Flight Skills

  1. Paragliding United Kingdom (UK) cross country (XC) season report for Spring 2015. Spring 2015 UK Paragliding XC A couple of weeks later saw the first '100+' day, on 10th March with Phil Wallbank scoring 112 points for a 43km FAI...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. Wings Over The Cloud Award 2015

    Wings Over The Cloud Award 2015

    Each year Skywings Magazine presents the Wings Over The Cloud award for inspiring writing. This year Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino has won the award for his articles: Super Sunday and If We're Lucky We'll Make Bexhill.

  8. A Flying Story: How To Go Harness Shopping

    A Flying Story: How To Go Harness Shopping

    Stuart Hall needed a harness. The Flybubble shop was in East Sussex, a round trip of more than 500 miles. No problem, Stu has a creative solution!

  9. Paragliding Pod Harness Entry Tips

    Paragliding Pod Harness Entry Tips

    In this article, we share with you some tips on getting into a paragliding pod harness more easily. With practice, getting your legs and feet into your pod harness should be quick and easy. It's no good having to struggle to get in properly every time. As well as being frustrating, struggling to get into the speedbag (leg fairing) when you launch means you're not in control at a critical time, when you're near the ground, close to other pilots and possibly in need of your speedbar. Worse, you could end up accidentally activating the paraglider speed system, possibly asymmetrically, which is highly dangerous as it could result in a wing collapse at low level.

  10. Speed Flying Safety

    Speed Flying Safety

    Speed flying is flying FAST downhill. The concept has evolved from speed riding, the fast mountain descent under a speed glider launched on skis. Speed gliders are not simply scaled-down, mini-paragliders. Speedflying Safety Information from Gin Gliders: Speedflying is opening...

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