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Elan

 Paraglider Elan

Elan

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 Designe Elan

 

Presentando la nueva MAC PARA Elan

Probablemente llevas unos cuantos años volando en parapente y te gustaría una vela con características avanzadas para seguir mejorando en tu progresión. La nueva MAC PARA Elan te dará estabilidad y ese mayor nivel de rendimiento que le piden los pilotos a su vela para esta temporada.


Está diseñada para impulsar tu confianza y mientras seguirás siendo capaz de mantenerte en el grupo de delante. Con la Elan puedes “Volar dando lo mejor de ti”. En MAC PARA creemos que podemos presumir de darte lo mejor.
Además, de sumarse a la gama actual de modelos de MAC PARA, la Elan brinda un mando extraordinario, que responde al instante. Esa agilidad en los vuelos de distancia va a satisfacer a los pilotos más exigentes.

Debes estar preparado para lograr memorables vuelos de cross, mejorando tus marcas gracias a su excepcional planeo.

La Elan es la vela perfecta para pilotos con experiencia que quienen un plus de rendimiento y buscan seguir conectados al espírutú más genuino del vuelo libre.

Elige este año para tus aventuras épicas con una vela como la Elan. Se ha diseñado con ese objetivo en mente, darte la dosis justa para hacerte “adicto” a ella, con cada vuelo de distancia.

 

Misión lograda: Fly In Peace  (Vuela tranquilo)

El rendimiento aumenta y el confort de vuelo es como el de nuestra última Eden, la cual ha logrado una enorme popularidad. El diseñador de MAC PARA, Petr Recek enfrentó el reto de expandir esos límites conservando esa seguridad emblemática. Todos los avances de la Eden 5 se transforman en un nuevo recién llegado, llamado Elan. Está diseñada para la siguiente categoría, para un nivel superior y dedicada a los pilotos veteranos o jóvenes que quieran aunar rendimiento y seguridad.

Tras multitud de horas de ajustes y modificaciones, la paciencia se vio recompensada. Ese incremento de rendimiento, con semejante planeo en todo el rango de velocidad solo hablan de un logro muy destacable. Petr logró su objetivo. Finalmente, la Elan es una vela con un mando deportivo y un rendimiento impresionante para que des lo mejor de ti en tus vuelos y te olvides del resto.

 

MAC PARA Elan: Auténtica tecnología punta

Durante ocho meses de diseño exhaustivo, el equipo de MAC PARA probó y comparó diferentes prototipos. Todos tenían un nuevo diseño y perfiles con “Morro de tiburón”,  patronaje 3D, mini-costillas, etc. Esos nuevos avances emparejados con diferentes sistemas de geometría de suspentaje, fueron comparados de forma rigurosa.

Una vela demasiado nerviosa y sensible, con un rendimiento medio o una tasa de ascenso que no fuera óptima, significaba la exclusión de ese prototipo. Así que te verás muy complacido con este producto final llamado Elan, porque es una vela excepcional con una superficie y forma muy limpia y perfecta. Su rendimiento es fantástico y se siente en todo el rango de velocidades. También te dará un increíble confort en vuelo y una buena estabilidad.

 

Peso ligero y despegue fácil de cualquier parte

Esas pruebas intensivas llevaron al desarrollo de las características de mando de la Elan. El resultado es una vela muy equilibrada con un despegue sencillo y menejable incluso a la hora de hacer maniobras extremas. La Elan tiene un alargamiento de 6,18 y pesa solo 5,65 kg para la talla mediana. Está bien posicionada en la categoría EN-C, con unos impresionantes 62 cajones. Es increíble lograr algo así con tan poco peso.

 

Recoge los beneficios de los avances tecnológicos

Su nuevo perfil (con el distintivo morro de tiburón) brinda un excepcional  planeo, estabilidad en vuelo y ventajas para el inflado y despegue. Su forma suave se logra gracias a los refuerzos de Mylar que acompañan a las varillas de nylon bien tensionadas. El resultado externo es una silueta elíptica y deportiva de aspecto llamativo.

Pero eso no es todo.

La pulcritud única de su borde de ataque hace que el inflado sea rápido y fácil. Y el nuevo perfil incrementa la presión interna y hace que el despegue también se vea favorecido.

En turbulencia, la Elan mantiene una estabilidad excepcional y una gran resistencia a las plegadas. Pide intervenciones mínimas con los frenos o correcciones con la banda trasera en caso de vuelo acelerado.
  

 

Contribuyen para su rendimiento puntero

Los cordinos superiores están hechos en líneas de competición Vectran Cousin sin funda. Los inferiores son de Kévlar Edelrid con funda.

