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’.
15.09.16 Bi Skin 2 P, tandem from Les Grand Jorasses
Following Julien Irilli’s rave review of the Skin P, he has completed the first tandem flight from Les Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m; 13,806 ft), a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif, on the boundary between Haute-Savoie in France and Aosta Valley in Italy.
Julien loves the mountains and loves paragliding and in his adventures he combines these two passions. Late last week he managed another first by taking off from the summit of Les Grandes Jorasses on a tandem wing. He chose the Bi Skin 2 P for this feat.
'At around 6pm we launched from the Aiguille du Midi for a first flight that took us directly to the Leschaux hut (2431 m) at the foot of Les Grandes Jorasses. We spent the night there. At 4am we walked to the foot of the Pointe Walker. It is a traditional route but still requires a lot of practice (starting at 3000 m, output at 4,200 m) and we finally reached the summit at 8pm - just over 12 hours of climbing from the foot of the Pointe Walker. Because it was getting late, we did not waste any time and we quickly took off. The flight on the tandem was possible thanks to a new wing designed by Niviuk, the Bi Skin 2 P, which weighs only 3.3 kg and is essentially a single-surface wing. This tandem wing will certainly revolutionise its category due to its small size (it comes in a 35-liter bag) and will open new possibilities in the field of tandem flying in the mountains', explained Julien Irilli at Ledauphine.com.
Julien was accompanied in this adventure by Thibaut Coudert who was the passenger and Vincent Sprungli and Kevin Peyre who were flying solo Skin P wings.
13.09.16 Bronze for David Geiser and Jérémy Péclard
The 2nd FAI World Paragliding Aerobatics Championships were held from 26 August – 4 September 2016 at Lake Annecy. After six days of competition, the CAT Acro Team of Swiss Champions David Geiser and Jérémy Péclard won third overall in the Syncro category. Both were flying the Niviuk N-Gravity 4.
In the solo category, Jérémy Péclard was 4th overall. Their placings meant Switzerland was also ranked third nation in the competition.
'I am very satisfied with my week of competition at the World Championships. It has been an excellent but tough week, because for the first time the competition has had seven solo and seven synchronized runs. I am happy to have worked hard and been consistent in all the rounds to finally get a superb fourth in the solo and bronze in synchronised categories. I have met and even exceeded my goals; I feel very proud. This is the best result of my career, something that motivates me to continue to improve in acrobatic paragliding', explains Jérémy Péclard.
The Hook 4 P, the lightweight version of the Hook 4, is already available. With up to 1.4 kg less weight than its conventional model, the Hook 4 P is the intermediate versatile glider ideal for those with an adventurous nature opting to progress under a reduced weight and volume wing model.
Performance with a high comfort level to let you progress in hike & fly or vol-biv adventures.