I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to try the Vista 5 recently, and placed my order when I landed. It was a light thermic day with low expectations from the forecast. I launched first in very light wind, but climbed out immediately to the first developing clouds, it was my first time at cloud base! Just Fantastic!
There are not many lightweight tandems out there, and this one is unique and worth a look if you are in the market for such a wing. It doesn’t go for the super-lightweight option, instead aiming for usability and durability. Good for hike-and-fly, travel and also paramotoring.
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I have flown the Hybrid tandem this evening with my son.
It’s a fabulous wing, so easy to inflate, take-off and fly.
It’s the exact wing I was looking for since several years!
A piece of ART!
I love it.
Kangook Paramotors, Canada
New Apco Ground Handling Wing – The Adama
For several years I have been using various small wings to allow trainees in my paramotor school the chance to learn ground handling skills. The smaller size reduces the physical effort compared to handling a standard size wing, and I have more training days when the wind strength makes it impossible to control anything bigger than 16 metres.
Apco have also recently realised that a small wing would be a useful training aid and I recently had the chance to ground handle Apco’s little ground handling wing called the Adama.
Unpacking the wing the quality materials are normal for Apco, but I have never seen this bright multi colour scheme before. There isn’t too much to say about the simple Adama risers and the simple riser system with trimmers is so simple it allows a beginner to quickly get started. Apco seemed to have developed a wing that is basic, but requires a reasonable level of ground handling technique to be a little challenging. The Adama can be quickly opened up so forward and reverse launch techniques can be practiced in small areas in a wide range of wind speeds. I found it great fun to practice in gusty conditions in sometimes small and difficult areas. The wing has a really small pack down size that is really quick to open in a small space, practice and quickly pack it away again.
The Adama is a perfect combination of a low cost, basic design allowing anyone to practice the essential skills that make take offs easier, safer, therefore reducing the risks to more expensive equipment. The Adama is also an opportunity for paraglider and paramotor schools the use of a low cost training wing reducing wear and tear on a larger flying school wings. Paraglider and paramotor schools may also have more ground handling training days when wind strength becomes a problem.
So I think the Apco Adama will become an important part of paramotor or paraglider training with trainee pilots becoming more skilful with ground handling techniques while practising with this fantastic little training wing.
Thomas Mistretta of Dragonfly Paragliding – Florida, USA, goes live on his first flight on the Apco Hybrid, and gives his first impressions of the wing.
“Hi Sally, Yes, I received the Hybrid and have a couple of students this weekend. Going to try and use the Hybrid and promote it more for new students. I have flown it and it’s the easiest inflating glider I’ve ever tried. I posted a first time free flight review / impressions and liked it a lot.
Hope you had a happy New year as it’s been a while but we are getting into our flying season soon.
Wanted to pass to you and to all the Team there the admirations expressed by one of our students here who is flying the Hybrid. The glider serves…
I am very impressed with the Hybrid, it’s roll stability is unmatched on anything I’ve flown. Perfect for students. There is a pitch oscillation on launch if the student over powers the inflation but it settles down very well.
Rave Review for the Apco Hybrid in German: “Mit dem Hybrid betritt der israelische Hersteller den mittlerweile heiß umkämpften Markt der Singleskins. Halt! Genau genommen ist der Hybrid nur ein halber Singleskin, denn der vordere Teil des Flügels ist herkömmlich mit Ober- und Untersegel ausgestattet …”
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Check out the Karisma today ? . Even though a beginner glider , I am starting to love it more and more each flight ?