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Durogati and Coconea to fly Advance in 2017 X-Alps

Durogati and Coconea to fly Advance in 2017 X-Alps

Aaron Durogati and Toma Coconea will be flying for Advance in the Red Bull X-Alps 2017. They join Sebastian Huber, who finished the race second in 2015, as confirmed Advance pilots in the forthcoming adventure race, and will be flying three-liner Omega X-Alps 2 wings. Advance say that Chrigel Maurer is deciding whether to go with a […]

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Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro’s Kiwi is a 15m² paraglider that’s made for groundhandling.  It’s good for all conditions, the company say, and lthough it’s designed for ground-work, it is airworthy and in fact launches easily, whether in nil-wind or strong  breezes up to 40km/h, responding well to rear-riser steering and correction. They say its uncomplicated design, few lines and […]

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GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN’s Condor is their “big lady”, a heavyweight tandem for professional and recreational tandem PPG pilots. It’s made for trikes, and offers an easy take-off and great performance, GIN say, with smooth inflation, good energy retention and a wide speed range allowing for a good margin of safety on take-offs and landings. It is fast and stable at high […]

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Strong the Wind Blows: download Ben Jordan’s film

Strong the Wind Blows: download Ben Jordan’s film

Ben Jordan is releasing a documentary about his 1,000km Canadian Rockies vol-bivouac traverse. The film documents the 39-day, 1,000km “impossible” traverse across the Rockies in British Columbia in summer 2016, which you can read about in Kung Fu Calling, issue 177. They said it couldn’t be done, that paragliding the width of British Columbia was not only […]

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Coast to Coast for Cancer Research UK

Coast to Coast for Cancer Research UK

British paramotorist Giles Fowler is planning to fly his paramotor 500km non-stop across the UK in June 2017, to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.   Giles, whose article on setting PPG height-gain records was featured in issue 167, explains: I wanted to try a different endeavor after a close friend of mine, Clarisse, was diagnosed with but is now […]

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Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic has joined Cross Country Magazine as the magazine’s new acro voice. He will be writing a regular slot on acro paragliding every other issue, starting with issue 179, May 2017. A member of the French acro team and a regular on acro podiums on the competition circuit, he is one of the […]

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GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN’s new Vantage 2 is a wing for intermediate paramotor pilots, and is also certified for free-flying. The company say the Vantage 2 fulfills all the demands and needs of a performance paramotor wing, at trim speed and with trimmers open and on bar. It is well-balanced in pitch with good roll stability, yet is precise and co-ordinated in the turn, resulting in a smooth and enjoyable […]

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Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone have announced that they will be releasing a light version of the EN-D Zeno, the Z-Alps, for summer 2017. The first Z-Alps wings will be supplied to 2017 Red Bull X-Alps competitors – Ozone say that about 12 of the 32 pilots in the race will be flying Ozone, including Pál Takáts (HU), Gaspard Petiot (FR), Richard Brezina (CA) and […]

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Moyes RX Pro 2017 optional extras

Moyes RX Pro 2017 optional extras

Moyes have announced they will be offering two optional extras for customers buying their RX Pro competition hang glider: the Pro-Edge trailing edge and Skylite undersurface. The Pro-Edge is a new high-tech laminate by Dimension Polyant. Moyes say its random array of non-woven composite filaments give the trailing edge excellent abrasion resistance and a smooth, sharp appearance, and it […]

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AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign have announced the Hero, their new ultralight, high-performance EN-D. It’s designed for competition pilots, vol-bivouac enthusiasts, and backcountry adventurers, and the smallest size weighs less than 3kg. It’s characterised by a high top speed and precise handling characteristics, AD say. It was designed from scratch, with every element optimised for efficiency and weight reduction. It has a modest […]

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FAI announce Young Artist winners 2017

FAI announce Young Artist winners 2017

The 2017 FAI Young Artists Contest winners have been announced. They include two youngsters from India and one from Russia. Children from FAI member countries submitted artwork, to the theme of ‘Beyond the clouds’. Prizes were awarded in three age categories (6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-17 years). The quality of work was vey impressive – visit the gallery on Flickr to see all of […]

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Flymaster introduces light, simple Vario LS

Flymaster introduces light, simple Vario LS

Flymaster have added a new beginner’s instrument to their range, the Light, Simple Vario LS.  It is small, super thin (just 12mm) and boasts an easy user interface and a “very affordable” price. It’s powered by an internal 750mAh Li-ion battery that gives more than 100 hours’ flight time, and can be recharged via the USB port of any […]

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Hike-and-Fly planning tool now a mobile app

Hike-and-Fly planning tool now a mobile app

Hikeandfly.info is an AirDesign-supported tool to help pilots find hike-and-fly routes throughout Europe.  The map-based tool can be used on the hikeandfly.info website, or by downloading a free mobile phone app. “Tours” are plotted on a map, and pilots can click on a spot to open a page with route details, photos and information about the take-off, landing zone etc. […]

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Avian: British HG company changes hands

Avian: British HG company changes hands

After nearly 30 years running UK hang glider business Avian, Steve Elkins is passing the reins to fellow pilot and engineer, Tim Swait. Tim has long been an Avian fan: The first glider he flew was a Fly, and it was a Rio that took him through his schooling, his first XCs and competitions. Avian say of Tim: He’s […]

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Gavin McClurg’s North of Known tour hits the UK

Gavin McClurg’s North of Known tour hits the UK

This is Gavin McClurg in deep in Alaska on a marathon month-long traverse of the Alaska Range last year. He has been touring his 52-minute film North of Known to paragliding clubs and adventure audiences in California and Oregon. This week he is hopping across the Atlantic and bringing his unique presentation to Europe. A […]

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Video: Brett Hazlett’s Anticipation

Video: Brett Hazlett’s Anticipation

Brett Hazlett’s Anticipation. Worth the wait…

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New society demands action over ‘cruelty to Zenos’

New society demands action over ‘cruelty to Zenos’

In case you land at this page later than 1 April 2017, this was an April Fool! A new task force has been set up to prevent cruelty to paragliders. Called the Society Against Cruelty to Paragliders, the organisation has been created following concerns over the number of “barely used” Zeno paragliders appearing on secondhand […]

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Chogori 2017: lightweight pod from El Speedo

Chogori 2017: lightweight pod from El Speedo

El Speedo have upgraded their lightweight pod harness, and released the new Chogori 2017 in XC and ultrino (ultra-light) versions. The XC version has a carbon seatboard, which the El Speedo team describe as, “the Mercedes of all seatboards”, whereas the Ultrino version is a hammock-style. Both versions feature an updated and improved coccoon closure system, and are made […]

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Niviuk release the single-surface Skin 2/Skin 2P

Niviuk release the single-surface Skin 2/Skin 2P

Niviuk have released the Skin 2, the second generation of their single-surface paraglider. It’s available in standard (Skin 2) and super-light (Skin 2P, ‘Plume’) versions, and both will be certified in three sizes, EN-B for the 18 and 20, and EN-C for the 16m² sizes. Niviuk say the Skin 2 /2P are more stable and more durable than the original […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: 1,138km route announced

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: 1,138km route announced

The new route has been revealed for the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps – and it will be the longest and hardest in the event’s 14-year history. (Click the map to enlarge it). Racing a straight-line distance of 1,138km from Salzburg to Monaco, 32 world class athletes from 21 countries will hike and fly via seven […]

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