I have chosen my partners carefully for the boost they give to your flying, for their location, and reputation.
Cross Country magazine
The gold standard of paragliding publishing. I've had many articles, reviews and photos published by them and I always look forward to getting my monthly fix of flying inspiration. Their online shop has a range of high quality flying books, pilot wear and accessories: xcmag.com
THERMIK promises pure reading pleasure with a high information content. Device tests, glider reviews, reports, sites guides, flight technology, interviews, tips for professionals, news and much more, all in the German language. They offer a range of magazines, calendars, books and accessories on their online shop.
Oase Flying School is an alpine paragliding training center in Oberallgäu, Germany that offers great options for you in a remarkable location and flying trips to many destinations. They have a big range of equipment and distribute widely within Europe from oase-paragliding.com
Tim and Jess Cox have a team of instructors and some amazing private training sites in the south of the UK for you test wings without the stress. Learn to fly, get post-licence coaching, tandem flights, and visit the shop where you can try things out for the right fit on flysussex.com
Eagle Paragliding rocks! In the western USA, Rob Sporrer and his team provide high quality instruction and a comprehensive shop in Santa Barbara. There's a great community here too, so the flying goes far beyond the classic school environment, on paragliding.com
The real South African experience. When I visit the country I always link up with them, because they know where to go to get the best flying. Porterville, Wilderness, Cape Town: an unforgettable flying holiday. You'll get great accommodation and unrivalled service from birdmen.co.za
Clever solutions for paraglider self-check tools, harness hangers, reserve packing boards, servicing items (with worldwide shipping) ... and Axis paragliders, available from parafly24.de
Sports Track LIVE
Get beautiful live track displays of your flights, with automatic uploads from Garmin and Suunto watches, easy sharing, the ability to add flight analysis commentary and more. Premium subscription offers many useful benefits, like offline maps, friend SMS, early access to new versions and user support. Members get a large discount on sportstracklive.com.
Find out where to fly! With comprehensive weather forecasts powered by MeteoBlue and detailed site information, it's a great app for the travelling pilot. Find your happy place on paraglidingmap.com
ALPS Valley Wind Map
If you're struggling to understand the complexity of the valley wind systems in the Alps, check out the Valley Wind map from Viento.
They also sell the useful Thermal Map and a fun World Map for setting the right mood in your office.
Best Flying Sites of the ALPS
The Best Flying Sites of the ALPS was designed and published by Greg Hamerton, working closely with Oliver Guenay to bring his exceptional knowledge to English speaking pilots. It's available in weightless (digital) and beautiful (hardcover) versions from bestflyingsites.com
My XC PILOT clothing range (and the essential Thermal Mug) are supplied by Spring and are available in a range of colours and sizes to suit you over in my merchandise shop
Hike & Fly guidebook
An excellent beginners guide: comprehensive, light-hearted yet accurate. It really delivers on the promise of 'for all levels of pilots who want to give Hike and Fly a go but don't know where to start'. If you want a clear overview of everything you need to know about Hike & Fly, get your boots on and head over to bit.ly/hikefly