Recently I had a chance to fly UP Summit XC4 prototype. Luckily during testing day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen I met all possible conditions, from calm air with minimum wind to violent thermals, landing in turbulent 10 ms valley wind and calm soaring with many wingovers. As having some experience with XC3 version I liked this version more. Interested in reasons?
A rumours heard Kibo was originally developed as a new version of Makalu (school or low EN-B) but it had too much performance and agility. By now I have flown UP Kibo M (85-115 kg) for 130-150 hours in all possible conditions, mostly on 88-92 kg take off weight, sitting in Advance Lightness 2 harness. The achieved longest flight has been 180 km. You can read my intensive experience in the article. Continue reading “UP Kibo – review after 150 hours experience”
My last XC trip was amazing. Flied above highest mountain in my country, above my childhood town, above my grandfather’s house and above town I spent teenage studies. Beautiful weather, cloudbase unusually high and lift often strong, but still challenging conditions in some areas and many better pilots landed prematuraly. Let’s look to tracklog.
Another 100+ km flight accomplished, in Bassano, my best flight in this area had been 30 km triangle before. Only 2 other EN-B glider pilots (and 10 on EN-C) published it, but many others failed the chance. Let’s check the reasons, what could hold them back. Continue reading “100 km secret”
If you love something, you can accept some risk but still a curious question. Lets check statistics for 2015 in Czech Republic. Continue reading “How safe is paragliding?”
Purchasing the first glider is always a challenge. The article describes my steps from very beginning to first 100+ km flights and reading this story of mine could give you some insight what you can appreciate and what you can hate on your first paraglider. Continue reading “How to choose the first paraglider”