ParaGliding: Basic Questions
Skydiving: Modern skydiving canopies look very similar to paragliders, and in fact the design of paraglider evolved from ram air skydiving parachute canopies. The sports themselves are quite different; however. In skydiving, the main idea is free-fall; that part of the jump before the parachute is opened during which the skydiver experiences a form of flying which is largely unencumbered by any additional equipment. During free fall, skydivers can control their horizontal movement, and do various maneuvers and relative work. The main function of the canopy is to arrest their rapid rate of descent and allow a safe landing at a chosen spot. In paragliding, the main idea is gliding and soaring using the canopy as your aircraft.
Parasailing: Parasailing, unlike hang gliding, paragliding, or skydiving, is an activity more akin to an amusement park ride, requiring no particular skill or participation on the part of the person doing it. In parasailing, one is towed behind a boat while suspended from a circular parachute. The parachute follows the boat, and always remains attached to the towline, and there is no need, nor any opportunity for the person attached to it to control the parasail. Paragliding, by contrast, is piloted flight.
The ‘Silex risers’ can be retrofitted to the M, L, or XL Arcus for paramotoring. The Silex risers are 5 inches shorter than the Arcus risers,to allow a more comfortable hand position, and have a trim system to compensate for P factor, or for accelerating trim speed for fast cruising. They also have a speed system for cruising at higher than trim speed in turbulent conditions when immediate release of fast trim settings is desirable. The Silex riser has no ‘split-A’. Swing says that the behavior of the Arcus under power is more mellow in all maneuvers than in free flight due to the thrust and higher AOA.
The Silex riser is certified on the M and L Arcus. It will work on the XL Arcus for really big guys, but is not certified and probably never will be. The Arcus L is certified up to 363 pounds gross weight for paramotoring. The Silex risers are only available as an add on option to be installed by the dealer.
Note: The Arcus XL is also certified as a Twin. Swing has a tandem riser set available that is shorter and has trimmers to trim the glider slower for light-weight tandem. These risers are not the same as Silex risers.
The part number & description is:
|80D-1010||SILEX RISERS ARCUS M, L, XL – PAIR||$105.00|