La elección de los materiales es el resultado de años de experiencia y una experiencia más que probada con diferentes tipos de materiales. Hay que reconocer que la Elan dará así la mayor longevidad posible, sin necesidad de constantes correcciones de la geometría del calado ni un remplazo prematuro del suspentaje.

También viene con bandas estrechas y poleas de muy alta calidad HARKEN, con rodamientos de bola. Una cinta en la banda C ayuda a estabilizar la vela durante el vuelo acelerado.

Las bandas llevan la A dividida para facilitar la maniobra de hacer orejas y la posición de la sub-banda A exterior permite mantener el vuelo estable fácilmente. Encontrarás que la apertura de las orejas es suave, predecible, y puede ser asistida con una acción sobre los frenos.

 

Forma perfecta

El patronaje 3D ofrece no solo un nuevo diagrama de colores en la vela sino que incrementa la suavidad aerodinámica. Mini-costillas especiales en el borde de fuga, bóveda de arco alto, un nuevo diseño de estabilo, todo ayuda a reducir la resistencia aerodinámica y a incrementar el rendimiento de la Elan. La rigidez de la vela junto a las diagonales reforzadas, una geometría de líneas impecable y una soberbia fabricación, resultan en una optimización máxima para un placentero y confortable vuelo.

 

Vás a enamorarte de su mando

El sistema de pinzado único en el borde de fuga es el secreto para obtener un mando tan preciso y semejantes cualidades de rendimiento en ascenso. MAC PARA lo ha venido usando en sus velas durante 20 años.

La dureza al freno moderada permite giros relajados. El incremento de la presión a medida que nos acercamos al final del recorrido del freno, ofrece una reserva de seguridad. La Elan está equipada con puños de freno dotados de emerillón y cierres rápidos. Para el vaciado y limpieza de la vela, convenientes ventanas en las puntas ayudarán a quitar tierra, arena, hierba, insectos o restos del interior de la vela.

 

Hecha para rendir y dominar los cielos

Con los beneficios del rendimiento de sus bandas estrechas, el borde de ataque reforzado con morro de tiburón, cordinos finos y una bóveda de arco alto, la Elan apela tanto al piloto de cross competente como al verdadero piloto de “Serial Class”. Su excepcional planeo combinado con un mando ágil y deportivo, hace que la Elan sea un juguete para volar.

 

Date prisa

Contacta al dealer local de MAC PARA para pedirle tu Elan antes de que entre la temporada. Te gustará su nuevo diseño y el mando de esta “obra de arte voladora”. Otra gran aportación a la gama de MAC PARA.

 

Fly in peace, (Vuela tranquilo)

 MAC PARA ELAN
  REVIEW from CROSS COUNTRY

Testpilot: Marcus King

At last, a real EN-C wing!’ Alpine guide Kelly Farina said on the Elan’s release. Mac Para say it’s, “The new relaxing way to enjoy paragliding.” Marcus King finds out for himself.

I reviewed the EN-B Eden 5 last winter and enjoyed its dynamic direct handling and secure, forgiving nature. After the review I chatted to designer Petr Recek, who told me, “If you liked the Eden’s handling you’re going to love the new EN C we’re working on.” At that point there were just some early protos but no wings for test flights but my interest was piqued and I couldn’t wait to try it out when I got the chance.

Easy soaring

I was chomping at the bit to get in the air when the Elan arrived, so took it out on a less than perfect day at Gréolières, my local mountain launch in the south of France. The day was rather overcast but with a good breeze on take-off.
I’ve always admired Mac Para’s way of keeping their wings looking relatively simple but clean to maximise performance. They’re an established brand that have held world records and been at the top of the competition circuit in the past.
The wing comes packed in Mac Para’s concertina bag, which features a large foam- protected pocket for the sharknose leading edge - an early clue that there’s a lot of plastic leading edge in the leading edge.
"We tried many different aerofoils and line layouts,” Petr told me. “The Elan doesn’t have that pronounced a sharknose but it is good for the internal pressure of the wing and allows us to move the A attachment points further back.”
The Elan has a swept-back planform with a nearly straight trailing edge. Aspect ratio is a fairly conservative 6.18 with 62 cells. You’ll find mini-ribs on the trailing edge, which improve the shaping of this important part of the profile, and 38g/m2 Skytex material is used throughout.
Clipped in and ready to go, a light pull on the three A-lines sees the Elan rise steadily overhead taking very little piloting on the ground. In fact in all wind conditions, I noted the same easy behaviour: calm and steady. Even a light and fickle wind on the mat above Monaco gave the Elan no problems.
In the air the wing has nicely responsive brakes without overly long travel, and the wing banks up nicely as you pull down. A flick of the hips is sufficient to tighten the turn as the glider responds well. One advantage of sharknose designs is their spin tolerance and the Elan can take a serious pull on a brake before showing any tendency to spin.
With this much wind in the mountains I was braced for turbulence but the Elan absorbed the bumps well, inspiring confidence. When asked what it felt like the word “smooth” sprang to mind. But it’s not overly damped: it pitches forward and bites nicely into thermals rather than sitting back, and gives good information about the air, a little like the Sigma 9.

