MacPara’s latest offering, the “high aspect ratio and confidence-inspiring” Marvel, has been certified EN C in two sizes.
The glider was designed using technology developed for the EN D-rated Magus XC2, and MacPara say it is well-balanced with simple takeoff characteristics and easy behavious during extreme manoeuvres.
They say it demonstrates both stability in flight, and agility, whilst being “undemanding” to fly in real mountain conditions. For those interested in figures, the company give it a glide ratio of 10, and a speed range of 23-58km/h, with accelerator.
Construction-wise, MacPara have used both Mylar and nylon rods to support the nose section, and have gone for thin risers and a sporty elliptical silhouette. They describe its aspect ratio as “moderate” (6.48) and its lines are a combinationof sheathed and unsheathed. All of these choices have lead to a lightweight beast, which weighs in at 5.8kg in the medium size.
MacPara use a bunching system on the trailing edge, which they say adds to its precise handling. They say the wing has moderate brake pressure which increases progressively as you near the stall point. The brake handles are fitted with swivels and magnetic clips.
Sizes 25 and 27 are currently certified, and 23 and 29m2 versions are to follow.
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