June 2017 Update

27 Jun

Good Afternoon!

I’m posting to let you know how things are going with Team eVol Paragliding.

Having left the Royal Navy in February, I started the company towards the end of April.  Having had a roller coaster final year in the Navy, it’s really exciting to start the business that’s been a long held ambition of mine.

We’ve been very lucky with the weather in South Wales this season, with lots of good conditions for closed circuit flights and long distance cross country.  It’s been a pleasure to guide and coach ambitious pilots at various levels. A Club pilot with 90 minutes flew for nearly three hours with me at Pandy , getting to cloudbase and nailing half a dozen top landings in one session. Two guys have flown personal bests of 80km on an away day to Milk Hill and one doing their first 100km flight over an entirely in Welsh line!

It was a pleasure to fly with the guys at the Inter Service Championships last week, where we were blessed with more epic weather in the Black Mountains and tasked almost every day! You could have held a PWC round in Wales that week! Two weeks before this, Dan Starsmore and I also competed in the Bornes to Fly race in Annecy. With the best support team we could ever have hoped for, we made goal with a day to spare only a few places and hours back from Chrigel Maurer!

For the rest of the XC season I’ll be based out of South Wales, and chasing the sun around the UK. I am offering guiding and performance coaching at £80 per person per day with a max group size of 3.  Whether you want to learn to thermal, or fly 100km I’d love to help you achieve your goals.  With the effects of global warming having a relatively positive impact on UK XC flying, a day or two of fully briefed and guided flying here from the right site can be just as, if not more valuable than an expensive and committing week long flying holiday overseas.  Please get in touch if you’d like to talk through your goals.

In September I’ll be guiding in Bassano del Grappa, which is probably my favourite site in Europe and I’m really excited to be coaching a group of mixed skill level pilots improve their flying and hopefully fly some big out and return flights. After that I’ll be off to Bir in India for more of the same, a really exciting close to the flying year.

I’ll shortly be putting together the first Team eVol trip calendar for next year, where I’ll be running overseas trips in Europe and further afield, mostly outside of the best of the UK flying season.  Whether you want a flying holiday, a focused “training camp”, or something a bit more quirky, I hope I’ll be able to offer you a trip to cater for your needs.

I’ve also set up as a dealer for a whole host of brands including Supair, Gin, Skywalk, BGD, Flymaster, Little Cloud and am the UK importer for Air Design, an Austrian company which is not yet well known in the UK.

If you need any gear at all, please contact me for a quote. I will happily advise on the suitability of equipment and of course setup harnesses etc.  If you buy a wing through me I am offering 3 days of free UK coaching/guiding and 1 day for the purchase of a harness.

I’ll be in touch soon with the trip calendar for 2018.

Tip of the week: Sort your comms out! Almost all the successful XC flying I’ve done with friends (and of course when guiding) can at least be partially attributed to the ability to receive AND transmit clearly from the air. Whether it’s talking through decision making processes or transmitting “Climbing behind you!”, the ability to talk can be crucial.  By far the best solution I’ve come across is a speaker mic with microphone foam over the top of it, this is then clipped to your collar. The full face, fully integrated systems are lovely, but they are often fragile and vulnerable to damage. While it’s unflyable, I can highly recommend getting this sorted!

Wishing you long and high flights!


Alistair Andrews