Behind The Pilot: Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson is an experienced pilot from North Wales. He has flown in the PWC, as a member of the British Team at the Pre World championships in Bramburg, Austria (with Carlo) and as a UK Nationals Pilot. His mentors were Judy Leden and Jocky Sanderson. He likes flying in the mountains of Wales and Cumbria, the Alps, the Sierra Nevadas of the Owens (California USA) and the Victorian Alps (Bright, Australia).
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Best paragliding harness (with EPSILON 9)?

Greg was testing the EPSILON 9 and Carlo added a curveball: why not review the wing using three different harnesses from Advance, to compare the feeling? We test the Easiness 2, Success 4 and Lightness 3 to identify the best match.

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How to deploy from the LIGHTNESS 3

A few pilots reported more resistance than expected when simulating reserve parachute (rescue) deployments in the Advance Lightness 3. We ran tests and compatibility checks using different techniques and angles. Carlo demonstrates the correct technique as explained in the manual: pull to the side.

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Advance EPSILON 9 Paraglider Review

The EPSILON 9 is designed to help you progress in your flying after your first wing, or just have fun in the air without worrying. It is placed mid-way between the very-capable Alpha 6 and the higher performing Iota 2. We test the handling and safety of this modern EN B wing from Advance.

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Safety Note: Charly QUICK-OUT karabiners

Important note for all Quick-Out karabiner users! Please observe the safety message Quick-Out carabiner 4.2019 and check your karabiners accordingly before the next take off. There may be Quick-outs in use which can release when only one of the two release buttons is depressed.

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10 Tips for Progressing in XC

Paragliding is fantastic, but it can also be very frustrating. Flying cross country tests your skills to the limit, but when you make a wrong decision the learning stops (and the long walk/bus/hitch/donkey ride begins). If only I'd stayed up a bit longer, I'd have learned ... who knows how much more? In the spirit of sharing my experiences to accelerate your learning, here are the main things I picked up during the year.

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XC Secrets: Getting in close

The closer you are to the terrain, the less time you have to react. Keep that in mind as we discuss ‘scratching’: it’s entirely your choice, and you can control how much danger you expose yourself to when cross country flying. You’ll see many experienced pilots flying really close to the terrain because it’s sometimes the only way to stay up, so let’s have a look at how to do it safely.

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Phi TENOR light review

I was excited when PHI released a lightweight version of the TENOR. The original wing (also a mid-B) has impressive performance, nippy handling and great passive safety. How does the new TENOR LIGHT compare to the full fat version? I flew it in the UK winter and then for 30 hours in Colombia in a wide spectrum of flying conditions whilst leading a cross country paragliding tour, which gave me a great opportunity to test the responses and compare it with other current wings. Is it any good? Let’s find out.

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