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Eden 4 Powered

Eden4 Powered

Paraglider Eden 4 PPG

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The Eden 4: Sporty Performing All-rounder

The Eden series from MacPara continues with amazing success in the paramotoring community. After many prototypes and design adjustments, the MacPara Eden 4 has transformed into a high demand flag ship model in the ppg market. It’s not easy for a manufacture to come up with a design that works well with a paramotor, however, the Eden 4 is a fan favorite packed with features that appeal to a wide range of sport ppg pilots. 

 

Why is it so Popular?

The Eden 4’s popularity has made it one of the most copied paragliders in the ppg industry because of its ease of use and great all-around performance. The new Eden 4 is a fun and safe paraglider in the intermediate sport class. It’s a paraglider that will help you advance your skills and keep you enjoying the sport. Compared to the Eden 3, the Eden 4 has been designed with better glide, more direct handling and increased glide in accelerated flight.

 

Boost Your Confidence

The best part of the Eden 4 is that it gives you the feeling of confidence both on the ground and in the air. The inflation is smooth and constant in any wind speed. It gives you the ability to get off the ground faster because of its friendly handling by consistently coming up overhead. In simple terms the Eden 4 floats above your head just before are ready to fly. This is the most sought out characteristic of a paramotor glider! It just waits for the pilot’s directions and responds quickly to pilot’s inputs. The Eden 4 is very predictable and offers no scary surprises.

 

In Flight

In the air the Eden 4 is provides agile handling and responsiveness for pilots looking for a safe paraglider that they can grow into and not get bored. It can perform as exciting as you want with responsive maneuvers or let it practically fly itself and take you on beautiful calm sunset flights. With a high glide ratio of 8.5 the Eden 4 lets you explore places you have always wanted to see without slowing you down. It features excellent stability throughout the full weight and speed range it is intended for.
In the event of turbulence or rough air the Eden 4 has a stability features that give you a feeling of comfort. It is designed to withstand collapses and keep you on level flight in bumpy air to offer security that most pilots look for. Flying this type of glider puts a smile on your face because of how fun and easy it is to use. It truly lets you enjoy each flight because of this built in safety.

 

Free flight Paraglider Configuration

As a bonus the Eden 4 can be used as an excellent free flight paraglider as well! You can order your Eden 4 with DULV risers (two hang points). The transition from free flight to powered flight with DULV risers is very simple. After free flying all that you need to do is to hook up your carabineers into higher position for motor flight and then go powered paragliding! No need to extend the brake lines. More information about this exciting feature can be found in the user manual for more clarification.

 

How it’s Made

The Eden 4 paraglider has 52 cells which get thinner closer to the wing tip which makes it easier to control. The slim elliptical shape of the canopy has an aspect ratio of 5.23. This means it offers plenty of performance while keeping a stable shape above your head at all times. The line configuration helps maintain a clean smooth canopy also assisting in how well it flies through the air. Diagonal V-tapes and a system of load-bearing supporting tapes give the canopy incredible stability in the event of extreme maneuvers. As technical as this may sound, the Eden 4 is very resistant to collapsing.

 

Built In Safety and More Design Features

In the event of an induced collapse such as heavy turbulence, the Eden 4 will not rotate quickly and will usually reopen within 50 degrees. This allows less inexperienced pilots time to regain control of their glider. The Eden 4 uses the same brake system as seen in the Envy model paraglider to make the handling precise. Once you set the angle and radius of a turn it does not change if you continue to hold the brake in a constant position. It obeys the pilots command. The light brake pressure allows pleasant turns during long flights, but increases progressively toward the end of its travel to act as a warning system to let you know you are approaching the danger zone. The Eden 4 is equipped with comfortable brake handles with a swivel and magnetic clips. Velcro closures on the wingtips make access easier to remove any sand, grass or small stones from the glider. The Eden 4 is also equipped with split “A” risers to facilitate “Big Ears” which helps with safe altitude decent.

 

Extra Strong and Strength tested

The original free flight Eden 4 paraglider was load tested to 8G at 145 kg (equating to 1160 kg). The POWER Eden 4 version is equipped with stronger main lines offering even more strength bearing safety. MacPara has used this system for over 15 years on their paramotoring gliders with a perfect safety record. This guarantees one of the highest levels of security available. 

 

What Size?

The Eden 4 is certified by registered authorities and approved according to LTF, EN/B guidelines. It is produced in 5 sizes to suit various sized pilots. MacPara recommends that paramotor pilots choose the size of paraglider by taking your naked weight and adding approximately 35 - 40 kg to accommodate for your paramotor gear, boots, helmet etc. References for the suggested safe weight ranges for the Eden 4 can be found under the specifications tab located at the top of this page.

