Ozone Team in Argentina
A few of the Ozone Team visited Argentina last week, where we had a brilliant tour of some of the best flying sites in the northern half of the country. During the trip, we were guided by local pilot and photographer, Julian Cisterna, and Juan Otado. We recommend their services if you are ever visiting their country – Juan’s mini-bus with trailer zipped us around the country in style and with speed as we chased weather at various sites.
While there, we tried out recent prototypes of the Delta 2, Mantra M5, and Buzz Z4. We are very excited about these new wings and had an awesome time flying them in a wide variety of conditions, from soaring buildings on the coast at Mar del Plata to cranking right up to cloudbase at Merlo, where on the 2nd of December a new site record was set by Peter Ščuka and his Mantra M4 (270km) (his flight can be seen here).
We’ll post more news on these new wings as their progress develops further, but we’re very happy to report that although the original Delta and the M4 featured breakthrough performance increases, the new versions are going to be even more impressive. We were pleasantly surprised not only by the amazing glide of the Delta 2, but also its compact and agile feel that in our experience is unmatched in a wing of this aspect ratio. The M5 was equally impressive, with serious speed and glide that we hope will satisfy the most demanding XC performance and competition pilots. The Z4 has proven to retain all of the comfort of the Z3, and handles beautifully in real XC conditions, with one major difference from the Z3: significantly reduced drag, and improved glide performance.
Thanks to Julian, Juan, and all of the local pilots who we met along the way. Argentina is a beautiful country with an incredible array of great flying!
Cheers from all the Team.