Lift II PPC

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Master the Skies

Certification: DGAC

LIFT PPC is by far the best PPC wing out there in terms of speed, glide and fuel efficiency. It is an elliptical reflex design, aerodynamically superior to all other options currently on the market.

Designed for experienced pilots, it delivers more in all aspects of flight – the ultimate choice for performance, speed, fun and safety.
With the all new LIFT II we have pushed the limits one step further.

The LIFT II is a bold and iconic design, building on the pioneering values of LIFT previous generation.

LIFT II PPC offers several dramatic improvements over any other type of PPC wing such as better handling and maneuverability which puts this wing at a new level of fun flying. The efficiency of the reflex profile allows better climbing rate, improved fuel consumption and higher top speed.

APCO has always spearheaded the development of safety in flying technologies. Benefitting from our lead in the competitive PPG world, the new LIFT II is now fitted with the break through APCO HIT valves.

The reflex profile used in the LIFT II is characterized by a strongly positive pitching coefficient. This point translate to a highly safe canopy that allows reaching higher speeds while improving the safety which is now better than ever before.

LIFT II is offered in 3 exciting new colors, taking APCO color design to the next level. The bottom surface is all White allowing the pilot to see the reflection of the top from under the wing and if needed apply commercial logo.

LIFT II – Enjoy the flying precision and world class APCO refinement in a beautifully balanced flying machine!

DESIGN FEATURES

  • Auto stable reflex profile for unprecedented stability and improved efficiency
  • High cruising speed due to the advanced reflex profile
  • APCO unique HIT valve® equipped for added safety in turbulent air – more »
  • Leading edge Flexon® batten equipped (pioneered by APCO) replacing mylar stiffeners (maintenance free, ever-lasting solution ensuring stable performance)
  • Moderate A/R elliptical wing concept for performance unseen in the trade
  • Fool proof launch and landing – on a par or better than the best launching PPC wing – straightforward launch
  • Performance – L/D never seen before, twice as good compared to common PPC wings translating to improved climb rate and fuel efficiency.
  • Safety as good or better than any rectangular wing
  • Turning ability and handling – agile and precise – unheard of when compared to regular PPC wing
  • Steering forces – light and comfortable – you will not have shaky weak knees even after long flights
  • Off power/full power – no or very low torque effect
  • Butt hole on tips of trailing edge for debris cleaning
 LIFT 400 PPCLIFT 450 PPC
Cells4042
Area [m2]39 (420 sq. ft.)42 (450 sq. ft.)
Area (projected) [m2]34.537.2
Span(incl. Stabiliser) [m]13.814.6
Span (projected) [m]11.5212.2
Aspect Ratio4.865.08
Aspect Ratio (projected)3.834
Canopy Weight [kg]8.59.3
Root Cord m3.43.4
Tip Chord [m]0.60.6
Length of Lines on B [m]7.327.74
Total Length of Lines [m]474490
Min Gross Weight [kg]200250
Opt. Gross Weight* [kg]300350
Max. Gross Weight* [kg]400450
Total Lift Capacity [lbs] 10001100
Load Test: Max Load** [lbs]55005500
*Gross Weight: includes weight of the Pilot, Fuel, Canopy, Frame and Accessories
**Maximum Load tested without structural damage (pending)
Performance 
V-min [km/h]25 km/h
V-Cruise [km/h]50-57 km/h
Min Sink (Opt loading) [m/s]1.4-1.5

Click here for hook-up points spread distance
Warning: any different setup is outside this frame of certification for the wing

Please Note: LIFT PPC load test to 2,500kg. Applied for Sport Pilot license certification.

 MaterialDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
Top ; st topSuper Aramid1.5150
MidSuper Aramid1.8230
Bottom A;BSuper Aramid2.5450
Bottom C;StSuper Aramid1.9320
Brake Cascades;StBrDyneema1.195
Steering LineDyneema2.3230
Sail Cloth42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Rib ReinforcementFLEXON® batten system
Warranty3 years / 250 Hours

Read and download our 3 Year / 250 Hour warranty certificate.

Learn more about our outstanding factory service.

Order replacement lines from our Line Shop.

PPC Lift vs cruiser on Powrachute Airwolf?

Q: Customer is inquiring about purchasing a PPC Lift. He is flying a Thunderbolt on a Sixchuter now.  But he wants to upgrade to a new Air Wolf with the 912. Many of the people he’s talking to are suggesting that he gets the Apco Cruiser however since he is flying an elliptical wing now he is wondering about the Lift.

