Solo is a pleasant and easy-to-use reflex paraglider for solo fun/XC flying with a paramotor or a light trike. It’s design allows for safe gathering experience at thermalling.
It is robust, stable and offers good lift.
DESIGN AND PURPOSE
Both the design and advantages have evolved from the renowned tandem trike wing – the Cabrio. Solo offers a coherent & stable canopy, creating quite a lot of lift. All parameters have been selected to maintain the right proportions of passive safety, performance, and ease & precision of steering. It will meet the expectations of both recreational and XC pilots.
Solo provides security of the typical B-category wings level.
During the start, Solo fills and gets up willingly, with no tendency to lag or overtake. The entire launch takes place over a relatively short distance, at low speeds. The use of launch-assisting tapes is usually not necessary. We recommend starting with the trimmers fully engaged.
Solo is stable with good lift. Looks good at moderate speeds, but equally efficiently moves forward when you need to accelerate. The elements of reflex and Shark Nose protect your safety, while the general flight chracteristics and light controls make for effective use of encountered lift.
Variable airfoil geometry, adjustable with trimmers, allows you to adjust the airfoil shape to the current flight profile and precisely control the flight speed.
Solo features a dual control system. The main steering lines work similarly to the classic wings and can be used throughout the full range of the trimmer. Small TST handles are used mainly in accelerated flight (open trimmers). Such a system makes it easier for the pilot to control and increases the efficiency of making turns without putting much effort in it.
In turbulence, the wing behaves predictably and confidently, efficiently suppressing both lateral and front-rear swings.
During landing approach, a relatively small pullon the brakes is enough to significantly reduce the speed and land gently.
SOLO AND ITS “CLASSMATES”
The question arises about the differences between Solo and similar wings in this segment – the Universal 1.1 or the no longer produced Synthesis 2. In a nutshell, it can be said that Solo is a little more advanced when it comes to flight parameters due to its slightly greater aspect ratio (5.4, as compared to 5.1 in Universal and Synthesis), yet at the same time it is easier to use. However, its “genes” come more from the Orca side, in particular the Cabrio, a fact emphasized by the same graphic design (with a modified color system).
Compared to Synthesis, Solo gets up and launches easier. In flight, its canopy is a bit softer, so that controls are lighter, and pilot can get a better feel of the air when thermalling. It is also more economical and has wider take-off weight ranges.
The Universal is, according to its name, more universal, while Solo is a pleasant, thoroughbred paramotor wing for intermediate pilots looking for uncomplicated wings for fun and cross-country flying. The Solo has a shorter trimmers than Universal, and risers are easier to operate.
The canopy has been designed in our CSG system (Canopy Shape Guard), which consists of several subsystems guaranteeing exceptional coherence of the canopy shape and its extended durability.
Solo has an elliptic shape with slightly back-swept wingtips. The canopy is made of doubled cells, with ribs supported by VSS (V-Shaped Supports) system. Such design guarantees that the upper surface is smooth, featuring correctly reproduced aerofoil, better load distribution and few suspension points.
Inside the canopy there is an RSS (Reinforcing Strap System) applied on the lower surface. This system is ballooning-independent, effectively reinforcing and stabilizing the entire canopy.
Adjustable reflex airfoil of the paraglider is based on our flagship DRA concept (Dudek Reflex Airfoil), duly optimized using special CFD software.
The intakes of Shark-nose technology are a solution based on the use of a concave shape in the front, reinforced part of the profile (the name comes from the shape of this fragment, resembling a shark’s head). This arrangement of the intakes means that they can be much smaller and located further from the leading edge, leaving it in an uninterrupted airflow over as many states of flight as possible. The pressure inside the wing is higher and more stable over a wide range of speeds (angles of attack). In practice, this gives better glide ratio, greater resistance to stalling (e.g. when circling in thermals) and frontal collapses at high speeds.
The Solo is made with the Flexi-Egde technology – the precise shape of the leading edge is kept with laminated cloth reinforcements, incorporating synthetic rods. These rods considerably improve launch quality, as well as keep deformations away at high speeds.
The suspension points areas are reinforced with laminated fabric so that loads are equally distributed on three planes: vertically (through the ribs), diagonally (through VSS system) and level through RSS.
All crossports have been prepared with application of the OCD (Optimised Crossports Design). Carefully designed shapes of the openings and their optimal placement between stress lines guarantee efficient pressure distribution within canopy and its quick inflation. These openings are scaled together with the ribs, so that their replicability and shape is flawless, do not disturbing the aerofoil in any way.
The wingtips additionally feature the ACS (Auto Cleaning Slots) – as the name suggests, these are dedicated openings automatically removing dirt from inside the canopy.
Careful selection of modern fabrics and design solutions brings about maximum reliability, strength and durability. All materials come from numbered production batches, and each production step can be verified down to identification of specific worker and controller.
The Solo is manufactured in technology utilizing precision of the laser cutter. All stages of production process take place in Poland under strict supervision of the designer himself, thus ensuring highest European quality.
Complete kit you receive includes:
- MotoBag backpack with DewBag
- Transport bag including compression strap
- Easy Catch speedbar
- pouch with documents and repair kit (self-adhesive cloth, spare line)
- wind ribbon and windsock
- small gifts
Total worth of these additional parts amounts to some 270 Euro.
* Speeds are given as estimated for the middle wing size and the middle of its weight range. These speeds can vary within +/- 3 km / h depending on the size, take-off weight and additional factors such as air pressure and temperature.
** The basic rule is to choose the size of the wing so that the take-off weight is in the middle of the weight range. Less weight on the wing (lower range take-off weight) can be considered for foot take-off, when flying in calmer conditions, or when we want to improve economy. More experienced pilots who want to fly dynamically, have higher speed and fly in more demanding wind conditions can consider greater wing loading (take-off weight in the upper range). This is a common option among trike users.
*** Note – the canopy significantly changes its behavior with increasing wing loading. The greater the loads, the greater skill and concentration of the pilot are required.