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The pleasure is all yours…!

Certification: DGAC Pending

The CRUISER S is a further improvement on the all time successful Cruiser. The original Cruiser set the standard back in 2015, since then thousands of planes have been fitted with this remarkable wing and thousands of hours have ben logged by Cruiser pilots worldwide.

Following accumulative feedback, we have managed to improve what seemed to be perfection and are proud to bring you the CRUISER S.

The CRUISER S main advantages over the original Cruiser are:

  • Improved inflation – faster rising of the wing with less engine power needed.
  • Improved roll stability – noticable on the ground when taxiing and in the air with every manuver.
  • Faster cruising speed.
  • Handling – smoother and easier
  • Best safety in the industry – even more confidence inspiring than before.
  • New color schemes with colored bottom surface.
  • Available in 2 sizes – 500 and 550

The faster cruising speed, requires slightly (100-300) higher RPM, but the advantages are noticable and enjoyable. Planes with sufficient engine power will never look back after tasting the advantages of the CRUISER S.

The CRUISER S  retains all of the proven advantages of the Cruiser, offering the perfect blend of enhanced performance, speed and handling, with ease of use, extreme safety and user friendly nature of our well known veteran PW and Hybrid. It is an easy wing to fly, suitable for students as well as experienced pilots, with significantly faster trim speed and superior glide (L/D). Since its launch the Cruiser S has proved to be #1 choice of PPC wing for both students and intermediate pilots worldwide. Every pilot that transitions to the Cruiser S from a Cruiser or rectangular chute 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.

DESIGN FEATURES

  • 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 S features BT2 for auto clearing of debris accumulating inside the wing
Cruiser Planform

Cruiser Planform

WIDE / NARROW ATTACHMENT VERSIONS AVAILABLE

The CRUISER S is available in 2 sizes and 2 versions:

  • 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

 500550
Cells3032
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]
230-400300-500
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 load29
V-Cruise [km/h] @ optimum wing load54-60
Min Sink [m/s] @ optimum wing load1.8

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

Sail Cloth42 g/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon 5.0450
Rib ReinforcementFLEXON® batten system
Warranty3 years / 250 Hours
 MaterialDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
Top ; st topSuperaramide1.8230
Bottom AB,CDSuperaramide3290
Brake CascadesDyneema1.8230
Steering LinePolyster5450

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

Learn more about our outstanding factory service.

Order replacement lines from our Line Shop.

Reviews

Any disadvantages?

The CRUISER S is faster and better in all performance aspects, however, this does come at a price.

The higher speed requires slightly more engine power (100-300RPM) for level flight.
If you have a short take-off field or your machine is less powerful and you need to squeeze out every last drop of power for sufficient climb rate, then the classic Cruiser should be a better fit.

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 )

Options and Accessories

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

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

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

  • LANDING

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

  • HANDLING

    the tapered wing allows for much better handling than any rectangular parachute. The Cruiser S gives improved authority with lighter brake pressure for more enjoyable flights.

  • PERFORMANCE

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

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    I have been flying Cruiser for the last 4 years. Amazed by the Cruiser S stability and the higher speed. The possibility to pull away from the rest puts me in the lead in every group flight. Everyone takes air to air photos of me all the time LOL..

    Thank you APCO for a great design!

  • 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 abuse for as long as necessary.

  • CRUISER S

    Cruiser S – safety, speed, simplicity – improving on the best!!

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

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    BT2

    BUTT HOLES 2

Certification

SizeCertification Type
500EN 926-1 Load Test
DGAC Pending.
550EN 926-1 Load Test
DGAC Pending.

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