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Elan

 Paraglider Elan

Elan

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Voici la nouvelle Macpara ELAN

Vous volez déjà depuis quelques années et désirez une voile de niveau supérieur pour continuer d’évoluer dans le vol libre. La nouvelle Macpara Elan offre sa stabilité et ses performances aux pilotes évolutifs, et ce dans les règles de l’art.


Elle a été conçue pour booster votre capital de confiance et vous permettre de rester dans le haut du panier. Avec l’Elan, vous vous installez au mieux de votre forme, et chez Macpara nous pensons que vous le valez bien !
L’Elan rejoint notre gamme avec un handling extraordinaire qui la place d’entrée au premier rang. Ses performances en classe XC ont de quoi ravir les pilotes les plus aguerris.

Sa finesse fantastique va vous accompagner et vous porter dans vos prochains vols de distance, préparez vos stylos pour les carnets de vols !

L’Elan est la voile parfaite pour tout pilote d’expérience ayant besoin d’un shot de performance en plus pour rester connecté à son esprit de liberté.

Choisir l’Elan maintenant, c’est opter pour une fidèle amie qui a été créée dans un seul but: vous rendre accro aux vols cross-country.

 

Mission accomplie: Voler en paix

La dernière génération d’Eden série 5 nous a valu un feedback formidable de la part des pilotes, en raison de son rapport fantastique performance/handling. Le designer de Macpara (Peter Recek) s’est retrouvé face à un nouveau défi : concevoir une voile sur base d’Eden 5, adressée aux pilotes confirmés et de haut niveau, tout en conservant les critères de sécurités adaptés à ce type de vol.

Le but a été finalement atteint : de magnifiques  performances de finesse sont obtenues dans toute la plage de vitesse, ainsi qu’un virage facile et  performant dans les thermiques et avec une sécurité maintenue au top. L’Elan est une voile au handling sportif et dotée d’une impressionnante capacité d’accroche en montée thermique : ses spécificités s’additionnent rapidement à la faveur d’un vol jouissif.

 

MAC PARA Elan: L’exigence renforcée

Durant des mois de travail, nos pilotes ont testé et comparé différents prototypes et techniques de conception modernes : on y parle de « sharknose », miniribs, 3D design etc. Ces nouveaux concepts ont été ajoutés et testés les uns après les autres, et additionnés avec des concepts de géométrie différents. Toutes ces options ont été filtrées et révisées avec scepticisme par nos pilotes. Les prototypes trop nerveux, des performances pas assez hautes, des accroches trop faibles en thermiques, tout critère négatif découvert a conduit à l’élimination du concept, à son changement et à la création d’un nouveau prototype. Tout ce travail vous semblera évident une fois en vol sous l’Elan. Son profil et sa surface sont exceptionnellement propres et ses qualités sont surprenantes de facilité.

 

Poids léger et décollage facile

Nous nous sommes battus sur ce point aussi : moins de masse et décollage ultra facile. Le résultat est un décollage évident, une voile balancée dans toutes les manœuvres « normales », et un handling tempéré dans les manœuvres plus poussées. Grace au nez sharknose et un profil maison, le pression est maintenue dès le début du gonflage, ce qui explique notamment la facilité des décollages, et la finesse de l’Elan à toutes les vitesses. La pression interne la rend très résistante aux fermetures, sans pour autant durcir l’effort aux freins.

Avec un allongement de 6.18 et 62 cellules, les 5.65Kg de l’Elan se sont très bien positionnées en EN-C : elle est considérée comme une voile franchement saine dans cette catégorie.

 

Matériaux de pointes

Les lignes hautes sont faites de Cousin Vectran non-gainées pour lutter contre la traînée : la finesse est fantastique. Les lignes principales sont de Kevlar gainé Edelrid. Les choix des matériaux sont le résultat d’années d’expérience dans nos ateliers, et nous ne sommes pas du genre à nous jeter sur les dernières inventions à la mode sans avoir pu prouver leurs qualités. Vous pouvez vous réjouir de ce que ce savoir faire confère à l’Elan une longévité de haut rang, et vous évitera d’avoir à craindre la détérioration constante de sa géométrie, ainsi que l’achat fréquent de jeux de lignes.

