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Elan Light

 Paraglider Elan Light



 Designe Elan Light


Introducing the New MAC PARA Elan

You probably have a few years paragliding and enjoy a glider with advanced features to continue to master your skills. The new MAC PARA Elan delivers stability and state of the art performance for seasoned pilots that demand more from their wing.

It has has been designed to boost your confidence while still being able to strive to the top of the pack. With the Elan you can “Fly your best”.  At MAC PARA we think of it as bragging rights to setting personal bests.
In addition to joining our existing line of MAC PARA paragliders, the Elan has extraordinary handling that is second to none. Its agility in XC tasks will satisfy the most demanding pilots.

Be prepared to log outstanding and memorable cross country flights with its exceptional glide ratio.

The Elan is the perfect paraglider for experienced pilots who crave an extra boost of performance and want to get more connected to their free flying spirit.
Choose this year to soar epic adventures with an awesome glider like the Elan. It has been designed with one goal in mind, to get you addicted to each and every XC flight.


Mission Achieved: Fly In Peace

The performance increase and flight comforts of the latest “Eden” series paragliders has grown in unexpected popularity. MAC PARA designer Petr Recek was faced with the challenge to stretch his limits while still keeping it safe. He’s transformed all the Eden 5 features to give birth to a new design called the Elan. It’s designed for the next class, higher category and dedicated veteran pilot.

After hours of modifications and tweaking, the patience has paid off. Increased performance features and a very good glide ratio across the whole speed range are both noticeable and favorable accomplishments. Petr’s goal was achieved!  Finally, the Elan is a glider with sporty handling and impressive climbing performance to allow you to fly your best and forget the rest.


MAC PARA Elan: True Cutting Edge

During eight months of exhausting redesigning, the MAC PARA team tested and compared many different prototypes. These are newly designed “SharkNose” airfoils, 3D shaping, miniribs, etc. These new advancements paired with different systems of line geometry went through rigorous skepticism.

A too sensitive (nervous) canopy, average performance or a light lack of climb performance resulted in the termination of the prototype. You will be pleased that the final product called the Elan is an exceptional glider with super clean surface. It has excellent performance feel and a wide speed range. It also provides incredible flight comfort and good stability.


Light weight and Easy to Launch Anywhere

Intensive testing went into the development of the handling characteristics of the Elan. The result is a well-balanced glider with simple take-off’s and manageable behavior during extreme maneuvers. The Elan has an aspect ratio of 6.18 and weighs only 5.65 kg for the medium size. It is positioned well in the EN C category with an impressive 62 cells. This is incredible with its total weight being so low.


Reap the Benefits of Advanced Technology

The newly designed airfoils (the distinctive shark-nose) delivers exceptional glide, inflight stability and launch advantages. Their smooth shape is maintained by reinforced Mylar support panels combined with nylon “C rod” technology. The external result is a sporty silhouette with an elliptical form.
That’s not all.

The unique shape of the leading edge makes the Elan faster to inflate. This new airfoil design also increases the gliders internal pressure resulting in easier launches.

In turbulence the Elan maintains exceptional stability and resistance to collapses. This will require minimal inputs with your brakes or correction via the C risers by accelerated flight.  


Peak Performance Contributors

The top lines are made from thin unsheathed Cousin Vectran competition lines to achieve incredible glide. The bottom lines are assembled with sheathed Edelrid Kevlar lines.

The selection of line materials are a result of years of experience and a proven history choosing different types of lines. Be glad to know that the Elan will have the best longevity without the need for constant geometry correction or the need of full line set replacement.

It also features thin risers with high quality HARKEN ball bearing pulleys. A loop on C strap aids for stabilizing the wing during accelerated flight.
The risers have standard split “A’s” to facilitate easy Big Ears and the positioning of the outermost “A” line makes regaining level flight easy. You will find the opening is smooth and predictable and can be assisted by some brake input.


Shaped to Perfection

3D shaping offers not only new color design on the canopy but increased aerodynamic smoothness. Special miniribs on the trailing edge, higher arc, new design of the stabilizer all help to reduce the drag and increase the performance of the Elan. Rigidity of the canopy together with reinforced diagonals, line geometry and impeccable craftsmanship has been optimized for enjoyable flight comfort.


