Tag Archives: Bruce Goldsmith

Icaristics: Thermalling Revisited

Bruce Goldsmith has been flying since the 1980s. He has been British Hang Gliding Champion twice, British Paragliding Champion three times and was Paragliding World Champion in 2007. He has been designing paragliders for 20 years. His Icaristics column in issue 163 revisited the subject of thermalling. For the last six months I have been giving […]

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25 Ways to Fly Better by Bruce Goldsmith

Twenty-Five Ways to Fly Better: Now on Kindle and Kobo

Twenty Five Ways to Fly Better, Volume 1 is now available as an eBook on Kindle and Kobo. It is the digital version of the best-selling print book 50 Ways to Fly Better by Bruce Goldsmith and friends. Published in late 2013, 50 Ways has since been translated into six languages and sold around the […]

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BGD Base – certified EN B in medium size

BGD have reported that the first of their Bases, the M size, has been passed EN B certification “first time and with flying colours”.  Its designer Bruce Goldsmith said: We put a lot of effort into perfecting the safety characteristics of this wing,and  I am really happy with the final product. The weight range for […]

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Icaristics: Brakes and Efficiency

In Cross Country 156 (Nov/Dec 2014) former paragliding world champion Bruce Goldsmith looks at how much brake we should fly with. Some pilots fly with a little brake the whole time, whether climbing, gliding or just ridge soaring. There are schools that teach this as the standard technique, because it can provide a level of […]

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Paragliding in Iceland. Photo: Ant Green

Ice and slice: paragliding in Iceland

Ant Green and Bruce Goldsmith headed to Iceland for a photo-shoot over summer, and we showcase the results in Cross Country 155 (Sept/Oct 2014). The crisp multi-coloured yellow glider above all that blue ice and sea made us think of one thing and one thing only: A long tall gin and tonic. Ice and slice, […]

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Cross Country 155

Cross Country 155: New issue, Sept/October 2014

Cross Country 155 is out now, and it’s packed. On the cover is a great shot by Ant Green of Bruce Goldsmith paragliding in Iceland. They were in the country for a week over summer, chasing the weather between the clouds – great photos and great times. Another person who had a great time this season […]

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Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics: There’s an app for that

The tech scene is bubbling over with new ideas for paragliding and hang gliding. Pilots have choice like never before – do you go for an all-in instrument for a wallet’s worth of beer tokens, or do you save the cash and hook up your smartphone to a widget and spiral up to base with ‘Kerching!’ […]

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BGD Adam now certified EN A in all sizes

BGD Adam: All sizes now certified

BGD’s entry-level wing, the Adam, has now been certified EN A in all sizes: S, M, ML and L. Information and specifications can be found on BGD’s website. • Got news? Send it to us at Buy and sell gear on Home

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Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics: Gliding Better

  Bruce Goldsmith has been writing for Cross Country magazine for over 20 years. A former World Champion and multiple national champion, he has experience in flying and designing hang gliders and paragliders stretching right back to the start of the sport. Each issue he takes a topic and discusses it, examining how it can […]

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Video: Inside The Adam

BGD’s latest video for their new glider the Adam, EN A, is a tale of father and son. Neat video work inside the glider too… • Got news? Send it to us at Buy and sell gear on Home

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Bruce Goldsmith XC seminar, August 2014

  Bruce Goldsmith is holding a week-long cross country flying seminar in Greece in August. The week, from 23-30 August, will focus on flying cross country and will include daily group flights on radio with Bruce. The seminar will be based on Bruce’s book, 50 Ways to Fly Better, which was published by Cross Country […]

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What happened next? Collapse analysis

Bruce Goldsmith explains how to deal with an asymmetric collapse on a paraglider   Manilla in Australia this year has been hot and strong. The region saw drought conditions, which means stronger thermals and higher cloudbases. However, it also means more aggressive conditions, with strong thermal-induced turbulence and dust devils even at low altitudes. Brooke […]

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Adrian Thomas, left, and Bruce Goldsmith. Photos: Marcus King and T Goldsmith

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Trailing edges under the spotlight

Editor Ed Ewing asks Cross Country magazine’s technical experts Bruce Goldsmith and Adrian Thomas about the Ozone Enzo 2 controversy   With GIN Gliders declaring the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal Enzo 2 controversy a “disgrace to the sport” and the winning Enzo 2s on their way to Switzerland to be compared with a sample glider, […]

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Fifty ways to Fly Better

Fifty Ways to Fly Better: By Bruce Goldsmith and Friends

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 […]

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How the seabreeze convergence works. Fly the red zone, avoid the blue. Illustration: Fifty Ways to Fly Better

Understanding Seabreeze Convergence

This is an edited extract from Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith and friends Buy the book When I started flying I remember learning about a strange phenomenon called ‘convergence’. In the books, convergence was always discussed as something unusual, as though it only occurred in certain places such as on the coast, […]

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The three stages of pitch. Photo montage: Marcus King / Fifty Ways to Fly Better

Understanding Pitch on a Paraglider

This is an edited extract from Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith Buy the book When you fly your paraglider, you sit in your harness at least seven metres below the wing – maybe as much as ten. This means that you are the weight of a huge pendulum. A large part of […]

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Good style in rear-riser control. Photo: Fifty Ways to Fly Better

Rear-Riser Control and how to use it

This an edited extract from Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith and friends Buy the book What is rear-riser control? “Rear-riser control allows you to keep contact with the glider while gliding, especially when using the speedbar,” explains Ozone test pilot Russell Ogden. “For exactly the same reason you use your brakes to […]

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Climbing in spring, from Fifty Ways to Fly Better by Bruce Goldsmith

How to Climb Faster in Thermals

This is an edited extract of an article in Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith and Friends Buy the book Thermalling is probably the most important part of flying, as well as the most pleasurable. The feeling of using the natural energy of rising air is a pleasure similar to surfing an invisible […]

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Your EN A glider is very capable of flying XC. It's the pilot that makes the difference. Photo: From Fifty Ways to Fly Better

How to fly XC on an EN A paraglider

This is an edited extract from Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith and friends Buy the book Your first wing is your most important one. It is the bedrock of your flying career. You need to be totally comfortable on as safe a wing as possible as you slowly become familiar with the […]

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Flying in the southern French Alps. Photo: Bruce Goldsmith

Flying without instruments: Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics

Does all that beeping in flight annoy you? It does Bruce Goldsmith, 2007 Paragliding World Champion and longtime competition pilot. In his latest Icaristics in Cross Country 149 he reveals he’s been flying instrument-free for three years. He says: I believe flying without a vario makes you a better pilot. It also gives you more […]

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