Tag Archives: Bruce Goldsmith
Paragliding near a storm

Icaristics: Tips for flying with big clouds and avoiding storms

‘Nobody expected storms, but a storm grew above the stratus cloud layer, and about 20 pilots were sucked into it … not only was it unexpected, but it was also hidden and extremely violent.’ In the September 2017 issue Bruce Goldsmith shares his top tips for flying with big clouds – and how to ensure […]

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Icaristics by Bruce Goldsmith

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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Icaristics: Re-evaluating the contact position

“Try to use as little brake as possible when flying. This leads to better performance and more safety.” Bruce Goldsmith re-evaluates the contact position and where your hands should be when aiming for the best performance – and safest flights. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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On track in the south of France. Photo: Bruce Goldsmith

Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith’s Paragliding Proverbs

Bruce Goldsmith and clan in the Dolomites… We all say them, and we all hear them. Some might be thought clichés, but there is a lot of truth in paragliding proverbs. These are the ones I sign up to. Never be separated from your equipment Imagine there are two cars going to launch: always travel […]

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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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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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Icaristics: Pulley-to-pulley

“Maximum speed on the risers is usually known as ‘pulley-to-pulley’. “This may sound simple, but there are a few tricks that can make a huge difference to the maximum speed achieved”, writes Bruce Goldsmith. In Icaristics, the designer looks at Brummel hooks and the competition modifications pilots can make, and also delves into certification. See […]

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Ozone Zeno

Video: Sneak preview of Ozone’s Zeno

Ozone’s Russell Ogden flew a proto of the Zeno at the North South Cup in the UK, May 2016. We got to fly alongside the Zeno over two tasks of 200km and 150km. No release date has been confirmed by Ozone, who say they never know when a wing is finished – until it’s finished! […]

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Gavin McClurg: Bruce Goldsmith on 30 years free-flying

Bruce Goldsmith has quite possibly more competition flying under his belt than anyone. One of the few pilots who’s won in both hang gliding and paragliding Bruce began flying comps in the mid-80s and capped off over 30 years of success by winning the Paragliding World Championships in 2007 in Australia. He’s started or designed […]

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Icaristics brake length

Icaristics: Understanding brake range on your paraglider

“Nearly all wings have 7cm of slack at the top of the brake range – this stops the brakes pulling down the trailing edge when you push on the speed system. “There are two main ways to measure brake travel. Firstly, brake range to stall, and secondly, brake pressure based on deflection.” Bruce Goldsmith argues […]

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Icaristics: Measuring aspect ratio – ‘It’s hard!’

“Paragliders are not flat, and have a significant arc, which leads to two values: flat aspect ratio, when the wing is laid on the ground, and projected aspect ratio, when it is flying. “How do you measure A/R in practise? You can’t use the numbers published by manufacturers as they quote numbers that come from […]

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Cross Country 169 May 2016

Cross Country 169: May 2016

Cross Country 169, May 2016 is out now. Here’s what’s in the issue – from delving deep into the successful pilot’s mindset to journeying to the very fringes of our sport…. The Head Game: “Always fly your own flight. For sure, be aware of the others, where they are and what they’re up to, but […]

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Icaristics: The Weather in Your Head

“As pilots we’re constantly building a model of the weather and conditions in our head and using what we see, hear and feel to confirm it, modify it or completely change it.” Recent neuroscience research backs up Bruce Goldsmith’s theory that the speed at which you can change your mind can make all the difference […]

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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

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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