Petra & Luca
are the European Champions!
Twelve days of competition concluded on Thursday 13th of
July with 5 valid tasks and the overall title to Luca Donini (IT,
Gradient Avax), an occasional comp pilot who gave the surprise just
like in the Worlds 2001 –where he also got the gold. Petra
Krausova (CZ, Mac Para Magus) keeps the title of female European
Champion and adds one more gold medal to her already large collection
of trophies and achievements.
Second in the overall results was previous Euro-champ Chrigel Maurer
(CH, Advance) and third, Tomas Brauner (CZ, Mac Para Magus). In women,
Ewa Wisnierska (DE, Advance) was 2nd and Caroline Brille (FR, Advance)
was third. Switzerland is the winning Nation, with Italy 2nd and
the Czech Republic 3rd –despite the accident of their top pilot
Martin Orlik, who only flew the first 2 tasks. A total of 134 pilots
from 28 countries -16 women- fought this continental championship.
The Europeans, held in the area of Morzine-Avoriaz and Les Gets (Haute
Savoie, France), were not blessed by the best of weathers and 6 days
passed between the 1st and 2nd tasks due to thunderstorms and rain
in the area. The conditions allowed for two long tasks of 88 and
91 km though, that took the pilots near some of the most impressive
peaks of the area, and enjoying stunning views of the Alps. Polemics
were not absent during the champs, with a jury decision that punished
6 pilots for flying in the clouds on task 2 by taking 50% of their
task points off. The meet director wanted it to be 100% of their
task points, while some of the teams claimed that many more pilots
were taking advantage of cloud flying.
The Europeans had daily news coverage by Theflyingeye / Ojovolador.com,
which was a very interesting work as our pilot and photographer flew
every task with the competitors to take good pictures of the comp
and we reported what happened every day there, including results.
We saw a high interest in the competition through a remarkable increase
in the visits to our site: from a daily average of 2500 visits (June)
we went up to 4000 visits every day between July 2nd and 14th, with
some days of more than 5000 visits! Many thanks to our sponsors who
supported this communication work: Avasport, Gin Gliders, SOL Paragliders,
Ozone, the tourist board of Les Gets, and the organization of the
During the prize giving ceremony the candidature of Talloires (Annecy,
France) for the Worlds 2009 was announced. The next Europeans in
2008 will be held in Serbia.
Soon, a summary article of these Europeans with a selection of the
best images, stay tuned!
*See the reports published daily during the Europeans in www.ojovolador.com/press
*Great pictures in our ALBUM
*Official site: www.europaragliding.com
Onsite support for the Euro-competitors
The harnesses manufacturer Avasport found an interesting
way to sponsor the 9th Paragliding European Championship being
held in France until July 14th: By installing a repair workshop
at the Headquarters, free for the participating pilots. There,
four persons take care of all kind of repairs in the pilots' gear
–gliders’ tears, harnesses adjustments, change of
damaged pieces, sewing of abused cockpits or backpacks, reserve
repacking, and even shoe repairs, everything at no cost except
for new parts!
Furthermore, the company is offering 2 new harnesses
for the competition winners (male and female) and various prizes
for the 2nd and 3rd places.
Two sewing machines, a big table, lots of parts and pieces and
a map of Bulgaria, home country of Avasport, await the pilots
in need of help at this special workshop. By the 4th task (Wed.
5th) they had already done 17 repairs, and number 18th arrives
when we’re there: a rescue system to repack and a harness
to repair - the gear of the pilot who crashed yesterday.
Ani Stamenova, manager and owner of the company
(founded with her husband 15 years ago) thinks this is the best
way to be near the competition pilots. “We are also
sponsoring the Bulgarian team that comes to a European Championship
for the first time” she tells us, and adds that this
is very important for Bulgaria –a country with only 500
active pilots and not much support for Paragliding.
The company is at a good moment in the paragliding market, with
a factory where 75 workers produce more than 5200 harnesses a
year -1500 under the name Avasport and some 3700 for other brands.
Their current range includes 17 different
models of harness including their successful
‘best-seller’ Sprinter (1500 units sold), plus rescue
systems, accessories and even free-fall gear, everything made
with their slogan in mind: “Let comfort do the talking”.
is also a sponsor of Ojovolador’s daily coverage of the
Homegrown Festival in the UK
On September 8-10 the first UK ‘Homegrown Festival’ will
take place on the Fforest Fields site in mid-Wales; a paragliding
event inspired by “the legendary Paramania Fly-In”, resurrected
by the crew at Cross Country magazine and the guys of Welsh Borders.
