XC Secrets

  1. Bornes To Fly 2016 tactical review

    Bornes To Fly 2016 tactical review

    A tactical review from the midfield by Greg Hamerton: I don't like jogging. My normal day involves 10 hours or so of sitting at a PC, interrupted by exciting moments of coffee and chocolate. Occasionally, if the weather's good, I'll go flying instead. So to even consider something like the Bornes To Fly, I knew I needed some body-conditioning. Then there was the unavoidable fact that my name appears on the XPYR entry list for July, along with Maurer, Durogati and Coconea.

  2. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Winners

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Winners

    In the UK we fly near to clouds a lot, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem. How can you tell the difference? Flybubble Greg analyses a recent XC flight that became a little too lifty...

  3. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots' Tales

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Pilots' Tales

    In the UK we fly near to clouds a lot, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem. How can you tell the difference? Flybubble Greg analyses a recent XC flight that became a little too lifty...

  4. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Spring

    Paragliding cross country season report for Spring 2015 in the United Kingdom.

  5. UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    UK Paragliding XC Season 2015: Summer & Autumn

    In the UK we fly near to clouds a lot, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem. How can you tell the difference? Flybubble Greg analyses a recent XC flight that became a little too lifty...

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. XC Secrets: Cloudsuck

    XC Secrets: Cloudsuck

    In the UK we often fly near clouds, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem. How can you tell the difference? We analyse an XC flight that became a little too lifty.

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