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We recently graduated a CF-18 Hornet Pilot from our Top Gun iP2 Novice Paragliding Pilot program.  Read about his impressions of iParaglide.

iParaglide Location

Located at 962 - 51st Street Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, BC, Canada, for all your paragliding needs. We are ideally situated just minutes away from the finest training hill at Diefenbaker Park.

iParaglide Flying Sites

We are central to paragliding sites in the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Pemberton, Whistler, Bellingham and Seattle area so students enjoy maximum variety and we can work with weather to optimize selection of the best location each day.

Right Stuff Equipment

We regularly test fly the latest paragliding gear and select only the very finest for our iParaglide Right Stuff Paragliding Equipment Store. This ensures our paraglider pilots enjoy a state of the art performance and safety advantage to accelerate their learning curve.

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Saturday
May142016

3) Swing Sensis Paraglider > Mid ENB

Swing Sensis $4,400 CAD (approx $ 3,505 USD) Purchase Inquiry

 

SENSIS…Your Sixth Sense  

Comfort and performance. With the new Sensis, Swing presents a sophisticated leisure intermediate paraglider for a broad group of pilots in the mid EN-B segment. A glider which excels with simple and precise handling, combined with pleasant damping, pitch stability, high passive safety and impressive performance. The Sensis is a balanced and fun wing, which gives a lot and asks little. Made for leisure pilots who want to enjoy themselves with recreational thermaling and/or cross country flying, as well as fun & freestyle. It is forgiving and easy to control, even in turbulent air. It offers maximum control and is very stable.

An elegant, compact wing, which simply feels good, almost as if it is flying by itself and which allows you to enjoy your flight experience with all your senses: intuitively, like your sixth sense.

Designing the Sensis paraglider, the latest simulation methods have been applied and Swing incorporated plenty of high-tech from the upper classes. These include 3D-shaping of the leading edge, a complex interior structure and miniribs. Only 3 rows of lines on the risers also make the start preparations a breeze. 

Tech

  • Hybrid lightweight
  • 3-Line technology 
  • 3D-shaping of the leading edge 
  • Shark Nose technology 
  • Mini Ribs at the trailing edge 
  • Top quality standards 
  • Optimized surface tensions 
  • reefing brake at the trailing edge 
  • High-quality interior structure
  • latest calculation and simulation methods 
  • optimized material mix (canopy /lines)


 

Character

  • Easy start preparation (only 3 main lines)
  • Very simple take-off behavior 
  • very high level of passive safety 
  • forgivinglong brake travel 
  • pleasant balanced handling 
  • comfortable dampening and smooth flight characteristics
  • Pitch stability 
  • simple thermal centering behaviour
  • very nice climbing and circling behavior 
  • agile and responsive 
  • very precise handling 
  • wide speed range 
  • cross country performance
  • smooth accelerator 
  • very high stability of the canopy over the entire angle of attack range 
  • approved for towing
  • durability and low weight

 

 

Thursday
Jul172014

ICARO Lite 105 & 120 Reserve Parachutes

Lite 105 ($1,100 CAD / $875 USD) & Lite 120 ($1,200 CAD / $955 USD) Purchase Inquiry


A new development utilizing tried and tested form: ICAROs new ultra light-weight paragliding reserve parachutes feature use of high-end fabrics with previously unseen strength-to-weight ratios. Since safety is ICAROs paramount concern, they have not scaled down the surface area of the reserve parachutes, but have used much lighter and high quality materials!

Main characteristics of the LITE rescue systems:

  • ultra small pack size
  • ultra low weight
  • amazing sink rates
  • optimized surface area

Available in two sizes: 
- LITE 105 for maximal load of 100 kg
- LITE 120 for maximal load of 120 kg


Test report LITE 120

ICARO Lite Reserve Manual

 

Lite 105 ($1,100 CAD / $875 USD) & Lite 120 ($1,200 CAD / $955 USD) Purchase Inquiry

Thursday
Jul172014

ICARO Energy SP Harness

Energy SP Harness ($1,200 CAD / $950 USD ) Purchase Inquiry 

 

Due to the innovative new built in spiral compression spring, the airbag is already completely inflated and ready to use before launch! This ensures airbag protection at the outset, even when reverse launching without 100% airflow, which is normally required for other paragliding airbag harnesses.

The padding, the seat board and the shoulder straps were optimised for a perfect fit. This harmonic interplay guarantees a comfortable, stress-free seated position, especially when flying during extensive thermal and cross country distance flights.

 

The ICARO Energy SP paragliding harness offers a slot for a Camel bag which is easily accessible during the flight through a built in access port for the drinking tube.

 

 

 

 

High Quality lightweight t-lock buckles complete the pacakge.  

 

 

Thanks to the low weight, the harness is a perfect companion for Hike & Fly adventures.

The well-thought-out next generation paragliding harness impresses with its great seating comfort, great turn authority, extraordinary safety: all delivered at minimum weight and compact size!

Important features:

  • Airbag Spring (SP) concept of the newest technology
  • Free-sliding system
  • Low 3,9kg weight
  • Minimum packing size
  • Highly adjustable, and once selected, fixed seated or reclined lying position
  • Upgradeable with leg cover and/or relax bar
  • Optional Cockpit with water ballast
  • Upgradeable with side protectors
  • Light seating board made of Polycarbonate
  • Exceptionally good air bag impact safety values (25 G)
  • Leg strap protection made of Neoprene
  • Manufactured with high quality Cordura 300
  • Modern design
  • Fitted with T-Lock
  • Maximum hook in weight 120kg

New option for the ICARO Energy SP paragliding harness. When constructing the Energy SP, ICARO really thought thoroughly about safety. Therefore they are offering side protectors which protect the pelvis by combining the seating area with the side parts. When ordering please give the size of the Energy SP.  Conversion is possible at later date, or order the side protector in addition when ordering a new harness.

