It looks like the evolutionary path of reflex paragliders is about to complete a circle.
Report’air is the next avatar in a line originated by Traper, Action and Reaction, continued through Nucleon and Nucleon WRC, finishing in the Nucleon XX.
This time we focused on the legendary feature of the first designs - the uncompromised stability.
There are many pilots who praise our continuous improvements, resulting in even smoother fusion of reflex stability with better agility, easier launch and more speed. All of the Nucleons have that. However, there are also many pilots who miss the legendary, uncompromised stability of the first reflex wings. Those are mainly professionals, needing to let free of the brakes and get busy with their real work in the air. The list includes photographers, patrol services, search and rescue groups, filmmakers, military, forest guards, reporters, travelers, scientists, road management… there’s no ending. Last but not least – there are regular pilots who want to indulge in pure, stress-free sightseeing.
Accordingly, in the Report’air we’ve focused on recreating that legendary stability, so when flying it you can literally feel the peace and trust it radiates. The paraglider moves as if on tracks. Simultaneously we’ve put a lot of effort into polishing launch – now it’s sure and easy to perform both in nil wind, when even lifting the canopy can be hard, and in strong wind, when losing the bearings can be hard to compensate. The speed at released trimmers is very good, too – comparable to the Nucleon XX.
Striving for perfection, we’ve invited one of the best flying photograpers, Kacer Kowalski, (multiple winner of the World Press Photo with his paraglider-based photos) to collaborate with us. Kacper presented us with a list of features an ideal task-oriented canopy should have, then tested several protos in various weather. His remarks had great impact on the final Report’air prototype.
Our collaboration was not limited to technicalities only. When he saw the four elements colour design prepared for the Report'air, Kacper - being an architect by professional training and artist pilot by temperament - convinced us to prepare a limited Ko-Ka version too, 10 unique collector canopies. The KoKa colour scheme is inspired by recent Kacper fascinations with constructivism. Each of the KoKa wings has its individual colours and is sold at a special price, with €1000 directed to a charity goal: Polish Humanitarian Action. Only size 26 is available.
The Report'air incorporates a number of proven and some novel concepts improving flight comfort and performance.
Airtakes designed and executed in Shark-nose technology meaning specific, concave shape of the reinforced profile area at its leading edge.
Due to such shape the intakes can be smaller and moved a bit back, so that leading edge remains undisturbed and offers smooth airflow. The internal pressure of the canopy is higher and stays stable within wide speed range. In everyday flying this results in greater resistance to stalls (e.g. when thermalling) and front collapses at high speeds.
Flexi Edge Technology
The wing features Dudek Flexi Egde technology.
Precise shape of the leading edge is ensured by reinforcements of laminated cloth combined with synthetic rods, which significantly improve launch performance and protect the paraglider against collapses at high speeds.
Canopy Shape Guard
Unique system controlling canopy coherence along its entire wigspan, practically eliminating any lateral movements.
Most of all, the CSG oversees three key factors:
- it forms the canopy, so that its shape remains as close to designed 3D image as possible, with equally distributed loads. Lack of attention here would result in irregular surface with balloons instead of flat cells (unfortunately, stil quite a frequent sight, even owing of 'renowned' manufacturers).
- CSG stabilizes canopy in flight. No pilot likes to see his wing moving like an accordion, especially as it does significantly hamper its performance.
- CSG improves durability of the paraglider. Simple designs pay for locally accumulated stress with deformations - the most dangerous are those visible as lateral faults on the upper surface between suspension line rows. With the Nucleon XX that danger is practically eliminated.
CSG consists of following subsystems
- VSS (V-shaped Supports) - densely placed diagonal supports, bolstering each rib on both sides (most wings have only one-sided supports). Their size, shape and placement make sure that no lateral folds will occur - a vital point in preserving laminar airflow, especially at high speeds.
- RSS (Reinforcing Strap System) - an independent reinforcement net on lower surface, strengthening and stiffening the whole canopy.
- OCD (Optimized Crossports Design) - the intercellar openings of carefully designed shapes, optimally placed between stress lines in the ribs.
The only flaws of the CSG are the increase in weight (about 1 kg), material- and labour consumption, and of course overall cost. Yet it is well worth the sweat, as in turn we get a no-compromise product of highest performance and quality, able to keep its original parameters for a long, long time.
Dudek Reflex Airfoil
Wing's aerofoil is another product of our DRA technology. It was calculated with our previous experiences in mind and thoroughly tested with numerical methods. It is a full bred reflex profile, with accordign characteristics.
Areas close to suspension points are reinforced with laminated cloth, and the cloads are equally distributed on three planes: vertical (through the ribs), diagonal through the VSS system and level through the RSS.
All crossports have been prepared using OCD (Optimised Crossports Design) technology. Carefully designed shapes of the openings and their optimal placement between stress lines guarantee very efficient pressure distribution in the canopy and its quick inflation. These openings are scaled together with the ribs, so that their replicability is flawless and they do not disturb the aerofoil in any way.
The wing is manufactured in modern technology, utilising capabiities of precise laser cutter. The entire production process takes place at our Kowalewo facility, ensuring European quality and personal supervision of the designer himself.
