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Rules and safety on a landing field

Kostya Marchenko , 20 February, 2012 07:58


Photo by Matjaz Klemencic

Matjaz Klemencic wrote good article in his blog about rules and behaviour on a landing fields. Short exceprt from his article:

"We consider ourselves a free flyers, yet, it does not mean we fly with out any rules. I found myself again walking trough the landing field trying to convince our jelly fish friends that inflating and ground handling does not fit to the middle of the landing field. If someone is in need of ground handling training please, move to the side of the landing field."

Read full article in Mat's blog.
 

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Wannabe Skygod - Starting Out

Tim G , 15 February, 2012 17:52



I had done it, I had beaten the mountain! It was now far below me, shrinking with my ever increasing height. The landscape I had craved to see from up high was now opening up below me. The coast-line becoming visible to the South and the military exercise areas to the north, this was what I had tried and failed so many times to achieve and now, I had succeeded, the grin on my face becoming fixed as I circled ever higher....

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 11. Task 9. Final!

Kostya Marchenko , 05 February, 2012 20:04

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2011 finished today in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Swiss pilot Peter Neuenschwander won both Task 9 and the Superfinal and became Paragliding World Cup Champion 2011. Congratulations to Peter! 
Jean-marc Caron from France took second place and Dušan Orož from Slovenia is third.


Left to right: Dušan Orož, Peter Neuenschwander, Jean-marc Caron

Petra Slivova from Czech Republic won superfinall in womens category and kept her Paragliding World Cup Womens Champion 2011. Congratulations to Petra, you did amazingly well during whole competition!
Second woman is Seiko Fukuoka from France and Regula Strasser from Switzerland is third.


Left to right: Regula Strasser, Petra Slivova, Seiko Fukuoka

Winning nation for this competition is France. See complete results here.

Next Paragliding World Cup event will be held from March 17th till 24th in Castelo, Brazil.


Task 9 details, videos from prizegiving and report from Nicole McLearn →
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Search Projects – Africa's secret paragliding spots

Kostya Marchenko , 04 February, 2012 14:15


Photo by John Stapels

After their trip together to Mexico, Guatemala and Pakistan in search of secrets spots, Thomas de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens along with photographer John Stapels left Belgium with their Volkswagen AMAROK and a assistance truck and travel all the way South to Cape Town. They already spent one month in Egypt, one week in Sudan and currently are in Ethiopia.

The team will fly where no one has been flying before and use their paragliders as a way to discover Africa and meet its people. They plan to intend to push the limits of their sport and come back with an amazing footage that will be used to make a great documentary. 

Guys just recently uploaded their video from Sudan:


They publishing news and reports from expedition on their official website and videos on a vimeo channel.

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Descent from Everest on a Paraglider

Kostya Marchenko , 04 February, 2012 13:55


Photo by Sano Babu Sunuwar

"When Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa first saw paragliders arrive in the Himalaya, he dreamed of flying above the massive peaks of his home—the Khumbu region. After his third successful summit guiding trip on Everest, he viewed paragliding as a simpler, faster, and more graceful way of descending through the peak’s perilous slopes.

In October of 2010, Lakpa borrowed a paraglider, got a few pointers, and launched from a hillside above his home. He promptly crashed into a tree. With his paraglider wing badly damaged, Lakpa set out for the town of Pokhara, considered to be the gathering spot for paragliders, to seek repairs and find a mentor. He ran into Sano Babu Sunuwar, whom Lakpa had met years earlier on Island Peak. Babu repaired the glider and the two men hatched the plan for the Ultimate Descent." – read full article about this amazing adventure on National Geographic website.

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Parahawking

Kostya Marchenko , 04 February, 2012 13:43


Photo by baileyhope

In an effort to advance the interaction between man and bird, and to provide a unique opportunity to interact with birds of prey in their own environment, Scott Mason conceived and developed Parahawking. Parahawking is paragliding with trained birds of prey.

By combining ancient falconry methods with the modern techniques of Paragliding, birds of prey are trained to fly and interact with paragliders and their tandem passengers and to guide them to thermals.

Parahawking has gone from a personal experiment to a global phenomenon with tandem Paragliding becoming an essential part of Parahawking concept. It is a unique opportunity for people with no flying experience to be able to share the sky with birds of prey and interact with them in their own environment. Parahawking is featured in the Nepal Lonely Planet guide book as one of Pokhara’s highlights. Parahawking is available in Pokhara, Nepal with a project under development in Spain.

Read full article on twistedsifter.com and check out Scott Mason's parahawking.com

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XC Planner version 2 released by Tom Payne

Kostya Marchenko , 04 February, 2012 08:52


XC Planner main window

Tom Payne released second version of his XC Planner – cross country flight planning software for paragliders and hang gliders.

To learn about new features → read more

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 10. Task 8.

Kostya Marchenko about Paragliding World Cup , 04 February, 2012 08:17


Official task page with results and track logs

"A grueling task of 120km was set. Starting 13km from B23 north east of launch back to la Pila with 50km out and return past Llana to the east and ending on B43 and Torres plus goal." – saying Andre Rainsford

It was longest task of the whole competition so far, pilots spend up to 6 hours in skyes. It was very aggressive race today – competition will be finished in one day and everyone is doing his best to get as many points as possible.
76 pilots made it to the goal.

