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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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Tuesday
Oct162018

3) Swing Apus RS, Mini-wing

The APUS RS is an all-terrain Mini-wing and the universal tool for guaranteed fun for practically any occasion.

Depending on the version (Apus RS or Apus RS Hike), it has a number of uses ranging from soaring in strong winds to dynamic flying at your local site, right through to Hike & Fly tours. What’s more, it will fit perfectly in your luggage thanks to its packed size and light weight. This means the APUS RS is intended for all paraglider pilots and keen Mini-wing pilots, for whom the desire for adventure and a passion for flying have top priority.

Flight behaviour

Depending on the wing loading, its flight behaviour ranges from standard to dynamically direct (refer to the Versatility Table). At the same time, the balanced handling and pleasant roll damping impart a pleasant and familiar feeling during flight with exceptional performance.

Special features

The innovative RAST concept has also proven itself in this category of glider. The delayed filling behaviour ensures that the inflation phase is easy to control and it minimises any tendency to launch the pilot unintentionally, particularly in very steep terrain or in strong winds. Once in the air, RAST ensures less canopy movement in turbulent air as well as an above-average resistance to collapse, which has a positive effect on performance. 

APUS RS Standard 

The Apus RS Standard version uses a combination of 41 and 34g paraglider fabric and standard risers. Custom colours can be ordered only for the standard version.

Apus RS Swift Risers go even further!

Optional Swift Trimmer Risers are available, and increase the already high trim speed of the Apus RS still further by about 6 km/hr.

This is particularly useful on launch when coastal soaring so you can get away from the compression at the soaring ridge in strong wind. 

The RAST system keeps the Apus RS very stable and easy to control even with open trimmers. The trimmers can be quickly and safely grasped and closed if necessary using the stitched T-handle. 

The uncertified trimmer riser can be purchased only as an optional accessory for a cost of Euro 189 gross (Euro 119 in combination with Apus RS order) including quick links and must be ordered separately. Since the Apus RS has no certification with trimmer risers, it can thus be converted back to the version with certification, if re-sold.

Apus RS Hike

The design of the Hike version has been weight-optimised even further. The APUS RS Hike uses a 27g fabric throughout the wing. 

The 27g fabric has limited availability, so the APUS RS Hike is available only in the red/blue colour combination.

Furthermore, extremely lightweight Dyneema risers with soft links are used rather than conventional risers.

Apus RS Hike 20 and 23

Hike & fly with a touch of the miniwing’s style!

In response to strong demand, Swing has added to the Apus RS Hike product range sizes 20 and 23. These make the link from the mini-wing to the thermalling wing, with projected area of 20 / 23m², a weight of only 3.4 / 3.6kg and a weight range of 95 / 110kg (EN-B).

 

As with the smaller sizes, you will be impressed by the simplicity of the Apus RS Hike 20 and 23 from launch to landing. Risk-conscious mountaineers will appreciate this after a strenuous ascent just as much as hike & fly novices. At the same time, the new sizes are much more than simply a descent method: they cover every eventuality to give you the perfect adventure, from extended thermal flights to dynamic soaring and right through to XC vol bivvy flying!

Here too the innovative RAST concept provides greater safety and performance, particularly in turbulent conditions off the beaten track.

Details 

  • Ram Air Section Technology (RAST)
  • Battens on Leading Edge
  • Reefing Brake Detail
  • Apus RS Standard with 41 and 34g fabric and standard risers
  • Apus RS Hike with 27g fabric and Dyneema risers
Technical Specifications

Tuesday
Oct162018

2) Swing Mirage RS, Speed Flying Wing

Mirage RS: The Evolution of the Legend!

  • RAST technology
  • new canopy profile
  • shark-nose technology
  • 3D shaping
  • higher cell density for a stable profile with improved performance
  • new glider radius with shorter line length
  • reduced line diameter
  • reworked and even lighter combination of materials
  • completely new graphic design

The MIRAGE RS is the next stage in the development of the MIRAGE, the glider which redefined Speed Flying when it was introduced. The MIRAGE RS is aimed at ambitious speed flying pilots and has a focus on a further increased glide and dive range with increased safety and razor-sharp handling. With its large range, the MIRAGE RS adjusts to even steep contours, makes precise and more dynamic barrel rolls, has high energy reserves also at very low speeds and Swing has optimized the control for longer and accurate swoop landings.

The RAST technology developed by SWING increases safety during flight, on foot launch and stabilises the canopy appreciably in turbulent conditions. The MIRAGE RS stands out with its precise and direct handling, greater speed and a touch more glide, but does not in any way sacrifice the very popular original MIRAGE characteristics!

All of this makes the Mirage RS the ultimate All-Mountain Speedflyer no matter how tough your runs and lines are.

Mirage RS 15

The MIRAGE RS 15 is the Speedflying link to the APUS RS, Swing's paraglider Mini-wing. Size-optimised trimming means Swing has been able to retain the characteristics of the Mirage RS. With a flat wing area of 15.5m², this new size provides the ideal introduction into the world of Speedflying. What’s more, it opens up many new opportunities to experienced Mini-wing pilots as well. The Mirage RS 15 is an all-rounder for almost every occasion, whether it’s for the descent in a hike & fly mission, with fun guaranteed (glider weight 2.8kg), soaring in strong winds or ground handling. The long trim travel offers a huge range with a high resistance to collapses, so the MIRAGE RS 15 can be flown intuitively along the contours of the land. With a surface area of 15.5 m², it offers a high level of safety and glide performance and greater flexibility in the choice of alpine launch sites. Unlike Mini-wings with paraglider profiles, the collapse-resistant Speedflying profile and short lines make the MIRAGE RS a true carver, with dive and performance precisely adjusted for safe and uncomplicated mountain swooping. If you are flying at the coast or ground handling, with the MIRAGE RS 15, the fun takes over from where it ends with a conventional paraglider.

Mirage RS 15 – a fun wing you should never leave home without!

 

Mirage RS 15 Review by Marius Beck Dahle - Swing Speedflying Team.

"I'm stoked to have tested the Swing Mirage RS 15.5 m finally. Since I've been used to flying smaller wings (9.5 and 8.5) it was cool to try out something different. And man, it soars so good in both light and strong winds. Enjoy!"

Mirage RS 17/Twin

With a flat area of 17.5m², the biggest MIRAGE RS provides the ideal introduction into the world of Speedflying for larger pilots as well.

A riser specially optimised for tandem mode with two hang point heights, a reinforced line system, and an extended load test, guarantee much enjoyment and a high level of safety in both solo or tandem mode!


 


Swing Mirage RS Speed Wing Manual

Swing Mirage RS Service Book