Orca 5 is a universal tandem of the EN B class with excellent performance. It takes off with ease, is easy and precise in steering, complete with smooth landing. It provides the highest passive safety level, with glide ratio similar to single-seaters.
This is the first tandem with the LE3D technology applied!
Design and purpose
The wing is designed primarily for free flying with a passenger, but it will also prove its worth when powered by a paramotor – either foot-launched, or with a light paramotor trolley.
In the four-row canopy with stiffening cores (Dudek Flexi Edge technology) we have used our latest system of additional cuts on the upper surface of the leading edge – LE3D (Leading Edge 3D). The surface of the cells in these areas now consists of three longish elements instead of one.
Additional cuts minimize fabric wrinkling and more accurately reflect the designed shape of the aerodynamic profile in the crucial zones, where most lift is generated.
Additional LE3D cuts minimize fabric wrinkling and more accurately reflect the designed shape of the aerodynamic profile in crucial zones where most lift is generated. At the same time drag is minimised; all in all the glide ratio of the wing is improved.
Orca 5 compared to previous versions:
- is the first paraglider in our offer with the implemented LE3D concept, improving its performace,
- another new feature new are the cleats on the risers, positioned for locking big ears,
- available in the new Dancing Sky color scheme.
The remaining basic parameters and solutions are the same as in the previous model. In this way, we use many years of experience gained during the testing and exploitation of previous incarnations of Orca.
The aspect ratio and other parameters have been carefully selected inorder to keep the most optimal combination of passive safety, performance, and easy yet precise steering for this class of paraglider. We focused on ensuring the best possible take-off parameters, perfect handling and efficiency of the brakes during landing.
Orca 5 inflates very well and rises up smoothly, with no tendency to lag behind. It is easy to stabilize and takes off with a touch of brakes. On landing approach, relatively small amount of braking significantly reduces speed and allows for a gentle touchdown. These features are especially important when flying with a passenger, so a lot of effort went into refining them to perfection.
- The canopy was designed under our CSG (Canopy Shape Guard) system, consistIng of several subsystems, so that exceptional body coherence and its durability is ensured.
- The aerodynamic profile of the wing is based on DOA (Dudek Optimized Airfoil) technology. It was developed on the basis of our many years of experience and optimized with dedicated CFD software.
- LE3D, Flexi Edge and Shark-nose technologies are present, too.
Thanks to the careful blend of modern fabrics and design solutions, we have provided Orka 5 with high durability. All materials used come from numbered batches, and each production stage can be verified (up to identifying specific employee and inspector).
The Orca 5 comes with new, LTF certified tandem spreader bars:
The Orca 5 is manufactured in a technology that uses the capabilities of a precision laser cutter. The entire production takes place in Poland under strict control of the designer himself, guaranteeing the highest European quality of workmanship.
Specific design solutions, technologies and other functionalities are listed below in the Technologies section.
LE3D - Leading Edge 3D
The LE3D uses a system of additional cuts on the top surface of the leading edge along the wing chord, which minimize fabric wrinkling and more accurately reflect the designed shape of the aerodynamic profile in the crucial zones, where most lift is generated. At the same time drag is minimised; all in all the glide ratio of the wing is improved.See more
SN - Shark-nose
Airtakes designed and executed in Shark-nose technology meaning specific, concave shape of the reinforced profile area at its leading edge (the name comes form the very shape, reminding shark’s nose).See more
DOA - Dudek Optimized Airfoil
Dudek Optimized Airfoil It incorporates all our experiences stemming form previous designs and as a special feature is optimized with dedicated engineering software.See more
CSG - Canopy Shape Guard
CSG – Canopy Shape Guard – is our unique system controlling canopy coherence. It is because of this system that our wings are equally tensioned, smooth, stable and… simply remarkable.See more
LR - Laser Technology
Capabilities of the laser cutter allow for serial cutting of complicated shape narrow elements in large numbers, their optimal placing in relation to structure of the textile and highest possible precision of cut.See more
FET - Flexi Edge Technology
The leading edge is closed to the airflow, and its precise shape is kept with laminated cloth reinforcements, incorporating synthetic rods. The rods make the leading edge stiffer and smoother, bringing improvements in many areas – from easier inflation, through stiffening the canopy in flight to improved general airflow.See more
ACS - Auto Cleaning Slots
Dedicated slots automatically removing dirt from the wing tips.See more
MR - Mini-Ribs
Mini ribs speak for themselves – they are additionally introduced in the trailing edge between main ribs. Their task is to decrease ballooning (expanding and deformation of the cells) in this vital area af the aerofoil.
Keeping the rear part in shape reduces the drag induced behind trailing edge, thus improving general airflow and increasing airspeed.See more
ACT - Adjustable Comfort Toggle
Steering handles with adjustable loop size. Finished with soft neoprene, equippped with a swivel adn Easy Keeper. Optional for all other paragliders. Especially acro flyers and speed riders praise this solution.See more
NP - Napy
Metal clasps for attaching the brakes to the risers.See more
TR - Trimmers
A trimming system for additional angle of attack regulation. Used mainly in PPG wings.
This system features replaceable trim straps. After prolonged or intensive operation they need to be replaced, as they get damaged by buckle edges.
ELR - Easy Launch Riser
Split ‘A’ riser makes for easier launch and ‘big ears’.See more
|Name – size
||Orca 5 41|
|Approval -ULM Identificaton||Tak|
|Number of cells||53|
|Surface area (flat) [m2]||41.00|
|Surface area (projected) [m2]||33.99|
|Span (flat) [m]||14.88|
|Span (projected) [m]||11.41|
|Aspect Ratio (flat)||5.4|
|Aspect Ratio (projected)||3.83|
|Speed* [km/h]||trym = 38; max = 50 (+/- 2 km/h)*|
|Weight of the wing [kg]||7.64|
|Total take-off weight – PG** [kg]||120-220**|
|Total take-off weight – PPG/PPGG*** [kg]||120 – 300|
|Maximum symmetric control travel at maximum weight in flight [cm]||65,00|
|Distance betwen risers [cm]||55,00|
|Lines||A-8000U-050; Technora: 090/140/190/280/340/500 ; Dyneema: 350|
|Fabric||Porcher 32 & 38 g/m2
Porcher Everlast 42 g/m2
Porcher Hard 38 g/m2 & 32 g/m2
SR-Scrim, SR Laminate 180 g/m2
* Speeds are given as estimated for the middle wing size and the middle of its weight range. These speeds can vary within +/- 2 km/h depending on the size, take-off weight and additional factors such as air pressure and temperature.
** The basic rule is to choose the size of the wing so that the take-off weight is in the middle of the weight range. Less weight on the wing (lower range take-off weight) can be considered for foot take-off, when flying in calmer conditions, or when we want to improve economy. More experienced pilots who want to fly dynamically, have higher speed and fly in more demanding wind conditions can consider greater wing loading (take-off weight in the upper range). This is a common option among trike users.
*** Note – the canopy significantly changes its behavior with increasing wing loading. The greater the loads, the greater skill and concentration of the pilot are required.