It's time...Time to celebrate paragliding adventures so far this season and plan new ones at our mid-season pub crawl at Flight Club!
Come down to the Yaletown Brew Pub on Friday night August 1 at 18:30, to share a beer and/or dinner with like minded adventurers, from beginner to ace paraglider pilots, and other free spirited friends.
Skytrain to nearby Roundhouse Station, so you can get home safe...:)
Feel free to bring down non-flying friends, as the more the merrier.
A great venue, there should be some pitchers soaring and a great chance to catch up on the latest in the Vancouver Paragliding scene.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Flight Club!
Pilots and free spirits,
We've been invited to do a presentation on paragliding at the BC Mountaineeering Club Social, Wednesday night May 13. Doors open at 19:00 with the show beginning at 19:30.
The Anza Club is a great cozy venue, and we are excited to be presenting The Sky is Your Playground to climbers and friends who love to be in the mountains!
Hope to see you there!
We are looking forward to Sundays Paragliding Reserve Parachute Seminar.
It will be held here at iParaglide @ 1238 Seymour (@Davie) in downstairs Lounge and Seymour Room.
Please bring a bagged lunch so we can keep the seminar on time.
The itinerary is as follows:
(07:15-08:00 Set-up Paragliding Simulator (we would appreciate a couple of hands with this)
08:00-09:00 Paragliding Reserve Parachute deploy theory: design brief; pre-flight checks; why throw multimedia display; when to deploy; how to deploy mantra
09:00-11:00 First throws and repacks
11:00-12:00 Paragliding Reserve Parachute ride theory: low altitude deploy; high altitude deploy; dangerous landing sites; Parachute Landing Fall (PLF); tree extraction for paraglider pilots
12:30-13:30 Tree extraction practicum
13:30-15:30 Second throws and reserve repacks
15:45-18:00 Throws and reserve repacks
We look forward to seeing you all here.
ICARO is an acronym for Innovative and Creative Aircarft from Rosenheim. It is common knowledge that German engineering in all sectors, especially aeronautics, is legendary. Certainly, over the years of flying ICARO paragliding products, we can say they live up to the claim of innovation.
While most paragliding manufacturers have been aware for some time that paragliders have the best handling and trim speed when loaded near the top of their weight range, until recently, little proactive work had been done to address the issue.
In studying the phenomenon in detail, ICARO has found that aging and cold temperatures can also have a noteworthy effect on paraglider performance.
Most recently, ICARO has introduced a real game changer.
Like most good designs, the solution is simple and elegant: the Trim Speed Optimizer (TSO). Adjustable to the millimeter, one can fine tune a their wing to their specific loading, adjust for aging, or even cold, in a precise and simple manner.
Most importantly, when fighting a head wind, even a small difference in trim speed makes a significant difference in performance over the ground. See data curves for paragliders at varying loading in traditional format, versus enhanced with TSO:
As indicated in the curves above, with TSO custom adjusted for pilot weight, a paraglider can significantly exceed the performance of traditional gliders.
Adjusting for light weight pilots the TSO is opened:
Adjusting for aging the TSO is opened as follows:
Adjusted for cold temperatures the TSO is opened as follows:
Combinations of pilot weight, aging and cold are possible, with the TSO always yielding the optimum trim for the given situation. Read the complete Technical Manual on the patented ICARO Trim Speed Optimizer (TSO) Paragliding Riser here.
How is TSO different from traditional trimmers? Traditional trimmers are difficult to set to the millimeter, must be checked prior to each flight, and not withstanding, can displace non-symmetrically and unintentionally in-flight, especially under the high g-loading of non-standard flight attitudes. They were never designed to adjust for micro effects.
Here is a great video by ICARO test pilot, Xandi Meschuh, on the TSO:
Trim Speed Optimizer TSO Risers come stock with all ICARO paragliders for 2014.
With TSO, pilots will discover a new realm of paragliding, with the ability to custom tailor the trim of their glider for their body weight and the environment!
Looking forward to spring tuning...