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Elan

 Paraglider Elan

Elan

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 Designe Elan

 

Una breve introduzione alla filosofia del nuovo MAC PARA Elan

Probabilmente tu hai già qualche anno di volo e sei alla ricerca di una vela divertente ma tecnologicamente avanzata per continuare a sfruttare  le tue capacità. Il nuovo MAC PARA Elan offre stabilità e performance al top di categoria per piloti che chiedono sempre di più alla loro vela.


Elan è stato progettato per aumentare la vostra confidenza e comfort di volo con sicurezza pur restando ai vertici delle prestazioni di categoria.
In MAC PARA noi pensiamo  che con Elan farai i voli migliori di sempre :
“Fly your best” con Elan puoi!

Come tutte le vele della linea MAC PARA, l’Elan ha una straordinaria maneggevolezza che non teme confronti. La sua agilità nei lunghi voli di Xc soddisferà anche il pilota più esigente.

Preparati a scaricare fantastici e memorabili voli di distanza che l’Elan ti consentirà di fare grazie all’eccezionale efficienza.

L’ Elan è la vela perfetta per piloti esperti che ambiscono ad avere un extra di performance restando fedeli al loro spirito di volo in libertà che li spinge sempre più lontani.

Scegli quest’anno di affrontare grandi avventure con una vela incredibile come l’Elan. Essa è stata progettata con un solo scopo, per farti sognare e realizzare voli di Xc.

 

Missione compiuta: Volare sereni ,Fly In Peace

L’aumento di prestazioni e comfort in volo dell’ultima serie “Eden” ha avuto un crescendo di popolarità inaspettata. Il progettista MAC PARA Petr Recek ha voluto affrontare questa sfida  anche in EN C mantenendo sempre alti gli standard di sicurezza. Petr mantenendo tutte le caratteristiche della serie Eden 5 ha dato vita ad un nuovo progetto chiamato Elan. E’ questo un progetto per la EN C, una alta categoria dedicata a piloti con esperienza.  Dopo ore di modifiche e numerosi feedback la pazienza è stata premiata. Le nuove modifiche hanno incrementato le prestazioni ed ora un notevole rateo di planata è mantenuto su tutto il range di velocità . L’obiettivo di Petr è stato raggiunto!. L’Elan è  una vela dal carattere sportivo con una impressionante capacità di risalire le termiche per permettere a te di volare al meglio e concentrarti solo sul volo dimenticando il resto.

 

MAC PARA Elan: La Vera Innovazione

Durante otto mesi di intense fase progettuali e  test, il Team MAC PARA ha provato e comparato diversi prototipi. Questi erano tutti progettati con il nuovo shark nose, 3d shaping, minirib, etc… Queste vele sono state  tutte comparate con differenti sistemi di linee e geometrie e scelte con criteri molto selettivi.
Prototipi con vela troppo sensibile ( nervosa), performance non al top o difficoltà in termica venivano analizzati e poi scartati. Ora noi siamo fieri di presentarti il prodotto finale chiamato Elan una eccezionale vela con un profilo incredibilmente pulito. Le sue eccellenti prestazioni si percepiscono lungo tutta la ampia gamma di velocità. L’Elan offre soprattutto un elevato comfort di volo ed un’ottima stabilità.

 

Leggera e dal Decollo Facile Ovunque

Intensi test sono stati rivolti allo sviluppo delle caratteristiche di maneggevolezza dell’Elan. Il risultato è una vela ben bilanciata con un decollo elementare ed un gestibile controllo durante le manovre estreme. L’Elan ha un allungamento di 6.18 ed un peso di soli 5,65 Kg per la taglia M. L’Elan  è ben centrato nella categoria EN C con un impressionante bordo di attacco con 62 celle. Tutto questo è incredibile con il suo peso totale così basso.

 

Cogliere i benefici delle tecnologie più avanzate

I progetti dei nuovi profili ( che si distinguono per lo shark nose),offrono una eccezionale efficienza, stabilità in volo e vantaggi in decollo. La superficie perfettamente liscia è ottenuta grazie all’uso di inserti in Mylar combinati con la tecnologia “C rod”. Il risultato visivo è un design sportivo con forma ellittica.

Ma questo non è tutto!

Il taglio unico del bordo di attacco rende molto veloce il gonfiaggio dell’Elan. Il progetto di questo nuovo profilo aumenta anche la pressione interna caratteriste queste che rendono facile la vela al decollo.

In turbolenza l’Elan mantiene una eccezionale stabilità e grande resistenza alle chiusure. Il pilotaggio richiederà minimi input sui freni oppure sulle apposite appendici delle bretelle “C” in caso di volo accelerato. 

