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Win a Flytec Connect 1!

Your chance to WIN a top-of-the-range Flytec Connect 1 all-in-one flight instrument!

Create a clever caption for the jackdaws. Be creative! The deadline is midnight CET on 1st December 2015.

For rules and entry procedures refer to the caption competition page on Facebook >

Advance PI 2 (ultralight mountain wing)

Enjoy the freedom and the versatility – in the air and on the ground.

The new PI 2 is available in four sizes - 16 (from 2.07 kg), 19 (from 2.36 kg), 23 (from 2.74 kg) and 27 (from 3.11 kg), with the choice of light or standard risers.

Thanks to three different weight ranges per size this is one of the most versatile paragliders. Use it for thermal flying, Hike & Fly, or as a Mini Wing.

First deliveries will be made just before Christmas 2015.

More information on the Advance PI 2 >

FlyNet news summary September 2015

The latest news from FlyNet:

* FlyNet apps discontinued; see the recommended apps

* New firmware for FlyNet XC1 and Flynet 3

* New user manuals

* Logfly now supported! 

Find out more >


Nova's new EN/LTF B certified lightweight wing, the MENTOR 4 LIGHT is perfect for vol bivouac, hike & fly and travellers looking for a fully-fledged wing with little weight.

The MENTOR 4 LIGHT offers the same performance as the MENTOR 4 combined with minimal weight. Weighing just 3.25 kilograms (size XXS) it has lost some pounds in comparison to its predecessor. This wing offers a unique package of performance, flying comfort and minimal weight.

The wing will be available from the end of September in the sizes XXS, XS, S and M. Order yours now!

Find out more about the MENTOR 4 LIGHT >

Niviuk IKUMA

Niviuk have designed a new wing to challenge their competitors in the XC Class (B+). Described as serene, precise and fun to fly with a sporty character, the Ikuma was engineered to enjoy and maximize every flight, offering stress free piloting that lets you concentrate on your adventure into the back country.

For cross country beginners and pilots with some experience of flying in thermals, this is definitely a wing to consider if you want to experience the renowned Niviuk handling. Available in October.

More information on the Ikuma >

Flytec news summary September 2015

Here's a summary of the latest news from Flytec:

  • Latest firmware update for Connect 1, Albatross 6: airspaces; multiple page flight app; zooming; USB processing info; new screens.

  • Albatross 7 preview.

  • Important notice about switching off the Connect 1.

  • Element firmware update available, Version 1.2.12: Waypoint import; Wind; Log file.

  • Connect 1 & Element IGCs accepted by UK PG XC League

  • How to fly a race with the Element (video)

  • Flytec Service Hotline

  • Flytec 6000 series no longer delivered with CD

  • Flytec stock overview

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Airspace crackdown - CAA on alert!

The CAA has announced that serious airspace infringements at six of the highest-risk controlled airspace (CAS) locations in the UK should be cut by 50 percent over the next 12 months.

The hot-spots identified are Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southampton and Stansted. Working Teams at each location have agreed the targets and are committed to delivering the reductions, by improving existing procedures, by December 2015.

Should any of these targets not be met, options under consideration include the deployment of bespoke Surveillance Mandatory Zones (SMZ) to provide a conspicuity buffer around the Class D airspace of a hot-spot.

This could mandate the use of radios and/or transponders within that area and thus render it effectively closed to free fliers. Other potential solutions include rationalising airspace boundaries.

Through our self-policing inherent in the XC Leagues we (and the BGA) are the lowest source of infringements. Nevertheless it would be disastrous if one of our pilots were to be the tipping point that resulted in fresh CAS, particularly as we would be the ones most impacted by it.

(Posted by the BHPA on 18 August 2015)

Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS is available!

The harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 is now available!

The RANGE X-ALPS was the most sought after harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015. Skywalk listened to the feedback of their team pilots and present the RANGE X-ALPS in a limited edition to the market with many small improvements for ambitious hike&fly pilots. 

The serial version of the original Red Bull X-Alps 2015 harness weights exactly 960 grams (excluding carabiners, protector, cockpit). With the optional LTF tested foam protector (380g), the total weight tops out at just over 1.3 kg. The RANGE X-ALPS is available in two sizes, both with LTF certification. 

More info: Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS

Advance LIGHTNESS 2 line kit

Some Advance LIGHTNESS 2 pilots have reported excessive wear of the lower speedbag lines. This wear occurs at the stainless steel line guide attached to the footboard. These lines encounter unexpected forces and friction. Dirt, sand and grit also appear to contribute. Advance offer a free retrofit kit which does away with the stainless steel fitting. 

