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“I am not designed to finish 2nd or 3rd… I am designed to win”

– Ayrton Senna

The Fast One :: F1 – the pinnacle of achievement in technology, performance and feel. A precision tool that in the right hands will produce incomparable results. Our objectives were to produce the best performing high end cross country wing on the market. Safety was the first priority which framed all other parameters and we are extremely proud of the final result.

The F1 is in a class of its own! A dedicated cross country wing, intended for classic competitions – a fast, efficient flying machine. Combining high aspect ratio with a full reflex profile results in performance and efficiency which are packaged into a very user friendly, coherent product that will take any experienced pilot to the next level!

Incorporated into the F1 is our Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR) feature, morphing direction from center to tip, it aligns the ribs with the natural direction of the flow, increasing both performance and stability throughout the speed range. The roll stability of the F1 is especially impressive, allowing for agile, precise handling.

The canopy incorporates 2 functional “3D cuts” for the best possible leading edge shape definition.
The canopy sail tension has been optimized to be a homogeneous unit, solid and reassuring in flight.

The riser / speed system / trim system was re-designed to incorporate all of Apco’s groundbreaking technologies, and has a greater usable range than any wing we have built before. The extensive speed range means you can launch and land at reasonable speeds, but can accelerate (speeds of up to 80 [km/hour]) with comfort during competition, or on the perfect long distance XC flight you’ve been dreaming about – but, be warned, unless your mates are on the F1 too, you will be flying alone!

With the trimmers closed, the F1 will thermal well, and has exceptional glide ratio (for a full reflex profile wing), so if you like to mix it up on a good day, idle or cut the motor and crank it up to cloudbase with ease.

Open the trimmers and enjoy a significant speed increase of approx. 15 [km/h] (without the use of the speed bar).
Choose the speed bar and the OAA system will allow you to accelerate to the maximum in one swift motion!

Construction – weight was saved wherever possible, bringing the weight down to as low as 4 [kg] while retaining APCO’s legendary durability. The low canopy mass, allowing surprisingly easy inflation, especially in nil wind take-offs.

Positioned as the top performing wing in our range, it will satisfy any experienced pilot who can settle for nothing but the best!

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More Information

F1 / Size 182022
Code228182282022822
Cells646464
Area [m2]182022.0
Area (projected) [m2]15.2616.9518.65
Span(incl. Stabiliser) [m]10.9011.4912.05
Span (projected) [m]8.649.109.55
Aspect Ratio6.66.66.6
Aspect Ratio (projected)4.64.64.6
Weight Range (all up) Paramotor [kg]70-10070-12070-140
Weight Range (all up) ParaTrike [kg]70-12070-14070-165
Canopy Weight [kg]3.9*4.2*4.6
Root Cord m1.922.022.21
Tip Chord [m]0.120.130.14
Length of Lines on B [m]6.596.957.29
Total Length of Lines [m]334352370

*Approximate Weight

V-min [km/h] at optimal wing loading27
V-trim (closed) [km/h]38 - 42
V-trim (neutral) [km/h]45 - 49
V-trim (open) [km/h]55 - 59
V-max [km/h] at optimal wing loading80
Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading1.2 m/sec
All Data measured at sea level, using a combination of GPS and Speed Probe, averaged over several runs.

APCO is traditionally known for using materials and building techniques which offer double and triple lifespan over the expected. 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 F1 wing uses the same long lasting cloth as on previous APCO wings. This is to guarantee its integrity for entire expanded lifespan of the wing. Nevertheless we significantly reduced the weight of the wing thanks to advanced solutions applied, without compromising on any of APCO’s legendary durability.

The top surface utilizes our double siliconized cloth  – top front is critical area in terms of porosity as this is where most of the lift is generated.

The bottom surface has been upgraded to a lightweight 27 gr. material with an advanced ripstop arrangement which saves additional weight.

The ribs are separated into supported and unsupported ribs, with lightweight material on unsupported ribs for additional weight saving.

The lines are a mix of different materials in different positions, to optimize to the fullest the diameter/strength according to the required load.
The top lines are our life-time warranted embedded hook in points made from Dyneema fiber.
Middle floor is unsheathed Vectran for reducing drag.
Bottom floor is made of unsheathed lines for further reduction in drag. Material used is Kevlar for its stability and resistance to elastic changes in length.
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.

 MaterialWeaveDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
TopDyneemaUnsheathed1.090
Mid (a1:b1:c1:d1)VectranUnsheathed1.0153
Mid (**Brake;a3,5;b3,5;c;d)VectranUnsheathed0.9115
Bottom (A3,5;B3,5)Super AramidUnsheathed1.4254
Bottom (A1;B1)Super AramidUnsheathed1.6325
Bottom (C; D; St)SuperaramideUnsheathed1.0137
Brake Cascades; St topVectranUnsheathed0.650
Steering LinePolyesterSheathed2.090
Sail Cloth: Top42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Sail Cloth: Bottom27 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
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.

Details

Wing Suitability

Wing Use Chart

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

    Slower speed than you would expect for such a wing. Best results will be achieved with trimmers fully closed. All thanks to new highly efficient reflex profile.

  • LANDING

    Approaches and flares like a competition class paraglider. With a highly efficient flare, that allows for gradual squeezing of all the speed/kinetic energy down to a soft landing.

  • HANDLING

    Accurate and agile, with great roll stability/self leveling out of turns – back into cross country “flying on rails” efficiency!

  • PERFORMANCE

    High aspect ratio, high performance design with the highest, safe, speed increase from opening the trimmers.
    The F1 is the weapon of choice for the XC / competition Warriors.

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    “I’ve flown them all, and this wing, beats them all, in every aspect…
    I could not stop smiling, and didn’t want to land nor return the prototype I had the opportunity to test fly…
    Order for mine is in…”

    Beny Perez

  • CONSTRUCTION

    LIGHT – big weight saving choosing lighter materials for the bottom surface and ribs. Top surface incorporates our legendary double siliconized cloth for maximum durability.

  • F1

    The APCO F1 is the ultimate Speed Machine, designed for competition,
    but will be enjoyed by all experienced pilots who wish to fly the best.

Features

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    DSC

    DSC – Double Siliconized Cloth

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    3D

    3D Cut

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    FAR

    Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR – pat. pending)

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    OAA

    One Action Acceleration ®

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    EHP

    Embedded Hook-In Points

  • HIT Valves

    HIT Valves

    High Intake Valves

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    L/E FLEXON battens®

    A system for improved launch, lighter weight, prolonged lifespan

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    NBM

    Integral built-in neodymium brake magnets

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    BBP

    Air Extreme Ball bearing Pulleys ®

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    Laser Cut Wings

    Each panel is precision cut by laser

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    RTS

    Replaceable Trim System

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    PBH

    They may look like any other handle, but they will keep you safer in the air

Certification

Size [m2]Certification Type
18DGAC pending
20DGAC pending
22DGAC pending

Documentation

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between the F1, Force and NRG series?

The F1 is in a class of its own, designed around performance (both speed and efficiency), however, no compromises were made. Intended for experienced pilots, it is above the Force in all aspects and accordingly the necessary level of piloting. The NRG is a more playful wing designed for speed and energetic flying, but much less efficient than the F1.

Risers:

  • The risers have been redesigned to specifically match the chord and profile of the F1. This has allowed to dramatically increase the overall speed range, and especially the range on the trimmers.
  • The ABS was excluded, as the wing is naturally stable in design, throughout the speed range.
  • Due to the light materials and advanced profile and design, the launch was so good, that the SRS was not necessary on the risers.

Wing:

  • Higher aspect ratio than both NRG and Force – gives great safe performance.
  • The inclusion of APCO’s unique Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR – not existing on Force II and NRG) improve roll stability, safety and overall very homogeneous rigid canopy. Perfect sail tension on a balanced planform – further improving cohesion and rigidity of the canopy.

OAA - what trimmer settings should I use?

From the Manual “In order to engage the OAA one must detach the brummel hooks connected to the rear risers below the trimmers. Prior to using the speed system one must move the trimmers to the neutral position (all risers level). To disengage the OAA one must reattach the brummel hooks on the rear riser. When operating the speed system with the OAA disengaged one must release the trimmers open before activating the speed system.”

Basically when using OAA the trimmers should be at zero position and not opened completely.

The OAA brummel hooks can be managed in the air, just recommended not to adjust close the ground – pay attention that you have enough altitude (to avoid obstacles and have the time to react for engine failure etc.)

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Options and Accessories

42459: Light Clinch Bag

$55.20

Durable, Comfortable.Made from LightRipstop material. Large Carry Bag for Quick packing of all your equipment. Holds unfolded glider, Harness, Helmet, etc. easily and quickly.
Weight – 500gr.

Open dimensions (Spread Flat): 1.2m x 1.2m

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.