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.
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.
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.
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!
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.