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George Steinmetz: Recording the Earth from the air

George Steinmetz: Recording the Earth from the air

‘You want to take aerial photographs in Chad? Good luck! There were no helicopters to charter in the whole country. So with a paramotor you’re seeing remote stuff nobody has ever seen from the air.’ Twenty years ago, George Steinmetz strapped on a camera, started his paramotor – and changed the face of environmental photography. […]

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Theo de Blic’s Acro World

Theo de Blic’s Acro World

‘Forget about acro gliders. Let’s be honest: wanting to learn acro and being an acro pilot are two very different things.’ If you want to become an acro pilot, says Theo de Blic, avoid aiming too high, too fast. In the September issue he shares his top 10 tips for choosing the right gear. See […]

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Naked Pilot: Kari Ellis from Australia

Naked Pilot: Kari Ellis from Australia

‘I landed at sunset, and Mum and Dad were there in the car waiting for me. They absolutely hauled ass to get there!’ In the September 2017 issue Kari Ellis tells us about placing second woman at the FAI Paragliding World Championships – and why it’s great to have family in tow when you fly […]

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The Suffering: Red Bull X-Alps 2017

The Suffering: Red Bull X-Alps 2017

The ‘X’ in the Red Bull X-Alps could stand for any number of things. Exciting. Exhilarating. Excruciating. But the 2017 edition was the most extreme yet, covering 1,138km and crossing the main spine of the Alps three times. In the September issue we look back over 11 truly extraordinary days – and the remarkable images […]

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Ozone Chabre Open 2017: Martin Long cleans up

Ozone Chabre Open 2017: Martin Long cleans up

Decent weather at the Ozone Chabre Open saw five tasks flown in Laragne, France. The 12th instalment of the comp saw tasks of 30, 50, 80, 62 and 45km – and was won by Brit Martin Long on an Ozone Delta 2. We have the full report in the September 2017 issue. See what else […]

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Review: Supair Taska, EN C

Review: Supair Taska, EN C

The new EN C wing from Supair is their first Sports class glider. In Cross Country 182 Marcus King flies the five prototypes and the production model to get an in-depth understanding of just where the glider has come from – and where it’s going See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Understanding the basics of reserve parachutes

Understanding the basics of reserve parachutes

‘Throw your reserve and it’s suddenly the most important bit of kit you own.’ Buying a rescue parachute can be a tricky business. Understanding the basics is key to making the right choice. Matt Warren talks to some experts to find out what you need to know See what else is in the August 2017 […]

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Icaristics: Preparing for competition

Icaristics: Preparing for competition

Bruce Goldsmith was Paragliding World Champion a decade ago. With his son Tyr facing his first World Championships in Italy, Bruce writes down some good advice. ‘Fly the gear you know … Use a backup instrument … When you apply bar, do it in two pushes.’ You know what they say – Dad knows best. See […]

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Flare: Wingsuiting’s new move

Flare: Wingsuiting’s new move

How do pilots actually flare a wingsuit? ‘You don’t have to do much. I tell other pilots to use your brain more than your body.’ In Cross Country 182 Matt Gerdes explains how pro wingsuit pilots are now perfecting the art of going up – at 11m/s. See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Paramotor vol-bivouac in Slovakia

Paramotor vol-bivouac in Slovakia

‘Around the campfire Miroslav took us on a tour of the local fruits: pear, plum and apricot brandy.’ In Cross Country 182 Franck Simonnet makes new friends on an overnight paramotor bivvy in Slovakia. See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Portfolio: Jody Macdonald’s decade in paragliding

Portfolio: Jody Macdonald’s decade in paragliding

‘Art and outdoor sports – my two favourite things at school.’ Jody MacDonald has been photographing paragliding for a decade. In Cross Country 182 we showcase her favourite shots See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Exploring the Choco: Colombia by paramotor

Exploring the Choco: Colombia by paramotor

‘There are no coastal roads or towns for 400km. Armed drug smugglers have a significant presence.’ Jeff Hamann continues his Pacific coastline paramotoring odyssey with an 800km journey through the Choco, in Colombia’s remote northwest See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Fiddler on the roof: Jean-Yves Fredriksen

Fiddler on the roof: Jean-Yves Fredriksen

Jean-Yves Fredriksen is the fiddler on the roof of the world, exploring the Himalaya alone but always with his violin. In Cross Country 182 he talks to Andy Pag about his most recent expedition – a 3,500km, four-month trip through the greatest mountains on Earth See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Jeff Goin: Over-the-nose spiral dives

Jeff Goin: Over-the-nose spiral dives

Paramotor pilot Jeff Goin has some advice about spiral dives and going too strong. ‘In the wrong hands over-the-nose spiral dives can be surprisingly lethal. Unfortunately they’re really easy to do, even for raw beginners.’ See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Cover story: Dual-control SIV in Gerlitzen

Cover story: Dual-control SIV in Gerlitzen

‘Slow the glider, slow, slow, slower…’ In Cross Country 182 we head to Gerlitzen for a unique dual-control SIV session with Xandi Meschuh and Benni Hörburger See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Gavin McClurg: Preparing for a big day

Gavin McClurg: Preparing for a big day

Gavin McClurg has had a big two weeks at the Red Bull X-Alps. Before he headed off to Europe he took time out to explain exactly how to prepare before a big day. Thinking of that third beer? Think again! See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Meteorology: How to predict cloudbase

Meteorology: How to predict cloudbase

You can predict cloudbase with a glass of ice and a thermometer. In Cross Country 182 resident meteorologist Honza Rejmanek explains how. See what else is in the issue

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Scott Mason and Parahawking – the next step

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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AirDesign Vita 2 SL: 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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A trick of the light? Can you ‘see’ 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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