Task was won by Ulrich Prinz from Germany with 03:38:38 time, Stephan Morgenthaler was second just 3 seconds after with 03:38:41 time and Raul Penso Henandez was third  with 03:39:48 time.

Seiko Fukuoka was winner across women with 04:31:19 time and Marina Olexina from Russia  was second with 04:35:45 time.

In overall results Peter Neuenschwander is current leader with 5401 points, Jean-marc Caron is second with 5382 points and Charles Cazaux is third with 5331 points.
Petra Slivova remains first woman with 3903 points. And France is leading country.

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Wessex Photo Competition

Richard Chambers , 03 February, 2012 12:06



Rounding Handfast Point in Swanage.

Just won the Wessex Club photo competition with this photo! £20 of Northern Paragliding vouchers to spend now. Thanks to Neil McCain for organising and for everyone who voted for my photo. Several people called me mental though for some reason :)

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 9. Task 7.

Kostya Marchenko about Paragliding World Cup , 03 February, 2012 11:54


Official task page with results and track logs

After 3 days of bad weather, fantastic conditions allowed 95.5km Race-to-Goal task.

"Take off from el Peñón with the first turnpoint – 10km radius on Divisadero. It was easy to climb to 3600m on the way. There were 2 clear groups, one headed for Three Kings and the other for the convergence--both groups reached Divisadero without turning. To the next turnpoint, Mt Eagle, pilots chose different routes before joining again in a thermal at del Cerro del Águila. Following the 3rd turnpoint (Monarch butterflies), we returned quickly to el Peñón in search of the convergence which rapidly got us the 4th and 5th turnpoints (Elephant). After making the Elephant, we took the direct line back to the convergence and sped into goal at Valle de Bravo."report guys from Gin Team Spain

Three reserve deployments were reported today.

Task was won by Marco Littame from Italy with 02:24:09 time, Luc Armant was second just 18 seconds after with 02:24:27 time and Peter Neuenschwander was third  with 02:24:29 time (just 2 seconds after).
Petra Slivova was winner across women with 02:43:46 time and Seiko Fukuoka from France  was second with exaclty the same time but she has 4 points less.

In overall results Peter Neuenschwander is current leader with 4728 points, Jean-marc Caron is second with 4714 points and Charles Cazaux is third with 4662 points.
Petra Slivova remains first woman with 3515 points. And France is leading country.

Now it's just two days left till the end of the world cup and it's going to be quite hot competition.

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£2m worldwide insurance cover for BHPA members in EU

Kostya Marchenko , 02 February, 2012 15:30

Good news came in Club Bulletin #191 that is issued monthly by British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Now everyone who holds BHPA issued FAI Sporting Licence and live within EU will be covered worldwide (US and Canada excluded), even for comps for 365 days.

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 8. Task 7. Cancelled.

Kostya Marchenko about Paragliding World Cup , 02 February, 2012 07:09

The weather conditions were too weak for a race today and after two provisional tasks organizers cancelled task #7. It was however flyable so many of the pilots were free flying today.
Everyone hopes that tomorrow would be better despite not so optimistic weather forecast.

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 7. Task 6.

Kostya Marchenko about Paragliding World Cup , 01 February, 2012 07:14


Official task page with results and track logs

The Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2011 resumes after a very welcome rest day for everyone. Some of the competitors and organisers went to visit the Monarca butterflies yesterday, some just lazed by the pool but everybody had a nice rest from competition.

Weather today was much better than before and 92.85km Race-to-Goal task was set by organizers. The race was very interesting but quite tricky today as there were almost no lift around B27 turnpoint in flatlands so many pilots sinked there. No one made it to the goal today. 

Charles Cazaux was further pilot today with 79.301km distance, Regula Strasser was further woman pilot with 59.859km distance.
In overall results Jean-marc Caron from France holds first position with 3979 points. Petra Slivova is first woman with 2859 points. France remains top country.
 

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 6 – no flights today.

Kostya Marchenko about Paragliding World Cup , 31 January, 2012 10:09

It is raining today in Valle de Bravo and it was already 5 tasks so according to the Paragliding World Cup rules, today is a rest day.

Video from Philippe Broers:
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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 5. Task 5.

Kostya Marchenko about Paragliding World Cup , 30 January, 2012 08:31


Official task page with results and track logs

For day 5 commitee set smaller task then on previous days to let pilots relax a bit after quite hard previous 4 days. So task was 68km long Race-to-Goal. But weather conditions very very bad today with massive overcast and wind blowing down hard.

Her's what Andre Rainsford said in his blog about today's weather conditions:
"Are they serious!? 74 km into the twin valleys of 'no-sun' and 'little-hope'. Don't get me wrong I am the ultimate optimist living a life of naive positivity, but even that version of me was unable to keep the field airborne." 

No one made it to the goal today. "Conditions were very poor and in spite of a good tricky battle to stay up in the flatlands, shadow finally managed to bring all the pilot softly to the ground. The sky was really cloudy almost rainy." – saying organizers. According to published task results Peter Neuenschwander was further pilot today with 26.946 km distance. Joanna Di Grigoli was further woman pilot with 20.447km distance.

In overall results Peter Neuenschwander from Switzerland holds first position with 3295 points. Petra Slivova is first woman with 2321 points. France remains top country.
 

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