Sky Fides 2 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Sky Fides 2.

Canopy of the Sky Fides 2 paraglider.
A fine close-up of the inflated Fides 2 canopy, taken by Gérard Florit. Used with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 1
Size Designation S

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 2500 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3100 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1700 GBP
Australian Dollars 4200 AUD
South African Rand 24300 ZAR
South Korean Won 3007000 KRW
Indian Rupees 143300 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 69-90 kg (152-199 lbs)
wing weight 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs)
wing area (flat) 24.2 m² (260 ft²)
wing area (projected) 21.3 m² (229 ft²)
wing span (flat) 10.7 m (35 ft)
wing span (projected) 8.6 m (28 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.7
aspect ratio (projected) 3.5
min sink 1.2 m/s (236 fpm, 4.3 kph, 2.3 knts)
best glide ratio 7.7:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 36 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max 44 kph (27 mph, 24 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping high
control travel high
agility average
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit spontaneous
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 Sky paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the color schemes for the Sky Fides 2. The upper surface pattern is a mirror-image of the lower surface pattern 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 another color adorning the leading edge. The Fides 2 is just a bit different!

'Rosewood' - orange, gray, red pattern on upper and lower surfaces

'Pure Juice' - yellow, gray, red pattern on upper and lower surfaces

'Strawberry Ice' - white, gray, red pattern on upper and lower surfaces

'Desert Sunset' - yellow, gray, orange pattern on upper and lower surfaces

'Artic Ice' - white, gray, blue pattern on upper and lower surfaces


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