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.
2019 French Paramotor Championships were held in ULM Airfield Couhe-Verac from 29 June till 6th July. There were total 35 pilots competing in class PF1 (solo foot launch), 9 light single trikes and 4 double trikes. PF1 pilots flew total 13 tasks and trikes 11 tasks
Alex and Marie Mateos won the competition taking 1st (Alex) and 2nd (Marie) place. Both of them were flying with Viper 4 16.
Alex Mateos reports: “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” .
Marie says: “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.”
Big congratulations to other pilots for their excellent results.
Nicolas Aubert just missed the podium, finished 4th in PF1 flying Viper 4 18.
We are pleased to see Ozone TriOx’s debut in classic competition. Two trike tandem teams were using TriOx 38 finishing on the 2nd and 3rd place in the Competition:
Vincent Beutter / Pascal Malochet – 2nd
Christophe Gloriant / Sigrid Sigorel – 3rd
Congratulations to all pilots!
Photos: Marie Chapacou, Alain FREMOND, Pascal Malochet
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
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
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.
Andalucian Paramotor Race 2019 organized by Mario de Eolox took place on 9 – 10 February. 28 best pilots from Spain intended to fly a long cross country of 482 km from Huelva to Almeria. All pilots had a ground crew following them and were allowed to land for fueling. Ozone Team pilot Nicolas Aubert flying his Viper 4 and PAP Tinox with Thor 200 managed to make it first to the goal!
Nicolas Aubert reports: “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!”
Congratulations from all Ozone Team!
The 3rd World Paramotor Slalom Championships took place in the beautiful Lake Qarun in Fayoum District in Egypt, near Cairo.
50 pilots from 13 countries were competing during 7 days. In spite of windy weather during the first 3 days, the organiser Sky Sports Egypt and Competition Director Jose Ortega managed to run a successful competition with over 10 tasks before the finals runs made by the best pilots.
Hot weather and constantly changing wind conditions were not easy for the pilots and organisers with many pilots making mistakes or experiencing engine difficulties and ending in the water.
Watching final task between 22-18-12-8-6-3 and 2 best pilots is always a very exciting experience.
Team Ozone is very proud to have the best Slalom pilots in the World!:
Alex Mateos (France) finished 1st with World Champion title flying Freeride 14
Nicolas Auber (France) – 2nd flying Viper 4 14
Marie Mateos (France) – 1st Female World Champion and 6th in overall flying Freeride 14
Boris TYSEBAERT (France) – 3rd in a single trike category flying Viper 4 15
Big Congratulations to all pilots for their excellent performance and results.
Cheers from all the Team
El Icarus Trophy es conocido por considerarse la carrera más dura de paramotor que existe, en la que los pilotos vuelan grandes distancias sin apoyo externo. Es una aventura aérea de cerca de 1600 kilómetros en la que se sobrevuelan algunas de las zonas más desafiantes del planeta.
Este año, la distancia a volar en el Icarus Trophy fue de unos 1200 kilómetros, e incluía cruzar dos fronteras internacionales: de Sudáfrica a Botswana y de Botswana a Zimbabue. La carrera comenzó justo al norte de Johannesburg y concluyó en las Cataratas Vic de Zimbabue.
El piloto sudafricano Alard Hufner fue el vencedor, volando una Speedster 28.
Alan nos lo cuenta: «¡Me lo pasé genial! ¡Qué aventura tan divertida! Como la prueba tuvo lugar en invierno, las condiciones de vuelo fueron bastante buenas. Mañanas frescas y condiciones manejables durante el día.
El momento en el que más miedo pasamos fue cuando Sebastian y yo nos encontrábamos en una remota carretera de Zimbabue, trabajando en su paramotor, al que se le había roto el cable del acelerador, y aparecieron 2 leones en la carretera, a 50 metros de nosotros. Nos las apañamos para ponernos a salvo subiéndonos en un camión que pasaba por allí.
El día que más volamos hicimos un poco más de 500 km, de los que 240 km los hice en un solo vuelo. Volé una Ozone Speedster 28 con un paramotor Parajet Zenith Polini Thor 200».
El compañero de Alard y también piloto de Ozone Basjan van Heerden volvó una Sirocco 2 26, y nos comenta lo siguiente: «¡El Icarus fue una locura! Yo iba en cabeza el último día, pero por desgracia se me rompió la palanca del acelerador cuando apenas me quedaban 40 kilómetros para la línea de meta. Quedé cuarto. La Sirocco 2 se comportó fantásticamente. Hice un vuelo de 6 horas y 301 kilómetros del tirón, estuve 3 horas encontrándome unas térmicas enormes de hasta 12 metros por segundo ¡sin tener plegadas grandes!».
Parece que el Icarus Trophy 2018 en África fue sin duda una aventura épica. ¡El año que viene, a Brasil!
Saludos de todo el equipo Ozone .
2018 French Championships finished with a big success for Ozone Team. Alex Mateos won French Champion title followed by Nicolas Aubert on the 3rdrd place in general classification. Both pilots flew Viper 4. Competition took place in Blois in France. During 7 days pilots completed 14 tasks.
Alex Mateos reports: “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”
Cheers from All Ozone Team
The World Paramotor Championship (WPC) is the biggest Paramotor competition sanctioned by FAI. Best pilots from all over the World did come to contest for the title of The World Champion. This year, Thailand has been chosen to host the event at Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi.
Despite Thai hot and stormy weather, during 6 competition days stated on 30th april, the organizers managed to run an excellent event with eight tasks covering navigation, economy and precision flying. 60 pilots competed in class PF1 from 14 countries.
Alex Mateos piloted his Viper 4 16m to his third World Championship title.
Alex says: “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.
The Ozone team sends a huge congratulations to Alex for his third World Title, and we are very happy to be able to support him and all of the pilots who have chosen Ozone.
Cheers, from all the team!
Competition web site and results: https://www.wpc2018.org/results