The Loft Paraglider Servicing and Repair

The Loft is a well-known paraglider repair and service centre based on the South Coast of England that’s been going since 1998, they repair wings, harnesses and even kite surfing equipment. For a lot of UK pilots, a season isn’t complete without using their services, so I went along to Newhaven to learn a little more about the company, the man behind it, and what goes into servicing a wing.

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Icaro2000 Ear Defenders & Electronic Headsets

Information about ear defenders and electronic headsets, including details about the various options, microphones, booms, speakers and cables, radio bands (2 meter or aviation), softgel option and radio and headset compatibility, from Icaro2000.

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Gin Gliders at the Coupe Icare 2017

We were lucky enough to join Gin Seok Song and Michael Sigel at the Coupe Icare for a very insightful discussion of the new designs being produced by Gin Gliders. As well as discussing new products for 2017-2018, Gin is celebrating his 40 year anniversary as a free flying pilot since he began hang gliding, so has a very good feel for what the pilot needs. We took the opportunity to ask him some wider questions about the paragliding scene and the development of Gin gliders.

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How To Topland Safely (On a Paraglider)

Landing on top of a ridge or even on the launch site is a useful skill for paraglider pilots, but the top of the ridge is usually the windiest place to land. This is partly because of wind gradient (wind often increases with altitude) and partly because of the Venturi effect: the wind is accelerated over the top and around the sides of any obstacle. In this article we study various approaches to making a safe landing.

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Advance & Companion at the Coupe Icare 2017

Plenty of news from Advance  this year, provided to us courtesy of Valery Chapuis, including the PROGRESS 3 reversible harness, PI BI lightweight double-surface tandem wing, OMEGA XALPS 2 hike-&-fly racing wing, IOTA 2 cross country (XC) wing, Companion SQR Light 'square-round' reserve, and some fab new clothing…

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Niviuk at the Coupe Icare 2017

We met up with Mireia Serradesanferm on the Niviuk stand, who filled us in with the latest Niviuk news whilst kindly filling us up with some tasty Spanish cured hams, cheeses and nibbles. Thanks Mireia!

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Naviter & Flytec at the Coupe Icare 2017

This year Naviter introduce Position Sharing for the Oudie via the Open Glider Network, bringing many additional possibilities to the freeflight community including in-flight tracking and identification of fellow pilots plus future developments like ‘passive’ FLARM beacons. The Oudie 4 and Oudie 4 Basic continue to be a big success, perfectly complimenting the Flytec range of instruments: Element Alto, Element Speed, Element Track and 6030!

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Phi launch at the Coupe Icare 2017

Hannes Papesh, the wing design wizard with Nova from 1989 until 2013, and most recently involved in development at Advance, is releasing an eagerly anticipated new range of wings under the brand name Phi.

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