Design features

In an age when even many EN-B wings sport unsheathed lines, I was surprised to find the main lines are sheathed. “Not every pilot is a fan of unsheathed lines, which knot more easily,” explained Petr. “And the materials we have used on the Elan keep their geometry for a long time.” Although the wing has a three-riser setup, Mac Para have used additional D attachment tabs. These are often used to make the reaction after collapses less dynamic, and they simplify the internal construction of the wing by removing the need for additional load spreading. “It keeps the wing light and wrinkle free - wrinkles don’t help increase performance!” Petr said.
The risers themselves are nice and thin with a racy feel, with control loops on the C’s for rear- riser control. Everything is nicely finished, as you would expect from an established brand.

Going big

A few days later the forecast was good, and I hoped for a bigger adventure in the Southern Alps. On our club forum some of the local gurus were planning big triangles, out into the flats before heading to the mountains again to pick up the normal trade route home. Caught up in the buzz I spent the evening looking at their plans and making my own on Tom Payne’s XCPlanner app. Evening dinner plans made the idea of a closed circuit flight even more appealing. So the next day a friend and I headed to a launch along the ridge from Col de Bleine that offers just that bit more distance.
In the air the initial climbs were strong, as you would expect. The Elan allowed me to hook into the strong cores with ease and I found it needed very little controlling as I climbed. That comfortable ride means there is much less stress, keeping your mind free for making decisions about the route. This comfort also applied to transitions on bar. The bar pressure is light enough so that you can keep it applied, and more importantly the wing feels solid and retains its ability to absorb the bumps. To be honest I felt little reason to use the C-handles as it just felt so solid. Performance comparisons are notoriously hard but during the first part of the flight I was making the glides with Delta 2s, Sigmas and Aspens and a few EN-D wings and always felt I was up there with them.
Designer Petr told me, “Some manufacturers have certified their EN C wing in the EN B category and of course some intermediate pilots found them too hot. We did the opposite. Yes, we are very happy with the performance but mainly the comfort in flight - it’s the new relaxing way to enjoy paragliding.”
As the day evolved, I found myself alone heading to the long ridges near St André but with a sky filling with cumulus congestus. To the north I could see rain and snow falling, spoiling the day for the big guns, but with my furthest turnpoint bagged I was heading back home. Initially I was avoiding the darker areas using speedbar and Big Ears to get through the sucky bits. The wing behaves well in this configuration, with the ears not flapping about too much. As the cloud cover spread out and became less active, I dropped onto the ridges to use the dynamic lift. The wing’s damped behaviour and by-now-obvious tuck resistance gave me the confidence to push low through the cols, and its direct handling enabled me to make use of tight areas of lift to continue on.

Pulling shapes

During my time with this wing I had the opportunity to put it through some SIV manoeuvres at Monaco, with a safety boat and the welcome advice of an instructor.
I found the comfortable feeling of the wing directly transferred to its behaviour when pulling collapses. Starting with symmetric collapses the wing felt quite slow in its reactions. The larger chord in the centre tends to inflate first, and then the pressure rolls smoothly out to the tips. This means there is a moment when it feels parachutal, but then it nods forward and starts flying again. It’s a similar story with asymmetric collapses: the wing turns but then the collapse rolls out from the centre. It is easy to counter the turn with opposite brake. Burying the brakes for a full stall, there is a small delay before the wing drops back into stall. At this point it is easy to ease up and find the back-fly position, which does not need to be super precise. This flattering behaviour reminded me of its sibling, the Eden 5, and I found I was able to control the position well. As you release you do need to clear the tips carefully by easing up a bit before letting the wing fly. I managed to get cravats on a couple of occasions by releasing too quickly from the back-fly, although there were no huge calamities.

Conclusion

The Elan gives a smooth comfortable ride and crisp handling, allowing you to climb efficiently. You can core the strong stuff and leave it to deal with the rough stuff. And as I found out, when the sky’s closing down and the rain starts to fall, this is a wing you’ll still feel confident on to get you out of trouble. That level of comfort makes it a great wing for pilots moving up into the C class of wings, and the handling is engaging enough for experienced pilots looking for a mellower ride.
I saw a clip on the BBC’s car review show Top Gear recently where the presenters were racing a performance car around the track. They found it actually went quicker in comfort mode. And with the Elan you might just find the same.

Marcus King flew the Elan 28 with an Advance Impress 3 harness at an all-up weight of 105kg.

Hot or not?