According to the organizers, it will be three days of XC flying tutorials,
acro displays, a trade tent, and partying with DJs and live bands.
The flying site, Aberedw Hill, is “an awesome, huge XC site
with 100km potential, with loads of room for loads of gliders” say
at the XC mag.
Other reasons to go to Wales for this festival, named by the organization,
Test-fly the latest gliders, harnesses and technology from all the
leading brands; Secondhand glider market; camping facilities on site
including hot showers; XC Seminars led by experienced guides Jocky
Sanderson and Bob Drury, plus a host of other fascinating speakers;
100 km distance potential in most wind directions from spectacular
local sites; Photography masterclass with Jerome Maupoint; synchro
aerobatic displays from balloon drops by acro twins Tim and Ant Green;
XC competition with prizes for hang gliding and paragliding classes;
tasty food, real ale bar, live music from local bands, and children's
youngest pilot flies in Brasil
Posted: June 21st, 2006
only 3 years old, is probably the youngest paraglider pilot in
the world as despite his short age he already flies on his own.
The kid is son of PG instructor Marcia De Almeida, of the ‘Parapente
Sul’ school in Brazil, and while in his mother womb he already
flew until the 6th month of pregnancy. Their parents assure that
the desire to fly arose spontaneously in Luan after seeing mom
give instruction and the paragliders in the air. After several
tandem flights the boy requested to fly his own paraglider and
now, with an Advance Alpha 3 size XS (school glider), little Luan
is doing his first solo flights on the dunes, attentively watched
over by his mother and the other instructors of the school.
km, 12 hours and 50 lt of fuel for Ramon Morillas’ PPG World
new Spanish champion set a new world mark of free distance in paramotor
on Thursday June 8th, after crossing the Iberian Peninsula and landing
in French territory once the 50 liters of fuel of his paramotor
PAP Ros 100 were finished. Only 4 days after stepping on top of
the Nationals podium in Leon, the sportsman took off to chase his
3rd world record, from the beach La Antilla of Lepe, in Huelva (on
the southwest corner of Spain). It was 7:30 in the morning and Ramon
had slept only 5 hours preparing everything for this challenge,
whose goal was to reach 1000 km.
Southwest wind was forecasted so Ramon planned to follow a similar
route to that of his previous distance record of 1998 (644 km),
towards Lerida in Catalonia. However, once in the air he found that
the wind was blowing straight from the south which forced him to
improvise a new route for which he didn’t even had reference
waypoints, but taking advantage of airstreams of around 80
k/h at 1000m agl. The pilot had to navigate all the way
using only a road map and watching the highways and towns to know
his position, and also making calls by his cell phone to find out
how the conditions in the areas he was approaching were. Ramon says
that this was a big distraction for him as he had to release the
throttle for every call, losing precious altitude that he then had
to regain using extra fuel...
He reached cruise speeds of between 80 and 120 k/h
and he thinks that with a bigger paraglider he’d passed the
line of the 1000 km. Ramon flew with an Advance Epsilon
5 glider size M, and a load of 80 kg only in paramotor
really enjoyed the flight; I loved to go at 120 k/h and to reach
Salamanca so fast. And to enter in the Basque Country flying is
really awesome, it was like going in an airplane!", says
Ramon and adds that the conditions were unstable and there were
strong turbulences between the different layers of air in which
he flew, "but nothing that I couldn’t handle".
One of the most complicated parts of the flight was when he arrived
near the mountain range of Gredos, in central Spain,
where there was strong wind and big lenticular clouds. Ramon decided
to head to the west, towards the city of Salamanca, to avoid the
turbulence of the mountain. From there he continued to Palencia,
Burgos and Vitoria in a northerly direction.
