XC Secrets

  1. XC Secrets: Shaded flatlands glide

    XC Secrets: Shaded flatlands glide

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for answers.

  2. XC Secrets: Alpine valley crossing

    XC Secrets: Alpine valley crossing

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for the answers.

  3. Making the most of sea thermals on a paraglider or hang glider

    Making the most of sea thermals on a paraglider or hang glider

    Thermals over the sea? How can it be? UK winter flying can be surprisingly good. We explain how to identify a good day for sea thermals, where to look for them, and what to do with them once you find them.

  4. XC Secrets: Leeside thermals

    XC Secrets: Leeside thermals

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for the answers.

  5. XC Secrets: Choosing a line

    XC Secrets: Choosing a line

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for the answers.

  6. XC Secrets: Coastal cloud puzzle

    XC Secrets: Coastal cloud puzzle

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above thoroughly before scrolling down for the answers.

  7. Catching the Drift: Thermals and Wind

    Catching the Drift: Thermals and Wind

    Holding on to a drifting thermal can be very challenging, but improving this skill can yield exponential gains in airtime. Due to their buoyancy, thermals want to rise straight up. At some point the prevailing wind will overcome this inertia and tilt the thermal column. The winds at different altitudes can vary in direction and strength. The thermals therefore follow a wandering tilted trajectory as they rise, which can be difficult to map in three dimensions.

  8. Light wind freedom on a paraglider (or hang glider)

    Light wind freedom on a paraglider (or hang glider)

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino offers some tips for flying well on a paraglider (or hang glider) on light wind days.

  9. XC Secrets: How To Fly XC (On A Paraglider)

    XC Secrets: How To Fly XC (On A Paraglider)

    You don't need a high-performance hotship. You don't need to take crazy risks. You just need commitment, a little faith, and a wing you trust. And some of these tips... Cross country (XC) flying is inspiring and adventurous. In its...
  10. X-Pyr 2016 Flybubble Team report

    X-Pyr 2016 Flybubble Team report

    X-Pyr is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the Red Bull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year. Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480 km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week. Flybubble team pilot Greg competed in the 2016 edition.

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