On 4th June 2016 German manufacturer Finsterwalder, who supply buckles to many paragliding, paramotoring and hang gliding harness manufacturers, issued an important safety notice for all harnesses equipped with their CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles, potentially rendering them unairworthy. If these buckles are more than four years old then there is a risk of accidental opening, therefore any harness equipped with them should not be flown. Finsterwalder say that thousands of harnesses from many manufacturers are affected.Read more
Designed for everyday use in all conditions, the LEAF is a 'mid' EN B glider (Progression Class) for pilots who want flying to be simple and safe.
No more of the old 'high B, low B' debate; with the LEAF you can simply go flying without asking questions! Undemanding on the pitch axis, but agile enough to be enjoyable for thermaling and exploring the sky.
Fully sheathed lines, low friction brake rings and thin risers are some of the modern design touches.
If you're ready for your second wing and want a high level of passive safety combined with a smooth feel
find out more about the Sup'Air LEAF.
Demos available from Flybubble, reviews coming soon.Read more
Paragliding guide Kelly Farina approaches pilot progression in a systematic, logical way. From understanding the basics of glider handling to thermalling techniques and high-level cross-country advice, he breaks the sport down into manageable stages with achievable goals.
"The concepts here can help pilots of all levels achieve more success when flying XC. It is great to see these principles written down so clearly."
Thomas Walder, Austrian Paragliding Champion
Pre-order your copy before July 20 and get FREE SHIPPING to the UK.Read more
An insightful piece by Skywings editor JOE SCHOFIELD on the need for consideration when flying in shared airspace.
New from Sup'air: a comfortable reversible harness with an integrated under-seat reserve container.
The preinflated airbag ensures there's some protection even before flying. The compact airbag shape has a good aerodynamic profile. The reserve handle has clearly visible pins and optimum positioning.
Fine-tuning of the seat and back position allows for relaxed flying. In backpack mode, it offers 75L packing space, a padded waist strap and an ergonomic design.
Only 3.65kg with carabiners and speedbar (M size).
In stock at Flybubble!Read more
Our first Gin Sprint 3s have landed, in sizes M and L.
The Sprint 3 is Gin's new EN B wing, with an aspect ratio of 5.7, sitting between the Atlas and Carrera+.
Carlo flew the M (85-105 flown at 93kg) for 5 hours in punchy conditions. "It feels very solid and more like a higher aspect Atlas, than a lower aspect Carerra. It moves in a unified block. Gin's description is fair: it doesn't pitch and roll. Easy launching, firm controls, moderate top speed but lots of accessible performance."
Review coming shortly. Demos, expert advice, package deals and part-ex available through Flybubble.Read more
The Sprint 3 is Gin's new EN B wing, with an aspect ratio of 5.7, sitting between the Atlas and Carrera+ in their paraglider range.
Carlo flew the M in punchy conditions. "It feels very solid and more like a higher aspect Atlas, than a lower aspect Carerra. It moves in a unified block. Easy launching, firm controls, moderate top speed but lots of accessible performance."
John flew the L on the same day. "Entering thermals, once you bank the wing it moves very easily into them. The wing feels like it wants to be in the thermal."Read more
The June edition of our newsletter has a new, simplified look inspired by the designer's recent encounter with snow. Clean, white ... and very cool :-)
In this edition: adventure racing in Annecy, a new XC wing from Gin, a new light reversible harness from Sup'Air, and how to land ... backwards!Read more
The Bornes To Fly is a hike and fly race held in Annecy each year. Inspired by the RedBull X-Alps race, it's designed in a more accessible format over three days, with mandatory rest periods at night and a scaled down course adjusted according to the weather.
Flybubble Team Pilots GREG HAMERTON and ALISTAIR ANDREWS competed in the 2016 edition, and had a blast!
The report highlights tactical decisions and route choices to illustrate the various strategies that worked while crossing the Bornes range in challenging flying conditions.