Equipment Review/Testing


First ever XC and PB for Steve Bilby. 60km

June 10th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

An excellent day with most of the group over the pass and towards Avila.  Steve B made it over the City landing to the south of the town.  I test flew the new Magnum 3 tandem with Rhoda, landing also at Avila along with Eric.

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The best paragliding headset to date

November 28th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Steve Uzi came over this year with one of Simon Murphy’s Zoot headsets which he was reviewing for Skywings. Steve is professionally involved in TV and sound stuff and thought a lot of the qualities of the headset. It has excellent robust screw in connector jacks, is well thought out, has a good mount for […]

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Swing Arcus 7

July 24th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

As we pulled up at take-off today Andreas arrived and plonked in my hand the recently released Arcus 7.  I have always liked the Arcus – in some of its incarnations  of 1 to 7 the most sold glider ever (so Bruce G told me).  Anyway, off with the Mentor2 and on with the Arcus […]

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Swing Astral 7 (24)

July 12th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today I was able to fly the Swing Astral 7.  I flew the  Astral 6 some years ago and was really impressed.  I flew the 24 which goes as high as 105kg and   ballasted as much as I could with my Woody Valley GTO to 95kg. My little test are far from any thorough […]

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Lightweight harnesses. Seatboard or Hammock?

June 28th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Models tried: Nearbirds Zippy and Woody Valley X alps GTO. I have tried to reduce my kit weight and dimensions this year.  There are now plenty of new models offering pod harnesses with considerably less weight and bulk than my Kortel Cannibal. Amongst the most desired, if the waiting list and price demand shows, the […]

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U Turn Black light – first impressions

June 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today was a good test day: a mixture of very gentle thermals, then later strong climbs with a decent dose of turbulence.  I flew the SM, so was a little light, maybe around 90kgs (top end 100kg). The glider looks very nice and has all he bells and whistles you would expect from a newly […]

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U-Turn Blacklight SM testing

June 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

This week we have a brand new demo (SM) of the new CEN B U-Turn Blacklight.  This glider comes with a supposed 10:1 glide ratio – the first manufacturer to boast such a glide.  Steve will be flying it today. Also this week and next we have the Rush 3 for demoing.  It is the […]

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