DUDEK - RUN & FLY

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The Run and Fly is not a typical paragliding canopy: it has a single skin. Therefore it’s lighter while displaying much stronger tendency to stay over head and recover from any surges than a regular paraglider. In this way, the Run&Fly offers safe take-offs, great maneuverability in flight and smooth landings. Welcome to the new world!

Designed by JB Chandelier, Team Dudek and Jacques Peugeot (airframe sizing engineer), in close collaboration with Porcher Sport, the Run&Fly project had been a real challenge for us. We decided to set ourselves very aggressive goals in order to propose a really different, outstanding product. The main specifications were a total weight below 1 kg (the internal project name was 999gr), with speed and flare comparable to standard wings. The wing also had to be affordable, in order to give access to the sky to a wider public. With such an ambitious target, we knew we couldn’t simply “make another single skin wing”: we had to think out of the box. As a result, the Run&Fly needed hours and hours of engineering discussions, debates, analyses, comparisons and numerical simulations, then obviously completed with a lot of flight & load tests.

Ultimately, the wing turned out to exceed our expectations. The biggest mono skin problems have been resolved; Run&Fly has good speed, nice landing and offers a lot of fun. Besides reaching our goals we also achieved a good glide ratio - above 6. Although we usually avoid publishing the glide ratio of our paragliders, because this parameter is sometimes subject to manipulation, we made an exception with Run & Fly. We want to give potential pilots at least a rough understanding of what they can expect from the fact that such an innovative wing exists.

It is exceptionally light, so that you can carry the wing on your back during trail running or climbing sessions almost without noticing the load. It is so compact, that it fits in a 4-litre bag. The Run and Fly is perfect for trail running, hike & fly and necessary travelling, or just as a second wing you will always have with you (you can easily place it in your hand luggage while travelling by plane).  

Run&Fly has excellent stability, coupled with organic, intuitive handling qualities, which makes the wing funny and easy to fly.

The harness is not part of the wing (set).

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND FEATURES:

dbsD Brake System: for a better flare during the landing
ft Front Tube: leading edge inflatable: to support higher speed
31 3 to1 Pannel: partially integrated panels for weight optimization and better landing
hss High Speed System - to achieve good speed in flight, while maintaining safety and good landing parameters (flare)
bea  Brake Elastic Attachment - elastic element fastening the handles to straps/lines (instead of magnets)
apc Auto Pitch Control - the wing stays over your head without pilot control (during launch and flight)

Start:
  • the wing inflates and stays over your head without pilot inputs,
  • no need to use A risers, no need to use the brakes in order to prevent the overshoot, you just start walking and voila! - your wing is stable above you,
  • the wing is easy to control once inflated, it's reactive and much more forgiving than usual.

Flight:

  • the wing is super reactive and intuitive - you have direct control,
  • the wing retains some micro-movement along the pitch axis but never shoots, wants to come back to straight flight as soon as possible without any unpleasant oscillations on the roll axis,
  • without pilot input, the wing is safe and stable,
  • deep spiral exit: without pilot inputs, the wing comes back quickly over the pilot’s head, with a very limited shoot.

Landing

The run&fly can make a nice flare. It's essential to give as fast speed as possible during the final, to create a comfortable flare. If the pilot brakes too much, the flare will don't work.

Teaching process:

  • still under development, but we already know that Run&Fly is so easy and stable that it will certainly become the most popular way of descent in the mountaineering, while possibly changing the paragliding itself too,
  • according to the first students (complete novices), inflation and take off is totally intuitive,
  • students should learn faster than with a classic paraglider,
  • the reflex elements present in the design distinctly increase safety.
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