I had an opportunity to fly at paragliding world cup in Argentina an UP Guru, a (CCC) Civl Competition Class glider. There is not many better options to fly. We had a good mixture of conditions from extremely weak to very windy with strong thermals. So here are some impressions after 15 hours. I flew in Advance Lightness 2 harness ballasted to 95-98 kg, the Guru S/M is for a range 90-105 kg.Continue reading “UP Guru – first impressions”
Most of things you can observe in first few hours of flying but some needs time. This short article complements my first impressions. Especially safety and performance attributes.Continue reading “UP Meru – experience after 150 hours”
Every year I read discussions of impotent EN-A school gliders, especially in flats. As a curious mammal I needed to validate it. Fortunately I know well some school owners and agreed to borrow an EN-A certified – UP Ascent 4 (next “School glider”) for some test flights. Not sure how different are other brands.Continue reading “School EN-A glider usability for cross country”
New EN-C gliders are so expensive. Fortunately, an advert with acceptable price for slightly used UP Trango X-Race, sold by a very skilled pilot, was too hard to refuse. I fly at 90 kg from 78-100 kg certified range in Advance Lightness 2 harness and bellow you will find my extensive experience after about 80 thermic hours with it.
Reading a lot about Littlecloud wings, their miniwing genes always discouraged me. With Gyps introduced, it promises high fun factor and also nice XC abilities. Fortunately, I had a chance to try one for several flights.
I was lucky to get new Sigma 10 for flight. Ziad’s reviews are always positive, but the one for S10 is extremely positive. My experience was limited mostly to 50 minutes of soaring strong but laminar wind (7-10 ms), fortunately with tiny thermic activity.
During a testival in Kossen I had a chance to fly Ozone Delta 3 MS (at ~87 in 75-95 range). I wrote some impressions.