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  1. 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.

  2. The Flybubble Challenge 2019

    The Flybubble Challenge 2019

    The concept was to fly or hike around most of the Southern sites in a day, a 65km course that would be challenging for everyone. The forecast was for moderate northerly winds and good thermals. Carlo shares his insights from his winning route.

  3. Thermaling tips - part 4 (Carlo #3)

    Thermaling tips - part 4 (Carlo #3)

    Continue Flybubble's free thermaling tips series with Carlo Borsattino as he discusses getting to cloudbase and planning ahead, identifying good cumulus, when to wait at cloudbase and much more. Solo flying affects us all deeply: at first it might be just exciting, overwhelming or downright scary. Over time, it grows into a passion, a freedom, a way of life. We hope that by sharing some of our experience and perspectives you can gain skills to help you stay in the air that little bit longer, to feel that little bit more control, to understand more and get more out of your flying

  4. Thermaling tips - part 3 (Carlo #2)

    Thermaling tips - part 3 (Carlo #2)

    Continue the thermaling tips series with Carlo Borsattino as he searches through the air currents in Colombia to find the best lift. Learn how to identify the best part of the thermal and work with other pilots.

  5. Thermaling tips - part 2 (Carlo #1)

    Thermaling tips - part 2 (Carlo #1)

    In this second episode, Carlo Borsattino provides in-flight commentary as he tries to climb out on his paraglider. Learn from an expert thermaler how to look out for lift, identify the best part of the thermal, work with other pilots, and much more.

  6. Cross country skills: thermal search

    Cross country skills: thermal search

    Leaving the hill is the foundation of cross country flying, and the hardest part to learn. Join Flybubble Paragliding for a narrated tutorial guiding you through the slow process of leaving the hill. Search. Circle. Fly away.

  7. XC Secrets: Shaded flatlands glide

    XC Secrets: Shaded flatlands glide

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for answers.

  8. XC Secrets: Leeside thermals

    XC Secrets: Leeside thermals

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for the answers.

  9. XC Secrets: Choosing a line

    XC Secrets: Choosing a line

    What do you see? Analyze the snapshot above yourself, before scrolling down for the answers.

  10. Catching the Drift: Thermals and Wind

    Catching the Drift: Thermals and Wind

    Holding on to a drifting thermal can be very challenging, but improving this skill can yield exponential gains in airtime. Due to their buoyancy, thermals want to rise straight up. At some point the prevailing wind will overcome this inertia and tilt the thermal column. The winds at different altitudes can vary in direction and strength. The thermals therefore follow a wandering tilted trajectory as they rise, which can be difficult to map in three dimensions.

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