:: APCO HYBRID EN-B ::
# Certification, Prices and Availability #
Following our last announcement and launch of this unique wing, we would like to update that now both Small and Medium sizes have successfully completed all certification test flights and confirmed EN-B!
First deliveries of the Medium size are expected end of June (selected dealers only), with the Small size to follow.
For more information you can now visit our new website:
Click here>>Hybrid EN-B
Click here>>Hybrid Paramotor
|Area (projected) m2||16.9||18.6||20.3|
|Span (incl. Stabiliser) m||10.1||10.6||11.0|
|Span (projected) m||7.9||8.3||8.6|
|Aspect Ratio (projected)||3.7||3.7||3.7|
|Pilot Weight, Kg (all up) PG||55-75||70-90||85-105|
|Pilot Weight, Kg (all up) PPG||70-95||85-110||100-125|
|Weight of Canopy Kg||3.0||3.1||3.2|
|Root Cord m||2.43||2.54||2.65|
|Tip Cord m||0.43||0.45||0.47|
|Length of Lines on B m||6.06||6.35||6.64|
|Total length of line used m||315||324||333|
|*Pending Load Test|
|Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading||1.1|
|S - 20||EN B *|
|M - 22||EN B *|
|L - 24||EN B *|
|*Load test pending|
This project started off as a concept, idea that we wanted to explore but never expected what we found! The initial test flights of the first prototype have been so impressive that we virtually dropped all other projects in an effort to bring this wing to the market. After 2 years of intense R&D we are now ready!
The Hybrid must be flown to believe all the “hype” around it, but we promise you it is that SPECIAL! Any pilot that had the chance to try it was amazed and after only 1 flight, convinced that this concept is here to stay!
The Hybrid is light (3 kg), but not designed to be a “Lightweight” wing. the absence of bottom surface on the back part of the wing saves weight but is also what makes it fly in such a special way.
The profile that results from this design gives unparalleled stability in both roll and pitch.
Pitch stability – this is immediately noticeable when kiting the wing, if you try to create “dolphin” movements in the air you will understand exactly what we mean! Contrary to a Single Skin, you are not tossed around by the currents, the pilot is in control and will enjoy strong thermal conditions! The Hybrid has enough air mass and inertia to penetrate through the air rather then being controlled by the air.
Roll stability – especially dominant with a paramotor – this wing is more roll stable than anything out there. With this wing, there will be NO roll oscillation what so ever!! When free flying, the pilot will notice that it is “hard” to perform wing-overs. This is due to the increased roll stability of this wing.
Brake pressure – Very very low! On a classic profile, the brakes need to be applied against the internal pressure of the wing. With the Hybrid, as with single skin designs the brakes create only drag and therefore are much more efficient. This wing feels accurate and precise, the brakes are progressive and constantly transmitting the air around you.
Take-off – Take-off speed is surprisingly slower than most EN A wings. This helps tremendously in “not perfect” take-off conditions. Back-wind of 5-7 [kmh] is not a problem with the Hybrid (common in Hike&Fly take-off spots). Same goes for front launches with a paramotor, few steps and you are airborne. Inflation is as on superlight single-skin wings, it will come overhead and stay there even in the lightest breeze imaginable!
Flare – Contrary to single skin wings, the Hybrid flare is superb! Due to its high stall resistance and long brake travel, it flares like an EN-A wing!
Hike and fly – Coming in at only 3 kg including standard webbing risers, (not flimsy rope risers!)
Add to this the ease of take-off at nil wind or even back-wind, and it’s perfect for hike and fly. It has better performance then a single skin with proven Safety – A rating, across the board and B on only 2 maneuvers. (B rating on Front stall and 75% side collapse, flying at full speed bar at maximum weight )
Thermalling – Hybrid thermals like the wing is “stuck” in a banked position turning and pulling itself into the core. The wing thermals in such a natural way partially due to the intensely high roll stability. In general, flying the Hybrid feels like the wing is “taming down” the conditions. 7 [m/s] thermals, will feel like 4 [m/s] with calm and peaceful behavior.
From today on, the Hybrid will be added to the industry milestones, taking its place among innovations such as: Diagonal-ribs, Plastic-reinforcements, 2 liners, shark nose, and now also the Hybrid!
Proving once again ::APCO Aviation Setting Future Standards!