RUN&FLY - THE LIGHTEST WING IN THE WORLD!
The Run&Fly is a revolution! We’ve designed the first ever wing under 1 kg (986g), meaning it’s the lightest and most compact aircraft of the world. It is much more intuitive than a normal paraglider, at an affordable price at that.
The Run and Fly is not a typical paragliding canopy: it has a single skin. Therefore it’s lighter while displaying much stronger tendency to stay over head and recover from any surges than a regular paraglider. In this way, the Run&Fly offers safe take-offs, great maneuverability in flight and smooth landings. Welcome to the new world!
Designed by JB Chandelier, Team Dudek and Jacques Peugeot (airframe sizing engineer), in close collaboration with Porcher Sport, the Run&Fly project had been a real challenge for us. We decided to set ourselves very aggressive goals in order to propose a really different, outstanding product. The main specifications were a total weight below 1 kg (the internal project name was 999gr), with speed and flare comparable to standard wings. The wing also had to be affordable, in order to give access to the sky to a wider public. With such an ambitious target, we knew we couldn’t simply “make another single skin wing”: we had to think out of the box. As a result, the Run&Fly needed hours and hours of engineering discussions, debates, analyses, comparisons and numerical simulations, then obviously completed with a lot of flight & load tests.
Ultimately, the wing turned out to exceed our expectations. The biggest mono skin problems have been resolved; Run&Fly has good speed, nice landing and offers a lot of fun. Besides reaching our goals we also achieved a good glide ratio - above 6. Although we usually avoid publishing the glide ratio of our paragliders, because this parameter is sometimes subject to manipulation, we made an exception with Run & Fly. We want to give potential pilots at least a rough understanding of what they can expect from the fact that such an innovative wing exists.
FEATURES AND PURPOSE
It is exceptionally light, so that you can carry the wing on your back during trail running or climbing sessions almost without noticing the load. It is so compact, that it fits in a 4-litre bag. The Run and Fly is perfect for trail running, hike & fly and necessary travelling, or just as a second wing you will always have with you (you can easily place it in your hand luggage while travelling by plane).
Run&Fly has excellent stability, coupled with organic, intuitive handling qualities, which makes the wing funny and easy to fly.
The harness is not part of the wing (set).