Hybrid Paramotor

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In a Class of its own for Paramotoring

Certification: EN B (Intermediate)

A truly revolutionary design – The APCO Hybrid.

The Hybrid represents the first wing in this class – a new category of wing in our sport, with unprecedented flying characteristics. This unique design combines a classic double surface profile with a single surface profile, together creating a hybrid profile.

Putting aside all the hype – this wing must be flown to be believed!

Specifically for Paramotor, the Hybrid possess characteristics which will shine on early morning flights and days with nil wind. Front launch and take-off sequence are without a doubt the next step in our sport!  The Hybrid’s take-off and landing speed is lower than comparable wings, making it easier and safer. In the air, the Hybrid is an ultra stable wing in terms of both roll and pitch. The brakes are more efficient than any other classic profile wing and the brake pressure is below anything you have ever tried! The Hybrid is not intended to replace reflex profile paramotor wings which excel at high speeds and in rough air. On the contrary, it is perfect for cruising around, making the entire flight envelope easier, calmer and more enjoyable.

Certified in EN-B category, with all but 2 manoeuvres rated EN-A indicating the real life safety of this unique design!

Putting aside all the hype – this wing must be flown to be believed!

The advantages of this concept both in free flight and paramotor are almost unbelievable! The Hybrid is much more than an exotic wing for special purposes. It offers many advantages over single skin designs and also classic wings in beginner to sport categories. Hybrid wings will become mainstream products within a few years, replacing many classic designs out there. We are proud that APCO is behind such an innovation!

This project has been long and difficult but we are sure the term “Hybrid” will be forever coined into our sport!

Background

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.

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More Information

Colours representing the new spirit of APCO Aviation, both striking and functional as they incorporate the 3D cut, shaping the leading edge panels to be sleek and crease free, while allowing for a balanced combination of different fabrics according to their position on the wing.

HybridSmallMediumLarge
Cells484848
Area m2202224
Area (projected) m216.918.620.3
Span (incl. Stabiliser) m10.110.611.0
Span (projected) m7.98.38.6
Aspect Ratio5.15.15.1
Aspect Ratio (projected)3.73.73.7
Pilot Weight, Kg (all up) PG55-7570-9085-105
Pilot Weight, Kg (all up) PPG70-9585-110100-125
Weight of Canopy Kg3.03.13.2
Root Cord m2.432.542.65
Tip Cord m0.430.450.47
Length of Lines on B m6.066.356.64
Total length of line used m315324333
CertificationEN-B*EN-B*In Process
*Pending Load Test
V-min [km/h]22
V-trim [km/h]35
V-max [km/h]47+
Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading1.1

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 lines are made of superaramid covered with a polyester sheath for protection against UV, wear and abrasion. The bottom section of the brake lines is made of Polyester because of its better mechanical properties. The Karabiners/rectangular loops that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.

 MaterialDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
TopDyneema1.090
Bottom A, B, CSuperaramide1.9320
Bottom StSuperaramide1.0137
Brake top, St topVectran0.650
Brake bottomDyneema2.0230
Sail ClothSkytex 27 and 33 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Rib ReinforcementFLEXON® batten system
Warranty1 year / 100 Hours
manufacturing defects only

Read and download our 1 Year / 100 Hour warranty certificate (manufacturing defects only).

Learn more about our outstanding factory service.

Order replacement lines from our Line Shop.

Details

Quality, Durability and Attention to every Detail. 
Each wing is built with dedication and passion for the sport. Each step in the manufacturing process is checked and rechecked to ensure that every wing that is shipped to a client is finished according to our exacting standards.

Wing Suitability

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

    Due to the low weight canopy and hybrid profile design, front launch is easier than any other wing-guaranteed!
    During the take-off run, the Hybrid tends to center itself above the pilot due to its outstanding roll stability.

  • LANDING

    Due to the relatively slow nature of the wing and its efficiency, the landing approach is flat and controlled. The flare is as efficient as a school wing. Landings with Hybrid become less intimidating and much safer!

  • ROLL STABILITY

    UNBELIEVABLE, it is like after every wing over, turn, bump the wing breaks the rolling motion exactly overhead! The exposed ribs act as fins which break the roll movement unlike anything else you have tried.

  • HANDLING

    Efficient with light brake pressure! It is fun and responsive, yet requires no corrections or experience as even the sharpest turn comes directly back into straight flight.

  • 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.

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    I have never flown such a wing – you must try it to believe it!

  • HYBRID PARAMOTOR

    The best thing that happened to pilots searching for the safest, easiest wing for cruising around, enjoying relaxed flying experience.

