High Adventure Steerable Beamer 3 Reserve Parachute
18 years of maximum safety
In 1995 the Beamer opened a new chapter in the history of paraglider reserve parachutes. Our Rogallo concept changed the scene for ever, and the Beamer 1 still waits, ready for action, in many harnesses. In 2010 the Beamer 2 set another benchmark for steerable reserves. Its proven concept, new features and improved qualities convincingly established the Beamer 2 in the market. The Beamer 3 builds on the best features of the Beamer 2. A completely redeveloped Beamer 3 riser system improves opening, operation and installation – the success story continues!
Although the EN/LTF flight tests showed a 3,7 m/sec descent rate at 100 Kg, our own experience also tells us that highly loaded Rogallos, like conventional reserve parachutes, can lead to mirror flying or down-planing when combined with the paraglider. This mainly happens with very stable and collapse resistant school gliders, or in very steady throwing conditions such as training openings over water.
The EN/LTF practical tests are always carried out in separated configuration – without the troublesome paraglider. When developing our Rogallo reserve parachutes we focus a lot of attention on the overall functioning spectrum, above all in connected condition (when the paraglider is not cut away).Despite the positive flight tests at more than 100kg we recommend that the extended weight range is only for use by experienced “Rogallo pilots”, or in conjunction with a reliable cut-away system.
Paraglider Under Tow
In real-life reserve-throwing situations the paraglider can become a massive problem. In many cases the paraglider is already collapsed, both during and after reserve opening, and therefore prevented from flying. Here the Beamer 3 descent is a pure pleasure. The canopy reacts immediately to steering commands and sinks at its slowest rate. When the reserve is thrown while the paraglider is flying normally, such as during SIV training, the descent characteristics of both Rogallo and round reserve can be affected. If the paraglider reopens itself during a reserve descent it can easily be prevented from flying by B-stall, or reefing in. This will greatly improve steerability. Countless examples in practice confirm the problem-free behaviour of all Beamers in every possible situation.
Our Philosophy about Reserve Parachutes
Peak to Peak Paragliding recommends always flying with a reserve parachute weather you are paragliding, speedflying or paramotoring. We are more than happy to help you select the perfect reserve parachute for your equipment setup and activity. The sizing can be tricky as well and should be decided with the assistance of a knowledgeable dealer for your sport. Reserve Parachutes are the last defense when things go wrong. They are not a piece of equipment to skimp on or buy used. Feel free to contact us for assistance in selecting the perfect reserve for you!