Tag Archives: Pat Dower
Nova Mentor 5 review

Nova Mentor 5 (EN B) on review

“The Mentor 5 had no right to survive in these touch-and-go, light conditions, but slowly we crept up – and took the ride right up to the edge of airspace. “There is no doubt about its performance. The climb in the weak stuff, even when it is broken, is truly impressive.” Pat Dower gives the […]

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Advance Sigma 10 review

Advance Sigma 10 (EN C) review

‘Advance gliders have had a reserved character, but this definitely has more of the fun factor. ‘In fact, I find myself leaning towards a bold statement: Advance may well have produced their best glider yet!’ In September 2017 Pat Dower aims high with Advance’s new ENC Sigma 10 – and discovers they’ve injected some welcome […]

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Niviuk Peak 4 (EN D) review

“Many pilots are searching for that elusive sweet-spot between a typical three-liner and a competition two-line CCC glider. “The Peak 4 could well be your answer,” writes Pat Dower, who finds Niviuk’s latest D a delight, and a totally different kind of wing from the Peak 3, which Cross Country’s review team was not wild […]

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A is for Accessible: The new EN A class

Smaller inlets, three riser technology, 3D panel shaping, plastic rods and mini-ribs… yes we’re talking EN A technology. Pat Dower researches how trickle-down technology has revolutionised the school glider class. See what’s in Issue 169

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Chrigel Maurer and Pat Dower

Chrigel Maurer: One Day Coaching

Chrigel Maurer is one of the most complete paraglider pilots in the world. He has three Red Bull X-Alps wins under his belt, has been PWC Champion and Swiss Champion, held acro infinite tumble world records, has won numerous adventure races, and was even 2007 Swiss Hang Gliding Champion. In issue 155 (Sept/Oct) of Cross […]

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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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The Advance Sigma 9

Video: Advance’s new Sigma 9, Meet the team

Advance’s new Sigma 9 was released at the start of the Alpine summer, and Cross Country was there to greet the arrival of this new kid on the block. We headed to Thun in Switzerland and the Advance HQ to get an up close and personal introduction with the latest Sports class glider from the […]

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Nova's Ion 3 on review. Photo: Nova

Nova Ion 3, EN B: Champagne moment

Paragliding coach Pat Dower is usually found on a racing blade, carving out long XCs and pushing at the edge of performance. So this issue we asked him to jump on Nova’s latest all-round EN B, the Nova Ion 3. Aimed at ‘everyman’, from new pilots to those who want to fly XC with maximum […]

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Luxury ... the Swing Mistral 7, EN B, under review. Photo: Swing

That Swing Thing: Mistral 7, EN B, Review

“The first thing that struck me was the luxury feel to the whole package,” writes Cross Country reviewer Pat Dower about Swing’s Mistral 7, a top-end EN B glider. Swing’s latest in the Mistral series came to me in time for the best XC season the UK has seen for many years. The timing of […]

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Paragliding coach Pat Dower. Photo: Ruth Churchill-Dower

How to get good at paragliding

Learning is straightforward, but becoming a good pilot is a blend of art, science and attitude. Pat Dower speaks to some top pilots and looks at the free-flight learning curve.

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Pat Dower explores pilotage and skills courses in Cross Country 145. Photo: Gudrun Ochsl

In Issue 145: Do the right thing

Pat Dower considers how safety training and skills clinics can improve your flying

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Tuesday Tip: The Flatland Genius Method of Thermalling

Today’s Tuesday Tip comes from Pat Dower. Pat contributes to Cross Country magazine and has his own blog abut flying. This tip comes from an article he wrote called The Five Methods of Thermalling.

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