XC Secrets

  1. 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.

  2. Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Hastings 16.07.2008

    Paragliding XC Devils Dyke to Hastings 16.07.2008

    This flight l was absolutely lovely and truly amazing most of the time... but somewhat hairy and scary at others!

  3. Paragliding flight from Lewes in East Sussex to Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey!

    Paragliding flight from Lewes in East Sussex to Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey!

    On Friday 4th July 2008 Carlo Borsattino, Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) of Flybubble Paragliding, launched his paraglider from Mount Caburn hill on the South Downs hills near Lewes in East Sussex and flew 'cross country' (XC) for four and a half hours, climbing to nearly 5000 ft above sea mean level (AMSL), eventually landing safely at the edge Sheerness town on the Isle of Sheppey, a very happy man indeed.

  4. Cross Country Paragliding Flight from High & Over to Green Street

    Cross Country Paragliding Flight from High & Over to Green Street

    On Wednesday 21st May the weather forecasts were looking potentially very good for a paragliding cross country flight (or two!) the next day from High & Over...

  5. Lovely little 25km FAI Triangle XC on a Paraglider from Mount Caburn

    Lovely little 25km FAI Triangle XC on a Paraglider from Mount Caburn

    The day after I got back from running a paragliding trip to Croatia, I had many things to do. However the weather decided to taunt me with looking really great for a cross country flight from one of our local hills, Mount Caburn near Lewes. Question was, as Joe and Mick famously wrote: "Should I stay or should I go?" Like the lyrics say: "If I go, there will be trouble." But then again they also then say: "And if I stay it will be double." This indecision's was indeed bugging me. So I decided to put things off for the day and go flying. The weather waits for no man, woman or beast, after all!

  6. Paragliding "Low-airtime SIV" by Julian Rayner

    Paragliding "Low-airtime SIV" by Julian Rayner

    Having completed his basic paragliding training and qualified as a paraglider pilot through a BHPA paragliding school in the UK in the summer of 2005, Julian didn't yet feel very confident when flying. He was always conscious that, if anything went wrong, he had little clue and absolutely no practical experience of how to deal with it. He didn't understand what my glider was capable of doing and what its limits were. As a result he would fly in a state of tension, controlling the glider gingerly for fear of doing something which would cause him to fall out of the sky. Flying in this state of mind, he felt that I was exposing myself to more risk than he should. He wanted to feel safer.

    Someone suggested doing an SIV course and so he looked into it. He decided to go to Oludeniz in Turkey with Carlo Borsattino of Flybubble Paragliding. From what I'd heard, Oludeniz looked like the perfect place for SIV, with its good weather, high, nearby mountain and seaside location. And a number of people had told him that Carlo was one of the best instructors around. It didn't take long for him to realise that he'd made a good choice.

  7. Cross Country Paragliding Flight from Bo Peep Hill by Carlo Borsattino

    Cross Country Paragliding Flight from Bo Peep Hill by Carlo Borsattino

    Tuesday the 7th of June proved to be a superb day's flying from Bo Peep hill, with quite a few paraglider pilots managing some challenging cross country flights, exploring the complex areas of lift around the nearby Sussex South Downs hills, and some farther a-field!...

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