Flying after a layoff

All pilots know that, for best and safe flying, currency is key. So what happens after an extended layoff? For example, prolonged no-fly periods caused by family or work commitments, illness, injury or pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Phil Clark, an experienced paraglider pilot, flying paragliders since 1989, with roughly 1000 hours of diverse airtime, shares some words of wisdom to help keep you on the right flight-track and get the most out of your flying season.

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Flying teamwork makes freeflight dreamwork

In this free flying cross country tips article, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark shares with you his key learning points from an ambitious planned closed-circuit XC flying task and shows us that, done right, flying teamwork can make freeflight dreamwork.

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Gin Leopard paraglider review (EN-D 2-liner)

As well as it's spots, The leopard (Panthera pardus) is distinguished by its opportunistic hunting behaviour, strength, and its ability to adapt to a variety of habitats including arid and mountain areas. It can move at speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph). Phil Clark takes delivery of his Gin Leopard (high-end EN-D 2-liner) and takes to the skies.

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Gin Genie Race 4 pod paragliding harness review

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.

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Advance COMPRESSBAG TUBE review

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.

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Volirium P1 vario review (first impressions)

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.

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Gin GTO 2 paraglider reviews (first impressions)

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!

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XC Secrets: Learning From Tracklogs (Phil Clark)

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.

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