of the new ADVANCE PROGRESS 2 is complete. The light and very comfortable 3.5 kg reversible harness is coming soon... More »
The latest version of SeeYou Mobile has so many new features they are impossible to list here... More »
Keep your Naviter Oudie updated at all times! More »
We are delighted to announce a new collaboration with Pat Dower to offer a special event in the South of England. More >
The 2013 Southern Hang Gliding Club (SHGC) cross country (XC) season was a considerable improvement on 2012, as the numbers in the SHGC XC Leagues clearly show... More >