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SIGMA 9 - Compact Power

The SIGMA 9 cross country intermediate excels in its maximum performance and precision. The distinctly compact wing conveys a feeling of well-inflated strength, especially when accelerated, and flying in thermally active air. The legendary SIGMA series stands for both tradition and progress. This ninth generation is again unmistakable in handling and design.
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
    • High performance you can use
      Comprehensive SIGMA 9 performance is the result of extensive analysis and perfect finish. The compact setup and high stability allow its exceptional performance to be used over the complete polar curve, even in difficult conditions. This means that you can make the most of the SIGMA 9’s considerable potential to deliver rewarding flights.

    • Advantages of reduced weight
      The SIGMA 9 is the lightest in its class. Its weight of only 4.55 kgs puts it alongside the light glider segment, thanks to the use of high quality materials and sophisticated design. The SIGMA 9 can be packed smaller, therefore easier to carry, but the reduced canopy weight also has beneficial effects on takeoff behaviour, handling and passive safety.

    • Legendary handling
      Ever since the first 1989 model the SIGMA has set the sport class benchmark with its sporty and lively handling. The SIGMA 9 lives up to the tradition. Turning is even more direct and precise, especially when centring a thermal at high angle of attack; and long brake travel widens the pilot’s margin of safety.


    • The SIGMA 9 is delivered with the COMFORTPACK 2. Paragliders and harnesses are getting more compact and lighter, and we want to offer pilots suitable rucksacks to go with them. So we have further improved the popular COMFORTPACK and matched the volumes to our range of products. This work results in the COMFORTPACK 2; produced in 4 sizes; 100 Ltr, 115 Ltr, 130 Ltr and 145 Ltr. The new COMFORTPACKs come in one colour: chocolate with vivid blue.

    • SPI (Speed-Performance-Indicator) with three indicated positions:
      The SPI is not just an easy way for the pilot to decide the best speed to fly. It can also help the pilot to perfectly set up the speed system in the ADVANCE harness hanger.

      Two-phase speed system:
      By moving the position of the ball the changeo- ver position from 3:1 to 2:1 gearing can be altered. The speedbar travel and load can then be best suited to the pilot’s dimensions - leg length in particular.

      Ceramic brake rings replace pulleys:
      Lighter and low-friction for easier brake application.

      Ronstan speed system ball bearing pulleys:
      These high quality pulleys reduce the speedbar load and make the system easier and freer to push.

      Different riser lengths:
      The smaller the wing the shorter the risers: smaller people with shorter arms tend to fly smaller gliders – so this idea suits their heights and ideal hand positions for braking.

      Different brake handle sizes:
      Same principle as the riser lengths – smaller brake handles for smaller wings and hands.

      Suitable brake handle sizes:
      By the same token the different riser lengths have suitably sized brake handles, to provide a perfect fit for the hands.

      • Carbon Speedbar with lines
      • Innerbag
      • Compression strap
      • Repair kit
      • Mini-windsock
      • Booklet Getting started


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Why did this SIGMA take so long to develop?

SIGMA 9 development could well be one of the most extensive in para- glider history. It is always time-consuming to launch a new product; one that is clearly better than its forerunner in every respect and, at the same time, sets a new benchmark for the market. Even more so if the new product is to impress as a coherent total package, and not only stand out in single areas. That is our requirement in ADVANCE. Over the course of a year our development team have developed and virtually analysed more than 200 SIGMA 9 prototypes on the PC. Of those 200 25 real wings were built and extensively tested. These were routinely compared with three benchmark examples of our competitors. Development was only complete when the SIGMA 9 protos exceeded the other wings in all the criteria we had defined.

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Who has developed the SIGMA 9?

We are often asked who is the actual designer of an ADVANCE product. ADVANCE don’t like to reduce this to a single name; to us, paraglider and harness development has always been teamwork between engineers, test pilots, software developers and production colleagues. Development strategies are defined in the team and implemented, until the specified goals have been reached. Our test team consists of Kari Eisenhut, Greg Blondeau, Michi Maurer and other freelance test pilots. The development and design team are Silas Bosco, Patrick Bieri, Will Anderson and Christian Proschek. Hannes Papesh is responsible for the software.

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Why does the Sigma 9 not have Mini Ribs?

We did a lot of work with Mini Ribs during SIGMA 9 development. Several SIGMA 9 prototypes were built with Mini Ribs. Countless comparisons showed no advantages for the SIGMA 9 concept with Mini Ribs. Following our philosophy of a simple and light product we have dispensed with
Mini Ribs.

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What is scoop and since when have such things been part of a paraglider?

A scoop is an offset air intake in the profile. This idea comes from von Gernot Leibe. He first tested scoops in paraglider construction in 1989 under the name “Shark mouth“, and patented it. Since then several para- glider manufacturers have included this feature under various names. The SIGMA 9 also has a scoop in the profile nose. Together with the oval intakes these contain the stagnation point better at different angles of attack. This results in definitely longer brake travel and more precise handling at high angles of attack.
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Technical Data

    • SIGMA 9   23 25 27 29
      Flat surface m2 22.5 25.0 27.0 29.0
      Projected surface m2 18.8 20.9 22.5 24.2
      Take off weight ** kg 60 - 85 75 - 100 90 - 115 105 - 130
      Glider weight kg 4.55 4.9 5.25 5.55
      Aspect ratio   5.8 5.8 5.8 5.8
      Projected aspect ratio   4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1
      Span m 11.5 12.1 12.6 13.0
      Projected span m 8.8 9.3 9.6 9.9
      Trim speed * km/h 39 (+/- 1) 39 (+/- 1) 39 (+/- 1) 39 (+/- 1)
      Max. speed * km/h 55 (+/- 2) 55 (+/- 2) 55 (+/- 2) 55 (+/- 2)
      Number of cells   59 59 59 59
      Number of risers   3+1 3+1 3+1 3+1
      Certification   EN / LTF C EN / LTF C EN / LTF C EN / LTF C

      *  Values depending on wing loading, harness/pilot and glider size
      ** Pilot, wing, equipment

  • Leading edge Porcher Skytex 38 Universal 9017 E25, 38 g/m2
    Upper surface Porcher Skytex 38 Universal 9017 E25, 38 g/m2
    Lower surface Porcher 70032 Skytex 32 Universal E3W 32 g/m2
    Supported ribs Porcher Skytex 40 Hard 9017 E29, 40 g/m2
    Unsupported ribs Porcher 70032 Skytex 32 HF E4D 32 g/m2
    Lines Base lines: Edelrid Aramid A-8000U-230 / 190 / 130 / 090
      Upper storey: Edelrid Aramid A-8000U-130 / 090 / 070 / 050
      Brake lines: Edelrid Aramid A-8000U-190 / 070 / 050
      Steering lines: Edelrid Dyneema 7850-240
    Risers Polyester / Technora,13mm
    Quick links Maillon Rapide, 3.5mm Delta Inox S12
    Stitching thread Polyester
  • Test reports

    The german Flight Test Report is the original; the FTRs in other languages are only translations.



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