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The Beamer 3 builds on the best features of the Beamer 2. A completely redeveloped Beamer 3 riser system improves opening, operation and installation – the success story continues!
THE TOP FOUR BEAMER 3 LIGHT CHARACTERISTICS
As a special feature we elected to further develop the braked opening configuration for the Rogallo – successfully applied to the Beamer 2. This results in even less forward speed and provides what most pilots need – the advantages of a round canopy’s vertical flightpath, plus those of a steerable forwards-flying Rogallo. For example, if the Beamer opens alongside a rock face, or in strong wind, its initial descent will be almost vertical. Then, after its steering lines have been activated, the Rogallo’s forward speed can be used. If the pilot has enough height he can then steer the Beamer 3 light away from danger (e.g. rocks, water, buildings etc.).
The braked opening configuration automatically includes another important effect: what is known as ‘downplaning’ is effectively prevented. This scissoring problem happens when paraglider and reserve (round canopies too) both develop forward speed while pulling against each other, and both head straight downwards. This raises the sink speed markedly, and the risk of injury dramatically. The Beamer 3’s pre-braking and its large area oppose this: the braked Rogallo surface refuses to be accelerated in this way.
Low sink rate
Steering and flying forwards – the Beamer’s speciality!
Paraglider tangled up in the Rogallo lines: Here pilots with a cutaway system can fully appreciate the Beamer 3’s qualities. Glide performance doubles – with slightly increased sink speed. Cutaway carabiners mainly make sense in competition flying (more risk of collision) or for acro. A suitable seatbelt cutter, secured on a long bungee, would do the same job in an emergency.
Technical differences between Beamer 3 light and Beamer 2
The Beamer 3 light has a completely new, simplified and user-friendly riser system. This reduces the chance of twists, and makes installation easier. Packers will appreciate this: Steering line shortening for the braked opening stage is largely self-explanatory. The risers are set up for shoulder mounting. Short extensions are needed for main carabiner (front container) attachment.
Size, wing shape, lines and flying behavior of the Beamer 3 light remain unchanged from the Beamer 2. Construction details and the new risers reduce the weight from (very light!) 1950 to 1370 gm for an area of 42 m2: more than half a kilo lighter than the Beamer 2!
By using the latest high-tech materials we put the Beamer 3 light on a drastic weight loss program. Result: another quarter of the weight off! The Beamer 3 light is in the same league as modern lightweight round canopies when it comes to volume – but it’s not in the “one-shot rescue” category. The Beamer 3 light’s ultralight fabric and lines are also suitable for SIV training and practice throwing over water but is not recommended for regular use of aerobatic pilots.