XC Secrets: Cloudsuck

In the UK we often fly near clouds, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem.

How can you tell the difference?

Greg Hamerton analyses a recent XC flight that became a little too lifty. 

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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 using steel maillons for added safety. 

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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.

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Incident Analysis: Reserve Ride

When flying a spine-backed ridge in strong conditions, an experienced pilot suffered a wing collapse with cravatte and decided to deploy his reserve. He was blown over the crest of the ridge and landed hard. In this detailed analysis he shares the background and lessons of what he considers to be a lucky escape.

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Flight Instruments For Mapping

In this article I will evaluate a range of instruments in the search for a useful, reliable and simple mapping display. I have flown extensively with all these instruments to identify the practical issues they raise. 

Getting the right instrument is about understanding what your information needs are, and matching a device with your typical flying environment and aspirations.

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XC Secrets: Breaking 50km

Want to know what's involved in doing your first 50km cross country flight?

Flybubble Team Pilot, Dickon Walker, shares the tale of a cracking XC in Wales from the Blorenge during the British Club Challenge ... complete with ups, downs and strategic thinking.

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XC Secrets: Busting 100km

Want to know what's involved in doing your first 100km paragliding cross country flight in the UK?

Flybubble Team Pilot, Dickon Walker, shares the tale of a cracking XC in Wales from Hundred House during the British Club Challenge ... complete with ups, downs and strategic thinking. 

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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.

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Syride SYS’Nav Review

It's easy to overlook the diminutive SYS'Nav because of its size and remarkably low price, but the more I used it, the more impressed I became. It leads the mid-range-instrument field, and threatens some of the high-end instruments too, offering a powerful navigation solution based on minimalism and simplicity.

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