Advance XI (Paraglider Review)

The Advance XI is an ultralight paraglider for pilots who want to explore. Does this extremely compact wing retain the safety of its sibling, the IOTA 2 (EN-B)? What is the XI’s character in the air? We examine the new ‘performance-intermediate’ designed for bivouac flying, hike & XC tours, travelling or discovering new routes in remote regions.

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Paragliding site analysis (Devil’s Dyke)

The safest paragliding sites can be made dangerous: fly a little too close to the top, and over the back you go! Fly too low behind the trees and whoops! How do you analyse the terrain to make sure you have identified the dangers? What do you need to look out for?

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Paragliding with a video camera (best gear)

Paragliding with a video camera can be challenging. How do you set it up for best results? What kind of camera should you use? Chase cam, 360 video or traditional GoPro helmet cam footage? I explore the options and best ways to paraglide with a video camera to get epic aerial filming and action sports videos that you'll be proud to show off.

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Skytraxx instruments now available from Flybubble

Skytraxx produce well designed and fully-supported flight instruments to a high standard. They are also pioneering live data-sharing services (FANET) and they already have a working solution for FLARM (a way for paraglider pilots to automatically appear on the instrument displays of glider pilots and general aircraft).

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Safety Note: Ozone OZIUM 2 (red alert)

This concerns all Ozium 2 harnesses. There is a potential safety issue with the Ozium 2 reserve parachute pod and handle. The handle can become detached from the inner pod during the parachute extraction process. This could lead to a failure of the deployment system.

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PHI is taking flight!

Nancy and Carlo met up with the PHI team at the Coupe Icare Expo 2018. Hannes Papesh’s young company has already proved to be a big hit amongst both pilots and schools. One thousand gliders produced in its first year is pretty impressive! Also impressive is the range of wings which PHI have already produced, and have in development.

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Job Opportunity: Freeflight Customer Service Manager

Here's a unique opportunity to work for Flybubble, helping pilots fly. We are looking for a crew member with freeflight knowledge to manage our customer sales and support. If you're adaptable, practical, well-organised, and enjoy doing things well (especially helping others) this is for you.

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Supair DELIGHT 3 Harness Review

The Supair DELIGHT 3 is a lightweight pod harness with a fairly upright seating position which makes it easy to transition to for pilots unfamiliar with the reclined style of harness. With the traditional rear position for a reserve parachute and a simple ‘get-up’ leg strap design it is easy to get into and prepare for launching. It has a well-finished look and eye-catching style, but what is it really like in the air?

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