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Coupe Icare 2019

Once again, the Coupe Icare has come and gone, with all of the madness and excitement that one would expect from the world’s largest paragliding festival.

As every year Alixa/Ozone stand was not a traditional display of Ozone branding. Our friend, Mathieu de Quillacq, always manages to set us up with something original and non-commercial.
This year Ozone Power revealed the latest new products: Kona 2 based on the Buzz Z6 and EN B universal paragliding and paramotor wing.

Ozone Team pilots, Alex Mateos and Nicolas Aubert participated in the Parabatix Sky Race (slalom / precision competition), which took place on plateau of St Hilaire and the landing of Lumbin during three days of the event. Both of them flew Freeride 14 and ended up on the podium winning the overall final run. Congrats to all of the pilots and thank you for a great show!

Also, on Saturday afternoon the crowds enjoyed a PPG show put on by Alex and Marie while Raffaele Benetti were presenting his new project – electric paramotor for paragliders.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Alex und Marie gewinnen die Meisterschaften 2019

Die Französischen Gleitschirmmotor Meisterschaften 2019 fanden vom 29.Juni – 6.Juli in ULM , Couhe-Verac statt. Es gingen insgesamt 35 Piloten in der Klasse PF1 (Fußstart, solo) an den Start, 9 leichte Single-Trikes und 4 Doppel-Trikes. Die PF1 Piloten flogen insgesamt 13 Durchgänge, und die Trikes 11.

Alex und Marie Mateos gewannen den Wettbewerb und wurden Erster (Alex), und Zweiter (Marie). Beide flogen mit einer Viper 4 16.

Alex Mateos berichtet uns Folgendes:“First of all, I am very happy with the performance of my equipment. Despite of tough condition and hot weather my engine was working really well. I am very impressed by speed and stability of my Viper 4 sometimes we were flying in a really strong wind, reaching speed up to 100 km/h! I started this competition a bit distracted, because I lost podium in French Championships in 2011 on the same airfield, it was the moment, when I first met Marie and fall in love” .

Und Marie: “I am very happy with my final results. I think I started this competition really focused not to make any mistake, even small, possibly demanding too much of myself. But during competition, I manage to relax a little bit and really enjoy 2nd part of the competition when I won pure eco task. I won 3 tasks.”

Glückwünsche auch an Nicolas Aubert, der mit seinem 4ten Platz nur knapp das Podium verpasste. Er flog eine Viper 4 18.

Wir freuen uns auch über die Ozone TriOx, die beim klassischen Wettbewerb debütiert haben: zwei Trike Tandems flogen mit dem TriOx 38 auf den Zweiten bzw. Dritten Platz:

Vincent Beutter / Pascal Malochet
Christophe Gloriant / Sigrid Sigorel

Wir gratulieren allen Piloten!

Fotos: Marie Chapacou, Alain FREMOND, Pascal Malochet

Alex Huxham wins 380 km race flying Roadster 3

UK pilot Alex Huxham won Icarus X Trophy flying his new Roadster 3 24. He has been flying only over 10 months being trained by SkySchool UK. “I have managed to clock well over 130 flights in that time” – he says. The race took place from 21st to 22nd June. The route was 240 miles (386 km) long, it was a triangle starting and finishing in Somerset, passing through Devon where he stayed overnight, across Dorset and Wiltshire. There were 27 pilots competing.

Here is how describes his first big and successful cross country adventure: “I wanted to combine my passion for flying and the need due to getting older to complete something out of my comfort zone and challenging. I was in the Race category, unsupported the entire time. I had to walk to get fuel with my Paramotor, a long gruelling walk, climbing over fences and barriers to get there and back. Took off at 4:36 pm, landed 8:47 pm to camp overnight, left again at 5:11am, landed at 8:18 am before landing at the finish line at 9:08 am. My equipment consisted of my Parajet Maverick paramotor with extra large fuel tank and my 24 m Roadster 3. I managed an average fuel consumption of 4.5 liter per hour fully trimmed out and speedbar for the duration of the flying.

A positive attitude, the right equipment and sheer determination. I got up early, I left as soon as I could, and when I landed, I ran around and got setup again. My Roadster 3 launches impeccably allowing me to get in the air fast with all the extra weight and make the whole experience so much easier. I never once or for a second doubted its ability to perform and remain stable allowing me to forget about the wing while flying and concentrate on hydration, food, course and altitude adjustments. The Roadster 3 is a versatile wing, trims in and neutral and it performs very responsively, trims out and the speed and stability this wing provides is unreal. My average speed was 39 m/h (62 km/h) over the course, with a sustained top speed of 47 m/h – 76 km/h”

Congratulations to Alex! It must have been an amazing adventure!

Cheers, from all the OZONE Team

Kester Haynes joins Ozone Team

OZONE is excited to announce that Kester Haynes has joined our team.

