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Ozone-Bullet07

Ozone - Bullet

   

 

 

Ozone Philosophy - Speed-flying is a completely new sport Ozone have striven to make the Bullet as accessible and enjoyable as possible for the new pilots who will be taking up the sport.

Ozone are not at all interested in pushing the limits of performance and speed in this sport, as they see this leading in the wrong direction and potentially to the failure of the sport.

During the course of their testing, Ozone realized that their first prototypes and the current wings on the market for speed-flying fell short of what we considered to be acceptable in terms of ease of use and comfort. Because these wings are so small and so dynamic, total beginners found it difficult to be confident with the high speed and dynamic handling that is inherent in the nature of these wings. As a result of this, Ozone have designed the Bullet to be safe and easy to use in all respects.

Experience -> Expertise -> Excellence

Developed by Rob Whittall and the Ozone Test Team, the Bullet is the ideal choice for discovering the sport of Speed Flying, or taking the sport to the next level. It’s up to you.

The characteristics that make the Bullet an ideal first wing are the same characteristics that have already made it the choice of some of the most experienced Speed Flying Pilots in the world. Simply choose your size according to the wing loading you want - high wing loading for experts, low wing loading for beginners.

The Bullet comes with the Atak Harness, designed specifically for the new sport of Speed Flying with the help of Pierre Bouiloux of SupAir. Also included in the Bullet package is a stuff sack with compression straps, mountain backpack with ski-carry system, snow-stakes, and more.

 

Testing and Development

The Bullet has evolved from a series of prototypes designed by Rob Whittall, whose philosophy centers on pilot safety and ease of use. Ozone's main concern with this sport is safety, and feel that the only way forward is to focus on safe and usable designs. Ozone experimented with 2 and 3 line riser designs, a variety of profiles, varying amounts of sail tension and number of cells. Ultimately, they strove for a simple safe design, and believe they have achieved this in the final version of the Bullet. Testing was conducted at a wide variety of conditions from high wind soaring to tail wind launches at 13,000 feet. Ozone repeatedly foot launched and landed all sizes of the Bullet in no wind and tail wind conditions with success each time, and flown it in highly turbulent rotor conditions (we do not under any circumstances recommend foot launching or landing the Bullet or flying it in turbulent conditions!). All of their testing has confirmed that they have a wing suitable for anyone wanting to experience the exhilaration and fun of speed-flying.

The chief feature of the Bullet is simplicity. With NO TRIMMERS, NO heavy hardware or complications on the risers, and NO excess features, the Bullet is just simply fun and fast. No Trimmers means that setting up and launching the Bullet is easier, with less of a chance of launching with tangled lines, which is a major concern in this sport. The brake range is so vast that trimmers are not necessary: at hands-up trim, the Bullet is fast enough! If you want to slow down or increase your glide, simply add brake. Adding brake makes all necessary adjustments to speed and glide.

Easy launch: This is imperative for new speed-flyers, and the sometimes difficult launching conditions that can be experienced in the mountains (tailwind, crosswind, etc). To achieve this, we have a simple cell structure with lines to every cell to promote even and progressive inflation in all reasonable conditions.

Relatively slow speed take-off: The reason we feel this is important is that it is obviously dangerous to be hurtling downhill at high speed with a non-flying wing. We chose a profile that has high lift, allowing early take-off and excellent slower speed performance.

In flight stability: After testing several other Speed-Flying wings, one major factor that we felt detrimental to the confidence of the pilot was very low sail tension which resulted in a total lack of in-flight solidity. The line configuration and sail tension of the Bullet help reduce in-flight glider movement to a minimum.

Handling: Speed-flying wings have very high wing-loading and therefore the handling must be smooth and progressive, with a long brake range to help prevent pilots from over-controlling the wing. The Bullet’s turn is smooth and stable, without excessive dive.

Performance: In Speed-Flying, the traditional definitions of performance do not apply. The performance of the Bullet is ideal for its application: Reasonable trim speed (45-70km/h depending on wing-loading) and a glide angle of approximately 3.5, again depending on wing-loading. Under no circumstances do we feel the need to push the limits of speed and glide performance at this stage of the sport. Safety and usability should always come first.

Landing: The Bullet has excellent flare and landing characteristics. Again, the high lift profile and moderate sail tension allows the wing to be slowed down easily for soft, slow speed landings, which is a very important factor in this new sport.

Durability: Ozone has been conducting research with fabrics and materials in the snow sports industry for 6 years (Snowkiting), which has lead to the development of the OzTech material. This cloth has been tested from the Polar ice-caps to the Sahara desert and we are very confident that it is the best material possible for Speed-Flying.

The Bullet Snow Stake System The Bullet has two sewn loops on the top sail, and comes with small plastic stakes that can be attached to the top of the wing. These ‘Snow Stakes’ are very useful for laying your wign out on steep snow or in tail-wind launch conditions.

To use the snow stakes, simply push them into the snow surface a few centimeters. You may leave the snow stakes in the snow and launch normally, the snow stakes will pull out and will not affect the flying characteristics of your wing.

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacture: Ozone

 

 Technical Data

Model Bullet 100 Bullet 122 Bullet 144
Area (Flat/Projected) 10m²/8,90m² 12,10m²/10,60m² 14m²/12,40m²
Wing Span (Flat/Projected) 5,90m/5,00m 6,40m/5,50m 6,90m/5,90m
Chord (max/min) 2,00m/?m 2,20m/?m 2,30m/?m
Aspect Ratio (Flat/Projected) 3,49/2,80
No. of Cells 18
Wing Material OzTech 40gm² (ribs = 70gm²)
Weight (kg) 2,2 2,5 2,8
Glide Ratio ?
Trim Speed ~ Top Speed ?km/h ~ ?km/h ?km/h ~ ?km/h ?km/h ~ ?km/h
Recommended Fly weight (kg) Wing loading: ~9kg/m² = Exp. ~7kg/m² = Int. ~6kg/m² = Beg. (144 - > 75Kg for normal use

 

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Pilot Review
... by Tom Payne - as posted on
ParaglidingForum.com


Ozone Bullet 14m² Hot from the factory, I was really looking forward to flying this wing. The wing is much flatter (low arc) than either the Nano or the Nooky, without trimmers, and thinner lines in the upper cascades (both the Nano and Nooky use much thicker lines here). Take-off is more difficult than the other two wings: the Bullet is slow to inflate and rise. The controls are precise but the wing is very roll unstable, demanding careful piloting. The glide ratio at least a point greater than the other two wings, good for those who want to fly but making it hard to stay on the slope. Landing, however, is very easy.

additional information as posted on ParaglidingForum.com

My friend was flying the Bullet today and found a better method for take-off. With its low arc design, if you forward launch with the A-risers held in your hands near your shoulders (normal method) then the tips inflate first and the wing "claps hands". The solution is to hold your hands low and wide. This allows the wing to inflate evenly across the span, and once it is inflated you can lift it above your head.

 

 

 


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Ozone Bullet 10m²

Bought a used one and I'm very happy with this wing. Not very heavy, best inflation, good starting behavior and good glide --> so very good for summerspeedflying and mountainiring. Landing compared to a Nano 06 14m² is a bit more difficult. But if the landing area is big enough its also possibly to land in no wind conditions by foot. Speed isn't that fast for a 10m². I think the wing is good for summerflying, but not the best in the winter time, because it's difficult to stay at the ground.
Glides noticeable better than hellracer2 13, and Nano06 14. also handling is a bit more directly.