The French magazine Parapente Mag was first to test the new Koyot 3 (EN A) - the glider designed for new and future adventurers.
After a detailed analysis of the materials and components of the wing's makeup, the publication went on to analyse its behaviour. One of the points that surprised the test pilot was the ease and stability during inflation and take off: "In nil-wind the wing inflates and rises progressively without ever overshooting. Once overhead and although the pilot advanced slowly, the wing remained completely balanced. All new pilots have a tendency to over-brake during takeoff. With the Koyot 3, this is not a problem, because with its long brake travel it retains its good flying characteristics".
Another facet the test highlighted was the high passive safety because of the wing’s huge resistance to turbulence: "the Koyot 3 has the tendency to absorb unruly air and provides the pilot with useful feedback".
Compared to the old Koyot 2, the magazine emphasises the lightness of the new model, which is more responsive both during takeoff and during the flight, as well as faster and it thermals more efficiently. "It retains the user-friendliness of the previous model but is improved in terms of performance and efficiency", says the magazine.
For this reason, Paragliding Mag says that "the Koyot 3 does not seem a school wing, but more a high-performance glider".
Spanish documentary film-maker Xavi Coll used to live in Scotland and really loves the place and its people. A few months ago Xavi fulfilled a long-time ambition – to hike & fly from Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain (1,346 m, 4,414 ft). Located in the Highlands, the surrounding scenery is breathtaking.
In Scotland, all mountains over 3000 feet (914 m) are called Munros (named after the man who produced the first list of such hills). Many people have the ambition to climb all 227 of the Munros of Scotland. The most famous Munro is Ben Nevis. Xavi has hiked up several Munros, but Ben Nevis has eluded him. On the 28th of July he and his friend Dani woke up to find the sky clear and they took the chance to hike up and fly from the summit.
It took them 2.30h hours to complete the 13 km hike. The atmosphere at the summit was magic. Misty and beautiful. Xavi takes up the story: 'You cannot take-off from the summit if you're landing by the Inn, since the top is very flat (and foggy by then), so we went a bit down until we found a small grassy place next to the track. I took my Koyot out of the backpack and people started to watch. I don't think it's very common to see someone flying off Ben Nevis. I had good breeze facing me, maybe 7 km/h or so, then I decided to take off and enjoy a smooth and beautiful flight down. It felt so good!!! Finally I could do my Munro hiking in combination with flying and Ben Nevis was my first one!'.
Xavi landed in front of the Nevis Inn Pub, where he had a beer and waited for his friend Dani to walk down.
His ambition now is to hike & fly all the Munros and be the first Spaniard to achieve this feat.
You can see his video of his hike and flight here:
Last weekend the Spanish Paramotor Slalom Championships were held at Lake Bornos (Spain). A competition in which young French Niviuk pilot Nicolas Aubert left his mark, leading each of the eleven completed tasks.
Flying his Dobermann 2 (size 15), Nicolas took the gold medal in the Open Championship, and therefore contributing to another victory for the French team.
The new speedflying wing from Niviuk is called Roller. It has an extensive speed range that can be used quickly and precisely at any times.
Its intuitive and straightforward character also provides a high degree of user-friendliness and safety, so to have fun practicing all kinds of turns, rolls, swoops, carving and an infinite repertoire of manoeuvres. The Roller permits long flights, maintaining altitude and flying in strong winds up to 70 km/h. Pure performance for those pilots able to fly actively.
The integrated technology, along with the versatility and possibilities offered by the new Roller marks the beginning of a new cycle for the speedflying wings.
Designed to be the toughest air race and greatest aerial adventure on the planet, the paramotor race, the Icarus Trophy, started in Polson (Montana) on Saturday. Taking in some of the most iconic US scenery, Yellowstone, Idaho Falls, the Teton Mountains, Salt Lake, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, the course line of approximately 1200 miles (1930km) will finish at Mesquite, Nevada.
There are two divisions in the competition: in the race division pilots must remain unsupported for the entire event - they can only progress by flying or walking. If they walk, they must carry their equipment. In the adventure division, pilots can accept outside support and travel forward using transport other than flying.
This race is definitely not for all pilots. Last year's race division winner covered around 400 miles a day. This year another challenge is presenting itself… snowstorms are currently grounding the race.
There are three Niviuk pilots taking part: defending champion and current race leader David Wainwright from Australia and Byron Leisek (USA) are both flying the new Dobermann 2. Dean Kelly from Australia is flying a Kougar 2 and is enjoying the adventure class.
