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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

UP-Season-Opening date change!

We have hoped and feared, prayed and danced, but unfortunately the weather forecast for Bassano this weekend is getting worse every hour. Hence we have to inform you that we have to postpone the event to the next weekend 24-25.03.2018 Thanks for your understanding!
Monday, 05 February 2018

Season opening

On March 23th, 24th and 25th, 2018, we will host the first UP season opening in Bassano Del Grappa.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Our New EN-D Two-Liner: The Meru

We designed the MERU for record breaking cross country flights, and top-level competitions. An aspect ratio of 6.9 combined with a sophisticated two-liner construction make the MERU the perfect glider for expert pilots to get the most out of their flying day. The MERU has the handling that UP is known for; direct, sharp and fun to fly. Complex internal structure combined with two-liner pitch control make the MERU very stable at speed, with awesome performance into a headwind. With optimized attachment points, 84 cells, and a super clean leading edge the MERU is a true thermal surfer. Controlling the MERU with the B-Risers is intuitive, and effective, allowing the pilot to keep the speed-bar engaged with confidence, arriving at the next thermal higher and faster. The speed-bar pressure is light allowing for less fatigue, and longer flying days. Durable, lightweight materials combined with an intricate design make the MERU our most sophisticated glider. We have been designing and revising our two-liner prototypes for years, patiently working to produce the best possible XC/competition glider, its finally here, the MERU.
The flying test in M-size (100 – 115kg) was finished successfully. The SM-size (90 – 105kg) will also be certified very soon. The Meru will be available in M and SM in March 2018.
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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Holidays From UP!

Thank you for another great year! 2017 has seen many smiling faces under UP gliders, not to mention plenty of podium finishes and personal bests. 2018 is going to be another exciting year of flying, desgning and constructing the best gliders available. Wishing you safe and fun flights in 2018! The UP main office will be closed from December 25th 2017 to January 5th 2018
Friday, 22 December 2017

New Lightweight Backpack

Our hike and fly addicted design team, and team pilots were instrumental in the design of the Summiteer-Light. Thoughtfully placed hiking pole mounts, helmet mount, hydration system routing, hip pockets, and water bottle holder allow you to access what you need without taking off the pack.  Compression straps enable the pilot to cary all their flying gear close to their center of gravity, granting maximum comfort, good balance, and all-day stamina. The fully ergonomic and adjustable hip belts and shoulder straps keep the load comfortably distributed, allowing the pilot to concentrate on the trail, or the sky.  One size fits all.  Orders will start to ship around Febuary of 2018. Click here to go to the Summiteer-Light product page.
Thursday, 14 December 2017

Interview with Peter Hilger

Interview with Peter Hilgert, X Contest winner PG Sport 2017 & UP-Teampilot:

1. How did you start to paragliding and what does flying mean to you?
I came to paragliding by accident. One day (2009) found a flyer in my mailbox about a trial paragliding course that was offered. I went to the taster course with two friends. When I took off for the first time and flew a few meters, it had happened to me, I was hooked. The training lasted for a whole year, and then I was finally a "pilot".
Flying allows me to live my dream of being able to experience small and big adventures with a paraglider.

2. How do you explain your win of the 2017 XContest? What’s your secret?
Two years ago, I made a similar trip to Brazil. So I already knew how to fly there. I was pleasantly surprised how well I flew there last year.
Most pilots come to Quixada to make records and are frustrated if it does not work out. I also wanted to fly a lot, but experiencing the land and the people was a priority for me. I can’t explain how I won XContest, I just flew, and was excited about what I would find near my landing field and on my retrieve. Actually, I cannot explain why I won the X contest, I just flew.

3. What is important in your choice of material?
The harness and the glider must be comfortable. You must be able to stay in the air all day long. The Trango X-Race is the right glider for me (before that one I was flying the Summit XC4 and the Trango XC3). 

4. What is your preparation / planning for a successful cross-country flight?
Since I am mainly in the lowlands with the wind, it is important for me to know the airspaces. I look at the airspaces before, so that I can escape early in the flight, if there are problems with them.
Otherwise, there is no big planning for me. If the weather forecast predicts moderate thermals, then the best distance flying weather is ready for me. Next, I let myself be surprised by what the day brings.

5. What are your wishes for the future? Are there goals that you would like to achieve?
I wish that the world would become more peaceful again. As a goal it would of course be nice to be in the XContest rating lists. But more important is not to lose the fun of flying.

6. Your tip for the cross country newcomer?
Flying away and not thinking of coming back in the air.

7. Is there a flying area you prefer and what do you like best there?
Of course I prefer to fly in Altmühltal (Oberemmendorf, Böhming and Schernfeld), Germany, because I'm at home there. I am also happy in Waltersberg and start there often.
The best thing about my home sites is the camaraderie among the pilots and in the club.

8. What do you do when you don’t fly?
Work! My other hobbies are fishing, cycling, hiking and skiing.

Thank you, Peter, it's nice to hear that fun flying is the priority for you too, we wish you success for the 2018 season!

X-Contest 2017 Click here...