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F5 :: Start your engines!

The F5 is situated under the F3 and above the LIFT EZ-R.
The newest addition to the “Formula Racing” Paramotor range of wings – F1, F3 and now F5, all sharing the same design concept and DNA.

Based on our all time successful Lift EZ, the F5 is designed for anything from basic schooling (School Risers) up to long distance XC flying.
F5 is a true all-rounder and represents a big step forward in technology and ease of use over the Lift EZ.

The Main points that separate the F5 from all the rest:


“Mohawk®” ::
introduced for the first time on the F5, this is an inflatable fin positioned at the center of the canopy and performs much like a stabilizer on a standard plane. The Mohawk adds a level of roll stability that was never possible before. This roll stability allowed us to tune the brake action to be much more direct, dynamic and fun. Flying the F5, you immediately feel the brake authority and responsiveness, but at the same time the wing will come out of any roll oscillation fast and completely independently. This makes cruising with no hands a real joy.

 

Trimmer Speed Range ::  The F5 was designed to give as much additional speed as possible from the Trimmers. A real advantage for pilots that choose not to use speed bar. The trimmers will allow to transition from very slow for easy nil wind take off’s and up to a Fast Stable Safe cruising speed at trimmers fully open!
P.S: Our new trimmer system carries a “life time warranty” for wear or slippage of the trimmers throughout the lifetime of the glider.

 

Inflation & Takeoff :: The F5 Shares the same lightweight construction as the F1 and F3.
This together with Apco’s proprietary SRS® riser system makes for the best inflating reflex wing we have ever made!

 

Goodies :: worth mentioning the F5 is equipped with 2D steering brake arrangement and enjoys redesigned Tip steering handles that return to their magnets automatically!
The top floor lines are Apco’s famous Embedded-hook up points and the brake tabs are attached to the canopy with Dyneema brake shrinkers, proven on the F1 and F3 wings.
The Canopy incorporates Our Flow Aligned Ribs technology and the top surface is made from the most durable materials for longevity where it counts!

 

The F5 is a new breed of beginner to intermediate paramotor wing. Packed with all the latest technology, it seamlessly integrates everything into a surprisingly straight forward and easy to use package that will bring the joy of safe and accessible flight to any level pilot.

We are proud of the F5 being a step forward in the paramotor world – proving once again #ApcoAviationSettingFutureStandards.

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Cells424446
Area [m2]25.727.429.1
Area (projected) [m2]22.223.425.0
Span [m]11.2211.8412.46
Span (projected) [m]9.059.5510.07
Aspect Ratio4.95.05.2
Aspect Ratio (projected)3.844.2
Pilot Weight (all up) free flight [kg]70-10085-120110-140
Pilot Weight [kg] (all up paramotor)
Trike*
75 - 120
140*
100 - 145
165*
125 - 165
175*
Canopy Weight [kg]4.75.005.3
Root Chord m2.762.762.76
Tip Chord [m]0.530.530.53
Length of Lines on B [m]6.656.957.25
Total Length of Lines [m]304324349

* Higher load is recommended for use with a trike due to the higher take-off and landing speeds.

Performance

V-min [km/h]21
V-trim [km/h]35-39
V-trim off [km/h]51-53
V-max [km/h]62
Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loadingless than 1.05 m/sec

Details

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.

As on all APCO wings, the F5 wing uses the same long lasting cloth on the top surface, guaranteeing 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.
The rest of the lines are sheathed for extra durability and ease of use. Material used is Kevlar for its stability and resistance to elastic changes in length.
The bottom section of the brake lines is made of Dyneema because of its better mechanical properties. The lines are attached to the risers using Apco’s proprietary aluminum V-links.

MaterialDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
TopDyneema1.195
Mid/StabiloSuper Aramid1.2120
Bottom (A3/A5/B3/B5)Super Aramid1.8220
Bottom (A1/B1)Super Aramid1.9320
Bottom (C/D)Super Aramid1.5150
Brakes Cascade/ St. TopDyneema1.195
Steering LinePolyester285
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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lift EZ-R Vs F5 ?

