MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

Dudek Paragliders USA Blog

2013 World Championship

I am excited to announce that I am off to represent the USA in the First FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships in Aerodrome du Chevalet, France.  The competition is being held from September 9th – 15th and I will return to the states on the 17th.    It’s an honor to be part of this first time competition and I am proud to be representing the United States!  I will try to keep you updated throughout the competition if I can get online.  See you soon!

Many of the myths regarding ‘Reflex Profile Paragliders’ (RPP) were started because
they were being compared to a classic paraglider.
Pilots need to understand that there is no comparison between the two types of
gliders, Reflex Profile Paragliders’s are just different!
These differences do require some additional brief, but crucial, training.

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Myth #6: Reflex Paragliders Can Only Be Flown By Experienced Pilots.

We have to discern two notions: experience and education. The first is gained through practice, the latter by training. A pilot with considerable airtime gathered exclusively on classic wings can experience difficulties when he starts flying Reflex Profile Paragliders, thus perceiving them as potentially dangerous. Flying with brakes slightly pulled in is by far not the only one, but decidedly most widespread error. As (hopefully) known, this technique while perfectly suited to Classic Paragliders will cause an unpleasant feeling of instability when applied to Reflex Profile Paragliders.

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REFLEX PROFILE PARAGLIDERS ARE SAID TO BE IMMUNE TO TURBULENCE.

Reflex Profile Paragliders are not a flying broom’s nor do they possess any magic powers of casting spells on weather. Turbulences won’t disappear simply because the flight is done on a Reflex Paraglider. Pilots will experience turbulence as a sequence of jolts, felt harder with increasing speed.

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Each year the offer of Reflex Profile Paragliders is getting broader. Each year new designers come to try the reflex-wing concept, enriching it with their own ideas and experiences. “Old” designers are playing with new trends. In effect we have several types of reflex-profile paragliders:

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Myth #3: Dynamic Reflex Paraglider Reactions To Collapses Induced By Test Pilots Proves That The Paraglider Can Be Very Dangerous When Flown In Turbulence.

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Harder handling is not caused exclusively by the reflex profile, there is a simple fact that Refelx Paragliders fly faster than Classic Paragliders (steering a classic wing at 60+ km/h would require a lot of strength too!).  Should a Reflex Paraglider be steered with technologies similar to Classic Paragliders,  you would really need a strong man to handle it at high speed!

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Reflex profile paragliders have been produced for many years now. There must be tens of thousands of them flying in the skies, and the number of flights absolved cetainly is a seven-digit one. With growing confidence more and more pilots go flying in even more difficult conditions, yet there are no reports of accidents allegedly caused by reflex-profile characteristics.

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Reflex profiles have been known in the aviation from its early times, and they are to be found in many publicly available profile catalogues. They have been tried in hanggliding and paragliding too, initially with little success. Especially paragliding application proved to be a hard task – lack of rigid elements, low wing loading and high steering forces discouraged many of the designers.

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Reflex paragliders can be tested in flight as the classic paragliders are, by traditional, well-established European Normal procedures. However, tests are performed with only fully closed trimmers (slow settings). The reason is, with released trimmers (fast settings) some manoeuvres routinely done during trials are impossible to execute or unreliable when attempted on reflex paragliders. This does not mean that a reflex paraglider is unsafe when flown with released trimmers – quite the contrary: for example it is so much more tuck-resistant with the trimmers all the way out, that it can’t be properly tested with traditional methods. Such a situation happens only when the paraglider is a true reflex paraglider, and that can be proven by measuring in-flight loads of individual risers.

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In reflex-airfoil paragliders releasing trimmers and activating speed system results in shifting pilot’s weight towards leading edge, so that A and B risers carry almost all of the weight, while C and D risers get relieved.

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reflex-steering-enWhat Is A Reflex Profile

Simply put, it is an aerofoil which – in case of decreased angle of attack – automatically tends to have it increased again. In other words, it always stays in neutral position regarding its load. On drawings it’s an aerofoil that has its tail turned upwards :)

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Paradrenalin USA is proud to announce that as of July 1st, we are the new American Importers for Dudek Paragliders. We are very excited about this new opportunity and are looking forward to expanding the dealer network and awareness for Dudek Paragliders in the USA.