XC Secrets: Getting in close

The closer you are to the terrain, the less time you have to react. Keep that in mind as we discuss ‘scratching’: it’s entirely your choice, and you can control how much danger you expose yourself to when cross country flying. You’ll see many experienced pilots flying really close to the terrain because it’s sometimes the only way to stay up, so let’s have a look at how to do it safely.

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Paraglider Control: Grab that BRAKE!

The brakes offer a direct link to the paraglider. How you hold them affects your power, control and safety. In this article we discuss some options for your brake grab and demonstrate the best technique.

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KEEP UP: Paragliding in light lift

Flying in light lift takes a lot of skill. It can take a long time to learn because every time you get it wrong you land, and the lesson is over. Here are some tips to help you soar for longer.

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Strong Wind Landings: Killing Your Paraglider

Landing in strong winds can be scary, but it doesn’t need to be dangerous. In this article we’ll get you prepared. We’ll share techniques for a safe landing setup and provide the best methods to kill the power and disable the wing.

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Cross country skills: thermal search

Leaving the hill is the foundation of cross country flying, and the hardest part to learn. Join Flybubble Paragliding for a narrated tutorial guiding you through the slow process of leaving the hill. Search. Circle. Fly away.

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Naviter HYPER Review (Flight Instrument)

The Naviter Hyper is a light, compact flight instrument designed for everyday use and cross country pilots. The Hyper “gives you enough information to put you on track to your target, avoid airspace, accurately core and return to thermals, and make every thermal count”. When you can do many computing things on your phone, there is a question many minimalists will ask: is it worth forking out more money on another box?

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Advance XI (Paraglider Review)

The Advance XI is an ultralight paraglider for pilots who want to explore. Does this extremely compact wing retain the safety of its sibling, the IOTA 2 (EN-B)? What is the XI’s character in the air? We examine the new ‘performance-intermediate’ designed for bivouac flying, hike & XC tours, travelling or discovering new routes in remote regions.

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Help us translate our videos!

We usually add subtitles to our instructional videos and reviews, in English. This helps you get a basic translation in your own language by clicking the Settings icon on our videos (bottom right) then Subtitles/CC and selecting your language, if this has already been added.

Or click on English (United Kingdom) if you’d like to learn English, a free service provided by Flybubble 😉

Even if we have not yet provided subtitles, YouTube (Google) automatically generates ones that are pretty good (90%-95% correct) so you can already get a rough translation of everything on the Flybubble Channel.

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Paragliding site analysis (Devil’s Dyke)

The safest paragliding sites can be made dangerous: fly a little too close to the top, and over the back you go! Fly too low behind the trees and whoops! How do you analyse the terrain to make sure you have identified the dangers? What do you need to look out for?

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