The Apco FAR (Flow Aligned Ribs) Technology was reviewed by XC Mag:
Apco are introducing two new concepts to the market this year: Flow-aligned ribs and a hybrid paraglider that is half-standard / half-single-skin. Designer Jonathan Cohn explained more

Tell us about flow-aligned ribs first
It’s pretty straightforward. It doesn’t matter if it is a paramotor or free-flying, but when a glider is gliding down its glide-path, the glide-path is not parallel to the shape of the wing. On the tips the glide angle forces the air in a direction that is not parallel to the ribs. So in reality what happens is the air is crossing from one rib to the other diagonally. The airflow over the rib is far from being optimal with regards to lift and drag. So facing the ribs in the direction of glide is a very simple way of optimising the flow over the tips.”
The Full Review is available on the XC Magazine Page.

Apco FAR – Flow Aligned Ribs

“THIS IS THE SECOND iteration of Apco’s Force, which sits above the Lift EZ in Apco’s specialist paramotor wing range. Designed to be an all-rounder it has been created with classic competition performance in mind rather than hooning round pylons; they have the NRG Pro if that’s your thang.

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Apco Force II Paramotor wing review in XC Mag


The Apco SWIFT Harness was Reviewed by XC Magazine.

“We both found the comfort in flight is superb. Lumbar support is fantastic with a nice solid-feeling back support with no pinch points or creases. The mark of a good harness design is when there’s absolutely zero pressure or pull down on the shoulders and the Swift definitely ticks this box. If anything, I found the Swift a smidge more comfortable than the X-R7. There’s more length to play with on the straps too: at 181cm I’m close to the top of the X-R7 L, but in the middle of the Swift’s sizing range. Four hours into a six-hour flight…”
The Full Review is available here on the XC Mag Website.
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SWIFT Harness Review in XC Magazine

Follow this link to the Spark Review in Japanese, Published in Paraworld
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SPARK II Harness Review in Japanese (Paraworld)

Apco Paramotor Pod Review

 

After flying with the Apco paramotor leg pod for a few cross country flights I thought I would share my experiences.

 

During the set up I was impressed by the overall quality with the thicker internal straps and footplate being covered with an outer stretchy light neoprene type material with an internal reflective surface, which almost acts like a stretchy skin to accommodate all the various internal leg length adjustments. The external surface seems to have a waterproof coating that is easily wiped clean as I found out when I used it in a damp muddy UK field. The outer skin is thin, light and durable and does cope with my any abrasion from my boots as I climb into the harness. The leading foot part of the pod has a cavity that inflates with airflow to create a rounded leading edge for an improved profile.

 

The set up would be my main initial gripe as it did take several attempts to get the set up somewhere near usable, but even with this first solo effort with a slack external skin my legs were much warmer despite wearing summer trousers on a cold spring UK evening. I would suggest the set up is a two person job with a hang test because the user cannot see all the adjustments on the underneath while sat in the harness.

 

Getting into the harness is now a little more difficult with the added equipment, but the front zip allows easy access and the ability to see what you are doing. Despite the magnet fastening failing to keep the leg pod from falling lower down my legs I was able to run during a forward launch and get airborne, but I have recently moved this fastening to the upper chest strap and this does seem to have stopped this problem. I was surprised how easy it was to get into the harness and if you need to see what you are doing leaving the front zip open during take off will help.

 

A two and a half our flight in thermik conditions was the first true test of the leg pod and as well as the cosy legs I realised that standing on the foot plate internal section gave me, standing on terra firma, stability feeling even though the spring thermals were providing a roller coaster ride during the flight. The solid feeling was not expected and it did give me a more confident feel that was an unexpected bonus. I am not sure of the reduced drag, performance improvements yet and this will be hard to confirm how much of a benefit a cross country pilot will get, but I am sure it has got to make a difference. My only other gripe was that if you do not make sure your speed bar is inside the pod before take off it is almost impossible to get it back inside to use it during flight. This should not be a problem if you do an added pre flight check during a set up. Using the speed bar requires a slight amount of jiggling with your legs but once I latched in my heel to the red loop of the wonderbar I could easily fly at half or full bar.

 

Landing was my only major concern and I had not completed a hang test before flying with the leg pod so I dropped my legs out well before landing and I did find it really easy as long as you retract one leg to keep the leg pod taught. For landing I just tucked the front of the pod up without fastening the front up because the material is flexible enough for plenty of movement in the half up, out of the way position.

 

Pros

 

The ability to take off and get into a wind proof shell once airborne. The pod could also protect hands from wind chill.

 

Full use of speed bar still possible (as long as you check it is secure on the inside of the pod).

 

An added feeling of confidence during bumpy flights thanks to the solid footplate.

 

Improved airflow and reduced drag improving the cross country potential.

 

Cons

 

Another piece of kit that adds about 1kg.

 

Requires a two person set up during a hang test.

 

Summary

 

So if you enjoy cross country paramotoring and want added comfort then this is a very useful add on that can improve performance. For me the paramotor leg pod is now an essential part of my cross country paramotoring equipment.

 

There is now an instructional manual available which is a big help for the set up but I recommend a hang test before your first flight.
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PowerPod Review by Paul Haxby

Flying in the Hybrid was an amazing and surprinsingly experience.

Opening the Paraglider, the lightness, the quality of the materials and the geniality of the project already impresses.

Inflating can be even easier than a normal wing. With light weight and great efficiency the glider rises fast and easy, but before you feel the need to contain the pitch it already stops in your head by itself. I can not think of a better wing for takeoffs with no wind. In addition, the proposals is to take off with up to 3km of back wind. It is certainly a very interesting feature for days with undefined wind.

During the flight the first sensation is almost to levitate, light but with great stability. Even flying in a condition with thermals above 5m / s it’s behavior was extremely docile! You take 5 min to fall in love !!! The brakes are precise and have a very progressive weight which provides a very pleasant flight. Even climbing on a strong thermal the glider responds immediately with very tight turns and very stable when turning flat.

Definitely a beautiful wing flies well! In addition to great features the hybrid has a beautiful shape. Both seen from below by the pilot and from outside. Fluid lines and lots of harmony.

The landing was also very easy and very resourceful.

I cannot wait to receive my hybrid. The most amazing wing I’ve ever flown and surely one of my next toys that I’ll use the most.
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Hybrid PG Review by Guilherme Monstrinho (aka Monster)

I’m just back from the Dead Sea and had the chance to try the new hybrid wing from Apco Aviation something you have not seen yet….
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Hybrid PG Review by Jerome


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February 2016

Yesterday I tried my new paramotor pod in flight.
The pod is very comfortable inside – so I am very excited and I will definitely use it for my XCountry flights!
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Mich :: Estonia


Yesterday I tried my new paramotor pod in flight.
The pod is very comfortable inside – so I am very excited and I will definitely use it for my XCountry flights!

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Mich :: Estonia