Please check your LIGHTNESS 2 for excessive line wear. Should the lower speedbag lines look chafed, we recommend that you fit the retrofit kit. You can easily do this yourself. The retrofit kit can be obtained free of charge.

Contact Advance or your dealer.

Read the full safety note on the Advance website here >

More info on the Advance Lightness 2 >

Advance OMEGA XALPS orders & test flights

Following its double X-Alps success, production for the new lightweight high performer has begun. Following feedback from the race, small improvements to the design have been made to increase performance, damping and sink rate.

First deliveries are expected at the end of September.

You can order the OMEGA XALPS through Flybubble, or arrange a test flight, using the contact form on the Contact Us page of our website.

Order OMEGA XALPS from Flybubble here.

See OMEGA XALPS info here.

British Paragliding Cup winnners!

Congratulations to the pilots who placed well in the final round of the British Paragliding Cup! The Top 10 received a Flybubble gift voucher for use on http://shop.flybubble.com/

1 - David Thomson
2 - Chris Blanchard
3 - Tony Blacker
4 - Alan Ford
5 - Anthony Moore
6 - Simon Blake
7 - Carl Foster
8 - Adam Ladd
9 - John Murphy
10 - Brad Nicholas

For more about the event see the BPCup website

For the latest news and images see the BPCup facebook group  

(Pictured, Carl Foster)

Powered Paragliding Bible 4 in stock!

The new 4th edition of the Powered Paragliding Bible is now in stock.

The authoritative source on powered paragliding encompasses everything from first sight to first flight. It combines knowledge from top pilots and leading instructors.

Available now for £26.95 

Get Powered Paragliding Bible 4 >

A few copies of the previous edition are available at a reduced price.

Niviuk Artik 4 - great XC wing, demos available!

We've been flying Niviuk's Artik 4 extensively over the past few months, in all sorts of conditions, and are more than happy to recommend it as one of the best all-round XC wings available. It has enough performance to fly +200 km flights in the UK (tried and tested: 212 km, 213 km), yet is remarkably comfortable and easy to fly for an EN C wing. It is agile enough to work small areas of lift, yet turns flat and has an excellent sink rate (often out-climbing most other wings, including hotter ships). It looks stunning too!

We currently have Artik 4 demos available in sizes 23 (60-80kg) and 25 (75-95 kg) and can of course arrange demos for all sizes.

Niviuk Artik 4 info here

Arrange a test flight here

Safety Notice: Gin Combi Container

A few handles have been found to have insufficient stitching which could result in the handle tearing during use, so Gin Gliders are recalling the entire production batch to ensure that the safety of pilots is guaranteed. If you bought one from us after June 2014, contact us for a replacement rescue handle (free of charge).

Read the full safety notice >

More info on the Gin Combi Container >

New features for Syride SYS'Nav V3

There's new firmware available for the SYS'Nav V3 which includes a great new feature: the Transition Assistant! It's a unique innovation for it's compact size. 

Thanks to the worldwide topography data contained within the SYS'Nav, this feature displays a cross section of the topography 10 km in front of you and plots your expected glide path through the air to calculate your anticipated landing spot. A great help for transitions! You can now see in an instant if your transition will be successful or not. (This feature is available in "Floor Height" items in the SSC Tool.)

Syride have also added a Thermal Core feature that helps you to get the most out of the lift.

To upgrade your firmware, simply connect your SYS'Nav V3 to your PC and run the SYS'PC program (it usually autostarts).

Find out more about the SYS'Nav V3 >

New paramotor helmet from Icaro: Solar X

The new Solar X replaces Icaro's very popular Fly UL paramotor helmet. It has the same shape as the Nerv freeflight helmet, expressly modified for paramotor pilots.

As used by Andree Borschberg with Icaro ICE headsets whilst flying the Solar Impulse 2 from Japan to Hawaii! Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. Icaro is proud to contribute to this incredible mission. The two famous pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg wore our helmets with our ICE headsets. In honour of this exploit we call this new helmet Solar X. More »

Advance IOTA Test Reports

It is not often that Advance launches a new wing series, and the new High-End EN B was awaited with eager anticipation. Straightaway, all the important magazines asked for an IOTA for a test report. Parapente + has published a detailed IOTA report in their latest edition. Before that Parapente Mag was first, followed by the German language Thermik who published an IOTA test after their two sessions in the Canary Islands. Cross Country’s report came out in their April edition.

