Advance OMEGA XALPS (PAST MODEL)
This has been superceeded by the OMEGA XALPS 2
OMEGA XALPS - Speed of Light
Chrigel Maurer and Sebastian Huber chose the OMEGA XALPS for the 2015 X-Alps: and a good choice it was. These two exceptional pilots achieved first and second! They flew more than 1000 kilometres in seven days, under very challenging conditions. This shows the sort of high average speed that is routinely possible with this wing. The EN/LTF D certified OMEGA XALPS is the perfect wing for cross country pilots with ambitions.
The OMEGA XALPS plays its best cards while accelerated in turbulent air. The pilot then enjoys the advantages of high structural stability with balanced pitch behaviour. The speed system* is perfectly tuned to the wing profile, and the easy-to-push speed loop helps to keep the speed up. The highest value card is the exceptional top speed, actually flyable in bumpy conditions.
*Advance now only supply speed systems with their harnesses (with some exceptions) and not their wings. Check out our speed systems here and if you need help choosing the correct one for your harness then please contact Flybubble.
What’s inside helps a lot
Computer-analysed structural weight-optimisation is an ADVANCE State-of-the-Art method used in all the serial wings. This technology was further refined for the OMEGA XALPS – specifically directed at achieving minimum weight, in some detail. The use of fabric inside the wing has been considerably pared down. New, multiple slash diagonals are narrower than ever, and the Ripstop weave of every strip exactly aligned with the computed tension vector. This achieves maximum robustness, shape stability and lifespan.
For its relatively low wing area the OMEGA XALPS climbs very well and has a great glide. Both of these qualities are essential for outstanding cross country flying, not forgetting a successful X-Alps attempt. Chrigel Maurer makes this point: “While you circle, 50% is in the wrong direction”.
X-Alps pilot feedback
Christian Maurer: "The total concept of the wing is new, and concerns itself with the compromise of light canopy weight and high performance." "It has been my absolute privilege to be able to share my wishes and ideas with the ADVANCE development team, and fly and evaluate the prototypes – until the wing was ready."
Sebastian Huber: "The wing delivers a successful combination of low weight with very good climbing qualities and a super feeling in thermals." "At just 3.15 kg in my size it must surely be the lightest X-Alps wing ever made!"
Which size of OMEGA XALPS should I choose?
Our experience with the OMEGA XALPS shows that it is more precise to steer in the upper part of its weight range (22: 85 -95 kg/24: 100 – 110 kg), and is generally more lively. In large weak thermals the climb will naturally be better at lower wing loadings. Conclusion: the choice of size, especially in the overlapping areas between 90 and 95 kg, depends very much on personal preference and flying environment.
What are the pilot requirements for the OMEGA XALPS?
The OMEGA XALPS is an easy performance wing in the lower EN/LTF D area. Pilot requirements are similar to those for an OMEGA 8, or any of the past ADVANCE OMEGA series – in general terms.
Which risers come with the OMEGA XALPS?
The serial version of the OMEGA XALPS is delivered as standard with normal, easy-to-manage webbing risers with quicklinks (add 265 gm to the glider weight): these risers are easier to handle, more reliable for correct takeoff arrangement, are more comfortable in the hand. The original X-Alps risers can be ordered as an extra (extra charge) and you can fit them yourself.
Does this lightweight wing need special treatment?
As a really light glider the OMEGA XALPS has the “Handle with Care” label. It is essential to look after this extremely light product carefully, and this will significantly extend its useful life.
Why does Chrigel Maurer have his own colour scheme?
Chrigel wants to compete in this X-Alps with something that pays tribute to all his previous successes with ADVANCE – hence his OMEGA XALPS in the retro colours. Apart from this colour scheme his wing is identical to that of Sebastian Huber - the second ADVANCE athlete. Sebastian prefers something more up-to-date, and has the standard colours for the new ADVANCE lightweight performance wing.
|Flat surface (m2)||22.8||24.8|
|Certified takeoff weight (kg)||75 - 95||90 - 110|
|Number of cells||63||63|
|Number of risers||3||3|
|Certification||EN / LTF D||EN / LTF D|
|Symmetric control travel (cm)||62||62|
|Glider weight with standard risers (kg)||3.4||3.55|
|Glider weight with light risers (kg)||3.25||3.4
The weight of the wing can vary by up to 100 gm due to unavoidable manufactured fluctuations in the density of such light fabric.
The OMEGA XALPS is delivered as standard with normal, easy-to-manage webbing risers with quicklinks.
|Upper surface||Porcher Sport Skytex 32 Universal|
|Porcher Sport Skytex 27 classic 2|
|Lower surface||Porcher Sport Skytex 27 classic 2|
|Profile line||Porcher Sport Skytex 40 hard finish|
|Profile without line||Porcher Sport Skytex 27 hard finish|
|Steering line||Edelrid A-7850-240|
|brake lines||Edelrid A-8000U-050/70|
|main lines||Edelrid A-8000U-230/070/090/130/135/190|
|galery lines||Edelrid A-8000U-090/070/130/050|
- COMPRESSBAG XALPS
- Repair Kit
|EN Certification||EN D|
|LTF Certification||LTF D|
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Past model|