Advance International Dealers’ Meeting

Nancy and Carlo from Flybubble were invited to attend the Advance dealer meeting held on 27 and 28 January 2016 in the small, snow covered village of Murren.

60 dealers and importers from around the world attended. A lot was crammed into the two days, including several workshops and some flying time to try out the new Advance wings.

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Syride instruments now all V3

First the SYS'One, then the SYS'Nav were upgraded to V3 some time ago; now the SYS'Alti and SYS'GPS have been too.

Each V3 instrument comes with a longer battery life than the previous versions, and different colour sides to distinguish them easily. The battery life of the SYS'Alti V3 has increased from 100 to more than 200 hours. The battery life of the SYS'GPS V3 has increased from 20 to 40 hours.

See the whole Syride range > 

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Companion SQR hybrid reserve

The hybrid SQR is the first product from Companion. It merges the advantages of the classic round canopy and the modern square. The extensive development process included computer simulations and practical tests resulting in a reserve with improved opening behaviour and enhanced pendulum stability. Unlike most square designs, the Companion SQR is not trimmed to glide in flight. The standard Companion SQR is one of the lightest reserve parachutes on the market. An ultra-light version is under development.

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Getting Into A Pod Harness

Pod harnesses offer many advantages, but some pilots struggle with getting into the speedbag. We consider the common problems and some simple solutions.

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Naviter Oudie 4 & Oudie 4 Basic for Paragliding

Big news from Naviter: We are in the final stages of production for an updated version of Oudie 4 and we are adding an Oudie 4 Basic to the mix. First deliveries are expected in March. Exact delivery times will be announced to our paragliding dealers when available. Get in contact with them to get the correct information at the right time. The Oudie 4 Basic is a response to many pilot requests who really like the Oudie but would be happy to live without its high-end features. It was developed with the recreational pilot in mind who flies in complicated airspace, is learning to thermal or just needs a no-setup device to fly with. Absent are the competition-related navboxes, task options, Profiles and FAI Triangle features for example. That makes the software more intuitive and easy but still packs the most important features that you expect from a Vario & GPS & colour moving map combo. The Oudie 4 Basic will grow with you. If you become the high-end competition or XC pilot later in your career a software upgrade is available which gives you all the features of an Oudie 4.

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Speed Flying Safety

Speed flying is flying FAST downhill. The concept has evolved from speed riding, the fast mountain descent under a speed glider launched on skis. Speed gliders are not simply scaled-down, mini-paragliders.

Speedflying Safety Information from Gin Gliders: Speedflying is opening new horizons of piloting for expert and careful pilots with a lot of flying experience.

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Radio Headset Advice

The Flybubble team use radio headsets a lot and, having tried all sorts of them over the past 20+ years, have come to the conclusion that they are all relatively fragile things which can be easily broken - especially on launch, particularly if poorly set up by the pilot or the pilot gets dragged. We've settled on the 'middle ground' with good value radio headsets which are good enough quality to use and relatively inexpensive to purchase and repair (or replace).

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