The Free Flight Physiology Project

The Free Flight Physiology Project

The Free Flight Physiology Project made its debut this year at the Coupe d’Icare, aiming to improve the safety and performance of pilots, and to push the boundaries of comparative physiology research.

The group is led by expedition doctor and paraglider pilot Dr Matt Wilkes and Exeter University physiological ecologist Dr Lucy Hawkes.

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Coupe Icare 2016: ADVANCE

ADVANCE at the Coupe Icare 2016

Carlo met Valery, Greg, Roland, Peter, Vincent and other Advance staff.

Testing out the Advance Success 4


The latest harness from Advance is a refinement of the SUCCESS 3. The back protector reaches higher and is made in two sections with extra comfort foam at the top. It also has SAS-TEC side crash protection, making it a great choice for newly licensed and recreation pilots who want built-in safety that’s always there.

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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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Coupe Icare 2016: SUPAIR

Supair at the Coupe Icare 2016

Carlo met the friendly Supair team and chatted with them about products in development.

Sup'Air team at the Coupe Icare 2016


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.

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Coupe Icare 2016: SKYWALK

Carlo chatted to Arne Wehrlin, head of Skywalk and one of the founding partners.


Combining climb and glide performance with balanced handling is a big challenge.

Skywalk Chili 4 specs

The new CHILI4 promises more precise feedback through the brake lines and more direct (higher) brake range. It’s a whole new design, incorporating a shark nose and optimised cell structure.

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Coupe Icare 2016: KORTEL

Kortel Design at the Coupe Icare 2016

Carlo met the team at Kortel Design. He chatted with Guillaume, who shared their latest design innovations.

Kortel Design at Coupe Icare 2016


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.

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Coupe Icare 2016: OZONE

Ozone at the Coupe Icare 2016

Carlo met with Russell Ogden, David Dagault, Honorin Hamard and Mike Cavanagh (not pictured).

Ozone Paragliding at Coupe Icare 2016

As usual, there's a lot happening at this powerhouse brand.


Square reserve, coming soon. Two solo sizes first then a tandem going up to 220kg. Perhaps one more size.

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Coupe Icare 2016: NAVITER & FLYTEC

Carlo met the united Naviter and Flytec teams, including the business owners Andrej Kolar and Joerg Ewald. Yes, in case you hadn’t heard the news already, they’ve joined forces! Naviter + Flytec = awesome instruments coming your way soon.

Naviter and Flytec join forces

Flytec is the oldest brand of freeflight instruments. Naviter is known for their innovative Oudie and SeeYou products for thermal pilots.

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Coupe Icare 2016: NOVA

Nova and High Adventure (Coupe Icare 2016)

Carlo met Mik Broschart, Kristin Lamm and Andrea Heerd (Nova) and Urs Haari (High Adventure).

Nova at Coupe Icare 2016


Pre-orders of the new concept high performance Progression wing have been very encouraging.

The S size has completed certification, and is expected to be available from dealers at the same time as M and L sizes.

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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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