Flight Skills

  1. A Glider Too Far

    A Glider Too Far

    By virtue of his role, Joe Schofield, the editor of BHPA Skywings Magazine, gets to hear many freeflight pilots' stories. Unfortunately too many of these involve low-airtime paraglider, paramotor and hang glider pilots flying unsuitable equipment, too advanced for them, often with a bad outcome. Even if, by pure dumb luck, the pilot doesn't actually crash, or by chance isn't injured, their confidence takes a knock. They can become disillusioned, afraid of flying and even lose all interest in the sport. In this article Joe shares his thoughts from many years in freeflight and offers some wise words of advice on how to avoid the pitfalls and continue having a great, safe and above all FUN time freeflying for many years to come. Greg from Flybubble adds a few words too.

  2. Paragliding Cross Country: The Longest Line from Leckhampton by Paraglider

    Paragliding Cross Country: The Longest Line from Leckhampton by Paraglider

    On 18th April 2014 Carlo Borsattino, Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) of Flybubble Paragliding set a new UK paragliding record for distance on an EN B paraglider, flying 182 km straight-line from Leckhampton, a challenging site near Cheltenham on his Gin Carrera. In this article Carlo describes the flight and gives unique insights on how he achieved it.

  3. All around The South Downs hills with a Paraglider

    All around The South Downs hills with a Paraglider

    Greg Hamerton went to Devils Dyke for a training flight. "For two years, the Foot or Fly course (linking all the Southern sites) has been a wind-up. I'd flown bits and pieces, walked all of it, and tried different start points, but never closed it. Only James Hope-Lang and his jammy legs had done it in a day, and there's no way I was going to run that far with that bag. But at last, I have solved the puzzle!" Here's how to do it >

  4. The transition from ridge soaring to thermaling is often led by the experienced pilots, who somehow seem to 'know' when to glide out into the big unknown void of Beyond The Ridge Lift. Whenever you try to follow them, you seem to go down. What do they know? And how do you develop this skill? Making the transition from ridge soaring to thermaling can seem complicated until you learn this simple trick.

  5. Flying Story: Winter At Cloudbase

    Flying Story: Winter At Cloudbase

    I like to be prepared. When I got my heated gloves as a prize from Flybubble last August I stashed them in the glovebox of my car, so they were there, ready for a cold snap. I mean, if they...
  6. Useful info and resources relating to the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA) Pilot rating and exam: BHPA Pilot Rating Tasks & Exam Syllabus BHPA Pilot Rating Tasks Tasks for "Pilot" Rating - for information only. BHPA members wishing...
  7. Paragliding Safety: Launch & Landing Stance

    Paragliding Safety: Launch & Landing Stance

    It looks cool, to just step gently off the hill, tip back into your pod, and swoop off, inches from the grass. There is a hidden danger in this bad habit, one which will show its teeth when launching into unexpected turbulence or striking a hidden object.

  8. XC Secrets: Catching thermals (with both hands)

    XC Secrets: Catching thermals (with both hands)

    In this article and accompanying video we demonstrate and discuss how to catch thermals and control your thermaling turn focusing on four key concepts: thermal searching, using weightshift, tightening on the core and optimising brake input. Using the correct timing, weightshift and outer brake inputs can dramatically improve your climb rate and get you to the top of the stack.

  9. Paraglider Control: Active Flying (a vital paragliding skill)

    Paraglider Control: Active Flying (a vital paragliding skill)

    What does 'active flying' mean for paraglider pilots? We discuss this vital paragliding skill, and how to master it.

  10. Paraglider Control: Crosswind Launching

    Paraglider Control: Crosswind Launching

    A simple technique for handling a tricky situation - crosswind launches.

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