APCO News 2007
December 2007: The International Paramotor Tour of Brazil.
An exciting Brazilian Paramotor tour,
A once in a lifetime adventure - a personalized paramotor rally at Brazilian Coastline - One of the most experienced paramotor pilot in Brazil is going to guide of the tour, and together with you, exploring the coast of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
For more details see:
November 2007: New Photograph Incentive.
How would you like to receive up to 1000$ for doing what you do every weekend anyway?
Sounds good, right?
All you have to do is just take your camera with you when you go flying and send us your best Apco photos!
We at APCO will select and distribute the photos to the Paragliding/Paramotoring magazines.
The photographer will be credited by his name.
For every picture published APCO will reward the pilot who submitted it with cash prizes and his name will be posted on our "Apco's Photographers Hall of Fame".
for more:click here
October 2007: Apco's Twister on top of the World rankings!!!
Apco is proud of the achievements made by our Twister Acro wing.
Twister won the 2007 ACRO World Cup - achieving First place overall in the Solo category and the Second place overall in the Synchro category.
Apco team pilot Pal Takats took First place overall in the Solo category of the ACRO World Cup, consistently proving superiority by combining Pal's flying skills and APCO's Twister wing.
In the Synchro category - APCO's team of Pal Takats and Gabor Kezi - won Second Place Overall in the ACRO World Cup, both flying matching Apco Twisters.
To conclude the 2007 season, the Apco Twister has won numerous Acro competitions around the globe and placed itself as one of the best Acro gliders on the market today, proving once again that Apco Aviation is setting future standards.
Twister is available in 16 and 18 sizes.
See here for: Detailed APWC Solo results Detailed APWC Synchro results
October 2007: New!!!! The movie Flying the Holy Land now available!
Our new 30 minutes movie "Flying the Holy Land" has been released. Staring the ACRO synchro team, Pal Takats and Gabor Kezi, an action packed movie of flying, D-Bagging and ACRO over the breathtaking scenery of Israel, the Holy Land.
The movie is available at your local Apco dealer.
To preview the 3:30 minutes Short Version: click here
August 2007: Twister's winning streak in ACRO competitions!
at Paranoia Acrobatixx in Zell am See, Austria , held this summer (part of AWC), Pal Takats and Alexandra (Szasza) Grillmayer (both APCO ACRO pilots) participated. Pal Takats took First place by a good margin, ahead of Rodriguez and other stars from Spain and South America.
Alexandra Grillmayer (also from Hungary) stood on the podium for Ladies First Place.
For Paranoia Acrobatixx official results:
August 2007: New from Apco-GUIDED MAYDAY
New from APCO!!! Rogallo type steerable rescue system!!!
Fully certified by CEN to the new EN norm and approved for up to 130kg.
Finally we are launching G-MD (Guided MayDay)specially designed for the most discriminating pilot, allowing for maximum control over events in case of emergency (glider failure etc.)
G-MD mainly targets pilot segment specialising in high risk applications - ACRO, industry professionals and competition pilots, but is equally appealing to the general pilot market.
G-MD deployment sequence designed to function with or without cut-off system for the main wing. Accordingly it is also attractive to weekend pilots thanks to the simplicity of use, combined with advantages offered by steerable gliding rescue system
- Glides with L/D of ~1.5 - instead of high sink rate vertical descent
- Fully steerable - in same fashion as paraglider, allows for choice of landing places
- Very low sink rate
- High deployment reliability
- Ultra fast opening with low deployment shock
- Good flaring capacity on landing
- Exclusive to APCO - Competitive pricing
- Comes complete with brake handles and bridle/riser
|No. of Lines†
||2.8 m/s (90kg)†
||15 k/h† (90kg)†
||According to EN 2491 up to 130kg
G-MD Demo deployment video available here
August 2007: Apco Chairbag harness is fully certified by DHV!
The harness received the approval of DHV and passed the certification tests with flying colors. It is certified including the Airbag protection and achieved outstanding results (the Airbag's protection capacity is well above minimum required by DHV. see:
July 2007: THRUST HP REVIEW IN VOL MOTEUR MAGAZINE
They were exited by the wing. For full review see
July 2007: Thrust HP certified!
For all of you who have been eagerly waiting - we finally have the Thrust HP range certified with the new CEN certification. (Replacing AFNOR certification )
- Thrust HP M is fully certified by AFNOR/CEN certification.
- Thrust HP S is fully certified by new CEN certification (according to EN 926-2:2005 and EN 926-1:2006). Also available with stabilo steering option (Certified).
- The certification report is available here
July 2007: Twister 18 is tearing up the skies!
In the recent ACROLAC COMPETITION (click here to see the results
) APCO Twister won the highest number of podium placements than any other wing:
- The Justacro team (Pal Takats and Gabor Kezi) in Synchro, both flying Twister 18s finished 1st.
- The Acrotwins team (Timothy and Anthony Green) in Synchro, both flying Twister 18s finished 2nd.
- Pal Takats in solo overall standing finished 2nd place with his Twister 18.
The Twister clearly dominated the competition with a landslide success it was a great start to the ACRO season.
- In May, Marcelo Borzino, flying his Twister 18, finished second in the Acro-Arica 2007 in Chile.
