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Freeflight Instruments FAQ

Got a question relating to freeflight instruments not answered in the user manual? We've compiled a collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers relating to freeflight instruments, including vario-only varios, alti-varios and alti-vario-gps combos. For brand or model specific questions or support, it's generally best to contact the manufacturer's support team directly, since no one knows them better than they do and it's likely they've been asked your question before.

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Choose The Right Flight Instrument

There are more than twenty flight instruments just within the ranges that Flybubble stock and support, each with their own features, screen design, sensors and technical capabilities. Let’s examine how to choose the right one. Instruments can help you climb better, stay up for longer, glide further and make better decisions. An altimeter might seem simple: it can tell you how high you are and whether you are climbing or sinking. But is that in metres or feet? QNH or QFE? Barometric or GPS altitude? For new pilots, things can rapidly become complicated. The simpler the instrument, the fewer choices you will have to make and the less it will demand from you. The key to getting the right instrument is to have all the features you really need on display, and no more.

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Harness Selection and Fitting Service

For a while I’d been thinking of swapping out my existing Ozium harness for something more suitable for my usual type of flying. This gave me the opportunity to try out for myself the service Flybubble give for harness selection and setup, and a perfect chance to gather information for the article explaining in more depth what is involved in finding and fitting the ideal harness.

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Urs Haari and the Modern Reserve Parachute

In 1995 High Adventure opened a new chapter in the history of paraglider reserve parachutes with the Beamer, a paragliding reserve based on the famous Rogallo wing concept. In this enlightening interview with Urs Haari, we talk about the development process, modern reserves, the lightweight fashion, small sizes, tracking (airspeed) and the reserve parachutes of the future.

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The Loft Workshop Paraglider Servicing & Repair

The Loft Workshop is a well-known paraglider repair and service centre based in southeast England that’s been going since 1998. They repair wings, harnesses and even kite surfing equipment. For many UK pilots, a season isn’t complete without using their services. I went along to Newhaven to learn a little more about the company, the man behind it--Mike Millwood, flying since 1986--and what goes into servicing a wing.

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Buying a paragliding harness

To illustrate how Flybubble’s buying service works, we follow the experience of Ben Holt, who wanted an upgrade from his Advance Success 3. Find out what goes on during a harness fitting session at Flybubble.

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Paragliding harness maintenance

A helicopter pilot would never lift off in the morning without a complete systems check. Paraglider pilots can sometimes skip their daily equipment inspection, because problems are rare and the equipment is deceptively simple. Beware! Paragliding harness maintenance is essential. Make sure you check yours regularly.

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Setting up your paragliding harness

It’s very hard to set up a harness by yanking on straps in the air. Although easy adjustment is a vital feature of any harness, the initial trimming is best done in a static environment where you can take the time to get the geometry perfected.

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