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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.

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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.

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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

 

Wednesday
Jan222014

H) Fly Trap Rosette Rucksack: ICARO

Fly Trap Rosette Bag Purchase Inquiry

The great companion for pilots on the move, that like to be able to pack fast, to rack up multi flights per day.  Just rosette your glider, drop it in the fly trap, sinch the draw string, snap a couple of compression bands and voila - you are off.  Also great as it packs loose-fitting so if the glider is put away damp or wet, it can breath while in transport and then it is easy open it at home, pull it apart and let your glider breath and dry.

  • cord fastening system
  • string and clips
  • 2 compression straps
  • only 450 grams
  • high performance material and manufacture

 Colour: grey-yellow with ICARO Edelweiss.

Fly Trap Rosette Bag Purchase Inquiry

Monday
Jan202014

3) ICARO Twice TE Paraglider: Tandem 

ICARO Tandem TE Purchase Inquiry


Design Motivation

No other paraglider is flown as much as a tandem. It is a work horse for the paraglider manufacturer: only with a tandem can detailed images, precise measurements and test videos of other solo paraglider prototypes in development be captured in flight.

Similarly, most photos for newspapers, magazines, marketing and books are shot from a tandem. All test pilots from ICARO R&D are enthusiastic tandem pilots who prefer to spend their recreational flying time better in pairs than alone.

Tandem Market Analysis

Before ICARO fixed its aims for the new Twice TE, they test flew tandems from their most important competitors, on cross country excursions, doing aerobatic maneuvers and at different loadings.

In doing so, they realized a common theme: there was no tandem on the market which was comfortable and safe to fly within the full weight range of 120 kg – 225 kg. Flying at the lower and upper weight range were always a significant compromise, suffering from speed and sink issues.

Also distinctly noticeable was that all tandem paragliders that had soft handling tended to suffer from asymmetric tip folds occurring earlier and in hard thermals they were imprecise on their turn authority.

Tandem Evolution: Twice TE

Since ICARO R&D was not content with the market status, they decided to make two sizes. Therefore the development time increased from about 1 year to 2.5.

Based on the brilliant concept of the Cyber TE, that combines all modern construction details of the recent years: they achieved their aims after many test flights, amendments and newly gained experience.

Carefully balanced flight characteristics and performance make it stand out amongst the rest of the competitors.


 

Design Brief

At the final R&D meeting, the ICARO team agreed on the following criteria:

  • Two sizes with a sensible weight range
  • Both sizes to be very easy to launch and land at the top of the weight range
  • Firmer Handling but very direct and without delay
  • Excellent flare behavior during landing
  • SAT, Heli, Full Stall and Wingover must be able to be flown easily
  • As light as possible without influencing the life expectancy
  • No need to pack cell by cell but compact and fast to pack

As normal for meetings like this, the question about performance arose: of course, there is no way that it could be less than the very best performing tandem on the market!

Further Refinements


During intensive testing ICARO added to their wish list:

  • Seperate C and D lines, because in high wind, it is difficult to tame a 3 liner on the ground
  • A long travel of the trimmers in order to reach a high top speed

 

 

Cyber TE on Steroids

The final touch on the Twice TE was achieved by using the super light non-bending Titan Flex® battens in the profile nose to add stability and performance and to replace the damageable plastic battens. This so named "memory-metal" does not only have the nature of not deforming unless ultra-heat treated, but also it creates span wise tension in the profile nose, like a drum head. ICARO is the first manufacturer to employ use of this material in a paraglider.

The difference amazed the team: noticeably better performance; extreme stability in turbulence; convincing precision in flying thermals; SAT's without having to stabilize; Helis easily lead in out of trim speed flight. But the after flight experience tops it all off with fast and easy packing. It is unnecessary to pack cell by cell, instead you can just roll the glider up in order to get a pack size comparable to solo paragliders.

Tandem Pilots who fly for a living will especially appreciate this unique quality: in three minutes it's packed instead of 20 minutes cell by cell. That can yield one more flight a day!

Target Group

Professional tandem pilots who want only the finest tandem paraglider that is: easy to launch and land; recovers from bad flight attitudes with ease; has agile and progressive handling; can do basic acro; has class leading speed and glide; thermals well; is durable yet lightweight with a low pack volume; and is fast to pack.

Twice TE Titan Flex Battens Video

Twice TE Manual

Twice TE Lineplan

Twice TE Small Certification

Twice TE Medium Certification

 

 

 

 

ICARO Twice TE Purchase Inquiry 

Saturday
Jan182014

3) EN B: ICARO Wildcat TE Paraglider: Smooth XC 

Wildcat TE Purchase Inquiry

The Wildcat TE builds on the technical evolution (TE) gained during the Maverick 2 development.  It offers talented new to intermediate pilots stress free flying, within the safety of the EN B class.

