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Ziad Bassil (Dust of the Universe) is passionate about testing gliders. He has flown a staggering number of them over the past 20 years. With his friends, he flies the mountains of his native Lebanon... more

New Podcast: Testing and Demoing Gliders with Ziad Bassil (Dust of the Universe)

Going on your first overseas trip is a real rite of passage for a new pilot. Since my first flying trip, I've flown all over the world and worked on trips for pilots of all levels of experience. But... more

Planning your first paragliding trip?

In June 2014, 26 year old Berni Peßl from Styria (Austria) was the first pilot to complete a 300+ km FAI triangle on an EN B paraglider (Nova Mentor 3). In July he completed another XC... more

30 Hours of Happiness and Satisfaction - in three Days!

Red Bull X-Alps 2013. Imagine: a July day at 11am and you are standing on the take-off above Interlaken. The sun is shining and the clouds are touching the mountain tops. You would like to fly to... more

Cross-country tips by Chrigel Maurer

Robert Schaller attempts the NZ Southern Paragliding Cross

Judith Mole | 3rd February 2015

Robert Schaller attempts the NZ Southern Paragliding Cross

Beginning on the 10th of February, the young German will attempt to cross the Southern Alps - solo and unsupported. The 900km journey will loosely follow the Te Araroa trail on land and in the air. He has been training for this event for the past... more

Paragliding Holidays & Courses

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Coming up...

Paraglide in Brazil with Active Edge 7th Mar - 21st Mar

Kyrgyzstan Bivouac / XC training 8th Aug - 15th Aug

Kyrgyzstan Bivouac / XC training 15th Aug - 22nd Aug

Kyrgyzstan Bivouac / XC training 29th Aug - 5th Sep

Kyrgyzstan Bivouac / XC training 12th Sep - 19th Sep

New Podcast: Testing and Demoing Gliders with Ziad Bassil (Dust of the Universe)

Judith Mole | 21st December 2014

New Podcast: Testing and Demoing Gliders with Ziad Bassil (Dust of the Universe)

Ziad Bassil (Dust of the Universe) is passionate about testing gliders. He has flown a staggering number of them over the past 20 years. With his friends, he flies the mountains of his native Lebanon and makes glide angle comparison tests in moving... more

Video: Olu Deniz Air Games

Jenni Fleming | 19th November 2014

Video: Olu Deniz Air Games

I had planned to do video reports of the 15th International Air Games as well as the write-up, but with my film making skills still in need of a bit of work, here's a video from base jumper and much more experienced video maker David Laffargue... more

15th International Olu Deniz Air Games

Jenni Fleming | 19th November 2014

15th International Olu Deniz Air Games

My first ever trip to Turkey was to fly tandems for the 15th International Olu Deniz Air Games, dropping base jumpers off over the beach.   The Air Games have been running every year since 2000. Spectators on the beach see displays from... more

New Podcast: Collective Flying with the Flying Collective

Judith Mole | 8th November 2014

New Podcast: Collective Flying with the Flying Collective

Our latest podcast is on flying as a group and making the most out of sharing - whether that be info, lifts, thermals or retrieves. The Pennine Posse is a loose gaggle centred around Phil Colbert, Phil Wallbank, Mark Wilson and Barney... more

Latest Gallery Albums

2015 X-Alps Pilots Revealed

Caedmon Mullin | 29th October 2014

2015  X-Alps Pilots Revealed

The X-Alps organisers have revealed the pilots list for next year's race, after what must have been a tricky selection process 31 athletes from 18 countries have been chosen to compete in this epic 1,000km race across the Alps! For the first time... more

Sup'Air Sora - first impressions

Jenni Fleming | 14th October 2014

Sup

When I heard Sup'Air was going into the wing market, I was curious to see what their first offering  - the Sora tandem - would be like. It is an EN B rated wing with a certified weight range of 120-220kg. I flew it at between 160... more

Coupe Icare 2014 Photo Album

Judith Mole | 23rd September 2014

Coupe Icare 2014 Photo Album

We've returned from the 41st Coupe Icare at St Hilare with an empty battery but a full SD card. In this album you will find our best shots of the fancy dress flying and some familiar faces from around the festival. The festival is as good as ever,... more

Planning your first paragliding trip?

Jenni Fleming | 17th September 2014

Planning your first paragliding trip?

Going on your first overseas trip is a real rite of passage for a new pilot. Since my first flying trip, I've flown all over the world and worked on trips for pilots of all levels of experience. But I still remember my very first trip! I didn't... more

30 Hours of Happiness and Satisfaction - in three Days!

Judith Mole | 9th September 2014

30 Hours of Happiness and Satisfaction - in three Days!

In June 2014, 26 year old Berni Peßl from Styria (Austria) was the first pilot to complete a 300+ km FAI triangle on an EN B paraglider (Nova Mentor 3). In July he completed another XC hat-trick, flying 687 km in three days. Read his report... more

Cross-country tips by Chrigel Maurer

Judith Mole | 28th August 2014

Cross-country tips by Chrigel Maurer

Red Bull X-Alps 2013. Imagine: a July day at 11am and you are standing on the take-off above Interlaken. The sun is shining and the clouds are touching the mountain tops. You would like to fly to the Matterhorn or even better, over Mt. Blanc to... more

Flying and photography - Rebecca Bredehoft

Jenni Fleming | 14th August 2014

Flying and photography - Rebecca Bredehoft

Becca at her home site of Jackson Hole On my travels this winter, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Rebecca Bredehoft, an inspirational pilot as well as an awesome photographer. At only 30 years old, Becca already has more experience than... more

New webcast: BHPA Pilot Development Structure - an introduction

Judith Mole | 12th August 2014

New webcast: BHPA Pilot Development Structure - an introduction

We are thrilled to host the new BHPA Pilot Development Structure webcast. It is part of the consultation exercise to determine the future of post-CP pilot development across the UK. The structure aims to provide a clear development path for new (and... more

Seven Steps to Dealing with Fear in Paragliding - a new podcast with Heike Hamann

Judith Mole | 31st July 2014

Seven Steps to Dealing with Fear in Paragliding - a new podcast with Heike Hamann

Heike Hamann learned to fly in 1992 and recently completed a Masters in Process Oriented Psychology. After a few paragliding incidents she developed a fear of being high and as part of her thesis she started to examine her fears and thought about... more

X-Pyr: Chrigel Maurer and Thomas Theurillat Interview

Judith Mole | 21st July 2014

X-Pyr: Chrigel Maurer and Thomas Theurillat Interview

There's still thousands of things to learn and improve! Chrigel Maurer and Thomas Theurillat have won the X-Alps three times and entered the X-pyr for the first time in 2014. The X-pyr is an adventure race based on the X-Alps, where competitors... more

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