Within the Apco range of wings, the F5 is positioned slightly above the EZ-R.
Although they are similar in minimum and maximum speeds the F5 differs from the Lift EZ-R mainly in the following:

  • Higher speed for the F5 on the trimmers open setting
  • More agility and faster brake reaction on the F5 Vs the Lift EZ-R.
  • Additional 2D steering on the F5
  • Lighter cloth of the F5 improves the launch characteristics and the in flight safety.

School Risers Vs Standard F5 risers

The School Risers are the same risers as on the Lift 2EZ.
They are a simplified version of the F5 risers.
Stripped from all options except the bare minimum, they are extremely clean and simple to understand.
Made out of stiff 20 mm webbing for easy orientation of the A, B, C branches it will help beginners in their first steps of learning the sport.

We highly recommend them for Students and new pilots.
Upgrading to the standard risers does not require any special tools and no line changes except the additional tip steering line addition.

I was wondering if the F5 is an acceptable wing for free-flying in addition to using a motor?

Yes – it’s possible.

The F5 was designed for Paramotor use and that it where it excels!

With that, using the wing for free flying is perfectly safe and possible.
As a reflex profile wing, it will not have the glide ratio of parallel free flying wings, but for occasional opportunities it is perfectly capable of free flying.

To use in free flying, please keep trimmers in neutral position, on the Blue marking.
The neutral position means that all riser legs A,B,C,D are equal in length which is the free flying configuration.

Why is the Stabilo connected to the C and Not the B as on most gliders?

Yes – The Stabilo connects to the C Riser as a technical feature “ABS” https://www.apcoaviation.com/abs2-automatic-balance-system/
When the trimmer is released, the distance between the C risers and the magnet of the tip steering on the B becomes longer.
This causes the tip steering lines to be automatically applied, contributing even further to roll stability while accelerated.

In the Box

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

Options and Accessories

42459: Light Clinch Bag

158.40$

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.

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70061 L+R: School Risers

For pilots using high hook-in point harness configuration , we recommend ordering with/adding Lower Tip Steering Kit (14KIT option).

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Wing Suitability

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

    You have to try it! The lightweight construction in combination with the unique SRS riser system makes inflation easier than ever before. Take-off speed is lowest there is for a full reflex wing, for a short and effortless run.

  • LANDING

    Close the trimmers and enjoy a slow approach with a highly effective flare.
    Flare like a pro – the brake travel is long and progressive allowing the slow squeeze of energy out of the wing.

  • PERFORMANCE

    The reflex profile has been further optimized for improved fuel consumption and flatter glider angle when approaching for landing.

  • HANDLING

    As with the rest of the “Formula Racing” family of wings, the handling is much more direct and responsive than the Lift EZ-R. This in combination with the roll stability of the “Mohawk” creates the perfect handling package!

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    “Love the trimmers, they add so much speed”
    “Inflation is a no brainer”
    “The Mohawk is freaking Cool!”

  • 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.

  • F5

    Developed to complete the F1 and F3 “Formula Racing” family, it is a step over the Lift EZ-R on all parameters. An easy, safe wing to fly that will give any level pilot top notch performance in a simple to operate package.

Features

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    Mohawk

    Next level roll stability

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    2DS

    2 Dimensional Steering

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    WSS

    Wind Scoop System

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    LDT

    Low Drag Tensioner

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    RFX

    Reflex Profile

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    EHP

    Embedded Hook-In Points

  • HIT Valves

    HIT

    High Intake Valves

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    SRS

    Stall Recovery System

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    V-LNK

    V-Link

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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

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    DSC

    DSC – Double Siliconized Cloth

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    BBP

    Air Extreme Ball bearing Pulleys ®

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    LSR

    Laser Cut Technology

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    NBM

    Integral built-in neodymium brake magnets

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    3D

    3D Cut

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    PBH

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

  • Roller Camet Buckle

    RCB - Roller Camet Buckle

    Roller Camet Buckle “Paracam” – silky smooth trimmer operation

Certification

Manual