Working on the Rio-II, we wanted to improve some of its characteristics through the use of modern technology (with all basic geometrical parameters of the new Rio we left unchanged). But we’ve got a tandem, which surpasses the previous model in almost all the major parameters. The new Rio-II has a higher aerodynamic efficiency, speed range, stability, maneuverability, easy and efficient lifting wing landing.
Differences of Rio-II is even during the take-off : the canopy is filled faster, much easier to climb and goes into takeoff position over the head. This property is essential for a tandem flight with an engine and calm. The downside is that during take-off from the slope and during the strong wind more dynamic wing may require more attention from the pilot than it was in Rio I.
Most of the new Rio gained momentum and in flight, which favorably affected its handling. Rio II controlled even easier – has less toggles pressure, better part of the thermal bend more easily kept in a stream. On sensations of controllability Rio-II is closer to Single paraglider. Despite of a little more dynamic Rio-II maintained a high level of comfort in turbulence. The wing “swallows” itself the wind gusts and turbulence, not swinging on the pitch and not too nervous the crew.
The new tandem also increased the stability of the wing. The turbulence wing resists collapses “to the last”, which allowed us extend safely the speed range glider due to the new rises with a big swing trimmers.
For the commercial tandem it is extremely important to have good and effective pillow – this property allows the glider to take “on board” heavier pilot and safely to land it in calm conditions. New Rio-II has more effective pillow “zero” as in the case of classical landing (progressive tightening toggles) and landing “over clocking”.
Until now, gliders Rio and Rio-II are the only paragliders with technology, “Fan scarf”, which significantly reduces the weight of the wing, increases the strength and resource.
1. Easier filling, lifting and starting, especially in calm conditions.
2. A more pleasant, soft and responsive controls like “solo” paraglider.
3. Better cushion landing.
4. Wider speed range due to higher maximum speed.
5. Higher aerodynamic efficiency especially at high speed.
1. 3D-cut of top surface.
2. Technology of smoothed intake.
3. New rises with more effective trimmer.