Dickon Walker

  1. Paragliding: Himalayan Dreams

    Paragliding: Himalayan Dreams

    From the moment you arrive in Delhi or Amritsar the smells, sights, sounds and vibrations of India explode onto the senses. Far more than just another trip to a paragliding destination, a visit to the Himalayas takes you into a different world, one which will change you in unexpected ways. India is a vast sub-continent, an incredible fusion of culture, chaos and magic that cannot be described. It has to be experienced.

  2. 10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started Paragliding

    10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started Paragliding

    Freeflying is deceptively simple. Lobbing off the hill can be achieved with a little run but flying away can take years to get right. There are so many lessons to learn, and getting any one of them wrong seems to put you on the deck before you can say “top to bottom”. In this article Flybubble team pilot Dickon Walker shares some of things “I wish they’d told me.”

  3. High Adventure at the Coupe Icare 2017

    High Adventure at the Coupe Icare 2017

    High Adventure is best known for the Beamer, a well-named steerable Rogallo sytle reserve designed to ‘Beam me down, Scotty’ safely to the surface. We spoke with Urs Haari to see what we could learn about this potentially life saving...
  4. The Loft Workshop Paraglider Servicing & Repair

    The Loft Workshop Paraglider Servicing & Repair

    The Loft Workshop is a well-known paraglider repair and service centre based in southeast England that’s been going since 1998. They repair wings, harnesses and even kite surfing equipment. For many UK pilots, a season isn’t complete without using their services. I went along to Newhaven to learn a little more about the company, the man behind it--Mike Millwood, flying since 1986--and what goes into servicing a wing.

  5. Gin Gliders at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Gin Gliders at the Coupe Icare 2017

    We were lucky enough to join Gin Seok Song and Michael Sigel at the Coupe Icare for a very insightful discussion of the new designs being produced by Gin Gliders. As well as discussing new products for 2017-2018, Gin is celebrating his 40 year anniversary as a free flying pilot since he began hang gliding, so has a very good feel for what the pilot needs. We took the opportunity to ask him some wider questions about the paragliding scene and the development of Gin gliders.

  6. Advance & Companion at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Advance & Companion at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Plenty of news from Advance  this year, provided to us courtesy of Valery Chapuis, including the PROGRESS 3 reversible harness, PI BI lightweight double-surface tandem wing, OMEGA XALPS 2 hike-&-fly racing wing, IOTA 2 cross country (XC) wing, Companion SQR Light 'square-round' reserve, and some fab new clothing…

  7. Niviuk at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Niviuk at the Coupe Icare 2017

    We met up with Mireia Serradesanferm on the Niviuk stand, who filled us in with the latest Niviuk news whilst kindly filling us up with some tasty Spanish cured hams, cheeses and nibbles. Thanks Mireia!

  8. Naviter & Flytec at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Naviter & Flytec at the Coupe Icare 2017

    This year Naviter introduce Position Sharing for the Oudie via the Open Glider Network, bringing many additional possibilities to the freeflight community including in-flight tracking and identification of fellow pilots plus future developments like ‘passive’ FLARM beacons. The Oudie 4 and Oudie 4 Basic continue to be a big success, perfectly complimenting the Flytec range of instruments: Element Alto, Element Speed, Element Track and 6030!

  9. Phi launch at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Phi launch at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Hannes Papesh, the wing design wizard with Nova from 1989 until 2013, and most recently involved in development at Advance, is releasing an eagerly anticipated new range of wings under the brand name Phi.

  10. Syride at the Coupe Icare 2017

    Syride at the Coupe Icare 2017

    We recently published a full review of the Syride SYS'Nav V3, from which you may have gleaned that I’m a huge fan of Syride instruments. Plus the SYS'Evolution is being covered for Flybubble in a full review soon to be...

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