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.
01.09.16 “It shows how gliders have improved in recent times”
The hundredth edition of Parapente Vuelo Libre includes a test of the wing Niviuk defines as ‘easy performance’ with an B+ classification. We are referring to the Ikuma, which the Spanish magazine was commissioned to evaluate and introduced as follows: 'If there is a type of wing that shows precisely how paragliders have improved in recent times, is the lkuma. A wing with the passive safety of a genuine EN-B but with added performance'.
The magazine examined the wing’s behaviour and argued in detail that the balance between comfort and performance is increasingly clear.
'Easy to handle from first inflation. Compact and climbs well. (...) It has few lines, all unsheathed, resulting in minimum drag and therefore good glide. A hybrid three-liner, which does not have split A-lines, but split B-lines. Steering with the rear risers is effective, efficient to correct the direction of flight or compensate for pitching' and they continue to say 'in thermals it climbs well, it does not wind in and it is not hard to hold the desired angle of bank'.
The test also highlighted the good turn performance: 'the turn is agile and progressive and does it tend to dive in too much, rather the opposite, it tries to carve a flat turn while the outside carves into the thermal and can be easily controlled with a little brake'.
They conclude 'The speed-bar travel is neither heavy nor too long. The speed-bar range is tolerant even of excessive or inadvertent use. The wing always feels solid and stable. Its slightly elongated appearance, calm input responses and smooth turn make it ideal for effortless cross-country flying without giving up additional balanced performance'.
25.08.16 Back Country, soaring a volcanic crater and lava flows
Molly McEwin is a low-airtime pilot from Australia. She recently brought an Ikuma and headed off to the Indonesian island of Bali. A few nights ago she hiked up Mt Agung, an active volcano, to 3140m then flew off and ridge soared the volcano before gliding off to land on the beach.
She describes her adventure as the most breathtaking flight - made even more remarkable because it was also her first hike and fly, highest altitude gain, her first XC and all on a new wing, the Ikuma, that she had owned for just a week.
She added: 'With only 10 hours airtime before coming to Bali and no XC experience, I was originally very nervous about the planned flight, but after adding 13 hours of flying my new Ikuma in Bali, I was very confident with the wing and its potential. After a slow but easy 5 hour hike up with our gear, we watched the most incredible sunrise from Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, and set up the gliders. The wind was perfect, and after launching from the steep scree slopes, we easily climbed to over 10,000 ft, soaring the volcanic crater and lava flows. After a spectacular half an hour of soaring the slopes, we went on glide to the coast. I was topped out above everyone else, which I was particularly happy about after having to change our landing destination due to a strong headwind, giving me lots of time and options before landing in a clear paddock next to the main road, ready for the long hitch-hike back'.
Talk about off-the-beaten-track, pure Backcountry!
A few weeks ago we anticipate that Niviuk would expand its light glider family, the P-Series range. Thus, we are now pleased to unveil the Ikuma P, the lightweight version of the standard Ikuma, the EN B+ ‘easy performance’ wing - but with up to 1.4 kg less weight (size 27).
Designed for pilots passionate about cross-country and Back Country, hike & fly or vol-biv adventures, this new model has reduced weight and volume to make it easier to carry and transport, among many other advantages.
19.08.16 The unprecedented and incredible story of Kate Baker
Just a year ago Kate Baker learned to fly in Canungra, Queensland. It soon became an obsession. After flying an EN B glider for six months, she decided it was time for more responsiveness and feedback from her wing. Her choice came down to the Niviuk Artik 4 and she joined the SEQ Paragliding Junior Development Team – which made her feel excited and humble.
Since then, Kate has not stopped surprising us. Last weekend for example, she completed an incredible 80 km flight in the middle of Australian winter. ‘She flew further than anyone else including the top club pilots. She flew 80km in our winter, this is massive for this time of year in very light conditions’, explained Shane Gingell, the Niviuk dealer of the zone.
It is not surprising that in its July-August issue, SkySailor magazine dedicated an article talking about her paragliding career and distance record, when she had only been flying for eight months. By then Kate had flown a total of 184 kilometres, beating the best flown women distance of the time in the state of Queensland. A distance the Niviuk pilot reached with her Artik 4 in full autumn.
Kate concluded: ‘Every day I get to fly is a treasure and I look forward to every flight on my Artik 4. It is very early days for me in terms of paragliding and I still have a lot to learn, but I look forward to this and it is one of the reasons why this sport is so wonderful – you never stop learning’.
Flybubble's test pilot has just produced a video review of the Peak 4. He was mightily impressed with how the wing flies. On landing after one of the test flights he said: ‘The Peak 4 is awesome. Niviuk has nailed it! This wing kicks ass!’. In the extensive written review, he elaborated on this praise, stating that the glider has ‘exceptional flying characteristics’. He said about the wing that ‘in the air, it is damn near perfect. Solid, responsive, performs’.
On the performance Flybubble's pilot stated: ‘I found myself whistling or humming most of the time. It felt like I had an advantage in the air, instead of being on something that was “keeping up with everyone”, I was able to command the sky’.
The review included a 150km (6 hour) cross-country flight. The pilot also praised the speed, the turning characteristics of the wing, as well glider behaviour when using speedbar, saying: ‘it is super solid on bar, and goes like a blaze, easily reaching 20kmh+ over trim speed’.
The publication went on to summarise the wing as ‘super solid and goes very fast. A beautiful wing to fly. Great thermalling turns. (...) Niviuk has really got the right balance between performance and handling. This is what you want when you are getting an EN D. Awesome! Love it!’.
09.08.16 Podium hat-trick for Niviuk at the Belgian Open
Aron Michiels (Peak 4), Geoff Wong (Peak 4) and Maarten Coppens (Peak 4) were the winners of the serial class competition at the Belgian Open. The weather conditions in Àger, Spain, enabled pilots to complete four tasks between 57 and 70 kilometers.