Flybubble Blog

  1. Flying teamwork makes freeflight dreamwork

    Flying teamwork makes freeflight dreamwork

    In this free flying cross country tips article, Flybubble team pilot Phil Clark shares with you his key learning points from an ambitious planned closed-circuit XC flying task and shows us that, done right, flying teamwork can make freeflight dreamwork.

  2. Flybubble: the next chapter!

    Flybubble: the next chapter!

    For several years the Flybubble Channel was run by Greg Hamerton, leading Flybubble's charge online to demonstrate safe flying techniques and help pilots fly. He's now decided to start his own channel. This marks a new chapter for Flybubble, and exciting new opportunities for other media creators, who are invited to contact us with their media proposals.

  3. Thermal Hunting: Finding thermal sources and trigger points

    Thermal Hunting: Finding thermal sources and trigger points

    Time is running out and we must find lift, or land within minutes! Get a front row seat as we search for that elusive thermal source. Is it in the mountains or flatlands? Where will a thermal form? Where does it go? Let's find out.

  4. Flybubble Team Pilots

    Flybubble Team Pilots

    Our team pilots actively spread the word about Flybubble: online, on the hill, and in the air. You’ll recognise them by their team clothing, wing logos ... and big smiles!

  5. Phil Clark (Flybubble Team Pilot)

    Phil Clark (Flybubble Team Pilot)

    Phil is an experienced pilot from SE London, originally from Bristol. He grew up in South Wales where he started his own flying having followed his HG pilot father around the hills of the UK for over a decade.

  6. Safety Notice: Woody Valley X-Rated7 reserve elastics (2) 30.03.2020

    Safety Notice: Woody Valley X-Rated7 reserve elastics (2) 30.03.2020

    Further to the safety notice issued back in August 2018, Woody Valley issued another similar safety notice about the reserve elastics on the X-Rated7 harness on 30.03.2020. All X-Rated7 owners must read and act on this safety notice before flying. The check and fix are simple and easy.

  7. Ceri Brown (Flybubble Team Pilot)

    Ceri Brown (Flybubble Team Pilot)

    Ceri is a talented pilot who flew in PWCs in the late nineties - sometimes finishing in the top 20. He was quite happy doing loops on his Firebird Cult 'hotship' in strong conditions over the Sierra Nevada in Spain, so he's not considered a nervous pilot! ;)

  8. The best colour for your wing?

    The best colour for your wing?

    The colour of your wing can make a difference in terms of visibility. Brighter coloured wings are generally more visible than darker ones. In the case of an accident in a remote place, a brighter-coloured wing could increase the chances of being spotted by the emergency services.

  9. Unknown

    Unknown

    I wanted to test myself against the desert. To travel by paraglider over the harshest part of South Africa, solo, self-supported. To feel like a bird. To be free. But the desert is dry, and ancient … and it doesn’t care.

  10. On the Rocks (Staying Up, Early)

    On the Rocks (Staying Up, Early)

    Join Greg on a west-facing mountain slope early in the day, as we try and stay aloft together and work the scraps of lift to avoid an embarrasing landing at the base of the pass. In this episode: investigating sloping terrain, keeping turns flat and tight, turning before you leave the lift, matching your proximity with your skill level, looking for recurring patterns to find lift, gliding fast and straight in sink, using figure-of-eights to follow the lift, alternating between lift sources, being patient and working for every metre.

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