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Paraglider Inspections and repairs

We have paragliders in line and will take more starting the period of February 12th to 18th.
If you want to reserve a spot for your wing for those dates, please contact Elisabeth at 352-461-4641, or
info@paratour.com
This way, you can ship it few days before the scheduled week only.



Paratour Glider Shop

We are the official American service center
for Axis, Paramania and Apco
CLICK HERE
to submit your glider for Inspection or Repair

Lines Inspections


Whether your glider gets intense use or not, it is aging. 


It is therefore very important to get regular inspections to fly with peace of mind. 


If you’ve had your wing in an accident or incident and incurred damage; if you are thinking of selling your wing, or perhaps it’s just time for its annual inspection; you can send us your wing with complete confidence that your wing will be thoroughly inspected/repaired in a timely fashion and with integrity and honesty.

An annual inspection includes:

- Verification of the serial number and production date.

- Pull the wing up on hoist and clean it thoroughly.

- Complete visual inspection of the top and bottom surface
of fabric and the complete interior and cell walls.

- Fabric and stitching condition, inspection

- Porosity test.

- Rip test (to check the fabric strength).

 -Inspection of each line for inner core and/or outer sheathing damage.

- Lines measurement with 5 kilos of tension, comparing them to original line charts and correcting their length. * Note that we are the only glider shop in North America using the very precise electronic Wörner measuring system, which is mostly used by paraglider manufacturers

- Line strenght test:  We break the main, intermediate and top “A” lines and measure the line strength with a digital sensor - more lines are tested if the results are not favorable

Canopy Inspection

 
-Inspection of the brake lines for wear, proper adjustment and length, and attachment to the toggle.

 Replacement of main brake lines if they are two or more, years old.

- Inspection of the risers for stretching and shrinkage, inspect all riser seams, confirm the integrity of each attachment point and inspect the trimmers, quick-links, keepers, pulleys, snaps, speed system and toggles.

- Replacement of worn rubber O rings.

- Stitches are performed on slipping trims to fix the problem.

Upon completion, you receive a detailed written report of the inspection and all repairs with a sticker of “certification/approval” for your wing.


Porosity Testing

The porosity testing is done with a porosimeter JDC MK1, which measures the necessary time for 0.25 liter of air under 10 mbar pressure to go through 38.5 cm2 of fabric.

Porosity testing

 


REPAIRS:

Whether it is a tear across a cell, a broken or frayed line, or major cell wall damage, we can perform minor and major repairs. 

*On major repairs, each wing is test flown by Eric Dufour before being released and this is free.

For an approximate estimate, please send us a picture of the damage.  

More info on the rates

Sewing Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See Elisabeth Guerin's 
"Before & After Repair" photo gallery

 

Elisabeth Guerin

 

 

 

Eugen Schussman


Elisabeth Guerin has been trained at SWING, the German paraglider manufacturer, and  their master rigger Eugen Schussman, taught her all the tasks implied to perform excellent paraglider inspections.
 


Gabi Siegel, their head seamstress at Swing, taught
Elisabeth all the aspects of minor and major repairs.


Gabi Siegel

Few years ago, she spent a week at Rip'Air (in France), the biggest glider shop in the world, where she has refined her knowledge with the highly respected Bretrand Maddalena, whom is considered as a reference in the field of paraglider repair and inspection.

<In the RipAir's office

Bertrand Maddalena & Elisabeth Guerin 


At RipAir, France, Bertrand Magdalena & Elisabeth Guerin

Bertrand Maddalena & Elisabeth Guerin 

En 2010, Elisabeth had the priviledge to be trained by the polish Boguslaw Pelczar,
whom is THE master for special shape paragliders.  He taught her to make birds.
In 2011, she publicly presented her bald eagle at fly-ins. 

Other than than Elisabeth's eagle, any other special shape paraglider you have seen
has most probably been made by Boguslaw.

Boguslaw Pelczar's Website: 
 http://www.pelczar-paragliders.com



Boguslaw Pelczar