Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

Round, square, hybrid, rogallo? There are many differences between modern reserve parachutes and buying one can be a complicated decision. A reserve can seem like an unnecessary cost, something you could do without or don't need to pay much attention to. But it's a cornerstone of reducing risk, and it's really important to get the choice right.

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Skywalk CHILI 4 Review

The Skywalk CHILI 3 developed a reputation as the 'climbing king' in the XC Class. It also had a fairly impressive accelerated glide, making it a favourite in the UK, where escaping from small hills usually involves pushing upwind from a poor climb before making the best of weak lift that struggles through the ground inversion and into the really good sky near the clouds. The CHILI 4 has slightly more aspect ratio, more cells, is slightly heavier and is designed with more loading. From that I'd expect the wing to be slightly faster and offer better glide. The introduction of a shark nose should increase the speed range and safety. So is it an outright winner?

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Happy Winter Solstice 2016!

Hello and goodbye to the shortest day and longest night of the year! From here on the days get a little longer, the nights a tiny bit shorter and the sun a wee bit warmer. Before too long we'll be climbing in winter thermals (whilst wearing our winter thermals) and going XC. Looking forward to many nice flights and fun adventures - big and small - in 2017!

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Skywalk POISON X-ALPS Review

The Poison X-Alps seems to have a dual purpose: with a 'semi-light construction' it is aimed mainly at adventurous XC pilots while also hoping to attract pilots from hike-and-fly racing. Based on the wing Paul Guschlbauer and Stephan Gruber used in the Xalps 2015 (Skywalk Xalps 2), it has an impressive pedigree. Within the lightweight Advanced Class, it has a philosophy of 'slightly heavier, slightly bulkier, more performance' construction, shared by the Gin GTO2 and Ozone's LM6. But with 80 cells and mini-ribs all along the trailing edge, the Poison X-Alps shows the greatest dedication to reducing drag.

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Naviter tops the Paragliding World in 2016

It was another great year for Naviter and their paragliding team pilots! In Spring, Naviter released two new flight instruments: the Oudie 4, for ambitious paraglider pilots who want it all; and the Oudie 4 Basic, for those who don't require paragliding competition functionality. Then they integrated TopMeteo weather forecasts into their SeeYou flight software. Later in the year they became owners of the oldest and largest brand of freeflight instruments, Flytec. Naviter team pilots won many races and championships – congrats to them all, including World Champion and world record holder, Honorin Hamard.

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Safety Notice: Charly Finsterwalder Quick-Out assembly

The faulty assembly of a Quick-Out carabiner led to its accidental opening. The pilot had dismounted both of the Quick-Out's release buttons and later re-installed them in swapped positions. Swapping the release buttons is dangerous! In the instruction manual, the manufacturer points out that the release button located on the opposite side of the installation slot must not be dismounted when attaching the carabiner to the harness.

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Christmas 2016: Last Order Dates

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! For UK mainland orders our last posting date will be Wednesday 21 December ...

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Advance SUCCESS 4 Review

The Advance SUCCESS 4 has just arrived at Flybubble! Carlo says: "I'm very impressed by the build quality, passive safety, comfort, low weight and packing volume, practical ease of use, well thought out reserve system, attention to detail and comprehensive package of the SUCCESS 4. Although the price is high for a standard (non pod) harness, when you consider what you get for your money and that the excellent protection it offers could help prevent injury then I think the price is justified. Properly looked after, this harness could last much more than 10 years."

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Airspace win for the BHPA

Avoiding the UK airspace can be a real challenge for cross country pilots, so when restrictions are lifted it's cause to celebrate. Thanks to continued work by the BHPA and other members of the GA Alliance, the CAA has reviewed some restrictions - and they're gone! Find out where.

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Niviuk ROLLER Review

The Niviuk ROLLER is a mini wing designed to extend your flying range into high wind soaring, beyond what you can safely fly in using a standard sized paraglider. What is the handling like? And what kind of pilot is it really suitable for? We took the Flybubble demo wings out for some extensive testing.

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