Carlo Borsattino (Flybubble Crew)

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.

Flying Since: 1993

Total hours flown: 5000+

Best distance: 239 km (from Wiltshire to Lincolnshire, UK) on an EN C wing 🙂

Best flight: Still to come, hopefully! But flying from Wilts to Lincs in sublime-not windy-conditions was awesome!

Favourite flying site in the UK: It’s really more about the flying conditions than the site for me… but I do love the flying area in SE Wales on a really good day!

Favourite flying site in the world: See above… but I do love the Cauca Valley area in Colombia, just a shame about the Pacific wind and local issues messing things up!

Goal: To keep always learning and improving!

Equipment

General/XC kit:

  • wing: Phi MAESTRO (high B wing);
  • harness: Advance LIGHTNESS 3 (semi-light pod harness)
  • reserve: High Adventure Beamer 3 (Rogallo reserve)
  • instruments: Naviter Oudie 4 / Skytraxx 3.0 FANET+ (top of the range alti-vario-GPS) + Syride SYS’Nav V3 (light alti-vario-GPS) as backup
  • helmet: Icaro Fly / Icaro 4fight Cut Integral (winter)
  • rucksack: Advance LIGHTPACK 3
  • accessories: Gin Concertina Compress Bag, Advance Lightbag, Gin Dry Bag, Supair Neoprene Radio Pocket
  • clothing: Gin Windy Flying Suit, Advance Softshell Jacket, Flybubble Speed Top, Advance Tech-Shirt, Advance Helm Cap, Flybubble Tube Scarf, Advance Sun Bob
  • gloves: High Adventure Itsy Bitsy Touch
  • footwear: Hanwag Super Fly GTX (sturdy flying boots); Gin FLY GIN Coolmax Socks

Hike & fly XC kit:

  • wing: Phi TENOR light (lightweight mid B wing)
  • harness: Supair Strike (light pod harness)
  • reserve: High Adventure Beamer 3 Light (light Rogallo reserve)
  • instruments: Naviter Hyper / Syride SYS’Nav V3 (light alti-vario-GPS)
  • helmet: Supair Pilot
  • rucksack: Advance EASINESS 2 (reversible mountain harness/rucksack)
  • accessories: Gin Concertina Compress Bag, Advance Lightbag, Gin Dry Bag, Supair Neoprene Radio Pocket
  • clothing: Advance Softshell Jacket, Flybubble Speed Top, Advance Tech-Shirt, Flybubble Tube Scarf, Advance Sun Bob
  • gloves: Gin Lite Tech Gloves
  • footwear: Hanwag Sky GTX (light flying boots); Gin FLY GIN Coolmax Socks

Hike & fly kit:

  • wing: Niviuk Skin 2 P (ultralight single surface wing)
  • harness: Advance EASINESS 2 (reversible light mountain harness/rucksack)
  • reserve: Companion SQR Light
  • instruments: Naviter Hyper / Syride SYS’Nav V3 (light alti-vario-GPS)
  • helmet: Supair Pilot
  • rucksack: Advance EASINESS 2 (reversible mountain harness/rucksack)
  • accessories: Gin Concertina Compress Bag, Advance Lightbag, Gin Dry Bag, Supair Neoprene Radio Pocket
  • clothing: Advance Softshell Jacket, Flybubble Speed Top, Advance Tech-Shirt, Flybubble Tube Scarf, Advance Sun Bob
  • gloves: Gin Lite Tech Gloves
  • footwear: Hanwag Sky GTX (light flying boots); Gin FLY GIN Coolmax Socks

Joy of swooping kit: 

  • wing: Niviuk Roller (mini wing)
  • harness: Advance EASINESS 2 (reversible mountain harness/rucksack)
  • reserve: Companion SQR Light
  • instruments: Nothing / Syride SYS’Nav V3
  • helmet: Icaro Fly / Supair Pilot
  • rucksack: Advance EASINESS 2 (reversible mountain harness/rucksack)
  • accessories: Gin Concertina Compress Bag, Advance Lightbag, Supair Neoprene Radio Pocket
  • clothing: Advance Softshell Jacket, Flybubble Tube Scarf
  • gloves: High Adventure Itsy Bitsy Touch
  • footwear: Hanwag Super Fly GTX (sturdy flying boots), Gin FLY GIN Coolmax Socks

Links

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carlo.borsattino

Twitter https://twitter.com/CarloFlybubble