Last year, Dale Lippstreu flew 268km in South Africa on his ATOS (Class 5 rigid wing hang glider). Although longer flights are often achieved across the South African interior, this is an exceptional flight for the mountainous region of the Western Cape, where the technical challenges usually end flights well before 200km.Read more
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.Read more
Nova and High Adventure (Coupe Icare 2016)
Carlo met Mik Broschart, Kristin Lamm and Andrea Heerd (Nova) and Urs Haari (High Adventure).
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.Read more
Niviuk at the Coupe Icare 2016
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.
Gin Gliders at Coupe Icare 2016
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.Read more
ADVANCE at the Coupe Icare 2016
Carlo met Valery, Greg, Roland, Peter, Vincent and other Advance staff.
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.Read more
Syride at the Coupe Icare 2016
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.Read more
Supair at the Coupe Icare 2016
Carlo met the friendly Supair team and chatted with them 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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
Kortel Design at the Coupe Icare 2016
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.Read more