Advance LIGHTNESS 2 speedbag line kit

Some Advance LIGHTNESS 2 harness owners have reported excessive wear of the lower speedbag lines, near the stainless steel line guide attached to the footplate - see images. In case your LIGHTNESS 2 suffers from this, Advance offer a free retrofit Speedbag Line Kit for the LIGHTNESS 2 which you can order direct from Advance and fit yourself. Email Advance at, giving your postal address, harness serial number and speedbag size, and they will send you the kit with instructions included.

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British Paragliding Cup winnners!

Congratulations to the pilots who placed well in the final round of the British Paragliding Cup! The Top 10 received a Flybubble gift voucher for use on

1 - David Thomson
2 - Chris Blanchard
3 - Tony Blacker
4 - Alan Ford
5 - Anthony Moore
6 - Simon Blake
7 - Carl Foster
8 - Adam Ladd
9 - John Murphy
10 - Brad Nicholas

For more about the event see the BPCup website

For the latest news and images see the BPCup facebook group  

(Pictured, Carl Foster)

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Niviuk Artik 4 – great XC wing, demos available!

We've been flying Niviuk's Artik 4 extensively over the past few months, in all sorts of conditions, and are more than happy to recommend it as one of the best all-round XC wings available. It has enough performance to fly +200 km flights in the UK (tried and tested: 212 km, 213 km), yet is remarkably comfortable and easy to fly for an EN C wing. It is agile enough to work small areas of lift, yet turns flat and has an excellent sink rate (often out-climbing most other wings, including hotter ships). It looks stunning too!

We currently have Artik 4 demos available in sizes 23 (60-80kg) and 25 (75-95 kg) and can of course arrange demos for all sizes.

Niviuk Artik 4 info here

Arrange a test flight here

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Safety Notice: Gin Combi Container

A few handles have been found to have insufficient stitching which could result in the handle tearing during use, so Gin Gliders are recalling the entire production batch to ensure that the safety of pilots is guaranteed. If you bought one from us after June 2014, contact us for a replacement rescue handle (free of charge).

Read the full safety notice >

More info on the Gin Combi Container >

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New paramotor helmet from Icaro: Solar X

The new Solar X replaces Icaro's very popular Fly UL paramotor helmet. It has the same shape as the Nerv freeflight helmet, expressly modified for paramotor pilots.

As used by Andree Borschberg with Icaro ICE headsets whilst flying the Solar Impulse 2 from Japan to Hawaii! Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. Icaro is proud to contribute to this incredible mission. The two famous pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg wore our helmets with our ICE headsets. In honour of this exploit we call this new helmet Solar X. 

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New Syride SYS’Nav v3

The best selling Syride SYS'Nav has been upgraded with the latest technology.

Thanks to an internal SD card, the SYS'Nav V3 now embeds worldwide topography and airspaces. This means the total weight of the unit, including SD card, has gone up very slightly, from 83 to 90 grams - still the lightest fully-featured dedicated all-in-one flight instrument around!

Latest generation electronic components give the SYS'Nav V3 almost twice the autonomy of its predecessor, upgrading from 25h to 45h, a real advantage for pilots for such a small and lightweight instrument.

Despite it's small size (the same as the original SYS'Nav) the SYS'Nav V3 can hold 1500 hours of flight logs, 25000 waypoints and 150 routes.

Other SYS'Nav V3 features include G-meter, navigation features (goto, routes), thermal sniffer and customisable screens. Due to it's small size and built-in hook and loop fastener straps, the SYS'Nav V3 can be mounted on risers, legs, cockpits or tandem spreaders.

The price of the SYS'Nav V3 remains the same as its predecessor, £299, also making it exceptional value for money.

Available from UK Syride dealers. Find out more about the Syride SYS'Nav V3 >

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XC Secrets: Cracking 200km in the UK

Carlo Borsattino has been flying XC for over 20 years, and has a reputation for his ability to stay aloft for hours even in the weakest conditions. But it takes more than patience to fly over 200km in the UK.

He analyses the technical challenges, tactical moves and saved mistakes that helped him to achieve his personal best distance.

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Big XC? No Hotship Required

Although having more performance helps, you don't have to fly an Advanced or Competition wing to achieve your Big XC dreams. The gliding and climbing ability of the modern Performance Class (mid EN C) is now remarkable! 

Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than Carlo Borsattino's recent performance on his Artik 4. 

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