Polish Open Paramotor Slalom Championships finished last Saturday after 6 days, 22 tasks flown and finals for best 4 pilots in each competition class.
There were 28 pilots competing in class PF1 (foot launch) and 8 in class PL1 (single trike) The event was the biggest slalom international competition this year with pilots visiting from France, Spain, Belgium, Netherland, Czech Republic, Greece and Hungary.
From the first day it was clear that nearly all best 6 – 7 pilots in the most challenging and prestige class PF1 were flying Ozone Freeride. Alex Mateos flying Freeride 14 took the lead from the day one and won 20 from 22 tasks. He was closely followed by his team mate Nicolas Aubert who was also flying the same wing. During most competition 3rd placed belonged to a Czech pilot Lubos Halama for whom this event was the first international competition flying Ozone Freeride.
Many fellow competition pilots were truly impressed by the performance of Marie Mateos – the best World female pilot and the only girl competing in slalom. She finished on 6th position overall leaving many really good and experience pilots far behind.
Young Italian pilot flying Freeride 15 – Lorenzo Mallegni – showed his high skills and despite some mistakes and one major collapse, he still managed to finished 5th. He is undoubtedly a growing talent with a huge potential to fight for podium in next events.
The best Polish pilot in the National Team and the winner of 2020 Polish Champion title is Bartosz Nowicki flying Freeride 15. Bartosz defended the title from the last year. This young and skillful pilot showed again that he is still unbeatable.
In class PL1 another polish pilot – Szymon Winkler – flying Ozone Freeride won bronze medal. This young brilliant pilot has a bit less experience than his team mates Wojtek and Pawel but he consistently held 3rd position through all competition showing huge potential for future.
He are the results:
Alex Mateos (FRA) – Freeride 14
Nicolas Aubert (FRA) – Freeride 14
Dimitris Kolliakos (GRE) – ITV
Lubos Halama (CZE) – Freeride 15
Lorenzo Mallegni (ITA) – Freeride 15
Marie Mateos (FRA) – Freeride 14
Bartosz Nowicki (POL) – Freeride 15
Milan Clement (CZE) – Dudek Snake
Marcin Bernat (POL) – Dudek Snake
Victor Rodriguez (SPA) – ITV
Big congratulations to all pilots from the Ozone Team. We are truly impressed by the high level of skills of all top slalom pilots and proud that so many of them chose to fly Ozone. Thank you for flying safely.
Aereas (Aerials) is a series of films produced by Ozone team pilot Sylvestre Campe for Brazilian TV channel Canal Off. Sylvestre, together with another Ozone team pilot Kester Haynes are traveling in search of the most extraordinary and challenging places to fly a paramotor. Each episode is a real story with its up and downs as nothing has been staged. The films show pure paramotor adventures and incredible flights, which simply inspire to fly more, travel more, and explore more. I hope you enjoy it. Each episode is 20 min long in English and Portuguese.
In Episode 1 Sylvestre and Kester travel together to the Philippines to fly over Mount Pinatubo, Vulcano notorious for its eruption in 1991, the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. Sylvestre lands out due to motor cut!
We are planning to publish one episode per week on IGTV, Ozone Power Fb page and Ozone Paragliders Vimeo Channel.
Ozone Team pilot Pal Takats was part of the Red Bull Air-Race series performing paramotor displays in different locations around the World. He flew in Ascot Racetrack (UK), city center of Budapest in Hungary, Chiba in Japan, Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi and many other wonderful places. He edited this short video showing small part of many incredible shows he performed over last 4 years! “I spent 4 years on tour with this event, good times in 9 countries and 3 continents. Thank you Red Bull!” says Pal
Ozone team pilot Raffaele Benetti builds an electric engine for Ozium 2 harness, which offers easier and longer xc flights!
During last year Coupe Icare 2019 Raffaele Benetti presented a new electric motor built into an Ozone Ozium 2 harness. He also demonstrated the take-off, climb and flight-by several times using Ozone Viper 3.
Raffaele talks about his project: “I have been flying paragliders for 24 years and I understand the pain of most paragliding pilots “wasting” time to travel to the mountains and waiting for good conditions to fly. I know that an option to take-off from the flat level independently would be an attractive alternative. A standard paramotor is not an answer, because the performance and sensation are very different to what paragliding pilots are looking for. Thinking of a better solution, I came up with this idea. I started to build a prototype 2 years ago using an Ozone Ozium 2 harness. My target was “no compromises”, light weight machine, with the same feeling as the original harness: same position, same weight shifting, minimalize drag from the motor and prop and easy to install on any standard harness. My experience in flying and building paramotors obviously helped me to find good solutions and to finish the first prototype in a short time ready for flight tests. I loved it from the first flight. The sensations in flight is completely different than usual paramotor flying, the position is different, glide, the feeling in the air due to hang points, the combination of all made me feel like I discovered a new way to fly!
The unit I displayed in the last Coupe Icare (2019) weights 14 kg, including a 16A 44 volts lithium battery. Motor and 80 cm propeller have about 40 kg of thrust. This is enough power to take off from the ground and climb high enough to catch the first thermals on an average thermic day. Anyone can fly it, but it is necessary to get special training for the engine preparation and maintenance. For paragliding pilots with less paramotoring experience I recommend to take off from a paragliding take-off or a small hill. I think this new motor is a fantastic solution for anyone who lives far away from the nearest paragliding spot or simply anyone who is interested in a new way of flying.
Of course, I am thinking about further development, I am working with Minari Engine to build a new electric motor with more thrust and a bigger propeller. In addition, I am planning to develop a conventional engine to reduce the price and give more flight time so that it can be used not only as a means to climb on a paragliding but also as a new paramotor machine for long and comfortable xc flights.
We wish Raffaele good luck for the development and look forward to trying this new machine!
Pioneer Acro pilot, five-time Acro World Champion, and global adventurer, Horacio Llorens is now a part of the Ozone family. We are proud to announce this new partnership and look forward to helping Horacio with his creative endeavors.
Horacio began his flying career at age 14, under the tutelage of his uncle, and his cousins, Raul & Felix Rodriguez. Together, they created SAT (Safety Acro Team), a team which would travel the world and change the story of paragliding.
For many years we have admired Horacio’s adventurous and creative missions, and we look forward to supporting him as he continues his airborne exploration. Horacio will be flying a full complement of Ozone equipment, but his first projects will involve the Session, Zeolite, and Delta 4.