Getting Into Acro Paragliding

Acro paragliding looks exciting, but how do you learn to do it? What is a freestyle wing? And where are the best sites to try out the acro moves? Greg Hamerton discusses getting into acro on the Niviuk F-Gravity 2 and shares some hair-raising videos ... More >

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Syride Xmas 2014 contest winner: Darren Shepherd

Flybubble customer Darren Shepherd was one of the lucky winners of Syride Xmas 2014 contest, winning a Syride SYS'Nav all-in-one flight instrument, worth £325!

Darren was so pleased that he 'popped over' to Flybubble collect his prize (4+ hours drive each way!) and bought a few more goodies whilst he was here.

Afterwards he wrote: "Many thanks to Flybubble Paragliding, not just for the great cup of tea with biscuits but also for being able to kit me out with the latest top quality high end equipment, and for presenting me with my prize from Syride, a shiny new SYS'Nav, and not forgetting the few freebies they have on offer while stocks last so grab them while you can. A very happy chappy. Thank you Carlo Borsattino and Nancy Elliott."

Thank you Darren, enjoy all your fab new kit!

Fine out more about the Syride SYS'Nav

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Flybubble Sponsor Prizes for UK Paragliding XC League 2014

In 2014 we sponsored the UK Paragliding XC League (UKPGXCL) with prizes for the top 10 pilots in the Weekend League flying an EN C wing (or below). The winning pilots were:

Top 10 in the Weekend League - EN C or below:

Position, Name, Club, Wing, Points
2 Al Wilson Thames Valley Gin Carrera 606.4
7 Carlo Borsattino Southern Gin Carrera 469.2
10 David Smart North Yorks Ozone Delta 2 383.6
16 Tim Pentreath Avon Advance Sigma 8 280.1
17 Stephen Empringham Thames Valley Skywalk Chili 3 277.2
18 Alex Colbeck Dales Niviuk Artik 3 276.6
20 Mark Paterson Cumbria Ozone Delta 2 272.4
21 Jiri Loos Grupa 303 Axis Vega 4 272.1
24 Krzysztof Telus Pennine Skywalk Chili 3 263.8
25 Alex Coltman XClent UP Trango XC2 261.8

Each winning pilot gets a £25 Flybubble gift voucher to spend on anything listed on!

Prizes by: Carlo Borsattino & Nancy Elliott, Flybubble.

See the 2014 UKPGXCL Weekend Flights league here.

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Safety Notice: Skywalk MASALA2

Skywalk have issued an urgent safety notice regarding all sizes of their ultra-lightweight paraglider, MASALA2.

When reverse launching a Skywalk Masala 2, a pilot had the rear riser (C / D) tear at the stitching with the B-riser. The pilot managed to abort take-off, and was unhurt.

Skywalk's investigation with the DHV has found that if enough force is applied in the opposing direction to normal flight then failure could occur.

All Skywalk MASALA2s must be checked by the manufacturer and must not be flown before then.

For more information, see the original safety notice in German here.

Download the safety notice in English here.

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SHGC 2014 XC Season Roundup

And so another year - and another SHGC flying season - comes to a wintry end. But what kind of year was it for SHGC pilots for cross country (XC) flying, both from SHGC sites and all around the UK? Were lots of XC flights done? Were new PBs made, and any records broken? New routes taken? Who won the Sussex, Martini and Novice leagues? Who was top lady? Best newcomer? Most improved? And did anyone blow the socks off everyone enough to warrant the coveted Outstanding Achievement award?

All of this, and much more, was revealed at the excellent SHGC Xmas Dinner Party & Awards Ceremony, which was superbly organised by our new SHGC social secretary, Simon Steel. 

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SeeYou 6.2 with new Hints & Discount Coupon

SeeYou version 6.2 has been released.

The major new addition to SeeYou 6.2 are the new hint boxes: Airspace hints and Waypoint hints.

Other minor improvements and a few bug fixes were also made.

The update is free for everyone with a current SeeYou subscription. For everyone else there is a discount coupon, valid until December 31st 2014.

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Paragliding Safety: Preflight Checks

It's easy to become distracted and forget the Preflight Checks, but they could save your life!

Here's a simple reminder of the most important things to look out for when launching a paraglider ...

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Advance IOTA: New High EN B series

ADVANCE launches the new IOTA Series, a High-Level EN B glider for ambitious  cross-country pilots. Featuring an optimized, low-weight design, the XC-Intermediate IOTA represents the most accommodating balance between performance and piloting ease within the entire ADVANCE product range. The high performance capabilities of the IOTA open the door to the world of long cross-country flights.

First deliveries expected January 2015.

Available to pre-order from Flybubble.

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