The original Delta was a revolution in the Sport-Performance class, and incorporated cutting edge design features which launched it into the class above in terms of performance. Not only was its speed and glide revolutionary, it also retained an incredibly compact and agile feel due to its moderate aspect ratio. The Delta could have been difficult to improve upon, but we are pleased to report that the new Delta 2 represents an equally significant, and even more exciting, step forward in paraglider technology. Read about the D2 certification, the politically-motivated folding line “ban” in 2015, and the future of the Delta Series.
Our mission for the Delta 2 was to retain the comfort, safety, and ease of use of the original, but take the performance to the next level. In addition to that, we wanted to fine-tune the handling and cultivate a more fun and playful feel. This was not easy, we have to admit, and it was a long process to complete. The new Delta 2 is a complete re-design from top to bottom and represents a new direction for the series, but we believe we have produced a truly superb wing.
Arc >> The first thing you will notice when you see the Delta2 in the air is the OZONE Performance Project inspired arc, which was taken directly from the BBHPP / R10 family of performance wings. This arc, yet unseen in the Sport-Performance category, is used in our competition wings and is unmatched for sail cohesion, turn efficiency and authority, and overall handling.
Sail Tension >> A more highly refined sail tension has created a more compact and intuitive feel for the Delta 2. In active air, you will notice an even more precise feel with improved feedback and a more progressive brake travel. While the original Delta featured the cleanest sail ever offered in the Sport-Performance class, the new Delta 2 is even smoother due to next generation panel shaping along the entire span.
Profile >> A completely new profile is one of the key factors in the Delta 2’s revolutionary performance gains. It is a hybrid design combining the best features of the R11 SharkNose technology with the fun and efficiency of the M4. It is solid at accelerated speeds, and extremely resistant to spin and parachutal stall. The shark profile provides a more constant internal pressure in active air and turbulence, increasing passive stability (collapse resistance) and creating an even more comfortable and stable feel in accelerated flight. This new advanced profile has also improved the launch behaviour by reducing the “shooting” in higher wind conditions.
The Next Generation in Low Drag Lineplans >> Our R&D Team constantly focuses on “free” performance gains, especially by reducing line-drag wherever possible. The Delta 2 offers an incredible 26% reduction in total line drag. This, combined with the overall increase in efficiency and the benefits of the SharkNose profile, has allowed us to reduce the total wing area.
Custom Sizing >> The Delta 2 is now available in 6 sizes to optimize the weight range for a wider selection of pilots.
While the original Delta redefined XC flying for countless pilots around the world, we are confident that these exciting improvements to the Delta 2 will once again put this wing in a class of its own. We firmly believe that the Delta 2 is in the category above in terms of performance, but still remains squarely in the middle of the Sport-Performance class in terms of safety and ease of use. The Delta 2 is an ideal wing for pilots in this category who are searching for the next generation of XC performance.
ACTIVE C RISER CONTROL
When gliding at trim or in accelerated flight it is possible to pilot with the C risers. This gives an improved feel and control over the wing, enabling you to fly actively without using the brakes (which cause drag and pitch movements). The direct feel allows you to stop collapses before they happen and maintain higher speeds and higher levels of efficiency through turbulence.
To fly with the C risers, keep hold of your brake handles (remove any wraps) and take hold of the handles located at the top of the C risers. With the C risers you can fly actively through turbulence; If you feel the nose of the wing lose internal pressure you can apply pressure to the C’s to keep it open. The amount of pressure and size of the input is dependent upon the amount of turbulence, but always be gentle at first to learn the feel of the movement and to avoid large pitch oscillations.
NOTE: This control method is suitable for gliding in good ‘normal’ air without serious turbulence, it does not replace proper active flying using the brakes in strong turbulent conditions. If you are unsure about the air, then return the glider to trim speed, release the C risers, and fly the glider actively with the brakes.
IMPORTANT: Be careful to use only small inputs to the risers as you risk stalling part or all of the wing if you are over enthusiastic. Be prepared for plenty of practice as this new method may take some time to become totally intuitive, efficient, and comfortable.