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If you've flown in Australia it was probably somewhere in the South East of the country. It's in the South East you'll find most of the famous sites, the biggest hills, the comps and the clouds! A... more

Paragliding in Western Australia

Kathleen Rigg is an extremely accomplished hang glider pilot based in Derbyshire, England. She has flown at the top level of the Women's World Hang Gliding Championships for years, has been the... more

New podcast: Sharing the Sky with Hang Gliders - Kathleen Rigg

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?

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

Red Bull X-Alps warm-up event Kampenwand-Lermoos

Judith Mole | 26th May 2015

Red Bull X-Alps warm-up event Kampenwand-Lermoos

Wet weather won't dampen spirits May 24th and 25th saw the first ever X-Alps warm-up event. Organised by Flugschule Chiemsee with support of Red Bull, Nova and Skywalk, the event used the turnpoints at Kampenwand /Aschau and Lermoos to test-hike... more

Paragliding Holidays & Courses

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Coming up...

Transylvania Paragliding Tour 6th Sep - 12th Sep

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

Paraglide in Iquique with Active Edge 14th Nov - 28th Nov

Paraglider holidays 14th Jan - 1st Aug

Paragliding in Western Australia

Caedmon Mullin | 12th April 2015

Paragliding in Western Australia

If you've flown in Australia it was probably somewhere in the South East of the country. It's in the South East you'll find most of the famous sites, the biggest hills, the comps and the clouds! A few thousand kilometers away in Western Australia... more

Coupe Icare 2015 - dates announced

Judith Mole | 7th April 2015

Coupe Icare 2015 - dates announced

  A jolly giraffe in flight for the 42nd Coupe Icare...   The 42nd edition of the Coupe Icare will be held Thursday September 17 to Sunday September 20th, 2015 on the sites of Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet/Lumbin in the Isère, just a... more

Coupe Icare Costume Ban!

Judith Mole | 1st April 2015

Coupe Icare Costume Ban!

  From 2015, the iconic fancy dress flying competition at the Coupe Icare will no longer take place. The event, now in its 42nd year, attracts thousands of visitors to see paragliders and hang gliders flying in costume. Organisers stated... more

New podcast: Sharing the Sky with Hang Gliders - Kathleen Rigg

Judith Mole | 29th March 2015

New podcast: Sharing the Sky with Hang Gliders - Kathleen Rigg

Kathleen Rigg is an extremely accomplished hang glider pilot based in Derbyshire, England. She has flown at the top level of the Women's World Hang Gliding Championships for years, has been the British Women's Champion numerous times and has been... more

Latest Gallery Albums

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

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

Judith Mole | 21st December 2014

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

Podcast: Collective Flying with the Flying Collective

Judith Mole | 8th November 2014

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 Woodhead,... more

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

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