Kester Haynes is from UK and he has been flying since 2008. He works full time at Parajet / Gilo Industries, which produce paramotors, jet boards, Sky Car. He is their main test pilots, instructor, design and development engineer.

Kester loves adventure paramotor flying and he takes every opportunity to be a part of a paramotor expeditions anywhere in the World. He already completed many long distance cross country flights to remote places such as Brazilian Pantal and flown near erupting volcano Etna in Sicily. Kester says: “I have a passion for travel and adventure with various means of transport which include paragliders, paramotors, motorbikes, 4×4’s, jet boards. Even outside of work I still find myself designing and developing various flying machines and looking for the next expedition opportunity”

Together with Brazilian cinematographer Sylvestre Campe they travel around the World with paramotors producing adventurist TV series for Canal Off. They already visited Australia, Philippines, Cambodia, France, Italy, Sicily, Oman, Hawai, Namibia.
Kester Haynes occasionally works with Bear Grylls as his personal instructor, advisor or a tandem pilot.
Asked what flying means for you Kester says: “Flying has become a really important part of my life, giving me the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective, often reaching remote parts only accessible by flight, meeting like minded people and making friends everywhere. I also love how it enables me to explore another style of flying, doing some manoeuvres to get the adrenaline pumping and being completely focused in that moment. There’s always room to improve and huge scope to challenge yourself.”

Cheers, from all the OZONE Team

Bartek Nowicki wins Gold in Poland

We are very proud of a polish national team pilot Bartosz Nowicki, who won the Open Polish Slalom Championships 2019 last weekend in Jutrosin, Poland flying with Ozone Freeride 15.

The event was the biggest international slalom competition this year with 42 of the best pilots from 11 countries: Poland, Italy, Germany, Netherland, Finland, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium, Greece. Despite windy weather and a tragic accident (not flying), during 5 days pilots flew 11 tasks.

Big Congratulations to Bartek. We are very impressed by Bartek’s victory and feel honored to support him in this competition. Bartek is one of the top 5 World slalom pilots, finishing 4th during last years World Slalom Championships in Egypt.

Cheers from all Ozone Team.

Nicolas Aubert gewinnt das PPG Rennen in Andalusien über 482 km

Das PPG Rennen 2019 in Andalusien, organisiert von Mario de Eolox, fand vom 9. – 10. Februar statt. Dort wollten 28 der besten PPG Piloten aus Spanien eine XC Strecke über 482 km von Huelva nach Almeria zurücklegen. Alle Piloten hatten eine Bodencrew, die ihnen folgte, und es war erlaubt, zum Auftanken zu landen. Unser OZONE Team Pilot Nicolas Aubert ging mit seiner Viper 4 und PAP Tinox mit Thor 200 an den Start, und konnte das Rennen für sich entscheiden!

Nicolas Aubert berichtet uns selbst dazu: “I am very happy to won the Race. I flew total 482 km from Huelva to Almería. It has been one of the hardest flights I have ever made in my life! It took me nearly 9 hours with 3 fuel stops. Total flight time was 6 h 30 min at maximum speed. The last section from Guadix to Almeria was the hardest, I was so tired that my legs were shaking, but at the end we made it! I would like to thank my ground crew: Pierre Aubert and Juan Morillas.  I am also grateful for excellent and reliable equipment, PAP paramotor and Ozone Viper 4, fast, good performance and solid glider!”

Herzlichen Glückwunsch vom gesamten OZONE Team!

OZONE Team Slalom Weltmeisterschaften

Die dritten PPG Slalom Weltmeisterschaften haben am schönen Qarunsee im Bezirk Fayoum, Ägypten, in der Nähe von Kairo stattgefunden.

Dort haben sich 50 Piloten aus 13 verschiedenen Ländern 7 Tage lang einen Wettstreit geliefert. Trotz des windigen Wetters während der ersten drei Tage ist es dem Organisator, Sky Sports Egypt und dem Wettbewerbsleiter Jose Ortega gelungen, einen erfolgreichen Wettkampf mit mehr als 10 Durchgängen auszutragen, ehe es ins Finale ging.

Heißes Wetter und konstant wechselnde Windverhältnisse haben es den Piloten und Organisatoren nicht einfach gemacht. Vielen Piloten sind Fehler unterlaufen oder sie hatten Motorprobleme und sind letztlich im Wasser gelandet.

Das Team OZONE ist sehr stolz darauf, die besten Slalom Piloten der Welt zu haben!

Alex Mateos (Frankreich) – hat sich mit seinem Freeride 14 wieder den WM Titel geholt

Nicolas Auber (Frankreich) – ist mit seiner Viper 4 14 Zweiter geworden

Marie Mateos (Frankreich) – hat sich mit ihrem Freeride 14 den WM Titel der Damen geholt, und ist in der Gesamtwertung Sechste geworden

Boris TYSEBAERT (Frankreich) – wurde mit seiner Viper 4 15 Dritter in der Trike Wertung

Wir gratulieren allen Piloten sehr herzlich zu ihrer ausgezeichneten Leistung und den hervorragenden Ergebnissen.

Ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.

ALARD gewinnt die ICARUS TROPHY 2018 in Afrika

Die Icarus Trophäe wird mit dem härtesten Air Race der Welt in Verbindung gebracht, wo PPG Piloten lange Strecken ohne Unterstützung zurücklegen. Hier geht es um ein fast 1000 Meilen Abenteuer Air Race, wo Piloten über einige der anspruchsvollsten Gebiete unseres Planeten fliegen.

Die Strecke der Icarus Trophy betrug dieses Jahr etwa 1200 km, wobei zwei internationale Grenzüberquerungen gefragt waren: zum einen von Südafrika nach Botswana, und zum anderen von Botswana nach Simbabwe. Das Rennen begann nördlich von Johannisburg, und endete in Vic Falls, Simbabwe.

Alard berichtet: “I had a great time! What a fun adventure! As the race was held in winter the flying conditions were pretty good. Cold mornings and manageable conditions during the day.

The Scariest moment was when Sebastian and I were out on a remote road in Zimbabwe doing some work on his motor after his throttle cable broke and 2 lions appeared on the road 50 m away. We managed to get a lift to safety with an overland truck.

The longest flying day was just over 500 km, with the longest flight 240 km. I was flying a Ozone Speedster 28 with a Parajet Zenith Polini Thor 200″

Alard’s mate and Ozone pilot Basjan van Heerden was flying Sirocco 2 26. Sebastian says: “The Icarus was very crazy! I was leading the last day but unfortunately my throttle lever broke down only 40 km before the finish line! I came 4th. The Sirocco 2 was fantastic, I did one flight of 6 hour and 301km without stopping, hit huge thermals for 3 hours up to 40 feet per second lift, no big collapses!”

Seems like Icarus Trophy 2018 in Africa was an epic adventure! Next year Brazil!

Cheers, from all the Ozone Team.

OZONE Piloten gewinnen bei den Französischen Meisterschaften

Die Französischen Meisterschaften 2018 gingen mit einem großen Erfolg für unser OZONE Team zu Ende. Den Meistertitel holte sich Alex Mateos, und Nicolas Aubert wurde in der allgemeinen Klasse Dritter. Beide Piloten waren mit einer Viper 4 unterwegs. Der Wettbewerb fand in Blois, Frankreich, statt, wo in 7 Tagen 14 Durchgänge ausgetragen wurden.

Alex Mateos berichtet uns:“This year the most challenging task for me was economy, because I chose smaller size of the Viper 4, 16 instead of the 18. But despite of smaller size I won all the eco tasks, which is pretty amazing as for such a small wing! The weather was great, we had only one rainy day, which allowed us to have a nice rest! I think my weak point has always been  Navigation but lucky this part of France is easy so I haven’t lost too many points on that task! I would like to thank you Ozone for such a great wing, which always helps me to win! Looking forward to Slalom World Championships in October”

Ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.

ALEX MATEOS ist zum dritten Mal Weltmeister

Die World Paramotor Championship (WPC) ist der größte von der FAI genehmigte Motor Gleitschirm Wettbewerb. Die besten Piloten aus der ganzen Welt kamen um sich den Titel des Weltmeisters zu holen. Dieses Jahr wurde Thailand als Austragungsland auserwählt, und der Event fand in Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi statt.

Trotz des heißen, stürmischen Wetters während der 6 Wettbewerbstage in Thailand, gelang es den Organisatoren, einen hervorragenden Event mit acht Durchgängen durchzuführen. Darunter die Bereiche Navigation, Economy und Präzisionsfliegen. In der Klasse PF1 traten 60 Piloten aus 14 verschiedenen Ländern an.

Alex Mateos ist mit seiner Viper 4 16m zu seinem dritten Weltmeistertitel geflogen.

Alex sagt dazu:

 “I don’t have words to describe my joy to become World Champion for the third time! The competition was intense and very tiring with long waiting time between the tasks under hot thai sun. I won 4 from 8 tasks.  Despite making a few small mistakes, I finished this championship with a good lead in points, which secured my first position as the scoring system was not the same as usual. Now I am coming back home to France and start preparation for Slalom World Championships in Egypt.”

Das gesamte OZONE Team schickt beste Glückwünsche an Alex zu seinem dritten Weltmeistertitel, und wir sind sehr froh, ihn und all die anderen Piloten, die sich für OZONE entschieden haben, unterstützen zu können.

Ein Cheers vom gesamten Team!

Wettbewerb und Ergebnisse:   https://www.wpc2018.org/results