Flight Skills

  1. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots' Tales

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots' Tales

    Photo by Rita Vogel Virgilio

    We fly for many reasons.

    We follow an urge to leave the earth and soar upwards, conquering gravity and the constraints of our physical form, transforming our grounded, 2-dimensional experience of space into the 3D playground of the sky. Joining the birds for a while unlocks endless panoramas of our beautiful planet.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Big XC? No Hotship Required

    Big XC? No Hotship Required

    You don't have to fly a hotship to achieve great flights! Although having more performance helps, you don't have to fly a Performance Class or Competition wing to achieve your Big XC dreams. The gliding and climbing ability of the modern Sports Class (mid EN C) is now remarkable! Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than Flybubble Carlo Borsattino's recent performance on his Artik 4. 

  6. XC Secrets: Cracking 200 km by Paraglider in the UK Paragliding Cross Country

    XC Secrets: Cracking 200 km by Paraglider in the UK Paragliding Cross Country

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino has been flying cross country (XC) by paraglider since the early nineties, and has a reputation for his ability to stay aloft for hours even in the weakest conditions. But it takes more than patience to fly over 200 km in the UK. He analyses the technical challenges, tactical moves and saved mistakes that helped him to achieve his personal best distance to date.

  7. XPYRIENCE: A volbiv adventure

    XPYRIENCE: A volbiv adventure

    What's it like taking on the mountains with nothing but an aircraft that runs on air? Greg Hamerton attempts a solo traverse of the Pyrenees via paraglider and discovers the magnitude and magic of a road less travelled.

  8. Breaking 50km by Paraglider (by Dickon Walker)

    Breaking 50km by Paraglider (by Dickon Walker)

    Never having been a part of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) British Club Challenge (BCC) I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In 7 years I’d not quite got beyond being a lone ranger of the skies (well, ridges, more accurately). Whenever I’d previously thought about attending, the dates had never coincided with my being free of other responsibilities.

  9. Busting 100km on a Paraglider (by Dickon Walker)

    Busting 100km on a Paraglider (by Dickon Walker)

    It was Day 2 of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) British Club Challenge (BCC), and looking through the caravan skylight the sky was blue with conditions similar to the day before. Hundred House was the new venue called for the BCC, given the more Easterly breeze. This was over an hour away from the Slackers camp site in Llangatock so I enjoyed being chauffeured there by more experienced XC hound Andrew Craig; it felt good to share encouragement and be confident enough to leave my car far behind with a clear intention of leaving the hill, knowing that every kilometre flown would take me towards my (mobile) home. 

  10. Paragliding: Trying A New Angle

    Paragliding: Trying A New Angle

    Flybubble's Greg Hamerton attempts an early season 50 km triangle from a small hill in the UK and gives insights into his thinking and tactics and inspires us with trying new things.

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