Gear Guides

Phi MAESTRO paraglider review

The Phi MAESTRO is designed for recreational pilots with some experience who want to excel at cross country flying or are looking for a wing with feeling and feedback. It’s what we call a ‘high B’ or B+ for short, which means it passes the standard EN-B certification tests, but requires more piloting skill to fly when compared to something like the Phi Tenor.

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Skytraxx Beacon (Flight Alarm and Tracker)

The Skytraxx Beacon is an Electronic Conspicuity (EC) device designed to alert other aircraft to your presence, and to record your flights in IGC file format. It looks very simple, with just an On/Off switch, two LED indicators and a micro USB port. The two LEDs cover charging and status. The charging port is used by a large number of smartphones, and a charger used for them can be used on the Beacon.

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Gin LEOPARD (EN-D) Paraglider Report

The Leopard is distinguished by its opportunistic hunting behaviour, strength, and its ability to adapt to a variety of habitats including arid and montane areas. It can move at speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph). Phil Clark takes delivery of his Gin LEOPARD (EN D) and takes to the skies.

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Skytraxx 2.1 Flight Instrument Review

The Skytraxx 2.1 is a small flight instrument with extensive capabilities. As a mid-priced unit it is aimed at the ambitious cross country pilot, offering classic altivario displays and all the essential data that comes with an integrated GPS: groundspeed, wind (thermal drift), tracklog trail and a moving map showing nearby waypoints and airspace. The design of this instrument matches the needs of a broad range of pilots. Greg Hamerton investigates the ups and downs.

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Flight Instruments FAQ

FLARM (FLight alARM) is popular amongst sailplanes. The typical FLARM unit sends and receives signals and calculates the trajectory of nearby air traffic to warn of collision risk. This unit is too large and costly for most freeflight pilots, but for a very small cost to a manufacturer they can make a tiny device that transmits FLARM signals. As the slower moving HG or PG, we really want the faster moving vehicle to see us.

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Skytraxx 3.0 Flight Instrument Insight

The Skytraxx 3.0 is an all-in-one flight computer. It offers all the bells and whistles for flying competition tasks and will record your flights and replay them to you. It can’t thermal for you, but it can show you where to go, what's around you and where you’re going with accuracy, clarity and style. Steve Uzochukwu shares his first impressions.

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Best paragliding harness (with EPSILON 9)?

Greg was testing the EPSILON 9 and Carlo added a curveball: why not review the wing using three different harnesses from Advance, to compare the feeling? We test the Easiness 2, Success 4 and Lightness 3 to identify the best match.

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How to deploy from the LIGHTNESS 3

A few pilots reported more resistance than expected when simulating reserve parachute (rescue) deployments in the Advance Lightness 3. We ran tests and compatibility checks using different techniques and angles. Carlo demonstrates the correct technique as explained in the manual: pull to the side.

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Advance EPSILON 9 Paraglider Review

The EPSILON 9 is designed to help you progress in your flying after your first wing, or just have fun in the air without worrying. It is placed mid-way between the very-capable Alpha 6 and the higher performing Iota 2. We test the handling and safety of this modern EN B wing from Advance.

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Safety Note: Charly QUICK-OUT karabiners

Important note for all Quick-Out karabiner users! Please observe the safety message Quick-Out carabiner 4.2019 and check your karabiners accordingly before the next take off. There may be Quick-outs in use which can release when only one of the two release buttons is depressed.

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