The Leopard is distinguished by its opportunistic hunting behaviour, strength, and its ability to adapt to a variety of habitats including arid and montane areas. It can move at speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph). Phil Clark takes delivery of his Gin LEOPARD (EN D) and takes to the skies.Read more
The Genie Race 4 is a paragliding harness for competition racers designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. It offers an inflated tailfin, a sleek pod with a windscreen and integrated containers for the two reserves. Phil Clark analyses his new purchase.Read more
Advance have now produced a concertina bag with compression built in, which comes with a few new features over the redesigned Tubebag Light. It’s very high quality with sturdy and precise manufacturing and the usual Advance attention to detail.Read more
There are more than twenty flight instruments just within the ranges that Flybubble stock and support, each with their own features, screen design, sensors and technical capabilities. Let’s examine how to choose the right one. Instruments can help you climb better, stay up for longer, glide further and make better decisions. An altimeter might seem simple: it can tell you how high you are and whether you are climbing or sinking. But is that in metres or feet? QNH or QFE? Barometric or GPS altitude? For new pilots, things can rapidly become complicated. The simpler the instrument, the fewer choices you will have to make and the less it will demand from you. The key to getting the right instrument is to have all the features you really need on display, and no more.Read more
The P1 aims to cover the usual all-in-one functionality we've come to expect from alti-vario-GPS devices in that they tell you where you are, how fast your position is changing, in which direction you're travelling, and - hopefully - help you make better decisions on where to go next! So, how does the P1 do? Phil Clark gives his first impressions.Read more
When flying a spine-backed ridge in strong conditions, an experienced pilot suffered a wing collapse with a cravat and decided to deploy his reserve. He was blown over the crest of the ridge and landed hard. In this detailed analysis he shares the background and lessons of what he considers to be a lucky escape.Read more
The GTO 2 from Gin Gliders is a lightweight wing with a high aspect ratio, built for performance. Designed for both hike-and-fly racers and adventurous XC pilots, it is a 3-lined design that should prove to be more forgiving and versatile than some of the recent 2-liner EN D wings. Not to mention that it's unbelievably light! We were keen to get our hands on one and test it out. We don't do exhaustive testing for our First Impressions series: as soon as we've flown it, we let you know!Read more
You only get one chance to fly the line you choose to fly. But what if you could go back, and analyse the decision? Consider the alternatives? Compare with others? You can ... with a tracklog!
In this multi-part series, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark explains how you can learn a lot from analysing your flight tracklogs. Part one explains how to view your flight data by getting it out of your instrument and on to your computer, uploading it to an online XC league, and downloading the Google Earth (GE) file. Part two explains how to get more out of your tracklogs with GE, understanding the different file types, and drawing lessons from from them. Part three looks at multi-coloured traces. Part four draws more tracklog lessons. Part five investigates ways to learn from others in competitions and XCs.Read more
The Flymaster Live SD is a top-of-the-range flight instrument offering advanced competition features and live tracking. Flybubble Team Pilot PHIL CLARK checks out the features and offers advice on getting the most out of this great unit.Read more
I like to be prepared. When I got my heated gloves as a prize from Flybubble last August I stashed them in the glovebox of my car, so they were there, ready for a cold snap. I mean, if they are in the car, I can’t forget them, right?
I get to Crete Road (DFHGC) to find pilots in the air with good height; it looks a bit ‘up & down’ but hey!Read more