Artoosh Ghafourian (R&D team) says:
As a professional pilot I want to enjoy the time I fly with my tandem. You have to trust your wing in every condition. For me METIS 4 is the kind of glider that will not bother you in any flyable conditions. You can make a deep spiral by pulling the brake to the level of your shoulder. Flat turns for narrow thermals or landing heavy passengers is not a big deal. It is a really good tandem learning wing as well.
Alexander Paux (Designer) says:
Designing a glider to match the requirements of professional pilots means keeping in mind that reliability is first and foremost. Reliability is never achieved by gimmicks. Running six or eight flights per day brings physical and mental fatigue; our primary job while tuning a tandem paraglider is to keep the pilot fit for flying throughout the whole working day in into multiple days. Knowing that the canopy will rise over your head in two steps even by nil wind and knowing that one will be able to adjust the flare for a smooth landing even in difficult conditions are two of the main keys to reduce the mental fatigue. Avoiding the small burdens that spoil the day, like a vomiting passenger, also helps to keep one's nerves! While developing Metis 4, we focused on picture-perfect behavior during take-off and landing and worked with a reduced aspect ratio to improve the roll stability and minimize, as much as possible, potential air sicknesses of the passenger. As for the physical strain, piloting a tandem remains an exercise where one pair of arms is working for two bodies (or two buddies). One can expect that a professional tandem pilot can achieve ten push-ups during the day, so eight to ten push-downs on the brakes to flare the glider are part of the daily job, but we have been working very hard to reduce the brake load within the range used to core the thermals. The lighter, progressive and precise handling of the Metis 4 definitely brings more comfort and more fun to the pilot.