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CEN / TC 136 / WG 6

 

 

CEN = Comité Européen de Normalisation = European Committee for Standardization. TC 136 is the group of all sports and WG 6 (working group 6) is group for Paragliding equipments.

Who is CEN and what is EN
The National Standards Organizations (ex. AFNOR, BS, DIN, SN, SNV) from almost 30 European countries are member of CEN. A group of experts from each National Standard Organizations are appointed to take part of working group 6 (WG 6) for paragliding equipments to update and renewing the EN standards. Example of EN standard is EN 926-2 for flight test and EN 926-1 for load test of paragliders.

 

Since 2010 Air Turquoise SA have two representatives in WG 6. Alain Zoller who is representative SHV/FSVL and SNV and Randi Eriksen repesentative NLF and SN.

CEN =European Committee for Standardization
SHV/FSVL
=Swiss Hanggliding & Paragliding Association
SNV =Swiss Association for Standardization
NLF = Norwegian Air sports federation (Hang- and Paragliding section)
SN =Standard Norway

Revision of EN 926-2 will happen in 2010, the first WG 6 meeting for the new revision will take place in Paris 8th of December 2010

 

The history
Alain Zoller established Air Turquoise in 1995. He has tested glider since 1989 and he knows very well AFNOR and LTF (DHV), as he worked with these standards in the past. Claude Thurnheer started to work with Alain in 1994 as a test pilot. Alain and Claude have tested many gliders and have built up solid experience of testing all type of gliders. They have thorough knowledge of testing gliders.
As the new standard EN (CEN) started to grow in 1994, we all knew this standard will come, but didn’t know when. It took 11 years to develop EN standard before it finally got published in 2005. The working group who were responsible for creating EN standard consists of national federations, manufacturers and test pilots. Every European country voted “YES” for EN standard.
Less then one year after the standard was released, January 2006, Alain Zoller and Randi Eriksen started to build a structure to test gliders after EN standard. In March 2006 the infrastructure was ready and we could start testing. We held “information-days” about EN standard for factory test pilots, so they could know and understand how the new standard was working. 
Read the whole story here.

Today
We are two employees working fulltime (Alain and Randi). The test pilots are working as a freelancer and they come here only for flight test. After testing over 300 gliders according to EN standard in all categories (A, B, C and D), we are sure this standard works properly and it’s the way to go. For us it is important to be open about certification and we will do our best to give more information about that. 
April 17 2009 Air Turquoise SA is an official LBA approved test center for type-inspection of aerial sports equipment according to German airlaw. This means Air Turquoise SA can test and certify paraglider equipments worldwide after EN standard and for Germany after LTF (2. DV LuftGerPV –also called DHV in the past).
Since 2010 Air Turquoise SA have two representatives in CEN / TC 136 / WG 6, read more here .

ISO 9001:2000 since 2006 and ISO 9001:2008 since 2009.
Air Turquoise SA is certifying paraglider equipments after;
EN 926-1:2006 Paraglider load test
EN 926-2:2005 Paraglider flight test
EN 12491:2001 Emergency Parachutes (rescue)
EN 1651:1999  Harness
LTF lt. 2. DV LuftGerPV §1, Nr. 7 c

 

Written by Randi Eriksen

Friday, 26 November 2010

 

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Description of the paraglider classes

Class Description of flight characteristics Description of pilot skills required

A

Paragliders with maximum passive safety and extremely forgiving flying characteristics. Gliders with good resistance to departures from normal flight. Designed for all pilots including pilots under all levels of training.

B

Paragliders with good passive safety and forgiving flying characteristics. Gliders with some resistance to departures from normal flight. Designed for all pilots including pilots under all levels of training.

C

Paragliders with moderate passive safety and with potentially dynamic reactions to turbulence and pilot errors. Recovery to normal flight may require precise pilot input. Designed for pilots familiar with recovery techniques, who fly “actively” and regularly, and understand the implications of flying a glider with reduced passive safety.

D

Paragliders with demanding flying characteristics and potentially violent reactions to turbulence and pilot errors. Recovery to normal flight requires precise pilot input. Designed for pilots well practised in recovery techniques, who fly very actively, have significant experience of flying in turbulent conditions, and who accept the implications of flying such a wing.

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