Sharing the Air

An insightful piece by Skywings editor JOE SCHOFIELD on the need for consideration when flying in shared airspace.

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Gin SPRINT 3 paraglider reviews

Sprint 3 review by Carlo Borsattino

I flew the Gin Sprint 3 size M (85-105kg at 93) for 5 hours in strong thermic conditions with a moderate basewind. The air was pretty punchy at times, with a some pilots having sizeable collapses. A local ex British team and PWC pilot, not known for being faint-hearted, commented that he found it a bit sporty at times on his competition wing.

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NEW: Gin Sprint 3

Our first Gin Sprint 3s have landed, in sizes M and L.

The Sprint 3 is Gin's new EN B wing, with an aspect ratio of 5.7, sitting between the Atlas and Carrera+.

Carlo flew the M (85-105 flown at 93kg) for 5 hours in punchy conditions. "It feels very solid and more like a higher aspect Atlas, than a lower aspect Carerra. It moves in a unified block. Gin's description is fair: it doesn't pitch and roll. Easy launching, firm controls, moderate top speed but lots of accessible performance."

Review coming shortly. Demos, expert advice, package deals and part-ex available through Flybubble.

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Gin SPRINT 3 Reviews

The Sprint 3 is Gin's new EN B wing, with an aspect ratio of 5.7, sitting between the Atlas and Carrera+ in their paraglider range.

Carlo flew the M in punchy conditions. "It feels very solid and more like a higher aspect Atlas, than a lower aspect Carerra. It moves in a unified block. Easy launching, firm controls, moderate top speed but lots of accessible performance."

John flew the L on the same day. "Entering thermals, once you bank the wing it moves very easily into them. The wing feels like it wants to be in the thermal."

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Bornes To Fly 2016

The Bornes To Fly is a hike and fly race held in Annecy each year. Inspired by the RedBull X-Alps race, it's designed in a more accessible format over three days, with mandatory rest periods at night and a scaled down course adjusted according to the weather. 

Flybubble Team Pilots GREG HAMERTON and ALISTAIR ANDREWS competed in the 2016 edition, and had a blast!

The report highlights tactical decisions and route choices to illustrate the various strategies that worked while crossing the Bornes range in challenging flying conditions. 

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Bornes To Fly 2016

A tactical review from the midfield by Greg Hamerton

I don't like jogging. My normal day involves 10 hours or so of sitting at a PC, interrupted by exciting moments of coffee and chocolate. Occasionally, if the weather's good, I'll go flying instead. So to even consider something like the Bornes To Fly, I knew I needed some body-conditioning.

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Advance EASINESS 2 Review

Advance EASINESS 2 Review (by Ed Bewley)

I borrowed the harness from Flybubble. The standard Advance speed system was fitted, with non-rigid foot loops, and a Companion reserve installed. The total weight was 3.42 Kg in this configuration.

First impressions were of a quality product, as one would expect of Advance, with everything designed for a specific purpose.

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Advance EASINESS 2 Review

The Advance Easiness 2 is a light reversible harness with no seatboard. It has an optional removable airbag with built-in reserve compartment.

Advertised as comfortable to fly and carry, it is aimed at hike-and-fly pilots exploring the remote high places of the world. Is it suitable for ordinary pilots as well?

Always up for a challenge, ED BEWLEY performs a thorough investigation on the lowest test site we could find, and takes it to places no other man would dare to go.

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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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