XC Secrets

  1. XC Secrets: Catching thermals (with both hands)

    XC Secrets: Catching thermals (with both hands)

    In this article and accompanying video we demonstrate and discuss how to catch thermals and control your thermaling turn focusing on four key concepts: thermal searching, using weightshift, tightening on the core and optimising brake input. Using the correct timing, weightshift and outer brake inputs can dramatically improve your climb rate and get you to the top of the stack.

  2. XC Secrets: How to thermal with pilots

    XC Secrets: How to thermal with pilots

    A simple guide to joining thermals filled with circling traffic.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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!

  8. 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...
  9. 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.

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

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