Advance ALPHA 6
Technical data - freeflight
|Number of cells||39||39||39||39||39|
|Number of risers||3+1||3+1||3+1||3+1||3+1|
|Flat surface m2||22.1||24||26.1||28.5||31.9|
|Projected surface m2||18.9||20.6||22.3||24.4||27.3|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.6||3.6||3.6||3.6||3.6|
|Projected span m||8.2||8.6||8.9||9.3||9.9|
|Glider weight kg||4.3||4.55||4.75||5.25||5.75|
|Recommended takeoff weight kg||50-70||60-80||70-95||85-110||100-130|
|Increased takeoff weight kg||70-85||80-95||95-110||110-125||130-145|
|Trim speed km/h||38+/-1||38+/-1||38+/-1||38+/-1||38+/-1|
|Max. speeds km/h||48+/-2||48+/-2||48+/-2||48+/-2||48+/-2|
|Certification recommended takeoff weight||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A|
|Certification increased takeoff weight||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A|
The weight of the wing can vary by up to 100g due to unavoidable manufactured fluctuations in the density of such light fabric.
Technical data - motor
ALPHA 6 with Hybrid Risers.
|Takeoff weight paramotor (kg)||60-130||70-140||85-150||100-150|
|Length of risers (upper hang point) (cm)||40.5||43||44.5||46|
|Length of risers (lower hang point) (cm)||48||50||51.5||53|
|Trimmer travel (LTF 23-05) (cm)||8||9||10||11|
The weight of the wing can vary by up to 100g due to unavoidable manufactured fluctuations in the density of such light fabric.
Yellow, Lime, Orange, Spectra, Azur.
Limited edition colours
Sangria, Acid, Fire, Pacific, Royal.
- Risers: Standard (freeflight) or Hybrid (paramotor+freeflight)
- Rucksack: Size 100L, 115L, 130L or 145L
For maximum compactness, Advance supply the following backpack sizes as standard:
|24 and 26||115L|
|28 and 31||130L|
Optionally, the backpack size can be freely selected.
*Advance now only supply a speed system with their harnesses (with some exceptions) and not their wings.
ALPHA 6: come fly with me
Easy: lift off with ease
The ALPHA 6 benefits from a newly conceived lining design, with fewer support points and lines. This simple array is easy to see and quick to sort. The ALPHA 6 is straightforward to takeoff and fly. Weight is minimal, achieved by a sophisticated internal structure and state-of-the-art construction materials.
Sage: flying safely
Innovative design technology gives the ALPHA 6 plenty of safety reserves. High internal wing pressure is maintained by the combination of an “Air Scoop” leading edge and the traditional ADVANCE semi-circular air intakes. This feature gives the ALPHA 6 a very low stall point and unmistakably clear and progressive brake loading. The pilot gains a significant safety plus from these handling advances.
Long lasting: sustainable fun
The ALPHA 6 was not just designed for learning; it is especially suitable for what comes after. It’s intended for pilots who appreciate a lot of safety when combined with notable performance. Through its modern design technology – including “3D-Shaping” at the leading edge and an intricate diagonal rib concept - it demonstrates a very respectable performance level among A-Class wings.
Technology & features
Reduced line setup
Only three line levels and two gallery floors. Simpler and easier to see makes short work of line sorting. The completely revised ALPHA6 line concept results in 20% fewer line meters and 35 % fewer line items. Its hardly ecessary to point out that this considerable reduction in total line length clearly improves glide performance at trim speed and especially when accelerated.
Safer with a deeper airflow breakaway point
Modern “Air Scoop Technology’ at the leading edge now applies to the ALPHA 6. Combined with the typical ADVANCE semi-circular intakes this feature results in a significantly lower separation point with clearly progressive brake loading. Brake travel is 15 % longer than the ALPHA 5 value, so passive safety is enhanced.
"Easy Connect" for safer hook in
The ALPHA 6 risers have a new "Easy Connect System", which helps the pilot hook in correctly by using a coloured marking system. This reduces the probability of the nervous beginner connecting a twisted riser, or attaching the risers to the wrong carabiners. For maximum compatibility among ADVANCE products the same coloured markings will also apply, in future, to all ADVANCE harness suspension points.
Big Ear system with "Quick Snap"
Big ears made easy. The ALPHA 6 outer A-line has its own easily reachable riser, making it easy to pull effective big ears. Taking off with both A-risers in hand is also simplified by the “Quick-Snap” magnet system which holds them together on the ground. Line sorting remains child’s play. After pull up the risers separate and take up their flying position.
- Ceramic rings for silent and frictionless line guidance
- Swivel connections prevent brake line twisting.
