Hang Gliding

Records fall in Australia as Garth and Scott go big

Records fall in Australia as Garth and Scott go big

December 11th 2014 was a record day in Australia, with two big records falling in both paragliding and rigid categories. Garth Camac set a new Australian paragliding record, flying 378km straight distance from Greenacres in the south of New South Wales to near the town of Cobar. And Scott Barett flew to a world record […]





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Cross Country changes: Your questions answered

Cross Country changes: Your questions answered

Cross Country magazine has been published since 1988. Now it’s expanding again – publishing an even bigger magazine 10 times a year. We answer some questions about the move. What’s happening to Cross Country magazine? Cross Country magazine is going from being published six times a year to being published 10 times a year. The […]





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Ten brilliant Christmas gift ideas for pilots in 2014

Ten brilliant Christmas gift ideas for pilots in 2014

Looking for a present for the pilot in your life? Or want to leave a list out for Santa? These top 10 Christmas gift ideas from the XCShop will fit the bill.   1 Cross Country Magazine Subscription Bigger, better and bolder than ever, 2015 is going to see Cross Country go from strength to […]





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Airborne Nanolights: with Polini Thor 190

Airborne Nanolights: with Polini Thor 190

  Airborne’s nanolights are superlightweight microlights that fall into the sub-70kg category, and the company say they are really growing in popularity, due to their simplicity, low cost and the fact that they are so easy to transport and can be put together in 15-20 minutes. Airborne make two nanolights: the V-Lite’s wing can be […]





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Destination: Paragliding and hang gliding in Chile

Destination: Paragliding and hang gliding in Chile

Almost 4,000km long and snaking between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is a pilot’s paradise. In Cross Country 156 (Nov/Dec) Loreto Hurtado introduces us… A few years ago on a plane flying north a friend looked out of the window and asked me: “Is that real?” Below us was a vast, empty desert. […]





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Meteorology: What is cold air advection?

Meteorology: What is cold air advection?

In Cross Country 156 (Nov/Dec 2014) Honza Rejmanek answers the question, ‘What is cold air advection?’ As a recreational soaring pilot you probably do not have the luxury of flying any day you fancy. Life has a way of loading on countless obligations and responsibilities. What is quite frustrating is that someone is always trying […]





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Precautionary recall of AustriAlpin Delta karabiners

Precautionary recall of AustriAlpin Delta karabiners

Moyes have informed their customers that the AustriAlpin Delta karabiners they use on their hang glider harnesses have been recalled as a precaution, due to a potential defect. For the safety of all customers AustriAlpin is issuing an immediate voluntary recall of certain batches of the Austrialpin DELTA karabiner delivered after October 2012. If you […]





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3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro

3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro

If you are looking to capture super-steady shots with your GoPro Hero3, Chinese company Feiyu Tech’s 3-axis handheld gimbal may be just the device for you. The light weight and lack of internal image stabilisation of the GoPro means there is no natural damping of movement, which can mean wobbly shots. This gimbal is specifically designed […]





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UK’s Royal Aero Club announce new bursaries

UK’s Royal Aero Club announce new bursaries

The Royal Aero Club Trust in the UK has put out a call for applications for its 2015 bursary scheme. Young or trainee pilots aged 14-21 can apply for bursaries of between £500-£1000 to help with training. Applicants must be UK citizens resident in the UK. Additionally, pilots aged 21-24 can apply for a ‘Follow […]





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Women with Wings: Hang Gliding Worlds 2014

Women with Wings: Hang Gliding Worlds 2014

“How do you pronounce your name Linda?” “It sounds like alimony.” Richard Sheppard knew he was onto a good thing when he was asked to head to Annecy to hang out at the Women’s Hang Gliding World Championships over the summer – and he took full advantage of his precious few days at the competition. With […]





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Class War 2014: UK HGs and PGs go head-to-head

Class War 2014: UK HGs and PGs go head-to-head

UK’s hang glider and paraglider pilots hug out their differences in the first known hang gliding Vs paragliding team competition, held 23-24 August (with two days’ notice!). Hugh Miller reports The banter and friendly rivalry had been building all summer. “Guys just look how many 100k flights the paragliders are doing, get out there and […]





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Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger led a trio of Moyes Boys to win the Brazilian Nationals in Brasilia last week. Tom won four of six tasks to win the comp with 4,597 points. He was just ahead of Jonny Durand on 4,477, who won the other two tasks. Third place was Rafael Strohschoen Do Mello. All three pilots […]





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Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

England’s long hot summer of XC extravaganza continued at the weekend – as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha swept through, the small site of Milk Hill in the south of the country again saw record-breaking action. Riled by the record-breaking paragliding feats of Mark Watts and Al Wilson the weekend before, when both pilots broke […]





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Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in air sports – the FAI Gold Air Medal. The award was announced on 17 July 2014, and will be presented at a forthcoming FAI conference in Thailand. The FAI is the World Air Sports Federation. According to the FAI website the award is one […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014, the multi-class hang gliding world championships held in France from 22 June to 5 July, saw some of the world’s best hang glider pilots flying in a perfect arena. Antoine Boisselier and Christophe Tong Viet were on hand to capture the action and the atmosphere of the competition, focusing on each class […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Final results

Annecy Mondial 2014: Final results

Richard Sheppard reports from France on the final results from the Annecy Mondial 2014 The final results are in for the Annecy Mondial Delta 2014, the multiclass Hang Gliding World Championships. After the competition’s tragic turn of events with the death of Japanese class 5 pilot, Mazakazu Kobayashi, the atmosphere at the competition was subdued. […]





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Tragedy as Mazakazu Koayashi dies in Annecy Mondial 2014 accident

Tragedy as Mazakazu Koayashi dies in Annecy Mondial 2014 accident

The Multiclass Hang-Gliding World Championships in Annecy, France ended in tragedy yesterday when a pilot flying an Atos VR died during a task. Japanese pilot Mazakazu Koayashi, 44, was reported to be flying close to a cliff face in smooth conditions when the accident happened. Organisers announced the death on the official website saying that […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: 21 June – 5 July 2014

Annecy Mondial 2014: 21 June – 5 July 2014

The Multiclass Hang Gliding World Championships’ official trailer, which clearly shows the different classes of hang glider in the competition The Multiclass FAI World Hang Gliding Championships is taking over the skies above Annecy in France from 21 June to 5 July 2014. The UK’s Richard Sheppard explains what it’s all about and who are […]





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Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Atos pilot Christopher Friedl has claimed two new hang gliding world records. Both come from a mega flight he completed on 7 June where he flew a big circuit from Bischling in Austria. The first is for a 407.9km out-and-return and the second is for a 477.2km Free distance using up to three turn points. […]





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Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

  Austrian Bernhard Pessl became the second person to fly a 300km FAI triangle on a paraglider with a 300.65km flight from Antholtz in Italy on Sunday 8 June. Bernhard’s big flight came swiftly on the heels of Thomas Walder’s groundbreaking 325km flight through the Austrian Alps the day before. Bernhard was flying a Nova […]





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