The bridge to the future

Certification: DGAC

Cruiser GT is the pinnacle of the powered parachute world.

A premium version of our market leader Cruiser for those that do not compromise and only accept the absolute best!

The Cruiser GT has several improvements over the standard Cruiser, with the main points being:

  • Speed ribs – for increased speed, higher stability and better wind penetration – more information below.
  • Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR) – for optimizing and improving fuel consumption.
  • Improvements to internal construction to optimize weight, strength and performance by improving surface smoothness.

Choosing the GT will reward the pilot in a faster cruising speed, but the main advantage is the overall stability of the canopy in strong conditions. The improved wind penetration will translate to better safety and higher confidence during flight.

You the pilot will be in full and total control through the air, rather than letting the air control you!

The Cruiser GT is available in 2 sizes – 500 and 550 and is offered in both regular and S configurations.
Wide or narrow attachment versions are available to make each wing a perfect match with the plane type and model.


SPEED RIBS – the details:

This is a brand new feature which offers improved performance, safety and speed.

CONSTRUCTION – Speed ribs are additional internal small trailing edge ribs which serve to improve the surface definition of the trailing edge, creating a more aerodynamic trailing edge.
By adding one additional speed rib between each 2 main ribs, we have practically doubled the amount of cells on the trailing edge of the Cruiser, creating a better defined, more aerodynamic wing.

AERODYNAMICS – Trailing edge vortexes are referred to as parasitic drag.
Drag limits performance, increases fuel consumption and reduces speed.
In order to unleash the full potential of the Cruiser profile, we are introducing a new feature – “Speedribs”. When present, the speedribs improve the overall performance of the profile, resulting in a safer, faster, more agile and fuel efficient wing.
The speedribs are a true performance gain with no drawbacks and sleek looks.


In the image on the left speedribs shown are located on the trailing edge at the middle of each cell, reducing billowing and “Sharpening” the tail for cleaner, more aerodynamic flow behavior.


The images below show trailing edge vortex intensity with and without Speedribs

In the images below trailing edge shape without speedribs vs. trailing edge shape with speed ribs

Trailing edge with speedribs

ADVANTAGES – The main advantages of the speed ribs are:

  • Increased cruising speed
  • Improved into the wind penetration and stability
  • Better fuel consumption and reduced RPM due to the drag reduction
  • Enhanced safety due to the improved glide angle
  • Improved aesthetics with a cleaner, sharper trailing edge – similar to a fixed wing (planes) – very cool looking!!

The speed ribs offer “free” additional performance. The additional weight is negligible and the rest of the parameters – inflation, safety, handling – are unaffected and remain the best the industry has to offer.


The CRUISER GT is based on the existing, proven Cruiser design. A tapered planform improves performance, while retaining the safety and ease of use of the rectangular chutes. The GT premium version, retains the easy to fly Cruiser parameters and is suitable for students as well as experienced pilots, with significantly faster trim speed and superior glide (L/D). The Cruiser has proved to be #1 choice of PPC wing worldwide for both students and intermediate pilots. Every pilot that transitions to the Cruiser GT is overwhelmed with excitement!
The wing, its performance, safety and pilot friendly nature on the ground and in the air is praised and appreciated by all.


  • Reinforced heavy-duty design for extended life span and heavier loads
  • Advanced conceptual philosophy
  • All metal parts: Stainless Steel or Aluminum
  • APCO legendary standard double coated siliconised cloth – built to last
  • Heavy-duty Superaramide® lines
  • innovative tapered planform
  • Flexon® battens system for ultimate durability and spotless launch- pioneered by APCO
  • BT2 – The Cruiser was updated in January 2019 with BT2 (Butt Holes 2) for auto clearing of debris accumulating inside the wing
Cruiser Planform

Cruiser Planform


The CRUISER GT is available for 2 types of airframe (plane) attachment points:

  • Supplied as standard in wide attachment point version (55-63 inch / 140-160 cm spread), suitable for most planes from recent years.
  • Also available in narrow attachment point version (43 inch / 110 cm spread) for narrow type planes.

*NOTE:  Correct riser fitting is imperative for safe and correct use.
Risers are supplied by the plane maufacturer and differ from one model to another – please consult your plane/airframe manufacturer before fitting any new wing.

Apco Cruiser Wide vs Narrow Connection Setup Sketch

Download Technical Drawings here:  Wide Version, Narrow Version

Area [m2]46.5 (500 sq. ft.)50.3 (541 sq. ft.)
Area (projected) [m2]38.842
Span(incl. Stabiliser) [m]12.9413.88
Span (projected) [m]10.2711.01
Aspect Ratio3.63.83
Aspect Ratio (projected)2.722.89
Take-off Weight*
(all up + trike) [kg]
Canopy Weight [kg]1011
Root Chord [m]4.14.1
Tip Chord [m]1.161.16
Length of Lines on B [m]5.696.09
Total length of line used [m]374401
V-min [km/h] @ optimum wing load27282829
V-Cruise [km/h] @ optimum wing load52-5853-5953-5954-60
Min Sink [m/s] @ optimum wing load1.

Click here for hook-up points spread distance

*All up take-off weight: includes weight of the Pilot / Passenger, Fuel, Canopy, Frame and Accessories

Warning: any different setup is outside this frame of certification for the wing

Quality, Durability and Attention to every Detail

MaterialDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
Top ; st topSuperaramide1.8230
Bottom AB,CDSuperaramide3290
Brake CascadesDyneema1.8230
Steering LinePolyster5450
Sail Cloth42 g/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon 5.0450
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.

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.

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.

Wing Suitability



    Open the throttle and the wing will come over head i a perfect manner.


    The Cruiser has a flat glide angle and a very gradual and good flare. you will be able to touchdown as smooth as liftoff


    the tapered wing allows for much better handling then any rectangular parachute. lighter brake pressure with improved authority will give the cruiser agility and excitement to the pilot.


    Best in its class.  High cruising speed, the flying is enjoyable, simply relaxing.


    I currently have two of your Cruiser wings on a couple of Airwolfs. We love them. Great job on the design.


    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 abuse for as long as necessary.


    The bridge to the future, it is a step up over any rectangular parachute out there.


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    DSC – Double Siliconized Cloth

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    SRB – SpeedRibs

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    L/E FLEXON battens®

    A system for improved launch, lighter weight, prolonged lifespan

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