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Speeding the Grossglockner

Austrian Philipp Benda recently climbed and then rode the famous Grossglockner peak, the highest mountain in the Austrian Alps. Philipp and his team climbed the entire summit without any assistance from helicopters – just with the power of their legs and minds, in the spirit of true adventure.

Philipp & Co are planning to head to the central Swiss Alps soon, where they plan to make more adventure ascents of the highest peaks in the Berner Oberland, and then speed fly from the summits. If they succeed then they will achieve several first speed flying ascent / descents.

Phil reports on his climb / fly:

After an alpine ascent of 12 hours we slept at about 3200 meters and flew off the next evening after the wind dropped a little. We landed on the Pasterze glacier which was covered in little stones – not an easy landing at all as we were all skiing in climbing softboots.

  • The tech info:
  • total descent of 1500 m
  • groundspeed approx 80 km/h
  • vertical speed of 4 m/sek.
  • duration 6.5 minutes

Congratulations boys, nice work. The flight down is always more rewarding when you earn it with a nice long climb!

Cheers from all the Team.

Welcome to the New Ozone Speed Website…

In order to keep everything easily accessible in one place, and in order to build on the existing information provided here, we have now divided Ozone Speed from the rest of the Ozone Site.

Now and in the future, you can find info on our Speed Flying and Speed Riding products here, as well as Speed-Specific news, videos, and stories from our team riders.

So… welcome to Ozone Speed! Whether you are addicted to soaring high winds with a Bullet 009, ripping down snowy peaks with the new GT, or are just considering getting into this exciting new sport, we hope that you can find everything you need right here within these pages. And please don’t hesitate to contact us with your feedback, anytime.

Cheers from all the Team.

Dave Edwards Tearing it Up in NZ

Here’s a short clip http://www.hdfilms.co.nz/movies/DaveE.mov (from HD Films of NZ) of Dave Edwards showing what can be done with a Bullet 14m. Dave’s on the original Bullet 14 – we’re now 2 versions into the future, but obviously the original flies pretty good as well. The Bullet 009 14m is similar in aspect ratio with a bit less performance and a more comfortable feel and a more mellow handling – basically much nicer to fly, and still plenty precise.
If you haven’t soared a mini-wing yet, then you must try. It’s just like flying a big wing, only (if you ask a lot of pilots) more fun!

Cheers from all the Team, and nice work Dave!

Foot Launching The New XT 16

Even though snow is arriving all over the northern hemisphere and we’re excited to get onto our skis… we just can’t get enough foot launching. There is something sublime about dragging your toes just centimeters over the ground as you descend the hill, and something wonderful about not missing that Saturday of flying just because there’s an extra 7-10kmh of wind.

Here are some photos of the team testing our new foot launch / high wind soaring machine, the XT 16. Even when conditions were 35kmh and absolutely cross (impossible to fly normal paragliders) we were blasting all around the hill, climbing over launch and carving down the mountain. It’s stable in windy turbulence, and even though it seems a bit weird to be out flying in conditions like this, the truth is that once you’re on the wing and in the air, it just feels good!

It’s exciting to think that these new developments in our sport are allowing us to have more fun in a wider range of weather conditions. We never really liked sitting on the hill talking about flying anyway – much better to live the adventure than to talk and dream about it!

The Annual Coupe Icare

It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed. For the 17th year in a row, the Ozone Team will be hanging out at The Coupe Icare of St Hilaire. Look for the ALIXA stand on the show map, and as always, don’t count on our booth to be 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 at the Coupe we will be announcing nine new products that are freshly launched or to be released in the coming weeks / months. Stop by to talk with us about the new gear, or stay tuned for our press release that will go out on our news and facebook in the next few days.

Cheers, from all the Ozone Team.

THE NEW RAPI-DOS IS LAUNCHED!

This is our highest performance speed wing designed for pilots who seek the ultimate in speed and swoop performance. It has the widest glide performance range of any speed wing we have ever flown, and handles incredibly steep angles and flatter-trimmed flight.

8m to 15m sizes
New trim system, new profile
Higher speed across entire trim range
Better stability at low AoA
More ergonomic trim system
Improved swoop performance
Easy launch, great flare
Effective rear riser control

Check out the Rapi-Dos page for more info.

RAPI-DOS

The Rapi-Dos has been in development for more than a year, and is now finally in the final stages. Team pilots Cade Palmer, Malachi Templeton, and Jamie Lee, have all signed off on the final protos and it will be entering production shortly. Here are a few recent videos from our team – we’ll post more news here when it’s available to order via Ozone dealers. Cheers from all the Speed Team!

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