REFLEX WINGS - The Debate goes on.
Comments from Michel Carnet PPG Championship winner many times over.
When reflex wings for paramotoring first came onto the market, it was not easy for pilots to accept that they were different from classic paraglider wings with unbelievable claims:
- no more collapses
- no pitch movement in turbulence
- no active flying
- natural fast cruising speed
- park the brake handles and fly hands off
- the faster you go the more stability you have
- brakes must not be used and interfere with reflex section when accelerated
It was not only the pilots who had to be convinced. Most paraglider manufacturers were reluctant to follow Paramania and Dudek down the new reflex route. Amazingly, most of them still need to be convinced today, 8 years after the launch of the very successful original Action and the well proven concept that has passed the test of time.
Some manufacturers however, were interested in getting into the ever growing ppg market, but were alarmed by the poor ratings that reflex wings were getting on the traditional DHV or EN testing, which assumes that any wing would collapse.
The "semi-reflex" terminology was used by manufacturers who were sitting on the fence, not completely convinced themselves but who wanted to respond to popular demand for reflex technology.
Paramania and Dudek believe 100% in full reflex.
A few more manufacturers are now offering "full reflexed wings" such as the Apco Force, the Gin Airfex and the Macpara Jet.
So semi-reflex doesn't really mean much after all, if anything at all.
Let's hope one day we'll get some certification specific to the testing of reflex wings.
REFLEX WINGS - Manufacturers Take on it....
Please note not all manufacturers have the same opinion !