Coupe Icare 2016: NIVIUK

Niviuk at the Coupe Icare 2016

Niviuk have an impressive array of new products this year.

Niviuk stand

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.

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Coupe Icare 2016: Freeflight Equipment

News from the freeflight equipment show: the Coupe Icare is the biggest festival of the international paragliding community.

The exhibition is held in St. Hilaire du Touvet in France.

Carlo Borsattino found out what is new in the world of freeflight manufacturing.

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Coupe Icare 2016: SYRIDE

Syride at the Coupe Icare 2016

Carlo met Vincent Del Medico, Marion Roche, Anthony and Yann.

Syride team

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.

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Just Another Little Cloud

'I thought I should speak on the radio, telling the guys "I'm in the cloud, I can't get out, I'm scared..."

But then what? Which cloud? And anyway, no-one could help me.

I felt really alone and very small.'

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Just Another Little Cloud (by Vogel)

I will never forget this flight. It will always be present in my mind, during every glide and under every cloud…

The cumulus looked similar to others of the day. So did its shadow and its size. I was climbing with a soft 3m/s under the centre of it, where I always found the best lift that day, if not at the windward side.

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Landing Area Etiquette (by Angus Pinkerton)

There are a few pilots who consider that because the rules of the air give them priority it is always other people who have the responsibility to get out of their way. But this is not true, either in flight, on approach, or in the landing area.

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Landing Area Etiquette

Do you have the right of way when you land? Will it save you from a collision?

Angus Pinkerton (Chairman, BHPA's Flying & Safety Committee) takes a look at landing area conflicts and ways to manage them sensibly.

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Light Wind Freedom

“You should’ve been here earlier, it was much better!” a pilot told me smugly as I was setting up my flying kit at Bo Peep.

I’d actually flown earlier (doing our dealer checks on a new wing) and didn’t like the conditions; easy to stay up, but windy, so the thermals were all broken up.

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