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We recently graduated a   CF-18 Hornet Pilot from our Top Gun P2 Novice Paragliding Pilot program.  Read about his impressions of iParaglide.

iParaglide Location

Located at 962 - 51st Street Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, for all your paragliding needs. We are ideally situated just minutes away from the finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

iParaglide Flying Sites

We are central to paragliding sites in the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Pemberton, Whistler, Bellingham and Seattle area so students enjoy maximum variety and we can work with weather to optimize selection of the best location each day.

Right Stuff Equipment

We regularly test fly the latest paragliding gear and select only the very finest for our iParaglide Right Stuff Paragliding Equipment Store. This ensures our paraglider pilots enjoy a state of the art performance and safety advantage to accelerate their learning curve.

Paragliding Webcams

Vancouver Paragliding Webcams - get a view of cloud base to plan your paragliding cross country flight adventure.

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Friday
Nov122010

C) Xplorer 1 Wind Meter: Skywatch

Xplorer 1 Windmeter Purchase Inquiry 

Swiss design and precision brings the JDC Skywatch Xplorer 1. This is and ideal paragliding windmeter for assessing the suitability of wind conditions at paragliding launch and landing sites. Although small in size, it offers exceptional accuracy, at a remarkable value. Single button operation allows for easy paragliding wind measurements, and the display has a backlight; handy for low-light conditions. 

JDC Xplorer 1 paragliding wind meter features: 

  • Dimensions: 41 x 93 x 17 mm, 50 g
  • Wind speed measurement range: <170 km/hr, <60m/s, < 94 mph, <115 Knots
  • Accuracy +/- 3% when aligned within 30° of the wind's axis
  • Operating temp -10C to 50C
  • Designed in Switzerland 
  • One button operation
  • Backlight
  • Completely sealed; internal sensors
  • Weatherproof (can be submerged 6 feet)
  • Replaceable Lithium battery (included and installed)
  • Stainless steel back
  • Auto-off after one minute (can be disabled to remain on)
  • Includes lanyard
  • One year warranty

Xplorer 1 Windmeter Purchase Inquiry

Wednesday
Jan222014

D) Sys'One Audio & LED Microvario: Syride  

Sys'One Microvario Purchase Inquiry


Sys’one by Syride is a micro vario with sound and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Small and lightweight intuiative to use, it is dedicated to pilots looking for the pleasure of simple flying.

The high resolution pressure sensor from ST gives the vario a high precision and reactivity!

The included velcro enables pilots to choose whether to place it on the wrist, on the risers, or to stick it on the helmet.

Its 3 buttons enable pilots to easily setup climbing and falling thresholds, and sound volume.

To fully take advantage of silent flying, LEDs blink at the same frequency as sound. Paramotor pilots and hearing-impaired people much appreciate the light mode. Similarly, many pilots who enjoy the quiet sensations of un-powered flight, will welcome the silent mode of the vario. The blinking LED is visible even in bright sunlight conditions. 

3 configurations are possible:

  • You can turn-off the sound, and in this case you keep the blinking led for lift and sink, but you have no sound for lift and no sound for sink.
  • You can turn-off lift, and in this case you have sound and blinking for sink (unless you cut-off sound, and in this case you only have blinking)
  • You can turn-off sink, and in this case you have sound and blinking for lift (unless you cut-off sound, and in this case you only have blinking)

In all situations, whether on a hike & fly, tandem, soaring or cross country, it is the ideal vario to bring you up to cloud base!

Its characteristics, robustness, available colors, and affordable price, make this micro vario the most attractive instrument of its category.

Features:

  • only 19.6 grams
  • only 53 x 43 X 14 mm (2.08 x 1.69 x 0.55 inches)
  • 290hr of flight in one battery
  • Cell coin battery CR2450
  • Wristwatch, riser or helmet mounts
  • 4 colors
  • Configurable sensitivity thresholds
  • LED only mode: selectable option with sound off

 

Sys'One Microvario Purchase Inquiry

Thursday
Jan232014

F) Digifly Air: Integrated Vario-GPS 

 Digifly Air Purchase Inquiry

Paraglider pilots searching for a one unit simple solution for all their flying needs, should consider a purpose built, dedicated Integrated Vario-GPS.

After three years of development, Italian style designed by Daniel Valsesia, Digifly is pleased to introduce: the Digifly Air, conceived for competitors, it is the new top of the line, high-resolution display integrated vario.

Its shape is optimized for peak performance: the display offers the best visibility in bright light conditions; and the four big operative keys ensure the best accessibility even wearing gloves.

The Digifly Air is sold in a single full function version, with only two optional choices:

  1. Pitot Tube Option: hang gliding pilots can ask for the installation of a pitot tube within the unit 
  2. GSM-GPRS Module Option: needed for the internal Live Tracking, although this is not essential, as the Digifly AIR is equipped with a 4th generation Bluetooth processor able to communicate with every current mobile device, e.g. a smart phone on which you can install, for free, the Live Tracking app XC Soar.

Air is entirely designed, engineered and manufactured in Italy; it uses state of the art processors and sensors, including a 99-channel anti jam GPS unit updated 10 times per second.

Air features a new inertial platform that provides an even more accurate evaluation of the wind direction, improves the sensitivity of the variometer, acts as a G meter for acro pilots and allows to get more precise information from the magnetic compass even at high bank angles of the wing.