Features

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    EHP

    Embed Hook-In Points

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    FAR

    Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR – pat. pending)

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    APP

    Automatic Pressurising Profile

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    L/E FLEXON battens®

    A system for improved launch, lighter weight, prolonged lifespan

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    3D Cut

    Additional 3D cut on the leading edge for clean construction and improved profile definition

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    BBP

    Air Extreme Ball bearing Pulleys ®

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    LSR

    Latest laser cutting technology.

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    NBM

    Integral built-in neodymium brake magnets

Certification

SizeCertification Type
S - 20EN B *
M - 22EN B *
L - 24EN B *
*Load test pending

Manual

Apco Hybrid Manual (Download Pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Paraglider and Paramotor versions of the Hybrid

The Hybrid is an EN certified wing and as such is sold in one configuration only.
For PM pilots who wish to replace the unsheathed lines (bottom only), there is an option to request regular lines. (Contact your dealer to place the order accordingly)
The Paramotor version is supplied with a fully sheathed bottom line set, specifically adapted to the needs of paramotor pilots, giving protection against line wear, this is vs. unsheathed line set on paragliding version. Also lines are attached to risers with our new unique Aluminium V-links, this is vs. soft links on PG version.
This configuration is completely safe, but is out of the specs of the certified version.
Riser for both versions are without trimmers.
If you choose the regular lines, PM option there is a small weight increase of approx 150 [gr].

Is it right for me?

 If you answer to one of the below criteria then YES!
A. You demand the absolute best option available for front launch take-off in no wind conditions.
B. You mostly fly at trim speed, without often using your speed bar. The Hybrid does not have top speed of a full reflex wing.
C. You do not enjoy running and require the slowest possible take-off and landing speeds.
D. You would like a wing which packs to the smallest possible weight and volume to carry anywhere.
E. You are having difficulty controlling your current wing: roll oscillation, failed take-offs, lack of engine power, difficulty with landing due to speed or flare efficiency – all of these and more will be solved by using this wing.
F. As an additional wing option for local flights where you would like to enjoy all the above benefits.

Why is this glider so roll stable?

Roll Stability on the Hybrid is something special, and it is actually a combination of the Yaw and Roll stabilisation that is a result of having the exposed ribs only on the latter half of the wing (similar to the effect of a tail on an aircraft).
The advantages are apparent in Launch, Level flight in rough air, and in Thermals.

  • Launch: The wing is more inclined to come up straight, and not to veer of to one side or the other.
  • Flight: the wing is less inclined to change direction due to turbulence or collapses.
  • Thermalling: The Hybrid, holds a constant angle of bank with minimum effort, which results in a more efficient climb – Infact, the Hybrid will outclimb most other paragliders on the market.

This stability is also very good in more extreme situations such as deep spirals, where the airflow on the wing is not equal on the inner and outr wings, but the wing always seeks to equalise this airflow, so the wing has no tendency to stay in a spiral.

None of this reduces the handling or response in normal flight, it still turns as good as or better than any other wing out there.

Why is this glider so pitch stable?

The Pitch Stability is a result of the unique profile on the glider, which is shark nose on the front, giving high internal pressure at lower angles of attack and at higher speeds. The undercut in the profile at mid-chord of the wing accelerates the air in that area on the under surface, which means the pressure distribution is higher on the front half of the wing and lower on the latter half, this makes the wing very collapse resistant in flight in practice, this stability is similar to that of a reflex wing, pitching the nose up, not by pushing the tail down (as in a reflex wing). This is not done at the cost of performance which is the case on reflex wings. The overall shape of the profile is very similar to that of a vulture, and is surprisingly efficient.

Why is the brake pressure lower than on traditional paragliders?

The lower brake pressure is related to the pitch stability of the profile, where the lift is mainly on the front part of the wing. In addition, on a traditional paraglider profile, the brakes work against the internal pressure of the wing, which increases the required effort to apply the brakes. The brake pressure is still progressive, increasing as expected as you apply more brake, all the way up to the stall point. The handling is accurate and precise, the brakes are progressive and constantly transmitting feedback from the air around you.

How would the efficiency be on this wing compared to let’s say a Thrust 5 Medium anג the same all up weight?

The Hybrid is a relatively effective wing compared to a reflex wing but not necessarily when compared to a wing with a classic profile.
The Hybrid “L” compared to the Thrust “M” will require roughly the same engine power, and consume a similar amount of fuel per hour.
The Hybrid however offers a huge advantage when it comes to ease of use, which is what makes it such an exceptional wing.

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Options and Accessories

The Hybrid was certified with unsheathed lines, using sheathed lines is perfectly safe, but is outside frame of EU (EN-B) certification