Carlo Borsattino

  1. Coupe Icare 2016: Freeflight Equipment

    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.

  2. Light wind freedom on a paraglider (or hang glider)

    Light wind freedom on a paraglider (or hang glider)

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino offers some tips for flying well on a paraglider (or hang glider) on light wind days.

  3. Companion SQR Reserve 160

    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 >

  4. Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Margate 06.08.2016

    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.

  5. Buy Thermal Flying, get Cross Country Flying FREE!

    Buy Thermal Flying, get Cross Country Flying FREE!

    Simples. Buy a copy of Burkhard Marten's famed Thermal Flying book, and get a copy of his fabulous Cross Country Flying book thrown in for FREE!

    Go here and add both books to your basket to receive your FREE book!

    Offer ends May 31st 2016 or when sold out.
     

  6. Safety: Managing the Mayhem

    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.

  7. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    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.

  8. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Winners

    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.

  9. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015 Summary

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015 Summary

    Flying cross country (XC) on a paraglider in the UK offers many challenges and unique experiences. In this article Flybubble's MD and Chief Flying Instructor, Carlo Borsattino summarises the action from the most successful UK paragliding XC season in history... so grab a cuppa and enjoy the lengthy report at your leisure! There's lots to learn from reviewing the days that worked well, and what pilots chose to do.

    The Pilots' Tales section offers a unique perspective from some of the leading pilots in the UK. To make it easier to read we refer to the 2015 UK Paragliding XC League as 'the League' and have rounded all distances to the nearest kilometre.

  10. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

    Paragliding cross country season report for Spring 2015 in the United Kingdom.

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