During the last two years the ADVANCE development team have built more than 30 prototypes and tried out countless new concepts. Chrigel Maurer himself, together with ADVANCE test pilot and X-Alps first-timer Patrick von Känel, has been part of the project – testing and assessing the project from an athletes point of view This extensive R&D has paid off, and previously insurmountable technological boundaries have been swept aside.
The OMEGA XLPS 3 is special as a two-liner because of its heretofore unattainable mix of performance, simplicity and minimal weight. With aspect ratio of 6.95 and a mere 63 cells it is very simple and compact to live with, and delivers an exceptionally agreeable feeling in flight: but this with massively better performance and the same weight as an equivalent three-liner. These are exactly the qualities that not only X-Alps athletes desire, but also ambitious cross country pilots.
For weight-saving the OMEGA XALPS 3 not only has the signature Sliced Diagonals Technology inside, but also ultralight High-Tech Nitinol Wires around the profiles. These new high grade alloy wires are not only much lighter than conventional Nylon versions, but virtually cannot get bent out of shape. This is a great advantage for fast and compact packing in the X-Alps.
|OMEGA XALPS 3||22||23||24|
|Certified takeoff weight||kg||75-87||85-97||95-110|
|Projected aspect ratio||5.29||5.29||5.29|
|Number of cells||63||63||63|
|Number of risers||2+1||2+1||2+1|
|Certification||EN/LTF D||EN/LTF D||EN/LTF D|
The weight of the wing can vary by up to 100g due to unavoidable manufactured fluctuations in the density of such light fabric.