- Plastic covered magnets for secure stowage
- Brake handle size varies in accordance with wing size
|Leading edge||Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal|
|Upper surface||Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal|
|Designstripe||Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal|
|Lower surface||Porcher Sport Skytex Easyfly|
|Main lines||Edelrid A-6843-160/200/240/340|
|Gallery lines||Edelrid, Liros DSL 070|
|Brake lines||Liros DSL 070/FL 115|
|Steering line||Edelrid A-7850-240|
|Risers||Techni Sangles Polyester 22mm, 1200daN|
|Quick links||Peguet MR Delta 3.5mm / S22|
ALPHA 6 motor - paramotoring
Due to its excellent takeoff qualities, high stability, damped behaviour and compactness the ALPHA 6 is also ideally suited to paramotoring. Hybrid Risers, which can also be used for flight without the motor, are recommended.
Hybrid Risers (for paramotoring & freeflight)
The Hybrid Risers are fitted with two different hang points, so that the best match of harness and motor system can be achieved without having to change the brake line length.
They are are also fitted with trimmers. These can be used for both counteracting the turning effect of the motor and adjusting the flying speed. For flight without a motor the trimmers must be disabled by hooking them into the main carabiners. The wing then keep its paraglider certification.
They also have a speed system, designed for use when flying without the motor.
Provided that it is equipped with the appropriate Hybrid Risers, the ALPHA 6 has EN / LTF certification as a paraglider. Sizes 24 to 31 have DGAC certification for motor flying. Relevant certified weight ranges are shown in the technical data motor table.
Why is the ALPHA 6 such a good beginner wing?
The ALPHA 6 demonstrates a high level of safety and very easy handling. This becomes evident even before takeoff. The new “Easy Connect System” helps the pilot clip into the risers safely and conveniently, for example.
In flight the ALPHA 6 has a marked desire to return to steady flight. This means that a novice pilot’s incorrect or overenthusiastic control demands only create modest energy changes, and the wing quickly returns to its original flying condition.
The ALPHA 6 is considerably lighter than the previous Alpha. In addition, stall characteristics have been further improved. The stall point is much lower, and can only be reached though markedly raised brake line loading.
What makes the ALPHA 6 so easy to take off?
The ALPHA 6 takeoff is even easier than the Alpha 5 because it is lighter: a completely new line design and intricate diagonal rib construction inside the wing save many metres of line, and both these features reduce ALPHA 6 weight. Takeoff preparation and the takeoff itself both become simpler. The lines are quickly sorted, and the lighter canopy easily rises and remains above the pilot, without overshooting.
How is the ALPHA 6 different from a basic beginner wing?
The inside of the ALPHA 6 wing partly consists of “Sliced Diagonals”. This elaborate technology, usually found in high classification paragliders, saves a lot of line by a more efficient sharing of canopy loads. Once again this contributes to noticeable A class performance improvement. In addition, the ALPHA 6 benefits from “3D-Shaping”. This achieves a very smooth profile surface in the critical nose area, improving airflow and performance. These qualities, plus an expanded weight range, clearly set the ALPHA 6 apart from a typical beginner glider.
Can I continue to fly my ALPHA 6 after my basic training?
Definitely: it was designed with this specifically in mind. The ALPHA 6 has high passive safety. This means that it looks after itself and quickly returns to normal flight if the canopy is disturbed. Even in thermals the wing flies in a very stable manner, and transmits a sense of calm and reassurance to its pilot.
In addition to this the ALPHA 6 is easy to fly, and provides a real step up in glide performance as a result of its new line concept, and other refinements (see previous questions). The ALPHA 6 is one of the fastest A class paragliders and can provide a lot of great flying and valuable experience long after school is over.
How can the ALPHA 6 be so robust despite its lighter weight?
New computer technology enables the stresses in the structure to be accurately simulated. The ideal construction material can therefore be specifically chosen for each part. The ALPHA 6 inner life could therefore be made very light but also strong. The “Smart Sail System” at the leading edge also contributes to strength and long life. Here the Ripstop fabric is exactly aligned with local tension to prevent fabric distortion.
What is completely new in the ALPHA 6?
The ALPHA 6 has a new line concept and only three riser levels. It also has fewer suspension points than the last Alpha. These save materials and weight.
“3D-Shaping” to counter Ballooning Effect at the leading edge, and diagonals inside the wing both contribute to the ALPHA 6 clean and smooth upper surface: all these factors improve performance.
“Air Scoop” technology at the leading edge together with the familiar ADVANCE semi-circular cell openings provide higher internal pressure, which also means that a high angle of attack can be sustained for longer. These result in a distinctly lower stall point, associated with a clear and progressively increasing brake load. This contributes to ALPHA 6 safety.
How could I use the extended weight range?
When developing the ALPHA 6 we kept the new generation of budding acro pilots in mind: so the extended upper weight limit of the EN/LTF-A classification for 22, 24, 26, 28 and 31 sizes lies around 15 kg above the recommended weight ranges. ALPHA 6 pilots can choose whether they prefer a glider with the best climbing performance of the normal weight range, or the handling of a higher wing loading. In an extended weight range the ALPHA 6 has a higher trim speed, and a more dynamic and agile flying characteristic. The ALPHA 6 keeps its EN/LTF-A certification in the extended weight range – testament to its innate passive safety.
Does the ALPHA 6 have Paramotor certification?
