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DGAC

A safe and forgiving progression wing, with a flurry of speed and burst of performance to take your flying further

Size

20 23 26 29
20 23 26 29

Specs

  20 23 26 29
Projected area (m²) 17.2 19.7 22.3 25
Flat area (m²) 20 23 26 29
Glider weight (kg) 4.8 5.2 5.7 6.2
Height (m) 6 6.8 7.3 7.3
Number of main lines (A/B/C) 3/4/3/2
Cells 46
Flat aspect ratio 5
Root chord (m) 2.5 2.7 2.8 3
Flat span (m) 10 10.7 11.4 12
Projected span (m) 7.7 8.2 9 9.3
Trim speed (km/h) 37
Top speed (km/h) 54
DGAC weight range (kg) 60-120 70-130 85-160 100-200
Free-flight weight range (kg) - - - -
Load Test (kg) 272
Certification (DGAC EN/LTF) DGAC

Info

Flying is a skill that collects and builds like snowdrifts over time. When your paramotoring skill foundations are laid, you’re ready for a Blizzard to boost your progression. The Blizzard is designed to be safe and forgiving, easy to launch and fly but with the extra speed and performance you need to break your boundaries and explore further.

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Tech

Sliding A-Risers

We have added a dedicated sliding A-riser that has a split higher on the risers than usual, which means pilots who naturally grasp all the A’s to launch will enjoy a smoothly and clean inflation without a tendency to overfly or collapse, even if the launch pull is a little over-enthusiastic!

ALULA Simulated

The future of paraglider design depends largely on simulations from software like ALULA. Instead of designing and producing prototypes one-by-one, we can now accurately simulate hundreds of prototypes using our own unique structural/aero simulation program ALULA. Much of the performance, safety, and overall togetherness of this wing is thanks to ALULA.

Chord Cut Billow (CCB)

Chord Cut Billow technology has been developed to improve the form friction, glider stability and overall performance of our paragliders. Two seams run chord-wise across the top panels of the leading edge to accommodate the panel ballooning that happens when the wing is inflated. Up to five centimetres of excess material is created on the sides of an inflated flat panel bending over a wing profile. Chord Cut Billow technology absorbs the material with a 3D panel resulting in fewer ripples and improved rib profile shape and stability.

Easy Reflex Profile

The Blizzard features a new gentle reflex profile that improves stability at speed and easy enough for beginners.

High or low hang point ready

In order to maximize versatility this wing caters to both low and high hang point paramotors. We have added brake pulley loops, tip steering pulleys, and snap locks for both positions making the switch quick and easy.

Progressive Stability

Progressive stability has been designed into all our gliders to help pilots feel turbulence and avoid it. This makes for safer and more comfortable flying.

Replaceable brake pulleys

With a simple around-and-through, you can easily replace those squeaky old brake pulleys or switch them for rings.

Roller Cam Trimmers

The trimmers have a 12cm range, and new roller-cams, as on the Cyclone, which are slip-free, easy and smooth to operate while reducing wear on the webbing.

Snap Locks

Snap Locks are lightweight, compact attachments that effortlessly connect the brakes to the risers. A small focused magnet inside the catch and an internal locking system hold the handle in place, releasing only if the handles are pulled down towards the pilot. This unique design feature means the handles don’t fall off while kiting, packing, or performing manoeuvres. The Snap Lock system solves many of the problems associated with press-studs and magnets.

Target

The Blizzard is a safe and fun Progression wing, aimed at pilots who have graduated from school and are ready to fly faster and explore further.


Designer's notes

The Blizzard is an easy, safe and comfortable wing for less experienced pilots who are rapidly building their skills. It has a gentle reflex, and precise handling, so you’ll feel great while exploring your limits and progression will come naturally. We worked hard on ensuring the launch behaviour is very easy. The wing inflates smoothly and cleanly and the solid leading edge is forgiving of an over-enthusiastic launch pull. The risers are designed so the baby A’s split off high up and the pilot will naturally hold all A’s to launch. We chose a four-line layout for the Blizzard as this allow the reflex to be activated effectively by changing the trimmer settings. The long trimmers have a 12cm range, and smooth brass roller-cams are kind to the webbing and ensure smooth and easy operation. For even more speed there is also a speed bar with 12cm of travel. Trimmers out, bar on top speed is 54km/h and stability at top speed is excellent. Tip-steering toggles mean the pilot can learn and perfect wingtip-control without using the brakes when cruising at speed. The risers have both low and high hangpoints to suit different motors, and we’ll let you into a little secret: the test team discovered the Blizzard is beautiful to fly without a motor, too.

Flying Level / Style

Package includes

Manual / Paraglider / Rucksack / Replacement Trimmers / Repair kit / Stuff sack / Riser bag / Compression strap / BGD giveaway / BGD stickers

Material

Top surface Porcher Skytex 38g/m²
Bottom surface Porcher Eazyfly
Internal structure Porcher Skytex Hard 40g/m²
Nose reinforcing Plastic wire 2.0mm, 2.4mm, and 2.7mm
Risers 20mm Kevlar/Nylon webbing
Pulleys Allen
Top lines Liros PPSL & DSL
Middle lines Liros PPSL & DSL
Lower lines Liros PPSL & TSL

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