Greg Hamerton attempts a 50km triangle from Combe Gibbet on 25/03/2015. The prediction: light winds of steady direction, cumulus clouds with reasonable height, thermals and no inversions. The UK Paragliding XC facebook page was alive with excitement, so I knew I'd be in good company at Combe Gibbet.Read more
Kortel Kolibri Backpack Review (by Greg Hamerton)
As a bivi-flying enthusiast, I bought the Kortel Kolibri harness as soon as it was released. At the time, there was no lightweight backpack available from Kortel, so I got the Sup’Air XA13 bag which was light and large enough for compact bivi kit.Read more
The Kolibri Backpack is designed for back country adventurers who need a lightweight backpack with good carrying structure and enough volume for bivouac gear. We think Kortel have done a fantastic job!Read more
Advance IOTA Review: First Impressions (by Greg Hamerton)
Creating a good wing is always a balance between many design parameters. When you increase turn agility, you often decrease roll stability, when you optimise glide performance, handling can suffer. It takes a long time to trim all these characteristics to achieve the absolute maximum of a design.Read more
Into Acro (by Greg Hamerton)
I have been flying for over 20 years, and I'm comfortable doing reversals, SATs and fullstalls. But the new wave of acro moves have been beyond my reach on the competition wing and small sites I fly.
That was easily sorted out: I bought a Niviuk F-Gravity 2, and I went to Lake Garda.Read more
Acro paragliding looks exciting, but how do you learn to do it? What is a freestyle wing? And where are the best sites to try out the acro moves? Greg Hamerton discusses getting into acro on the Niviuk F-Gravity 2 and shares some hair-raising videos ... More >Read more
It’s exciting being on launch, especially if your friends are flying! The wind is increasing – you’ve got to get in the air! You’ve got to get in the air! You hurry it all out of the bag, throw on the harness, and fluff out the wing like a startled chicken.Read more
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.Read more
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 >Read more
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.
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.Read more