Listen now: Coastal flying, with Judith Mole and HH Tsai In her latest podcast British pilot Judith Mole investigates coastal flying with Her-Hsin Tsai. As well as being a keen XC flier, Hamish (as he is better known in the paragliding world) lives and flies at the coast. In this podcast he discusses a wide […]
Mark Watts and Eduardo Fernandes win Quixada’s open-distance event, reports Hugh Miller “Chico – you’re a genius!” wrote Peter Harvey back in 1996, having just returned from one of Chico Santos’s events, the Race and Rally. The organiser has a reputation for delivering competitions with a twist, and the XCeara is no exception. Now in […]
Bruce Goldsmith’s new book is out now. Scroll down for exclusive extracts Buy the book Bruce Goldsmith has published a new book, Fifty Ways to Fly Better. Published with Cross Country it’s a “synthesis” of all Bruce’s knowledge from over 25 years in the sports of paragliding and hang gliding. “I’ve been flying since the […]
We’re 25-years-old this issue – grown up enough to know better, young enough to still have fun. Started in 1988 by Sherry Thevenot, an artist who married into the hang gliding scene, the magazine grew quickly and has gone from strength to strength. Along the way it’s had a ringside seat at many of our sport’s […]
This is an edited extract from Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith Buy the book Finding the best lift in a thermal is one of the most vital skills in flying. Half of competition flying is about climbing the fastest, the other half is about gliding. For the recreational pilot, flying around above […]
The LiveTrack24 service created by the Manolis Andreadakis, who was also part of the team behind the PG Forum website, has been around for a while. It allows pilots to use a device to send information to a central server, which can then be displayed on a map allowing others to follow their position. It […]
Remko Bolt broke his ankle when he was caught out by rain during the Pre-PWC in Romania in August this year. In the XC Files in Cross Country 149 Remko describes what happened and we look at what happens – and what can happen – if you do fly in the rain. Then the rain really started […]
Live streaming from the Coupe Icare Saturday 21 September 12.30-3.30pm local time Link to this video The Coupe Icare, the four day free flight festival that marks the end of the European summer flying season starts on Thursday 19 September. This is the 40th anniversary of the Coupe Icare, which is held each year in […]
The Red Bull X-Alps 2013 saw an amazing run of weather. In Cross Country 149 meteorologist Honza Rejmanek examines exactly why the weather was so good, and what to look for in the future for similar alpine flying conditions. This was Honza’s fourth Red Bull X-Alps. He’s a machine! As Cross Country’s in-house weatherman we […]
‘Wind does not establish itself in complex terrain in a nice even manner. Here it is helpful to apply metaphors such as tongues and ramps’
Tim Pentreath has been on the hunt for the killer free-flight app ever since he got his iPhone. Now he thinks he’s found it.
As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, Cross Country magazine editor Ed Ewing takes a look at the history of free flight on the highest mountain in the world.
Burkhard Martens, author of the best-selling book Thermal Flying, has published a new book
Greg Hamerton, an instructor with a paragliding school in England, posted this great video explaining how to reach cloudbase on a paraglider.
Corinna Schwiegershausenn has paid a moving tribute to her friend Guido Gehrmann on her blog, Corinna Flies. Guido died yesterday in a plane crash
Guido Gehrmann, former world hang gliding champion, has died in a plane crash. He was 38.
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We devote this issue’s Gallery to the photography from this brilliant high-level competition
Manfred Ruhmer has become Hang Gliding World Champion for the fourth time after winning the World Championships in Australia.
The 19th Hang Gliding World Championships starts 7 January 2013 and promises nearly two weeks of non-stop racing in the skies above Forbes, Australia.