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On Ambition: By Till Gottbrath

On Ambition: By Till Gottbrath

Till Gottbrath talks risk, joy, fear and honesty – an appeal for reflection All paraglider pilots know it – we have the most beautiful hobby in the world. But most of the time I am not able to explain to non-pilots why I am so fascinated by it. I feel it would always be best […]

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The Miso Soup Connection to Thermalling Better

The Miso Soup Connection to Thermalling Better

Honza Rejmanek explains why gazing into your next bowl of miso soup could make you a better pilot… The question of where the next thermal will be is as old as soaring itself. Over the years, much has been written on how thermals form and behave. Much of what is known is based on anecdotal […]

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Pulley-to-Pulley: Understanding your speed system

Pulley-to-Pulley: Understanding your speed system

You’ve heard of ‘pulley-to-pulley’ but what does it mean? Bruce Goldsmith explains… The standard setup for speed systems on production wings is to use Brummel hooks on the risers. This makes a simple, easy link to the speed system on the harness and speedbar. They work well between different manufacturers as Brummel hooks have standard […]

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The Head Game: Understanding free-flight psychology

The Head Game: Understanding free-flight psychology

Flying like we do is the ultimate confidence trick – and we play it on ourselves. Matt Warren takes a look at what’s going on inside our heads It’s all too easy to only think about paragliding as something physical. Buy the right equipment, develop the right skills and that 200km flight is yours for […]

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The Plan of a Lifetime: By Allen Weynberg

The Plan of a Lifetime: By Allen Weynberg

The curtain catches in the draught and a sharp beam of sunlight lances into the room. Dust caught in a bright laser beam; swirling, rising and falling in micro thermal patterns. Sliding from under warm covers, soles plant firmly on cold slate. Mmm… cold air, warm sun, interesting. Open the front door, air on my […]

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How Fast Does it Go? Testing Paraglider Speeds

How Fast Does it Go? Testing Paraglider Speeds

Measuring the performance characteristics of a paraglider has always been notoriously difficult. But new tools are allowing pilots and manufacturers to do just that. Cross Country’s Hugh Miller reports on speed tests he’s been carrying out for the last year When Flymaster’s new True Air Speed (TAS) probe was released a couple of years ago […]

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Jury Service: On the panel at the Coupe Icare

Jury Service: On the panel at the Coupe Icare

Cross Country were on the press jury for the Coupe Icare film festival – and there were some stunning submissions. The Toll Road didn’t pick up a prize, but it was our favourite. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Material news: All you didn’t know you needed to know

Material news: All you didn’t know you needed to know

When you head out flying, fabric is probably the last thing on your mind – but without it our sport is grounded. As major manufacturer Porcher is bought by a new owner, and a number of manufacturers fret over supply problems, here’s what we know… See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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The Big Trip: Breaking personal bests in Quixada

The Big Trip: Breaking personal bests in Quixada

“The air now turned magic, and while the sun was getting lower and lower, I just floated along in smooth, light thermals, often helped by my friends the vultures.” Averaging a whopping 180km per day, air-junkie Koen Vancampenhoudt headed to Quixadá, Brazil to break personal bests and fly more than 300km. See what’s in the […]

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On review: XC Tracer and XC Tracer Mini

On review: XC Tracer and XC Tracer Mini

“If you are using a software instrument this makes a great add-on, giving you precise data, great audio and a logger. “Even if you have a full vario/GPS this makes a great backup logger and you may find you prefer the audio from this device.” We road test the XC Tracer and XC Tracer Mini, […]

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Travel: Hike, sail and fly in Antarctica

Travel: Hike, sail and fly in Antarctica

“If you see sun at breakfast, don’t expect it for lunch – it will be snowing for sure.” Can you really free-fly on the world’s most inhospitable continent? Maxime Chiron packed his paraglider and set sail for Antarctica to find out. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Gavin McClurg: The anatomy of a rescue

Gavin McClurg: The anatomy of a rescue

“Suddenly my radio erupts with a terrible scream … ‘I crashed! I’m hurt bad!’” Following the dramatic recovery of a badly injured fellow pilot, Gavin McGlurg reveals the anatomy of a dramatic rescue – and the invaluable lessons learned. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Short take-offs and landings on a paramotor

Short take-offs and landings on a paramotor

“The launches were not as bad as I had predicted before we set out on our adventure – they were worse!” Jeff Hamann shares the short take-off and landing techniques he used when flying the spectacular Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan – and reveals how they could revolutionise your flying. See what’s in the rest […]

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Faces from the Coupe Icare 2016

Faces from the Coupe Icare 2016

The Coupe Icare festival’s famous masquerade launch is the year’s most colourful – and silliest – flying spectacle. To capture the essence of 2016’s extravaganza, we set up a mobile studio in the sun – and photographed some of the most dazzling entrants. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Naked Pilots: Mr and Mrs Mateos

Naked Pilots: Mr and Mrs Mateos

“Having my coach at home helps a lot.” Alex Mateos, who won the FAI Paramotor World Championships in August, and his new wife, Marie, who won the Women’s title, reveal what it takes to be the Mr and Mrs of powered paragliding. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith’s paragliding proverbs

Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith’s paragliding proverbs

From “Don’t change two things at once” to “If it’s flyable – then fly”, Bruce Goldsmith puts some of those wise old paragliding proverbs to the test – and sorts the essentials from the clichés. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Review: MacPara Eden 6, EN B

Review: MacPara Eden 6, EN B

“It’s a wing that will happily devour the kilometres without demanding too much of the pilot, yet is engaging enough to put a smile on your face. “A firm contender if you are looking for this class of wing.” Marcus King gets to grips with MacPara’s updated high-end EN B: the Eden 6. See what’s […]

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‘Follow your passion, don’t get distracted’

‘Follow your passion, don’t get distracted’

His message was blissfully simple: “Follow your passion, don’t get distracted.” Hannes Arch, who died in a September helicopter crash, lived an amazing life, revolutionising paragliding and packing more into four decades than many people would into several lifetimes. We salute his life less ordinary. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Acro Worlds: New World Champion Francois Ragolski

Acro Worlds: New World Champion Francois Ragolski

“Fly a big glider first. Everyone is flying too small. “That is the big sickness of the acro scene just now. Everyone looks at us and they want the same. This is a big, big mistake.” New Acro World Champion François Ragolski tells us what it takes to be top of the class, how to […]

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Coupe Icare 2016: All the new gear for 2017

Coupe Icare 2016: All the new gear for 2017

From Niviuk’s new Bi Skin 2 P tandem, which weighs just 3.3kg, to Skyman’s single skin Sir Edmund glider, which may soon be certified ENB, don’t miss our essential, bumper guide to all the new gear from this year’s Coupe Icare festival. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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