The Philosophy is fun and Adventure
The Ozone Team is comprised of pilots, including World and National Champions; they are all passionate free fliers that love the simplicity and beauty of free flight.
Flying is fun, it’s your sport and you should enjoy it. Ozone’s philosophy is to give you state-of-the-art performance from paragliders that are safe and a pure pleasure to fly, whatever level of pilot you are.
For the past decade paraglider design and development has been driven by the competition pilot’s need for more performance above everything else. This has led to paraglider manufacturers ploughing huge amounts of their resources into developing designs for a tiny percentage of the world’s pilots. Ozone concentrates the vast majority of its research and development resources on certified paragliders for everyone to enjoy.
Ozone’s design brief is simple. We produce gliders that are safe and give pilots confidence, yet retain the dynamic feeling which makes flying enjoyable. We are pushing all of our R&D into developing the handling characteristics, sensitivity and safety of our paragliders at the speeds we normally fly at. We also believe in testing our wing’s True Performance, and we are confident that each of the paragliders that we release to the public perform well in true conditions - not only on paper. The true performance of your wing is a far greater asset than any theoretical performance edge - ask any of the many pilots who have flown our gliders to wins all over the world.
Our base in the south of France is right beneath Gourdon, one of the most reliable flying sites in the world. With good soaring conditions over 300 days of the year we are able to test and develop our gliders far more than most other manufacturers. All the extra airtime we get on our wings ensures that every glider we release is as perfect as it can be.
It started as a group of pilots with an idea. Build wings that just do everything better: handle better, turn tighter, glide faster, and are more comfortable to fly. Balance all those together, and never compromise. The result is something most pilots can only dream of: the most potent fun factor in paragliding.
True performance is an overall quality - a balance of ideals. A glider with the highest glide ratio on paper is worthless in active air if it has a fragile leading edge, if it is unstable on speed bar, or if it doesn’t turn tight when you need it to. Get a feel for the glider’s True Performance, and don’t be fooled by advertised statistics. You are the pilot: trust your feelings.
Fair pricing philosophy
As pilots we know that this sport can be quite expensive. From the beginning of Ozone it was our aim to produce top quality flying machines and provide them to pilots though a dedicated dealer network at a fair, affordable price.
In order to achieve this aim we did not skip on the quality of the materials. In fact, as you will see from the materials page we have used the best that we think are available: helping to ensure the longevity, performance and value for money of an Ozone glider.
We think that it is important to support the professionalism within the sport of paragliding, so Ozone gliders are only sold through a professional network of distributors, schools and dealers. We try to only work with people that are reputable and professional, providing you, the pilot, with a dedicated service. They should offer an educated, honest and unbiased opinion. We rely on their professionalism to make sure that you get the wing that suits your ability. They should also provide an after sales service should you need it.
We hope that you agree with our aims, that our prices are fair and make our gliders the best value available.