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4) Swing Nyos RS Paraglider, Top EN-B

The NYOS was the paraglider flown by Didi Siglbauer to win the DHV-XC two years in a row. The successful strategy behind this glider is entering its next phase of development with the NYOS RS!

The main difference between the NYOS RS and the NYOS is the fact that it is much easier for pilots to tap into its performance potential because of the increase in stability and control.

Requirements for the NYOS RS 

“Can you make it with an even higher aspect ratio? It’s just so easy to fly!”

That’s what Swing heard most often from pilots flying the new NYOS RS during field testing.

Yes, Swing can do that - and did build several higher aspect ratio prototypes.  There was minimal performance increase though, since there is little room to improve glide and climb within the top of the EN-B class.

In Swing's opinion and from thier experience, the NYOS RS is the easiest and most pleasant paraglider to fly currently available in the high EN-B category. The pilot stays in full control even in significantly turbulent conditions, thanks to RAST. If there are nevertheless any disruptions, in the vast majority of cases, these are stopped by the “wall”. Dynamics, demands on the pilot and loss of altitude are often even less than with current EN-A gliders. The more turbulent the air, the more marked the difference from gliders without RAST. When pilots flying gliders without RAST are already starting to notice unpleasant turbulent conditions, the NYOS RS continues to convey safety and a good feeling during flight.

Swing is confident that there is no other paraglider available which matches its combination of safety, damping, performance and handling – making the NYOS RS the first in a new class, the comfort-performance class!

NYOS RS - an innovative work of art

RAST 2.0

The NYOS RS uses the latest generation of Swing's bulkhead partition system with non-return valves and perfected tension distribution.

A third level of tension is created above the pilot, in addition to the leading edge and trailing edge tension, providing a completely new feeling of stability.

The NYOS RS is now brought into the top EN-B performance class for the first time wiht this new exclusive RAST feeling, which you can read about in all test reports of other SWING gliders with RAST.

It would be hard to get a more functional design of the RAST system under the certification requirements beyond the NYOS RS. It was very difficult to provoke the collapses required for certification in the specified measurement field. The norm would have to be altered for even greater stability. Collapses across the wing chord and front stalls with great loss of altitude are extremely unlikely with the NYOS RS. Swing has not yet experienced any collapses or front stalls in actual flight where the folding angle was not reliably stopped by the RAST wall – and before the pilot was able to intervene. Swing test flights and simulations are not carried out only over water. Particularly in testing RAST, Swing intentionally seeks out challenging flying days in the Dolomites during spring and summer, so that they get findings under real conditions!

The result: it has never been so easy to use the full performance potential of a paraglider even in tough conditions – thanks to the 6 major advantages of RAST: 

  1. Stress Free Launch
  2. Authoritive Handling
  3. Complete Control
  4. Tamed Collapses
  5. Fully Realized Performance
  6. Unparalleld Stability

Nitinol Leading Edge Reinforcements

The leading edge needs to have the most stable shape possible when it comes to maximum performance and stability, particularly at full speed.

The disadvantage of traditional plastic stiffening is that it has a predetermined curve, which can reduce stretch in the leading edge.

An innovative solution is to use rods made from the high-tech memory metal Nitinol.

These are inherently straight and stretch the leading edge like a drum, when fed into the guide channels.

Nitinol is a nickel-titanium alloy used in medical engineering because of its dimensional stability, e.g. in dental braces, glasses frames and fixation devices.

All leading edge reinforcements for the NYOS RS are manufactured from this quality material. This means that you neither have to pack up the NYOS RS painstakingly cell by cell, nor leave it unfolded if you are not flying for a long time.

Simply roll it up, compress it firmly and you have the pack size of a mountain glider!

Modern New Fabric 

You will notice the new glider fabric used for the NYOS RS. It is shinier, comes in a range of new colours and feels different to the touch from regular fabrics. The material was developed in close collaboration with Swing's supplier and was optimised for use in paraglider manufacture. The new high-tech fabric is extremely lightweight and stands out because of its above average form stability, tear resistance and durability.

Optimised profile

The profile of the NYOS RS is a logical refinement of the tried and tested NEXUS profile. Most performance paragliders fly best at the upper limit of their specified weight range. This is not the case with the NYOS RS: speed and performance are nearly identical across the entire weight range.

Robust Lightweight Construction 

The profile ribs and diagonal ribs have been made thinner, without weakening the strategically important load points. The diagonal ribs are sewn down along the cut edges, and through to the back in the C/D level, so that they stay the same length over a long time even in tough conditions.

Riser perfected for accelerated speeds 

It’s not much help if a paraglider can fly fast but your knees suffer in the process! That’s why Swing spent a good deal of time and energy on the risers for the NYOS RS. Minimal force is needed when accelerating and the full throttle position can be held for a long time without causing leg cramps or discomfort.

C-bridge steering 

Swing originally linked the C-riser steering with the B-level. In practice, Swing did not find any advantage to this during prototype testing with the NYOS RS: deployment force was too high and too much speed was lost on stabilisation. Instead, an innovative and effective piece of webbing known as the C-bridge was uitlized, where the wing tips and the centre section can be stabilised separately or together, depending on how the C-bridge is pulled. This is used in the production NYOS RS and allows precise adjustments even at full throttle, without losing speed.

Limited Edition Colours

For a brief time, Limited Edition Colours will be available for pilots that want to stand out from the crowd.  These are destined to become classic paraglding wings.  


Swing thought a lot about how to describe the NYOS RS as objectively as possible and without exaggerating. Anyone who has ever flown the NYOS RS agrees that the NYOS RS is incredibly simple to fly, particularly in turbulence and strong thermals, really fun, and you feel extremely comfortable with this paraglider.

The NYOS RS is the ultimate comfort-race machine for your XC adventures!

Nyos RS: Feel the difference!


Swing Nyos RS Manual

Swing Nyos RS Lineplan

Swing Nyos RS Inspection Protocol