"Once in the Basque Country I realized that I was going
to enter France, but I didn’t have any French map..! In France
there was strong east wind and by telephone I was informed that
the wind was blowing at 60 k/h in Toulousse, so I lowered the speed
a little and put a 'goto' to the takeoff in the GPS so as to move
away from it and try to reach the thousand kilometers",
explains Ramon. Near the town of Roquefort, at the north of Bordeaux
in the western coast of France, Ramon’s engine stopped and
he was left moving backwards in strong winds, but managed to enter
with his glider in a small clear in a forest –all surrounded
by power lines, "the worst part of the flight"-
where he landed safely. It was 7:36 p.m. and Ramon had flown for
12 hours and 6 minutes, 951 km;
and the world record of distance was again in his hands.
is a record made? Flying
far and for a long time is doubtlessly the most important part of
a record flight, but the pilot’s physical training and skills
play a crucial role, as well as the preparation of all the technical
requirements to make the feat official. In Ramon’s flight,
he chose to carry both the "old" and "the new"
FAI requirements for a record, that is to say, a FAI certified barograph
(instrument IQ Competition), a film photo camera, a GPS "vols
logger" (flight logger) with a separate battery, and a GPS
MLR. He also carried his usual flight instrument Brauniger Compeo,
a GPS Garmin 76, and a road map of Spain, together with some water
and food, and a camcorder. When he launched, Ramon calculates that
he had over 80 kg on his back, plus the paraglider and his own weight
(66 kg only!) A faultless technique and all the PPG thrust are fundamental
for a successful takeoff. In the air, the pilot has to deal with
the inertias of the 3 fuel tanks and the excess of weight, specially
in turbulent air. To bear something like that, Ramon assures that
he does not follow any special training but he has always practised
sports, he goes running at least once a week and, of course, he
flies a lot.
the paramotor at the Pap factory with Pierre Aubert
Ready for a World Record!
A very technical no-wind take off
was physically ok, very concentrated. The first hours are the slowest,
but you don’t notice the fatigue until you land. This time
the flight was hard, with turbulence, climbing and going down, and
then a difficult landing. But I enjoyed it!" concludes
Posted: June 20th, 2006
1 task flown in PWC Austria – live
second event of the World Cup Tour 2006 took place in Seeboden,
150km south from Salzburg and 50 km north from Villach . The
weather was not the best for flying and only 1 valid task gave
the 1 st place to Greg Blondeau (FR). The first 4 days are spent
fishing, playing games or trying to fly out of competition in
strong valley winds and Föehn… Finally, on day 5, conditions improve and
everybody goes to the air… French Team pilot Charles Cazaux reports:
green country with many trees and big mountains over 2500m! A
real change after the Brazilian flatlands! Due to the bad weather,
this competition was not an easy one for the mind of each pilot
-looking every day at the weather forecast and trying to find
something new to do.
Day 5 - 25/05/2006. Task 1 : The
sun is back! It feels good for a task today! A 106 km race to
goal is proposed by the organisation: start 33 km around the
first turnpoint which is 35 km north-west from the take-off,
then long straight line to the south close from the ridge and
the Millstater See, finally goal. In fact; the race goes on quite
fast during the first part with many groups of pilot flying high
or low. Low level looks stable and windy... In altitude, lifts
are better. Just before the first turnpoint, the valley becomes
narrower and the valley wind increases... Not many thermals on
the ridge. The first pilots fly low, and behind them the last
group climbs higher to get the lift starting in altitude. Sun,
shadows, the race is not so easy. Top pilots are now 20km in
front. French pilot Greg Blondeau is leading, and finally wins
are cancelled on the last two days, although the pilots manage
to fly on day 6 to compare their gliders and train for the next
international competition. The prize giving ceremony is sooner
Grégory BLONDEAU ( France ) – Mac Para
( http://parapente.ffvl.fr/node/130 )
nd Kaoru OGISAWA ( Japan ) – GIN Gliders
rd Martin ORLIK (CZ) – Mac Para
1 st girl: Eva WISNIERSKA ( Germany ) - Advance
1 st Team: ADVANCE
up will take place in Fiesch (Swizterland) from 6th to 12th August. www.pwca.org .
The main event of the year in Europe will be in few weeks the
European Championship in Morzine. Follow this event on www.ojovolador.com/press !
In spite of a bad result after only one task, Charles Cazaux
keeps his 12th position in the overall ranking and wins his
ticket for the Europeans in the French team.
of the competition is available on www.touslesdirects.com (the
1st free French webTV)
K2 expedition launched!
experienced pilots from equal number of countries form the paragliding
expedition “Fly K2” that will try to fly several
of the world's highest mountains without setting foot on them,
and to set new altitude records for paragliders: around 8000m!
Westercamp (NL) and Douglas Pridham (UK-VEN), are already in Islamabad,
Pakistan, and soon the rest of the team –Marina Olexina
(RU), Thomas Regensburger (AT) and Mathias Roten (CH)- will meet
them to move towards the mountains together.
group plans to start their flights from the Baltaro valley, which
hosts several of the world's most famous high mountain peaks including
Trango Towers, Gasherbrum range, Broad Peak and K2 “the
savage mountain”. Apart from breaking the world altitude record the
expedition is also trying to focus some attention on the region,
which was badly struck during the earthquakes, and so they are working
closely with the organization ‘Earthquake Victim Fund', EVF.
