Flow Fusion

Details

Der Flow Fusion vereint 2-Liner-Feeling mit einer EN C-Zertifizierung und ist der erste zertifizierte Hybrid-2-3-Liner-Gleitschirm. Fühlen Sie sich verbunden wie eine 2-Leiner-Rennmaschine, mit einer Lenkung für die hintere Steigleitung auf handgefertigten Bedienungsknöpfen, aber behalten Sie die Sicherheit und komfortable Arbeitsbelastung eines EN C-Segelflugzeugs bei. Eine optimierte Linienkonfiguration und einzigartige Riser ermöglichen ein dreizeiliges Layout in der Mitte der Spannweite und ein zweizeiliges Layout an den Spitzen. Die daraus resultierende Reduzierung des Luftwiderstands erhöht die Leistung spürbar.

Sorgfältige Aufmerksamkeit in der Entwurfsphase hat zu einer außergewöhnlichen thermischen Handhabung geführt, die die Zusammensetzung von 2-Liner in die EN C-Klasse gebracht hat. Die Spannung über die Spannweite erzeugt einen kompakter wirkenden Gleiter und hält die Energie in der Kurve aufrecht, die es der Fusion ermöglicht, durch den Himmel zu schnitzen. Surfen Sie mühelos zur Cloud-Basis und rennen Sie dann effizient auf der Bar davon.

Ein pechstabiles Tragflächenprofil, das weniger anfällig für Zusammenbrüche und Schwingungen ist, ermöglicht es dem Piloten, sich auf die Bedingungen und Entscheidungsfindung zu konzentrieren, ohne das Segelflugzeug unter Kontrolle zu haben. Das bescheidene Seitenverhältnis und die Anzahl der Zellen bedeuten eine angenehme Arbeitsbelastung, wie sie für ein EN C-Segelflugzeug erwartet wird. Das Haifischnasenprofil, die 3D-Formgebung und die detaillierte Innenstruktur ergeben zusammen einen modernen Flügel der Sportklasse.

Bei hoher Geschwindigkeit ermöglichen die Fusion-Tragegurte dem Piloten ein geschicktes Fliegen des Segelflugzeugs durch Ändern des Anstellwinkels, ohne das Profil zu verzerren. Dank der zwei Liner-Riser kann der Fusion die Turbulenzen effizienter überwinden, sodass der Pilot über den gesamten Geschwindigkeitsbereich eine bessere Leistung erzielen kann.

„Ich wollte die Leistung unserer äußerst erfolgreichen zweizeiligen Projekte XCRacer und Spectra in die Klasse EN C bringen. Diese Fusion hat ein zugängliches Paket hervorgebracht, das ein Traum zum Fliegen ist und eines der angenehmsten Segelflugzeuge, die ich je geflogen bin. ‚
Felipe Rezende (Flow Designer).

Technical Data

S M ML L
FLAT AREA 22.95 m2 24.45 m2 26.3 m2 28.4 m2
PROJECTED AREA 19.56 20.89 22.47 12.30
FLAT WINGSPAN 12.07 12.48 12.94 13.50
PROJECTED SPAN 9.73 10.06 10.43 10.89
ASPECT RATIO 6.35 6.35 6.35 6.35
PROJECTED AR 4.86 4.86 4.86 4.86
MAX CHORD 2.38 2.45 2.54 2.59
NUMBER OF CELLS 68 68 68 68
GLIDER WEIGHT 4.65kg 4.95kg
TAKE OFF WEIGHT 72-92 80-103 92-115 107-128
CERTIFICATION LTF/EN C * LTF/EN C LTF/EN C LTF/EN C *

Materials

CANOPY FABRIC CODE SUPPLIER
Leading Edge Porcher Skytex 38 s Porcher Industries – France
Upper Surface Porcher Skytex 32 s Porcher Industries – France
Bottom Surface Porcher Skytex 32 s Porcher Industries – France
Supported Ribs Porcher Skytex 32 hard Porcher Industries – France
Unsupported Ribs Porcher Skytex 32 hard Porcher Industries – France
Profile Reinforcement 2.5/1.8/ Plastic pipe
SUSPENTION LINES FABRIC CODE SUPPLIER
Upper Cascades Edelrid 8000U 130/090/070/050kg – Edelrid 9200 030kg EDELRID – Germany
Middle Cascades Edelrid 8000U 190/130/090/070/050kg
Edelrid 9200 030kg
EDELRID – Germany
Main Lines Edelrid 8000U 360/190/130/050kg
Liros DSL 140kg
EDELRID – Germany
LIROS GmbH – Germany
RISERS FABRIC CODE SUPPLIER
Shackles Maillon Rapide ANSUNG PRECISION – Korea
Riser Webbing 12mm zero stretch polyester webbing Guth&Wolf GmbH – Germany
Pulleys Pulleys Ronstan ball bearing Ronstan – Australia

Rucksack

  • Bequem mit Hüftgurt und verstellbarem Brustgurt
  • Farben: Lime / Black
  • 2 Größen. L und M

Delivery

Die Fusion wird geliefert mit:

  • Flow Paragliders Rucksack – S, M oder L
  • Reperaturset
  • Flow Paragliders Schlüsselanhänger
  • Aufkleber

