Always assisted by the specialised press, the Cercle de l'Homme Volant, an association created in memory of the inventor of the catapult for a parachutist, will award the Jean Marc Mouligné Prize in 2022 for the 15th consecutive year.
This prize rewards a flying, poetic and innovative invention (whether it flies or makes fly) or one that combines at least two of these qualities.
The jury is also sensitive to the human adventure behind the winning invention: the outsider with few resources is the typical candidate.
The entire free flight press and the Cercle de l'Homme Volant work together to find the rare pearl among the exhibitors of the Coupe Icare.
Great news for tandem pilots! You no longer have to choose between comfort (weight of the equipment to be carried) and safety, here is finally an extremely simple and effective solution to this dilemma: the Rescue BackPack imagined by Neo accepts all types of tandem rescue, during the trek it is carried independently of the paraglider, by the passenger for example. Connect it to the carabiners, it can be installed over any mountain harness and be forgotten until the landing! Fly safe, fly light!
The Neo Rescue BackPack received the Jean-Marc Mouligné 2021 Innovation Award.
More info on www.flyneo.com
2019 : This year 4 nominees were put forward for the 2019 Jean-Marc Mouligné prize - so many innovations were on display at the Coupe Icare stands.
The judges had to chose between the Infinity from Altitude Eyewear, connected augmented reality glasses, the IWeathar, an autonomous sensor-based weather station, the Sky Ejector, a rescue parachute ejection system, and ReFly, a paragliding wing recycling project led by the FFVL, Supair and Porcher Sport.
As expected, the decision was not easy but the judges finally decided to focus on security and voted for the Sky Ejector.
In the past there have been many attempts to innovate the launch of the rescue parachute for paragliders. Under normal circumstances, in the event of an in-flight incident the parachute can take several seconds to open, or opens incorrectly which is the cause of many accidents.
The association of inventor Jean-Philippe Gallat with a major paragliding brand Sky Paragliders has shown great success and offers an innovative product, light and easy to use.
The Sky Ejector allows a paraglider in difficulty to eject his rescue parachute with force within half a second thanks to a CO2 cartridge which triggers an airbag. The parachute is then forced out of its case and can be effective even at low altitudes.
This is a big step forward for safety within the sport.
2018 : For the 11th year and 2nd time in history, the Jury of the Jean-Marc Mouligné Prize has chosen to award two innovations, discovered among the exhibitors of the Coupe Icare trade fair. Our sponsor, the International Clean Tech Week, the 1st International Festival of Green Technologies to take place in Annecy in juin 2019, will offer an exhibitor’s stand to each JMM prize winner. Who are this year’s winners ?
RAST System! : From evolution to revolution, the concept of paragliders has made several giant steps since the Randonneuse of Laurent de Kalbermatten. The RAST System takes design a step further with an internal partition that crosses the entire wing span allowing one to control the size of the openings for improved wing behavoir. In brief : more security with no less manoeuvrability. The patented system developed for Swing by Michaël Mistler (wing designer for over 30 years) has been remarked by other top brands of paraglider. For more information: www.technology.swing.de
And FlyDOO! :How can one not be seduced by the many charms of this ultralight hot air balloon, full of invention from the basket to the gas burner? You will adore the electrically- propelled system to aid in choosing your landings, and the fact that you can fit it in the boot of your car and set it up alone. It can even be towed behind a bike! Imagine the romantic ballon tours for two... Developed over two and a half years by air sports lover Léandro Corradini, this precious little technological jewel is seductively accessible. It the type of JMM prize we love. For more information: www.flydoo.fun
2017 : The JMM Prize celebrated its 10th year ! This is the perfect occasion to honour a flying invention or individual who promotes innovation, poetry and, if possible, eco-friendliness.
And what more eco-friendly, innovative, poetic flying creation is there than the Coupe Icare itself ? Created 44 years ago, this major pillar of the world of free flight has sparked the dreams of tens of thousands of men, women and children of all ages, and now is going to China !!
It was our great pleasure to attribute the 2017 Jean-Marc Mouligné Prize to Daniel Raibon-Pernoud, inventor and President of the Coupe Icare, in the presence of recipients from the past few years.
A high level of expection has been set ; see you in 2018 !
2016 : Easier to manoeuvre than a drone plane, ten times less energy consuming than a multi-rotor drone, the paramotor drone will become the “must” for aerial photography, particularly for photos requiring a silent approach (over animal parks for example). Julien Lerch, a passionate robotician conceived this device that can carry a camera weighing up to 2.5 kilos, and fly at a speed of 10-30 km/h. Its single surface canopy allows it to cut through the air without closing. Endowed with 3D Impression, open source programing, both functional and silent, this marvellous little machine will undoubtedly sway the jury of the Circle of the Flying Man in its favour.
If you are curious or a potential sponsor…,
Don’t hesitate to take a spin at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/606976568/le-drone-paramoteur-aube
2015 : The Prix Jean-Marc Mouligné 2015 will allow you to slide and fly through the air, on the ski slopes or in free-ride !
Not only will you look amazing on the slopes but you will feel like you are skiing in deep powder all the time.
You wear this wing like a jacket. It inflates with the wind and you can take it off in no time. It offers you extended jumps in amazing style!
