British Paragliding Cup winnners!

Congratulations to the pilots who placed well in the final round of the British Paragliding Cup! The Top 10 received a Flybubble gift voucher for use on http://shop.flybubble.com/

1 - David Thomson
2 - Chris Blanchard
3 - Tony Blacker
4 - Alan Ford
5 - Anthony Moore
6 - Simon Blake
7 - Carl Foster
8 - Adam Ladd
9 - John Murphy
10 - Brad Nicholas

For more about the event see the BPCup website

For the latest news and images see the BPCup facebook group  

(Pictured, Carl Foster)

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Sports Class Paragliders: Big XC? No hotship required!

You don't have to fly a hotship to achieve great flights! Although having more performance helps, you don't have to fly a Performance Class or Competition wing to achieve your Big XC dreams. The gliding and climbing ability of the modern Sports Class (mid EN C) is now remarkable!

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XC Secrets: Cracking 200km in the UK

Carlo Borsattino has been flying XC for over 20 years, and has a reputation for his ability to stay aloft for hours even in the weakest conditions. But it takes more than patience to fly over 200km in the UK.

He analyses the technical challenges, tactical moves and saved mistakes that helped him to achieve his personal best distance.

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Cracking 200 km by Paraglider in the UK Paragliding Cross Country

Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino has been flying cross country (XC) by paraglider since the early nineties, and has a reputation for his ability to stay aloft for hours even in the weakest conditions. But it takes more than patience to fly over 200 km in the UK. He analyses the technical challenges, tactical moves and saved mistakes that helped him to achieve his personal best distance to date.

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Big XC? No Hotship Required

Although having more performance helps, you don't have to fly an Advanced or Competition wing to achieve your Big XC dreams. The gliding and climbing ability of the modern Performance Class (mid EN C) is now remarkable! 

Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than Carlo Borsattino's recent performance on his Artik 4. 

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Safety Notice: Gin Genie Race 3

A pilot reported that the main rescue bridle failed at the shoulder connection points following a rescue parachute deployment on a Gin Genie Race 3 harness. Although the harnesses exceed the certification minima, Gin Gliders recommends connecting each main rescue bridle to the front rescue bridle connection point using steel maillons for added safety. 

See the full safety notice >

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A UK Paragliding Winter’s Cross Country Tale

Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts his February flight by paraglider from Devils Dyke in East Sussex to near Ashford in Kent and gives insights into how this exceptional flight was achieved starting, as it often does, with checking the paragliding soaring weather forecasts.

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Nova Mentor 4 Review

Nova Mentor 4: First Flight Review (by Greg Hamerton)

The Mentor 4 is an update of the Mentor series which dominated the XC class for a long time. It gets its performance from being very steady in the air – it doesn't roll, shows limited tendency to yaw, and pitches only slightly as it moves through turbulence.

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Advance IOTA paraglider reviews (first impressions)

Reviews of the Advance IOTA paraglider by Carlo Borsattino and Greg Hamerton of Flybubble. The IOTA is the new XC class 'high-end EN B' wing from Advance Paragliders. It's designed to fit between the Progression class 'easy EN B' EPSILON 7 and the Sports class EN C rated SIGMA 9 in their range of paragliders. So what do Carlo and Greg from Flybubble make of it?

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