Deano’s Report: Taking 3rd at Slalomania

Well, after missing out on the podium at the last Slalomania event by just 2 points after a silly mistake at the end, my focus for the latest round – Slalomania series 2 – was consistency throughout and this certainly paid off with me gaining the 3rd spot this time!

Dean Eldridge at Slalomania Series 2 GTR 20 by Paramania the rock

I had a few hours of practice around the pylons the day before the comp started and was quite comfortable with all the same equipment used at the British Open so using my beautiful Parajet Zenith with the Polini 200 and my 20m Paramania GTR.

Dean Eldridge Parajet, UK champion GTR by Paramania powergliders

There were a few hot-headed maneuvers by some of the younger participants in the early stages of the comp, resulting in penalties so my strategy was already paying off. By the second day and midway through, I was up to fourth and not too far off 3rd but Mathieu Rouanet was pulling away from me slightly with aggressive flying.

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Unfortunately for him, on the Saturday morning, he had a small accident taking him out of 3rd and with no time for any more tasks, the podium spot. I feel very sorry for him as he was attacking for the 2nd position but it reinforced my style for this event to be smooth and not make mistakes. It’s now time for training for the upcoming World Championship ‘classic’ style competition in Spain later in the month and we’ll see if our new found form keeps momentum there too.

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Flying the Cochise Stronghold – By Glenn Tupper

 

On my way to Tucson recently I stopped at the Cochise Stronghold.

 

 

The Cochise Stronghold is located to the West of Sunsites, Arizona in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft.  This beautiful woodland area lies in a protective rampart of granite domes and sheer cliffs which were once the refuge of the great Apache Chief, Cochise, and his people.

 

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This rugged natural fortress was, for some 15 years, the home and base of operations for the famed Chiricahua Apache Chief, Cochise.  Cochise and about 1,000 of his followers of which 250 were warriors were located here.  Sentinels constantly on watch from the towering pinnacles of rock, could spot their enemies in the valley below and sweep down without warning in destructive raids.  No man, woman or child within a hundred miles was safe from these attacks.

 

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Born in Arizona, Cochise led the Chiricahua band of the Apache tribe during a period of violent social upheaval. In 1850, the United States took control over the territory that today comprises Arizona and New Mexico.  Not hostile to the whites at first, he kept peace with the Anglo-Americans until 1861, when he became their implacable foe because of the blunder of a young U.S. Army officer, Lt. George Bascom.

In that year, Cochise and several of his relatives had gone to an encampment of soldiers in order to deny the accusation that they had abducted a child from a ranch. The boy was later proved to have been kidnapped by another band of Apaches. During the parley, Cochise and his followers were ordered to be held as hostages by Bascom, but Cochise managed to escape almost immediately by cutting a hole in a tent.

Bascom later ordered the other Apache hostages hanged, and the embittered Cochise joined forces with Mangas Coloradas, his father-in-law, in a guerrilla struggle against the American army and settlers. The capture and murder of Mangas Coloradas in 1863 left Cochise as the Apache war chief.  

The U.S. Army captured him in 1871 and prepared to transfer the Chiricahua to a reservation hundreds of miles away, but he escaped again and renewed the resistance campaign. The following year after negotiating a new treaty with the help of Thomas Jeffords, his only white friend the band was allowed  to stay in their homeland. 

Cochise is reputed to have been a master strategist and leader who was never conquered in battle.   For ten years Cochise and his warriors harassed the whites by raiding lonely ranches and attacking stagecoaches and miners.

He died peacefully on the newly formed Chiricahua  reservation in 1874.  His son, Taza succeeded him as chief.   Upon his death, he was secretly buried somewhere in or near his impregnable fortress.


The exact location has never been revealed or determined. 

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Written by Glenn Tupper published by Theron
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Ojovolador to review Paramania Action GTR 24

 

One of most exciting power wings of the moment, the GTR provides the most radically closed turns we have experienced up to now, with immediate response, solidity and poise. All, in a paraglider featuring magnificent profiles and that, surprisingly, also offers very good performance to navigate and short take off. Testing the size 24 footlaunched, we could take off in 4 steps while with the paratrike loading 160 kg we did not need much more.

Daniel Crespo and the Ojovolador team will be soon post a full review on Ojovolador.com, stay tuned!

 

Paramania Action GTR 24.

Content and photos Ojovolador and Daniel Crespo

 

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Clearing up some questions: GTR; Economy Flying, Unsheathed lines, and trim system.

As the Paramania GTR becomes mainstream the questions flood in, here I answer some questions.

You can use your brakes with trim fully out on the GTR. Although, if you do use brakes while in reflex it does take out the “reflex technology” this is why we have WTS (Wing Tip Steering). A pilot can also use speed bar in full slow trim, and you can use brakes while on speed bar. Basically, all combinations of brakes, speedbar, and wing tip steering can be used.Paramania powerglider GTR 20

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.


Unsheathed lines

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.gtr paramania 20 deep sat

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

Cheers, Theron

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UK Nationals, Dean Eldridge takes first and second with the GTR

Having built a fresh Parajet Zenith paramotor just a few days before and without having any time to test with it due to our inclement British weather, I arrived at the 2012 British Paramotor Competition with a little bit of trepidation.Paramania GTR 20, Dean Eldridge UK champion, UK open champion

Rule of thumb, don’t change anything right before a competition!

However, having the same geometry as my previous prototype machine but with the additional power of the bigger Polini 200 motor I had some idea that things would be OK. And the week previous I had gained useful information about my Paramania GTR20 while working with Lolo Salinas and Mike Campbell-Jones at the French Open competition.

With a break in the weather on the Saturday evening we started the comp. I also came armed with points gained from the previous 2 league events where I came in 2nd. Consistency through tasks is the name of the game for a good result in a championship and that was my focus, to do well in each task and not do anything silly.Paramania GTR 20 UK nationalsBanking the GTR 20 into a tree with Dean Eldridge

I managed good, solid and consistent results and was elevated to 1st place where I stayed for the rest of the competition by keeping at the intensity and focus. My Paramania GTR 20 was the perfect choice for this competition giving wonderfully safe, agile handling in the slalom tasks and being fast, solid and incredibly efficient in the economy and navigation tasks.

A British Championship title for me and the first ‘classic’ style competition win for the GTR, Polini 200 and Parajet Zeneth with many more comps and wins to follow.

slalom competition at UK nationals with Dean Eldridge on the Paramania GTR 20

 

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Paramania Australia – uses the GTR 24

About 6 months ago Paramania sent a GTR 24 to Australia as a demo, we wanted to see how the pilots would react to such a wing when most normally they enjoy cross country flight.

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Here is the feedback from Andrew.

The GTR is going great. I have been taking it around to fly-in’s whenever they have been on. It is on it’s way to a Queensland fly-in (2,000km’s north) with one of my sponsored pilots (Rick Clarke) this week so it can be demo’ed and displayed at the event.

Personally I find the GTR very nice to fly. It’s great down low flying along the dry creek beds and around trees in the paddocks here. Very responsive and still very stable.

Andrew concluded by saying.

I can only compare the fuel economy with the Revo2 I had been flying with my newest paramotor (TOP80) and it seems to be about the same. Having said this I am flying the GTR more aggressively than I would the Revo2 and still using the same amount of fuel. I am impressed with this, and the lift, given the GTR is 2 sq meters smaller than wings I usually fly.

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