Carlo has been testing the Woody Valley X-RATED 7 and is impressed by its build quality, comfort, aerodynamic shape, ease of use, handling, and low weight (compared to others). There are a lot of features in this top-of-the-range competition pod harness.Read more
The silence of the lifting air, the steady support under your balanced wing, the endless landscape that is slowly revealed: soaring is spectacular. Flying at Beachy Head on the south coast of England.
Coming soon from Syride: a new Alti-Vario-GPS flight computer with G-meter, designed for freeflight pilots using a touch-screen tablet with E-ink display!
The software is 100% made by Syride, so it promises to be simple, intuitive and obvious. Its connectivity enables automatic synchronisation of flights, flying sites information, weather forecasts and more via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.Read more
Dave Southern reports on the hike-and-fly combination of Advance PI 2 and EASINESS 2 (Skywings Magazine, January 2017). "The Pi 2 27 and Easiness 2 ‘security configuration’ are an excellent combination which should pass unnoticed by the most eagle-eyed flight desk attendant and go into the overhead lockers for air travel. All of your kit, including an ultralight reserve, could weigh less than 7kg and you’d still have a glider that is capable of good, safe XCs."Read more
Did you know you can spy on the best pilots? Learn how to compare tracklogs when reviewing your own flight performance. Sometimes you might only learn one thing, sometimes it reinforces things you already knew, sometimes it helps you find out how others got through a difficult patch of terrain. Learn more about tracklogsRead more
Some people belong above the horizon. You can tell which kind you are by some common telltales. If you know the current wind direction, and which day will be sunny this week, you probably need to get into the blue bit rather soon.
The Gin EXPLORER is “a lightweight sports performance wing aimed at seasoned XC pilots who want to fly a wing that’s comfortable, responsive and performant.” Nancy Elliott shares her first impressions based on her experience on the wing in UK spring conditions.Read more
Small cumulus clouds can indicate lift, but large ones can suck you up and spit you out as an iceblock. How can you tell which ones are safe? ‘Wider than it is tall’ is a good rule of thumb. Look at the top: if it’s crisp and towering, stay away. Look at the shadow: if it’s bigger than you’d expect, the cloud has hidden vertical development.Read more
The places you see, the journeys you take, the friends you make, the way you’ll be: flying transforms your life. Tenerife is a popular winter escape for European pilots, offering thermic flying and scenic exploration.Read more