You will love its handling!

The unique bunching design on the trailing edge is the secret to precise handling with outstanding climbing performance. MAC PARA has used this style on gliders for 20 years. 

The moderate brake pressure allows pleasant turns. Pressure increases progressively toward the end of brake travel to offer safety reserves.  The Elan is equipped with brake handles with a swivel and easy to use snap buttons. Convenient self-cleaning exit “holes” on the wing tips will help remove any sand, grass or small stones from the glider.


Made to Perform and Master the Skies

With the performance benefits of thin risers, reinforced shark nose leading edge, thin lines and high aspect ratio, the Elan appeals to both competent cross-country and serial class competition pilots. The exceptional glide ratio combined with agile sporty handling makes the Elan a real joy to fly.


Beat the Rush

Contact your local MAC PARA dealer to purchase the Elan before the flying season starts. You will love the new design and handling of this flying masterpiece. Another great addition to the MAC PARA line up.


Fly in peace

Review by Ziad Bassil

Test with Elan Light 24

Earlier i test flew the Elan 26 normal version, and was very impressed by the comfort and the performance of that C glider.
Now here's the Elan light in size 24 flown at 88 all up with a lightness 2 harness.

The risers are very thin and connected directly to the lines as the Mac Yucon light glider.

Take off is smooth and easy.
First turn and i was already having an ear to ear smile!
The brake pressure is light and the brake fan is super precise, super direct, and a real pleasure to fly that glider as ±15 cm are needed to turn that glider in thermals.

The comfort is there ! The Elan light is also inherited the comfort of the Eden 5 . It moves smoothly as a whole, without excessive movements as if the pilot is on a mid B glider.

Of course in strong conditions it needs a C pilot, but it surely is a mild C and pilots coming from the B category will find a real pleasure in thermal flying.

The climb ability of the Elan light is among the best in the C category. It climb quickly with the first thermal breathe.

The glide angle is similar to the normal Elan which is very good for the 2015 middle C category.


Test flying many gliders, makes it sometimes very difficult to be impressed, but the Elan light 24  has one of the best handling (turning ability) , with exquisite flying pleasure and feel a pilot can experience!

Ziad Bassil



Surface Top Leading Edge:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 38 g/m2
Surface Top Trailing Edge:Skytex 27 Classic - E71A, 27 g/m2
Surface Bottom:Skytex 27 Classic - E71A, 27 g/m2
Main ribs:Skytex 32 Hard     - E29A, 32 g/m2
Diagonal ribs:Skytex 32 Hard     - E29A, 32 g/m2
Minor ribs: Skytex 27 Classic - E71A, 27 g/m2
Upper lines:Cousin Trestec - Vectran
0,6mm (50kg); 0,9mm (115kg)
Main lines:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
7343 -230 kg, -190 kg, -90 kg


The Elan Light is manufactured using the paragliding industries well established lightweight material with excellent durability; Skytex 38 Classic and Skytex 27 Classic, from Porcher Sport (NCV). For the supporting and diagonal ribs we use Skytex 32 Hard with “hard finish” coating E29A. This gives the advantage of a sail that is both lightweight and very durable.


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Zoom flat [%]899296.5100103.5108
Area flat [m2]22.1823.726.072829.9932.66
Area projected [m2]19.3420.6722.7424.4226.1628.48
Span flat [m]11.7112.1112.713.1613.6214.21
Aspect ratio flat6.
Root cord [m]2.372.452.572.662.752.87
Weight-lower [kg]**3.944.24.44.554.8
Weight-higher [kg]**
Weight range [kg]*60-8070-9078-10090-112105-130115-145
Weight range [lbs]*132-176154-198172-220198-247231-287254-320
Min. speed [km/h]23-2523-2523-2523-2523-2523-25
Trim speed [km/h]38-4038-4038-4038-4038-4038-40
Top speed (accelerator)[km/h]53-5553-5553-5553-5553-5553-55
Glide ratio10.510.510.510.510.510.5
Min. Sink rate[m/s]

 * pilot equipped = weight naked + cca. 15 Kg (33 lbs)

** The lower weights of the Elan Light in the specification above are for risers without rapid links.
** The higher weights of the Elan Light in the specification above are for risers with rapid links.



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