Dudek Universal and Nirvana Instinct- The Ultimate Specialist Combination
It been a busy 2016 for Nirvana Africa with 22 pilots buying their
gear and getting ready to use it for practical aviation applications.
Farmers, Ranchers and XC pilots have been a prime focus for Nirvana
Africa with the development and testing of gear that could enhance
the performance of these individuals.
The package sported the following items:
The Dudek Universal Glider - The glider allows for a great weight
range and trimmer setting range.Simply said this allows for slow
flying but also faster speed on demand. The glider delivered as
advertised - not only did first time pilots qualify under 10 days due
to the easy training on the glider but it got individuals to do their
practical flying work without having much experience. Nirvana
Africa’s goal was to ensure that a the recommended glider for the
package could allow farmers to cover large areas, take-off in short
distances and perform ‘outlandings’ whenever required. The glider’s
exception ability to remain stable and deliver a predictable glide
ratio on landings gave practical application pilots exactly what they
needed. Some pilots got 20 qualifying flights done in as quick as 4
days (4500ft MSL). The reflex capability of the glider also gave
pilots the confidence to take-off in smaller areas and attempt
landing when required as apposed to feeling forced to return to the
origin of take-off.
The Nirvana Instinct NS230HL -The majority of South African pilots
have one thing in common, they are either heavy or big men! To make
things even more challenging is that most individual that inquire to
do practical flying are located at higher altitudes and therefore
require more power for a short take-off distance. The NS230HL was
Nirvana Africa’s choice as it had both the power and dependability to
give pilots the confidence to fly over rough terrain without worrying
about engine failure. The NS230HL also had an ‘ace up its sleeve’ -
The Control Unit has a single ignition switch. Essentially practical
pilots have the ability to glide in for a landing and if overshooting
the landing zone was a possibility, a quick push of the single
ignition/kill switch button allows for a restart and ‘go-around’ to
re-attempt the landing. This single feature is probably the most
prominent capability that sets the Nirvana Instinct so far apart of
the competition that all ‘special operators’, law enforcement and
military entities applying for a PPG solution with Nirvana Africa,
eliminated other competitor products from their choice after
assessing this advantage.
The Twist Air Struts and Anti-Torque Belt incorporated in the Nirvana
Instinct design gives a stable body position on full acceleration,
especially on Take Off. Various other competing machines that do not
have anti-torque systems and can at times relay a false ‘turning
impression' to the pilot and if the input by the pilot is incorrect
it could lead to an accident.
The Tactical Vest - After years of testing Dudek Gliders and
Nirvana Paramotors, Nirvana Africa also designed tactical gear that
is customised for the practical Nirvana pilot. The Harness
Belts/Buckles do not conflict with the vest poaches that give
practical pilots the following abilities - easy access to items
stored in a ‘Dump Poach’, quick access to a tactical knife, access to
rifle magazines or smoke grenades, access to the radio which has its
antenna concealed in the vest and last but not least, ‘bullet
proofing’ ability if required. Most 2016 pilots chose to train with
Integrated communication - Nirvana Africa rigorously tests gear in
projects such as the Nirvana Raptor Programme in Manyeleti Game
Reserve. As the exclusive PPG entity that conducts anti-poaching
operations in Manyeleti Game Reserve as part of the Kruger National
Park, Nirvana Africa has the opportunity to put all equipment to the
ultimate test. The FC4 Helmet allows for uninterrupted Bluetooth
communication with other pilots, the receiving and making of phone
calls if out of radio communication range and most importantly the
stable radio communication platform that is integral to communicating
with other aircraft and coordinating with ground operations.
The FlyPhone mount designed by Nirvana Systems has been
incorporated into the Tactical Vest and gives a great Moving Map
Display through the Air Navigation Pro Application. Mounted on the
vest instead of the Harness, The quick access to any brand of smart
phone has removed any limitation practical pilots could experience
when it comes to accessing information or communicating with others.
Other popular items would include practical flight pants, shirts and jackets.
This combination of gear in the hands of those that are dedicated to
make use of it is truly amazing and we look forward to growing the
community of Nirvana practical pilots.
New at Nirvana Africa ®
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