Coupe Icare 2016: Freeflight Equipment

News from the freeflight equipment show: the Coupe Icare is the biggest festival of the international paragliding community.

The exhibition is held in St. Hilaire du Touvet in France.

Carlo Borsattino found out what is new in the world of freeflight manufacturing.

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Companion SQR Reserve 160

The SQUARE ROUND 160 reserve from Companion is now available (supports a maximum load of 160 kg). The new size joins the previous 100 and 120 sizes in the growing Companion product range.

The SQR 160 has a 42 square metre surface area, a packed volume of between 4.0 and 6.4 litres and weighs 1927 grams. Its sink rate at maximum load is 5.3 m/s.  

Work on a tandem reserve is currently under way.

More about the Companion SQR 160 >

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Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Margate 06.08.2016

Paragliding photos from a wonderful cross country flight by paraglider from Devils Dyke near Brighton in East Sussex to Margate in Kent, via Ashford and Canterbury.

It was pretty tricky getting up – and then staying up – to being with. Eventually our patience was rewarded by an incredibly beautiful, ethereal experience soaring up the side of some beautiful sea breeze front clouds. Then we had great fun gaggle-flying with a nice group of pilots on to Lewes and beyond. Rather than shoot off ahead on our own, we decided it’d be more fun to stay with the gaggle and see how far we could all get together.

What a lovely, lovely day… đŸ™‚

See Carlo’s flight tracklog

Photos by Carlo Borsattino, Flybubble.

Safety: Managing the Mayhem

Team pilot Ruth Churchill Dower recounts a high altitude incident in the Himalaya. A sudden updraught led to a stall and cascade. Despite having two reserve parachutes, Ruth lost 1000ft trying to fix the wing and landed in a tailslide on a precipitous ridgetop perch, luckily mostly unscathed. It makes a cracking story, and there's a good deal to learn about managing mayhem and your personal reserve deployment throwing height.

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UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

Paragliding United Kingdom (UK) cross country (XC) season report for Summer and Autumn 2015.

Summer 2015 UK Paragliding XC

7th June turned out to be a record day for XC flying in the UK: 130 pilots logged XCs totalling 12,261 km. The biggest flights of the day were from Leckhampton in Gloucestershire, and The Lawley and Long Mountain in Shropshire.

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UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots’ Tales

Paraglider pilots’ tales from the United Kingdom (UK) cross country (XC) paragliding season 2015.

Pilots’ Tales (2015 UK PG XC)

Peggy Williams: “I had some really memorable flights during the year. Flying off Aonach Mor in Scotland and looking down on Ben Nevis from over 6000′ was a real moment.

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UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

Paragliding United Kingdom (UK) cross country (XC) season report for Spring 2015.

Spring 2015 UK Paragliding XC

A couple of weeks later saw the first ‘100+’ day, on 10th March with Phil Wallbank scoring 112 points for a 43km FAI triangle flight from Llangollen in North Wales on his Ozone Mantra M6.

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UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Winners

Winning paraglider pilots from the United Kingdom (UK) paragliding cross country (XC) season 2015.

Paragliding XC League Winners 2015

Winners of the 2015 National Paragliding Cross Country League:

  • 1st overall: Carlo Borsattino, Niviuk Artik 4 (1424.7 points)

  • 2nd overall: Philip Wallbank, Ozone Mantra M6 (1416.7 points)

  • 3rd overall: Hugh Miller, Ozone Mantra M6 (1403.7 points)

  • 1st woman: Nancy Elliott, Advance Iota (560.8 points)

  • Top club: Southern¹ (4807 points)

  • Distance League winner: Carlo Borsattino, Skywalk Cayenne 5 (1197.7km)
  • Weekend league winner: Hugh Miller, Ozone Mantra M6 (1158.4 points)

  • Winter league winner: Mark Watts, Ozone EnZo 2 (283.6 points)

  • Overseas league winner: Robert Smith, Ozone Rush 4 (782.8 points)
  • Longest² turnpoint flight on EN C wing: Carlo Borsattino, Skywalk Cayenne 5 (244.3km)

  • Longest² FAI triangle: Guy Anderson, Ozone Enzo 2 EN CCC (78.3km)

¹ Southern club: Carlo Borsattino, Hugh Miller, Mark Watts, Roger Turner.

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