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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...

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Introducing the new UP Ascent 4

The new Ascent 4; the fun factor......
Our design and development team have been hard at work designing and constructing a new LTF / EN A glider that is easy to handle on the ground and in the air, durable, confidence inspiring and fun to fly. The Ascent 4 was designed from the ground up to make a pilots progression as stress free and fun as possible. An optimized line cascade allows for an easier preflight check, and less drag. Labels on the risers allow new pilots to easily find what they are looking for.

The Ascent 4 is available in five sizes (from 50-130 kg) allowing a broad range of pilots to find the perfect size. Inflation and launch behavior is easy, predictable, and confidence inspiring. The Ascent 4 is 500 grams lighter then its predecessor. A lighter glider means less inertia, providing for easier inflations, pitch control, and landings. This is not just a school wing, it is a wing that experienced pilots, who value high passive safety, will enjoy flying and progressing with. Experienced pilots have been happily surprised by its ability to cut into a thermal, core up, and glide out. This glider is fun!! All sizes will be in stock January 2018. More Info...
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Special offer for bi-annual checkup!

If you want the best service for your UP glider, please send it to us directly for the bi-annual checkup! Nobody knows our products as well as we do. From 23rd October to 11th December (date as per postmark) we offer the bi-annual checkup for a special price of 159, - € instead of 179, - € plus shipping. It is the perfect time to have your glider checked intensively.

Send your glider with filled out form (complete contact details incl. Telephone number, email address and shipping address) to:

NOTE: Shipping inside the EU only!

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Kreuzeckbahnstr. 7
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Peter Hilger winns the 2017 World XContest!

A huge congratulations to UP Team Pilot Peter Hilger for finishing first in sports class in the 2017 World XContest. Peter flew 6 monster flights in Brazil last November, and held the top position all year. He was flying the UP Trango XC-3 and Trango X-Race.

Results sports class World XContest 2017
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

UP at the Fassa Sky Expo

All the Gliders you could ever demo, a fast tram ride to the top, and some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Campitello di Fassa hosts the Sky Expo from September 29th to October 1st. Campitello di Fassa is a beutiful mountain town located deep in the Italian Dolomites and sorrounded by granite mastifes. We wil have all our demo gliders on hand, the latest news on new releases, and big smiles on our faces. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, 23 September 2017

UP at the Coupe Icare

We are excited to attend the 44th Coupe Icare, in St. Hillare, France from September 21st-24th.  Come by the UP booth to have a chat, hear about our new releases, or demo a glider.  The Coupe Icare is the biggest and oldest free flight festival, hope to see you there!