Air has a high-visibility gray scale display, with a new design that makes it easy to do 5D task management. The 5D (Digifly trade mark), is based on an ingenious graphic design and comes from the fusion of 2D and 3D visualizations, allowing the pilot to check at a glance the needed glide ratio and best go to glide during the task. This new graphic design will also help the non-competitors to have an immediate idea of the needed glide ratio to reach the nearest safe landing.

The display layout is fully customizable through PC-Mac by simply dragging and dropping the preferred functions, or even transferring them from a micro SD card or via BT from AIR to AIR.  The Digifly web site will enable downloads of the new free VLTools AIR software to manage the AIR tasks, waypoints, tracks and display configurations.

The fast, efficient and full option AIR software, comes from the Digifly know-how gained during years of competition support. It is designed in distinct blocks that facilitates setting up the instrument, entering waypoints and setting tasks.

The high resolution display, the large internal memory space and the surplus of computing capability, will allow user feedback and to put into practice all the tips that will come from its users.  As with all Digifly instruments, every one of the future free firmware updates will provide to the AIR pilots a finely tuned AIR-tool.

Digifly Air Manual

 

 

Digifly Air Purchase Inquiry

Friday
Nov122010

I) Paragliding Books

iParaglide reads the latest paragliding books and updates this list of recommended material.  Only the finest paragliding books have been selected.

Dennis Pagen brings the definitive "how to" paraglide book in the Art of Paragliding. Order Here. Recommended companion book for P1 Student to P2 Novice paraglider pilots. Well illustrated, filled with drawings showing details and photos.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding the Sky by Dennis Pagen is a paragliding pilots' must read to understand the invisible medium that allows free flight. Order Here. Paramount for paragliding safety to decide when to fly or not and also for performance to understand sources of lift.  Essential reading for P1 beginner to P4 advanced paraglider pilots. Recommended companion book for our P2 Novice Paraglider Pilot Certification

 

 

 

 

 

Burkhard Martens exceptional use of modern graphics and photographic overlays give a comprehensive, easily understood, highly visual guide to paragliding concepts that are difficult to explain textually. Order HereThermal Flying will aid you in your quest to soar and thermal as you progress as a P3 intermediate or P4 advanced paraglider pilot.  Recommended reading for our P3 Intermediate Paraglider Pilot Certification

 

 

 

Acro legends: Mike Kung, Alexander Meschuh Michael Nesler and Gundrun Ochsl combine talents in syncro as the "Professional Flying Team" to bring you Acrobatics: Paragliding Secrets:  the "Bible" on how to acro and do it on a safe progression. Order Here. Ideal book for once you are a seasoned advanced P4 pilot, flying hundreds of hours per year, ready to embark on the ultimate level of paragliding. Recommended reading for our P4 Advanced Paraglider Certification

 

Friday
Nov122010

J) Paragliding DVDs

iParaglide researches and reviews the latest paragliding dvds and updates this list of recommended material. Only the very finest are selected for our library.

Rainy Friday night got you trying to explain to your friends why you love paragliding?  Join filmaker Sean White in Never Ending Thermal as three friends take a journey to some of paragliding's most dramatic locations.  Take to the sky in the ultimate global paragliding adventure: soaring, thermalling, acro and aerial parades are sure to leave your friends inspired. Order here.

 

 

 

 

 

A timeless classic, Riding the Wind takes paragliding pilots and their friends on Toni Bender's serene adventure of paragliding across the Dolomite Mountain Range in Europe. Capture the zen state of paragliding cross country flying. Watch here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paragliding Learn to Fly by Kitchen Productions. Order Here. An excellent "how to " video for P1 beginner and P2 novice paragliding pilots. Close up video shows minute details of perfecting technique. Computer generated graphics relay fundamental paragliding concepts. Recommended companion to our P1 Student Diploma Paragliding Course.  

 


 

 

Ground handling skills are the most important aspect for safe and comfortable paragliding. Paragliding Ground Handling Techniques, by Kitchen Productions will get you kiting your paraglider in style.  Order Here. We recommend 2 hours of kiting to each hour of mountain flying:  this book will help P1 beginner and P2 Novice paraglider pilots learn these essential skills. Recommended companion to our P2 Novice Paragliding Certification Course.  

 

 

 

Instability 2, with Bruce Goldsmith, is the ideal companion video for P2 novice and P3 intermediate paragliding pilots attending a Simulation of Flight Incidents (SIV) Seminar.  It covers induction and recovery of paragliding flight incidents a pilot may encounter: d-line steering, asymmetric collapse, cravats, spiral dives, front collapse, stalls, spins and reserve parachute deployments. Quick descent techniques of B-line stall, spirals and wing-overs are explained together with active piloting principles including pitch control, and moderated inputs to prevent cascades. SIV should only be done with instruction, over water. Watch here

Jocky Sanderon's Performance Flying assists P2 novice and P3 intermediate pilots preparing for SIV simulation of paragliding flight incidents seminar;  P3 intermediate pilots for paragliding cross country seminars; and P4 advanced paraglider pilots for acro seminars. SIV topics include: harness settings, frontals, spins, twists & stall. XC topics include themalling, scratching, transitions , the second climb, speed bar, cloudbase and flatland flying. Intro to acro closes this dvd off with wingovers, asymetric spirals, loops, SATs and helicopters. This is a companion video only, for pilots attending paragliding seminars. Watch here