I had an opportunity to fly at paragliding world cup in Argentina an UP Guru, a (CCC) Civl Competition Class glider. There is not many better options to fly. We had a good mixture of conditions from extremely weak to very windy with strong thermals. So here are some impressions after 15 hours. I flew in Advance Lightness 2 harness ballasted to 95-98 kg, the Guru S/M is for a range 90-105 kg.Continue reading “UP Guru – first impressions”
For me it is interesting to visit an ordinary city. On a map Pouso is surrounded by mountains but in reality it was small hills. The weather is not flyable and my host offers me her bike to borrow so I plan a small trip around.Continue reading “Pouso Alegre – a too normal town”
In two days should be a nice flying weather but I am too “overflown” in Andradas. There is a one hour bus drive to Pocos do Caldas where are some nice flight on xcontest paragliding website, so decision is made.
There is some airspace but some recent flights too so I will see. When putting my backpack to storage, the driver asks me if I go to bus station, so I say yes. My answer cause me some trouble later.Continue reading “Pocos do Caldas”
Most of things you can observe in first few hours of flying but some needs time. This short article complements my first impressions. Especially safety and performance attributes.Continue reading “UP Meru – experience after 150 hours”
Andradas is a relatively small town of 50 000 people living bellow mountains. It has high altitude of 800 meters above sea, so the temperature in the end of Summer is still acceptable for most of the day. The town contains some nice areas with churches or parks, and many ugly areas with parking places. There are many shops with cosmetics and optics.Continue reading “A World cup in Andradas, Brasil”
Here it is. I am qualified to the Paragliding World Cup (PWC) in Brasil and booked a flight. The plan is not to have big plans. PWC in Brazil, travel for few weeks, then go to PWC in Argentina where I should also qualify, and then decide what to do next.Continue reading “Small troubles with big travel”
So, I am officially an instructor of paragliding. Why I did it is a question I cannot answer. I just knew I want to try it.Continue reading “First teaching experience”
Every year I read discussions of impotent EN-A school gliders, especially in flats. As a curious mammal I needed to validate it. Fortunately I know well some school owners and agreed to borrow an EN-A certified – UP Ascent 4 (next “School glider”) for some test flights. Not sure how different are other brands.Continue reading “School EN-A glider usability for cross country”
New EN-C gliders are so expensive. Fortunately, an advert with acceptable price for slightly used UP Trango X-Race, sold by a very skilled pilot, was too hard to refuse. I fly at 90 kg from 78-100 kg certified range in Advance Lightness 2 harness and bellow you will find my extensive experience after about 80 thermic hours with it.