Archive | June, 2017
Supair acquires Gradient

Two become one: Supair buys Gradient

Supair announced on 16 June 2017 that the company has bought Gradient, “to optimise the main strengths of the two businesses and further develop both brands”. Supair’s announcement reads: Set up and run for over 20 years by Ondrej Dupal, an outstanding pilot and competitor, passionate about any form of free flight, Gradient is one the […]

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Bornes to Fly 2017

Damien Lacaze wins Bornes to fly 2017

Damien Lacaze won the 2017 edition of Annecy’s hike-and-fly race, Bornes to Fly. The three-day 110km race took place from 3-5 June 2017, and was subject to the mixed weather conditions that have become the norm during its five-year history. It took a blend of flying prowess and leg-power to complete the circuit, which 28 athletes did. Damien crossed the […]

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Independence Tensing

Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

  Independence showed off their new single-skinner, the Tensing, at the Kössen testival in Austria at the end of May 2017.   They describe it as a “sturdy” single-skinner for mountain use – ideal for climb-and-fly or hike-and-fly activities, but it can be thermally and soared too. It’s made from the robust Dominico D20 fabric, with sheathed lower lines […]

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Swing Arcus RS

Swing announce Arcus RS ‘low B’ paraglider

Swing’s new low-EN-B Arcus RS is now certified in the first three of five sizes. The RS signifies the the wing sports Swing’s RAST (Ram Air Section Technology) system. An area at the front of the canopy is partitioned off, and there are valves between the two sections. Swing say it means the leading edge always inflates first, […]

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Karpofly Arrow X-Alps

Karpofly Arrow X-Alps 4 paraglider harness

Czech harness manufacturer Karpofly have announced the fourth generation of their Arrow X-Alps paraglider harness. It is a classic, lightweight no-pod design, that uses Karpofly’s inflatable airbag protector, which is inflated on launch by blowing into a tube, and can be deflated with a valve for packing away. This design is very light (just 344g) and takes […]

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Advance Easiness safety notice

Safety notice: Advance Easiness / Easiness 2 harnesses

The connection between the V-lines and the reserve on Advance Easiness and Easiness 2 harnesses should be replaced at the next opportunity.  A replacement connection line can be obtained from Advance free of charge. In a safety bulletin released on 8 June 2017, Advance stated: A routine spot check of Advance incoming goods has revealed that the […]

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Scott Mason and Parahawking – the next step

“Vultures don’t get enough pages in paragliding magazines. Leaf through scuba-diving magazines and you’ll see lots of articles about wildlife. Beginner pilots should be introduced to birds – many of us are inspired to fly because of them.” Scott Mason tells us how he’s hoping to bounce back after the devastating closure of his world-famous […]

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AirDesigns Vita 2 review

AirDesign Vita 2 SL: Review

“For me, it’s the perfect wing: great feeling, fun to fly, but safe. And I can use the same wing with a minimal harness for hike-and-fly.” If you’re looking for a lightweight EN B with feel and handling, AirDesign’s Vita 2 SL ticks all the boxes, says Charlie King. See what else is in Cross […]

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Seeing thermals

A trick of the light? Can you ‘see’ thermals?

“The rational part of my mind dismissed it as a trick of the light. That evening, I told people of my lucky escape but not of how; I think for fear of being thought crazy or not believed. I wasn’t very sure myself.” Stuck in a perilous position above a thickly-forested hanging valley, Steve Charles […]

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Gavin McClurg Cloudbase Mayhem and paragliding

Notes from a masterclass: Gavin McClurg on mountain flying

“The mental side of things is super important. As soon as you think ‘I might land’ you probably will. “To keep going you have to think about not landing. In the Rockies Traverse, we flew for hours with nowhere to land … unless you count the lake or the river.” Gavin McClurg shares his hard-learned […]

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Paragliding temple tours India

Temple Tours: Flying sacred Kailash in India

“Our mad game was back on. I turned around a second time, pointed my pod towards the summit of sacred Mount Kailash, and sped after Jim.” John Silvester and Jim Mallinson leave Bir in their wake, grit their teeth – and embark on a daring flight into the spiritual Himalayan heartlands. See what else is […]

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Paragliding reserves

Theo de Blic: ‘Never, ever think it is too late’

“Never, ever think it is too late. It is your life we are talking about so try everything you can to save it.” Our resident acro champion Théo de Blic knows the value of a good rescue. He shares his top tips for dealing with a reserve throw. See what else is in Cross Country […]

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SIV and side collapse

Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics: Pulling collapses

“Be aware, pulling a small amount of brake can actually make things worse, removing any reflex in the profile and making the wing shoot more.” Bruce Goldsmith fine tunes the fickle art of pulling a collapse. Now, when’s that SIV course? See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Paragliding in the Dolomites

Secret spot: Felix Woelk goes north in the Dolomites

“The three of us pushed the paragliding frontline by discovering this remarkable peak. We had to lie in wait for the right wind. We had to respect this powerful, potential foe. And then we struck. It was a little victory.” Felix Wölk follows in the footsteps of World War One’s swashbuckling ‘Flying Patrol’ to conquer […]

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Icaro Gravis

Icaro Gravis, EN B, review

“You won’t grow out of of it too quickly; in fact, I’d say you grow into it.” We take you to the air with Icaro’s mid EN-B Gravis and quickly warms to a welcoming wing with a big personality. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Paragliding in Switzerland

Naked Pilot: Stefan Keller

“In the harness, I forget I am in a wheelchair. The wheelchair is normal but a little bit special. It’s like having a custom racebike.” Stefan Keller tells us about getting back into the air after an accident, developing new skills and teaching other wheelchair users to fly paragliders. See what else is in Cross […]

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SupAir workshop in Annecy

Bubble back protection: the new thing from Supair

It’s not just the wings that are benefitting from state-of-the-art science. Andy Pag visits Supair’s Annecy workshop and gets a sneak peak of the next great leap forward in back protection. See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Paramotoring Mount Etna

Destination Etna: Paramotoring through Italy

“Who wouldn’t want to fly over a live volcano?” Adi Geisegger embarks on a spectacular paramotor odyssey from the pristine Dolomites to the fiery summit of Sicily’s Mount Etna. Just don’t forget to keep the engine running. See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Cross Country 181: July 2017

Free flying is about tuning into nature. It’s about understanding and harnessing the very forces that drive life on Earth. Develop your flying and you will also expand your understanding of the world around you. At Cross Country, we have a passion for exploring this beautiful planet – and helping you to break your own […]

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Women’s Hang Gliding Worlds 2017 cancelled

The 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships that was to have been held in Brazil in August has been cancelled due to lack of pilots. CIVL President Stephane Malbos explained in an email: “Unfortunately, due to a non-sufficient number of women participants, the 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship in Brasilia […]

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