Archive | November, 2017

Video report: Nepal Paragliding Open 2017

The Nepal Paragliding Open 2017 took place 1-5 November in Sirkot, Nepal a three- hour drive southwest of Pokhara. This was the first Nepalese-organised competition to take place, and was billed as the national team selection event. The competition was organised by Babu Sunwar, who famously flew a paraglider from the summit of Everest in 2011, […]

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Paul Guschlbauer’s top 5 tips for multi-day hike-and-fly

Paul Guschlbauer’s five top tips for a multi-day hike-and-fly adventure in the Alps – a great introduction to what pilots need to know before setting off on a vol-biv adventure. “The first step is always the hardest – don’t care about it, just go outside and take the first step. You will be in the adventure. Just […]

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Ozone Free Flight Night: Get Published!

Cross Country editor Ed Ewing ran a 20-minute ‘Get Published!’ session at the Ozone Free Flight Night afternoon sessions at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Thursday 16 November 2017. His advice? “Get the idea and the rest will follow!” Filmed and edited by Andre Ferreira

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Gift ideas for free-flight pilots

Got a pilot in your life? Here are some top gift ideas for paragliding, hang gliding and paramotoring addicts XC Retrieve Sign, £12.50 Made from durable paragliding fabric, and folds away into a self-closing pouch the size of wallet. Straps to your rucksack – large enough to be read from a distance. Book: Mastering Paragliding, […]

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Steve Nash

Steve Nash: Man jailed for murder of vol-biv pilot

A man has been jailed for the murder of Steve Nash, the British paraglider pilot who was killed while on a vol-bivouac expedition in Mongolia in August 2016. The BBC has reported that Gantulga Batsukh was found guilty of murder and given 16 years in jail on Friday. In a statement issued by the Nash […]

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British RAF’s three tandems meet for the first time

Chris Williams from the RAF’s Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association reports… Three Royal Air Force (RAF) tandem paragliders flew together for the first time ever at Westbury, a paragliding site in the south of England, at the end of October 2017. Chris Williams, a former RAF pilot, flew a brand-new Advance Bi Beta 6 that […]

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PWC Ecuador 2017 podium

PWC 2017: Honorin Hamard and Yael Margelisch win in Ecuador

Honorin Hamard and Yael Margelisch won the Ecuador round of the 2017 PWC tour, which finished on Saturday 4th November after three tasks. The three tasks were 60.8km, 67.5km and 62.6km distances, with plenty of technical flying required under cloudy and humid conditions with low cloudbases at Guayaquil. All that remains now for the 2017 […]

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Julien Irilli's 340km tandem record flight

Julien Irilli breaks world tandem distance record

Julien Irilli and Katia Lafaille flew 360km from Quixadá, Brazil, on a Niviuk Bi Ikuma 40 on 4 November 2017 – potentially a new tandem world distance record. The record is yet to be ratified by the FAI, but Julien declared a goal at 340km, and the flight stands to take Honorin Hamard/Karine Gras’s 335.4km world […]

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XCBusa 2017

XCBusa 2017: Helmut Schrempf wins Lake Garda comp

Helmut Schrempf won a Flymaster GPS SD flight instrument in Lake Garda’s 2017 XCBusa competition. The competition is free to enter, and run by the Busa Flying Team at River del Garda on its local sites. Up to six flights can be entered from specific local launches in accordance with the rules, explained here. The scorer of the […]

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