Flying teamwork makes freeflight dreamwork

In this free flying cross country tips article, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark shares with you his key learning points from an ambitious planned closed-circuit XC flying task and shows us that, done right, flying teamwork can make freeflight dreamwork.

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Flybubble: the next chapter!

The Flybubble Channel has been run by our marketing manager, Greg Hamerton for several years. Greg 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 Flybubble's Carlo and Nancy. Greg has now decided to go solo with his own YouTube channel. This change marks a whole new chapter for Flybubble—and exciting new opportunities for talented freeflight media creators, who are hereby invited to contact us with their exciting media proposals.

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Safety Notice: Woody Valley X-Rated7 reserve elastics (2) 30.03.2020

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).

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The best colour for your wing?

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.

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Unknown

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.

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On the Rocks (Staying Up, Early)

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.

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Angle of Attack: Test Your Control

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!'

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How to Win at Hike & Fly

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.

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BGD CURE 2 sports paraglider review

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.

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