Advance EASINESS 2 Review

The Advance Easiness 2 is a light reversible harness with no seatboard. It has an optional removable airbag with built-in reserve compartment.

Advertised as comfortable to fly and carry, it is aimed at hike-and-fly pilots exploring the remote high places of the world. Is it suitable for ordinary pilots as well?

Always up for a challenge, ED BEWLEY performs a thorough investigation on the lowest test site we could find, and takes it to places no other man would dare to go.

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Safety: Managing the Mayhem

Team pilot Ruth Churchill Dower recounts a high altitude incident in the Himalaya.

A sudden updraught led to a stall and cascade. Despite having two reserve parachutes, Ruth lost 1000ft trying to fix the wing and landed in a tailslide on a precipitous ridgetop perch, luckily mostly unscathed.

It makes a cracking story, and there's a good deal to learn about managing mayhem and your personal reserve deployment throwing height.

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Grab Bag For Adventurous Paragliders

Get ready for adventure with our quick guide to preparing your own grab bag! 

Paragliders can cover great distances and land in some unexpected locations. Even a gentle evening glide over your favourite forest can end in a surprise.

Having some basic survival essentials in your bag can make a big difference.

Team pilot Alistair Andrews outlines what should be in your back-country grab bag.

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Grab Bag For Adventurous Paragliders

Back Country Grab Bag

by Alistair Andrews

Whether I’m flying from Milk Hill or the Glyders, I keep a little Grab Bag inside the instrument fairing of my harness. Sometimes I tailor it to the extremity of the terrain I might land in, but for normal XC flying it weighs only weighs 670g and fits in a small first aid bag. 

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Nova Service Info & FAQs

Service information and answers to some frequently asked questions about Nova Paragliders, for example:

  • Can I shorten the brake lines on a NOVA wing?

  • How do I hold the brake line correctly?

  • Does Nova test the materials used?

  • How should NOVA wings be stored?

  • What is the performance of my NOVA wing? How fast will it fly?

  • How should NOVA wings be packed?

  • When should I send my wing for its first NOVA Trim Tuning (NTT)?

  • I would like to try a NOVA paraglider. Who should I contact?

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2015 UK Paragliding XC Season

Flying cross country in the UK offers many challenges and special experiences.

Carlo Borsattino summarises the action from the most successful XC season in history ... grab a cuppa and enjoy the lengthy report at your leisure.

There's lots to learn from reviewing the days that worked well, and what pilots chose to do.

The Pilots' Tales section offers a unique perspective from some of the leading pilots in the UK.

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XC Secrets: Going First or Going Fast?

Getting the most out of a good XC day often comes down to a simple decision: do you leave the hill as soon as you can (and try to stay up all day) or do you wait till it's good and blaze a trail on speedbar to cover more ground during the strong part of the day?

Carlo Borsattino recounts his decisions and tactics on an epic flight from Selsely common, when his leading position on his Skywalk Cayenne 5 (EN C) was put to the test against the relentless racing of Mark Watts on his Ozone Enzo 2 (CCC).

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Nova Ion 4 Paraglider Reviews

Nova make some bold claims about their new Progression Class wing, the ION 4.

Flybubble tests the wing in some bouncy spring conditions.

Simon: "In the air the glider is very solid ..."

Greg: "A well-designed evolution in the Nova range."

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Nova ION 4 paraglider reviews

The Ion 4 is Nova's new entry level EN B glider. It's suitable for talented beginners, but most pilots will enjoy its superb performance to safety ratio. With its lightweight concept it should also be a hit with the Hike & Fly market and those who just want a lighter pack. It can be ordered with student risers or with a speedbrake riser (for XC pilots wanting to steer on the rear risers without affecting the camber and spoiling performance). Greg and Simon at Flybubble tested the Ion 4 out. Read their reviews below.

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