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Cross Country July 2020

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Cross Country is the world’s leading voice for hang gliding, paragliding and paramotoring pilots. Ten times a year, our magazine content reflects our obsession with flying, and we express it by packing each issue with the most imaginative, inspirational photography and writing we can lay our hands on.

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United Kingdom
XC Media
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
heart of the matter

When it came it was all the sweeter for it! Released from lockdown I took a brand new wing to an old hill and went for a fly. It was a perfect sunny day in early summer and dozens of pilots were out. But the conditions were good, there was plenty of space in the air and we all climbed and danced around each other like ice skaters on a rink. Perfect! No one went anywhere as we had all been encouraged not to fly XC, but instead to stay local, so instead I played my favourite game of simply trying to climb better, higher and more efficiently in the light climbs as they came off the hill. Like most pilots, I could do that for hours and still be having…

1 min.

Andy Busslinger is a regular in these pages with his perfect, dream-worthy images most often captured in the Swiss Alps. This issue however he shares his photos from a very different place – Ethiopia. He travelled there with a group of friends late last year, and came back inspired. Find his story on p50 Joanna Di Grigoli has won the XContest (Women) twice and loves to fly far. As well as interviewing our Naked Pilot this issue, she introduces us to her favourite site, La Sambuy, France. A member of the Gin team, she’s been enjoying post-lockdown freedom flying her new favourite Leopard. See p24 “YOU KNOW THAT PILOT WHO IS ALWAYS OUT FRONT AND HIGHER THAN EVERYONE? BE THAT PILOT.” Laura Loewel 33, is a photojournalist and landscape architect. Flying since 2017…

2 min.
break your own rules

Austria. Homeland of the Apfelstrudel. Republic of skiers and mountaineers. Some may add “country of the kangaroos” but that’s another story. Where were we? In Austria! Surrounded by big summits crowned by fluffy clouds ideal for free flying. Did you know that the Alps occupy two-thirds of the surface area of the country? Here Alpine skiing is more popular than football. Here AirDesign was born in 2011. Since the very beginning, the philosophy was clear: performance but fun. Lightness but durability. No compromise. Absam, today. We are in the Austrian Tyrol, 20 minutes from Innsbruck. The building is an old mattress factory. Wooden stairs lead you to the top floor where the AirDesign headquarters are located. The door is open and the friendly people who are working inside warmly welcome…

1 min.
break your own rules

New cares New car For what? Grab your wing and hike to the take-off. Freedom. Nature. Let’s go wild for a while, would you? Deep need for wide-open spaces. Adventure. Change your plan. Think twice. Look at the sky. Dreaming. Bivouac flying in the Alps. Wanna live more intensely. Don’t be too serious. Hike up the hill and observe. Unexpected flights are the best. Would you like a cup of tea? Have fun, be a rebel. No manners here. We are mountaineers. Wilderness. Surprise yourself! Open your mind! Never compromise. Hike. Fly. Breath. Break your own rules. This is who we are. Why are you still reading? Drop this and get out! More on ad-gliders.com…

1 min.
xc live

In May we hosted more pilots on our social media. World number one Russ Ogden spent an hour discussing collapses, glider control and finding a good line. youtu.be/OmHPVN2FmZM Gin Seok Song and Idris Birch from Gin Gliders dialled in from South Korea and talked glider design, the possibility of two-line EN-C wings and more. youtu.be/CP1WcpVEInw Our very own weather guru Honza Rejmanek took us through an hour-long weather session, looking at how cumulus clouds form, and why they sometimes blow up. youtu.be/L1jRomTYAzU And Bruce Goldsmith took our final slot in May, with an insightful session on flying the lee and understanding convergence. youtube.com/xcmag…

2 min.
in the core

353km in Ukraine Bogdan Baziuk flew 353km across the flatlands of Ukraine on 21 May. Launching by winch he was in the air for seven and a half hours and averaged 46.8km/h, flying north to south across the country. Cloudbase was around 2,500m for much of the day, rising to 2,700m mid-afternoon. For most of his flight he stayed above 1,000m, with his lowest save of the day left till 5.30pm, when he was down to 600m AGL before finding a climb that took him right back to 2,700. He was flying a Nova Sector (EN C). Bogdan is no stranger to long-distance XC – he flew 437km in Ukraine in June 2015. CIVL fireworks The minutes to the FAI (World Air Sports Federation) 2019 AGM, which was held in December, were finally published…