Universal is the first free flying (EN B) paraglider ever which can be converted by its user into a full-blood paramotor canopy (conforming to the DGAC standard).
Universal is a great free-flying recreational paraglide. Beginning pilots will surely appreciate exceptional comfort in uneasy thermals, resulting from considerable amount of reflex traits present in the design.
Universal is dedicated for beginner and recreational pilots who fly:
- exclusively free (but want to benefit from moderate reflex ability)
- mostly free, sometimes with paramotor
- both free and paramotor
- mostly with paramotor, sometimes free
- exclusively paramotor (but appreciate better economy, easier launch and
nicer handling than in standard paramotor wing, like Synthesis2)
Important for instructors
Universal is perfect for initial PPG training
Universal in standard version comes with factory-installed trimmers, but (!) they are disabled (!), e.g secured with plastic buckle and hidden in a neoprene sock. Along with developing pilot skills, or by the judgement of instructors trimmers can be activated (half, of full), and TST toggles can be installed (kit included in the bag).
BASIC RISERS (OPTION)
Simplified "Basic" risers are an optional offer for the pilots who are not going to use the Universal's speed to the limit (as possible after full activation of the trimmers present in the standard risers), while prefer to keep the risers clean and simple.
With the "Basic" risers the trimmer adjustment range is reduced by half, that is using the alternative steering is neither necessary nor required. That's why these risers do not feature additional ALC+ steering, as well as TEA cleats.
The "Basic" risers are supplied with the inactivated trimmers, secured with a plastic buckle hidden under neoprene cover (such was the configuration certified to EN/LTF norm). Depending on pilot's skill the trimmers can be later activated (fully or in part) by moving the buckle.
The "Basic" risers are an alternative for the standard risers - when ordering the paraglider they are to be specifically requested (the price remains the same).
The appearance of the Universal caused a lot of interest from clients. A lot of questions followed, so here you have answers for the most frequent ones:
Q: In what configuration is the Universal delivered (PG or PPG)?
A: The canopy is manufactured basically as free-flying (PG) wing, so this is its original configuration. However, it can be easily transformed into full-blood reflex paraglider by conscious releasing the trimmers and installing a 'paramotor-set', comprising the ALC+ lines and TST toggles.
It can be done on the ground only - unintentional releasing the trimmers in flight is not possible.
Q: Is there a 'moto' set available for the Universal?
A: Each Universal has a 'paramotor-set' attached (ALC+ lines and TST toggles). This is not the same, as 'moto version' of the Plus or Nemo2. Those paragliders have to be ordered in 'moto' version (with different risers and rigging), while the Universal is a canopy which can be altered to a paramotor state by the owner (as well as it can be reversed back to free flying version unassisted).
Q: Is the Universal an 'all in one' canopy, for any art of flying, like many other paragliders present on the market?
A: No. Universal 1.1 is EITHER a classic profile canopy for recreational free flying (in the factory, basic configuration), OR a full-blood training/recreational reflex canopy (after releasing the trimmers and installing ALC+ steering). As a PG paraglider it can be deemed something between the Plus and the Optic. As a PPG paraglider it will behave similarly to Synthesis2 (of course similar is not identical).
Q: What is included in the Universal on delivery - a MotoBag, or biggerbackpack for PG wings, which will house the harness too?
A: Since the basic configuration of the Universal is the free-flying version, the default package comprises:
- DuraLight backpack
- FastBag (quick bag)
- other accesories (transport bag with compression strap, Easy Catch speedbar (not available in 34 size), pouch with documents and repair kit, wind direction indicator, small gadgets).