 

Particolari che contribuiscono ad elevare le prestazioni

La parte alte dei cavi è sguainata ed in sottile Cousin Vectran usato sulle vele da competizione per ottenere le massime prestazioni. Le linee principali sono di Edelrid Kevlar rivestite.
La scelta dei cavi è il risultato di anni di esperienza e prove testando differenti materiali. Siamo pertanto fieri di dirti che con Elan avrai il massimo di longevità dei tuoi materiali senza dover fare costanti regolazioni di assetto o sostituire l’intero fascio.
Le sottili bretelle sono dotate di carrucole ad alta qualità HARKEN montate su cuscinetti. Una speciale maniglia sulla bretella “C” ti aiuterà a stabilizzare la vela nel volo accelerato.
Le bretelle hanno la classica “A” splittata sull’esterno per facilitare la manovra delle Grandi Orecchie, il tutto per rendere il volo più semplice. Troverai che la riapertura delle orecchie è dolce e progressiva, e può essere assistita con qualche pompata di freno.

 

La forma della Perfezione

La tecnologia 3D shaping offre non solo modelli con nuovi colori ma soprattutto conferisce una pulizia aerodinamica alla vela senza precedenti. Speciali centine ( minirib) sul bordo di uscita, grande curvatura, nuovo design per gli stabilo, tutto questo contribuisce a ridurre la resistenza indotta ed aumentare le prestazioni. La rigidità della vela insieme ai rinforzi diagonali, la geometria delle linee e l’esecuzione di un impeccabile lavoro artigianalmente sono stati ottimizzati per offrirvi divertenti e rilassanti voli.

 

Ti Innamorerai della sua Maneggevolezza!

Il sistema di attacco dei freni con fettucce che scorrono attraverso anelli posti sul bordo di uscita sono il segreto della precisione in virata e prestazioni superiori in termica. MAC PARA usa questo sistema sulle sue vele da oltre vent’anni.

I freni morbidi permettono un pilotaggio preciso e rilassante. La pressione tende ad aumentare progressivamente verso la fine dell’escursione offrendo una maggiore sicurezza di volo. L’Elan è dotata di freni con rotella anti-twist ed un pratico bottone a pressione per fissare i freni. Pratiche aperture renderanno più agevole la pulizia interna dell’ala per rimuovere sabbia, foglie o piccole pietre. 

 

Grandi Prestazioni e Padrone dei Cieli

Con le prestazioni ottenute mediante bretelle sottili, bordo di attacco con shark nose rinforzato, linee sottili e moderato allungamento, l’Elan attirerà piloti sia dediti al Cross Country che competitori in Serial Class. L’eccezionale angolo di planata abbinato ad un pilotaggio agile e sportivo fa dell’Elan un vero giocattolo per volare.

 

Batti allo sprint…

Contatta il tuo rivenditore locale e prenota il tuo Elan prima che la stagione inizi. Ti innamorerai del nuovo design e della maneggevolezza di questo gioiello del volo. Un altro piccolo capolavoro che si aggiunge alla linea MAC PARA .

 

Volate Serenamente..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


materiali

 

Estradosso bordo d'attacco:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Estradosso bordo d'uscita:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Intradosso:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Centine principali:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29A, 40 g/m2
Centine diagonali:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29A, 40 g/m2
Centine piccole: Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 40 g/m2
Fascio superiore:Cousin Trestec - Vectran
0,6mm (50kg); 0,9mm (115kg)
Fascio principale:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
7343 -230 kg, -190 kg, -90 kg

 

L’Elan è prodotto con il tessuto Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Classic , leggero e con durata eccellente. Per le centine ed i rinforzi diagonali lo Skytex 40 al altro trattamento E29A. Questa scelta consente di avere i doppi vantaggi di altissima durata e leggerezza della vela.

capitolato

 
Elan
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Zoom in piano [%]899296.5100103.5108
Area in piano [m2]22.1823.726.072829.9932.66
Area proiettata [m2]19.3420.6722.7424.4226.1628.48
larghezza in piano [m]11.7112.1112.713.1613.6214.21
Allungamento in piano6.186.186.186.186.186.18
Corda alare [m]2.372.452.572.662.752.87
Cassoni636363636363
Peso [kg]5.35.455.655.96.16.4
Range di peso [kg]*60-8070-9078-10090-112105-130115-145
Velocita minima [km/h]23-2523-2523-2523-2523-2523-25
Velocita massima [km/h]38-4038-4038-4038-4038-4038-40
Velocita massima(accelerata)[km/h]53-5553-5553-5553-5553-5553-55
Efficienza10.510.510.510.510.510.5
Tasso minimo di caduta[m/s]1.051.051.051.051.051.05
Omologazione LTF/EN-CLTF/EN-CLTF/EN-CLTF/EN-C 

 * Pilota equipaggiato  = peso  nudo + ca. 20 Kg

 

Omologazione





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

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