14.08.17  Stefan Keller: Fly to feel again.
Stefan Keller: Fly to feel again. Stefan Keller: Fly to feel again.

Stefan Keller is an adventurer and pilot in the Jura Massif in Switzerland. He began flying with 40 years and after a decade flying and teaching he suffered an accident that forced him to go in a wheelchair. After his recovery he wanted to rediscover the authentic sensation of flying and it was at that moment when Stefan realized that flying meant for him to feel again:

"It took me 11 months to get back in the air but when I did it was like coming home. I flew for an hour, alongside my friend Chrigel Maurer. Both the physical and mental challenge of flying was easy. I justcame back toit. In the harness I forget I am in a wheelchair".

"Launch is a gravity take-off. Gravity works, no one has to push. Gravity pulls the wheelchair down, and that gives the speed. Zero wind or even a light wind from behind is ok. Strong wind from the frontis difficult and dangerous".

"I fly an Ikuma from Niviuk. My favourite places to fly are the Isle of Wight, the Alps and Colombia. I have pain. And in Colombia, when I go in the Winter, I have not so strong pain. Also on the Isle of Weight. When I am happy the pain goes down".

"There are more wheelchair pilots in France, but I am the only wheelchair instructor in the whole world. I have a lot of wheelchair students now. I have students in Colombia, and in May I have students coming to Switzerland from Norway. I am specialist now in teaching wheelchair users to fly paragliders. After take-off, you don’t have a disability".

Read the full interview at Cross Country Magazine 181.
01.08.17  Liv Sansoz to the conquest of the Alps.
Liv Sansoz to the conquest of the Alps. Liv Sansoz to the conquest of the Alps.

Liv Sansoz is a complete adventurer. She loves climbing, mountaineering, skiing and, of course, flying. Now she has decided to combine all his passions in an unprecedented adventure: climbing the 82 peaks of more than 4000m in the Alps. With her lightweight, her Skin P, and full of value, Liv embarked on a mind-blowing trip she named #LivAlongTheWay.

“When I started my project I had no idea what the reality would really be like. I'm now more than half way with 48 summits climbed (July 2017) and so far it's been an amazing and fulfilling experience although it's not always been easy. The fulfilling part is that I got to share all those mountains with amazing friends; and the opportunity to combine this project with skiing (March / April) and Paragliding, when it’s possible. The interesting part is that I always have to make the right decisions in term of itinerary, weather forecast, and the way to link two mountains the most efficiently. It's an interesting game”.

“The tough part is that physically it's very demanding: an average day is about 13h of climb with long distance and elevation and it's always in altitude. The lack of sleep is hard (quite often the day starts at 3am and you never sleep well in a hut or bivouac). Feet hurts, body hurts but every morning you start and every new day becomes a wonderful day”.

“The reward? Standing happy on top of the summit and all the sunrises in the mountains. And the pleasure to take off to land in the valley, kilometers away...”

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24.07.17  “Klimber P is amongst the top!”
“Klimber P is amongst the top!” “Klimber P is amongst the top!” “Klimber P is amongst the top!” “Klimber P is amongst the top!”

German magazine Thermik and Free Aero recently coincided in its veredict on the Niviuk’s glider: “[…] In terms of climb and glide performance, the Klimber P is amongst the top current vol-biv gliders”.

The extensive review of the German magazine focussed heavily on the Klimber P’s take off characteristics, stating that in nil wind, and even with a tailwind, the wing is amazingly easy to launch. They also identify three main advantages of the wind when taking off in strong/cross winds: “The glider does not overshoot and its pitch control is sensational. Despite its light weight, the wing is perfectly behaved when laid out - even at 20km/h. Even in cross wind, the wing will climb straight overhead and is easily correctable. Collapses are extremely rare”.

Free Aero highlights the following about the take-off: "On the ground, the Klimber P behaves well and, despite its aspect ratio, the wing tips remain docile. The inflation is easy in all conditions. This is a real advantage for a wing which will often be used in difficult, narrow, rocky, steep take-offs…”

In the air, the magazines found the Klimber P to be precise, direct and with short brake travel. Thermik wrote: “The Klimber P is a ‘well-rounded’ wing; its well-balanced overall design concept in many ways could be described as the ‘golden mean’. Its balanced wing characteristics (not too hard or soft) should appeal to many pilots. Good sail tension, multiple turning possibilities and precise responsiveness result in a harmonious handling. One immediately feels good under the wing”.  Free Aero is not far behind: “[…] the big advantage of this wing, is more, over and above the pure performance, its capacity to fly without flinching, accelerate as if on a rail, in a moving, even turbulent, air flow, whilst being amazingly comfortable for the pilot. The wing is certified EN D, but it feels like flying an easy C. Amazing!”

Free Aero also highlights the implementation of Nitinol technology: Nitinol? Niviuk is currently the only manufacturer to integrate into most of its wings Nitinol, which reinforce the leading edges. This Nickel/Titanium alloy is heavily used in medicine and offers obvious advantages: great elasticity, shape memory, very small diameter, very light and unbreakable. The rods tension the leading edge, and above all, allow it to be folded without any constraints, unlike nylon leading edge rods. The friction surface in contact with the ground has been minimised and the ageing of the wing is much better, compared to plastic rods”.

Read the original Thermik article here. (English Translation here

Read the original Free Aero article here.
29.06.17  RSD, a new flight experience
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22.05.17  Gavin McClurg faces the North of Known.
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28.04.17  Julien Irilli on the Klimber P - "it will triumph!"
21.04.17  Brazilian bliss - Niviuk ladies top the podium
18.04.17  Kurt Eder, backcountry in his own backyard
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Stefan Keller: Fly to feel again.
Meet Stefan Keller, an example of overcoming that rediscovered the sensation of flying.
Liv Sansoz to the conquest of the Alps.
Discover the spectacular adventure of Liv Sansoz and her Klimber P in the Alps.
“Klimber P is amongst the top!”
German magazine Thermik and Free Aero recently coincided in its veredict on the Niviuk’s glider.
RSD, a new flight experience
We renew the glider's internal structure to improve the pilot experience.
Stability, safety and comfort define the Koyot 3
The pilot Dmitri Fedorov flew with the Niviuk glider and his sensation was very positive.
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