Come fly with me
Spread your wings like a bird, step lightly into the air and simply fly away: the ALPHA 7 is your perfect partner for making this a reality. Latest technology combined with the highest quality materials ensure your pleasure and safety while you learn, and for long afterwards. Maximum flying fun guaranteed.
The ALPHA 7 benefits from a simple lining design, with few support points and lines. This simple array is easy to see and quick to sort. The ALPHA 7 is straightforward to takeoff and fly. Weight is minimal, achieved by a sophisticated internal structure and state-of-the-art construction materials.
Innovative design technology gives the ALPHA 7 plenty of safety reserves. High internal wing pressure is maintained by the combination of an “Air Scoop” leading edge and the traditional ADVANCE semi-circular air intakes. This feature gives the ALPHA 7 a very low stall point and unmistakably clear and progressive brake loading. The pilot gains a significant safety plus from these handling advances.
The ALPHA 7 was not just designed for learning; it is especially suitable for what comes after. It’s intended for pilots who appreciate a lot of safety when combined with notable performance. Through its modern design technology – including “3D-Shaping” at the leading edge and an intricate diagonal rib concept - it demonstrates a very respectable performance level among A-Class wings.
Modern “Air Scoop Technology’ at the leading edge applies to the ALPHA 7. Combined with the typical ADVANCE semi-circular intakes this feature results in a significantly lower separation point with clearly progressive brake loading.
The low weight of the ALPHA 7 is primarily achieved by its sophisticated and carefully designed internal structure. Because the outer surfaces are still made of robust 40/38 gm cloth the light weight has no effect on the glider’s long life expectancy. The fabric used for the the ALPHA 7 is exclusively high quality cloth from Porcher Sports, the well-know European manufacturer.
Big ears made easy. The ALPHA 7 outer A-line has its own easily reachable riser, making it easy to pull effective big ears. Taking off with both A-risers in hand is also simplified by the “Quick-Snap” magnet system which holds them together on the ground. Line sorting remains child’s play. After pull up the risers separate and take up their flying position.
The ALPHA 7 risers have a "Easy Connect System", which helps the pilot hook in correctly by using a coloured marking system. This reduces the probability of the beginner connecting a twisted riser, or attaching the risers to the wrong carabiners. For maximum compatibility among ADVANCE products the same coloured markings are applied to all ADVANCE harness suspension points.
|Recommended takeoff weight||kg||50-70||60-80||70-95||85-110||100-130|
|Increased takeoff weight||kg||70-85||80-95||95-110||110-125||130-145|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.6||3.6||3.6||3.6||3.6|
|Number of cells||38||38||38||38||38|
|Number of risers||3+1||3+1||3+1||3+1||3+1|
|Certification Recommended takeoff weight||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A|
|Certification increased takeoff weight||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A||EN/LTF A|
|Leading edge||Skytex 38 universal, 39 g/m2|
|Upper surface||Skytex 38 universal, 39 g/m2|
|Designstripe||Skytex 38 universal, 39 g/m2|
|Lower surface||Skytex Easyfly, 40 g/m2|
|Profiles||Skytex 40 hard finish, 40 g/m2|
|Unsuspended profiles||Skytex 40 hard finish, 40 g/m2|
|Main lines||A-6843-370, -280, -230, -180, -140|
|Galery lines||A-6843-140, DSL 070|
|Brake lines||DSL 070, DFL 115|
|Risers||Polyester 22mm, 1200daN|
|Quick links||MR Delta 3.5mm / S22|
The ALPHA 7 demonstrates a high safety margin and very easy handling. This becomes evident even before takeoff. The new “Easy Connect System” helps the pilot clip into the risers safely and conveniently.
In flight the ALPHA 7 has a marked desire to return to steady flight. This means that a novice pilot’s incorrect or overenthusiastic control demands only create modest energy changes, and the wing quickly returns to its original flying condition.
The ALPHA 7 is considerably lighter than the previous Alpha. In addition, stall characteristics have been further improved. The stall point is much lower, and can only be reached though markedly raised brake line loading.
The ALPHA 7 starts particularly easily because it is very light: thanks to the innovative line concept and intricate diagonal rib construction the wing save many metres of line, and both these features reduce ALPHA 7 weight. Takeoff preparation and the takeoff itself both become simpler. The lines are quickly sorted, and the lighter canopy easily rises and remains above the pilot, without overshooting.
The inside of the ALPHA 7 wing partly consists of “Sliced Diagonals”. This elaborate technology, usually found in high classification paragliders, saves a lot of line by a more efficient sharing of canopy loads. Once again this contributes to noticeable A class performance improvement. In addition, the ALPHA 7 benefits from “3D-Shaping”. This achieves a very smooth profile surface in the critical nose area, improving airflow and performance. These qualities, plus an expanded weight range, clearly set the ALPHA 6 apart from a typical beginner glider.
Definitely: it was designed with this specifically in mind. The ALPHA 7 has high passive safety. This means that it looks after itself and quickly returns to normal flight if the canopy is disturbed. Even in thermals the wing flies in a very stable manner, and transmits a sense of calm and reassurance to its pilot.
In addition to this the ALPHA 7 is easy to fly, and provides a real step up in glide performance as a result of its new line concept, and other refinements (see previous questions). The ALPHA 7 is one of the fastest A class paragliders and is still a lot of fun long after the school is over.
New analysis technology enables the stresses in the structure to be accurately simulated, therefore the ideal construction material can be specifically chosen for each part. The ALPHA 7 inner life could therefore be made very light but also strong. The “Smart Sail System” at the leading edge also contributes to strength and long life. Here the Ripstop fabric is exactly aligned with local tension to prevent fabric distortion.
When developing the ALPHA 7 we kept the new generation of budding acro pilots in mind: so the extended upper weight limit of the EN/LTF-A classification for 22, 24, 26, 28 and 31 sizes lies around 15 kg above the recommended weight ranges. ALPHA 7 pilots can choose whether they prefer a glider with the best climbing performance of the normal weight range, or the handling of a higher wing loading. In an extended weight range the ALPHA 7 has a higher trim speed, and a more dynamic and agile flying characteristic. The ALPHA 7 keeps its EN/LTF-A certification in the extended weight range – testament to its innate passive safety.
The ALPHA 7 has in all sizes a DGAC paramotor certification. Technical data and information about use, flight behaviour and approvals can be found in the supplement to the ALPHA 7 manual. There are special Hybrid Risers for paramotoring.
From ALPHA to OMEGA a basic principle applies to all ADVANCE paragliders: when developing new products we always incorporate tried and trusted details acquired over our 30 year experience, along with the useful innovations. Our trademark winglets, for example. Even on the ALPHA 7 these are still reducing induced drag (vortex-effect) and improving directional stability. Or there’s the “Ring-Raff-System”: when turning is called for the ALPHA 7 wingtip is braked first, where the most effective yawing moment takes effect. This makes steering harmonised and precise, and handling more direct.
Together with our high demands on quality and passion for detail this principle creates fully-finished State-of-the-Art products.
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