Adjustments for PPG:
While the VITA’s original design was for free flight, it has been effectively adapted for paramotor flight, with changes made only to the riser configuration. We have added dual hook-in points and pulleys to compensate for different paramotor styles.
Incorporating that small, but critical change, along with adding the trim tab option allows the VITA to be optimized for powered paragliding. The VITA was chosen as an excellent student level paramotor glider for the same reasons it has excelled in free flight.
In paramotor, the demands for a forgiving, easy inflating, stable wing are even greater than in paragliding. This is true especially at the student level. Thanks of the inherent resistance to forward surging, the VITA PPG has also proven to be reassuringly predictable for powered launches with a trike where there is more forward inertia. Students have found the transition time between perfecting their kiting skills to forward launching with a motor on the back is minimal with the VITA. Its progressive, easy inflation, quickly translates into a wing that holds stable over the pilot giving him/her the time needed to make the physical and mental transition needed to launch with power. Slow landings with an almost effortless flare quickly add confidence and security to a student's first flights.
Stephan Stiegler, the AirDesign designer and test pilot has one aim in mind as he develops new gliders; the glider must have good handling and have top level performance in the class.
In the entry LTF/EN B class it is especially important for the pilot to have total confidence in the wing.
VITA is designed for pilots who want the highest standards of safety, but who want a wing that they can comfortably fly after finishing training as they expand their boundary's and increase experience.
Many years of flying, designing and competing have convinced us that a pilot who is comfortable flying a glider will learn quicker, fly more and have more fun in the air.
Pilots who are looking for the maximum safety in the LTF/EN B class with no compromise on handling and agility will enjoy the flying sensation of VITA. Performance is way ahead of the class, making VITA the logical glider for the progression from training to first cross-country flights and 'fun' competition.
VITA is aimed at pilots under instruction in the paragliding school and those looking to improve their experience and skill after training.
At take-off you notice the very simple launch characteristics. VITA rises steadily without any surge and settles without overshooting.
Feedback while flying is comfortable, the wing is agile but not excessively so.
Turning into thermals is very easy as the VITA uses its energy to centre within the core. The wing can be turned flat for efficient climbing but with more brake input will turn on a dime for maximising the fun of stronger cores.
In turbulent air the VITA remains solid and very forgiving. The profile is designed so that feedback is useful but not excessive allowing the intermediate pilot to develop the skills of precise glider control.
Brake travel is long, but tuned perfectly to produce great handling combined with the trademark comfort and stability for which AirDesign gliders are becoming known.
From the first flight onwards, VITA feels comfortable and confidence inspiring to fly. The speed range is wide from 37km/h at trim up to 52 km/h and combined with the good glide performance makes the step from local area flights to first cross-country adventures a logical progression.
• Polyamide rods in the leading edge keep the profile in perfect shape and improve stability, launch characteristics and performance.
• Split A-risers for easy Big-ears.
• Swivels on brake lines
• Adjustable neoprene covered brake handles.
• Risers with quality stitching, double webbing at pressure points and dyneema speed system with covered pulleys.
• Quality materials from leading suppliers: Porcher, Dominico, Edelrid, Liros
• Dirt-holes at the wing tips to remove debris
• Suitable for training
How did we design and test VITA?
VITA started life as a small seed of inspiration when AirDesign designer & test pilot, Stephan Stiegler saw how beginner and novice pilots were always looking enviously at the wings of the competition pilots in his home valley.
Why did entry level gliders have to be built like parachutes without the details that gave the 'Performance Class' their finesse?
After a few proto-types and many hours of testing new riser geometry, altering the type and lengths of leading edge stiffening and then flight tests, the VITA was 'born' and brought a new standard of features to the class.
|AREA FLAT (m²)||23,00||25,79||28,20||30,42|
|AREA PROJECTED (m²)||19,56||21,97||24,01||25,91|
|SPAN FLAT (m)||11,10||11,76||12,31||12,78|
|SPAN PROJECTED (m)||8,68||9,20||9,63||10,00|
|ASPECT RATIO FLAT||5,4||5,4||5,4||5,4|
|ASPECT RATIO PROJ.||3,9||3,9||3,9||3,9|
|TOTAL LINE LENGTH||315||333||349||362|
|TAKE OFF WEIGHT (kg) without motor||60 - 75||70 - 90||85 - 105||100 - 125|
|TAKE OFF WEIGHT (kg) with motor||80 - 95||90 - 110||105 - 125||120 - 145|
Top Sail: Porcher Skytex 40
Bottom Sail: Dominico DOKDO-30DMF(WR) 40
Ribs: Dominico 30D hard
Top lines: LIROS DSL70
Middle lines: LIROS PPSL120
Main lines: EDELRID 7343-280 and 190
|Pulleys: STUBAI FL12A||Maillons: 4,3mm Paracond–Korea|
• I could not believe how the sensation of gliding performance transformed the flying experience. I'm not used to the great glide of the VITA and overshot my landing!
• I pushed through turns, flew in thermals, used the accelerator and a made a windy landing without a single moment of insecurity.
• The climb and energy of the wing are amazing, I must say that besides the awesome handling, the greatest impression is climbing.
• Once the wing settles over your head it simply wants to fly.
• The joy of VITA is in thermalling.
• In the air the wing is super fun to fly; trademark AirDesign handling. I was surprised how much energy a modern low end LTF/EN B can have!
• I am extremely impressed by the overall build and manufacturing quality, starting from the rucksack (highly usable and ergonomic...light years ahead of the majority I have to say), all the way to the wing itself. New crispy and modern materials, lines, design, risers, neoprene ergonomic adjustable brakes etc. nylon rods are a bit further/deeper into the profile than the previous designs. I like it!
What the magazines say:
Thermik Magazine . November 2011 (translated from German)
Summary: "The Vita is quite simply a glider without any quirks.
From the moment you launch you appreciate the simplicity and the pleasant, smooth handling.
The wing has no rough edges. Quite the contrary, the VITA showed the good reactions in all test manoeuvres. Performance-wise, the wing is up-to-date.
Everything is feasible with this wing, from training through to cross-county flying.
All-in-all a success! "
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