Charly DIAMONDcross ST - Superlight steerable square reserve

 

The new DIAMONDcross ST from Charly presents three main innovations:

  1. It has a defined forward speed in diagonal direction with the effect of a significantly reduced sink speed. This results on the one hand in a higher aspect ratio compared to conventional cruciform canopies, those propulsion mainly takes place towards one side, and on the other hand in the asymmetrical airflow of the convex sides of the DIAMONDcross canopy, thereby receiving an ascending forced optimised profile.
     
  2. The horizontal movement which is typical for every modern round canopy and cruciform canopy can be steered for the DIAMONDcross ST in a certain direction if required. Obstacles like e.g. power lines can thus be avoided and an emergency landing field can be precisely approached with a glide ratio of ca. 1:1,5. There are no disadvantages for the DIAMONDcross ST compared with conventional cruciform canopies.
     
  3. The DIAMONDcross has different line lengths which have the effect that the strips of the canopy don't lie on top of each other when packing the canopy. This diversification causes an easier air inlet when opening and thus an increased opening speed compared to conventional cruciform canopies. The packing of the DIAMONDcross is not more time-consuming or more complex than for a normal cruciform canopy.

 

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The superlight DC thus combines the low packing effort of round- and cruciform canopies with the controllability of Rogallo rescue systems. For the DIAMONDcross, there is no risk of „down plane" directly after opening, which is the case for Rogallo rescue systems, also when flown too slow, if it opens with the top downwards.

The concept of the DIAMONDcross works without pre-brake and therefore the system remains very easy to handle and is reliable.

 

Further safety aspects:

  • There are no potential hazards in consequence of the steer-ability:
The twisting of the lines, which often is unavoidable when using a controllable rescue system, doesn't cause any special risks. The DIAMONDcross can also be controlled in twisted condition. The red colour marking on the front head indicates clearly visible the flight direction for the pilot.
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  • No risks can arise by excessive pulling or by non-use of the brake handles. There is no risk of stall. A pulling of the brakes is not required when landing, as the canopy already is trimmed at minimum sink rate. The forward speed also reduces significantly the risk of spine compression during the landing.
  • The long suspension lines of the DIAMONDcross and the symmetric shape of the canopy lower the risk of causing a collapse with the rescue system and the glider.
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  • Forward movement and low sink rate reduce in addition the risk of a side slip between the rescue system and the glider, and therefore higher sink rates.
  • A short stall phase of the DIAMONDcross after opening prevents the formation of a „down plane"-position. The DIAMONDcross merges without the help of the pilot after a short independent stall phase in an easy, very stable and swing-free forward flight.
  • The special design of the inner container, optimized with the help of Tom Grabner's G-Force trainer ensures safe deployment of the DIAMONDcross with the low effort needed. Especially with regard to inconvenient pulling directions when deploying the rescue system. Therefore we absolutely recommend to use the original approved container with the rescue system and to adapt the rescue handle of the harness to the container by an authorised service company.
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  • The inner container has a separate space for the suspension lines.
  • The canopy will only be deployed after the aspect ratio of the suspension lines, which enables a fast and controlled opening. The risk of a cravat of the rescue system and the glider is therefore reduced.
  • The superlight, optional steerable cruciform canopy from Charly's product designer Tom Grabner has been registered for patent and certified in four sizes.

dc-abtrennen700x900          Do I have to disconnect my glider when opening the DIAMONDcross?       No.

 

Although if the pilot reacts in a passive way, the DIAMONDcross works perfectly. The risk of a side slip is very low for a DIAMONDcross.

 

Nevertheless, the glider should be disconnected – if possible – from all rescue systems,

 

no matter whether they are steerable or not. The disconnection can be made by separating the glider from the carabiner, as in this case, an automatic separation system for speed system is absolutely essential. Further opportunities are quick-out carabiners or cutting off the main lines by means of a jackknife.
With the Finsterwalder Quick-Out carabiners, the disconnection is very simple.
As you can't make general statements about how the glider reacts after rescue deployment and every rescue system is always influenced by the residual resistance of the glider, complete disconnection of the glider can only be an advantage – also if a disconnection is not absolutely necessary for the DIAMONDcross.

