Happy New Year! The January
edition is here, to bring you good cheer.
After all those festive balloons have deflated, it
may feel as if
2016 is sort of rushing up towards you, in a scary kind of way.
Well never fear, here's a digital reserve
parachute that deploys
with one click: a sudden jolt of flying ephemera that will soften your
fall into the sofa, and who knows, may even inspire you to check the
clouds speeding over the shivering trees.
Not flyable yet? Oh well, let's pretend ...
^ 10am 31st July 2015, UK. The start of
an epic XC day. Best flight 244km, 7hrs.
There's been some big distance action in
Australia, where Seiko Fukuoka may have
set new female world records for distance via three turnpoints (378km track), a flight to a declared
goal (366km) and straight distance (402km).
Charles Casaux may
have set a new world record for free distance via three turnpoints
(476km track) which would be an
Australian record for straight distance too (451km).
Both are subject to ratification by the FAI.
to Namibia was a success, they
bagged two German records: gain of height (3847m) and speed around 25km
FAI triangle (30.9km/h), and also completed 200km Out and Return
flights, flights to altitude, and 220km to the Botswana border.
Advance Test Centre
Flybubble is an official Advance
Test Centre: we
have all their wings and harnesses in stock for you to try out, in
various sizes. Yes, the entire range! We also stock all their bags,
accessories and most Advance clothing.
Find out more >
Carlo and Nancy attended the BHPA Parachute
Conference in Derby to find out the latest developments.
Here's a quick report.
They also attended a refresher BHPA Club
Coach course run by BHPA's Dave Thompson backed by new
Flying & Safety Committee recruits Ian Currer and Mark Shaw.
Whilst the fundamental principals of coaching
haven't changed much
over the years it was good to refresh the concepts and find out about
the BHPA's forthcoming pilot development program, aimed at post-CP
Advance LIGHTNESS 2 reviews
After a full season of thorough testing, we review
LIGHTNESS 2, a lightweight pod harness for cross country enthusiasts.
Real insight from real pilots!
Icaro Solar X
"A very comfortable and stable helmet - I'm even
growing to love the
vibrant lizard green colour scheme! Nancy was extremely knowledgeable
about the product and helped me to configure it with the appropriate
Microavionics headset; Flybubble have a great arrangement with
Microavionics and they send your helmet to them directly for the
headset to be fitted by the experts - they in turn despatch it directly
to you at no extra charge." -- Jules
Advance Success 3
"The Flybubble team sorted out my harness, fitting
stirrup and reserve and delivering the next day. My initial impressions
of the harness is that it does everything that Advance claims in their
sales pitch. I am delighted. Responsive and comfortable and made to the
highest standard." -- Pat
"The Flytec is still probably the best choice for
hang-gliding XC in
the UK with good but not too complicated airspace detection. It now
handles over 300 way points. Nancy and the rest of the team are really
helpful and excellent service, got my unit to me a week early ready for
a comp. Price was good too!" -- Robert
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All-round harness for leisure, sport and XC.
A stylish, warm winter layer
Skywalk Softbag 2
Lighter than the previous version. Designed for pilots who prefer to
detach their wing from their harness when packing.
Buzz Z5 (EN B)
The Buzz Z5 is certified and now available for
order. Designed to
perfectly meet the needs of the Buzz type pilot, the all new Buzz Z5 is
a completely new design that keeps the re-assurance of its classic
According to Ozone, it has the revolutionary
more cells, new arc and new tip shape - all designed to give ease and
comfort whilst ensuring a nice step up in performance. Inflation is
better, turn more progressive, sail has more cohesion and profile is
more stable in rough air. There is a slightly higher top speed and
better glide performance at all speeds.
Wings: Pegasus & Falcon
is the first pure GIN wing designed specifically for paramotoring, the
result of a unique collaboration. A perfect choice for your first
is a state-of-the-art reflex paramotor wing for intermediate to
advanced pilots. The wing is fast, stable, agile and fuel-efficient -
ideal for fun flying, cross-country, bivouac and competition.
Fluid (Square Reserve)
New generation square parachute with maximum security.
Gin Yeti Cross (Square Reserve)
Stable descent with excellent sink rate and opening characteristics
Gin Genie Lite 2
A light cocoon harness with all the essential features and no
compromises in comfort.
Lots of new products have been added to the shop,
browse the emporium below...
Bivi flying - the slow way
The adventures of the bumbling bivi pilot are
complete! Watch the whole series ...
Syride have released
new firmware for their SYS'Nav
V3 and SYS'GPS ultralight all-in-one flight instruments, and upgraded
SYS PC Tool software, to bring pilots some great new added features, as
well as some bug fixes and improvements! Find
out more >
Upgrade your Naviter Oudie 3
to Oudie 3+
The winter isn't the best time for flying, which
makes it a good
time to upgrade your Naviter Oudie 3. Benefit from a new screen with
significantly improved visibility when viewed from an angle. Improved
battery chemistry for low temperature endurance, and a battery charging
light. There's also an optional Oudie Jacket (soft mount with hook and loop fastener)
or Naviter Leg Strap. More
Kortel reserve handle safety
Karma II Krashbox Module and Kuik II pilots should
check their own
rescue handle: Take the rescue handle in one hand. With the second one,
pull on each pins separately. If the rescue handle has the problem, the
pin will slide into the rescue handle body. More info >
Fly Like Chrigel
Slow TV at its best: a real-time (6 hour+) recording of the Maurer
brothers doing XC in the Alps, with full English subtitles thanks to
Bill Hetzel, the translators, and SRF-TV! Open the flight track too, it helps to
place the scenes in context.
Come Fly With Me
Advance shows off the new Alpha 6
From Climbing To Paragliding
A well known professional climber explains who he is and how he felt
when he started flying...
Hike like a Yeti, fly like a bird!
Gin inspire you to enjoy the beauty of Hike 'n fly with their new Yeti
Remy loves his Artik 4
Remy Dumas has two passions; his drive for perfection and his
Where will paragliding take you this year?
A year of uplifting possibilities
365 days: how many can you spend airborne?
We hope to be part of your flying success this
year. We depend on
word-of-mouth for our reputation, so if you feel we deserve a mention,
send feedback about the service you've received and we'll add it to the
Let's make this year a
(and then fly off it...)
Carlo, Nancy, Simon
Flybubble Paragliding Crew
+44 (0)1273 812 442
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Our speciality is matching pilots with the best equipment, to build
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