Gear Guides

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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Syride SYS’NAV review | Skywings Magazine

Andrew Craig tries the SYS’GPS’ more powerful big brother

Syride SYS'Nav reviewAfter their SYS’Alti vario and SYS’GPS altimeter-vario-GPS, Syride have come up with an even more capable box of tricks, while keeping the box the same size as the other two.

The SYS’Nav does everything the SYS’GPS does (see May Skywings for my review of the latter).

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Naviter Oudie Paragliding Tips

The Oudie for paragliding is a powerful all-in-one flight instrument, specially designed for freeflight. Although it can be used straight out of the box, to get the most out of the Oudie you need to spend time reading the manual and learning how it works - just like any other flight instrument or software!

The following tips, compiled by the Flybubble crew, are meant as a supplement (not replacement) to the manual.

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Flymaster Live SD: Review and Tips

The Flymaster Live SD is a top-of-the-range flight instrument offering advanced competition features and live tracking. Flybubble Team Pilot PHIL CLARK checks out the features and offers advice on getting the most out of this great unit.

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SAFETY NOTICE: Woody Valley buckles

Woody Valley have issued an important Safety Notice regarding their buckles:

"Dear friend!
We need to inform you we are experiencing unwanted openings of some of our light automatic buckles located on the main chest strap of our harnesses. For a matter of safety, we decided to write a safety note that will be published by the DHV.

There are about 12000 harnesses equipped with this kind of buckle and so far we’ve registered problems only with the "07/13" and "08/13" batches.
For the records, "07/13" and "08/13" are the month/year production date engraved on our buckles. Company policy will be exclusively for a prompt and free buckle replacement.
We apologise for the inconvenience and we thank you in advance for your precious cooperation in managing this issue as professionally as we can.
BR, Woody Valley staff"

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A Glider Too Far

A Glider Too Far

In recent weeks the following have been reported: a paraglider pilot with 12 hours airtime turning up on an SIV course with a top-end B glider, said to have been sold to him by his school (not in this country); a paraglider pilot with 20 hours flying an EN C wing with a pod harness; and a novice paraglider pilot with four hours airtime and an EN A paraglider, who had also just qualified on paramotors and bought an EN C paramotor wing.

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Syride SYS’One mini-vario review | Skywings

Andrew Craig checks out a new departure in miniaturisation


There’s not much more to say about the Sys’One from Syride, and that’s probably how most users would want it – the user’s manual fills a single page.

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Naviter Oudie 3 review | Skywings magazine

Steve Uzochukwu reports (review courtesy of SkyWings Magazine |

Their Oudie 3 flight computer, flight planning and analysis tool for sailplane, paraglider and hang glider pilots runs on Windows as well as Android, iPhone and iPad devices. Naviter has been making the more sailplane-orientated Oudie for a while, but now in the Oudie 3 there is a dedicated free-flight instrument.

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