Greg Hamerton has been a longtime stalwart of Flybubble, leading our charge online to demonstrate safe flying techniques and help pilots to fly. He's also a close friend of Carlo and Nancy at Flybubble. Greg has now announced that he's decided to start up his own new YouTube channel. This marks a whole new chapter for Flybubble too.
Further to the safety notice Woody Valley issued back in August 2018, they issued another similar safety notice about the reserve elastics on the X-Rated7 harness on 30.03.2020. The elastic loops securing the reserve pins on the XR7 gradually tend to overextend, eventually compromising the reserve deployment. There's a risk of one elastic loop looping over the other. All X-Rated7 owners must read and act on this safety notice before flying. The check and fix are simple and easy. Download the full safety notice (pdf).
The colour of your wing can make a difference in terms of visibility. Brighter coloured wings are generally more visible than darker ones. In the case of an accident in a remote place, a brighter-coloured wing could increase the chances of being spotted by the emergency services.
I wanted to test myself against the desert. To travel by paraglider over the harshest part of South Africa, solo, self-supported. To feel like a bird. To be free. But the desert is dry, and ancient … and it doesn’t care.
Join Greg on a west-facing mountain slope early in the day, as we try and stay aloft together and work the scraps of lift to avoid an embarrasing landing at the base of the pass. In this episode: investigating sloping terrain, keeping turns flat and tight, turning before you leave the lift, matching your proximity with your skill level, looking for recurring patterns to find lift, gliding fast and straight in sink, using figure-of-eights to follow the lift, alternating between lift sources, being patient and working for every metre.
The air is never still; it is always moving. So your paraglider control inputs should always be active. But what is the best way to control the angle of attack, why do you get collapses, and how to you avoid a stall? Join Flybubble Paragliding for a demonstration of active flying and challenge Greg to a game of 'catch that collapse!'
Join us for an enlightening discussion with a very special pilot. Christian 'Chrigel' Maurer is #1 in the world: multiple European champion, PWC champion, Acro champion, and 6 x Red Bull X-Alps winner. This guy knows his flying, especially hike and fly! We talk about how to win, taking risks, balancing flying, work and family, the best gear for racing ... and much more.
The CURE 2 from BGD (Bruce Goldsmith Designs) is a Sports Class wing (rated EN-C) that promises high performance with low stress. “It’s fast on glide with excellent stability in wind and turbulence,” says BGD. Flybubble tested it in the British winter and the South African summer to get a true picture of its character.
The WANI LIGHT 2 is a reversible airbag harness with integrated back protection and reserve, similar to the Supair Altirando Lite and Gin Verso 3, intended to help you get your kit really compact and still have some back protection. Although the Skywalk Breeze and Advance Easiness 3 are similar, they are split-leg designs with no seatboard. The WANI LIGHT 2 has a broad lightweight seatplate that helps to improve the minimalistic (but certified) crash protection and provides maximum weightshift control and feedback.