14.09.11  Niviuk at the Coupe Icare
Niviuk at the Coupe Icare Niviuk at the Coupe Icare Niviuk at the Coupe Icare Niviuk at the Coupe Icare

As every end of September, from the 22th to the 25, the free flying community has its annual gathering in the alpine village of Saint Hilaire du Touvet, to celebrate the Coupe Icare.

Niviuk, since its creation, once again is proud to invite you to share with us this event. We will be at our usual stand (B30/C21). In this edition 2011 Niviuk has numerous new products to show you:

The awaited Artik 3 is finally at production in our factory. With an innovative profile developed using the very latest software and a new line plan using low resistance 3-line technology brings performance and passive safety never before seen on an EN C glider.

Our two new wings exclusively designed for the powered flight will also be at Saint Hilaire. The Link, not only offers confidence and comfort it also brings to you ease of flight, from your very first powered flight to onward progression the LINK will adapt with your experience. The Kougar, on the other hand, is the paramotor wing for experienced pilots looking for stability, maneuverability and speed provided by the own Niviuk System Reflex Profile.

We will also present you the two new wings designed exclusively for the Acro pilots. The F-Gravity 2, a dedicated wing for the freestyle discipline, and the N-Gravity 2 for the experimented acro pilots. Dynamic, speedy and light, wings to fulfill the own imagination in the air.

The research and development team at Niviuk has been working hard also on the harnesses front. The Drifter, the most innovative and aerodynamic cross country and competition harness of the moment keeps being admired by pilots around the globe. They comment on the increase of performance that the Drifter produces on the wing and on their top comfort when flying.

The original Hamak returns with several improvements. We have evolved the all-round Niviuk harness, updating it with the most technological advanced materials, more resistant and being  900 grs lighter and with new colors.

In addition to the Drifter and the Hamak 2, we will introduce the Roamer and the Transat. The Roamer is the multipurpose harness from Niviuk. It is a reversible harness ideally suited to speed riding, speed flying or mountain flying. The Transat has been designed for the tandem professionals and enthusiastic. It has been conceived for pilot comfort, mobility and security during the take-off and landing stages.

We look forward to your visit

The Niviuk Team

Coupe Icare
18.11.15  A height record
A height record

Karen Skinner and her partner, Jason Whitehead, officially beat the world record last April 21th rising in the shortest time ever with a tandem Powered Paraglider (PPG). Within only 40 minutes, the couple reached the 3000 meters elevation AGL (Above Ground Level ). A validated altitude gain verified this past Friday by the International Aeronautical Federation. This second and new PPG high altitude record validation placed the team in top ranking position and the one to beat to date. 

For this attempt Karen and Jason used the Takoo 3, a model combining comfort and power to obtain an incredible ascent rate. The performance level delivered by the Niviuk glider in the hands of such an experienced team flying in favorable weather conditions that day, made it possible for the couple to smash Mick Roche's previous record which took him to the 3000m mark in 48 minutes and 56 seconds.

With this triumph, Karen amounts six worldwide records, and Jason, her husband, gets his second one in the paragliding camp. This is, however, his first record flying tandem. A modality that the team started to practice a year ago to become an ongoing part of their training in parallel with the product developments Niviuk is conducting.
20.10.15  Tracking the River Sao Francisco
Tracking the River Sao Francisco Tracking the River Sao Francisco Tracking the River Sao Francisco

A while back we introduced the famous Brazilian pilot Lu Marini. He was planning different expeditions piloting Niviuk gliders, and he did! On August 25th he setup to explore the Sao Francisco river with a Kougar 2.

2896 kilometers, covering five States, five hundred and twenty cities and towns. Starting his adventure in Sao Roque de Minas, where the river Sao Francisco begins, he completed the journey a month later between the Alagoas and Sergipe States, where he landed his Kougar 2. The main goal of the expedition was to capture images and show the devastation of the river after experiencing the worst drought over the last century, and to recount hidden stories associated with it: “I wanted to know about the problems taking place along the river, and learn more about the Indian culture and natives living there. I had the chance to do that, and even participated in a religious ritual”.

Once the expedition was over, we have talked to Lu about his experience. During his travel, he had the opportunity to journey through breathtaking countryside areas: “I was contemplating one of the most beautiful landscapes in Brazil. The first river waterfall with its 186 meters high water drop, or the Xingo Cañon, nature's beauty at its best”. Lu flew a 100km average distance each day (three hours daily) in sometimes adverse conditions: “I had to fight strong wind speeds at times, powerful gusts and intensely warm temperatures sending me up into violent thermals”.

It was the first time Lu flew with his Kougar 2 in an extended expedition, and was impressed to say the least, by all of the glider's qualities “Extremely easy to inflate in nil wind, maximum safety and excellent performance”. He recalled having a bit of trouble with takeoffs where: “Many times I had to launch in places with very limited usable space, requiring me to heavily depend on good gear and a lot of technical abilities”.

Lu wants to compile his material to produce a documentary in book-form to be completed and come out next year for everyone to enjoy.
15.10.15  Spanish PPG Championship
07.10.15  From music to sky
06.10.15  Julien Irilli took the first place on the podium
02.10.15  Jean Yves joins Niviuk
30.09.15  Gavin McClurg and Kirsten Seeto made it to the podium
29.09.15  Degrees North
28.09.15  Peak 4, Spirit Cross Country
24.09.15  Thank you for sharing with us the latest Coupe Icare edition!
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A height record
The FAI confirms Karen Skinner and Jason Whitehead’s new worldwide record
Tracking the River Sao Francisco
A new expedition made by Lu Marini
Spanish PPG Championship
Ramon Morillas won with his Dobermann
From music to sky
Luka Sulic is a famous cellist and a paragliding fan
Raid Chamois 2015
Julien Irilli took the first place on the podium
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Koyot 2
Hook 3
Cross Country
Artik 4
Peak 4
Takoo 3
Speed Wings
Skate 2
Kougar 2
F-Gravity 2
N-Gravity 3
Down jacket
Koli Bag
Nkare Bag
Hamak 2
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