When I originally started researching this sport I decided I wanted two things; a Nirvana paramotor and a Dudek Universal wing. This came from a lot of different folks making recommendations. During training though, I just couldn’t seem to keep the Universal under control when I was trying to launch. Ryan Shaw switched out to a more docile and stable wing; a Dudek Nemo. That is the wing I ultimately bought and brought home. Why mess with something that’s working?
Recently Ryan put up a used Universal for sale on Facebook. I figured this would be a good way to finally try out that Universal and if it was a disaster I could always sell it again. Well this morning I finally had a chance to take it out. I proved no easier for me to launch. I had three blown launch attempts with this wing. I was about to pack it in but gave it one more try. I finally got the wing stable and flying nicely above my Cruise Carbon Trike so I fed in full throttle and got to fly it for the first time. Wow, what a difference! This wing is way more maneuverable, slightly faster, and way more stabile! The Nemo has a tendency to roll back and forth. This is easily dampened but you have to work to stop it. The Universal had no such tendency. I could stow the brake toggles and just fly hands in my lap rock solid stabile. I’m going to enjoy getting to know this wing!
Here is a short video this morning of flying the Dudek Universal!