Just Another Little Cloud

'I thought I should speak on the radio, telling the guys "I'm in the cloud, I can't get out, I'm scared..."

But then what? Which cloud? And anyway, no-one could help me.

I felt really alone and very small.'

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Landing Area Etiquette

Do you have the right of way when you land? Will it save you from a collision?

Angus Pinkerton (Chairman, BHPA's Flying & Safety Committee) takes a look at landing area conflicts and ways to manage them sensibly.

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Companion SQR Reserve 160

The SQUARE ROUND 160 reserve from Companion is now available (supports a maximum load of 160 kg). The new size joins the previous 100 and 120 sizes in the growing Companion product range.

The SQR 160 has a 42 square metre surface area, a packed volume of between 4.0 and 6.4 litres and weighs 1927 grams. Its sink rate at maximum load is 5.3 m/s.  

Work on a tandem reserve is currently under way.

More about the Companion SQR 160 >

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Is Everybody OK?

Steve Empringham offers an insight into paragliding and mental health (republished with permission of Skywings Magazine).

Is it just me, or do some aspects of paragliding strike you as, well, just a bit abnormal?

If you feel like paragliding is dominating your life in a not entirely good way, read on. You are not alone. And take hope – there is another way.

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Flybubble News August 2016

There's always more to learn, in flying. We hope you find some gems in this newsletter, which we've packed full of awe, aah, and ooh.

In this edition: how to fly cross country, adventure racing through the Pyrenees, crinkly wing reviews and shiny new product news.

Read the August newsletter >

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Niviuk PEAK 4 Review

The PEAK 4  (EN D) replaces the PEAK 3 in Niviuk's range and fits squarely in the Advanced Class, below the Competition Class Icepeak 8 (CCC) and above the Performance Class Artik 4 (EN C).

It's intended for pilots who are wanting to do competitions or big competitive XC but don't want the full-on concentration required to keep a high-maintenance hotship flying in cracking conditions.

It also offers a unique stepping stone as an 'entry level' 2-liner for pilots unfamiliar with the handling of this recent design innovation.

Greg Hamerton tested the PEAK 4 >

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