Flight Skills

  1. When soaring, it's safest to keep all turns away from the hill. But for XC you need to thermal, and effective thermaling requires circling. When you're close to the terrain, you can be caught by the 'downwind devil', especially in strong wind. This has caught out many pilots over the years, pilots who knew the theory and yet still made the mistake. It might not be as simple as it seems. Don't let it catch you!

  2. Turning back at the ridge? Don't get caught by the Downwind Devil!

    When soaring, it's safest to keep all turns away from the hill. But for XC you need to thermal, and effective thermaling requires circling. When you're close to the terrain, you can be caught by the 'downwind devil', especially in strong wind. This has caught out many pilots over the years, pilots who knew the theory and yet still made the mistake. It might not be as simple as it seems. Don't let it catch you!

  3. By Carlo Borsattino, CFI of Flybubble Paragliding. The wind forecast was for light south easterlies, and the thermal forecast was looking good, so we went to SHGC flying site High and Over, near Seaford, hoping to fly and maybe even...
  4. Reducing Risk for Free-Flyers (series)

    Reducing Risk for Free-Flyers (series)

    Free-flyers are exposed to many risks. By identifying the greatest danger, you can make an effort to increase your safety margins in other areas. By examining each element of risk in turn—Weather, Wing, Gear, Sites, Ability, Knowledge—in a series of articles, we hope to provide some insight into reducing your risk.

  5. Attitude: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Attitude: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Hang glider and paraglider pilots are a very small minority and most non-flying people will only ever meet one or two of us. Their opinion of our sport will be based, for good or ill, on such brief encounters...

  6. Foot or Flybubble 2012

    Foot or Flybubble 2012

    We invite you to take part in the inaugural Foot or Flybubble Challenge!

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

    It's like the X-Alps, only there's no Alps, and it's not nearly that X.

    It's a great opportunity to learn about the Southern sites, to discuss the route choices, share tips, speculate and of course attempt your own inspiring flights and applaud your friends!

    Foot or Flybubble. Are you up for the challenge?

  7. Blorenge Birthday Bivouac!

    Blorenge Birthday Bivouac!

    After getting a lucky climb from out front of the E/SE face of The Blorenge, I eventually topped out at approx 3500ft ASL just behind T/O. Considering various wind/weather factors, I decided to attempt an Out-and-Return (O&R) and/or Triangle XC...
  8. Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Hythe 06.03.2009

    Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Hythe 06.03.2009

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts a cross country flight by paraglider from Devils Dyke to Hythe in Kent and gives insights into how this flight was done.

  9. Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts his cross country (XC) flight by paraglider from Devils Dyke to Pevensey Bay on 27th October 2008.

  10. Paragliding XC Rybury to Wingrave 15.08.2008

    Paragliding XC Rybury to Wingrave 15.08.2008

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino recounts a cross country (XC) flight by paraglider from Rybury in Wiltshire (between Devizes & Marlborough) to Wingrave near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, and gives insights into how this was achieved.

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