The Ozone XXLite entire canopy is open to the relative airflow and approximately 5kg of air missing from “inside” the wing, the XXLite is more than 80% lighter while flying than a normal paraglider of the same size. This means that the pilot will experience more of the air than ever thought possible, as it has so much less inertia as it moves through variations in the air mass. This heightened “sensitivity” should not be understated, and it is important that pilots who choose to fly the XXLite are capable of appreciating the feedback that this wing will provide, and also of evaluating the conditions that are appropriate for flying it.
For the reasons above, it would be an oversimplification to call the Ozone XXLite a “descent” wing. The feeling of the XXLite in flight is totally unfiltered and may be disconcerting to pilots without the necessary experience. When flying the XXLite, it is important to realize that its movements and feedback are a natural result of physics. Without the weight of a volume of air inside the wing, the airfoil is highly affected by every movement it encounters in the atmosphere but this does not make the wing inherently unstable. Due to the wing’s lack of inertia, it also has far less of a tendency to overshoot, and this reduced amplitude is a positive characteristic in turbulence.
The pure glide performance of the XXLite is comparable to an Ultralite of the same size, but the trim speed is significantly slower and it does not have an accelerator system. Therefore, pilots must anticipate this lack of available speed when choosing conditions to fly in. The slower trim speed means that you will spend more time in a headwind or turbulent area, and your glide will be proportionately affected.
Despite its limitations, the XXLite can be a versatile wing and is capable of great things. During its air-trial period, Ozone Team Pilot Martin Bonis flew the XXLite to the summit of Mt Blanc, where he top-landed on one of the strongest thermal days of 2012. Likewise, pilots who enjoy the enhanced sensations of “unprotected sex flight” will get the most out of this exciting new design.
OZONE XXLite SIZES
* Weights may vary up to 50gm per size due to slight variations in the manufacturing of the fabric used.
CHOOSING YOUR SIZE:
Do not use normal double surface wings as your reference, the XXLite is a unique wing and requires specific loading for optimum performance.
The wing creates lift at a relatively slow speed, so launching is straight forward, even when heavily loaded on the smallest size. The launch speed is similar to a double surfaced wing 3-4m bigger.
Speed is related to wing loading, it is important to not be below the recommended minimum weight range.
Pilots with an all up weight (remember the low weight of the wing) of 65-95 kgs should consider the 16, those between 85 and 115kgs the 19.