"The IOTA takes on board the latest technologies and demonstrates a perfect upper wing surface and workmanship; the wing has exceptional performance and is precise to control - close to perfection." Laurent van Hille, Parapente+n°441, july-august 2015

"It is neither a souped-up EPSILON nor a de-tuned SIGMA, but has its own character and a string of great qualities, which will make it a reference for the future." Cédric Nieddu, Parapente Mag, no 158

"The IOTA is a new, completely independent design, glittering with the high feel-good factor that comes of very successfully coordinated characteristics." Norbert Aprissnig, THERMIK Magazin, Issue 3_2015

"I checked this with a number of other test pilots and everyone felt the same. it`s rare for an experienced test pilot to experience this "love at first flight" feeling, but it does happen occasionally." Norbert Aprissnig, Cross Country Magazine, Edition 158

Why not trial the IOTA this weekend? Contact Flybubble to arrange a test flight on our demo.

More information on the IOTA >

Advance OMEGA XALPS: Ready for Take off

Only a few days ago ADVANCE introduced the new X-Alps wing and straight away it has to prove itself in the world’s hardest paraglider event. But the ADVANCE X-Alps-team surrounding Chrigel Maurer and Sebastian Huber have no doubts that the OMEGA XALPS is perfectly suited to this challenge. Chrigel’s comment about the wing: “The OMEGA XALPS is the perfect balance of light weight and high performance. I really like the short, precise steering travel together with the long brake distance available. This makes it fun to fly, but gives a good safety margin in turbulence.” This combination of fun and safety is available to all ambitious pilots - the OMEGA XALPS can be ordered now. More »

New Syride SYS'Nav v3

The best selling Syride SYS'Nav has been upgraded with the latest technology.

Thanks to an internal SD card, the SYS'Nav V3 now embeds worldwide topography and airspaces. This means the total weight of the unit, including SD card, has gone up very slightly, from 83 to 90 grams - still the lightest fully-featured dedicated all-in-one flight instrument around!

Latest generation electronic components give the SYS'Nav V3 almost twice the autonomy of its predecessor, upgrading from 25h to 45h, a real advantage for pilots for such a small and lightweight instrument.

Despite it's small size (the same as the original SYS'Nav) the SYS'Nav V3 can hold 1500 hours of flight logs, 25000 waypoints and 150 routes.

Other SYS'Nav V3 features include G-meter, navigation features (goto, routes), thermal sniffer and customisable screens. Due to it's small size and built-in Velcro straps, the SYS'Nav V3 can be mounted on risers, legs, cockpits or tandem spreaders.

The price of the SYS'Nav V3 remains the same as its predecessor, £299, also making it exceptional value for money.

Available from UK Syride dealers. Find out more about the Syride SYS'Nav V3 >

Niviuk Reserves: Octagon and Cires

Niviuk have introduced two new reserve parachutes.

Niviuk say: "Due to its octagonal shape, the revolutionary design of the Octagon delivers higher safety levels, superb descent stability and ultralight weight (1.39 kg in size M). The Octagon’s oscillation factor is 0-5º (other models: 10-15º) and its descent rate is 4,9 m/s at maximum load in size M (against 5,3m/s with other models). 

The Cires is a more functional model. Three different sizes (M, L and Tandem) designed with top quality light materials for a 1.7 kg weight in size M. The Cires descent rate is 5 m/s and its oscillation factor 5-15º off from its vertical axis."

Find out more >

Naviter Oudie 3 upgraded to Oudie 3+

The improved Oudie 3+ (for paragliding) is now available from Naviter dealers world-wide.

It has received the following upgrades:

* A new screen with significantly improved visibility when viewed from an angle
* A charging light
Improved battery chemistry for better low temperature endurance
* An optional leg strap and jacket for easy mounting (when no cockpit is available)

Naviter is offering an upgrade path for the existing Oudie 3 users.

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Flytec Connect 1 in production

The Connect 1 is ready!

The first ever smart vario is good to go! Flytec have started with the serial production of the Connect 1. 


What makes the Connect 1 special?

■ The only vario to update itself over wireless internet
■ Automatically updates its software, later it will also update airspace data including NOTAM where available
■ Direct download of tasks and tracklog uploading

More >

Safety Notice: Gin Genie Race 3

A pilot reported that the main rescue bridle failed at the shoulder connection points following a rescue parachute deployment on a Gin Genie Race 3 harness. Although the harnesses exceed the certification minima, Gin Gliders recommends connecting each main rescue bridle to the front rescue bridle connection point for added safety.

