As the Paramania GTR becomes mainstream the questions flood in, here I answer some questions.
As far as stability go’s, I am at Slalomania in France right now and a perfect example is a task we are currently going through where we have to make two spins around a pylon on both sides of a figure 8. Now I do not expect any pilot except our pro pilots to do a task like this but shows the stability factor of the GTR. With a combination of trim out, breaks, WTS and possibly using the PK system (as the pilot chooses to use it) the GTR has not seen a wing tip flutter where competing brands of wings have had partial wing collapses. I am not saying this for any reason just to tell the facts and this is what is happening; going through our own turbulence a second time around the pylon has not made a wing tip flutter out of the GTR.
Wing testing, when is it in reflex?
People always have the question so I will try and clarify; when any wing is tested it is tested with trim in and this is considered a paraglider, they do not test with trim out and this changes the wing. Essentially, trim in no reflex, trim out reflex. And you can steer a reflex wing with reflex on i.e. trim out – but is easier with the WTS when in reflex mode.
For Paramania the GTR and Revo2 are he only gliders you can do this with.
We have built the GTR for pylon racing, where even though the stability might be bad in the air you can still feel safe flying low and fast with trim out. Although I would not recommend this it is necessary for events like Parabatix where the conditions might not be the best but you still have to fly at a designated time.
This is the built in quality Mike Campbell-Jones desired because he knew his pilots would be flying inches off the ground at full speed and needed this as a safety factor.
We are finding with the GTR it is efficient.
Dean Eldridge just won first place with his GTR 20 at the UK Nationals, this was a classic comp where they can choose one wing and motor for the whole event; navigation and distance tasks, economy tasks and precision tasks. This wing is impressing us with it’s economy abilities plus its precision attacks, the stability and efficiency at speed and found to be competitive at all around [general] flying. Look at the UK National stats the numbers are clear.
We produce the GTR with unsheathed lines on the upper cascades because it lessons the “parasitic drag” for our competition pilots to fly with more efficiency. We leave the lower cascades sheathed because there is more chance for a prop strike and for the lower cascades to get damaged. Although, unsheathed lines are more susceptible to the elements, so make sure and do through pre-flight and post-flight checks on your wings. This includes the risers, maillons, lines and canopy.
We can provide the GTR with fully sheathed lines just talk to Bobby Benn our USA Paramania Manager and he can help you out, his number is 239-980-2681 Call him and ask questions, he has all three sizes of GTR and flies them all, the 18, 20, and 24.
GTR wing speed and agility
All the concern for the wings speed and agility depends on how you are loaded on the wing. If you are very lightly loaded it will not be as dramatic as if you are heavily loaded. This is assuming you know how to manage a wing.
For an example, Bobby has been giving this wing to most pilots after a quick briefing and all seem to be comfortable and instantly confident, plus have a great time. The speed is fast, which helps with safety, but is also slows right down for a swoop landing.
It has an impressive speed range.
Paramania prides itself in creating wings that will keep you very happy for more then just a short time. For example; the Revo2. I have flown the Revo2 as a beginner and was my first wing. Just when I began to understand the wing I have unlocked a new key, like letting out the trim and then using the WTS and with the speedbar. From the Revo2 I have now flown the GTR 20 and 24. What I am saying is in my personal experience I have flown the Revo2 up to a point where I have good experience, good enough to fly the GTR 20 and 24.
Paramania is the only manufacturer that is 100% focused on building wings for power.
We are in fact, the only manufacturer building wings only for powered flight. As I speak Mike Campbell-Jones, the designer, is currently flying his GTR 20 in the Slalomania competition and is out there learning more about our wings every day.
- GTR is easy to launch
- Extremely solid in turbulence
- and is proving itself in precision as well as economy tasks
I hope this helps anyone our there considering a new wing. Again, contact Bobbie Benn, he has wings to demo and could possibly meet up with you for you to try one of our wings. His number again is 239-980-2681