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Aug 15/13 – Sky Paragliders – Atis 4 by Ziad Bassil

Sky Atis 4:

Two months ago, i received seven B gliders to test fly, among those was the Atis 4.Unpacking the glider i was surprised to see four normal risers and sheathed lines from top to bottom.No plastic rods whatsoever…It was a really classic design..So i left the Atis 4 until i finished all of those complicated high tech B design thinking that a simple design like the Atis 4 couldn’t really keep up to those new breeds….I was totally wrong !

The story :
Jumping from B wing to B wing, with some having very few lines and only seven per side was my main preoccupation those last months. Then came the day where i took the Atis 4 for a test flight.
Unfolding the glider on the take off, my eyebrows were lifted and i was confused by SKY decision to make a high end B glider with four risers and sheathed lines everywhere.
There were no plastic rods either on the glider.Pure simple, old fashion look….I told my friend (Blacklight M rider) on the take off, that he must stay near me all the time to assess the performance of this machine, as i was curious and puzzled.

After some adjustment on the brake lengths as they were a bit long to my taste, i took off in a breeze.The Atis 4 is relatively a light glider and this is shown positively on its light take off.

In the air :
Today we flew in our Cedars spot, west take off the at 2400 m .
It was quite solid thermal conditions, a bit turbulent as the east wind was coming from the top at 2600 m making it uncomfortable sometimes.

The Atis 4 is not a dampened glider in the B category. It is a bit alive in the air.Nothing much for the high end B pilot. A new comer for the high-end B category will need some time to adapt.

Handling and maneuverability :
Thermalling the Atis 4 took me back in time, where some artist designers used to let us believe that they could integrate their souls in a glider .
The Atis 4 turns could be described as ,precise,linear ,middle soft pressure,and on its tip…

Flying the Atis 4 26 at 94.5, just on top, next to a Blacklight M loaded also at top, for two hours, i can confirm that the trim speed for both gliders are the same.

Doing some 5 km glides wing tip to wing tip, showed the same glide at trim and same glide at full bar !…

Knowing that the Blacklight has one of the best climb rate, i could see that the climb rate of both gliders was nothing but brilliant !We could never be apart inside any thermal for the whole time of testing.May be the BL has the edge only in very weak thermals.

Conclusion :
The Atis 4 did really surprised me for the performances it delivers. The SKY designer did an excellent work creating a superb B glider with nothing but simple and elegant design, proving that with normal risers and line configuration excellence can be reached.Hats off !!


Aug 6/13 – Greg 4 more flights

Greg – 4 more flights.


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Aug 11/13 – Mark and Andre XC

This is how we flew…



Aug 11/13 – Tandem with Mary – Video

This is how we flew…


Aug 9/13 – Paramotor assembly

Just finishing assembling new batch of paramotors.


Aug 6/13 – Kangook fly in at the end of September

Dear Andre,

Is it possible for you to publish this news on your website and/or on english forums?

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Kangook pilots can have more informations here:

The event is 100% free, it’s a private event for Kangook pilots and dealers.
People can camp, bring their tent or RV.

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If you have to come only for week-end, come the last one : 27th to 28th September. The autumn colors will be awesome.



