Flybubble Blog

  1. Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

    Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

    Round, square, hybrid, rogallo? There are many differences between modern reserve parachutes and buying one can be a complicated decision. A reserve can seem like an unnecessary cost, something you could do without or don't need to pay much attention to. But it's a cornerstone of reducing risk, and it's really important to get the choice right.

  2. Flybubble film: The Nepal Traverse (with Steven Mackintosh)

    Flybubble film: The Nepal Traverse (with Steven Mackintosh)

    The Nepal Traverse is the first solo paraglider 'vol bivouac' (fly-camping) attempt of the entire length of the Nepali Himalayas.

  3. Paraglider weight ranges: the numbers

    Paraglider weight ranges: the numbers

    The best glider in the world is no use to you if it isn't the right size for you. We explain how to navigate the different manufacturers' weight divisions.

  4. Into the blue: flying XC on blue thermal days

    Into the blue: flying XC on blue thermal days

    Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark helps you make the most of those cloudless, blue thermal days. Learn why they happen and how to make them work for you...

  5. Phi VIOLA wing review

    Phi VIOLA wing review

    The Phi Viola is a wing that appeals to potentially the widest range of pilots imaginable. The majority of sizes are EN A, and are thought of as lightweight hike and fly wings, and that's correct, as it's a lightweight version of the Sonata. However, it's also a very capable mainstream wing, and a mini wing for alpine flying or high wind soaring. It is able to cater for all these demands with a range of eight sizes, and certification from EN A to EN D, depending on the size chosen, and the use of extended weight ranges. 

  6. Phi VIOLA sizing guidance from Flybubble

    Phi VIOLA sizing guidance from Flybubble

    Our Flybubble MATCH service customers are often asking us which size of Phi VIOLA they should go for. Here's some guidance on this.

  7. Advance EASINESS 3 paragliding harness review (2)

    Advance EASINESS 3 paragliding harness review (2)

    The Advance Easiness 3 is a very high quality mainstream 'hike and fly' harness that's also suitable for beginners, and those with more general flying experience but new to the hike & fly genre. It also provides a myriad of other possibilities, for "travel and fly" or cycling to sites, for example. If you're interested in this sort of harness, read on…

  8. Flying teamwork makes freeflight dreamwork

    Flying teamwork makes freeflight dreamwork

    In this free flying cross country tips article, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark shares with you his key learning points from an ambitious planned closed-circuit XC flying task and shows us that, done right, flying teamwork can make freeflight dreamwork.

  9. Flybubble: the next chapter!

    Flybubble: the next chapter!

    For several years the Flybubble Channel was run by Greg Hamerton, leading Flybubble's charge online to demonstrate safe flying techniques and help pilots fly. He's now decided to start his own channel. This marks a new chapter for Flybubble, and exciting new opportunities for other media creators, who are invited to contact us with their media proposals.

  10. Thermal Hunting: Finding thermal sources and trigger points

    Thermal Hunting: Finding thermal sources and trigger points

    Time is running out and we must find lift, or land within minutes! Get a front row seat as we search for that elusive thermal source. Is it in the mountains or flatlands? Where will a thermal form? Where does it go? Let's find out.

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