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Apco - Presta PRESTA is a new design to fill the gap between Allegra and Bagheera. An effort was made to push performance of this new glider significantly further than Allegra, but without any compromise on safety, retaining DHV 1-2 Class and CEN Standard safety parameters.
Apco - Presta
  • Technical Data
  • Performance
  • Colours
  • Certification
  • Construction
  • PRESTA incorporates a new and unique Active Double Valve System on closed leading edge cells (ADVS - patent pending), solving for the first time the inherent launch problems common to new gliders featuring closed leading edge cells. So PRESTA is the first partially closed cell leading edge glider which has no launch problems.

    ADVS allows cells to remain open for easy launch and quick inflation of the cells, but closes automatically in flight, reducing drag and increasing performance.

    PRESTA is equipped with a new, more efficient riser system, evolved from the Simba competition riser, it also has split A for ease of performing Big Ears etc.

    PRESTA flies (as evident from performance data attached) on higher trim speed and much higher top speed. Gliding ratio is also much improved, especially in accelerated flight.

    Handling is with a new, fresh feel - direct, coordinated and sporty.

    The right to change prices, specifications or equipment at any time without notice is reserved.

    Presta Technical Data
    Size X-Small Small Medium Large
    Cells (32x3)+4 (33x3)+4 (35x3)+4 (37x3)+4
    Area m2 26.10 27.10 29.00 31.00
    Area (projected) m2 23.30 24.30 25.60 27.30
    Span (incl. Stabiliser) m 11.65 11.98 12.65 13.32
    Span (projected) m 9.65 10.30 10.60 11.10
    Aspect Ratio 5.30 5.40 5.60 5.80
    Aspect Ratio (projected) 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60
    Pilot Weight, Kg (all up) 64 - 80 79 - 99 95 - 115 105 - 130
    Weight of Canopy Kg 6.7 7.0 7.4 7.6
    Root Cord m 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9
    Tip Cord m 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
    Length of Lines on B m 7.19 7.19 7.59 7.96
    Total length of line used m 330 330 344 362
    Presta Performance Data
    V-min. 21 km/h
    V-trim 37 km/h
    V-max. 50+ km/h
    Min Sink ( at optimum wing loading) 1.0m/s
    Presta Colour Options
      Colour Bottom Surface Top Surface
      Yellow Presta Bottom Surface - Yellow Presta Top Surface - Yellow
      Red Presta Bottom Surface - Red Presta Top Surface - Red
      Turquoise Presta Bottom Surface - Turquoise Presta Top Surface - Turquoise
      Violet Presta Bottom Surface - Violet Presta Top Surface - Violet
      Royal Blue Presta Bottom Surface - Royal Blue Presta Top Surface - Royal Blue
    Presta Certification
    Size/Type AFNOR / CEN DHV
    XS Standard No
    S Standard Class 1-2 (Trim & Accelerated)
    M Standard Class 1-2 (Trim & Accelerated)
    L Standard Class 1-2 (Trim & Accelerated)
    Presta Construction/Materials
    Lines Material Diameter Strength
    Top A & B Dyneema 0.8mm 90kg
    Top C, D & Mid Super Aramid 1.2mm 110kg
    Lower Super Aramid 1.7mm 150kg
    Central Lower Super Aramid 2.2mm 220kg
    Brake Cascades Dyneema 1.1mm 95kg
    Steering Line Polyester 2.2mm 85kg
    Sail Cloth 46gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
    Rib Reinforcement 180gr/m2 Mylar (Trilam)
    Warranty 3 Years / 250 hours