July 30/13 – Great flight – write up by my buddy Mark

As a new dad (5 month old daughter) I haven’t been out and about much recently. Added to that I have had a ‘frozen shoulder’ for the last 6 months. Understandably I haven’t done any flying for about a year and I haven’t flown with Andre for a couple of years, so it was great to get a call from Andre suggesting that we meet up with Chris Miller to go for an evening flight together. We used the opportunity to switch my freeflight risers to powered paraglider risers which have a brake adjustment to counter the motor’s torque. Conditions at the field were calm when we arrived, with a few ominous dark clouds towards Niagara Falls. Wind direction was non-existent, so I was a bit nervous that I would be too out of practice to pull off a good forward launch especially with a dodgey shoulder. Chris was running late so we decided to mix the fuel, fuel up and buzz around the airfield until Chris showed up. We removed the brakes from my original risers and also used them as extensions to make the high hangpoints a bit more comfortable in flight.
Take off was without incident and we were very quickly up and flying around. There are bean crops growing at the airfield now. This shows how long it’s been since I flew there. Last time I saw it all the surrounding land was unattended scrubland. Anyway we took advantage of the glassy still evening air and did some really low flying along the old gravel runway, using the yellow cones as a slalom. The trees and scrubby area at the North end of the property were not planted up with beans so I headed that way to have some obstacles to fly around. It’s great fun when the air is this calm and predictable to get real low fly at a tree then power up over it circle back around and then spiral around it from all angles before dropping down low again and weaving in and out of small bushes. This to me is the stuff of dreams.
Soon enough Chris turned up and with his new vehicle – perfect for transporting his paramotor. Chris flies a heavier machine that is quite challenging to take off with in still air. So I stayed on the ground until he was airborn in case he needed any assistance. After a couple of bloopers he was up. Andre took off then I joined them a few minutes later after realising I’d left my lines in a tangle and had a full riser twist. I sorted out the birds nest of lines and launched. Once we were all in the air we headed south over the highway, before dropping down low to skim the various crops. We had made no real plans about which direction we would head so every now and then the pilot in the lead would circle around and let someone else lead the way. We weren’t in any rush to get anywhere, it was just great fun flying in a group and exploring the area.
Low flying in these conditions over enormous empty fields is such a blast. The only things we really have to look out for are power lines (invisible from the air), livestock and houses. We try to stay clear of peoples’ properties because the machines can be a noise nuisance if flown very low in the same place. We also don’t want to spook anyone’s horses or other livestock. As for power lines, we assume that every line of trees has hidden power line in it; every field edge has power lines; and every set of vertical poles anywhere has power lines strung between them. With this in mind our favourite spots to fly are huge open fields with a few trees in them. Here we fly low, almost skimming the crop, following the rolling contours of the land. The trees are perfect obstacles to fly between/around. This flight had everything. At one point I saw Chris following deer into woodland. Their little white tails flashed as they darted in a zig zag… We saw hawks up close from above and at eye level. Storks and herons were visible. It really was an amazing evening.
Now if you have never flown around in these conditions before one thing that would really strike you is the difference in air temperature as you ascend and descend. There are clearly separate air masses that change within metres of vertical movement. When you are not in a cockpit these differences are very noticeable. With stable air like this you will often fly through a layer that smells of woodsmoke or freshly cut lawns or pine forest. You just don’t get this with any other type of flying. I love it.
Soon, we were running out of light as the evening low of the sky signaled us it was time to head back to land. We packed up and headed out for a post flight beer and a light snack.

Life doesn’t get much better than this!


July 25/13 – Herman, 20 flights in couple of hours!

Yap. I am not kidding. Two training sessions ago Herman had his PPG epiphany and from then on he is unstoppable. Last night he simply flew his ass offf. I have never ever seen someone do more then 15 flights in one session. Herman did 20 – then I stopped counting.




Herman flying with the helmet mounted Go Pro camera


Graham came to get new prop for his machine. This one produces way more thrust. At one pint, his dog started to pee on Herman’s glider… it was very funny to watch Herman with the helmet still on trying to chase away this peeing dog… ha ha ha

When I was ready to leave, I got in the car and tried to turn key in the ignition but nothing happened I couldn’t turn the key at all. I have tried to wiggle the shifter, the parking brake, put my foot on the brake pedal, hit the key, I squirted WD-40 into the keyhole but nothing helped. I was stuck. Luckily Herman was still around so I thought maybe he can give me a ride home. I looked in the rearview mirror and I noticed him walking towards my car – great I thought, he noticed I have a car trouble. He stuck his head into the window and said Andre my battery is dead, do you have starting cables? Crap, so we have one car that can’t move at all and another one that has a dead battery – unbelievable!

Well, we got lucky, we were able to push Herman’s car close to mine. Then we used my battery to start his car and then he drove me home. I was up early in the morning to move my trailer using my friend’s car and then I had my car towed into a dealership.



By 3 o’clock car was fixed and I was back up and running. Crazy last 12 hrs!