Paragliders with personality. Bruce Goldsmith Design is a specialist manufacturer of high quality paragliding equipment. They fly, research and develop in the south of France. Gourdon produces active-air test conditions year-round, giving them a significant advantage over other manufacturers. Bruce Goldsmith has been designing paragliders since 1991, and has produced some of the world’s most loved and successful wings – including two world championship winning designs.
BGD ADAM EN/LTF-A
The Adam is our EN/LTF-A certified wing, designed for beginners or leisure pilots. Durable Dominico D30 tissue constructs 34 enhanced clean cells into a safe, 4.8kg paraglider. Smooth panels and uncorrupted ribs bring stability to these paragliders so the Adam was designed with Cord Cut Billow (CCB). By adding CCB to the leading edge’s top panel the 3D bulge wraps around the rib without deforming it.
This is the first glider of this level to which mini-ribs were added on the trailing edge. Normally large celled paragliders without mini ribs have a lot of billow near the trailing edge and around the brake fold. When this billow is folded down with a brake input everything gets pulled out of shape. Mini ribs reduced the billow around the brake fold creating more responsive brake input and a cleaner brake fold.
The Adam comes in a range of bright colors. We have found that being seen in the air and on the ground is safe for instructors and new pilots. Bright colors help.
I have been designing paragliders since 1990 and this is by far the best EN-A glider I have ever made. Back in those days, the Black Magic DHV-1 was designed from a basic parachute with unsupported cells and square box cell design. It worked but needed improvement.
Over the years we have come a long way. CCB and mini-ribs creates fitted 3D cells, unsupported cells are supported with diagonal ribs and span wise bands clean up the bottom surface. All this new technology has greatly improved the safety and performance of beginner wings.
For the Adam I believe I have found the best combination of simplicity and technology. It launched really easy, flies responsively, and has the highest safety rating available. I would even let my kids fly it.