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Windtech Tempus Paraglider

At the time of writing, the Windtech Tempus is one of the latest DHV-1 paragliders from this high-profile company. Windtech have aimed it squarely at learners and schools, but as with other recent entry-level paragliders, it probably out-flies a lot of older wings with slightly higher ratings!

Released in 2004, the Tempus is built to give the pilot a sense of security in the air, and a 'direct feel' through the brake toggles. Much development effort went into getting this design through the tough new DHV-1 requirements.

The Windtech Tempus comes in 4 sizes, 25, 27, 29 and 31. As usual, I'll focus on a size near the middle, to keep things simple and aid comparisons. Let's take the Tempus 27 for this write-up.



Construction

The Windtech Tempus has a new airfoil profile which helps it out-perform the wings that came before it. Also, Windtech are proud of the structural architecture of this paraglider. That is, the shapes of all the ribs and panels, and how they are held together. In fact they say it's perfect. I'm sure it's pretty good, anyway!

Both the upper and lower surfaces of the Tempus canopy are Nylon Porcher Marine Skytex 9092 E85A, which weighs 44 g/m². Drop me an email if you really want to know what that is in ounces per square foot! Or whatever units you want it in. The ribs are a somewhat stiffer grade of the same material, 9017 E29A. The ribs are reinforced with Dacrón Polyant stiffeners which range from 180 to 310 g/m² in weight.

The trailing edge is reinforced with strips of 175 g/m² polyester cloth. You will also find polyester used in the risers, which are 25 mm (1 inch) in width.

Lines are all Kevlar, ranging from 1.1 to 1.7 mm, and the maillons are 4mm stainless steel.

Hey, you forgot the number of cells.. Oh ok, it's got 35 of them. Not a lot by today's standards.



Specs for Medium-sized Version

As mentioned earlier, we're looking at the Windtech Tempus 27.

take-off weight incl. glider 75-100 kg (166-221 lbs)
wing area (flat) 27.6 m² (296 ft²)
wing area (projected) 24.8 m² (267 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.3 m (37 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.9 m (32 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.6
aspect ratio (projected) 3.7
min sink 1.3 m/s (256 fpm, 4.7 kph, 2.5 knts)
best glide ratio 7.8:1
speed min (mid weight range) 21 kph (13 mph, 11 knts)
speed trim (mid weight range) 36 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max (mid weight range) 48 kph (30 mph, 26 knts)

Also...
  • Line length 7.4 m (24 ft)
  • Max chord 3.08 m (10 ft)
Note: Windtech have obtained these results by using a pilot in middle of the weight range and using standard lines on the paraglider, at sea level. I would imagine that other manufacturers intent on producing reasonably accurate results would do the same, but we don't really know. I do know that most of them aren't comfortable with people comparing these kinds of performance figures side by side with those of other manufacturers! The reality is, the figures are just a guide and should not have too big an influence on your buying decision.



Handling

According to Windtech, the handling is direct and precise. It's passed the latest DHV-1 certification tests, a totally independent test, so it should be fine for any beginner.

There is very little tendency for the Windtech Tempus to pitch forward following a collapse, which adds to the overall security offered by this wing.

Even in no wind, this canopy is apparently quite easy to inflate. Entering and exiting turns happens smoothly and in a balanced way regardless of how much you move the brake toggles. This is how I interpret what Windtech means by 'harmonized handling'.

On the subject of brake toggles, the Windtech Tempus is designed to stall outside the range of the toggles. So, if you are using the toggles smoothly, it is impossible to stall the glider in smooth air. Nice and safe. But of course, rough air plus rough use of the toggles might be a different matter! Take it easy.

According to a test flight report I've seen, handling is much the same over a wide weight range. So it's fine to fly it on the lower limit, if you happen to be that weight. The same test pilot noticed that the Tempus responds well to weight-shift. So if you shift your weight into the turn, you don't have to exert as much force as usual on the brake toggles.



Colors

The Windtech Tempus comes in four standard colors.

  • orange, with a blue leading edge
  • grey, with a red leading edge
  • blue, with a red leading edge
  • gold, with a grey leading edge



Pricing

To give you some idea, I have seen this paraglider advertised for £1845.00 in the U.K.



Other Comments

You can get your Windtech Tempus smartened up a bit with a company logo or the Windech mascot image. However, this will cost a little extra and might delay the delivery time somewhat as well.

All Windtech paragliders have a two-year guarantee to be free from defects in materials and manufacturing.


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