Read the full safety notice >

Safety Notice: Kortel Kolibri harness

27/04/2015 Kortel Kolibri Harness rings

There is a potential problem on the forged rings of the Kolibri harness, which may break under load. The ring is not used in the main structure of the harness, it supports the lumbar and pelvic setting only.

For more details and serial numbers concerned, see the full safety notice.

Safety Notice: Sup'Air reserve handle

31/03/2015 WALIBI² and EVASION² reserve parachute handle extraction

Sup'Air have issued a safety notice regarding extraction problems for the rescue handle.

Although it relates to their EVASION² and WALIBI² tandem harnesses, it's worth considering the recommended solution if you have long velcro strips on your reserve handle system.

Simply blocking off some of the excess velcro reduces the gripping force and prevents it from becoming a problem.

The bonding can also be overcome by removing the reserve handle and replacing it gently during every Daily Equipment Inspection. 

Download the full safety notice here

Stock Clearance Sale - up to 70% off!

Clothing, books, DVDs, electronics, flight instruments, flight accessories, GoPro camera accessories, software, bags, harnesses, radio headsets, and more!

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Closure Remember System (CRS) on Advance LIGHTNESS 2

23.03.2015 | There have been one or two cases of the CRS opening in flight, and this also allows the speedbag to open. This is not a safety issue because the harness remains closed. More »

Kortel safety notice: reserve handles

Kortel have informed us of potential quality problems on some of their reserve handles. For more details, see here.

Advance IOTA turning heads

When ADVANCE introduced a new 'high end EN B' paraglider series in their range, fitting in to what Flybubble call XC class, the chatter about the IOTA quickly went round the paragliding world. Something like this was bound attract the curiosity of mag editors and testers alike.

There's no predecessor to compare this IOTA with, but you can ask yourself if it succeeds in making its jump into the gang of high-performing intermediates? Parapente Mag from France published the first test, and now German language THERMIK joins in with a detailed report in its current issue.

"The IOTA has found its own place in the ADVANCE palette. Everything about it is optimised, a great achievement!"

Cedric Nieddu, Parapente Mag

For Cedric Nieddu everything about the IOTA is optimised - from its looks to its performance; continuing on to its user-friendliness. "It's not an over-bred EPSILON, or a tamed-down SIGMA", he reported in the French Parapente Mag n° 158. Its individual character and magnificent qualities could well make the IOTA the High-End B class benchmark, thanks to superlative performance coupled with very good-natured behaviour. The current Parapente Mag is on sale at the moment.

"We will be seeing the IOTA again in the results of various XC competitions!"

Norbert Aprissnig, THERMIK Magazine

The Thermik 3/2015 verdict is clear: editor and test pilot Norbert Aprissnig is enthusiastic - in the truest sense of the word. He said: "In a long testing career one seldom experiences such a thing, but very occasionally it's love at first sight." Norbert is especially entranced by the flawless workmanship teamed with very well-tuned damped behaviour. Likewise he enthuses about the perfect climbing qualities as well as a high feel-good factor. This latter is essential for long XC flights.

More about the Advance IOTA

Flybubble Colombia XC Jan-Feb 2015

Nancy and Carlo from Flybubble decided to escape the winter and head to Colombia for a couple of weeks. The main aim of their trip was to have fun, soak up the sun and Colombian culture, and enjoy the flying. They were very lucky with the weather - it was flyable every day - and enjoyed lots of great XC flying during their stay.

Conditions were sometimes very good but often quite slow and tricky so lots of patience and gear-changing was required to make the most of each day. Even so Carlo managed over 46 hours airtime and over 765 km of XC distance in total, all of which was done with his new Advance LIGHTNESS 2 harness, and most of which flown on the new Advance IOTA high EN-B wing.

Nancy also flew the IOTA on a few days and loves it too!

Carlo has entered a few of his flights on the international UKPGXCL.

Last Order Dates for Christmas 2015

To beat the Christmas rush and avoid disappointment leave plenty of time for delays and out-of-stock items to arrive and be shipped to you.

Don't leave it to the last minute!

Last post dates for Christmas 2015 are as follows:
UK: Friday 18 December
Europe: Monday 14 December

Orders are usually sent within 1-3 working days. Order online and we will contact you within 2 working days if anything is out of stock (we have most popular items).

