As always, read the magazine free of charge in the format of your choice with the following topics, amongst others:
Summer 2018: The omnipresent heat ‘at all levels,’ should have stabilised the atmosphere more, stifling the thermals under a leaden veil or rather under an ‘anticyclonic cushion.’ But this wasn’t the case. Explanations and "Omegas"...
We are often asked ‘how do you take beautiful photos of paragliders?’ We have gathered together some great photos and put explanations with them. In addition, in response to our request, some photographers have chosen one of their favourite photos and told us its story themselves.
Fabric Karabiner, Softlinks vs. Softlinks: A few things worth knowing about these fashionable connectors. Also: an example of a fairly badly made connector.
By the way, look out for the next issue, later on this month: Special Coupe Icare 2018 and the first trends for 2019. We will show you in detail the latest equipment, the most interesting technological developments and explain how the framework of our sport is evolving....
COUPE ICARE 2018
NEWS SUPAIR DELIGHT 3
NEWS : ADVANCE XI
THE WEATHER IN THE SUMMER OF 2018: HEAT, OMEGA AND SURPRISES.
FLYING IN STRONG THERMALS... PORTFOLIO FLYING IN JORDAN
KORTEL DESIGN : KOCKPIT PHOTO STOLEN MOMENTS
TEST DUDEK : REPORT’AIR
TEST : DA VINCI XCHORD
TRIBUNE PMA: SOFTLINKS
TEST ARTIK 5
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Paragliding World Cup Turkey: Unfortunately, task 1 was stopped 2 minutes short of the time needed for the day to be scored. Let’s see what today brings.
The Paragliding World Cup is currently taking place, for the first time ever, in Aksaray, Turkey from the 8th to 15th of September.
The pilots will be taking off from the slopes of Hasan Dagi, a 3270m dormant volcano. Apart from the mountain the take off is on, the terrain is mainly flat with small hills and some impressive gorges. The flying here is technical, switching gears often being the key to success.
14 Turkish pilots are taking part, including Turkish national champions, Oguzkan SADEER (2017) and current champion, Serdar TUR. So, let’s hope we can see a Turkish pilot on the podium for the first time, however the level in this competition is once again going to be extremely high.
Seven overall world Cup winners are taking part including the only pilot ever to have won both the Super Final and the World championships: Charles Cazaux. 3 lady’s winners are competing including the petite, but formidable, Seiko Fukuoka Naville.
Also taking part are the young and not so young from the World of acro: newbie Jack Pimblett and three times World Cup winner, Felix Rodriguez.
French pilots participating include task winner in the last World Cup in Sopot, Bulgaria, Rémi Bourdelle and just back from the Himalayas, Damien Lacaze.
Six Pre World Cup winners will also be taking to the skies above Hasan Dagi hoping to graduate onto the World Cup podium.
Last, but by no means least, making his World Cup debut is Tanguy Renaud-Goud, winner of the Pre World Cup in Clopotiva, Romania and the 2018 Airtour.
Also of note, Michal Sneiberg will be flying the UP RFC (Ready for Certification) glider, an initiative which has been a great success now for almost a year.
With a Super Final place in mind for many, this promises to be a very exciting competition. It is the last leg of the 2018 season and the final chance to get a top 15 place, or top 3 ladies place, for automatic selection to the ultimate paragliding competition, the World Cup Super Final in Baixo Guandu in 2019.
Don’t forget to keep up with what promises to be another amazing competition via the live Commentary and tracking on the PWCA app and watch some stunning footage and pilot interviews on World Cup TV at www.pwca.org.
PWCA Sopot, Bulgaria
The World Cup takes place in Sopot, Bulgaria, 19/08/2018 - 25/08/2018.
Taking part, Helmut Eichholzer who won the last World Cup held at Sopot in 2008 and Jurij Vidic, hoping to make it two World Cup victories in a row, having won the most recent World Cup, in Gemona, Italy.
Top Bulgarian pilot, and ex European Champion, Yassen Savov, who knows this area very well, will definitely be one to watch and keep up with if you can, along with young British Pilot and 2018 European Champion, Theo Warden.
Two other outstanding young ones to try and keep up with: Loïs Goutagny, 4th in Bright, Australia and Simon Mettetal, 4th in Baixo Guandu, Brazil (his first ever World Cup).
World Cup winners in waiting, who will be trying to outsmart and out experience the youngsters are former British Champions Alex Coltman, Guy Anderson and Craig Morgan.