 

 

Modell DC 100 ST neu  DC 125 ST neu DC 160 ST neu
Max. load 100 kg 125 kg 160 kg
Surface 25,2 m² 30,7 m² 41,0 m²
Weight incl. inner container 1170 g* 1390 g* 1780 g*
Descent rate

4.7 m/s @ 100 kg

3.6 m/s @ 70 kg

4.5 m/s @ 125 kg

3.5 m/s @ 85 kg

4.5 m/s @ 160 kg

3.5 m/s @ 110 kg

Volume 3900 ccm 4700 ccm 5300 ccm
Certification EN, LTF EN, LTF EN, LTF
Art.-N°. HFa195/100 HFa195/125 HFa195/160
Price 1 428,00 NZ$* 1 517,00 NZ$* 1 697,00 NZ$*

 

Modell DC 160 ST Tandem neu  DC 220 ST Tandem neu
Max. load 160 kg 220 kg
Surface 41,0 m² 59,2 m²
Weight incl. inner container 1850 g* 2520 g*
Descent rate

4.5 m/s @ 160 kg

3.5 m/s @ 110 kg

4.5 m/s @ 220 kg

3.5 m/s @ 160 kg

Volume 5300 ccm 7300 ccm
Certification EN, LTF EN, LTF
Art.-N°. HFa195/160T HFa195/220
Price 1 742,00 NZ$* 2 323,00 NZ$*



DIAMONDcross basic light


The non-steerable version of the DIAMONDcorss ST is about 90 gram lighter and a bit cheaper than the steerable version. All other features and technical data are identical with the DIAMONDcross ST. With a set of new risers, you can subsequently modify the DIAMONDcross basic into a steerable system by the manufacturer or another authorized repair shop. The modification costs 250 NZ$* and includes re-packing.

Modell DC 100 basic
     light neu
 DC 125 basic
      light neu
DC 160 basic
      light neu
 DC 220 basic
      Tandem light neu
Max. load 100 kg 125 kg 160 kg 220 kg
Surface 25,2 m² 30,7 m² 41,0 m² 59,2 m²
Weight incl. inner container 1140 g* 1350 g* 1750 g* 2460 g*
Descent rate

4.7 m/s @ 100 kg

3.6 m/s @ 70 kg

4.5 m/s @ 125 kg

3.5 m/s @ 85 kg

4.5 m/s @ 160 kg

3.5 m/s @ 110 kg

4.5 m/s @ 220 kg

3.5 m/s @ 160 kg

Volume 3900 ccm 4700 ccm 5300 ccm 7300 ccm
Certification EN, LTF EN, LTF EN, LTF EN, LTF
Art.-N°. HFa195/100B HFa195/125B HFa195/160B HFa195/220B
Price 1 392,00 NZ$* 1 482,00 NZ$* 1 652,00 NZ$* 2 278,00 NZ$*

  

DIAMONDcross Documents

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Quickout paragliding carabiner

Special carabiner for helicopter rescue operations that enables quick release under load

 

Features:

  • Breaking load: 4.000 daN*, individually tested to 2.000 daN*
  • No play in the gate, thus fatigue endurable without flight hour limitation for loads of up to 150 daN*!
  • Multi-secured double button locking
  • Replacement interval: 8 years without a flight hour limitation
  • Carabiner body drop-forged from Titanal, insert made of high-strength aluminium alloy 7075 T6
  • Gewicht: 200 g/pc.

    1 DAN (dekanewton) = 10 N (newton)  ≈ 1 kg

The Quickout carabiner is used everywhere where a reliable connection and if needed a quick release even under load is necessary. It is designed for secure load attachment - in particular for the carrying of persons - and is suitable for outdoor use.

Our quick release carabiner is established and proven in helicopter operations by police, army, mountain rescue and firefighters.

In paragliding sports, it allows the release of the glider when used with a steerable rescue system.

The simultaneous push of both lock buttons disconnects the pilot from the glider effortlessly. Safety training showed the release of the glider to be advantageous in the case of a rescue system deployment.

Aside from its advantages in the case of water- or tree landings and in strong wind conditions, the Quickout carabiner also offers superior handling compared to conventional paragliding carabiners.

 

Art.Nr. Article Breaking load  (daN *) Weight (g) Price (NZ$*/pc.)
HKar12  Quickout carabiner 4.000 200,0 123
HKar121  Extra insert for Quickout (suitable for webbing widths 25-28 mm)   46 39
HKar128  Adapter sleeves for narrow risers (suitable up to 18 mm)     22

1 DAN (dekanewton) = 10 N (newton)  ≈ 1 kg
 

 


Quickout release system for speedbar :

 

Attention: The use with gliders featuring a speed pedal is only permitted in combination with a patent shackle release system (HKar14) or a Brummel hook release system (HKar141).

Patent shackle release system for speed pedals (left picture).
Attention: Activation while the speed pedal is under tension causes damages at the patent shackle!

Brummel hook release system for speed pedals (right picture). Recommended when the risers of the glider are equipped with Brummel hooks.

HKar14   HKar141

 

Art.Nr. Article Weight (g) Price (NZ$*/pc.)
HKar14  Finsterwalder patent shackle separation system (pair) 7,4 54
HKar141  Finsterwalder brummel hook separation system (pair) 5,2 34

 


Information documents:


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