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Cross Country February - March 2016

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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2 min
happy new year

Happy New Year! We got a blast of what the future might look like in December when we headed to Dubai for the FAI World Air Games. These are the ‘Olympic Games of air sports’ and set out to showcase lots of different air sports with hundreds of pilots and competitors from across the world. The city loves air sports and welcomed everyone with open arms. Over the two weeks we saw paramotorists buzzing on the beach, sailplanes soaring skyscrapers and acro pilots tumbling in over the waterfront. It was a spectacular show. New year always rings in new changes. This issue we welcome on board a couple of new regular writers. For anyone who follows the Red Bull X-Alps Gavin McClurg will need no introduction. He blazed his way to Monaco…

1 min

Shoaib Ahmed Jan flies paramotors, paragliders and loves to fly acro. He lives in the UAE where he is always keen to show people around. That includes taking them to Al Wathba, the manmade hill that has been adopted by pilots in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. His Gallery shot is on p17. Giles Fowler serves in the Royal Air Force and took up paramotoring in 2009. He’s been flying since he was 15 but paramotoring appealed because of its ease of use and portability. In the last couple of years he’s been focused on getting as high as possible – see Oxygen On, p66 Max Mittmann If you are going to fly over the Eiger in winter you want a confident crew. Greg Blondeau, Chrigel Maurer and Max Mittmann were those pilots.…

2 min
records tumble

Charles Cazaux Australia saw a brilliant start to the season. As well as seeing three women’s world records fall to Seiko Fukuoka Naville (p22), France’s Charles Cazaux flew a massive 476.5km on 16 December to claim a paragliding world record for Free Distance Via Three Turnpoints. The flight set new standards for Australia, which is experiencing a towing revolution based around the flatlands of Deniliquin, New South Wales. As well as records, Seiko and Charles are the first pilots to break the 400km mark Down Under. Charles was flying an Enzo 2. Ralf Miederhoff and Carlos Punet It was the week before Christmas and Ralf (DE) and Carlos (ES) were in Burgsdorf, Namibia, towing up with their AIR Atos rigid wings. They flew a 410km out-and-return together on 18 December to claim a…

3 min
seiko flies 400k world record

The southern season has seen a battle for women’s paragliding world records like no other, with three of the sport’s top women chasing. Japan’s Keiko Hiraki was first up to the mark in Brazil, when she flew 301km on 2 November to claim the Distance to Goal world record. Flying an Enzo and launching from Quixadá she beat the record of 285km that Brazilian Kamira Pereira set two years before. It was the start of a run of good weather, and the next day saw Italy’s Nicole Fedele smash the overall women’s record with a 395km straight-line distance, also flying from Quixadá. She was on her Triple Seven King (EN D) and was in the air for 9hr21mins at an average speed of 44km/h. She beat her own record that she’d set…

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in brief

Advance hoody Advance’s casual-technical hoody is made from a warm, stretchy, quick-drying fabric with a smooth outer facing so it layers well. Available in sizes S to XXL in black with subtle logo, white zippers and natty windsock zip-pull. advance.ch Rogallo flight log Rogallo flight log is an online logbook for Macs, with interactive maps and statistical flight analysis. You can upload flights via USB from Flymaster, Flytec and Bräuniger instruments, or import IGC and GPX files to it. coldx.net Thuraya SatSleeve+ The SatSleeve+ clips onto a smartphone (iOS or Android), converting it to a satellite phone and offering internet access from anywhere in the world. Thuraya also make a SatSleeve Hotspot device for multiple users. thuraya.com Volt 2s in all sizes AirDesign’s Volt 2 is now certified EN/LTF C in sizes S, SM, M and L. An XS (60-75kg…

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apco cruiser

Apco’s new intermediate trike wing slots into their range between the entry-level Hybrid and the high-performance reflex Lift series. Apco say its conservative tapered planform gives it the ideal blend of performance, speed, handling and safety, and it’s suitable for students. Benefits include a short take-off run, slow landing with an easy flare and light handling. The Cruiser is made from double-coated cloth and reinforced for durability. Available in 500 and 550 versions (38.8m and 42m ) in three colour schemes. apcoaviation.com…