Flight Skills

  1. XC Secrets: How to thermal with pilots

    XC Secrets: How to thermal with pilots

    A simple guide to joining thermals filled with circling traffic.

  2. Paraglider Control: Finding Your Stall Point

    Paraglider Control: Finding Your Stall Point

    Learning to fly slowly to extend your safety margin and improve your sensitivity to the stall point.

  3. Paragliding tips from a low-airtime paraglider pilot's perspective

    Paragliding tips from a low-airtime paraglider pilot's perspective

    Low-airtime paraglider pilot Ked Shayer found that he made some big improvements in his flying this year. He even won some prizes! Wisely, Ked noted down some of the things he learned so he could refer back to them later. We thought his notes would also be useful for other new pilots to read so, with Ked's permission, we've published them here for your benefit with bonus expert commentary from Carlo at Flybubble.

  4. Paraglider Control: Strong Wind Launching

    Paraglider Control: Strong Wind Launching

    When the wind is strong (over 20km/h on the ground) the wing generates a lot of power during the pullup. Here’s a simple technique for reducing the power and staying in control. This short article with images explains the basics of the technique step by step. The accompanying video at the end then demonstrates it. After that, it's up to you to practice, practice, practice!

  5. Exploring the content of the video and extending the ideas to help you get away.

  6. Swing Mistral 7 v U-Turn Blacklight

    Swing Mistral 7 v U-Turn Blacklight

    Carlo Borsattino, Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) of Flybubble, flew the Swing Mistral 7 and U-Turn Blacklight a good amount in varied conditions (light, strong, smooth, turbulent, dynamic, thermic) within a few weeks of each other, so could draw a very good and clear comparison between them. Carlo compares the two 'High B' wings in this article.

  7. XC Secrets: Using Outer Brake

    XC Secrets: Using Outer Brake

    Turning in lift? Using outer brake can help you get a flat climbing turn with maximum climb rate.

  8. Race reports from FOOT or FLYBUBBLE 2013 hike and fly race.

  9. Pilot articles from the Foot or Flybubble 2013 event. A selection of write-ups by pilots who took part in FoF 2013. For your enjoyment, learning and inspiration.

  10. We invite you to take part in the second Foot or Flybubble challenge!

    Using only your feet or your wing, link the selected launch sites in the closed circuit. Any day in May, June or July counts, between sunrise and sunset. The best attempt wins (longest then fastest around the course).

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