Among the many kinds of records that exist in the paragliding world, there are those the Ikuma was specially designed for. We refer to remarkable events no solely undertaken to eat kilometres, but rather fly over areas that looked seemingly impossible to cover until now.
Handling their EN B+ Niviuk gliders, Amin Ahmadsomaly and Mehrdad Safarpour made it evident a few days ago when they beat a new Ikuma’s record in Iran. After take-off in Gotvand they respectively travelled 136 and 94 kilometres. Highlighted flights due to the character and harsh conditions that typifies the area: high mountains and a totally absence of access roads for retrieval.
‘Amin and Mehrdad overflew a path for the first time in Iran that seemed an impossible thing to do. All pilots commented that this path was impossible but I pushed them to use the Ikuma to give it a try. It was just like a dream for them’, explains the Niviuk dealer of the zone, Mohammad Razeghi.
15.06.16 Kinga Masztalerz and her record in Cross Country magazine
The day before Kinga Masztalerz beat the women New Zealand distance record, she was thinking about leaving paragliding. The pilot explains it in the May issue of the Cross Country magazine.
At the beginning of January, Kinga travelled to New Zealand’s South Island in order to practice cross country flying. But in spite of good weather conditions the pilot wasn’t able to feel comfortable and safe.
‘This is my biggest fear – that paragliding, the most beautiful thing I can imagine, that has given so many extreme emotions and taught me so much about me, doesn’t make me happy anymore’, wrote Kinga.
The following day, the pilot decided to go flying with her Artik P glider after a long reflective night. The objective was to exclusively enjoy the flight, putting aside goals, records, times or kilometres. However, Kinga unexpectedly did something different and better than what was previously planned: ‘Apparently my 83.4 km straight distance flight is a new NZ woman’s distance record. It’s great. However, the most important distance I travelled is in my mind’.
‘Niviuk advocate attention to detail and the quality of construction of the Kougar 2 is in fact exceptional!’, writes Sylvain Dupuis after unpacking the glider to conduct a glider evaluation published last April in Free Aero digital magazine.
Using a small 15 HP 80 cc engine, the classic combination for competitions, the journalist wanted to go beyond the obvious first impression and analyse the well-known performance of the Kougar 2: ‘Performance: a word which can mean everything and nothing, I hear you say. So is it fast? Manoeuvrable? Efficient? Yes, its performance comprises all of these things’.
The test focuses on wing behaviour during inflation and in flight, and describes how the PPG wing behaves with and without acceleration. In addition, Sylvain Dupuis mentions that the Kougar’s performance is as important as its accessibility. ‘The Kougar 2 is a wing which is accessible to pilots looking for performance and excellent passive safety. This reflex wing has low consumption at every stage of the flight. Fast and very economical, it can quickly cover long distances. Manoeuvrable and with light controls, the pilot can really enjoy himself. All in all, it offers a very high level of passive safety, which makes it accessible to pilots coming out of school who are progressing fast’.
Flying under the Peak 4, three Niviuk pilots, Mauro Maggiolo, Manuel Grandi and Gianfranco Crestani positioned themselves among the top ten finalists of the Sport category at the Italian Open 2016.
Maggiolo won the gold medal and Grandi the silver one, while Crestani placed 9th place during the competition held at Monte Cornizzolo from May 21st to the 28th. More than 120 pilots from around the world participated in the event where they flew a total of five tasks and almost 400 kilometres.
Our kilometres devouring XC glider, the Peak 4, has once again demonstrated its efficiency and superb performance level.
02.06.16 XVII International Air Festival ‘El Yelmo’
Continuing with our fairs and events tour, Niviuk will be present this next weekend at the 17th edition of the International Air Festival ‘El Yelmo’ that will take place from June 3rd to the 5th in Segura de la Sierra (Jaén, Spain).
The Festival is one of the most important free-flight events in Europe and according to the organizers, is expected to welcome nearly twenty thousand spectators and more than four hundred Paragliding and Powered Paragliding pilots. Furthermore, this edition will have a new format with the introduction of a unique activity where paraglider pilots will take off from the tower of Segura de la Sierra castle or also the Freestyle of PPG FIA el Yelmo Segura Wireless that is going to be extended on this occasion for two days, Friday and Saturday.
If you want to discover Niviuk’s latest, try out our demo gliders or simply receive direct advice from us, come to our booth where you will be able to interact with professional pilots such as Ramón Morillas, Nicolas Aubert, Karen Skinner or the X-Pyr participant, Ignacio Arévalo, among many others.
‘Some will have you think that performance figures are the be-all and end-all, but wings like the Ikuma show that this just isn't the case. Niviuk have crafted that brilliant mix of reassuring behaviour with enough feel to let you make good use of thermals. Every ounce of performance in this wing is usable. And that is this wing’s strength: a wing you make the most of on those big thermal days out in the mountains’.
Cross Country magazine published an Ikuma test in its May issue; a glider Niviuk described as an ‘easy performance’ wing. Marcus King evaluated the claim by flying a couple of FAI triangles for over ten hours.
The routes involving downwind dashes and pushing into the wind were the perfect conditions to assess the Ikuma and check all its specific particularities. A few aspects were covered, such as the glider’s ability to climb in the middle of EN B and C glider gaggle, the extensive level of information transferred through the brakes, or the advantages about its reasonable brake pressure.
‘It has been suggested that the Ikuma doesn’t have very good climbing ability. I couldn’t disagree more. After flying the wing for over ten hours in the thermals of the south of France I found it a delight. (...) This wing is really solid and reassuring at full throttle. At one point I was heading to a distant cloud, enjoying the view so much that I had to remind myself I was supposed to be reviewing the wing: it’s so easy I wasn’t thinking about it’.
From today Thursday and until Sunday 29 Niviuk will be present at the Super Paragliding Testival 2016, Kössen (Austria).
The event is the perfect occasion for pilots who want to discover our new products at the beginning of the season. The Ikuma, Skin or Hook 4 are just a few of the gliders we will have available for the public to tryout.
According to the organizers, Kössen is the site with the most flyable days per year in the Northern Alps. So, we hope to see you there!
20.05.16 The Peak 4 continues to devour kilometres around the world
Jinhee Baek, Greg Hamerton, Barney Woodhead, Phil Colbert and Al Thielmann have something in common: they are Peak 4 pilots who shared some of their flight experiences that marked a turning point in their paragliding adventures.
Just over a month ago the first Paragliding Korea Open League was held in South Korea. After competing against ninety pilots in two tasks, Jinhee Baek and her Peak 4 took the highest step on the women podium and reached the tenth position in the overall classification.
From the United Kingdom, Greg Hamerton made a 230 kilometre flight in line by the South of England, five-and-a-half hours in the air during which he reached top speeds up to 77 km/h.
On the other hand, Niviuk UK pilots, Barney Woodhead and Phil Colbert respectively flew two triangles of 182 and 135 kilometres in the South of the UK.
In Canada the predecessor of the Peak 4 continues providing adventures as the one that Al Thielmann lived. He told us to have made his dream-flight true, traveling from Vancouver to Pemerton; a 130 kilometres and four-and-a-half hour journey in the air, knowing all the time that no landing zones were available over the wild and forested topography.
The Peak 4 keeps on adding followers around the world. Discover all the reasons here.