Nova Phantom (2016) EN B

Nova: "The PHANTOM offers the safety of a basic intermediate with the performance of a top-end wing. This has been made possible through probably the most complex construction ever used in a serial-production wing." "With 99 cells, 804 needle-eye ribs and 3200 slots in the profiles and diagonal ribs to reduce weight, the PHANTOM could be the most complex and technically elaborate wing ever made.  With more than 3000 individual components, it sets a new benchmark in paraglider construction." "How does a large number of cells increase performance? The more cells, the smoother the wing – which means less drag. A large number of cells also provides ultimate stability. This helps maintain performance even in turbulent air." "The PHANTOM combines the best of both worlds: the low piloting demands of the ION and the great performance of the TRITON 2."

Find out more about the Nova's new Progression Class EN B wing here.

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Safety Notice: Gin GENIE LITE 2

Earlier production batches of the Genie Lite 2 have been noted to have issues with the rescue handle. The rescue handle loop is too short for some models of rescue parachutes. This may cause the plastic wire pins to get stuck during deployment.

To rectify this, Gin have produced a loop extender (13cm). All current GIN stock has the loop extender included with the harness. Previously shipped harnesses did not come with this loop. If you require the loop extender, please contact your GIN distributor.

In addition, please ensure that your rescue has been installed according to the instructions in the Genie Lite 2 product manual. If in any doubt, please seek professional advice.

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SAFETY NOTICE: Finsterwalder CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles

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.

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Sup’Air LEAF

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.

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Sharing the Air

An insightful piece by Skywings editor JOE SCHOFIELD on the need for consideration when flying in shared airspace.

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NEW: Gin Sprint 3

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.

Find out more about the Gin Sprint 3

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Gin SPRINT 3 Reviews

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."

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Bornes To Fly 2016

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. 

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