The ALPHA 6 has paramotor certification (LTF 23 05) in 24, 26, 28 and 31 sizes. Technical data and information about use, flight behaviour and approvals can be found in the supplement to the ALPHA 6 manual. There are special Hybrid Risers for paramotoring. Find out more
What makes ADVANCE products special among other paragliders?
From ALPHA to OMEGA a basic principle applies to all ADVANCE paragliders: when developing new products we always incorporate tried and trusted details acquired over our 25 year experience, along with the useful innovations. Our trademark winglets, for example. Even on the ALPHA 6 these are still reducing induced drag (vortex-effect) and improving directional stability. Or there’s the “Ring-Raff-System”: when turning is called for the ALPHA 6 wingtip is braked first, where the most effective yawing moment takes effect. This makes steering harmonised and precise, and handling more direct.
Together with our high demands on quality and passion for detail (for example the ALPHA 6 brake system featuring low friction rings for the lines, plastic-coated magnets and swivels for the handles), this principle creates fully-finished State-of-the-Art products.
- User manual ALPHA 6
- Line plan ALPHA 6
- Getting Started ALPHA 6
- Product presentation ALPHA 6
- Motor supplement
EN/LTF test reports (freeflight)
- ALPHA 6 22 ALPHA 6/22 EN/LTF Flight Test Reports
- ALPHA 6 24 ALPHA 6/24 EN/LTF Flight Test Reports
- ALPHA 6 26 ALPHA 6/26 EN/LTF Flight Test Reports
- ALPHA 6 28 ALPHA 6/28 EN/LTF Flight Test Reports
- ALPHA 6 31 ALPHA 6/31 EN/LTF Flight Test Reports
DGAC test reports (motor)
- DGAC Flight Test Reports ALPHA 6/24
- DGAC Flight Test Reports ALPHA 6/26
- DGAC Flight Test Reports ALPHA 6/28
- DGAC Flight Test Reports ALPHA 6/31
ALPHA 6 reviews
"The Alpha 6... will delight beginners, but it will also appeal to pilots who understand that the term “school glider” is no longer applicable."
- Cedric Nieddu, Parapente Mag
"In the air, the Alpha 6 is surprisingly agile and nice to fly for such a safe and solid feeling wing... "
- Carlo Borsattino, Flybubble
"Takeoff, handling, collapse behaviour, stability, performance and workmanship are faultless."
- Franz Meyer, Flugschule Diemtigtal
Read Flybubble's review of the ALPHA 6 and then watch our accompanying review video:
Also read customer reviews of the Advance ALPHA 6.
|EN Certification||EN A|
|LTF Certification||LTF A|
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Current model|
Advance ALPHA 6 Reviews
I started paragliding in 2017 as a 50+ bloke looking for a new challenge. As ex RAF aircrew, risking my neck in the sky is not a new thing, but I had some preconceptions about flying that I needed to satisfy prior to laying out the big bucks on a wing*.
I wanted one which I could use with confidence and that if (when) I did something wrong with it, she would just sigh like a patient lover, make some paraglider comment like “relax” and then continue to glide through the sky like the coolest swan from Swan Lake. I absolutely did not want a wing that would bite me if I made an honest mistake, or that needed a ton of effort to make it fly.
Agreed, performance is all very nice but I am no paragliding sky god and having flown the Alpha 6 for nearly 2 years, I am convinced the thing just flies because it wants to (now reading Flybubble Carlo’s review again, he nails the technical aspects – I just think it’s because of magic fairies) and unless you do something really stupid**, it will not let you down. That said, having just flown the wing in Spain, I still managed to turn and burn upwards in a few thermals. So the next time I see Maverick in his Paraglider, he is toast, assuming all the pilots who out climbed me on B/C/D rocket wings don’t get him first! I am usually one of those pilots who just happily boat about soaring on the ridge, the Alpha 6 is plenty good enough for that too.
In Spain I also had my first collapse. As new pilots we all know it’s coming someday, and we are convinced it will be the scariest thing on scary day with extra terror. Apart from losing brake pressure and the wing making some flying crisp packet noise, it was the biggest non-event ever. No joke – I was almost confused between thinking “was that it, or can I pretend to be hysterical”. Done and dusted before I knew it. So yes, I think the wing does do the super safe stuff it says in the glossy brochure and as such your confidence should go up through experience.
The build quality is outstanding, I know because my ground handling is still new and exotic ways of trying to break my wing and apart from the usual riser untangling, it’s suffered no major damage. I also use an Advance harness, so the colour coded clipping in is easy and it looks cool too – important!
As an aside, Flybubble’s after sales support is as good as I have seen anywhere, so support your local team because their teaching videos alone make them worth supporting.
To summarise: I probably would not win the paragliding world cup on an Alpha 6, but if you want a nearly stress free start to your paragliding life on a fun, forgiving and most of all safe wing then I highly recommend the Alpha 6. It will be your friend and a good wing all the while you are striving to become a good pilot and for myself, I could not ask for more.
* Its actually not that expensive compared to other EN-A wings :)
**Don’t do deliberate stupid stuff when flying. It’s a wing, not a magic carpet.