L’Elan est montée sur des élévateurs fins, dotés de poulies à roulement à bille HARKEN. Un loop est monté sur la sangle des C pour la stabilisation à vitesse max. accélérée.

Les oreilles sont réalisées grâce à une sangle séparée aux A, et se rouvrent facilement.

 

Surfacée  à la perfection

Le surfaçage 3D n’offre pas que des designs esthétiques, mais contribue considérablement  à la performance aérodynamique grâce à la réduction des imperfections de l’extrados. Des tenseurs de bord de fuite, une voûte renforcée, des bouts d’ailes retravaillés s’ajoutent au design et sont autant de contributeurs à la réduction de la traînée. La rigidité transversale de l’aile est assurée par un gros développement des relations diagonales/géométrie, et le tout se concrétise par une manufacture irréprochable dans nos ateliers Européens.

 

Vous allez aimer son handling!

Si vous ne le connaissez pas encore, vous allez découvrir le gonflage réputé qui signe les voiles Macpara. Le développement du bord de fuite génère des commandes précises et hyper efficaces pour le travail en thermique. Du pur Macpara.

La pression est bien modérée aux freins, et augmente progressivement jusqu’en bout de course. Les émerillons sont de série ainsi que des boutons pressions pour les freins. Des ouvertures sont aménagées en bout d’aile pour le nettoyage.

 

Faite pour rider au sommet

Avec la valeur ajoutée de ses élévateurs fins, le sharknose renforcé, les suspentes fines, l’allongement augmenté, l’Elan s’affirme d’emblée comme un must pour les pilotes de distance et de compétition serial-class. Ses performances et son agilité font du vol un pur plaisir. Nous sommes fier de l’ajouter à notre catalogue! 

 

Fly in peace


 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

matériaux

 

 

Bord d’attaque extrados:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Bord de fuite extrados:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Intrados:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Panneau Inter caisson:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29, 40 g/m2
Diagonales:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29, 40 g/m2
Cloison: Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Lignes hautes:Cousin Trestec - Vectran
0,6mm (50kg); 0,9mm (115kg)
Lignes principales:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
7343 -230 kg, -190 kg, -90 kg

 

L’Elan est faite de tissus renommés Skytex 38 Classic de Porcher sports, à la durabilité éprouvées. Les diagonales sont de Skytex Hardfinish E29A. Voilà qui donne à la voile un poids péjoré pour une durée de vie accrue.

spécification

 
Elan
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Zoom a plat [%]899296.5100103.5108
Surface a plat [m2]22.1823.726.072829.9932.66
Surface projetee [m2]19.3420.6722.7424.4226.1628.48
Envergure a plat [m]11.7112.1112.713.1613.6214.21
Allongement a plat6.186.186.186.186.186.18
Corde moyenne[m]2.372.452.572.662.752.87
Nb de cellules636363636363
Poids [kg]5.35.455.655.96.16.4
Fourchette de poids PTV [kg]*60-8070-9078-10090-112105-130115-145
Vitesse mini[km/h]23-2523-2523-2523-2523-2523-25
Vitesse max [km/h]38-4038-4038-4038-4038-4038-40
Vitesse max (acceleree)[km/h]53-5553-5553-5553-5553-5553-55
Finesse max10.510.510.510.510.510.5
Taux de chute mini [m/s]1.051.051.051.051.051.05
Homologation LTF/EN-CLTF/EN-CLTF/EN-CLTF/EN-C 

 * PTV = poids nu + environ 20 kg
(ou pilote +voile+sellette et secours+vetements et accessoires)

 

Rapport d’homologation





design

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Custom Special Design

CLICK HERE you can printed special design on paper, or print to pdf. 

 

Skytex range
Value 8/8 is most resistant to UV

 Skytex Blue  Skytex Red  Skytex Yellow  Skytex Lime
 Skytex Orange  Skytex Violet  Skytex Gold  Skytex Bordeaux
 Skytex Black  Skytex White  Skytex Grey  Skytex Bronze

 

 

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