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Paragliding has proven to be one of the fastest developing air sports. For last 25 years, designers have tried many concepts, using the newest materials and modern computer and laser technologies. The following links will provide you with general knowledge on paragliding equipment as we have it today.

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  • NIVIUK - January 2012

    NIVIUK - January 2012

Our club is the exclusive distributor of NIVIUK paragliders and equipment in Bulgaria.
Information on the available gliders, harnesses and accessories can be found on the homepage of NIVIUK www.niviuk.com

SKY CAMP is already the official distributer of NOVA Gliders and RR Acro Wings for Bulgaria!!!

NOVA RR Acro Wings
NOVA is one of the manufacturers with lasting traditions in making high quality gliders known for their flying characteristics and precision in the production process. RR Acro Gliders is the brand name of Raul Rodrigues - one of the fathers of ACRO paragliding and world champion. RR Acro Gliders are developed in close cooperation with the designers of NOVA and produced in their factory.


RR Acro Wings

Currently there are three models developed by Raul Rodriguez and NOVA:
***Rolling (EN-C; DHV 1-2) for the beginners in ACRO
***Matrix - Free Style/ACRO glider
***Radix - Competition ACRO glider
The gliders can also be flown with a paramotor!!!
You can also order accessories from RR - ACRO handles, Line sets, T-shirts, etc.
If you are interested in the ACRO BASE safety system you can also inquire with us for information and orders. And there are two videos about the ACRO BASE system for the ones that are not familiar with it - basically the newest and safest way to get out of bad situations safe:
RR Base System

For more information on the available models and technical characteristics of the gliders and accessories, please go to:
www.rracrowings.com
www.nova-wings.com
Delivery after confirmed payment is 3 weeks for Bulgaria.

For questions, prices and orders you can reach us at:
info@sky-camp.com or +359 894 349 854

Here you will find a description of the main parts of a paraglider and learn more about different types of equipment

Para foil (canopy)

para foil para foil

The para foil of a paraglider consists of a canopy and suspension system. The canopy comprises of two layers of fabric which are connected to internal supporting material in such a way as to form a row of cells. Together, these complete its profile (shape). The front part of the glider (leading edge) has openings allowing air to enter the profile during flight, creating pressure which supports the shape of the canopy.
The suspension consists of lines that distribute the weight of the pilot across the canopy and risers that are attached to the harness with carabiners.
Depending on the size and materials used, the para foil's weight varies between 3 and 9 kilograms.
Canopies are divided into several classes depending on their purpose

Beginners' gliders: DHV 1 - Thicker profile of the canopy provides very high safety in flight. Can sustain various pilot mistakes - the most common reason for accidents. Suitable for beginner pilots and schools.
Pleasure gliders: DHV 1-2 - These are the most popular gliders. Preferred due to their high safety margin and better flight characteristics compared to DHV 1 gliders. Suitable for weekend pilots.
Cross country: DHV 2, DHV 2-3. Gliders with improved flight characteristics. Pilot must have years of experience and fly often. In skilled hands can compete with COMPETITION gliders but react vigorously to pilot mistakes.

For experts only!
COMPETITOIN: The the pilots' skills and concentration are comparable to F1. This class is the department of the best in the sport very few can get such a glider. At this level, the gliders are designed to acieve supreme aerodynamic qualities (airspeed, lowest angles of attack, etc.). These are the gliders that designers test on to develop the future of paragliding. Using their year-long experience in many fields in combination with the newest in technology and meterials producers strive for perfection in free flight.
Acrobatics: More commonly known as ACRO, this is a class in itself. High G-forces, speed and energy make it the preferred class for the adrenaline junkies. Canopies have decreased surfaces resulting in higher speed and maneuverability. Piloting gliders of this type requires great skills and concentration. The glider is so agile it reascts instanteniously to even the smallest pilot input.

*the descriptions above are based on the classes as described by the DHV - the German Hanggliding and Paragliding Federation (http://www.dhv.de/typo/Home_English.3.0.html).
Another institution testing and certifying gliders is the Paraglider Manufacturers Association using the EN standards 926-1 and 926-2 (http://www.p-m-a.info).

Harness

Harness Harness Harness Harness

The harness provides comfortable sitting position during flight. It is comprised of straps, buckles, carabiners to attach to canopy, back protector and reserve parachute container.
As with canopies, harnesses are divided in classes depending on their purpose and pilot skills. It is important to consider this when puchasing a harness.

Beginners' harnesses are designed to provide an upright sitting position. Their back protector is larger to provide the an inceased protection in case of pilot mistakes during training.
For acrobarics (ACRO), the body of the pilot should be sat in a quite compact position to decrease the moments of inertia. Harnesses of this class support such a sitting position and provide supreme control. Frequent emergency situations practising ACRO lead to the development of harnesses that take in two resque parachutes. Most ACRO pilots use such harnesses today.
Cross Country harnesses have fairing systems to decrease drag. The pilots legs go into a cocoon leg fairing during flight. The body is supported in a comfortable lean back position. XC harnesses take in water ballast tanks and cockpit for flight instruments. They are designed not only for speed and decreased drag but also for greater comfort during long flights.

Rescue parachute

rescue parachute rescue parachute

Sometimes, pilots find themselves in an emergency situation. The glider might sustain structural damage or fail to respond to pilots' input. In such situations, the health and well being of the pilot depend on the rescue system.
The most popular and commonly used rescue system is the neutral canopy - a non-steerable parachute provides you with a 5 merers per second descent. This system's main advantage is their simplicity providing quick inflation. Another advantage is that the paraglider canopy does not have to be detached after the reacue parachute inflates.

Rogallo rescue systems feature a steerable reserve allowing the pilot to choose a landing spot. A disadvantage of this system is the necessity to detach the paraglider canopy after parachute inflation in order to steer the rogallo.
To be sure of proper inflation in case of emergency, rescue parachutes of any type should be repacked bi-annually by a certified instructor!

rescue parachute rogallo

Clothing is important when flying and should not be underestimated. A pilot protected by the appropriate gear can better focus on the flight at hand, avoiding discomforts such as cold, heat and sun burn. In most cases, better protection donates to pilots' performance. For that reason, most paragliding pilots have a flight suit or use a combination of a windstopper jacket and trowsers.
Gloves are another very important part of the gear. They not only protect the hands from the elements but prevent injuries due to contact with the lines (pilots often get rope burn and cuts on their fingers when not using gloves).

Helmet (open or full face) - the main reason for using a helmet is protestion of the head in case of bad take off or landing. In flight, the helmet protects against wind, cold and the sun. This is the first part of the gear pilots should put on when getting ready for take off and the last one to remove after landing.

 

Variometer and GPS - the two most commonly used flight instruments.
The variomete (or simply vario) shows the pilot the relative altitude above sea level and can be adjusted to measure the altitude at the flying site. It also shows the current accent or descent. The vatio measures atmospheric pressure to perform it's task. This data assists pilots in finding thermals and gaining altitude.
The GPS is used mainly for competitions to record track logs and assist for navigating a predefined task. Nowadays, more pilots are starting to use a GPS to navigate when visibility is decreased and to measure their relative ground speed thus determining wind speed and direction.

Compass - many pilots place a ball compass at a visible spot on their harnesses. This instrument is used for basic navigation in decreased visibility conditions too.

 

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