Energy SP Harness ($1,200 CAD / $950 USD ) Purchase Inquiry 

Thursday
Jan232014

F) Digifly Air: Integrated Vario-GPS 

 Digifly Air Purchase Inquiry

Paraglider pilots searching for a one unit simple solution for all their flying needs, should consider a purpose built, dedicated Integrated Vario-GPS.

After three years of development, Italian style designed by Daniel Valsesia, Digifly is pleased to introduce: the Digifly Air, conceived for competitors, it is the new top of the line, high-resolution display integrated vario.

Its shape is optimized for peak performance: the display offers the best visibility in bright light conditions; and the four big operative keys ensure the best accessibility even wearing gloves.

The Digifly Air is sold in a single full function version, with only two optional choices:

  1. Pitot Tube Option: hang gliding pilots can ask for the installation of a pitot tube within the unit 
  2. GSM-GPRS Module Option: needed for the internal Live Tracking, although this is not essential, as the Digifly AIR is equipped with a 4th generation Bluetooth processor able to communicate with every current mobile device, e.g. a smart phone on which you can install, for free, the Live Tracking app XC Soar.

Air is entirely designed, engineered and manufactured in Italy; it uses state of the art processors and sensors, including a 99-channel anti jam GPS unit updated 10 times per second.

Air features a new inertial platform that provides an even more accurate evaluation of the wind direction, improves the sensitivity of the variometer, acts as a G meter for acro pilots and allows to get more precise information from the magnetic compass even at high bank angles of the wing.

Air has a high-visibility gray scale display, with a new design that makes it easy to do 5D task management. The 5D (Digifly trade mark), is based on an ingenious graphic design and comes from the fusion of 2D and 3D visualizations, allowing the pilot to check at a glance the needed glide ratio and best go to glide during the task. This new graphic design will also help the non-competitors to have an immediate idea of the needed glide ratio to reach the nearest safe landing.

The display layout is fully customizable through PC-Mac by simply dragging and dropping the preferred functions, or even transferring them from a micro SD card or via BT from AIR to AIR.  The Digifly web site will enable downloads of the new free VLTools AIR software to manage the AIR tasks, waypoints, tracks and display configurations.

The fast, efficient and full option AIR software, comes from the Digifly know-how gained during years of competition support. It is designed in distinct blocks that facilitates setting up the instrument, entering waypoints and setting tasks.

The high resolution display, the large internal memory space and the surplus of computing capability, will allow user feedback and to put into practice all the tips that will come from its users.  As with all Digifly instruments, every one of the future free firmware updates will provide to the AIR pilots a finely tuned AIR-tool.

Digifly Air Manual

 

 

Digifly Air Purchase Inquiry

Thursday
Jan232014

E) Flynet2 Bluetooth Variometer: ASI  

Flynet2 ASI Purchase Inquiry 


The FlyNet2 variometer is a compact unit, light and precise. Used by itself, it is an excellent audible variometer. It is ideal to fly with in tandem or solo modes due to its featherweight construction, or be used as a backup variometer. Its small dimensions enable it to easily fit inside a jacket pocket.

This instrument shows its full potential when wirelessly connected via Bluetooth to the IOS ( iPhone and iPad ), and Android mobil platforms.

 

 

The free of charge FlyNet program download ( iOS or Android ), generates the variometer sounds. All the flight technical information is then displayed on the smartphone or tablet screen. See FlyNet App Manual for additional information. It is also compatible with a growing number of paragliding apps including Flyskyhy, G-Vario, PPGpS, Air Navigation Pro, Gaggle, SkyLogger, LK8000, XCSoar, Thermgeek...  

FlyNet™ App

 

Technical Specifications 

  •  Compatible iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android
  • Backup beeper (Beeps when not connected to a mobile)
  • Vertical resolution : 10 cm (4 inches)
  • Max Altitude: 9,000 m (30,000 ft)
  • Sampling rate : 50 mes/s
  • Lithium-ion battery (no memory effect)
  • Battery autonomy : 30 hours
  • 6 hour recharge via Mini-USB connection
  • Push ON/OFF switch with LED status
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR compliant
  • Weight : 38 g
  • Dimensions : 68 x 42 x 18 mm (2.7 x 1.7 x 0.7'')

 

 

The display, Bluetooth, and audible indication reduce the battery life of your smartphone or tablet. We recommend using a booster battery to operate your phone in flight.

High capacity external battery expander for all smartphone models. Allows to charge the smartphone during the flight when using the FlyNet solution, or can also be used as a travel battery charger.

6000 mAh capacity equivalent to around 5 full charge cycles (depending on the smartphone model).

Multiple connectors provided for the compatibility with all smartphone models.

Can be charged using the provided power network adapter or from any USB port.

Charge status indication using a button and 3 LEDs.

 

  • Capacity : 6000 mAh
  • Weight : 162 g
  • Dimensions : 15 x 61 x 100 mm
  • Output voltage : 5 V
  • Output current : 1 A

 FlyNet2 & App Manual

 

 

 

Flynet2 ASI Purchase Inquiry