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New ROADRUNNER – ground handling wing

The Roadrunner is an easy to use and highly forgiving paraglider that is designed specifically, and only, for ground-handling training. It is optimized for use in wind speeds that are too high to practice with a standard sized paraglider, but is also easy to use in light or zero wind conditions.

Schools will love the ease of use and the cost-savings. Save your “flight” wings for flying, instead of wearing them out for ground-handling. The Roadrunner was designed from the start with price in mind, with the goal to increase training efficiency while lowering costs for schools.

Kids love it too! Introduce younger and lighter pilots to the joys of kiting.

Alex Yaschenko Repatriation Fund

On 28 September, Alex Yaschenko, was involved in a paragliding accident in the Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Despite many years paragliding experience as one of Australia’s top pilots, as well as having flown extensively in this area several years prior, Alex experienced a collapse soon after take-off and suffered a significant impact on landing.

Please help out by donating whatever you can, no matter how small. Every cent counts, and every dollar gets him closer to home. 

Click here to make a donation

FELIX WINS AT HOME

After winning the first stop of the Spanish League in Algodonales, Ozone team pilot Felix Rodriguez continues to dominate the national league by winning the second event in his home state, Castilla de La Mancha. 

He reports: 

Caudete is the last town between Castilla de La Mancha and Valencia. It is located in the beginning of the main plato of  La Mancha. It is the first time that the Spanish league has been held in this area, even though this zone offers a massive potential for XC flying.

We flew 4 out of 4 days of competition, with great conditions and high cloud base. Actually we had to be careful and avoid to pass the maximum altitude restriction. 

I led the comp from the 2nd day only a few points ahead of Mika and Wilfred. On day three Wilfred won the task, but received a penalty for breaking the max altitude. The last day was a fast task of 60 km in which the lead gaggle pushed bar 15 km from goal barely making it to final line. In the end I won the task to get the final points to win the comp. It was an honor to win at home! ”

For full results, Click here.

Congrats and Cheers from all the Ozone Team.

Seiko Crushes the PWC





At the most recent PWC event in Disentis, Switzerland, Ozone team pilot Seiko Fukuoka Naville delivered what is probably the all-time best performance of any woman in the history of paragliding competition. Almost one thousand points ahead of the second place woman, Seiko finished in 20th place overall, beating the vast majority of the men while flying with a serious speed disadvantage.

Ozone pilots took 6 out of the top 10 spots, with Stefan Wyss in second place overall flying his Enzo 2, just behind fellow local Chrigel Maurer. The local Swiss flew well, as usual, sweeping the top four spots. The competition was, by all accounts, a beautiful event in a stunning locale!

Overall results, and women’s.

Cheers, from all the Team.

Ozone Pilots Sweep Podium, Win 9/10 Top Spots

The hotly contested Trofeo Montegrappa, at Bassano, saw a podium sweep and nine out of the top ten pilots all flying the Ozone Enzo 2. The full results are available in this PDF.

Luc Armant said, “The competition has been great with fantastic spring conditions. We ran three fast and furious tasks with most of the best European pilots in attendance.”

Congrats to Seiko Fukuoka for capturing first in the women’s and to Ulrich Prinz for topping the men’s podium. Cheers from the team!

Australia Bright & Corryong Open Report – 2015

Our friends at Fly Ozone Australia sent us a rundown of the recently completed Bright and Corryong Open events:

Every 2nd year the Bright and Corryong Opens are held consecutively and provides 2 weeks of solid racing in 2 locations. This year we were able to fly 5 valid tasks in Bright and 5 at Corryong losing only 3 days to weather and unfavourable conditions to race in.

Both locations boast strong thermic conditions and launches that can quickly put all pilots in the air safely. All but one task was a race to goal. The task committee, comprising Gareth Carter, Geoff Wong and Brian Webb in Bright and Gareth Carter, Geoff Wong and Wally Arcidiacono in Corryong set challenging and technical tasks that offered superb racing in what are 2 of the best flying locations in Australia.

In the Bright Open Jouni Makkonen from Finland, flying an Ozone Mantra M6, secured 1st place in the Open, disrupting a 4 year run by Gareth Carter for 2nd place. Ivan Anissimov placed 3rd on an Enzo 2. In the top 10, 5 Pilots were flying Ozone wings.

Kari Roberson placed 1st in the Women’s category and 22nd overall with Woo Young Jang from Korea in 2nd on an Ozone LM5, and Meredyth Malocsay from the US in 3rd, and Kirsten Seeto, from Australia, flying a Delta2 in 4th place.

In the Fun, Sports and Serial classes the Rush 4s, Delta 2s, Alpina 2s and Mantra M6s represented strongly.

Fly Ozone Australia operated a gear store and repair facility during the comp and was very busy helping pilots be ready for the next days tasks flying with line and wing repairs and gear maintenance – the local wedge tail eagles providing the catalyst for some of the more exciting moments and stories at the bar 🙂

Results can be found here:
Bright Open 2015 results
Corryong Open 2015 results

Thanks for the report! Congrats to all the pilots, and cheers from all the Team.

New Australian foot launched distance record

Che Golus sent us a note that he and Jason Turner have set a new Australian foot launch distance record (unofficial), flying the Delta 2 and Alpina 2. In Che’s words:

“I managed to set the Australian foot launched distance record (unofficial) the other day with my good friend Jason Turner. I was flying my Delta 2 and Jason was on his Alpina 2. We flew 356km from Mt Borah, Manilla, to beat Godfrey’s long standing site record and also set the Australian record. The flight was made as part of the XC Camp which I ended up winning, which was pretty cool considering I was competing against pilots flying competition gliders. What are the chances, the first flight I decide to take a beer with me in my harness and I fly 300+ and have someone to drink it with when I land!

 

Here are the links to our tracks:

http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Che/5.2.2015/00:04
http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Dusty/5.2.2015/00:15

And you can read a full account of he adventure here:

http://smashpuppet.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/far-out-man.html

Congrats to Che and Jason from all the team!