21.04.16 Artik 4 pilots, Anna Ermakova and Evgeniya Belova
A few months ago, Anna Ermakova and Evgeniya Belova climbed the podium in the Open Roldanillo after their flights under the Artik 4. We contacted them to know more about their backgrounds and discover this common passion that spurs us to travel around the world. Both pilots claim that paragliding changed their perspective of the world.
Anna Ermakova: ‘I started flying in June of 2010. While flying my previous glider I lost all confidence in myself as a pilot. I knew it was necessary to change the wing and I became interested in the Artik 4. After a few hours under it, I realized that the wing could be trusted. The Artik 4 gave me back my confidence in flight; I really liked its handling and performance. When I began to fly the wing, I could not believe my luck. My average flight time increased and I was flying farther and farther away with each new adventure. I became less fatigued in the air and could launch from more difficult takeoff spots.
During the last eight months, I spent over 230 hours in the skies under my Artik 4 and subsequently beat my personal records over and over again: first in Bulgaria (141 km – free flight), then in India (162 km – free triangle), now in Colombia (93 km - FAI triangle).The Artik 4 has given me the opportunity to keep up with and learn from more advanced pilots. To me it is not just a wing, but rather a portal to amazing adventures.
Observing the beauty of the Earth from a bird's vantage point of view changed my perspective on the world/life’.
Evgeniya Belova: ‘Paragliding is so amazing! The first time I flew was three years ago. I had been working hard for a while, so flying provided some respite for my brains and nerves. I discovered a new world I am always happy to be in. A year ago I started looking for a new glider. I wanted to step up from an EN-B to EN-C wing but needed stability and speed. The Artik 4 was it and fit the bill 100%!
I've flown over 200 hours with my green Artik 4 and I am totally thrilled about it. The wing is truly stable, enabling me to make flat turns in thermals with minimal incline even in turbulence. I made my first 100 km track with my Artik 4 in Bir this past October, it was a stunning flight, so long and so interesting. I started to take part in various competitions and it was also a good experience to further my technical skills’.
Thank you for sharing your passion and experiences with us. We wish you more exciting adventures under our Grand Touring! If as Anna or Evgeniya you are also an #Artik4pilot, tell us your story and share your adventures with us.
With a total seven tasks flown, last Saturday ended the first race of the 2016 PWC, celebrated in Castelo (Brazil).
We congratulate all the winners and participants, especially the Niviuk pilot Jean Marc Caron, who with his prototype Icepeak 9 secured the third place in the third task and the fifth position in the overall classification.
Another new season is now under way. We wish the best of luck to everyone!
13.04.16 “The Fledglings”, the video of Cedar Wright’s adventure
Early this year the famous climber and Niviuk pilot, Cedar Wright, took off from the highest point of Pico de Orizaba, the tallest peak in Mexico and the third in North America.
Along with his climber partner and now pilot too, Matt Segal, and with his flying instructor, Matt Henzi, Cedar descended 5600 meters with his Skin P (light) less than a year after learning how to paraglide.
Are you wondering how two unprofessional pilots managed to do it? Discover in this funny video how the team lived the adventure.
New distance record with the Artik 4 starring Kate Baker this time around. The pilot travelled a total of 184 kilometres, beating the previous best female mark made so far flown in Queensland (Australia).
Kate began paragliding only seven months ago. After having respectively flown 61 and 78 kilometres in her first and second flight, the Australian pilot decided to take off this past weekend for the third time with her EN-C glider.
‘After three flights totalling nearly 15 hours on the Artik, I can truly say that I am in love with this glider. It seems to ‘sniff out’ thermal edges and bites into them, giving me brilliant feedback and climbing phenomenally well. I endured some fairly rough conditions during my big flight but I felt that the wing was always solid above me. It performs well while using speedbar and the speed on glide is refreshingly fast’.
After six hours in the air, Kate beat her best personal record and set a new registered distance to date on the Australian continent. This outstanding achievement done in the middle of the autumn season could possibly suggest that when considering here recent track record, she could very well extend it as easily in the forthcoming spring and summer.
And keep in mind that your personal experiences under your Artik 4 can be shared as well through #Artik4pilots.
05.04.16 Octagon, the self-stabilizing rescue parachute
At Niviuk we believe that a reserve parachute is an essential piece of gear to guarantee pilot safety. Selecting the best model is as important as choosing the rest of the equipment.
When we decided to introduce the Octagon on the reserve parachute market, we took advantage of our business partner Vital Parachutes' expertise, known for its high manufacturing quality standards and exceptionally safe products.
Why is the Octagon one of the best rescues on the market from our point of view? Discover more about the Octagon and its self-stabilization system here.
