Behind The Pilot
Carlo is Flybubble’s MD and Chief Flying Instructor (CFI). He was licensed in the early 90s and instructed at many different schools before forming Flybubble. Over the years, Carlo has helped teach hundreds of people to paraglide, around the world. He has run many flying trips and has amassed thousands of hours of airtime in over 30 countries.
Carlo has experience of a vast range of paragliders and has flown in many environments (flatlands, hills, big mountains, towing, SIV and paramotoring). As well as being an enthusiastic free-flying pilot, Carlo has extensive experience of competition flying worldwide. He represented Britain in many top level paragliding events. He was selected for the elite British Paragliding Squad for 4 years running (1999-2002) and for the 2004 Bleriot Cup: as well as being on the winning team, he won the paragliding competition and set a new UK ‘Distance to Goal’ Record. Other successes include #2 British Paragliding Championships (2001), #1 Manilla Paragliding Open (Australia 1998) and #1 Argentine Paragliding Championships 1999.
Nowadays he prefers to free-fly and go cross country. In 2015 he won the UK XC League with four flights of over 200km. What Carlo enjoys most is having an XC adventure with a few flying friends, taking some good photos along the way, and throwing a few nice wingovers before landing. He feels very lucky to be able to free-fly with a wing that packs into a rucksack.
Club: Southern HGC
Flying Since: 1993
Total Hours Flown: 5000+
Best Distance: 238.5 km (UK)
Best Flight: Still to come! 🙂 But doing 238.5 km straight line from Wiltshire to Lincolnshire on an EN C wing in pleasant conditions was very satisfying!
Favourite Site (World): It’s more about the flying conditions than the flying site!
Favourite Site (UK): See above!
Wing: Advance SIGMA 10
Harness: Advance Lightness 2
Reserve: High Adventure Beamer 3 Light
Helmet: Icaro Fly
Instruments: Naviter Oudie 4; Syride Sys’Nav V3; Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (apps)
Goal: To keep always learning and improving!