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Coupe Icare News: 2013 Glider Announcements

September 25, 2012

We’ve just returned from a fun weekend at the Coupe Icare, where the Ozone team stayed busy inflating well over 6,000 balloons for our stand and the public. The balloons were all 100% biodegradable (they totally degrade in about 2 weeks of normal climate exposure) so if you were worried about that, fear not, we thought of it too 😉 Thanks to those of you who came to visit us at our stand, and we hope to meet many more of you there in the future!

While at the event, we presented our new wings for the rest of 2012 and for the 2013 season. A brief summary of them follows below. Please do not contact us for more info at this time, as we cannot say any more than this – thanks for your understanding!

Coming very soon:

Slalom – This new PPG wing is available for order now. It is our answer for pilots who want to carve the tightest turns at the highest speeds, on or off the race course.

The XXLite – This revolutionary single surface wing has been talked about for over a year, and is now finally going into production. It will be available for order later this week in the 16m and 19m sizes, weighing in at about 1.37kg and 1.2kg, respectively. More info will be available on the XXLite product page shortly.

The Trickster – We’ve released some photos and video of this exciting new acro wing recently and we’re very happy to announce that it will be available to order this week. This wing is for advanced acro pilots. The Trickster is a totally new design and initial reports have confirmed that it is vastly easier to execute all of the most advanced acro maneuvers than any wing we have designed to date, and will be available to order this week.

The R12 – Although Open Class wings are no longer the focus of most competitions, some of the world’s best pilots still prefer to fly a wing with the maximum performance possible. The R11 continues to be a popular option for record seekers and hardcore XC pilots, and for that reason we are now updating it with a few improvements to the handling and coordination of the wing. The R12 is not a replacement for the EnZo.

Coming for 2013:

The Buzz Z4 – Although the Z3 is extremely difficult to improve, and remains one of the most popular wings we’ve ever released, we have managed to retain all of its comfort and ease of use while massively upgrading the performance.

The Delta 2 – The rumours are true, and the Delta will be replaced very soon. We expect that the Delta 2 will represent just as much of a performance advance as the original Delta did in its class, with glide performance that equals many wings in the class above.

The Mantra M5 – This new wing will be a 2-line design with a shark nose profile. Although the comfort and ease of use will feel familiar to current M4 pilots, we are confident that the performance will rival the other wings in its class.

If all goes to plan, we hope to have the Z4 and the Delta 2 on sale before the end of the year and the M5 early in 2013. We will post more news on each of these wings as it becomes available, so stay tuned!

Cheers from all the Team.