Skywalk have issued a non-critical safety notification regarding the sticky tape on some of their gliders. Only a few gliders are actually affected by this but anyway we throught it would be a good idea to inform all of our customers about it. Read the safety notification from Skywalk below:
“Dear Skywalk Pilots,
we have some gliders out there which may have a problem with sticky tape as described below.
Spring must be here... The daffodils are blooming, lambs are gambolling in the fields and frustratingly, thermals are carrying buzzards skywards, right in front of the office window! Along with Spring, comes a batch of fantastic new product announcements from GIN GLIDERS...
11.04.2011 | Based on LIGHTNESS technology the new IMPRESS 3 has been optimised specifically in terms of its weight, aerodynamics and comfort. The IMPRESS 3 is a direct continuation of the LIGHTNESS concept and comes out distinctly lighter, more compact and more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessors, the hugely popular and successful IMPRESS 2 and IMPRESS 2+. The Impress 3 weighs between 4.5 and 4.9 kg, its EN/LTF approved foam protector is only 13 cm thick, and its pack volume is much reduced.
The first IMPRESS 3's are anticipated for the beginning of June 2011.
GIN pilot Joanna Di Grigoli flew her Boomerang GTO 166.8km on April 9th for a new female Venezuelan distance record, beating the existing record of 120km.
The flight was difficult at the beginning due to cloud cover, but later on she reached 2700m over the flats in a flight lasting 6 hours and 52 minutes. She was so tired by the end that she could barely stand up.
One of the new larger sizes of the GIN Yeti rescue - size #50 - is now also certified to a maximum weight in flight of 180kg. It weighs only 2.6kg, yet it offers a surface area of 50m2 and a certified sink rate of 5.2m/s at 160kg and a certified sink rate of 5.4m/s at a maximum weight in flight of 180kg.
GIN's new generation tandem, the Safari has everything the professional tandem pilot could wish for: the easiest ever take-off and landing with the performance and handling of a solo wing.
Its crystal clean airfoil and reduced weight produces a rapid and graceful lift-off in all conditions. In the air, the light brake pressure and shorter brake travel lets the pilot lean back and enjoy the view...
The Spanish magazine Parapente-Vuelo Libre has just published a comprehensive review of the Peak 2 and the main headline is: “Work of art”
Pilots, professionals and the media are all unanimous in their praise for this wing, a wing that has flight in its genes. The magazine emphasise its agility, the superb manoeuvrability, the incredible performance for an EN-D wing, the sweet acceleration system and the general feeling of flying a true masterpiece of aviation .
The Peak 2 continues to reign in serial class competitions and also takes pilots every day to new boundaries in their cross country flying.