All Around The Downs

All Around The South Downs

By Flybubble Instructor, Greg Hamerton

The Southern Foot or Fly course links eight of the club’s flying sites in a circular course of 65km. You can progress in the air or on foot, but no wheeled assistance is allowed. It’s like the X-Alps, without the X.

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All Around The South Downs

Greg Hamerton went to Devils Dyke for a training flight. "For two years, the Foot or Fly course (linking all the Southern sites) has been a wind-up. I'd flown bits and pieces, walked all of it, and tried different start points, but never closed it. Only James Hope-Lang and his jammy legs had done it in a day, and there's no way I was going to run that far with that bag. But at last, I have solved the puzzle!" Here's how to do it >

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First Flight Review: Nova Mentor 3

First Flight Review: Nova Mentor 3

Nova have refined their successful Mentor 2 with a new line plan, better shaped leading edge and new brake system.

Mentor 3 review

The wing was very reassuring, very calm.

It has a slow pullup, caused by the temporary ridging of the Bs on the wing which is great, it slows the wing during its pullup.

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First Flight Review: Nova Mentor 3

Nova have refined their successful Mentor 2 with a new line plan, better shaped leading edge and new brake system. Greg Hamerton flew the Mentor 3 M (90-110kg) at 97kg in mild spring thermals on both light wind and strong wind days, and discovered the pros and cons of the new EN B wing.

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Advance Sigma 8 review

The Sigma 8 is supposed to be “a top-performance intermediate with a high fun-factor ... with sportiness and dynamic handling paired with performance”. In other words it’s intended for the majority of the kind of pilots that leave the hill and go exploring. We’ve been around a few years and we’ve seen the marketing hype before. We probably aren’t going to buy a wing without being outflown by it first, so it has to really deliver on its promises and be a pleasure to fly...

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