new "pure intermediate" powerwing from Paramania comes
as a perfect promoter of the ‘Reflex’ flight philosophy;
since besides the super-stability at open trimmers typical of the
gliders by Mike Campbell-Jones, it offers a different feeling from
what we were used to with the Action GT, the Revolution or even
the old Action.
new Fusion has a totally new design of reflex profile, which makes
the glider less rough in its reactions in accelerated flight. The
leading edge has been noticeably lightened and, in addition, the
geometry of the wing –the arch, the planform or the angle
of attack- has been designed in such a way that the Fusion exudes
a personality of its own, totally different from the gliders previously
The Fusion offers light brake pressure and quick response new in
the Paramania gliders, being a really maneuverable paraglider,
very enjoyable to pilot.
opening the glider we confirm at first sight that the Fusion is
a “deluxe” glider, with high-end details and special
finishes. After checking the leading edge we get an idea of the
manufacture: well elaborated, it has big holes in the ribs to lighten
the wing but at the same time it is reinforced with bearing tapes.
The Fusion inherited from the GT a system of central lines that
improve the transference of weight without deforming the wing. This
characteristic also helps improve reinflation of the wing after
as always, where we appreciate the best of this type of gliders
is in their long trimmers. The Fusion’s ones have two areas
clearly differentiated by colors: red for the non-reflex zone where
we must not step on the speedbar, and green from the neutral point,
from where the reflex starts to work and safe zone for using the
risers come with a double set of pulleys to use according to the
type of hangpoint used in the paramotor, high or low. For the same
reason the wingtip steering system is not mounted as serial and
the pilot has to install it by himself after selecting the hangpoint.
The soft brake handles, already seen before in the Paramania gliders,
have magnetic clips.
the canopy is lighter there is less inertia and for that reason
the wing is easy to understand and to handle, without any need to
anticipate to it or retain it. The new intermediate wing from Paramania
is especially undemanding to fly because the effort on the brakes
is moderate and the answer is immediate.
found the most remarkable characteristic of the Fusion when we tested
its maneuverability. The Fusion –which is by far the most
agile glider of the Paramania range that I have tried– is
able to perform very close turns and in a very dynamic way. In ground
tasks it can be as hectic as the pilot wants it to be. One detail
I should emphasize is that in aggressive turns we always need to
compensate the opposite side a bit, since the Fusion tends to point
"downwards" when turning and it sinks - something that
an expert pilot can take advantage of but that we have to keep in
mind when we start piloting this glider. The best thing is that
when we leave a steep turn this glider does not surge wildly; on
the opposite, it just climbs a bit and lets you control the inertias
very precisely and take the Fusion where you want. All the accumulated
energy is released by projecting you forward, which is perfect for
performing slalom tasks like the Clover leaf or the Japanese Slalom.
usually do the tests a bit above the recommended maximum weight
in the technical sheet of the manufacturer, and for that reason
my readings are almost always superior to the manufacturer’s.
In this case I flew my paratrike with a load of 165Kg against the
160Kg of maximum recommended by Paramania for the size 29. My minimum
trim speed (trimmers closed, hands up) was not lower than 38Km/h;
if I pull the brakes to the edge of the stall point I get 26/29
Km/h; with the trimmers on neutral position my speed goes up to
around 46-47 Km/h. If I totally release the trimmers I reach 53
Km/h and if, in addition, I push the speedbar to the top then I
get an interesting 64 Km/h of top speed (see video).
The Fusion drinks less fuel to navigate compared with the Revo or
with the GT and this is valid all throughout the speed range, whether
we go at trim speed or we release the trimmers or push all the speedbar.
This makes it less demanding for the engine and will help us save
fuel in the long term...
The Fusion is very comfortable on long journeys although it has
a peculiar way to move when absorbing the turbulence: when the air
is rough this glider counteracts it with smooth oscillations instead
of the dry whacks of the GT, something a little disturbing at first
but that you learn to appreciate after some flights since the final
effect is smoother. Nevertheless, you need to be ready to keep the
direction with the wingtip controls as we can suffer significant
changes of course when crossing turbulent areas...
have to say in favor of the Fusion, and to make my above statement
well understood, that with a normal glider the turbulent zone I
refer to would very possibly be on the edge of the tolerable and
most pilots would choose to go down and land. With the Action GT
we would keep the course more easily but we would notice losses
of pressure in the wing-pilot set –not of pressure of the
glider– and sudden blows as the reflex does its work.
the trimmers closed (no reflex mode) the Fusion gets certification
"EN C", that is to say, apt as an intermediate wing. As
there is no specific certification for reflex wings, I can comment
that with full reflex (100%) the glider is extremely solid and would
seem impossible to collapse…
Paramania say that Alan Zoller, head of Air Turquoise –the
company in charge of the certification tests-, commented after testing
the Fusion that it was the safest reflex glider they had tested.
One anecdote: in one of the flights they had the trimmers open by
mistake and it was impossible to induce a frontal collapse - which
does not really surprise me.
Fusion - Technical Data
de la vela (m2)
Slow speed (km/h)
Fast speed (km/h)
/ Trim suelto=1,2 / Vmax= 2,6
first thing we notice with the Fusion is that it inflates with
less effort to the risers and in a lighter way; this is because
the "hollow" leading edge is lighter now and has structural
reinforcement tapes, which translates in very short takeoffs and
lower physical effort for the pilot.
Fusion has a very distinctive personality and the sensations
with it have little to do with other Paramania gliders, Revo
or GT; however, it is perfectly located in between to make
the slogan “Pure intermediate " quite accurate.
It stands out for its dynamic handling, the improved inflation
characteristics and its "cushioned" way to absorb
the turbulence when we fly in reflex mode. We also found that
the sink rate is good. Now, taking off with a reflex glider
is possible for any pilot and we can even get the most of
the Fusion with the not-so powerful paramotors. Finally, the
Fusion is also suitable for free flight.
summary, the Fusion is a fun to fly glider and combines a
series of qualities that make it attractive: Dynamic turn,
fast, stable, good glide ratio and improved sink rate. Do
you want more?
to the Fusion is quite natural a leap for anyone who has flown
one or two seasons with a Revolution or other beginners reflex
wing. The Fusion has a very easy takeoff and a high level
of stability that will make this transition stress-free. On
the other hand, there are GT pilots looking to renew their
gear and who will feel happy to sacrifice some top speed in
favor of the maneuverability and ease of use of the Fusion.
The Fusion can also be very interesting for experienced free
flight pilots who fly paramotor but are not yet convinced
about the feeling of the reflex wings. This glider can be
comfortable to handle for them and less abrupt in its reactions,
making easier to adapt to flying a glider with this type of
The +: Agile and dynamic handling.
It absorbs the turbulence with swings; needs getting used
announced that since April 2009 the only serial color scheme
for their powergliders will be: Nightshade.
color combinations will be available as option with a longer
time of delivery. +info:read
the news article
and review done by Daniel Crespo flying
the Paratrikes Airfer C1 and Airfer
proto, both equipped with VR200 engine.
I also flew the Fusion foot-launched with a FlyProducts
Measures: Brauniguer Compeo+ +info:
June 29th, 2009
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