Upper surface is made of Porcher Sport cloth (38 g/m2 weight).
Lower surface features the Dominico tex 34 g/m2.
Ribs are made of PorcherSkytex 40 Hard covered with E29a impregnate.
All reinforcements are made of laminated SR-Scrim cloth.
All lines have coloured polyester sheath. Due to low number of lines we've made sure they are strong enough by choosing brown Technora core. In this way rigging remains strong and reliable.
All quick-links between risers and suspension lines are made of polished stainless-steel, with proven durability and restiance to corrosion. We use exclusively the attested quicklinks of French Peguet company. In our opinion and that of many other leading companies these are the best products available.
Auto Cleaning Slots
On the wingtips you can find dedicated slots, automatically removing dirt from the canopy.
2D system is generally similar to the classic one - pilot has but two main steering handles to steer. However, it's operation is significantly different. Due to division of main steering lines (there are two for each side now, with one of them going outside of the pulley), an experienced pilot can modify steering progression according to his own preferences.
The rigging scheme was designed for low progression in low and middle speed ranges, so that pilot has better control of the wing. At high speeds (trimmers released and speed system engaged) only the outer lines attached to the handles, or special systems (TEA or TST) should be used.
TEA (Torque Effect Adjuster)
The task of this feature is to counteract the effect of engine torque, that tends to make the paraglider turn in the direction opposite to the propeller's rotation. TEA balances the torque by adjusting the length of some wingtip lines, and it can be adjusted to match you specific combination of paramotor/propeller. Simple to use, effective and easy to toggle on & off in the air.
ELR (Easy Launch Riser)
Split 'A' riser (marked with yellow band) for easier launch and 'big ears' application.
Speed system affects the A, B and C risers, adding some 10 km/h to your airspeed. Features ball-bearing pulleys and a special cord. It has a new, thick-woven pattern, does not fray, does not stretch and perfectly fits our new pulleys.
The "Easy Catch" is a godsend for all those who have problems catching the bar after starting. Here the speedbar is designed to stay always in front of the speedsystem lines. Its finish is very robust, so long-term service is guaranteed.
As a first world company we have decided to use ball-bearing pulleys as standard on our paragliders, in order to minimize speed-system friction. Currently we are using Dudek Smart Pulley and Durol of our own design.
Prepared two levels of the pulley positions let you adjust the system to your suspension height.
TCT - comfortable and universal steering handles
Beside modern look, TCT feature swivels, Easy Keeper system (strong neodymium magnets) and handles offering easy conversion from hard through medium to soft brake handles.
EK - Easy Keeper
Easy Keeper is our original idea to hold the brake handles at the risers. Strong neodymium magnets keep them firmly in place, while both attaching and releasing is smooth and easy.
Exact placing of the magnets on the risers is adjustable.
Trimmer afects speed range similar as the speed-system (ca. 10 km/h). It consists of a buckle and a properly marked red tape. Trimmer is designed with fast and simple replacement of the worn-out or damaged tape in mind.
Complete kit you receive includes:
- Transport bag z compression strap.
- speedbar Easy Catch
- pouch with documents and repair kit (self-adhesive cloth, spare line)
- wind ribbon and windsock
- small gifts
Total worth of these additional parts amounts some 200 Euro.
When ordering the wing please specify your preferred hangpoints (high or low), so that we can prepare your risers accordingly (position of steering handles and balls).
With none information received, paraglider will be expedited with low hangpoint setting. Of course switching the configuration is relatively easy to do at any time.
|Report'air - size||22||24||26||28|
|Surface flat [m2]||22.00||24.00||26.00||28.00|
|Surface projected [m2]||18.97||20.69||22.42||24.14|
|Wingspan flat [m]||11.10||11.59||12.07||12.52|
|Wingspan projected [m]||8.88||9.28||9.66||10.02|
|Apect ratio flat||5,60|
|Apect ratio projected||4,16|
|Sink rate [m/s]||min = 1.2 +/- 0.2|
|Speed [km/h]||min = 26 ; trim = 38-50 ; max = 64 +/- 3|
|Longest chord [mm]||2454||2563||2668||2769|
|Shortest chord [mm]||603||630||656||681|
|Suspension length [m]||6.88||7.19||7.48||7.77|
|Total lines length [m]||305.03||319.07||332.54||345.5|
|Pilot take-off weight DGAC [kg]||85 - 120||95 - 130||105 - 145||115 - 160|
|Canopy weight [kg]||5.8||6.2||6.5||6.9|
|Lines||Edelrid A-8000U: 050 / Liros TSL: 090 & 140 & 190 & 280 & 380|
|Cloth||Porcher Sport 38 g/m2, Dominico tex 34 g/m2, Porcher Sport Hard 40 g/m2, SR Scrim, SR Laminate 180 g/m2|
- TCT (Triple Comfort Toggle) short (basic option with 2D)
- TCT (Triple Comfort Toggle) standard
- SCT (Sport Comfort Toggle) standard
- SCT (Sport Comfort Toggle) short
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