If you want to be sure, contact us first.

Flytec Element: new images, info & first stock!

The first small batch of Flytec Element have arrived in stock, and they look very good! New images and product info here.

Flybubble Sponsor Prizes for UK Paragliding XC League 2014

In 2014 we sponsored the UK Paragliding XC League (UKPGXCL) with prizes for the top 10 pilots in the Weekend League flying an EN C wing (or below). The winning pilots were:

Top 10 in the Weekend League - EN C or below:

Position, Name, Club, Wing, Points
2 Al Wilson Thames Valley Gin Carrera 606.4
7 Carlo Borsattino Southern Gin Carrera 469.2
10 David Smart North Yorks Ozone Delta 2 383.6
16 Tim Pentreath Avon Advance Sigma 8 280.1
17 Stephen Empringham Thames Valley Skywalk Chili 3 277.2
18 Alex Colbeck Dales Niviuk Artik 3 276.6
20 Mark Paterson Cumbria Ozone Delta 2 272.4
21 Jiri Loos Grupa 303 Axis Vega 4 272.1
24 Krzysztof Telus Pennine Skywalk Chili 3 263.8
25 Alex Coltman XClent UP Trango XC2 261.8

Each winning pilot gets a £25 Flybubble gift voucher to spend on anything listed on shop.flybubble.com!

Prizes by: Carlo Borsattino & Nancy Elliott, Flybubble.

See the 2014 UKPGXCL Weekend Flights league here.

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Advance IOTA: New High EN B series

ADVANCE launches the new IOTA Series, a High-Level EN B glider for ambitious  cross-country pilots. Featuring an optimized, low-weight design, the XC-Intermediate IOTA represents the most accommodating balance between performance and piloting ease within the entire ADVANCE product range. The high performance capabilities of the IOTA open the door to the world of long cross-country flights.

First deliveries expected January 2015.

Available to pre-order from Flybubble.

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Artik 4 : Niviuk's New EN C XC Wing

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.

Looks stunning!

Sizes 23 and 25 have been certified EN C.

Available to pre-order from Flybubble now. More »

Skywalk ARRIBA3 - lightweight wing

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 »

Flymaster SD Series: New firmware with Airspaces & AGL

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:

1) Download the Airspaces and AGL data files and copy them on to an SD card (see instructions); or
2) Purchase an SD Card with all the necessary Flymaster files on it here.

Advance LIGHTNESS 2 pod harness

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 from http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/advance-lightness-2

Sup'Air DELIGHT 2 - light pod harness

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

Sup'Air START - the affordable reserve

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

Advance SIGMA 9 reviews unanimous - a Great glider!

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).

High Adventure Beamer 3 family grows

Swiss manufacturer High Adventure is producing successors to its successful Beamer concept.

The new, small Beamer 3 covers a weight range up to 90 or 100 kg and is available in conventional as well as light version. It is intended for all light pilots, but also the roving paraglider and Hike & Fly community.

The small Beamer package for small/light equipment weighs just about 1230 grams. In standard build it weighs 1600 grams, including the inner container.

The Beamer 3 Light L has also been re-certified with a new max load of 130 kg, also valid for units already sold!

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Skywalk Chili 3 Limited Edition

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.

Available from Flybubble >

Sup'Air Skypper FR: Special Offer!

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

Sup'Air Safety Notice: Check Your Buckles!

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 >

Gin Genie Race 3 harness

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.

Find out more >


Skywalk Range Air Ultralight Harness

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 >



Kortel Kockpit Safe: A Klever Solution

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 >

Lazer Element helmet

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


Gin Atlas X-Alps in production!

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: Gin Atlas X-Alps


Team pilot wins British Open

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.

Results - British Paragliding Championships 2014 Italy  ::  British Championships website  ::  British Team Paragliding blog


Nova TRITON 2 (EN C)

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


Fresh thermals at FLYTEC

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 >

Gin FUSE: New tandem with EPT

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


GIN Atlas X-Alps certified, in production

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

Syride SYS'Nav (83g alti-vario-GPS)

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 >



Naviter Oudie 3: another great review

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



Gin Yeti Front Container

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.



New bags from Sup'Air

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.

Sup'Air XA13 harness in stock

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


Icaro Nerv helmets now available

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


Advance Progress 2 harness in stock

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


Memory-Map OS 1:50k GB 2014 HD

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.

More info >


Sup'Air EVO XC3 (harness)

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

Ozone RUSH 4 (EN B)

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

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