Gear Guides

Paragliders: Handling

How To Choose The Right Paraglider (Handling)

 

Competition racers might think performance is the main priority, but for most pilots, wing handling is more important.

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Paragliders: Weight Ranges & Wing Loading

How to Choose the Right Paraglider (Weight Ranges & Wing Loading)

 

Join me in an investigation. Stuff everything into your glider backpack, as you would walk up the hill, with your extra jacket and flying boots.

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Paragliders: Comparing Performance

How To Choose The Right Paraglider (Comparing Performance)

 

After reading the first part of the series you might have decided that you are interested in the XC Class.

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Paragliders: Which Class?

How To Choose The Right Paraglider (Which Class?)

 

We think you should have a wide choice, so we stock many demo wings.

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Choose The Right Paraglider

With so many brands and models to choose from, finding the perfect paraglider can be a real challenge. In this series of articles we will demystify the process, by considering various aspects that affect your choice, and help you choose the right paraglider for you.

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Advance IOTA Reviews

Reviews of the Advance IOTA paraglider.

The IOTA is the new XC class 'high-end EN B' wing from Advance Paragliders. It's designed to fit between the Progression class 'easy EN B' EPSILON 7 and the Advanced class EN C rated SIGMA 9 in their range of paragliders.

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Safety Notice: Skywalk MASALA2

Skywalk have issued an urgent safety notice regarding all sizes of their ultra-lightweight paraglider, MASALA2.

When reverse launching a Skywalk Masala 2, a pilot had the rear riser (C / D) tear at the stitching with the B-riser. The pilot managed to abort take-off, and was unhurt.

Skywalk's investigation with the DHV has found that if enough force is applied in the opposing direction to normal flight then failure could occur.

All Skywalk MASALA2s must be checked by the manufacturer and must not be flown before then.

For more information, see the original safety notice in German here.

Download the safety notice in English here.

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Go Light: Flight Instruments

Lightweight Paragliding Flight Instruments

When considering these instruments we've made an assumption that you are preparing for self-sufficient flying trips and need 25 hours of instrument runtime, being one week of normal flying (5 hours a day flying, 5 flying days). If you're only doing day trips or you can pop into towns for a recharge on your bivi route, then power management is not as great a concern.

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Light Equipment: The Complete Guide

Lightweight kit makes you more adventurous when going cross country. It inspires you to hike up peaks, just to fly down. It packs down small and makes travel a pleasure.

In this article we will try to assemble a complete lightweight flying solution that offers you the best from the latest designs.

We will consider harnesses, backpacks, reserves, helmets, instruments and wings; all the elements that combine to form an ideal lightweight kit.

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