Hot:
Direct handling, 6.18 aspect ratio, racy risers with C-handles, good performance level, pitches nicely into the thermals.
Not:
Comfortable ride in the rough stuff, sheathed lines throughout, 3.5 liner, easy launch, easy handling in full stall.

Cross Country 159 (May 2015)

 

Review by Ziad Bassil

Test with Elan 26

Looking the the new Mac para Elan, showed a more clean and better construction than before.
The sewing are very neat and the finish is excellent !
The Elan has a shark nose, with a new and simple interesting construction.
The lower lines are sheathed and the upper ones are unsheathed.
The thin risers looks very sporty, with the handles on the C risers very well placed !
Launching the Elan is straightforward and simple.

In the air :

The Elan takes it’s pilot quickly in charge for a quick take off. Once in the air i could sense an immediate feel of comfort as the Elan gives that nice confidence inspiring feel !

Flying the Elan at 97 all up on the 26 gives an average brake travel that enable it’s pilot to be in charge whatever the conditions throws at him.

The brake pressure is also medium to light and the brake response are quite good, with a description as precise, crispy, direct…Finally…A joy to steer !

I felt that once i encounter a thermal the Elan react as a spring immediately going upward without any delay !

Flying the Elan in turbulence is quite disconcerting for a C.You have to ask your friend later if the conditions were rough…or not…Because under the Elan the pilot is always a VIP on a couch.

Saying that doesn’t mean that the Elan is very dampened. It does inform it’s pilot exactly enough about the conditions of the day without being too hot to handle !
The Elan reaction and comfort in turbulence goes more on the Eden 5 side rather than on the Marvel side !
It could clearly be a pilot first C as it’s movement in turbulence are rather soft and the overall reactions are rather smooth and not stiff !

Later i gave the Elan to my friend who flew it at 100 all up just on top. And i took the Delta 2 SM at 92 all up, 3 kg below max.
Trim speed is the same for 4 km. The glide also in head wind.
The top speed is on the Delta 2 side with +1 km/h only .The glide at full speed is also the same !

Climbing together in weak thermal showed that they are also inseparable.
My friend bought another Elan immediately after landing ! His large smile was better than any comment…

Performance :

After many glides with my reference top C glider, showed that even with it’s thicker normal lower lines, the Elan finally stands equally performant ! In glide at trim, accelerated and in climb !
The plus comes in favor of the Elan for it’s much more comfort use.
I asked the designer for the purpose using the thick sheathed lower lines His explanation is a longer use with the same stable performance for the Elan without pilots fearing for 'an out of trim' situation !

An idea came to my mind...Imagine a lighter ,thin line version !!!

Conclusion :

Yes they did it !
If you are looking for a comfortable C glider with very nice coordinated handling, and excellent overall performance on the top of the C category for the time being, then you must get an ELAN for a test flight. May be you won’t return it back ;-)

Ziad Bassil


materiales

 

Extradós delantero:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Extradós trasero:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Intrados:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Costillas principales:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29A, 40 g/m2
Diagonales:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29A, 40 g/m2
Costillas secundarias: Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Líneas superiores:Cousin Trestec - Vectran
0,6mm (50kg); 0,9mm (115kg)
Lineas principales:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
7343 -230 kg, -190 kg, -90 kg

 

La Elan está fabricada usando un más que probado material ligero de excelente durabilidad. El Skytex 38 Classic , de Porcher Marine (NCV). Para las costillas y diagonales, usamos el Skytex 40 con acabado duro (E29A). Todos ellos dan al ala una gran ventaja en ligereza y durabilidad.

datos

 
Elan
22
Elan
24
Elan
26
Elan
28
Elan
30
Elan
33
Factor zoom [%]899296.5100103.5108
Superficie de planta [m2]22.1823.726.072829.9932.66
Superficie proyectada [m2]19.3420.6722.7424.4226.1628.48
Envergadura de planta [m]11.7112.1112.713.1613.6214.21
Alargamiento de planta6.186.186.186.186.186.18
Cuerda central [m]2.372.452.572.662.752.87
Cajones636363636363
Peso [kg]5.35.455.655.96.16.4
Rango de pesos [kg] *60-8070-9078-10090-112105-130115-145
Velocidad mínima [km/h]23-2523-2523-2523-2523-2523-25
Velocidad normal [km/h]38-4038-4038-4038-4038-4038-40
Vel. Máxima
(accelerador)[km/h]
53-5553-5553-5553-5553-5553-55
Planeo máximo10.510.510.510.510.510.5
Tasa de caída mínima [m/s]1.051.051.051.051.051.05
Homologación con trimmers LTF/EN-CLTF/EN-CLTF/EN-CLTF/EN-C 

 * piloto equipado = peso desnudo + 20 Kg aprox.

 

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Skytex range
Value 8/8 is most resistant to UV

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