SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017

Myth #4: All Reflex Profile Paragliders Behave Exactly The Same

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:

Fully reflexed wings,

Half-reflexed  paragliders (i.e. with profile showing limited reflex behaviour),

Semi-stable paragliders (i.e. with profile displaying only some features of typical reflex-profile)

Partly reflexed paragliders (for example with reflex profile in central part of the canopy only).

When additionally we’ll take into consideration changes brought to profile by trimmers and speed system, we will have:

Reflex behaviour in full speed range,

Reflex behaviour at middle and high speeds.

To sum it up, we arrive at quite a number of possible Reflex Profile Paragliders. All these wings can (and usually do) behave differently! depending on their design and current trim/speed system configuration. Fully reflexed profile is hardest to exploit, but it is the one most welcomed by pilots wishing to fly as fast and SAFE as possible. Compromises offering limited reflexivity bring some features typical for classic paragliders (lower speeds or easier handling), but it is invariably with a LOSS of several welcomed reflex-profile features.

FACT: All Reflex Profile Paragliders flying in full-reflex mode feature INCREASING stability with increasing speed. But not all of the Reflex Profile Paragliders available are fully reflexed at every trim/speed system setting, and that’s why they can behave differently.