XC Secrets: Learning From Tracklogs (Phil Clark)

You only get one chance to fly the line you choose to fly. But what if you could go back, and analyse the decision? Consider the alternatives? Compare with others? You can ... with a tracklog!

In this multi-part series, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark explains how you can learn a lot from analysing your flight tracklogs. Part one explains how to view your flight data by getting it out of your instrument and on to your computer, uploading it to an online XC league, and downloading the Google Earth (GE) file. Part two explains how to get more out of your tracklogs with GE, understanding the different file types, and drawing lessons from from them. Part three looks at multi-coloured traces. Part four draws more tracklog lessons. Part five investigates ways to learn from others in competitions and XCs.

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UK Paragliding 2014 XC Season Summary

After what seemed like an 'endless summer' in the United Kingdom, the paragliding cross country flying season appears to have finally come to a somewhat unwelcome end for 2014 - and what a hugely eventful year it proved to be! However, just because it's warmer than usual doesn't necessarily mean it's better for XC flying. So what kind of year was it for flying XC on paragliders in the UK - not just the few 'Sky Gods' but the many 'mere mortals' too? One of the best ways to gauge this is by looking that the UK Paragliding XC League, and hearing from the pilots, of all levels, who took part. 

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Light Equipment: The Complete Guide

Lightweight kit makes you more adventurous when going cross country. It inspires you to hike up peaks, just to fly down. It packs down small and makes travel a pleasure.

In this article we will try to assemble a complete lightweight flying solution that offers you the best from the latest designs.

We will consider harnesses, backpacks, reserves, helmets, instruments and wings; all the elements that combine to form an ideal lightweight kit.

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Skywalk ARRIBA3 – lightweight wing

The TEQUILA4 is THE benchmark for low level EN-B gliders.  A combination of safety features, agility and performance has made skywalk's all-rounder one of the most successful gliders of the 2014 season. 

With the brand-new ARRIBA3, skywalk has brought a lightweight model to the market that combines the versatility of the company's bestseller with the demands of a top-modern, lightweight wing. 

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Artik 4 : Niviuk’s New EN C XC Wing

So, how does it compare with the Artik 3?

More performance. Easier handling. Softer inflation. Lighter. Turns more precisely and effortlessly.

EN D performance with EN C handling.

Looks stunning!

Sizes 23 and 25 have been certified EN C.

Available to pre-order from Flybubble now. More »

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Coupe Icare 2014 Roundup

Apart from being a spectacle for the 10,000 visitors, the Coupe Icare is the largest trade show for freeflight equipment. Flybubble visited the top brands and discovered what's new, what's hot ... and what's coming next!

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Syride SYS’NAV review | Skywings Magazine

Andrew Craig tries the SYS’GPS’¬†more powerful big brother

Syride SYS'Nav reviewAfter their SYS’Alti vario and SYS’GPS altimeter-vario-GPS, Syride have come up with an even more capable box of tricks, while keeping the box the same size as the other two.

The SYS’Nav does everything the SYS’GPS does (see May Skywings for my review of the latter).

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Flymaster SD Series: New firmware with Airspaces & AGL

Flymaster have launched a new firmware version available for the Flymaster GPS SD, GPS SD+, NAV SD and LIVE SD flight instruments. With this new firmware installed these instruments are then capable of providing worldwide Airspaces and height Above Ground Level (AGL)

Besides the firmware update it is also necessary to insert an SD card with some specific data files on it (containing the Airspaces and AGL data). To get this you can either:

1) Download the Airspaces and AGL data files and copy them on to an SD card (see instructions); or
2) Purchase an SD Card with all the necessary Flymaster files on it here.

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