High End ENb Paragliders

Paraglider Certification – What are high end ENb Paragliders?:

High end ENb paragliders are best for those pilots who are flying regularly. The highest performance paraglider possible without moving up into the higher expert levels of ENc and above.

How much experience do I need to fly high end ENb paragliders?

End ENb Paragliders are not suitable for beginners. Designed for current pilots with typically more than 100hrs total airtime.

What is the level of passive security?:

Although still high, the top end ENb paragliders takes a lot more flying in turbulent conditions than the lower classes. When things get rough, this will demand input and attention from the pilot to prevent collapses. If those collapses occur though, the paraglider for most parts will self correct but at a slower speed than say a low level ENb; pilot intervention will speed this up considerably. High end ENb paragliders can carry considerable energy and this energy will need to be managed in strong conditions. For this level of pilot intervention, experience will be required through flight hours so is something that cannot be bypassed.

How easy are high end ENb paragliders to launch?

Although still relatively easy, as this class of wing is fast, they do need to come up pretty quickly when the wind picks up requiring plenty of anticipation from the pilot. Saying that, if the pilot has the required skill, a top end ENb paraglider can be launched in stronger winds due to the faster speeds of the paraglider.

How do high end ENb paragliders handle?:

The handling is much sharper and precise than the lower classes. These wings are not suitable for heavy handed pilots. Response tends to be fast and accurate. Adjustments on the controls as little as a few centimetres may be all that is required as some times during flight.

How good is the performance?:

Quite frankly, brilliant. The new generation of high end ENb paragliders are capable of taking world record cross country flights and they have. Glide angles are now in excess of 10/1 and the top performers are only just below the top paragliders in the ENc class. Some high level ENb paragliders actually have more performance than some of the ENc above them. If you are an experienced pilot, you will need to ask if it is worth losing quite a lot of passive security for the benefit of just a little extra performance. Once you get past high end ENb, small performance gains will be at the expense of large passive security losses.

Is this category for me?:

If you are experienced and fly often, the high end ENb class will definitely give you the biggest bangs for your buck for sure.

Any questions?:

As always, it is encouraged that you ask a question if you need clarification on anything that is written above using the form at the bottom of the page. If something is puzzling you, it is guaranteed that you will not be on your own. By putting your questions on this page, other pilots will also be able to learn.

Here to Help

I have been involved in paragliding full time since the very beginning of the sport in the UK. I have been instructing full time since 1993 until 2017 and available to help you with advice whenever needed. Helping paragliding pilots new or old is my way of putting back into the sport which has given me such incredible experiences all over the world and I want you to be able to share in that. If you need any help, just write in the chat box found on this site and I’ll get back to you either immediately or when I’m back in the office.

Good Flying! Paul Williams

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Ricardo Welikson

    Hey Paul,

    Do you find any difference between the Ozone Rush5, Skywalk Cumeo and Skywalk Chili4? I usually fly in Rio de Janeiro, laminar wind, not very strong conditions. Been flying for 3 years and have experienced few strong conditions.

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    • Paul Williams

      Hi Ricardo and thanks for the question. Most of the high end ENb now have very similar top speeds including the ones you have mentioned. Usually, at most, there is only 1 or 2kph between them in real life and as I’ve always said, if 1kph is important you are probably flying in the wrong conditions or wrong size glider! Flying in Rio in sea breeze conditions, either of these wings would be good. A beautiful place to fly. Regards

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  2. Miguel Zulueta

    Given a choice of picking pony one.

    Rush 5 or Swing Nyos RS. And why?

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    • Paul Williams

      Thanks for the message Miguel. Both great gliders as most are in the top end ENb category. There are differences between them. The Rush is a well proven platform and a very successful glider. The Nyos RS is built with the new RAST system which is causing quite a stir. I’ll get back to you via email for more details. Cheers

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  3. Stephen frost

    Hello Paul, your advice please. Have 170 hours currently flying Phi Symphonia 75 to 95 weight range. I fly at 94 to 97 kg. Great wing but I feel I am not not gliding as well as others, it’s me not the wing. Should I go the next size up which would be 90 to 110 weight range therefore I will be in the 25 to 35% of the weight range. I fly inland in Australia Europe, India etc. The ideal weight range wings for my weight are high Bs (Maestro, ozone swift 5 or rush 5) and I think they would be too active for me. My question is would the next size up Symphonia or Tenor 90 to 110 be ok for me. The more I research the more confused I get. Thanks

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    • Paul Williams

      Hi Stephen. If you want to improve your glide angle I would say to save your money. Moving up to the next size will achieve little I would say. Wing loading won’t really affect zero wind gliding on a given model but will affect the glide angle if going into wind. If you are talking about ‘sink rate’ then moving up a size will make a difference. But as far as glide is concerned, being at the top of the weight range won’t cause you any problems and actually give more into wind performance than if you were lighter. Cheers

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    • Paul Williams

      To add to that Stephen, looking at the places you are flying, being heavy on the wing is not a bad idea and far better than being in the first third of the weight range. I usually recommend people be in the top half. I used to say the top 1/3 but now we have more than 3 sizes it is more accurate. Cheers

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