PHI VIOLA (PAST MODEL)
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Superseded by the Phi VIOLA 2
The VIOLA is an amazingly versatile lightweight paraglider. It's a superb wing for an exceptionally wide range of pilots.
Absolute beginners wanting a light, compact wing will appreciate its high passive safety. More experienced pilots will love its playful handling and excellent performance. Whether in rocky mountains, grassy hills or sandy dunes, the VIOLA is always at home.
Eight sizes cover certified flying weights from 50 to 145 kg.
Model Status: Past model
EN Certification: EN A, EN B, EN C, EN D
LTF Certification: LTF A, LTF B, LTF C, LTF D
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|Size (number)||XXXXS (12)||XXXS (14)||XXS (16)||XS (18)||S (20)||M (22)||L (24)||XL (26)|
|SWR² certification (EN/LTF)||D||C||A||A||A||A||A||A|
|EWR certification (EN/LTF)||C||B||B|
|flat area (m²)||14.08||16.36||19.04||21.43||23.71||26.1||28.32||30.81|
|flat aspect ratio||4.72||4.72||4.72||4.72||4.72||4.72||4.72||4.72|
|flat span (m)||8.15||8.78||9.47||10.05||10.57||11.1||11.56||12.05|
|projected span (m)||6.43||6.93||7.48||7.94||8.35||8.76||9.12||9.51|
|projected area (m²)||12.08||14.04||16.36||18.39||20.34||22.4||24.3||26.44|
|projected aspect ratio||3.42||3.42||3.42||3.42||3.42||3.42||3.42||3.42|
|number of cells||40||40||40||40||40||40||40||40|
|line length (m)||4.97||5.35||5.78||6.13||6.45||6.77||7.05||7.35|
|total line length (m)||176.9||190.7||205.9||218.3||229.6||240.8||250.9||261.7|
|maximum chord (m)||2.15||2.32||2.5||2.65||2.79||2.93||3.05||3.18|
|minimum chord (m)||0.51||0.55||0.6||0.63||0.66||0.7||0.73||0.76|
|riser length (mm)||500||500||500||500||500||540||540||540|
¹ SWR: Standard Weight Range, in kilograms (kg).
² EWR: Extended Weight Range, in kilograms (kg)
* Weight with Semilight risers (prioritising comfort, functionality and ease of use; recommended). Optional Superlight risers (prioritising weight) save ~ 145 grams the pair.
Depending on the size and wing loading, the VIOLA's exceptional talents cover everything from a fine first wing to cross country flights, hike and fly, and a certified mini wing for experts only. The smallest sizes are also excellent for smooth high wind soaring and ground handling practice.
The graphic below is meant as a guide to help you choose the right size. If in doubt, seek expert advice!
Standard colours: CC1 (White-Orange), CC2 (White-Blue), CC3 (Orange Blue)
Custom colours (extra cost, longer delivery)
This wing can be ordered in custom colours. Colours can be chosen from the available serial colours. There is an extra cost and longer delivery time for this; see product options. Full payment is required in advance for all custom colour orders, and one placed these orders cannot be cancelled for any reason. Quoted delivery times are estimates, and may take longer. Email us your desired custom colours with your order, ideally with both text and a screenshot.
Wing, concertina bag, repair material.
VIOLA: the universal wing
The VIOLA XS (18) can be used as a family glider with a legal weight range from 55 up to 110kg. By using modern technology and new materials the weight per square meter was reduced even more.
"The weight reduction of the VIOLA over the SONATA is offering even better recovering after deflations and even less dynamic reactions in extreme manoeuvres. So it was possible to rise the max take off weight by 15kg. This has to be seen as an extended weight range, for pilots who want to fly a high loaded, small, light and very agile wing, offering extreme fun.
The very small VIOLAs are aimed at experienced alpine pilots looking for a very light, fast and good performing wing, that does not overreact and is behaving very trustworthy in every situation.
Over the full range of VIOLAs the demand is rising with the wing loading. A VIOLA XS (18) is a very easy and safe school wing loaded with 55kg, but as well a high level sports equipment for experienced pilots at 110kg."
- Hannes Papesh
Phi also offer the VIOLA in sizes XXXXS (12), XXXS (14), XXS (16) and XS (18) with flight certification for use as a superb mini wing (see review) for smooth high wind coastal soaring and ground handling practice.
The secret to develop extraordinary wings is the passion to fly. We’re ourselves enthusiastic pilots, loving hike and fly adventures. I have to admit: I built the VIOLA 18 for myself and the VIOLA 14 for Mike.
- Hannes Papesh
Porcher Porcher Skytex 32 / 27.
Standard: Semilight R04 (recommended)
Optional: Superlight RZ3, Superlight + R03
See Phi risers
Phi VIOLA reviews
Since the eight (!) sizes of VIOLA—from XXXXS (12) to XL (26)—cover such a wide range of weights and uses, we've divided this VIOLA reviews section in two: paraglider reviews and mini wing reviews.
"I’ve tested and flown the VIOLA in sizes XXXXS-XL and been hugely impressed by the great general ease of use, very sorted launch and kiting characteristics, sweet handling and excellent performance for its class - traits common to all PHI wings I've tested so far!
- Carlo Borsattino, Flybubble
Phi VIOLA reviews
The Phi Viola is a wing that appeals to potentially the widest range of pilots imaginable. The majority of sizes are EN A, and are thought of as lightweight hike and fly wings, and that’s correct, as it’s a lightweight version of the Sonata. However, it’s also a very capable mainstream wing, and a mini wing for alpine flying or high wind soaring. It is able to cater for all these demands with a range of eight sizes, and certification from EN A to EN D, depending on the size chosen, and the use of extended weight ranges.
The Phi Viola is a star performer in the lightweight/hike and fly genre. Whilst that’s where it’s been pigeon-holed, this multifaceted wing is also a hidden gem in a number of other roles, including the super safe, high fun mainstream flying category. These two areas cover the majority of pilots flying it, but the amazing versatility of the wing is something most owners will never fully explore. You’ll be flying a wing that a talented designer and an accomplished test pilot make their wing of choice, with features only seen on much higher class wings. You won’t get better than that.
- Flybubble (full review)
The VIOLA is based on—the lightweight version of—the SONATA, links to reviews of this below.
Read our full written review of the Phi SONATA and watch the accompanying review videos.
In the video below Flybubble chats with design wizard Hannes Papesh about the Phi SONATA, and how he goes about designing a paraglider which sets new standards in safety.
Phi VIOLA miniwing reviews
I’ve flown, tested and sold most miniwings in the search for the best, and once a new best is found, that’s all I fly until it’s superseded.
Surprisingly it’s not even a close contest – I’m more than happy to declare a new King Of Miniwings: the new Phi SONATA and its lightweight version, the VIOLA.
Call me biased if you like, but please try it yourself – it will surprise you!
- Alan Hills (SkyWings Paragliding, NZ) (full review)
"I finally got to try the Viola in the right conditions. In a flydown the Viola glided significantly better than the Ozone Ultralite 4. So I am delighted with my decision to buy it based on your excellent advice :-). I am looking forward to more walk/fly expeditions." - Edmund Bewley, long time Flybubble customer
"Been flying the Viola for about two months now... during... many hike&flys... absolutely love this wing" - Johannes Erd, VIOLA owner
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|EN Certification||EN A, EN B, EN C, EN D|
|LTF Certification||LTF A, LTF B, LTF C, LTF D|
|Model Status||Past model|