Independence Pioneer Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Independence Pioneer.

Independence Pioneer Paraglider
This great photo of the Pioneer paraglider from underneath shows up a lot of line detail. Mainly due to the bright sunlight reflecting off, but also helped by the shaded underside of the canopy acting as a back-drop.

Year of Manufacture 2012
Certification EN A
Size M

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Independence Pioneer - NZ 
PG2: 1year. Had a chance to fly the Independence Pioneer several times off Mount Maunganui in NZ. Wind around 12knts. Wing came up really easy and slow …

Beautiful wing for a beginner or intermediate pilot Not rated yet
I purchased this wing new in 2012 when I started my PG1 tuition. I have put over 100 hours of flight time on it now and I still love it. It is very …

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Note: These international prices for the Independence Pioneer paraglider are only a guide. They are Feb 2012 currency conversions from the 2012 price in Euros.
Euros 2700 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3600 USD
British Pounds 2300 GBP
Australian Dollars 3300 AUD
South African Rand 27500 ZAR
Indian Rupees 176000 INR
South Korean Won 4000000 KRW

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 80-105 kg (177-232 lbs)
wing weight 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs)
wing area (flat) 27.0 m² (291 ft²)
wing area (projected) 24.3 m² (261 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.7 m (39 ft)
wing span (projected) 8.9 m (29 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.1
aspect ratio (projected) 3.5
min sink ??? m/s (??? fpm, ??? kph, ??? knts)
best glide ratio ???:1
speed min ?? kph (?? mph, ?? knts)
speed trim 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 54 kph (34 mph, 29 knts)

Some EN Test Results

take-off - rising behaviour smooth, easy and constant rising
take-off - special technique? no
landing - special technique? no
speed range > 10 kph using controls yes
roll stability and damping - oscillations reducing
gentle spirals - return to straight flight spontaneous exit
steep banks - sink rate after 2 turns up to 12 m/s
symmetric front collapse - entry rocking back less than 45 degrees
symmetric front collapse - recovery Spontaneous in less than 3 sec
full stall - dive forward angle less than 30°
full stall - collapse? no
full stall - rocking back less than 45°
asymmetric collapse 50% - attitude max dive or roll 0 to 15°
asymmetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric collapse 50% - total course change less than 360°
asymmetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 15 to 45°
asymmetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric collapse 75% - total course change less than 360°
maintained collapse - able to maintain course yes
maintained collapse - 180° turn away yes, under 10 seconds
tends to spin at low speed? no
after release from developed spin stops spinning in less than 90°
B-line stall, before release - course change less than 45°
B-line stall, before release - behavior remains stable with straight span
B-line stall, after release - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec.
B-line stall, after release - dive angle 0 to 30°
big ears - entry procedure special device required
big ears - behavior stable flight
big ears - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec.
big ears - dive forward on exit 0 to 30°
steep spiral - exit behavior spontaneous exit
steep spiral - recovery turn angle less than 720°, spontaneous recovery
All the above were recorded when this Independence paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Independence Pioneer. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.
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