UP Summit XC4 – review after 110 hours

I tried Summit XC3 two times in past two years but did not felt confident to fly it regularly. Probably because of lack of experience, or bravery. With new version and 200+ flight hours later, I felt UP Summit in new incarnation (XC4) is a perfect companion for me from the first date. (article was updated after ~110 hours total, usually ~93 of 100 kg)

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UP Summit XC4 – first impression (final version)

Having a chance to fly over 2 hours last weekend, let me put short impressions for new UP Summit XC4. First day was almost laminar with only few thermal bubbles, 6-7 ms wind. Second day started 5 ms wind and it picked up, I decided to go home when it was 8 ms, thermal activity was good despite some high clouds and inversion. Continue reading “UP Summit XC4 – first impression (final version)”

Efficient paragliding training 2 – practical training

Safety is important. A small injury is annoying, big injury is dangerous. Risk approach is individual and change with age, I prefer to mitigate all basic risks and grow these customs from beginning of flying.

Lets focus to most critical parts of flying, takeoff and landing and how to mitigate risk with training to an acceptable level. Continue reading “Efficient paragliding training 2 – practical training”

Efficient paragliding training 1 – Introduction and theory

There is a single good reason to become a skilled pilot, he flies safely. As a bonus, skilled pilot can enjoy amazing paragliding for longer time during the same day. I witnessed several accidents and all of them were easily avoidable by a standard skill set, and because I struggled to find some knowledge and relations, I created these short articles. My ambitions have never been to be the best pilot, nor is this article’s creating one. Continue reading “Efficient paragliding training 1 – Introduction and theory”

UP Summit XC4 – first experience with prototype

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?

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UP Kibo – review after 150 hours experience

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. DSC_2934 Continue reading “UP Kibo – review after 150 hours experience”

A tracklog analysis – Giant mountains

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.

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