Reflex profile paragliders: Facts And Myths

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.

How is it then that so many pilots still consider reflex wings to be evil and dangerous? Popular meaning says they are docile in easy weather, but can get really nasty when struck by some bad mood. As usual, fear is a child of ignorance. And when there is no solid knowledge around, myths come in handy.

That’s why we decided to educate people about reflex technology.

Myth #1.

A reflex-profile paraglider (RPP) takes off differently than a classic paraglider (CP). Reflex Paragliders need to be launched with one smooth pull, quickly arriving over pilot’s head. You can’t pull up the wing too slow or have a break in-between, as many pilots do. According to their Classic Paraglider experience they think it is safer to pull it up reluctantly than to go with full zeal and then brake it when it wants to overtake the pilot. This is all wrong – with a Reflex Paraglider there is no possibility of overshooting and collapsing on you: once the canopy is filled up and stays in the airflow (be it due to the wind or pilot’s movement), Reflex Paragliders firmly stay overhead and simply waits for you to take-off. This is one of its fundamental advantages!

Is such a start a difficult procedure? Well, it depends. To be honest a new pilot who started their training on a Reflex Paraglider under the guidance of an instructor who knows reflex technology, have a lot less problems than a seasoned classic wing pilot would have who just switched over to reflex paragliders.

Fact: A reflex paraglider takes off differently than a classic paraglider. Problems can be caused by handling a Reflex Paraglider with Classic Paraglider habits, or by misjudging trim settings (in relation to wind speed). Pilots who do it properly have no problems with taking off on a reflex wing!