With so many paragliding wings to choose from, finding the best and right paraglider can be a real challenge, even for experienced paraglider pilots. It's all too easy to make a mistake which might end up costing you dearly. The right paraglider for one pilot is not necessarily right for another. It might even be very wrong!
In this series of articles, and accompanying videos, we demystify the paraglider selection process by consider various aspects that affect your choice. First we look at paraglider classes and compare performance. Then we investigate weight ranges and wing loading. We then analyse handling and safety. Finally, we give tips on how to make the most out of test flights.
There is a bewildering choice of paragliding harnesses available. How do you compare the market when there are so many different styles, so many features, and so many brands? We set out the fundamental principles of choosing the right harness so you can develop a clear sense of what suits your flying skills and aspirations.
Round, square, hybrid, rogallo? There are many differences between modern reserve parachutes and buying one can be a complicated decision. A reserve can seem like an unnecessary cost, something you could do without or don't need to pay much attention to. But it's a cornerstone of reducing risk, and it's really important to get the choice right.
With so many different connectors to attach your wing, reserve or speed system, it's important to choose the right one for both your particular flying and the usage. In this series of articles we'll examine connection methods, talk about their advantages and disadvantages, and help you choose the right connectors.
There is a bewildering choice of flight instrument options available to free flight pilots—even just within the range of flight instruments which Flybubble chooses to offer—each with their own features, screen design, sensors and technical capabilities. Especially with flight instruments, what’s right and best for one pilot at a particular stage in their flying progression may well not be right for another pilot, or even for the same pilot at different times or stages in their pilot progression. Let’s examine how to choose the right flight instrument option for you, at this time.
Long time Flybubble friend and customer Lewis John took part in the X-Lakes 2021, a hike and fly volbiv challenge run over the weekend of 26-27 June 2021, taking in the softer 'Day Tripper' event running in parallel to the 'Hardcore' two-day event.
Veteran paraglider pilot and XC aficionado Triantafyllos Gkikopoulos recounts an exceptionally fine flight in June 2021, which began from Craigmore hill above the village of Aberfoyle near Stirling and turned out to be a new Scottish paragliding distance record.
All pilots know that, for the best and safest flying, currency is key. So what happens after a layoff? Experienced paraglider pilot Phil Clark shares some words of wisdom to help keep you on the right flight-track and get the most out of your flying.