The Last Saved Position screen (on SYS’GPS V3 screen #3; on SYS’Nav V3 screen #6) works in a similar way to the Man Overboard (MOB) function which exists on many Marine GPS units. As with other GPS functions, your Syride instrument needs to have a valid GPS signal for this to work, otherwise it will just show “NO GPS”.
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
Sup’Air at the Coupe Icare 2016
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.Read more
Skywalk at the Coupe Icare 2016
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
Ozone at the Coupe Icare 2016
Carlo met with Russell Ogden, David Dagault, Honorin Hamard and Mike Cavanagh (not pictured).
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.Read more
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.
Flytec is the oldest brand of freeflight instruments. Naviter is known for their innovative Oudie and SeeYou products for thermal pilots.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.