REFLEX - What is it?

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REFLEX - What is it?

Postby Turbo » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:37 am

SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN ORIGINAL REFLEX AND TRADITIONAL PARAGLIDERS: THE FULL REFLEX

How to implement the right doses of Reflex into a traditional paragliding design – or how could a paragliding wing gain in speed and stability whilst maintaining the purity of its line?

In the past, the gurus of paragliding design and architecture have been critical of the introduction of the Reflex technology. Early Reflex wings were hard and slow to launch. They offered poor maneuverability (especially when the trims where opened up) and slow collapse recovery. Also their designs went against some of the dogmas and standards set in the paragliding sphere.

But yet, it was undeniable that the original Reflex wings were fast and stable. Plus, these characteristics responded to the wishes of the growing PPG markets. This is why, one day to the other, many paragliding manufacturers came up with an “impressive range of PPG wings”: basically they took their paragliding range, added a little trims and sometimes reinforced some lines – “Et voila!”
Of course this was obviously not the way to go. The real challenge was how to implement the right doses of Reflex into a traditional paragliding design – or how could a paragliding wing gain in speed and stability whilst maintaining the purity of its line?

To solve this paradox, the Adventures’ design Team has structured all its work and philosophy to make both worlds meet in the middle – the best illustration of this, has been to close collaboration between Pascal Vallés (2012 PPG World Champion) and Xavier Demoury (Nervure’s chief wing designer).

The fruit of this collaboration is the FULL REFLEX concept - together they have designed and shaped the most advanced and complete PPG wing range.

WHAT IS FULL REFLEX?

On paper it is simple – it is precisely the right doses of Reflex injected into a traditional paragliding structure. The idea is to keep the advantages of the state of the art paragliding designs whilst introducing the pluses of the Reflex technology.

The characteristics to be kept in a traditional paraglider wing are:

The facility to inflate;
The short take off runs;
The quick recovery to stalls;
The maneuverability with trims on and off;
The low sink rates – no need for more and more power.


The characteristics to be kept in a traditional Reflex paraglider wing are:

The Speed when the trims are released;
And the stability of the wing in its full speed configuration.
On top of these prerequisites, Pascal Vallee has added extra features to the Adventure’s PPG Wings range to meet the needs of all paramotor pilots – i.e. full speed range controlled on the trims on the Flexway 2, double steering at your finger tip on the Flex Race…

After 3 year’s work, the family picture of the FULL REFLEX Adventure wing range is the following:

Premium 2 – the perfect school wing;
Smart – for beginner to confirmed pilots;
Flexway 2 – for confirmed pilots wanting to take up long journeys;
Flex Race – for experienced and competition pilots;
X-Presso Bi – for beginner to confirmed tandem/ trike pilots;
Flexway 34 – for confirmed tandem/ trike pilots wanting to take up long journeys;
Bi-Shuttle – for heavy tandem trikes;
And soon to come the Flex-Turn – for slalom competition pilots!
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Re: REFLEX - What is it?

Postby PieterD » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:51 am

WOW this is informative! I looked up more on the adventure webpage and searched in google for Adventure gliders, but everything returns in french, and in France it seems that this is the best glider around....

nice post!
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