An extensive test regimen was conducted in cross flights and turbulent conditions to ensure the glider evoked confidence in lower air time pilots. During final trimming, valuable input was provided from instructors, recreational pilots and distributors who helped polish the Wildcat TE into a work of art.

The result is a simple to fly paraglider that dampens turbulence and yields a high performance level for smooth and inspiring cross country flights. 

The aspect ratio of 5.5 flat and 4.5 projected is higher than typically found in this class, see below table for a comparison of popular EN B class paragliders.

A review of the details of this paraglider impress:

  • Optimized light weight construction in the interior and use of NCV Skytex 27 light material for the bottom sail for improved extreme flight behavior
  • Low pack volume
  • Leading Edge battens for improved inflation and stability at full speed
  • Performance-Air-Intake-Flaps (PAIF), an Icaro innovation, are small fabric triangles under the leading edge that increase the cell opening size during inflation, for a simple launch. In flight, the flaps close, and reduce the cell openings to a smaller size typically only found on ENC class paragliders, to achieve an additional performance boost.
  • Extensive v-rib and span wise pre-tensioned struts allow for: a high aspect ratio, a low form profile, a wrinkle free paraglider canopy, optimized sail form rigidity, and lines only every third cell.
  • Mini ribs at the trailing edge for a razor-sharp profile
  • Equipped with ICARO's patented TSO Trim Speed Optimizer Risers, the paraglider can be individually adjusted to optimize for pilots loading, aging or sub-zero temperatures. The Wildcat TE will continue to fly at its optimum trim for years to come.
  • Pro-grip brake handles, an Icaro innovation, allow customizing the brake handle size for the paraglider pilot. Swivels prevent twisting of the brake lines. 

Target Group

For pilots who fly 50 or more hours per season, that want an intuitive feeling paraglider with exceptional glide and thermalling characteristics for good natured XC potential.

Wildcat TE Manual

Wildcat TE Lineplan

Wildcat TE TSO Manual 

Wildcat TE Brake Adjustment

Wildcat TE XS EN Test

Wildcat TE S EN Test

Wildcat TE M EN Test

Wildcat TE L EN Test

 

 

Wildcat TE Purchase Inquiry

Friday
Jun292012

1) Icaro Cyber TE Paraglider > ENA 

Cyber TE $3,600 CAD (approx $2,600 USD) Paraglider Purchase Inquiry

 

A first paragliding wing has a demanding role to fulfill: to smooth out imprecise inputs to provide the very highest levels of passive safety; while maintaining performance headroom for the paraglider pilot to grow on. The all new Cyber TE goes a step beyond, incorporating the latest technologies from the performance class, enabling agile handling, great thermalling capacity, and a good glide.

The Cyber TE is a paraglider of choice not only as a first wing but for weekend pilots looking for maximum fun with maximum safety.  Recommended for pilots flying 30 air hours or less per year.  

Cyber TE's array of performance features not typically found on ENA paragliders:

Higher than the typical projected aspect ratio, for improved glide performance.

 

Mini-battens in the leading edge for improved launch characteristics and top speed performance.

Mini-ribs in the trailing edge for a crease free sail and improved handling.

Hybrid 3-liner with only 3 risers for improved glide and ease of sorting on launch.

 

 

V-rib & t-profile design, for line attachments only every two cells: reduces parasitic drag and improves sail tension.

Hybrid use of sail cloths of different weights in optimized areas resulting in a significant overall weight and pack volume reduction, near the mountain paraglider weight & bulk level.

 

Brake line tensioning system.

Special recreational pilot features including: clearly marked risers for Take-Off, Big Ears & B-Stall; and all main lines have the same length making it easy to check the trim.

 

 

 

 

Take-off and landings on the Cyber TE are pure pleasure. It rises without much force to the zenith and doesn't over shoot. The Cyber TE inspires with its modern profile and optimised canopy & line geometry, yielding agile handling and surprising performance typically only found on ENB paragliders.

Equipped with ICARO's patented TSO Trim Speed Optimizer Risers, the Cyber TE paraglider can be individually adjusted to optimize for pilots loading, aging or sub-zero temperatures. The Cyber TE will continue to fly at its optimum trim for years to come!    

Target Group

The ideal first glider and for pilots flying less than 30 hours per season. Recreational pilots will be empowered to mix it up with the aces in thermals, while flying stress free under a forgiving ENA paraglider. Combined with the Cyber TEs striking colors and elegant plan form reminiscent of intermediate paragliders: this wing is sure to take you from first flights through many great adventures.

 

 

Cyber TE TSO Manual

 Cyber TE Manual

Cyber TE XS EN Report

Cyber TE S EN Report

Cyber TE M EN Report

Cyber TE L EN Report 

Cyber TE $3,600 CAD (approx $2,600 USD) Purchase Inquiry

Cyber TE 2016 Color Selection: