Flybubble Match Service
How to buy
Please select the appropriate product match option from the dropdown.
If you intend to buy more than one product, choose the largest deposit from the dropdown.
If you intend to buy wing, harness and reserve, or more, select 'Full equipment' option.
Choose the right wing
You’ve read the reviews. You’ve talked to your friends. But which wing is the best?
It’s the way the wing works with you as a pilot that creates the magic. It’s all about matching you with the right wing. What kind of flying is your experience based on, what wing are you upgrading from, and what are you hoping to get out of your flying? You won’t find those questions on a glider sales pitch, but they are the most important ones!
Every wing provides a different blend of characteristics. We help you to prioritise each one: Performance, Safety, Handling, Feedback, Price and Durability.
The real advantage of buying through Flybubble is our ability to assess the type of pilot you are and understand which wing will give you the most fun and satisfaction. This is based on our experience with a wide range of makes and models but also our years of instructing students and helping many customers to progress.
We have a huge range of demo wings. Book a test flight with us on the South Downs, or we can send the wing to you.
Choose the right harness
Your harness affects the feeling, handling and safety of your wing. It also has many adjustments so it’s important to take the time and attention to have it set up optimally.
During the selection process, we will prioritise each of the following aspects: comfort, weight, performance, price, protection, and durability to help you choose between the many harness styles.
Narrowing down the options in this way usually produces a shortlist of 2-3 ideal harnesses. After selecting the right model and size, adjustments are made to the speed bag length, seat plate angle and all support straps during a hang check to ensure optimum support.
Getting the best possible setup is something of an art, because some characteristics affect each other, like comfort, weight shift freedom, aerodynamics and stability. We take the time to explain these factors while we ensure the proper setup. We also test the compatibility of the harness and related accessories, including the all-important reserve extraction test with feedback on your technique to maximize your chances of a successful deployment.
All of this is free – it’s part of our service.
Get the right reserve parachute
A key piece of equipment, the reserve parachute doesn’t get thought about much - until your life depends on it…
There are many reserve parachute options available: round, square, hybrid, pentagonal and steerable. Each has a unique combination of sink rate, weight range, packing volume and weight, speed of opening, ease of re-packing, harness compatibility, pendular stability, drift or tracking and resistance to undesirable behaviours.
A part of our service is fitting it to your harness, a compatibility check, removal of your old one and ensuring you have all the necessary fixings (e.g. bridles, maillons, soft links).
Choose the right instrument
Instruments are one of the most confusing items to buy because there is so much functionality on offer. They take up the most after sales support too; using them can be a steep learning curve…
What do you want? Simple vario, integrated GPS, navigation, Wi-fi connection, on-screen task planning, thermal assistance, airspace display and alarms, or full competition functionality?
Other considerations to take into account are the weight, battery life, robustness, screen performance, upgrade path, quality of vario, ease of use, mounting and configuration options, technical support, flight logging options, and more. Using our expertise can simplify the process, save you time, and helps you to get the best flight instrument.
Get the right match
It takes time to discuss all these aspects which is why we would rather book an appointment to ensure that you buy what suits you best. Get professional guidance to find a wing, harness, reserve or instrument that builds your confidence, suits your skills and offers a real boost to your flying. All of this is free – it’s simply secured by a deposit.
See the MATCH service in action.
Why do we ask for a non-refundable deposit?
Without charging a deposit for wings, harnesses, reserves and instruments we'd be overwhelmed by speculators and would have less time to offer our loyal customers. Some people try to get free advice from us and take advantage of our expertise and investment in stock, then buy elsewhere. By paying a deposit you demonstrate that you are serious about buying from us, so we can offer you our full attention, share all of our expertise and give you access to our great range of stock. We will make sure you get the best equipment for you, and that you get the most out of it.
Once you've chosen the equipment you only pay the remaining balance. Once you've tried doing business this way, you'll see that it offers you exceptional value for money. Just ask any one of our customers, or take a look at the feedback on Trustpilot