|Linear scaling factor||1||1.04||1.08||1.12|
|Projected area (m²)||17.4||18.9||20.3||21.9|
|Flat area (m²)||21||22.7||24.5||26.3|
|Glider weight (kg)||5||5.4||5.8||6.2|
|Total line length (m)||205||212||222||231|
|Number of main lines (A/B/C)||3/3|
|Flat aspect ratio||7.5|
|Projected aspect ratio||5.4|
|Root chord (m)||2||2.1||2.3||2.5|
|Flat span (m)||12.6||13||14.1||15.8|
|Projected span (m)||9.7||10.1||10.9||12.2|
|Trim speed (km/h)||40|
|Top speed (km/h)||75||75||74||74|
|Min sink (m/s)||1|
|EN weight range (kg)||70-90||80-100||90-112||100-125|
With 25 years of competition experience behind him, Bruce understands well the requirements of a good competition wing. The DIVA is the fastest and most advanced paraglider he has ever created. CCC certified, it is constructed from a mix of standard D30 and lightweight 27g Porcher cloths. It benefits from a new minimal-drag line layout, CCB, shark nose, progressive stability and a speed-optimising profile. All that makes the DIVA very competitive yet easy to handle in the air and on the ground, with top safety for its class.
Designed by a world champ for the next champ, the DIVA is for pilots who want the feel of 3-liner while benefitting from the performance of a 2-liner. This is a very high performance wing and is only for highly skilled competition-level pilots.
Since my son Tyr will be flying in the Worlds, I designed the DIVA to be fast, but with the perfect balance of raw performance and progressive safety. The DIVA is designed to warn experienced pilots of light-to-moderate turbulence rather than completely collapsing.
Bruce’s article in Cross Country magazine, ‘Shifting Our Thinking on Safety’, explains how a wing that is very stable and almost never collapses can lead to more accidents because the pilot has little experience of how to deal with it. Any wing will collapse given enough turbulence. So if a wing is going to collapse, a small collapse in medium turbulence is better than a big collapse in strong turbulence. The nature of the collapse, as well as the amount of turbulence the wing can resist before the collapse, is what make the collapse easier to cope with and the wing safer.
Bruce Goldsmith Designs view of the 2017 Super Paragliding Testival in Kossen, Austria. The event was a huge success, with four flyable days and gliders colouring the sky from dawn until dusk every day. BGD’s team were there with the whole range... More