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CHOICE OF CANOPIES
When choosing a canopy for powered paragliding there are a few criteria that are useful to bear in mind.
1. SAFETY
  This above all should be at the top of any ones list of priorities. Powered paragliding does not necessitate the use of high performance wings, as staying in the air now is not directly related to minimizing drag, flying fast between thermals and constantly searching for lift. It is these factors that facilitate the use of low performance wings in powered paragliding. Many a powered paraglider is and may be, safely flown with high performance wings. It simply depends on what is available, cost and the requirements from the respective pilot and skill level.
2. LEGISLATION.
 

Many countries have implemented rules governing the use of specific type of wings. This in it`s self is not a bad thing as long as the motive behind the legislation is safety and not a means of monopolising certain markets. Certain countries have even ruled that only wings that have been tested in that specific country may be flown. I live in a country where our local market has revolved around gliders that have been copied of existing models. We use the same material and in most instances a higher quality fabric which is exported to other leading manufacturers. What this means is that we can produce an identical wing at a fraction of the cost that other countries can, yet because not all of them are “rated” ie passed through a recognised testing facility, they are prevented from flying in certain countries. There are however certain potential problems that revolve around unethical rogue manufacturers placing unsafe wings on the market.

2nd Hand Canopies ideal for powered and non-powered
flight from R4000.
2nd Hand Paramotors also available

3.LENGTH BEFORE HAVING TO UPGRADE
 

I place much emphasis on this point. A student entering the sport of motorised paragliding often has little or no idea of what equipment he or she should be purchasing. A small minority also would like to use the canopy for conventional paragliding when not flying motors, which makes it fairly important to purchase the right size which will accommodate both. In other words once the weight of the motor has been removed, will the pilot still be in the recommended weight range of the glider?? It is also important to purchase a wing that will not require upgrading to another within a year. This will result in unnecessary wastage of money and is totally avoidable with the correct advice.

4. RECOMMENDED WINGS
  We have for a while now been exporting a glider called a “PROFILE” This is an incredibly safe glider which has 12A`s been awarded by the Acpul testing facility. During testing the glider is deliberately put into various situations and depending how easily it recovers back to stable flight patterns and how much pilot input is required, will determine what rating it is given. Any rating of an A means it recovers easily with minimum pilot input. It also means that theoretically it should be allowed to fly in most countries. Shortly we will also be launching another glider. This will also be rated as a beginner / intermediate wing and will be perfect for all motorised pilots entering the sport. Looking at the glider specs provided one will find a wing called the “XTC”. Although this wing has never been sent for official testing it has been used for all new students entering powered paragliding. It is made standard with trim tabs which allow the wing to be slowed or speeded up while in flight depending on various applications and speed bar attachments which facilitate the “speeding up” of the wing should for example one require more speed. It`s weight of 31,5 square metres makes it ideal for powered application. I have also flown this wing during our central African expedition with never any concern for it`s behaviour in turbulence. It is classified as an intermediate wing, which means it is faster than a beginners glider and will thus respond slightly differently and quicker, however I believe there is no compromise in safety with new pilots entering motorized paragliding.
IMPORTED WINGS:

Prodesign world class paragliders.
The only wings guaranteed worldwide with a 3yr or 400 hr warranty.
The EFFECT (DHV! or 2 under speed bar) From R17000 (Size dependent)
THE JAZZ (DHV 1/2) from R17400 Both made from incredible light fabric allowing virtually nill wind reverse pull ups!
TITAN (DHV2) for more advanced pilots. All these ideal for paramotor pilots

EFFECT - The standard in DHV-1 class. The relation of performance and safety never before was that good, like on the Basic-Intermediate. The EFFECT is proving, that a wing which is considerably forgiving a passive flying style, nevertheless can have incredible performance.
This high performance can be combined with perfect pitch stability because of most modern, very costly sail cutting technology, which does not make it necessary to "choke" the glider. Now you could think, that these aerodynamic stability also results in a stable respectively undynamic handling. - BUT the permanently improved typical construction details make possible a high stability around the cross axis with well-balanced roll characteristics around the longitudinal axis. The outcoming direct handling is also new in this category.

EFFECT - Forgiving topperformance. Because of its high performance the EFFECT is an Allround-glider for pilots who want to go without stress, but not without fun and performance. For pilots with XC-ambitions we have built in the HR-speedsystem. The speed increase as well as the relatively low sink rate at accelerated flight are impressing. For the EFFECT the DHV is certifying a maximum speed of 50 km/h!

EFFECT II - the superb Basis-Intermediate! DHV 1* (*DHV 1-2, Accelerated flight only)

The EFFECT II in comparison with the EFFECT features with;
smaller packing

lighter weight
easier launch
easier ground handling
more efficient Speed-System with less pressure
new color range

JAZZ - successor to the renowned Intermediate RELAX!

JAZZ -Intermediate DHV 1-2

 

JAZZ - by the use of a new lighter fabric with special coating, by a newly developed profile, by optimising the glider's shape and by the use of the partial V-rib construction particularly only in the centre part of the canopy, outstanding features result such as; very light weight of the glider best easy take-off characteristics
easy, light and sporty handling optimum performance in the Intermediate class
JAZZ - maximum possible in flight stability and safety!

Common to all - Technical innovations

Partial V-rib technology
Partial V-rib technology grants an optimum weight distribution to the top surface with fewer line attachment points on the lower surface.

Reinforcement tape running span-wise near the trailing edge reduces oscillation and allows for above average in-flight stability.

Ram-Air pockets at the inside of the leading edge on the lower sail reduce disturbing vibrations and stabilise the glider at high speed.

TETS-brake-line-attachments for more efficiency on the brake-effect and optimising the tension on the trailing edge with minimum brakelines necessary.

HR-Speed-System for a large speed-range and top performance at high speeds

Differing line diameters/ Splitline
The special line concept with progressively differing diameters allows for maximum overall strength and the lowest possible drag.

Another important new development is the new pre-stretched and bend-insensitive Dyneema line. These highly durable lines have an increased breaking strength while remaining consistent in length.

A special A-folding line for easily doing big-ears is also standard.

 

 

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