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.
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.
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.
- fron £3035-£3350