Inquiring if there are any issues with engine torque?
Also inquiring if the Lift 400 and 450 are suitable for the Airwolf, provided it has the wider hook-up points (not 110cm)?


A:  The LIFT 400/450 has no  particular  torque issues, but you should be aware that it is a more advanced wing and has  significantly higher lift  capacity, even compared to the Thunderbolt, therefore, you must be more aware to correct inflation procedure and take care to only full throttle on take-off when wing is steady overhead. When the wing is to one side (during inflation / taxi / take-off) and opening the throttle, you risk rolling the trike.
Also, the glide ratio  is far higher, so landing approach is flatter, and should be considered accordingly.
On the other hand, fuel consumption/rpm is lower, speed is higher, handling is more responsive, and in the  case of engine failure, you will have greater chance to reach  a suitable field.

What the hell? I just found that my quick link is rated to only 400kg?!?!

Hey Everyone.This misunderstanding / issue comes up every few years (WLL vs MBL).

Quick-Links (Mallion Rapide) are rated in WLL (Working Load Limit), they have a MBL (Minimum Breaking Load) of 5x the WLL.
So A Quick-Link with a WLL of 400kg, has a MBL of 2000kg, and will hold more when used correctly.

Definitions:
Working Load Limit (WLL) – the allowable load for use at work. This term originates from general industry use.

WLL is the static load that is allowed to be loaded on the part in normal use.

While using the part, the work is not static, there are accelerations!  (As in flight during turning).  For example a crane that starts to lift or moves from side to side and then stops.  In the case of the Peguet’s quick-links the manufacturer sets a 5G safety factor that the accelerations should not pass while working.

Maximum Breaking Load (MBL) – The ultimate load the part can tolerate before failing.

According to the above, for Peguet’s quick-links this is 5 times the WLL, therefore 5X400=2000 [Kg].

 

Apco’s PPC wings are also designed for a specific WLL. (for the Cruiser 550 this is 500 [Kg]).
According to the certification requirements, the G rating/Safety factor required is 6G.
Therefore the total max load the parachute can carry is 3000 [Kg] (6613 pounds ).
On each PPC there are 4 Quick links, each of them can carry 2000 Kg=> the capacity of the quick-links together is a whooping 8000[Kg] (17637 pounds)

If taking only 2 quick links into consideration (Load of the parachute is always distributed equally between the left and right sides) – this is more than enough!
4000 [Kg] vs the designed weight of the parachute which is 3000 [Kg]

There is always a bigger, heavier, more expensive option.  The question is: What is really needed?

Hope this clarifies the issue – All of Apco’s pilots can be reassured they are in good and capable hands!

 

Quick Tips: it is Super important the quick links are properly tightened.

A few do’s and don’ts:

 

  1. Do not over-tighten the Quicklinks and destroy the thread repeatedly.
  2. Do not knock on it with a hammer to open a locked thread
  3. Do not knock on it with a hammer to change the shape of the Quick-Link
  4. A Quick-Link that does not turn with reasonable force (reasonable force – the closing torque determined by the manufacturer) must be replaced!
  5. Do not fly with Open / un-tightened Quick-links !!!
  6. Always fasten the quick-links to their manufacturer recommended torque, using a proper sized torque wrench. (Recommended torque is attached on a label to the quick-Links with each new Apco PPC wing )

50011: Custom Colour

Apco Gliders can also be ordered with custom colors to suit your needs, be it a personal preference or for advertising purposes.

50012: Custom Logo

Apco Gliders can be ordered with a Logo of your company, or your Sponsor on it.

Wing Suitability

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

    Layout the wing in a half moon shape and the take off like a PRO!

  • LANDING

    The fast trim speed allows the slowly squeeze out all the energy with a controlled gradual flare.

  • HANDLING

    Different level then anything you are use to. The Elliptical wing plan-form is light-years more advance then the rectangular chutes.

  • PERFORMANCE

    The efficiency of the reflex profile allows better climbing rate, improved fuel consumption and higher top speed.

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    I have only about 1 hour on the lift 450 but have fallen in love
    with it.

  • CONSTRUCTION

    According to Apco’s legendary tradition for durability – the construction of the wing is bullet proof! Extremely durable cloth combined with proven construction designed to withstand daily use.

  • LIFT II PPC

    The best there is for experienced pilots!

Features

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    DSC

    DSC – Double Siliconized Cloth

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    L/E FLEXON battens®

    A system for improved launch, lighter weight, prolonged lifespan

  • HIT Valves

    HIT

    High Intake Valves

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