Colours

Ocean

Red

Fire

Quelle: http://www.flowparagliders.com.au/fusion/

Thursday, October 10, 2019

FLOW Fusion M

FLOW Fusion M
Flow is the new Australian brand. The XC racer is their EN-D 2 liner glider, and they released a beautiful new CCC, the Spectra.
The Fusion is their new EN-C glider.
My friend, lend me his M size ( 80-103 ) to test fly it. At first glance, I opened the package and saw a minimalistic line distribution, with a sliding B riser, and C control steering. That amount of very few lines means ‘performance’….Let’s see…
I ballasted up to 99 all up on the M, with my X-rated 6 harness.
Launching the Fusion with its 6.3 aspect ratio is a piece of cake. Steady pull, and no surge forward, after a small brake input.
Launching is immediate. I had already shortened the brake lines by 5 cm. That way only 7 cm of the gap remained when the brakes are released.
Full bar is achieved without any tension on the brakes.
The Fusion was flown next to an Advance X-Alps 2 M, Mantra7 MS, Delta3 ML, Q-light S, in order to understand how it performs in the same conditions.
The brakes have light pressure on the first 10 cm, then slightly harder when pulled beyond 35 cm. The agility is on the average side but ok. In mild conditions, the Fusion can be turned quite tight inside the thermals. The precision of the brakes are good in mellow conditions and slightly less in turbulent cores.
In stronger and turbulent air, I would have wished for more precise control, and slightly better pilot authority on the brakes, in order to put it exactly where I wanted. But as you know, I’m a bit sensitive toward brake authority when test-flying a new glider.
My friend ‘Amer’ who is a Rush 5 pilot, flew the Fusion and commented that it was one of the best handling gliders regarding sensitivity.
And my other friend ‘Sayed’ who is a Cayenne 5 M pilot, commented that it was mellow to his taste and was missing some little spices.
So different opinions for different tastes…regarding the brake authority.
I found it slightly less agile than the Delta 3 MS, and the Q-Light S, but turns flatter! and has this new ‘search, grab and hold’ feature to never let go of a thermal!
I was also very surprised about the mellow feel under this 6.3 aspect ratio glider! It’s really a very dampened C glider. Probably one of the most pitch stable and overall stable glider in the C category! In average conditions, and high B pilot would find it very easy to fly, as my friends ‘Amer’ and ‘Sayed’ both commented, that its a faster and more performant ‘Rush 5’ with practically the same comfort under it in moderate conditions…
Of course, in stronger air, it needs an active pilot control as the authority on the brakes diminish a little.
But IMHO, any good high B pilot will be welcomed under this C machine.
Now the interesting part is the performance in climb and glide. Flying next to those gliders mentioned above, I can confirm a good climb rate for the Fusion M. To be even more precise, i think in smooth weak conditions it floats nicely. Not the best one in its category but a very good one. The strong point in the Fusion climb rate is when there’s an influence of little wind or valley breeze. Even in weak thermals, the Fusion surfs the air and grab that thermal. The more valley breeze, the more efficient the Fusion is for a C glider. When the climb is well built, the Fusion climbs very nicely. There’s not any pitch movement in moderate conditions, to the point of wondering how the hell it is searching for that lift and climbing!
After trying some good glides with reference gliders in the C and D category, I was very impressed by the glide angle of the Fusion!
Not only the Fusion is trimmed fast but it surfs the air without any pitch behavior to deteriorate that glide. On the contrary, it searches smoothly and calmly with a positive vario the lift in the airmass. To describe it best, it looks like sitting comfortably in a (TGV)!
Flow has created its best glider so far concerning glide efficiency. The Fusion scores the best glide angle in the C category at trim speed and could match some recent D gliders, except the M7, and close to the best C’s at full bar!
I’m waiting for the S size, which could be hopefully more agile. Let’s wait and see…
The top speed is around 12-13 km/h over trim, with pulleys overlapping.
The C controls have a slightly moderate to hard pressure, but efficient to keep the glider in control in overall conditions.
ears are stable, slightly efficient and reopen with a little pilot input.
Conclusion:
I don’t know how they did it…But I think Flow has forged the Fusion with aboriginal magic!
An excellent glide angle for that C glider, and a high level of comfort.
Flow Fusion S (70-92)

After flying the M size, I flew the S size from 88 till 92 to find that the optimum weight for the S size was around the top weight. At 90 the Fusion still climbs well, even in weak conditions.

At 92 it surfs well the air and the glide headwind in amazing for the C class! The authority on the rakes for the S size at top weight is better than the M size at 100, as I found it slightly more agile. To place it accurately in terms of feel, the brake travel and the precision of the turn are slightly less than a Sector, Cayenne 5, or Queen 2 for example, but still very satisfying.
The Fusion transmits the glider movements by the risers, not by the brakes.

In turbulent and jumpy conditions, you need a long pull to control it overhead, but the overall movements are soft.
The leading edge has a strong tendency to avoid frontals. When trying to shot forward the leading edge intentionally, the Fusion leading-edge resist to collapse, and frontals are well delayed.
The brake travel is long before the stall, with brakes under the seat, the Fusion also resist well before stalling.

Big ears are stable on the S size and reopen with pilot input.

Conclusion: Flying it at 90-92, I found it well balanced without being flown heavy. It seems that you can float nicely even flying it on top.
Like its bigger sister, the S size is not trimmed differently. It is a true balanced S size C glider, with lots of performance, and especially good passive safety for the category, and gives a relaxed feel under it. It is more agile than the M. As I described the high level of comfort under it, I have to point out that the Fusion S is an agile glider, with a medium brake-travel.