We were delighted to hear some news of planned product releases, as the sudden forced closure of their North Korea factory has surely required attention as they restructure production facilities. Considering their impressive product catalogue it's clear Gin Gliders have the strength to weather the storms.
Niviuk have an impressive array of new products this year.
HOOK 4 P
To achieve a reduction of nearly a kilo and a half, the Hook 4 P has been made of lightweight materials: Porcher Skytex 27g fabric, Nitinol rods and Dyneema risers, which are much lighter than those used in conventional wings.
Carlo met the team at Kortel Design. He chatted with Guillaume, who shared their latest design innovations.
This is a basic school and tandem passenger harness that is very innovative! It is adjustable: the seatplate can be altered by 10cm; the seat angle can be corrected; the back support has adjustable length; there are 2 positions for the height of the hang points.
Carlo met the friendly Sup'Air team and chatted to JC Skiera about products in development.
On the stand was an early proto of this deluxe XC harness, also suitable for competition flying. It will be a similar weight to the Skypper, maybe slightly lighter, with a pronounced taper at the tip to improve aerodynamic flow.
Carlo met Vincent Del Medico, Marion Roche, Anthony and Yann.
The current range is very successful so there are no plans to change any of these in the near future. Of course the software, website and online features will be continually upgraded.
A feature of the Sys'Nav V3 which pilots might not be aware of is the 'instant vario' setting introduced recently via firmware update which can trigger the inertial vario using the accelerometer for faster vario response.