The T-Ride is a paraglider specially designed for heavy para-trikes.
It features easy takeoff and landing characteristics matched with excellent maneuverability. The design highlights are stability and efficient cruising speed resulting lower fuel consumption.
You will enjoy light and sporty handling when flying the T-Ride. The high performance comes from a combination of the RFE support on the leading edge, carefully selected reinforced airfoils and Mylar plastic filaments for easy launching.
The MacPara research and development team has tested the T-Ride in different sizes looking for the best results regarding cruising speed, performance, and fuel consumption. The winning size that produced the best results was the surface area of 39 m².
The canopy has 58 cells and has an elliptical form with an aspect ratio of 5.2. Diagonal V-tapes and a system of load-bearing tapes give the canopy stability and help to achieve a clean surface. The canopy is very resistant to collapse, but it retains sporty handling in all trim settings. Specially designed airfoils provide extraordinary glide ratio and stability. The smooth shape of the airfoil nose is maintained using Mylar reinforcement combined with plastic rods.
A special brake-system on the portion of trailing edge helps to achieve the extremely low minimum speed necessary for launch and landing. Applying symmetrical brake pull aids in good climbing performance. To achieve the best minimum sink rate and low fuel consumption the trimmers on the T-Ride can be adjusted to maximize performance. The open position of trim decreases the angle of attack and increases cruising speed. The brakes are light thanks to routing over pulleys which will make you feel less tired during long flights flying the T-Ride. The pressure increases progressively and provides the pilot with sufficient information.
Version one is equipped with a 5 point risers system and trimmers on the A and D-risers. Application of the trimmers on the A-risers accelerates the glider. Application of the trimmers on the D-risers changes the angle of attack and the airfoils in rows C and D. The split A risers allow easy application of Big-Ears.
Version two is equipped with a special iron/aluminum spreader bar. The angle of attack is adjusted from the trike. See photo T-Ride spreader bar.
The T-Ride is a perfect paramotoring glider for trikes. The T-Ride is a class of its own from the use of high-quality materials and constant quality control during the manufacturing process.
|Zoom flat [%]||125|
|Area flat [m2]||38.88|
|Area projected [m2]||34.09|
|Span flat [m]||14.21|
|Aspect ratio flat||5.2|
|Root cord [m]||3.21|
|Weight range powered *[kg]||200 - 400|
|Weight range powered *[lbs]||441 - 882|
|Min. speed [km/h]||25 - 27|
|Trim speed [km/h]||41 - 43|
|Top speed (accelerator)[km/h]||60 - 63|
|Min. sink rate [m/s]||1.05|
|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 8000 – 60 kg, – 80 kg, – 190 kg|
|Main lines:||Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar 7343 – 500 kg, – 420 kg, – 280 kg|
The T-Ride 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.