 

Colour Choices

The new and improved Eden 4 is available in 5 new colours applied to both the top and bottom surfaces given it a more professional look in the sky. Pick your favorite colour by checking out the design tab on the top of this page.

 

Test Mac Para Eden 4 from magazine Thermik

MAC PARA’s Performance-Intermediate glider the Eden now appears in the fourth edition. After the successful Eden 3 we were looking forward to testing the new Eden 4.

Although Mac Para is well known on the international market due to their successful competition and high performance gliders, the Eden range has been the biggest selling model. Most recent was the Eden 3, with DHV 1-2 homologation, which continued to write the successful history of MAC PARA.

The release of the 4th version of the Eden, should prolong, if not surpass this success. In addition to a completely new design, which can be found on all new MAC PARA gliders, 10 months of design and testing work has been invested in developing this performance intermediate glider, the Eden 4. From a technical perspective the Eden 4 is a combination of its predecessor, the Eden 3 and its bigger brother, the Envy (DHV 2). The objectives were clear: to improve climb and to increase the glide performance at higher speeds (using the speed-system).

Design and manufacturing
The manufacturing standard and workmanship of the Eden 4 is through and through exemplary and clean. They use only the best materials to ensure durability and longevity of the canopy. It is the leading edge, where the fabric is most stressed. For this area Skytex 45 with E85A coating is used. For the less stressed areas of the canopy the well known and time-tested lighter fabric Skytex 40 with E38A coating is used. The ribs and diagonal segments use Skytex 40 with E29A "hard finish" coating. This combination gives the benefit of a canopy that is both lightweight and durable. "

Take-off behaviour.
When front launching, pre-flight checks can be done quickly due to the good layout of the suspension lines. The Eden 4 requires only a light initial impulse to fill the canopy. With a little guidance, the canopy rises cleanly and holds its position over the pilot. Stabilization at the apex is effortless with the Eden 4, and even inexperienced pilots will be able to keep the canopy easily and playfully overhead.  This should give sufficient time for a visual inspection of the canopy and the decision to continue with take-off.

Thanks to the relatively low take-off speed you can make successful and effortless launches in zero or crosswind situations. Even with a slight tail wind you don’t need to be an ace sprinter to get the Eden 4 into the third dimension.

Rear launches are pure pleasure. The canopy rises cleanly with a little input, keeping its position. Using the wind it is easy to hold the Eden 4 over the pilot. When ground-handling on take-off, even the less talented pilot shouldn’t be kited. The pilot can safely use the brakes, or in a strong wind the D risers.

Flight behaviour
In flight, the Eden 4 gives immediate confidence. The canopy is clean and stable in the air, even when fully accelerated. Response to control inputs is hardly delayed and is quickly and cleanly implemented. In the "work area" the Eden 4 has slightly higher brake pressure then similar gliders. Nearing the stall point the brake pressure increases markedly, and warns even heavy-handed less talented pilots safely and reliably of an impending, unwanted stall. When turning in thermals the Eden 4 is exemplary as it spirals upward. The glider is easily steerable and can’t be thrown off course. In weak thermals, it is recommended to apply outer brake to achieve better flatter turns. Even under turbulent conditions or ragged lee side thermals the canopy stays inflated and stable in the air. Also thanks to these features, during our test flights it didn’t experience any unintended canopy collapses. Simulated collapses (and it does not matter if on trim speed or accelerated) open quickly, independently and with a max of up to 180° of turn.

The speed of rotation and dive forward are low. Even front stalls are within completely predictable parameters. The canopy reopens automatically, balanced and gently. This process starts from the centre. The Eden 4 dives slightly forward and returns to clean flight. The speed system of the Eden 4 works smoothly and produces a speed increase of about 13 km/h. Thanks to this valley transitions should not be an insurmountable obstacle.

Descent methods

Big-ears:
With split “A” risers it is easy to perform big ears. Effortlessly, the wingtips can be easily collapsed and held in position for a long period. The canopy remains very stable, and the folded parts keep quiet. Using weight shift during the manoeuvre allows the Eden 4 comfortable control without the need for acrobatic movements. We measured during the tests - sink rates of about -2.8 m/s to -3.4 m/s (accelerated). After release the wing opens mostly independently and instantaneously without intervention from the pilot. Only occasionally did we have to help with a light brake input.

B-Stall:
When initiating a significant resistance has to be overcome. Maintaining the B-stall requires significantly less power. The Eden 4 shows little or no tendency toward turning away. After rapid release of the B-risers, the canopy dives forward only slightly and returns cleanly and balanced into the flight again.

