It features "HIT Valves", a new concept (introduced by Apco), improving stability and performance at high speed/low angle of attack.
"HIT Valves" (High-Speed Intake Valves - pat. pending)) increase the internal pressure of the wing both during accelerated flight and in extreme situations, dramatically improving safety and performance.
"How it Works": The Standard leading edge intakes on a paraglider are placed on the stagnation point of the profile at trim speed. This ensures maximum internal pressure of the canopy for this angle of attack.
Once you accelerate, the wing is flying at a lower angle of attack, and therefore the stagnation point moves higher on the nose of the profile. The "HIT Valve", placed above the leading edge openings, opens automatically when the stagnation point moves over the valves, pressurizing the wing. Only a few valves are necessary over the span of the leading edge to pressurize the entire wing at higher speeds.
The Valves are kept closed at trim speed by the internal pressure of the wing.
The time for SALSA has arrived and APCO is launching the long awaited new DHV 1-2 class glider. It has been designed to be the backbone of our 2005 range of gliders.
Carefully crafted to insure success and justify the hopes and promise its name carries.
Performance boundaries are pushed further, handling is even sweeter and safety more reassuring.
Ground handling and launch are easier than ever.
The glider weight has been sharply reduced. A new planform and profile help for top performance in its class. Safety, feel and handling will remind you of APCO classics, but turn coordination is more precise and brake response is immediate and direct.
SALSA is equipped with HIT valves standard on all latest APCO gliders. They
guarantee the widest speed range on accelerator, and safe excellent glide across the speed range. Sophisticated riser with split A is also a major contributor to SALSA'S advantage over the competition, on glide at speed.
Color design following the new APCO spirit unique, outstanding and bright.
The glider is made from tear resistant Ripstop Nylon cloth, which is P.U. coated to zero porosity and then siliconized to give the fabric high resistance to the elements. Different cloth is used for the top, bottom and ribs due to their different functions. The lines are made of superaramid covered with a polyester sheath for protection against UV, wear and abrasion. The bottom section of the brake lines is made of polyester because of its better mechanical properties. The karabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.