August, home for the Expedition will be their base camp, set in
a wide, lush valley some 14kms from the mountains. Here the team
of paraglider pilots, support mountaineers and base camp support
staff will prepare for the flight and wait for the "weather-window" that
will hasten them to their eventual success. There will also be ample
opportunities for the pilots to fly and document many of the outlying
valleys and communities and enjoy the spectacular surroundings which
includes probably the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere
in the world.
challenge is huge, the environment, and the aptly nick-named "Savage
Mountain" itself, will throw up a host of potential barriers to
the ultimate success of the expedition, however the team is probably
the strongest ever put together and every member is as determined
as they are capable. As an expedition, it is out of the ordinary
and captures the emotions of exploration, escape, and adventure” say
at Fly K2.
The Savage Mountain:
Elevation: 8,611 m
Loc: 35°53'N, 76°31'E
1st ascent: 31.07.54 by Lacedelli
*F ollow the expedition news in: http://www.fly-k2.com
Brauniger instruments IQ-ONE and IQ-ONE+
IQ ONE and IQ ONE+ are the
first instruments of a “ new
generation of BRÄUNIGER Intelligent Flight Instruments ”,
specially designed to meet the needs of all paragliding pilots.
According to Brauniger, the new IQ instruments are even easier
to handle and offer useful functions “ for performance minded
pilots ”. The IQ ONEs introduce a high precision vario-digital
technology with variable response and “excellent” audio presence,
thanks to Brauniger's new Smartfilter technology. The instruments
come in a new titanium-metallic ABS case, with large display, “soft
touch” case grip, and large keys. The IQ One has flight memory
up to 40 flights, and records all peak values. The IQ One+ has
up to 130 hours flight recorder, and flights data can be downloaded
to a PC using the Flychart software, which can also handle the
basic instrument settings. All functions are programmable and there's
an optional Speed-probe port. The IQ One and IQ One+ replace the
AV-PILOT and IQ-COMFORT series of instruments in Brauniger's range.
+/- 10 m/s analogue; +/- 96 m/s digital
0,3 m/s analogue; +/- 0,1 m/s digital
ASI, volume adjustable in 6 steps
up to 11,500 m
adjustable in hPa
time clock: 24 hour mode
time: hours / min
recorder up to 130 hours, adjustable scan rate
Ø Display: digital, resolution 1°C
speed probe S2 (HG) or S3 PG, range up to 130 km/h with 1 km/h
supply: 2 x 1,5 V batteries size AA alkaline or rechargeable
138 x 74 x 23 mm
182 grams incl. batteries, without clamp
instruments come with Velcro leg strap, batteries and protective
World Cup Brazil – Live
Tour 2006 of the high level competition circuit started in
Castello , Brazil , from where French pilot Charles Cazaux
flying area, new people... The place is really beautiful with
a mix of flatland and small hill. It looks quite green everywhere...
- Task 1. Race to goal 47 km. Beginning
of the task is really hard with weak thermal and shades. Since
the start, almost 60 pilot land under the take off and fly only
a few kilometers. The highest pilots wait for the sun and fly in
the direction of the goal: after a hard job in the flatlands 16
pilots finally reach goal but there is no line! The organizers
were on another landing 8km further! Greg Blondeau (FRA) wins this
first task of the year and gets on the top position of the ranking.
- Task 2: 57 ,7 km. Pilots
are waiting near the start which is a 15km cylinder around the
first turnpoint. There are two groups: one close from the take
off area and one over a big plateau. A few minutes before the
start, the clouds cover the plateau and the gliders lose altitude...The
group closer to launch is in good position, higher and near the
start. The race is on! A long glide in direction of Castello,
we pass over a small mountain then get the 1st turnpoint in quite
strong thermals! We are in the middle of "Pao de açucar" (like
in Rio de Janeiro ?), really impressive... We are so small!