Spiral-dive:
Daring brake input and weight shift to one side is all that is required to initiate a spiral-dive.
After only one turn the Eden 4 readily develops the correct angle of bank and speed. Both can be easily and cleanly controlled and corrected by outer brake input. Termination of the spiral turns out to be smooth. The termination of the large sink rates should be actively carried out using multiple turns.

Summary
The Eden 4 is through and through a balanced, harmonious glider that will appeal to a wide range of pilots. Although the smooth course of take-off is very friendly to novice pilots, the very attractive performance potential of the Eden 4 combined with a high degree of passive safety will be appreciated by pilots during XC flights. Due to the agile handling the fun and pleasure should not be neglected. Not least, the Eden 4 is also visually eye-catching.

Thermik Magazine
 
Quick Assessment
Materials and workmanship Material
*****
Very clean workmanship. The successful mix of materials provides optimum durability and reduces weight.
Workmanship
*****
Take off  behaviour Front launch
*****
Comes up cleanly and fluently over the pilot after a light initial input.  No tendency to overshoot.
Rear launch
*****
Comes up cleanly. At any time easily possible to correct if needed.Can be playfully holded over the pilot (even after turning the canopy remains without much intervention over the pilot).
Flight behaviour Agility
****
High within its class, especially when bold brake applications are used.
Handling
****
Control inputs are converted cleanly and instantly. In the normal flight envelope - direct and moderately smooth.
Collapse behaviour
*****
Extremely good-natured behaviour (even at full speed), even after large surface collapse. Front collapses open quickly and independently. The canopy starts to fly again cleanly - without large overshoot.
Speed system
****
Easy to push and maintain over long periods. Not tiring. At max speed the canopy maintains a stable dynamic pressure.
Descent  methods Big Ears
****
Initiation and maintenance are easy thanks to split A risers.Sometimes pilot input is needed when releasing the big ears.
B-Stall
****
Significant effort required to initiate. Easy to keep in the B-stall.. No tendency for twisting or turning. After release the canopy returns cleanly to normal flight with only light surge.
Spiral dive
****
Simple initiation – spiral rotation can be controlled easily at any time. Exit is simple.
Technical features Bunching system on trailing edge; swivels on brake handles; openings on wingtips for cleaning.
Suitability Talented beginners and occasional pilots. Safety-oriented pilots who don’t want compromise on performance and agile handling. Thermal and first XC flights.
Scoring *poor **average ***good ***very good *****excellent

Measuring instruments: 2 x Aircotec XC-Trainer

 

materials

 

Surface Top Leading Edge:Skytex 9092, Coating E85A 45 g/m2
Surface Top Trailing Edge:Skytex 9017, Coating E38A 40 g/m2
Surface Bottom:Skytex 9017, Coating E38A 40 g/m2
Main ribs:Skytex 9017, Coating E29A 40 g/m2
Diagonal ribs:Skytex 9017, Coating E29A 40 g/m2
Minor ribs: Skytex 9017, Coating E38A 40 g/m2
Upper lines:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
6843 – 80 kg, – 120 kg
Main lines:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
6843 – 340 kg, – 240 kg, – 160 kg

 

The Eden 4 is manufactured using the paragliding industries well established lightweight material with excellent durability; Skytex 40, from Porcher Sport (NCV). Because for any glider, the part that always wears out first is the leading edge, we use Skytex 45 with evolution coating E85A for this. For the less stressed areas of the sail we use Skytex 40 with E38A coating. For the supporting and diagonal ribs we use Skytex 40 with “hard finish” coating E29A. This gives the advantage of a sail that is both lightweight and very durable.

specification

 
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Zoom flat [%]91.295.5100104.3109.3
Area flat [m2]23.3225.5728.0430.533.5
Area projected [m2]20.8822.925.1227.3330.01
Span flat [m]11.0411.5512.112.6213.22
Aspect ratio flat5.225.225.225.225.22
Root cord [m]2.622.742.8733.14
Cells5252525252
Weight [kg]5.866.26.56.8
Weight range [kg]*83-109103-129113-147133-173153-193
Weight range [lbs]*183-240227-284249-324293-381337-425
Min. speed [km/h]23-2523-2523-2523-2523-25
Max. speed [km/h]36-3836-3836-3836-3836-38
Top speed (accelerator)[km/h]48-5048-5048-5048-5048-50
Glide ratio8.58.58.58.58.5
Min. Sink rate[m/s]1.151.151.151.151.15
CertificateEN BEN BEN BEN BEN B


 * powered pilot equipped = weight naked + cca. 35 - 40 Kg


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