Devils Dyke to Margate XC 6th August 2016

A very enjoyable paragliding cross country flight from Devils Dyke in East Sussex to Margate, via Ashford and Canterbury, in Kent.

Pretty tricky getting up – and then staying up – at first, eventually rewarded by a wonderful experience soaring up the side of some beautiful sea breeze front clouds. Then great fun gaggle-flying with a nice group of pilots to Lewes and beyond. Rather than shoot off ahead on our own, Mark and I decided it’d be more fun to stay with the gaggle and see how far we could all get together. Flying an Enzo 2 (competition wing), Mark was literally flying rings around us at times – like taking a collie dog out for a walk in the country! 😉

Lovely, lovely day! 🙂

See Carlo’s flight tracklog

Advance EPSILON 8 Review (by Greg Hamerton)

Advance EPSILON 8 from above

Epsilon 8 leading edge from above

The Epsilon 8 is a recreational ‘mid’ EN B wing, intended for pilots with a year or more of flying experience but who still want security and simplicity in their flying. It comes in above the entry-level Alpha 6 and below the high-performance Iota. It’s light and simple to set up.

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Advance EPSILON 8 Review

The Epsilon 8 is a recreational 'mid' EN B wing, intended for pilots with a year or more of flying experience but who still want security and simplicity in their flying.

It comes in above the entry-level Alpha 6 and below the high-performance Iota.

Greg Hamerton tested the wing in varied conditions, including a 100km XC flight. 

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XPYR 2016 Flybubble Team report

Introduction

XPYR race: Team Flybubble UK

The XPYR is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the RedBull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year. Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week.

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XPYR 2016 Race Report

The XPYR is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the RedBull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year.

Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week.

Flybubble Team Pilot Greg Hamerton supported by James Hope Lang competed in the 2016 edition.

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Flybubble Greg in X-Pyr hike&fly race!

Make sure you check this out: Flybubble Paragliding crew member, team pilot, and inspirational adventurer Greg Hamerton is the only UK pilot in the X-Pyr hike&fly race, starting tomorrow. Greg is up against the world-class professional paraglider pilots and athletes like Christian 'Chrigel the Eagle' Maurer and Aaron 'we don't know if he has a nickname' Durogati. He doesn't expect to win, but will give it his best shot and aims to have a great adventure whilst trying to complete the gruelling race.

Find out more about the X-Pyr and keep up with Greg and all the contestants on live track via here, and send him a bunch of encouraging (or just plain silly) messages to cheer him on!

Also, podcaster Judith Mole asked Greg ten random questions.

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Pilot: the ideal paragliding helmet

The PILOT helmet was specially developed by SUP'AIR for paraglider pilots and paragliding schools. It's modern, comfortable and very light.

It's certified for freeflight (CE EN 966), comes in one size (adjustable XS-L), and weighs only 380gr including the adjustable headband.

Currently availabile in Black (Black-Grey); Petrol (Petroleum Blue-Orange), we deliver the PILOT helmet with a protective microfiber helmet bag included.

More about the Sup'Air Pilot.

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Nova Phantom (2016) EN B

Nova: "The PHANTOM offers the safety of a basic intermediate with the performance of a top-end wing. This has been made possible through probably the most complex construction ever used in a serial-production wing." "With 99 cells, 804 needle-eye ribs and 3200 slots in the profiles and diagonal ribs to reduce weight, the PHANTOM could be the most complex and technically elaborate wing ever made.  With more than 3000 individual components, it sets a new benchmark in paraglider construction." "How does a large number of cells increase performance? The more cells, the smoother the wing – which means less drag. A large number of cells also provides ultimate stability. This helps maintain performance even in turbulent air." "The PHANTOM combines the best of both worlds: the low piloting demands of the ION and the great performance of the TRITON 2."

Find out more about the Nova's new Progression Class EN B wing here.

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Sharing the Air

Sharing the Air (by Joe Schofield)

There has been much debate recently about the perceived dangers of hang glider and paraglider pilots sharing the air at some sites. This is not a new development; it has been addressed many times and features prominently in BHPA Club Coaching courses, the BHPA Pilot Handbook and in most clubs’ sites guides.

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