It looks like the evolutionary path of reflex paragliders is about to complete a circle. Reportair is the next avatar in a line originated by Traper, Action and Reaction, continued through Nucleon and Nucleon WRC, finishing in the Nucleon XX. This time we focused on the legendary feature of the first designs - the uncompromised stability.
Design and purpose
There are many pilots who praise our continuous improvements, resulting in even smoother fusion of reflex stability with better agility, easier launch and more speed. All of the Nucleons have that.
However, there are also many pilots who miss the legendary, uncompromised stability of the first reflex wings. Those are mainly professionals, needing to let free of the brakes and get busy with their real work in the air. The list includes photographers, patrol services, search and rescue groups, filmmakers, military, forest guards, reporters, travelers, scientists, road management… theres no ending. Last but not least – there are regular pilots who want to indulge in pure, stress-free sightseeing.
Accordingly, in the Reportair weve focused on recreating that legendary stability, so when flying it you can literally feel the peace and trust it radiates. The paraglider moves as if on tracks. Simultaneously weve put a lot of effort into polishing launch – now its sure and easy to perform both in nil wind, when even lifting the canopy can be hard, and in strong wind, when losing the bearings can be hard to compensate. The speed at released trimmers is very good, too – comparable to the Nucleon XX.
Striving for perfection, weve invited one of the best flying photograpers, Kacer Kowalski, (multiple winner of the World Press Photo with his paraglider-based photos) to collaborate with us. Kacper presented us with a list of features an ideal task-oriented canopy should have, then tested several protos in various weather. His remarks had great impact on the final Reportair prototype.
Our collaboration was not limited to technicalities only. When he saw the four elements colour design prepared for the Reportair, Kacper – being an architect by professional training and artist pilot by temperament – convinced us to prepare a limited Ko-Ka version too, 10 unique collector canopies. The KoKa colour scheme is inspired by recent Kacper fascinations with constructivism. Each of the KoKa wings has its individual colours and is sold at a special price, with €1000 directed to a charity goal: Polish Humanitarian Action. Only size 26 is available.
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
P&R - Push & Relax Technology
Push&Relax technology – PPG canopies marked with this symbol demonstrate exceptionally stable flight on full speed bar, that is at high speeds.See more
DRA - Dudek Reflex Airfoil
DRA – Dudek Reflex Airfoil -applied in PPG wings fully autostabilised arofoil, based on long years of research and experience. In our variant we managed to get rid of typical flaws associated with these aerofoils.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
TCT - Triple Comfort Toggle
An easy conversion from hard through medium to soft brake handles. Equippped with a swivel adn Easy Keeper.
Available standard (bigger) and short (smaller) versions.
EK - Easy Keeper
Indigenous way to hold the brake handles at the risers that keeps them firmly in place, while both attaching and releasing goes smoothly and easily. Used in most of our handles (TCT, ACT, SCT).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.
SS - Speed System
A system of lines and pulleys sewn to the appropriate straps, connected to the bar hanging under the harness. It enables smooth adjustment of the angle of attack during the flight.See more
TST - Tip Steering Toggles
Our original idea, featuring additional miniature handles that steer the stabilizers. It is a great improvement on long flights, when opened trimmers and full speedbar make steering much harder.See more
2D - Steering System
2D system is generally similar to the classic one – pilot has but two main steering handles to steer. However, it’s operation is significantly different. Due to division of main steering lines (there are two for each side now, with one of them going outside of the pulley), an experienced pilot can modify steering progression according to his own preferences.See more
ELR - Easy Launch Riser
Split ‘A’ riser makes for easier launch and ‘big ears’.See more
TCL - Tip Control Line
TCL (Tip Control Line) allows you to make corrections and turns even at full speed, without too much interference with the reflex profile.See more
|Report’air – size||22||24||26||28|
|Approval – ULM identification||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Surface flat [m2]||22.00||24.00||26.00||28.00|
|Surface projected [m2]||18.97||20.69||22.42||24.14|
|Wingspan flat [m]||11.10||11.59||12.07||12.52|
|Wingspan projected [m]||8.88||9.28||9.66||10.02|
|Apect ratio flat||5,60|
|Apect ratio projected||4,16|
|Sink rate [m/s]||min = 1.2 (+/- 0.2 m/s)|
|Speed* [km/h]||min = 26 ; trim = 38-50 ; max = 64 (+/- 3 km/h)*|
|Longest chord [mm]||2454||2563||2668||2769|
|Shortest chord [mm]||603||630||656||681|
|Suspension length [m]||6.88||7.19||7.48||7.77|
|Total lines length [m]||305.03||319.07||332.54||345.5|
|Total take-off weight** [kg]||85-120**||95-130**||105-145**||115-160**|
|Distance betwen risers [cm]||45||45||45||45|
|Canopy weight [kg]||5.8||6.2||6.5||6.9|
|Lines||Edelrid A-8000U: 050 / Liros TSL: 090 & 140 & 190 & 280 & 380|
|Cloth||Porcher Sport 38 g/m2, Dominico tex 34 g/m2, Porcher Sport Hard 40 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 +/- 3 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.