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1) A new Skyline Survival M parachute.

Up to 100kg - The pendulum free PDA canopy (Pull Down Apex / annular) - fastest opening and minimum sink values!

The rescue-chute Skyline SURVIVE was developed for the use with Para gliders or Hang gliders. The first principle, constructing this chute, was to develop a rescue device with less deployment time, low sink rates and high loading capacity of the canopy. The special packing system guarantees a fast deployment. DHV-license test: The Survive was dropped from a height of 60 meters at zero acceleration with a weight of 70 kg. After two thirds of the dropping distance already the rescue chute was fully deployed. In normal use the deployment will be even faster, because pilots in most cases throw the chute away from the body.

Steve Kroop at Flytec<> provides:

2) PolyPro/Fleece Speed sleeves

3) Zip-up Speed sleeves
4) Hooded Speed sleeves
5) Team Jacket*
6) Embroidered Sweatshirt*

* US readers only due to shipping costs

7) a new IQ Sonic audio vario from Steve Kroop at Flytec USA:

8) a Flytec Alt Windwatch (I've got a Winwatch, so I'm giving this nearly new one away),

9, 10,11) three new Miniglider keychain pilots,

12, 13, 14) three new Oz Report mugs,

15,16,17) three new Oz Report mouse pads,

18, 19) two new Oz Report antennas,

20, 21) two new Oz Report pro-tow releases with bridles,

22) and a new set of three Oz Report double length two inch wide quick release straps:

23)  an outdoor quadrotor from Cliff Whitney at Atlanta Hobby:

3-axis flybarless stabilization system
4-in-1 DSM2ô receiver/ESCs/mixer/AS3X sensor unit
4-channel DSM2 transmitter with batteries
Length: 11.5 in (292mm)
Width: 7.0 in (178mm)
Height: 2.0 in (52mm)

Indoors or out, breezy conditions or calm, youíll find you can fly the mQX with complete confidence just about anywhere, anytime. And itís so simple to set up, anyone with experience flying conventional RC helis will find itís the perfect introduction to quad-copter fun.

Rolls unlike the other two helicopters (4 channels Vs. 3). Easy to fly once you set the digital trim. Indoor (it's small) or out. Very fast and maneuverable. I found it easier to fly than the big outdoor helicopter. Capable of very fancy flying after you learn to fly it.

24) an outdoor helicopter:

The new H853 Volitation helicopter is a metal helicopter with a built in gyro to help stabilize your flights. This model is a 3 channel helicopter that is specially designed to fly in the outdoor environment. The H853 Volitation is great to take to the park to fly, and since it is a beginner model, you will be able to get it up and flying in no time. A full function 3 channel radio control allows the H853 Volitation to maneuver Left/Right, Forward/Reverse, and Up/Down. The real life styling of the design almost resembles the real thing, but is small enough so you can fly it almost anywhere outdoors. With its 3 channel digital proportional control and built in gyro, you will have a great first time flying experience. The airframe is extremely lightweight allowing this helicopter to fly over 100m high. When flying at high altitudes, your helicopter will need to be made real sturdy, the H853 Volitation is made from the highest grade material so that it can withstand most crashes. Running two powerful 180 Main Motors and an N20 Tail Motor, this helicopter can outperform most models in its class without breaking a sweat.

Measuring at a length of 26.18 inches with a Main Rotor Diameter of 21.06 inches, this is a great model to start with if you are planning to get into this amazing fast paced hobby.

I found it easy to fly also, as it is a coaxial model, but harder than the indoor model and a bit harder than the quadrotor.

25) an indoor helicopter:

Full 3 channels: up, down, left, right, forward, and backward
The transmitter has an alignment trim, a charging and power indicator, a left/right lever and trimmer
Suitable for indoor flying only
Flight range is approximately 30'
7. 5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches

The brand new GYRO S107 3.5CH Mini RTF RC Helicopter comes with the greatest advancement in Helicopter Technology, a Gyro. No more crashing, no more replacing parts, the GYRO has changed the Helicopter industry completely, making this RC Helicopter super easy to fly and maneuver. Great for people of all skill levels, this bad boy features a coaxial rotor a single rear rotor for precise movement and a GYRO for increased stability whether flying or hovering. This RC helicopter has a metal body making it strong yet light weight so you don't have to worry about breaking anything when you land it a bit too rough. It can go forward, backward, up, down, left, right and hover. What really makes the Mini GYRO S107 stand out is the built in gyroscope making it automatically stabilize allowing you to focus on flying instead of trying not to make it crash. This product is ready to run, there is no assembly required. Just put in 6 AA batteries into the transmitter/charger and charge the helicopter and you are good to go. Small enough to fit on the palm of your hand, be the coolest kid on the block by getting the GYRO S107 3.5CH Mini RTF RC Helicopter.

This is a very easy to fly helicopter. Only indoor as it uses infrared transmitter and receiver (not radio frequency). It's a real beauty.

26 (medium), 27 (large) one of two tee-shirts from Larry Bunner:

28) four Remora rack pads for you rack type (Thule, Yakima, or aero bar). Thanks to Mikey Barber.

Aero bar version pictured above.

29) $100 donation to Feeding America

30) $200 donation to the Cloudbase Foundation.

31, 32, 33) 2012 Hang Gliding Calendars available only to European Oz Report Subscribers (because of shipping costs) from SvS Design

34) One set of Whoosh!Wheels (winnersí choice of hub style and wheels size) from Raven Hang Gliding, Inc. MSRP: $140-215 depending upon style and size. The winner (if outside of the USA) must pay international shipping.

35) Release from Joe Street (available to US pilots only)

"Get Off" aerotow release.

High quality stainless steel. Simple design with all critical areas easily inspected for wear. Very consistent action even under extreme loads so that you don't get a surprise at the moment when you can least afford it. Built to last.

36) 1 set of Ole's thrilling Thrillogy Tales From The Wild Blue Yonder, a $50 value,


37) The book, Classic Routes, from Cross Country Magazine.

38) the beautiful coffee table book, Best Flying Sites of the Alps.

39) Shirt ($35 value)

(available only to Australian pilots)
Womens Shirt Grey
 40) Trucker Hat ($23)

(available only to Australian pilots)

41) Flexfit Hat ($33)

(available only to Australian pilots)


42) Speed sleeves ($85 value)

(available only to Australian pilots)

43) a Remora Rack

From Mike Barber at

44) from Steve Pearson at Wills Wing:

A clamping assembly for the Wills Wing carbon basetube, 7075 tubes and a right angle clamping bracket that together provide a light and flexible mounting system for GoPros and light camera systems.

45, 46, 47, 48, 49)

five separate copies of Orlando Stephenson's thriller:

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