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Cross Country June 2017

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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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
in the gaggle

It was the first properly flyable day in April and lots of pilots were out on the hill. There was the local competition guru fully focused, getting to grips with his new racing blade from South Korea; there was the new flotilla of two-liner pilots, learning the Zen of Zeno; there was the great mass of weekenders, bouncing around close to launch; there was the hang glider pilot, outclimbing everyone; there was the sailplane pilot, unwrapping his sandwich while carving around us all at base like a great white shark. Every level of pilot was there on that day, each one doing what they do to the best of their ability. Some were champions in training, others were just blowing away the cobwebs after another busy week at work. This month I’ve…

1 min

Jérôme Maupoint is happier free flying than managing a paramotor, so when it came to shooting from the air in Aragon he teamed up with tandem pilot Yann Leudière. Together they explored the historic landscape of this gateway to the Pyrenees. See more starting on p66 Brigitte Kurbel is one of Germany’s foremost cross-country paraglider pilots, so who better to introduce us to the famous big-triangle site of Grente, in the Italian South Tyrol. She flew a 239km FAI Triangle there in May last year – find out how she did it and get inspired on p84 Matt Warren is a journalist as well as a keen runner and paraglider pilot, so we sent him off to chase X-Alps athlete Paul Guschlbauer around the Austrian hills for four days. He kept up,…

2 min
in the core

Dalby Big Air Josh Woods won the Dalby Big Air 2017 in Australia in April. The aerotow comp saw five tasks, of 88.9km to 114.4km. Josh was flying a Moyes RX Pro. Steve Blenkinsop was second, also flying a Moyes RX3.5, while Scott Barrett was third, flying a Wills Wing T2C. Paul Canvin won the Sports class on his Moyes Gecko. dalbybigair.com Home Team Hugh Miller, Luke Nicol and Seb Ospina set a new British triangle record on 19 April, with a 105km FAI triangle flown in the south of England. The trio launched from tow at midday and enjoyed a 6,200ft base and 6m/s climbs – stunning conditions for the UK. All three were flying Ozone Enzos. After five hours it all came down to the wire as they hit sink on…

2 min
new zealand season signs off

“Forty-eight pilots heli’d onto Minor Peak near Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand. We then had an epic soaring flight in the evening thermals to Major Peak and Stone Peak and then ripped into an acro display over Pigeon Island, Lake Wakatipu, where we landed to DJ Alias spinning tunes. We camped there the night for a sweet party. Good times, good people, good vibes!” Organised by Alan ‘Swanny’ Swann of Infinity Paragliding in New Zealand the end of season party saw pilots literally fly in from all across the country for the weekend at the start of April. “I live in Raglan and when I heard about this event I dropped everything, grabbed my gear and jumped on a plane to Queenstown for the weekend,” explained Matt Taggart. “The flying site on the…

1 min
mescal 5

The Mescal 5 is Skywalk’s new beginners’ glider. It has a modest aspect ratio of 4.8 but a slightly increased cell count of 38, and now sports a slight sharknose and 3D shaping. Skywalk say these features not only improve performance, but they also make the Mescal 5 “exceptionally easy” to launch. This wing is made to inspire confidence in new pilots; Skywalk say the Mescal 5 has very balanced handling and a solid feel. It’s certified EN-A in five sizes (for 55kg to 135kg all-up) and available in four colour choices. skywalk.info…

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bali 2

The Bali 2 from Windtech is a high-B wing with a moderate aspect ratio for its class of just 5.66. It has a sharknose, which Windtech say has increased its stability when accelerated compared to the original Bali, and they have done away with the C-rods, making it lighter and easier to pack. Its top speed is 2-3km/h faster than the original, and its glide is better by 0.4, they add. Handling is more direct and precise, and the speedbar softer. The Bali 2 is available in four sizes, for 65-120kg all-up, and there’s a lightweight version, called the Balilai 2. windtech.es…