The Advance LIGHTNESS 2 is a lightweight harness for paragliding cross country enthusiasts. Having tested ours for a full season, we're ready to report on the pros and cons of this exceptional pod harness.
Weighing just 2.95kg in the medium size, it offers a significant weight-saving when compared to most full-featured coccoon-style harnesses, yet it retains all of the functionality.
We consider its suitability for hike-and-fly explorers and inspect the durability displayed by our frequently flown test unit.
The RANGE X-ALPS is an ultralight competition harness designed for the RedBull X-Alps 2015. It has an eye-catching aerodynamic rear fin and a narrow fit, offering maximum performance through reduced drag.
Pilots competing in hike-and-fly races will be excited by the news, but is it suitable for the wider adventure-flying market, or even as a regular harness for experienced XC pilots wanting to minimise?
As such it competes with our current favourite for bivi pilots, the Kortel Kolibri. In this review we compare the two and highlight advantages to help you decide which one is right for you.
Nova's new EN/LTF B certified lightweight wing, the MENTOR 4 LIGHT is perfect for vol bivouac, hike & fly and travellers looking for a fully-fledged wing with little weight.
The MENTOR 4 LIGHT offers the same performance as the MENTOR 4 combined with minimal weight. Weighing just 3.25 kilograms (size XXS) it has lost some pounds in comparison to its predecessor. This wing offers a unique package of performance, flying comfort and minimal weight.
The wing will be available from the end of September in the sizes XXS, XS, S and M. Order yours now!
Niviuk have designed a new wing to challenge their competitors in the XC Class (B+). Described as serene, precise and fun to fly with a sporty character, the Ikuma was engineered to enjoy and maximize every flight, offering stress free piloting that lets you concentrate on your adventure into the back country.
For cross country beginners and pilots with some experience of flying in thermals, this is definitely a wing to consider if you want to experience the renowned Niviuk handling. Available in October.
The harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 is now available!
The RANGE X-ALPS was the most sought after harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015. Skywalk listened to the feedback of their team pilots and present the RANGE X-ALPS in a limited edition to the market with many small improvements for ambitious hike&fly pilots.
The serial version of the original Red Bull X-Alps 2015 harness weights exactly 960 grams (excluding carabiners, protector, cockpit). With the optional LTF tested foam protector (380g), the total weight tops out at just over 1.3 kg. The RANGE X-ALPS is available in two sizes, both with LTF certification.
The CAA has announced that serious airspace infringements at six of the highest-risk controlled airspace (CAS) locations in the UK should be cut by 50 percent over the next 12 months.
The hot-spots identified are Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southampton and Stansted. Working Teams at each location have agreed the targets and are committed to delivering the reductions, by improving existing procedures, by December 2015.
Should any of these targets not be met, options under consideration include the deployment of bespoke Surveillance Mandatory Zones (SMZ) to provide a conspicuity buffer around the Class D airspace of a hot-spot.
This could mandate the use of radios and/or transponders within that area and thus render it effectively closed to free fliers. Other potential solutions include rationalising airspace boundaries.
Through our self-policing inherent in the XC Leagues we (and the BGA) are the lowest source of infringements. Nevertheless it would be disastrous if one of our pilots were to be the tipping point that resulted in fresh CAS, particularly as we would be the ones most impacted by it.