Speed Wing pilots: Let’s talk about riser flying!
Ozone team pilot, Cade Palmer, and Ozone Speed designer, Rob Whittal, discuss the pros and cons of controlling your speed wing with the rear risers. This technique can be a positive but it must always be used with a full understanding of the risks and drawbacks.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!