Carlo Borsattino

  1. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    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.

  2. XC Secrets: going FIRST or going FAST?

    XC Secrets: going FIRST or going FAST?

    Getting the most out of a good XC day often comes down to a simple decision: do you leave the hill as soon as you can (and try to stay up all day) or do you wait till it's good and blaze a trail on speedbar to cover more ground during the strong part of the day? 

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts his decisions and tactics on an epic flight from Selsley Common hill near Stroud in Gloucestershire to near Eastbourne in East Sussex, when his leading position on his sports class wing (Skywalk CAYENNE5, EN C) was put to the test against the relentless racing of Mark Watts on his competition wing (Ozone Enzo 2, CCC).

  3. Advance ALPHA 6 paraglider review (Carlo Borsattino)

    Advance ALPHA 6 paraglider review (Carlo Borsattino)

    The Advance Alpha 5 was an outstanding first wing that took beginners well beyond the school environment. The updated design boasts less weight, fewer lines and double 3D shaping at the leading edge that is bound to give it more performance. The Alpha 6 also promises 'air scoop technology' that increases the stall resistance when flying slowly. With all these improvements, is it still suitable for training? Does it meet the needs of adventurous beginners and recreational pilots?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Big XC? No Hotship Required

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

  7. XC Secrets: Cracking 200 km by Paraglider in the UK Paragliding Cross Country

    XC Secrets: 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.

  8. Safety Notice: Gin Genie Race 3

    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. 

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  9. A UK Paragliding Winter's Cross Country Tale

    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.

  10. 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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