We will bring you news of the race as we receive it and good luck to all the competitors!
We are very proud to announce that the mountaineer and pilot Bertrand Roche, better known as Zeb, has joined the Niviuk team.
Zeb (also known as Zébulon) has full resume of ascents, flights and records that he hopes to continue to achieve with his new light-weight Bi Skin 2 P (EN B) tandem, which we presented at the Coupe Icare.
Zeb started flying when he was twelve years old. In 1990, when he was only 17, he climbed Everest with his father Jean-Noël Roche – at the time he was the youngest person ever to achieve this feat. And in 2001, this time accompanied by his wife Claire Bernier, Zeb was the first person to fly a tandem paraglider from the top of Mount Everest. Until then only Jean-Marc Boivin had managed to take off from the highest peak in the world with a solo paraglider.
The next challenge for Zeb as a Niviuk pilot is the Ama Dablam peak (6,812 m) in Nepal, which he will attempt during the month of October. We will closely follow his new challenges and adventures.
29.09.16 Thank you for sharing another year with us!
After four fantastic and intense days at the Coupe Icare, we would like to thank once again all the pilots, professionals, organisers, friends and visitors who came to see us.
At Saint Hilaire we released all the details of the latest models like the lkuma P, the Hook 4 P and the R-Bus. We also announced our new products for the 2016-2017 season:
- Roller: The new Niviuk speedflying wing. Speed, precision and agility all in one versatile and remarkably multifunctional wing.
- Klimber P: High level hike & fly with the new EN-D light from Niviuk. The wing that captivated Gavin McClurg during his epic traverse of the Alaska Range: ‘It’s amazing - I’m totally in love with it’.
- Bi Skin 2 P: The first single-surface lightweight tandem (EN-B 3.3 kg) designed so that the pilot and passenger can undertake hike & fly and vol-biv adventures together.
- Skin 2: The revolutionary single-surface wing now has an improved structure and design; it is easier and safer to land thanks to efficient energy retention for a smooth roundout.
- Skin 2 P: All the great features of the Skin 2, now also applied to its ultra-lightweight version. Optimised Revolution.
We were also represented at the film festival by Team Fly Halo’s moving film "The Toll Road", available to view here.
We left the 43rd Coupe Icare with great memories and we hope to meet you again next year!
From today to Sunday the 2nd October, Niviuk will be in Blokzijl (Holland) at ElseFly 2016.
During these four days, attendees will enjoy flights, be able to try our range of paramotor demos and several free flight wings, as well as discovering the latest Niviuk models for the 2016-2017 season.
In addition, Niviuk team pilots such as Ramón Morillas will be present. The team hopes to share their experience and passion with other pilots and flight enthusiasts. Don’t miss out!
16.09.16 ‘It has the feeling of a true all-rounder’
The German-speaking Thermik Magazin has reviewed the Ikuma. After only a few test flights they say it is one of the most instantly intuitive gliders they have flown. It is unusually stable, without feeling over-damped. It deals with turbulence beautifully. It delights in turns and will bring a smile to anyone who loves good handling.
Commenting specifically on the flight characteristics, they say 'it can be difficult to centre in a weak thermal - not so with the Ikuma. The first 360ºs are easy. Hardly any pilot input is necessary to keep the high-end EN B in the tight thermal’. In bullet thermals the Ikuma is unusually stable. The glider copes excellently with turbulence, without ever feeling over-damped.
The long brake-travel means pilots can fly for hours without getting tired and there is little danger of an unintended stall.
‘Its glide performance is extremely efficient. On glide, the Ikuma feels solid and the pilot can fly pulley to pulley for hours – the wing gives this confidence and the effort required is minimal. The C-steering is a bonus – it is simple and efficient. Despite its outstanding agility, it is very stable in roll’. And they add: ‘The Ikuma is a complete success, suitable for various pilot requirements and uses. You should try it!’
Their conclusion: ‘The fun factor is the outstanding characteristic of the Ikuma. Handling and agility are so convincing that the Ikuma is suitable for a very wide range of pilots. It has the feeling of a true all-rounder. Whether the pilot prefers soaring, where quick turns are required or when flying cross-country, the strengths of this wing shine through. With the high-end EN B Ikuma, Niviuk has very successfully bridged the gap between the mid-level EN B Hook and EN C wings’.