We were lucky enough to join Gin Seok Song and Michael Sigel at the Coupe Icare for a very insightful discussion of the new designs being produced by Gin Gliders. As well as discussing new products for 2017-2018, Gin is celebrating his 40 year anniversary as a free flying pilot since he began hang gliding, so has a very good feel for what the pilot needs. We took the opportunity to ask him some wider questions about the paragliding scene and the development of Gin gliders.Read more
Landing on top of a ridge or even on the launch site is a useful skill for paraglider pilots, but the top of the ridge is usually the windiest place to land. This is partly because of wind gradient (wind often increases with altitude) and partly because of the Venturi effect: the wind is accelerated over the top and around the sides of any obstacle. In this article we study various approaches to making a safe landing.Read more
Plenty of news from Advance this year, provided to us courtesy of Valery Chapuis, including the PROGRESS 3 reversible harness, PI BI lightweight double-surface tandem wing, OMEGA XALPS 2 hike-&-fly racing wing, IOTA 2 cross country (XC) wing, Companion SQR Light 'square-round' reserve, and some fab new clothing…Read more
We met up with Mireia Serradesanferm on the Niviuk stand, who filled us in with the latest Niviuk news whilst kindly filling us up with some tasty Spanish cured hams, cheeses and nibbles. Thanks Mireia!Read more
This year Naviter introduce Position Sharing for the Oudie via the Open Glider Network, bringing many additional possibilities to the freeflight community including in-flight tracking and identification of fellow pilots plus future developments like ‘passive’ FLARM beacons. The Oudie 4 and Oudie 4 Basic continue to be a big success, perfectly complimenting the Flytec range of instruments: Element Alto, Element Speed, Element Track and 6030!Read more
Hannes Papesh, the wing design wizard with Nova from 1989 until 2013, and most recently involved in development at Advance, is releasing an eagerly anticipated new range of wings under the brand name Phi.Read more
We recently published a full review of the Syride SYS’Nav V3, from which you may have gleaned that I’m a huge fan of Syride instruments.
Plus the SYS’Evolution is being covered for Flybubble in a full review soon to be published, so this article is just a quick update on this instrument from Syride.Read more
Flybubble met with Clement Latour of Supair, double red bull X Alps entrant and 2nd place finisher in 2013, for the low down on Supair’s range of new equipment for 2017.
First up some company news; Supair acquired fellow wing manufacturer Gradient earlier this year.
Clement explained the move is more natural than it may first appear, as in the past both brands have worked together on a regular basis with many of their development pilots having roles in both companies at various times .Read more
A whole Flybubble gaggle flew over to France to catch up on all the new products at the Coupe Icare in St Hilaire, and got to spend time with some of the industry’s top product designers and people; Gin Seok Song of Gin, Hannes Papesh of new brand Phi, Clement Latour of Supair, Philippe Medicus of Nova, Andrej Kolar of Naviter and Flytec, Urs Haari of High Adventure, Vincent Del Medico of Syride, Arne Wehrlin of Skywalk, Joerg Ewald at Volirium, Bruce Goldsmith of BGD, Denis Cortella of Kortel, and many more...Read more