Transition under the cloudbase to the 2nd turnpoint... The leading
group is formed by 30 pilots, all watching the lower pilots, looking
for the best line to follow. Only two thermals and we will be at
goal! Glide ratio to goal is 6; Frank Brown (BRA) and Erwan Didriche
(FRA) go for it! I am not so sure we will make the goal easily
due to the front wind... Let's go... Glide, speed, negative vario,
bad end... Half of the group land before the line!!! The next group
arrives a bit higher; Frank Brown (BRA) wins the task and Greg
Blondeau (FRA) keeps the first place in the overall ranking.
- Task 3. Race to goal of 65 km. All
pilots launch quite fast and everybody on the ground can watch
a very nice spectacle. The start is open and the race becomes hard
after only a few kilometers. Pilots are low in the middle of a
shadow... Attention and concentration are at their maximum so we
can stay in flight. Many groups are going in different ways to
find lift; some are near the 1st turnpoint. I wait a little behind,
and then go with a group that looks in good position. We go out
from the valley quite fast under the cloud base. The leading group
is just in front of us. One strong thermal and I catch them. Patrick
Berod (FRA) is leading alone 2 kilometers in front. The next turnpoint
is in the shade. We have to fly in headwind to go back to the goal.
One group goes under a big cumulus; too late, the thermal is finished
and most of the pilots land below. A new leading group built by
ten survivors is now flying to goal... The head wind makes the
end not so easy, only 4 pilots reach the line: Andy Aebi (CH),
who is a new young pilot in the World Cup, wins the task. Greg
Blondeau is 1st overall in the competition.
- Task 4. Race to goal of 54,2 km. The
weak conditions make the waiting time for the start not so
easy especially with a covered sky! Most of the pilots land
in the first kilometer of the race. 30 minutes of work waiting
for the sun, and we take the good line: transition, thermal,
transition, thermal... 1st turnpoint, it's time to go back
to Castello for a final glide which will be decisive....Andy
Aebi (CH) wins again followed by Christian Maurer (CH).
- Task 5. Race to goal of 55 km. North
wind is stronger today. No thunderstorms on the weather forecast.
The beginning of the race is really fast along the ridge in
front of the take-off, a nice show for 3000 spectators! Next
part of the flight goes over the flat part of Cachoiero for the
difficult part of the day! Stay high, choose the good line... Keep
calm... Not so easy! 25 pilots finally reach goal. Paul Schmidt
(BE) wins with his Aircross U3!
- Task 6. Race to goal of 53 km. Good
start for most of the pilot and fast flying in direction of
the goal: world cup style flying style!
vario looks good, and the high altitude clouds don't break
the average speed of the race: Rudi Untermoser wins, at full
speed to make the line first!
finished 20th in the overall of the competition
and took the 12th in the overall world cup ranking 2006.
Video of the competition is available on www.touslesdirects.com (the
1st free French webTV)
Spanish Championship & International Open: Leon – June
On the first days of June, the airfield of Chozas near the city
of Leon (north), will host the Spanish PPG Nationals which is also
an Open competition. The event will be a good opportunity to train
at the same location where the European Championships will be fought
in August. This event has been designed as a friendly contest open
both to experienced pilots and those who are starting in the comp
scene, and the results there will define the Spanish Team to defend
the colors of Spain at the Europeans. Categories include PPG trikes,
solo (PL1) and tandem (PL2), in addition to solo and tandem foot-launched
paramotors. To participate in the International Open a pilot must
have a Spanish Pilot’s License or an International license
and pilot’s rating.
The registration fee is 140 euros, which includes maps and documents
for the comp, accommodation in a double room in a hotel (10 minutes
from the airfield), breakfast 3 days, and lunch on the closing
day. The fee for companions is 120 euros to get accommodation,
breakfasts and the final meal. Registration must be paid by May
23rd to ensure a place in the hotel; otherwise the organizers might
not provide accommodation. There will be a camping area at the
To register, contact the organizers by email to email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tels.: Luque (+34) 625 37 38 39, Juanjo: (+34) 639 15 05 12.
advisory - UP Harnesses
April 19th, 2006
A number of Pamir+ harnesses, and possibly other UP harnesses as well, have
been delivered with reserve handles of inferior sewing quality. We have found
a few handles that are not sewn to a satisfactory standard, and recommend that
all owners of UP harnesses either check their handles or have their dealer check
it before the next flight. In the following photos the possible problem can
be clearly seen:
A: Handle with insufficient sewing of the connection to the reserve inner container.
Must be rectified before the next flight!
B: Handle with good, adequate sewing.
In most cases the dealer will be able to help any customers with
faulty handles, failing that the handles (not the complete harness!!)
may be sent to UP for reconditioning.
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