Ask Flybubble: Get High On Your Paraglider

Join us for an hour long chat about thermaling on a paraglider. Learn more about thermal sources, thermal drift, why you need to go upwind, how to search, how to use your vario, what to do with your averager, how to interpret the wind reading, when to get in close to the terrain, and how to manage the transition into the thermal!

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How to get great slope landings

Landing on the sloping side of a hill can be a very useful skill to have, to allow you to land when thermals pause, and relaunch when they return. Or perhaps there's no safe landing in the valley, and you need to put it in on the slope? With this simple, straightforward approach you can achieve a gentle touchdown.

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Ask Flybubble: Flying alone, leeside, SIV

Join us for an hour long chat about paragliding safety, with our instructor Greg Hamerton. In this episode: can flying alone be safer? When to do SIV? How to cope with landing in wind shadow. How to handle mixed ridge traffic. How to know when the leeside is safe. Are two-liners more stable? And more...

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Reserve Deployment Breakthrough!

Dr Matt Wilkes has produced an outstanding contribution to paragliding safety. Together with his many supporters, sports professionals, regulators and the team at the Thames Valley Club he ran a study on emergency parachute deployment during the annual reserve repacking event ... and reached some valuable conclusions about rescue systems and how to use them.

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Using Tip Stalls to get down

The tipstall (B3/C3) is a relatively new descent technique that not many pilots know about. It is an effective alternative to Big Ears, but only on some wings – it depends on the wing design. It relies on the outer B or C line stack being in just the right position to create a neat stall that gets swept back in the wind.

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How to do Big Ears safely

Big ears: a flappy flight manoeuvre, misunderstood, maligned and even feared by beginners, this stalwart of the cloudbase regular is an essential skill for all pilots. Let’s strip it down to the basics, so you can tuck with confidence.

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Advance EASINESS 3 harness review

The Advance EASINESS 3 is a reversible harness/backpack with a wind-filled impact protector under the seat. Amongst its competitors, the EASINESS 3 is #2 on price and #1 on being lightweight which is remarkable given the robust construction and refined appearance. It’s only 2.3kg in the M size: backpack and harness. On your back it will make your paragliding kit appear to be as compact as a hiker’s bag.

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Triple Seven KNIGHT review

The Triple Seven KNIGHT is made “to make the entry into the world of thermal- and XC flying as easy, intuitive and safe as possible” which is a noble goal and matches the aspirations of the largest group of paraglider pilots: the ‘weekend warriors’. Low airtime pilots need a wing that will help them with their progression, and that’s where the KNIGHT fits into the Triple Seven range, between the ‘high A’ Pawn and the ‘high B’ Rook 2. Does it offer the right balance of passive safety and agility for the average EN-B pilot?

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Paragliding safely in strong wind

Strong wind and paragliders don’t play well together, but at some point you’ll be flying in ‘stronger’ conditions, and knowing how to handle this can improve your safety. Here are some techniques to help you paraglide safely in strong wind.

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Paragliding safely in the mountains

Flying a paraglider above mountains is an amazing experience but has some risks that you don't face when flying over the flatlands. Where are the danger zones? How do the winds work? Where are the best thermals?

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