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Students, Pilots & Customers
Some feedback from Flybubble students, tandem passengers, pilots and customers... LOTS MORE still to be added!
Julian Rayner Skywings Article September 2006
"Low-airtime SIV" by Julian Rayner
I qualified as a Club Pilot in the summer of 2005... Even though I'd been through the training, I didn't feel very confident when flying... I wanted to feel safer, so when someone suggested doing an SIV course I decided to look into it.
I decided to go to Oludeniz in Turkey with Carlo Borsattino of Flybubble Paragliding. It didn't take long for me to realise that I'd made a good choice...
Graham Birks, Wantage, Oxfordshire
Just arrived home from a great day on the South Downs.
Thanks for the Tandem flight. Superb.
Really enjoyed the experience and may just have to look at a couple of days tuition next time round.
Graham, Claire & Boyz
Georgina Lewin, Alton, Hampshire
Harry and Hugo both really enjoyed their tandem paraglider flights and I know they would love to do the experience again. It was such a fantastic day, they both had long flights and were even able to climb up very high.
It was all incredibly well run... so definitely worth every penny!
Thank you once again for everything.
Tracy Evans, Brighton, East Sussex
I just wanted to say thanks for the fab tandem paraglide today.
It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone, even the very nervous.
Carlo made me feel like I was in a safe pair of hands, is extremely professional and I defy anyone not to enjoy it!
Well worth the wait of the low wind the day before.
I will be signing up for the course now I know how brilliant it is.
Glad I picked your company as I was very impressed with all the instructors and how quickly the students on the course developed.
Best wishes and thanks again.
Amelie Severing & Paul Haythornthwaite, Wimbledon, London
Just wanted to say thank you very much for our tandem flight yesterday.
Carlo, you made us feel at ease rightaway and if you had said "Let's fly to France" we would have trusted you it would work. :-)
It was definitely worth the wait (and that hike up the hill)!
Recommendations have already been passed to family & friends.
Amelie & Paul
Pam Keen, Sandhurst, Berkshire
We had a lovely day last Sunday, Alex and Alison really enjoyed their flights.
Lovely scenery and fantastic weather!
Thank you for making it so special.
Hopefully we will be back in the not too distant future.
We have taken some photos and will send some to you.
Many thanks once again.
Duncan Raitt, Surbiton, Surrey
I just wanted to say thank you for taking me Paragliding yesterday. It was awesome!
I really enjoyed it and felt like I learnt something along the way.
It was better even than I had imagined.
Roger Kitney, Sittingbourne, Kent
Thank you very much for an unforgettable experience. I knew it would be good but it was even better.
A brilliant flight in extremely capable hands - if you can get a fat bloke like me in the air you must be good!
Thanks once again for fitting me in at such short notice.
Haven't stopped talking about it. Hope to do it again!
Paul Marshall, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Subject: Tandem voucher for Kerri Marshall, age 16.
Hi Carlo and Nancy
I had a fantastic time over the weekend and still can't believe the wonderful feeling that flying can give you, and I am just a nervous beginner!
Thank you both for Kerri's flight, again it's much appreciated. When I told her I had booked a tandem flight as a surprise, her face lit up with excitement!
Once again thank you,
John Hughes, Sittingbourne, Kent
Having trained with Carlo and recently passed my CP I knew this would be a good opportunity to get in some flying knowing we were in good hands. This coupled with our hosts excellent local knowledge meant we had some excellent flights in excellent conditions.
Looking forward to another trip next year sometime.
Si Brewster, Brighton, East Sussex
The trip was excellent and I know I will benefit greatly from everything I learnt and fly better and safer.
Also thanks a million for the photos…
Thanks again and I also hope to see you soon.
Peter Impey, Newick, East Sussex
Hi Carlo and Nancy
Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed my brief time at Algo. A great location and, I thought, a good set up all round.
My first trip to Algodonales - great area, hilly / mountainous, but with plenty of space around for relaxed outlandings. Magic Griffon Vulture thermal-markers all over the place - all served up with the usual thorough Flybubble guiding and mentoring. I will be back!
Thanks for organising it all so well - I'll look forward to the next time!
All the best
PS. Care needed in the bars though. It can get a bit turbulent and I took a couple of collapses when rotored by the Cognac...........
The 2003 Brazil trip is like a dream
The trip lived up perfectly to my expectations and with some bonuses!
I was impressed with Carlo's assistance and his preparatory organisation for the trip. Truly excellent.
Daily flight organisation retrievals, organisation, site and flight briefings, in-flight coaching over radio all really very good indeed!
I was truly pleased with the trip and grateful for everything you did to accomplish it.
I achieved far more actual flying than on previous trips.
The course was very well organised, and Carlo's knowledge of the area obviously paid off.
Briefing and debriefing each day at take-off was excellent and very useful indeed.
Communication in air was fantastic it worked extremely well. Carlo kept a careful eye on conditions for us, which was very reassuring.
I had ideas and dreams, but I never could have imagined what I actually achieved!
My flying just got better and better, and I found I really got into XC flying for the first time. I am excited now about going on cross country flights, not afraid of leaving the hill any more.
My thermalling skills have improved immensely!
Great people and great company!
Byron Campbell, London
Hi Carlo and Nancy,
Here is a bit of feedback for you...
First of all; I thought the pre-trip information and organisation was first rate. Everything was provided well in advance and all of your checklists were a great help to jog the memory in relation to equipment issues.
During the trip your calm reassuring way of dealing with a group of pilots with varying skills and abilities was fantastic. You managed to assist and provide feedback and advice to all of us throughout the week which was a great help and much appreciated.
The range and variety of flying sites were excellent as were the site briefings...
The airport transfers went smoothly, the hotel was good and the food was great!
Richard Sears, Southend on Sea, Essex
Am trying to think of something to criticise but can't. Even before the trip you seemed to have everything thought of, and as for the trip its self I can't fault it.
The accomodation was nice, clean and overlooking a beach.
There was plenty of different sites to choose from and all of them had amazing views.
As for the flying I thought you did everything possible to get us up in the lift.
You were helping out on the radio when you were on the ground and finding the best areas when flying; short of you actually flying the glider for us I can't see what more you could of done.
Would recommend one of your trips to anyone.
Julian Rayner, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Hi Carlo and Nancy,
Here's my feedback on the trip:
Pre-trip planning (communication, check-lists, etc): Thorough and helpful.
Flying sites: Good number and variety of sites within a reasonable distance. Good take-offs. From a flying perspective, I thought the area offered lots of options in terms of wind direction and thermalling and soaring sites, which increased the chances of flying.
Scenery: Beautiful up in the hills... I thought the area was good if you were going there to spend time in the mountains - flying, walking, biking, etc. The scenery was lovely, the climate was nice and it looked as if you could get away from it all if you wanted to.
Coaching: Excellent, both on the ground and in the air. Crucial on a couple of occasions for staying in the air and subsequently enjoying long flights.
Local guide: Excellent; very experienced and knowledgeable; light touch; decisive...
You and Stelios were a good combination. Stelios had the local knowledge to enable the group to maximise its chances of flying while you provided coaching on the ground and in the air which meant that I was able to stay in the air longer and improve my flying skills. I felt that the two of you working together added an extra layer of safety too. The combination worked particularly well for me at Sikourio, with Stelios getting us there... while it was good and you coaching us in the air.
I thought the area offered a lot of potential for flying and, like you, felt that we only scratched the surface.
I would certainly consider going back there again...