Flight Skills

  1. A UK Paragliding Winter's Cross Country Tale

    A UK Paragliding Winter's Cross Country Tale

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts his February flight by paraglider from Devils Dyke in East Sussex to near Ashford in Kent and gives insights into how this exceptional flight was achieved starting, as it often does, with checking the paragliding soaring weather forecasts.

  2. Getting Into Acro Paragliding: there's something up with the horizon!

    Getting Into Acro Paragliding: there's something up with the horizon!

    Acro paragliding looks exciting, but how do you learn to do it? What is a freestyle wing? And where are the best sites to try out the acro moves? Greg Hamerton discusses getting into acro on the Niviuk F-Gravity 2 and shares some hair-raising videos ... 

  3. SHGC Paragliding 2014 XC Season Roundup

    SHGC Paragliding 2014 XC Season Roundup

    A roundup of the Southern Hang Gliding Club (SHGC) paragliding cross country (XC) season for 2014.

  4. It’s exciting being on launch, especially if your friends are flying! The wind is increasing – you’ve got to get in the air! You’ve got to get in the air! You hurry it all out of the bag, throw on...
  5. XC Secrets: Learning From Tracklogs (Phil Clark)

    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.

  6. UK Paragliding 2014 XC Season Summary

    UK Paragliding 2014 XC Season Summary

    After what seemed like an 'endless summer' in the United Kingdom, the paragliding cross country flying season appears to have finally come to a somewhat unwelcome end for 2014 - and what a hugely eventful year it proved to be! However, just because it's warmer than usual doesn't necessarily mean it's better for XC flying. So what kind of year was it for flying XC on paragliders in the UK - not just the few 'Sky Gods' but the many 'mere mortals' too? One of the best ways to gauge this is by looking that the UK Paragliding XC League, and hearing from the pilots, of all levels, who took part. 

  7. Traffic Rules: Thermalers vs Soarers

    Traffic Rules: Thermalers vs Soarers

    What happens when you're ridge soaring, and someone thermals into you? Who has right of way? And what should you do? We analyse a common traffic problem and offer a strategy to solve it here >

  8. XC Tales: The Class War — Paragliders vs Hang Gliders

    XC Tales: The Class War — Paragliders vs Hang Gliders

    On 23/24 August 2014, two teams met to decide once and for all, who was better: Hang gliders or paragliders?

  9. Get the Edge: Prepare For Your First Paragliding Competition

    Get the Edge: Prepare For Your First Paragliding Competition

    Many paraglider pilots are interested in cross country flying, from those who have just received their XC licence (in the UK, the BHPA Pilot Rating) to experienced pilots with a desire to explore. After some time doing XC, pilots often decide to enter a competition to test themselves, to fly a new site with support or just to try something new. This article aims to helps you get the edge in your first competition, based on my experience.

  10. Flybubble Team Pilot, Graham Steel, shares his insight on flying a 54 km Declared FAI Triangle over the low terrain of the Cotswolds in the UK.

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