Flight Stories

  1. XC Secrets: How To Fly XC (On A Paraglider)

    XC Secrets: How To Fly XC (On A Paraglider)

    You don't need a high-performance hotship. You don't need to take crazy risks. You just need commitment, a little faith, and a wing you trust. And some of these tips... Cross country (XC) flying is inspiring and adventurous. In its...
  2. Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Margate 06.08.2016

    Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Margate 06.08.2016

    Paragliding photos from a wonderful cross country flight by paraglider from Devils Dyke near Brighton in East Sussex to Margate in Kent, via Ashford and Canterbury.

  3. X-Pyr 2016 Flybubble Team report

    X-Pyr 2016 Flybubble Team report

    X-Pyr is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the Red Bull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year. Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480 km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week. Flybubble team pilot Greg competed in the 2016 edition.

  4. Bornes To Fly 2016 tactical review

    Bornes To Fly 2016 tactical review

    A tactical review from the midfield by Greg Hamerton: I don't like jogging. My normal day involves 10 hours or so of sitting at a PC, interrupted by exciting moments of coffee and chocolate. Occasionally, if the weather's good, I'll go flying instead. So to even consider something like the Bornes To Fly, I knew I needed some body-conditioning. Then there was the unavoidable fact that my name appears on the XPYR entry list for July, along with Maurer, Durogati and Coconea.

  5. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    Paragliding United Kingdom (UK) cross country (XC) season report for Summer and Autumn 2015. Summer 2015 UK Paragliding XC 7th June turned out to be a record day for XC flying in the UK: 130 pilots logged XCs totalling 12,261...
  6. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015 Summary

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015 Summary

    Flying cross country (XC) on a paraglider in the UK offers many challenges and unique experiences. In this article Flybubble's MD and Chief Flying Instructor, Carlo Borsattino summarises the action from the most successful UK paragliding XC season in history... so grab a cuppa and enjoy the lengthy report at your leisure! There's lots to learn from reviewing the days that worked well, and what pilots chose to do.

    The Pilots' Tales section offers a unique perspective from some of the leading pilots in the UK. To make it easier to read we refer to the 2015 UK Paragliding XC League as 'the League' and have rounded all distances to the nearest kilometre.

  7. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Winners

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Winners

    Winning paraglider pilots from the United Kingdom (UK) paragliding cross country (XC) season 2015. Paragliding XC League Winners 2015 Winners of the 2015 National Paragliding Cross Country League: 1st overall: Carlo Borsattino, Niviuk Artik 4 (1424.7 points) 2nd overall: Philip...
  8. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots' Tales

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots' Tales

    Paraglider pilots' tales from the United Kingdom (UK) cross country (XC) paragliding season 2015. Pilots' Tales (2015 UK PG XC) Peggy Williams: "I had some really memorable flights during the year. Flying off Aonach Mor in Scotland and looking down...
  9. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

    Paragliding cross country season report for Spring 2015 in the United Kingdom.

  10. XC Secrets: going FIRST or going FAST?

    XC Secrets: going FIRST or going FAST?

    Getting the most out of a good XC day often comes down to a simple decision: do you leave the hill as soon as you can (and try to stay up all day) or do you wait till it's good and blaze a trail on speedbar to cover more ground during the strong part of the day? 

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts his decisions and tactics on an epic flight from Selsley Common hill near Stroud in Gloucestershire to near Eastbourne in East Sussex, when his leading position on his sports class wing (Skywalk CAYENNE5, EN C) was put to the test against the relentless racing of Mark Watts on his competition wing (Ozone Enzo 2, CCC).

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