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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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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
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 

Sunday
Jan192014

2) Icaro Instinct TE Paraglider > EN B 

Instinct TE $4,200 CAD (approx $ 3,350 USD) Purchase Inquiry

While the legendary concept of "Fun and Action" continues to evolve in the new Instinct TE, the design itself is based on a new platform beyond the classic Instinct. 

The Instinct TE evokes Technical Innovations (TE) including: new Hybrid Three Line layout for reduced drag; batten clad leading edge and min ribs in the trailing edge for increased form stability and a clean sail in accelerated flight; and variable profiles throughout the wingspan to optimize airflow over the canopy.

Jointly responsible for its straight forward extreme flight characteristics are the proven Performance Air Intake Flaps (PAIF). Their duty is to reduce the cell openings when accelerating in order to get more performance and to enlarge them when a stall is imminent. Due to the enlarged cell openings, air flows more quickly into the cells then it would normally. When experiencing turbulence, the glider stabilizes more gently and swiftly without surprising the pilot.

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

Thanks to the carefully selected materials, the pack size and also the weight is reduced without losing on quality and durability.

Instinctive Handling

The design intent is accurately relayed by the name: the Instinct TE’s handling  is designed to be intuitive and instinctive to fly. Created as a well-balanced and  good-natured paraglider for smooth thermalling in the entry level of the ENB class.

After a long research and development phase, the design team agreed that the instinctive flight feedback of its forerunner must remain, while achieving greater levels of performance and precision. ICARO has fulfilled the expectations.

Right from the start, when launching, even the inexperienced pilot will feel more secure and at ease. The Instinct TE rises reliably from a variety of attitudes to the zenith and waits, well behaved, for the pilots prompt to take off.

The handling has been developed to be more precise.  The turn behaviour in the thermals can be flat or banked, with increased authority and agility. Up in the sky, you can immediately sense that this paraglider is unusually capable in thermals for its class.  The Instinct TE provides a secure sensation in thermals because it communicates clearly without over tasking the pilot.

It leaves it to the pilot: should he carve on entry to the thermal, it will turn with pleasure and accuracy. If he decides to exit the thermal, the canopy will remain calm and stable over the pilot, without demanding overly active flying.

 

Instinct TE Attributes:

  • Higher trim and full speed and a better glide ratio compared with its forerunner
  • More precise and direct handling, increased agility and turn authority
  • High performance in thermals
  • Forgiving when making mistakes
  • Easier launching characteristics (also launches without using the risers)
  • Hybrid Three-liner
  • Newest version of the TSO Trim Speed Optimizer Risers
  • Separated A-risers (Big Ear assistance)
  • All main lines feature the same length allowing for easy symmetry checks
  • Colour separation of the line sections
  • Battens at the leading edge
  • Equipped with Performance Air Intake Flaps (PAIF)
  • Mini ribs at the trailing edge
  • Cleverly devised canopy interior cross bracing
  • Optimized material distribution
  • Reduced pack size and weight

Target Group

The Instinct TE is the right glider for all pilots that want to feel comfortable in the air and fly 25 or more air hours per year. Why? It has a strong level of performance; gives feedback and good handling without over tasking; is dynamic when you want it to be and is also very tame when needed. The Instinct TE loves going for distance, is your companion when soaring for hours, or when flying new curves – an instinctive extension of you!

 

 

Instinct TE Video

Instinct TE TSO Manual

Instinct TE Manual

Instinct TE XS Certification

Instinct TE S Certification

Instinct TE M Certification

Instinct TE L Certification 

 

Instinct TE $4,200 CAD (approx $3,350 USD) Purchase Inquiry

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