Pro Design Thema Paraglider

Some tables, some simple graphics and a great pic of the Pro Design Thema!

The Pro-Design Thema paraglider in flight.
A great worm's-eye-view of the Thema paraglider, you can almost see the stitches!

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 2
Size Designation 75

Ever Flown This Wing?

If so, feel free to share anything you like about the experience here. What were your first impressions?

Please state your experience level, just to put your comments in perspective.

For example, you might be a low-time pilot flying a new wing for the first time and loving it!


Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Oct 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 2950 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3700 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2000 GBP
Australian Dollars 5000 AUD
South African Rand 28400 ZAR
South Korean Won 3560000 KRW
Indian Rupees 169300 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 75-95 kg (166-210 lbs)
wing weight 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs)
wing area (flat) 24.0 m² (258 ft²)
wing area (projected) 21.2 m² (228 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.3 m (37 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.3 m (31 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.3
aspect ratio (projected) 4.1
min sink 1.1 m/s (216 fpm, 4.0 kph, 2.1 knts)
best glide ratio 8.6:1
speed min 23 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 37 kph (23 mph, 20 knts)
speed max 52 kph (32 mph, 28 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel average
agility high
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit turn continues through < 180 degrees
landing behavior easy
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
All the above were recorded when this Pro Design paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the lower surface color schemes for the Pro Design Thema. The upper surface color is the same as the lower surface leading edge in each case. I hope this approach is useful for getting a good idea of the colors when quickly comparing wings. Most paragliders have a basic wing color plus something different adorning the leading edge.

mainly red, with white lower surface trailing edge

mainly blue, with white lower surface trailing edge

mainly yellow, with white lower surface trailing edge


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