From the far, far north there are two very colourful characters who took their first Super Final (2017) by storm. Hans Kristjan Gudmundsson, won task 5 hands down. Jouni Makkonen, for whom the Super Final was his first ever World Cup and who has won the Bright Open, in Australia, every year since Finnish pilots were allowed to compete, will also be worth keeping an eye on in Sopot.
Also taking part from the famous paragliding family Lambert: Baptiste Lambert and Dad Cyril Lambert.
Felipe Rezende will be flying the Flow Paragliders RFC XCRacer.
Also on an RFC wing is Michal Sneiberg flying the UP Proto.
Don’t forget to keep up with all the action via the live Commentary and tracking and watch some amazing footage and pilot interviews on World Cup TV at pwca.org
Photo: Yassen Savov
The EAPR testing house stops German LTF certifications
The EAPR testing house will not be carrying out any more German LTF certifications. The reason: five years after their first DAkkS accreditations they would have to redo all their audits and reports.
The anticipated cost: about 50,000 €, according to its Managing director, Guido Reusch who is also Secretary of the Paragliding Manufacturers Association, the PMA.
Despite a high volume of work over the last few years, the EAPR estimates this to be too high an investment, and so they will no longer be providing the famous LTF certification from the 1st of August 2018.
It’s ironical in a way because it was the EAPR which actively participated in the testing houses becoming governed by the DAkkS.
However, as LTF certification remains obligatory in Germany, which is one of the biggest markets in Europe, the manufacturers will no doubt go to the DHV or Alain Zoller’s Air Turquoise.
Aérotest, the FFVL’s testing house, could also benefit because, according to its framework, the accreditation of this federal testing house should be recognised at a European level, without having to go via a German certification body, such as the DAkkS.
Alain Zoller from Air Turquoise will be faced with the same situation as the EAPR in 2020: should he invest this amount or not?
For the moment, all hopes of using the EN norms instead of LTF in all European countries, including recalcitrant Germany, haven’t come to fruition.
In the worst case scenario, the DHV’s monopoly could be rekindled. They have already decided to invest in the DAkkS for their 2019 audits.
Guido Reusch’s EAPR will continue to test according to EN norms. The testing house also offers manufacturers advice and material tests.
Amongst other subjects, in this issue, we made an interesting observation: cocoon harnesses (especially the lightweight ones), are taking off in force, and rightly so: they bring performance and precision piloting, as well as comfort…
We are the Rovers Norvège
Video: Trailer Norway
PRE-WORLD CUP in Cerdagne
News : Et en + c’est vrai
Test : Phi Symphonia
Neo Stay Up
Harness test Nearbird Genesis
Paramotor World Championship in Thailand.
EN, TC136/WG6: Flying norms
A concrete example: the harness
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Paragliding World Cup in Gemona, Italy
The actual event of the Paragliding World Cup takes place in Gemona, Italy from the 24th -30th of June.
Gemona is widely recognised as a world class paragliding competition venue, having hosted numerous events. It offers both mountainous alpine flying and flatland racing.
For a preview of some of the stunning scenery tune in to the trailer on World Cup TV: https://vimeo.com/169765726
This World Cup is going to be a real battle between the giants of the XC world, Honorin Hamard and Lex Robé have both won XContest twice. Also competing are the 4 new Out and Return World record holders: Dušan Orož, Jost Napret, Bojan Gabrsek and Promoz Susa. They are used to flying very fast to cover the incredible distances required to claim World records these days.
Battling for podium places we’ll also see many of the stars of the paragliding racing circuit. Virtually all the podium winners from the European competitions so far this year are competing!
The pilot quality in this competition is going to be one of the highest we have ever seen with 19 pilots ranked AA. 3 Super Final winners will also be competing, twice winner Aaron Durogati, Stefan Wyss and Charles Cazaux, putting a total of 16 World Cup winners in the air at the Start line.
Equally impressive is the ladies line up: Super Final winners: Seiko Fukuoka Naville and Keiko Hiraki. XContest winners: Joanna Di Grigoli, Kari Ellis and Silvia Buzzi Ferraris. And in the top 5 Overall in the recent PrePWC in the Pyrenees, Méryl Delferriere and Constance Mettetal.
Keep up with all the action on the PWCA App where, in addition to the live Commentary, tracking and scores, you can now see photos of the pilots, the % of leadout points for each pilot and their glide ratio to goal.
Skytrex 3.0 FANET/FLARM
For several months Skytraxx has integrated, as an option, a FANET receiver/transmitter in their instruments. Our review: a Skytraxx 3.0 equipped with a FANET/FLARM antenna to enable it to communicate with other FANET instruments and with stations on the ground, as well as aircraft equipped with FLARM. The first trials show that the ‘collaborative flying’ function is very effective.