Last spring Kurt Eder astonished everybody with an 80 kilometres flight. Nothing out of the ordinary here, when considering his experience with extended XC distance undertakings, except for the fact that it was made under a single surface glider, the Skin.
From that moment on, the potential for the Skin fascinated Kurt, realizing the broad range of possibilities this type of glider can offers. His words during the Thermik magazine interview:
“The takeoff characteristics of the Skin are amazing. It climbs overhead like a feather and you are immediately ready to leave the ground. The tightest launching pads can be used, and all is executed as if in slow motion, which increases safety very much. Reversed inflations can be done easily even in tail wind. The wings minimal volume when packed is phenomenal”.
Kurt also highlighted the stability and talkative nature of the Skin with its constant information feed ability, thus promoting more efficient piloting whenever necessary.
So it was not a surprise when we recently came across the Italian pilot carrying his new ‘toy’ in a small rucksack. Kurt confessed spending almost as much time with it than with his usual glider.
Great talent display during the 2016 Bright Open edition (February 20-27, Australia) with very good results for the Niviuk pilots in practically all categories.
Kari Ellis finished 1st in the women ranking, 3rd in the serial event, and 15th overall under her Peak 4.
‘During the Bright Open I found the Peak 4 to be a highly competitive and capable of holding its own amongst the CCC gaggle. We flew a variety of five tasks and in all conditions my Peak 4 was an absolute joy to fly. I would describe it as a strong, all-round performer glider. It climbs very well in both strong and weak conditions and its performance is very accessible - I am totally comfortable to push the full range of the speed-bar all day, through all kinds of air’, explains Kari.
There was also a place on the podium for Peter Slade who finished 3rd overall under his Icepeak 8. The silver medals went to Tuomas Martikainen (Artik 4) in the Sports category, Wally Arcidiacono (Icepeak 6) in the Serial category and James Thompson (Icepeak 8) in the Masters category.
Finally, sharing the women’s podium with Kari, Kirsten Seeto took the 2nd place flying the Peak 3.
The new season competition in area is already on. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!
The 25th Stubai Cup edition is around the bend for the 2016 season. We will be there and be traveling to Austria to enjoy three intense days dedicated to paragliding.
From March 4th to the 6th we will be looking forward to seeing you at our Niviuk booth, where you will be able to try out our newly released Peak 4, Ikuma or Hook 4, as well as some of our favourites such as the single surface glider, the Skin, or the Artik 4.
We will also be offering information about all our products: progression, XC, freestyle, mini wings or P Series (light wings), as well as our entirely range of harnesses and accessories.
Do not miss the date to celebrate a quarter of a century of paragliding passion at the Stubai Cup. More information on the event official website.
01.03.16 ‘Yesterday, after 17 years, I made the most beautiful flight of my life’
‘What happened yesterday was incredible! Paragliding never stops surprising us. I can say that yesterday, after flying for 17 years, I made the most beautiful flight of my life. Perhaps not the greatest in terms of time or distance, but without any doubt, the most spectacular of them all’.
Joel Mirón de Soto, an awarded Spanish pilot, narrated with this words his adventure and shared with us spectacular photos of the Tres Picos mountain range (Patagonia, Argentina) after flying for first time with the Ikuma, our new EN B+ glider.
As Joel said, sometimes the greatness of XC flying cannot be measured in kilometers but in emotional intensity. The best adventures are often experienced by those veering off the already known established paths. This is the Back Country flying essence.
But what is Back Country flying about? It is the joy of soaring over new landscapes while carving one's own of alternative routes by getting off traditional roads and discovering XC flying in a new way.
This is only possible by handling a comfortable glider able to create the perfect symbiosis between performance and safety. The easy performance Ikuma is such wing.
And for those who are looking for intensity and efficiency, the Ikuma does not fall short. Edi Tascher proved it by flying over 212 km flight in Kenia, and so did Pablo López, who travelled 198 km in Argentina.
‘The Hook 4 will show you the way on its own. Let it fly by itself, it knows better than you do. Seat back in your harness, go with the flow and leave the rest to the wing’.
That will explain very well why Erwan Didriche, after taking command of the Hook 4, titled the essay published in Parapente + ‘Hook 4, declaration of independence’.
The reporter highlighted the solidity aspects of the glider, inflating ease and excellent performance level due to the use of the latest technological advances in glider design: ‘Not that long ago, my competition wing had those performance levels, and it was awesome at the time’. The technology was transferred to the Hook 4 and improved upon to make it a more efficient and docile glider. ‘It is the ideal wing for entry level pilots looking for new experiences and progress with confidence, or for more experimented ones looking for the perfect alliance between performance and safety’.