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.

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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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Devils Dyke to Margate XC 6th August 2016

A very enjoyable paragliding cross country flight from Devils Dyke in East Sussex to Margate, via Ashford and Canterbury, in Kent.

Pretty tricky getting up – and then staying up – at first, eventually rewarded by a wonderful experience soaring up the side of some beautiful sea breeze front clouds. Then great fun gaggle-flying with a nice group of pilots to Lewes and beyond. Rather than shoot off ahead on our own, Mark and I decided it’d be more fun to stay with the gaggle and see how far we could all get together. Flying an Enzo 2 (competition wing), Mark was literally flying rings around us at times – like taking a collie dog out for a walk in the country! 😉

Lovely, lovely day! 🙂

See Carlo’s flight tracklog

Advance EPSILON 8 Review

The Epsilon 8 is a recreational 'mid' EN B wing, intended for pilots with a year or more of flying experience but who still want security and simplicity in their flying.

It comes in above the entry-level Alpha 6 and below the high-performance Iota.

Greg Hamerton tested the wing in varied conditions, including a 100km XC flight. 

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XPYR 2016 Race Report

The XPYR is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the RedBull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year.

Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week.

Flybubble Team Pilot Greg Hamerton supported by James Hope Lang competed in the 2016 edition.

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