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The XT16’s Cruising in Australia

Garth Camac sent us this video of the XT16 soaring the Southern Australian Coast… and it sure looks like fun!

The XT16 is a super stable wing with an incredible amount of brake range and the rock solid feel you need when high wind soaring. Pilots all over the world are discovering that even though it can be a little intimidating to be pulling a glider out of its bag when the winds are blowing too strong to even think of flying a normal wing, once you try just kiting the XT16 in strong winds you will understand how simple it really is.

Speed wings allow paraglider pilots to fly more, in more conditions, and at more sites. More flying, more fun!

Check out the video here. 
Cheers from all the Team.

Speed Flying Teaser Vid – in HD.

This past summer Matt Gerdes and Mike Steen met up with Wolfgang Pilch of Team Silver to shoot some scenes for his upcoming airsports film, ‘Airstripped’.

Airstripped is the sequel to ‘Streamlined 08’ which won several awards and was featured at film festivals everywhere (see it here, in the Ozone Gallery). Wolfgang has completed shooting for his next film and is now in the long editing process. We hope to see the full release later this year, and judging by the trailers and the quality of his first film, we have great expectations.


To learn more about the Airstripped film project, check out their website: http://www.airstripped.com/
Check out the trailer below!

Cheers from all the Team.





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Soaring the 9.8m Bullet GT

Cade Palmer just sent us this clip of him soaring the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, at Makapu’u Point. This is a historic free flight site, with a Hang Glider Launch that dates back to the 1970’s, and paraglider pilots have been soaring here since nearly the beginning of our sport as well.

However, we’re pretty sure that this is probably the first time that anyone has soared a sub-10m speed wing here, and we think this is probably the highest that anyone has climbed out in ridge lift using a sub-10m wing. Furthermore, Cade is a full-sized fellow at around 90kg flying weight, so it’s not a little kid flying this little wing. In this video, Cade is flying in very strong NE trade winds that usually render the island of Oahu unflyable.

The Bullet 009, Bullet GT, and of course the XT16 are all very stable wings, but we don’t highly recommend ridge soaring in such strong conditions. This is video of a highly experienced pilot with literally years of high wind practice.

Check out the video here: http://www.vimeo.com/7889835

Speed Riding Madesimo, Italy

Dario Frigerio of Aire Cornizzolo, Italy, sent us this speed riding video from the winter of 2008/09. Dario and his friends are flying the Bullet GT in the 7.7m size, which, as you can see in these clips, goes pretty fast.

Thanks to Dario for a cool edit and we look forward to seeing you all out there speeding around on your Bullets this winter. There are more and more places opening up for speed flying all over the world, and the possibilities are almost endless.

Check out the Video here.  (http://www.vimeo.com/6522175)
Have fun and fly safe!

Cheers from all the Team.

Calvin Hecker and the Fly Frame (video)

Matt Hecker, of Colorado, USA, has created the world’s first device that allows for consistent short take off cliff launches with a ram air canopy. The implications of this invention could be far reaching.

While Ozone does not condone or recommend the modification of any wing, we do fully support innovation and imagination, of which Matt obviously has plenty.

The video below was shot from various cliff launches in Switzerland using the Fly Frame and a Bullet 12m. The Fly Frame allows the wing to be held overhead, already expanded span-wise and ready to launch. With just one step and the aid of gravity, Matt is flying. The concept of eliminating the need for a running launch is highly interesting, as anyone who has foot launched speed flying wings can attest.
Matt’s Fly Frame is Patent Pending. For more information Matt can be contacted via Facebook (search Calvin Hecker).

Check out the video here: http://www.vimeo.com/6340155

Cheers from all the Team.

Mal Haskins at Treble Cone: Great Foot-Launch vid!

Mal Haskins is getting ready for the coming NZ winter this year with some foot launched flight on his Bullet 12m. Mal is a big boy and as you can see his trim speed on the 12m is pretty high, it’d be like a lighter person foot launching a 10m.

This year pilots are taking foot launched speed flight to new levels, we’re excited to see the range of possibilities being explored, from simple descent flights with the XT16 to high wind soaring with all sizes of wings, and even some foot launched Bullet GT flights have gone down recently… stay tuned for a film by Wolfgang Pilch showing the Ozone Team foot launching the 7.7m GT in the Alps.

Mal’s vid has great angles and gives a good view of the pilot’s perspective and the pilot’s input, check it out here.

More XT16 Videos…

We haven’t been able to keep the XT16 in stock since March! As more and more pilots discover the pleasure of speed flying, word spreads and so does the XT16’s popularity.

Gary Begley recently got his XT16 in California and immediately set out on a road trip around the western US, finding cliffs to soar and mountains to descend with his new toy. There are a few videos showing the versatility (and stability) of the XT16 at http://www.vimeo.com/5225080

Please note that we don’t recommend flying the XT16 in strong thermal conditions, although the XT16 is clearly an extremely stable wing.

Cheers to everyone from all the Team, and if you haven’t managed to try an XT16 yet, get one from your local Ozone dealer and get in the air! And if you are loving your Ozone wing, we want to hear about it – send us your photos and video from your adventures.

Video: The XT16 in New Zealand, with Dave Edwards

The XT16 has now been deployed to all corners of the globe, and pilots everywhere are loving its easy handling and simple take off and landing. It is flyable in an amazing range of conditions, from no wind to strong wind and everything in between, and even beginner pilots can enjoy using it at safe flying sites.

In New Zealand, Dave Edwards has been enjoying his Bullet 14m for over a year, so Alan Hills handed him a new XT16 to check out and this video is the result. Watch Dave fly the XT16 in a nice coastal breeze, taking full advantage of the progressive handling and solid passive safety.

This video represents the upper limits of what pilots will be doing with the XT16, which is an equally ideal wing for simple sled rides and any type of casual ridge soaring.

To check out the youtube video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1l0DQumDw

Cheers from all the Team, and fly safe.