Now with the completion of Vertigo in Voss, Norway (29 June) an ACRO Pre-World championship, the Twister yielded the following exceptional results:
- Pal and Gabor in Synchro, both flying Twister 18's finished 2nd
- Pal in Solo category flying Twister 18 finished 3rd In the Norwegian Acro Cup June 2007
- Ove Tillung won first place with his Twister 18. Christian Hagen came 4th also on a Twister 18.
The season has only just started and the Twister already dominating the ACRO scene, confirming its reputation of being the best ACRO glider on the market.
July 2007: New Twister 16m!
Following the recent success of the Twister 18 - we are now launching the Twister 16 for lighter pilots (and those looking for even more adrenalin). The wing is available and it is in the same stunning color design as the Twister 18 - Red or Blue both with White bottom surfaces.
June 2007: Vista certified!
We are very glad to let you know that this very successful glider is finally completed.
Now all 3 sizes of Vista - S, M and L are fully certified DHV 1-2 trim and accelerated.
In addition to the paragliding version, already well proven on the market, Vista is now available in paramotor version and is surprisingly good thanks to excellent launch, wide speed range, and good behaviour under power.
Feedback from pilots flying Vista:
From: Japan La Mouette
"I flew several times with VISTA. I think it is very easy wing all the time. It will give smile to the pilots."
Yoshiaki Nakagawa Japan La Mouette
From: Darius Lukosevicius
"Sunday finally we had winds calm down and I had a chance to try Vista. Glider take off is very good to excellent. I don't understand why in DHV test it's described as delayed, it's fast, really fast, but amazingly glider stabilizes above pilot. Winch towing is just straight forward there is not much to say. Handling is very simple, I felt very safe even in low saving in turbulent condition at 100m AGL. It's not collapsing at very wide angle of attack (if you miss to compensate). So the weather appeared very good and I made almost 120km XC, and increased Kansas state record (click here to see results
). Usually I fly DHV-2 or DHV-2/3 gliders but the Vista did not interfere for the new record :) Very good glider, if I would fly DHV-1/2 gliders I would definitely get one for myself. Flight is here: (click here to see flight) (you need to download *.igc file to see barogram)."
From: Jean Luc LeJaille
"Congratulations on the brake magnets, They are the best by far. The Vista is a winner as it cannot be faulted by anyone. The lift is excellent even heavy loaded, I can confirm. The new line of products have stepped up, new colors are good, we will be on top of the rest again."
From: MeljŠn JŠnos
"I'm sure, that the Vista is a best Apco dhv1-2 wing, what I ever tested."
From: Vincent, Frence
"More than two hours of flight today and good whether conditions. The wing is nearly perfect, I keep it ! Good job..."
From: Stefan Stautner, Germany
"Today I had some flights with the VISTA. Very nice wing smooth handling good to start and i had flights with the ChairBag Harness. Nice seat, good feeling."
Regards and a nice week,
From: Meyer Franz, Switzerland
"I have flown yesterday the Vista M for 3 flights, the last more than 1 h in different thermal conditions. CONGRATULATION !!! this is the best APCO glider I have flown ! He is light in weight, handling and very save and homogen in his flight and landing performances. About the glide and sink-performance, I had a good feeling, but I had no direct relation to other gliders. I'm looking foreward to a good Vista- season!"
Franz Meyer, Switzerland
11/05/2007: Flying in the Holy Land
22/3/2007: Thrust HP handles itself!
"The very strong spring thermals gave the HP a severe test with no collapses - it was one of the biggest roller coaster rides I have experienced while flying with the paramotor and has increased my confidence with Thrust HP." - Paul Haxby - more photos here.
14/3/2007: Twister 2007 ready to tumble!
The first 2007 Twisters capturing the heart and soul of Acro with fresh bold, some say Avant-garde
, graphic designs that are likely to leave no one untouched are on their way to meet their eagerly awaiting new owners. See latest photos here
11/03/2007: Thrust HP - New Performance Paramotor Wing
The Thrust HP
employes a uniquely innovative riser system
integrating friendly low speed behavior with Reflex type profile
when accelerated yielding extra wide speed range and exceptionaly friendly low speed behavior.
22/2/2007: Lambada, 1st place DHV-2, Bright, Australia
Gershon Shahar (AUS) placed 1st in DHV-2 category in Bright 321 - 2007
competition held Feb. 10-17, in Victoria, Australia flying Apco Lambada M. Gershon Shahar is a rare bird: "I did have a great time there, especially after flying only 4 hours in the last 15 months before the competition." Mr. Shahar placed 1st in DHV-2 category
and 21st overall (open class). APCO congratulates Gershon Shahar on his achievement and marvelled by his performance given his laid back pre-comp strategy! Lambada is the latest top-performing DHV-2 wing from Apco. 18 Feb. 2007.
15/1/2007: Twister, now even bolder for 2007
The first batch of the Twister 2007 LE is now going into production. We're continously receiving great reviews from satisfied pilots around the world about the Twister's performance and construction. For 2007, we're taking the Twister a step furhter with extreme graphics
to match its performance. This is a Limited Edition
. If you are in the market for a top performing Acro glider to paint the sky in full color, make sure not to miss this opportunity, contact your nearest dealer today!