La CAGE is an aircraft different from all others, and nevertheless allowing you to learn to fly it in an easy, intuitive manner, because you have the direct control over the sail, in both Pitch and Roll, with a minimum of effort. You feel precisely the small changes in the mass of air through which you are flying, directly through your hands. You will appreciate its active security and an exceptional comfort, even in strong winds.
Strong wind takeoffs:
It is precisely in such conditions that you can understand the advantages of la CAGE : the dragging, twisting effect encountered by paragliders using brakes to drag the wing into line on strong wind takeoffs, is eliminated with la CAGE, since the pilot has such direct and immediate control of the pitch and roll of the wing.
Flight into turbulences:
First of all, when la CAGE wing flys into moderate turbulence, the pilot is not disturbed. The freeing up of the wing in its pitch and roll axis allows the wing to instantly adapt to the changing conditions, to follow the currents of air. The pilot stays relaxed in his cocoon harness, and with a light touch allows the cage structure to follow the movements of the wing, only adding control inputs when needed. This is one of the advantages of la CAGE wing : instead of resisting the turbulence (as is the case with the rather important inertia of a standard paraglider ), la CAGE allows the wing to be liberated to follow the air currents.
In case of collapse…
In the case of greater turbulence, in an important assymetric collapse situation; the side of the wing that has collapsed, will instantly create more drag. You continue piloting the other, inflated side,….well, naturally, the dragging side is going to yaw you a bit into a « slip « . So, the idea is that the air entering at a slight angle to the leading edge will flow over towards the collapsed side, through the inner cell wall openings, and rapidly re-inflate the collapsed side. A very important security feature of la CAGE is that, in large collapse situations, the pilot naturally and instantly remains piloting the rest of the wing which remains opened (in effect just piloting a reduced sail area !). No need to flail arms in a frantic manoeuvre of « pumping » brakelines, or to try to readjust his weight in the seat.
The Cage pilot is always suspended in his harness from a Single Point, and thus he simply reacts with the appropriate hand movements of the cage structure, to continue flying straight.
An uncontrolled spiral is possible with the CAGE wing only in the complete absence of pilot input. In this case, or in case of a wingtip tucked into the lines (cravate), there is a centrally located and easily accessed handle that hangs just above the pilot’s nose, that allows him to pull immediate « Big Ears « , to regain the wing’s symmetry and to return to straight and level flight. Once the handle is gripped and pulled, which pulls symetrically on both wing tips, the « Big Ears » reamin applied and the pilot can return both hands to the control bar to pilot the wing entirely normally.
Flying is not a natural activity for a human being. It always have its part of risk….
The Cage however, has original solutions to reduce certain risks:
- The « ears handle »
This handle allows the pilot to pull ears with one hand only, while keeping full control of the wing in pitch and roll. It’s right in front and above the pilot’s head. It can also be used for inflating and ground handling in strong winds. It is a real « magic handle ».
- Fast spiral diving
A combined use of big ears, moderate spiral and down pitch action allows the pilot to reach high diving speeds up to 12 m/s and safely lose 100 m per turn without excessive centrifugation !
- Pilot stability
Thanks to the single hang point, flying in turbulent conditions is much more comfortable. All informations about the air mass are transmitted to the cage and pilot’s hands, rather than to the harness and pilot’s body. Air-sickness is virtually eliminated.
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