Designed by Marc Dejey with the help of Florient Arot, manufactured and distributed by Rip’Air, the Wing Jump comes in three models : the Activ, the Activ’air and the Activ Carve with prices ranging from 115 to 650 €
2014 : The Pioupiou is the first sensor that makes measuring wind speed available to everyone. 100% autonomous, it can be installed anywhere. Even places without electricity or internet. The readings are transmitted via Sigfox – a national radio network. Then they can be consulted through any computer or telephone. You can install a Pioupiou in your favorite places and watch the wind from your house, your office or your hammock ….
The readings from all Pioupiou stations are available to everyone, thus creating the most open network of wind readings on the internet – a ‘wikipedia’ of the weather …
After developing the excellent website ‘Météo parapente’ for the world of free flying, Nicolas Baldeck, a 24 years old inventor from Grenoble, was the obvious choice for the Jean-Marc Mouligné Prize in 2014.
2013 : 2013 : The automatic safety parachute deployment device (Extracteur Automatique de Parachutes de Secours - EAPS) won the JMM Prize in 2013.
In case of an incident when flying and depending on the settings pre-set before the flight, an alarm warns you that your safety parachute is going to eject in 'x' seconds. You can override the device by pressing a finger switch in your hand. If the incident persists, the system re-sets itself.
Useful in the following cases :
- because of an acceleration during an incident, you are unable to reach the handle yourself (loss of conscience, panic...)
- you are too low...automatic deployment takes effect from 30metres/ground instead of 50metres/ground required for manual deployment.
It is proven that a large number of serious accidents, some fatal, are due to these circumstances.
As soon as the safety device is deployed, a distress message is sent to the mobile phones of 5 people of your choice, along with your location on Google Earth.
Well done to the inventors, Norbert Barboux and Hubert Chrétien, whom after years of research have succeeded in producing a prototype that weighs 500 grams in total.
2012 : In 2012, the prize went to the Bip Bip, conceived and manufactured in France with the pure notion of open source. This tiny (5.5 x 3.5 x 1.5cm), light (25 g), variometer running on solar energy (with c. 100 hours of autonomy) is a hyper reactive and handy tool. It can be heard with even the slight gain or loss of 10 cm. Simple, elegant, inexpensive and highly functional… used as a high performance variometer for a cross country flight in addition to the classic GPS variometer, or as the main variometer for a dynamic flight, the Bip Bip has a growing number of fans. A salute to Timothée Manaud, engineer, developer and commercial agent of the Bip Bip.
2011: For the first time in its short existence (5th year), the Jean-Marc Mouligné Prize was split in two as it seemed impossible to award one over the other, and original to award the prize to both! Rather than a division, it's seen as an addition.
Two, among the best known paraglider constructors, presented a prototype at the Coupe Icare of an incredible wing that defied everything available on the market at the time. Following the example of the «concept car», these prototypes are not intended for commercialization as they stand:
- Ozone taunts the limits of lightness with its «XXLite» without a lower surface.
- Solperfects security with «Sol One». Equipped with a single suspension line, it is exceptionally stable and resistant to frontal collapse.
1st remark: these designers went against the grain by eliminating pieces while others added.
2nd remark: one can eliminate a number of bits of a paraglidr and it will still fly!
Don't stop us from dreaming: by uniting all these innovations, can the Prize give birth to a hybrid sail with one suspension line and no lower surface? Well, now we're talking substraction!
2010: It is rare when all the parameters for the prize are united in one invention like the Elliptoplume. This flying machine designed by Pierre Chabert, is the smallest inhabited dirigible in the world. A transparent polyurethane bubble inflated with helium, it is piloted silently, gracefully through the air thanks to two electric propellers. Initially intended to be the simplest, most economical aircraft of its category, its excellent manoeuvrability and speed have in fact opened up surprising possibilities: scientific research from the canopy, aerial photography or cinematography, events, publicity… To think this graceful aircraft, awarded the Jean-Marc Mouligné prize at the 2010 Coupe Icare by the Cercle de l’Homme Volant and the associated free flying specialized press, has hardly begun to fill its dance card! For more information: www.airstar-light.com
2009: paragliding schools dreamt of it, but Matthieu Charles did it ! Thanks to his invention, you can fly whether you are a beginner or aiming for perfection on non-flyable days. The paraglider flight simulator works essentially with a virtual reality helmet. The mechanical and electronic parts allow one to use piloting harness and brakes just like the real thing. To boot, the speed of the ventilator varies to create a relative wind according to the type of flight. Fun and functional, this excellent idea that was still being developped by its young inventor, had all the ingredients the jury was scouting for to award the 2009 prize. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
2008 : Gérard Lesieux, director of AEF is the type of inventor who appeals: passionate, rigorous, prolific...
It's to him we owe the « Monotrace », the comfortable, light and ULM trike with a highly innovative design, the « Air Lift » the world's smallest ULM, and his latest invention the «Cameleon » a digital replacement that liberates the paramotorist's or ULM pilot's hands, all in replacing the common but cumbersome palm accelerator. He was awarded the 2008 Jean-Marc Mouligné for all these novelties. For more information: www.aef-gliders.com
2007 :the Razeebuss band with its electric paramotor swept up the 2007 prize: electric propulsion was in the air; it's application for free flight was a true feat : silent, it combined lightness and power enough to allow one to catch that thermal or escape a bad turn. The "Air lab", re-baptized « Razmott » was certainly the first attempt to respond to such ambitious specifications with success. For more information: www.razeebuss.com