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16 January 2018
We were recently asked about the agility of the wings we fly (Apco Lift). Quite often Lift is considered to be stable and fast but not very agile wing. However, the true character of the wing is revealed when you use the main brakes and the small side ones together. Wing changes its behaviour drastically and follows your inputs instantly. Wingovers are not a problem at all and the wing goes into deep spiral easily.
Youtube Link: Апко Лифт. Управление ушной и основной клевантой
I must say the Apco Lift EZ is an absolutely incredible wing. Even very experienced paragliding pilots choose the Lift EZ over other wings after their paramotor education is completed.
Dear Apco Company,
I am flying with Apco Lift EZ glide , I must say this it is a very stable glide.
thank you Apco 🙂
The LIFT EZ is born.
A perfect wing which is even better and easier to fly than any wing you knew before.
The LIFT EZ is a completely new design that aims to fulfill the expectations of the most discriminating pilots. Different designs were tested during development to assess the best option.
Without regard to paraglider type: conventional, shark nose or reflex, we wanted the best.
And the winner is…….
The LIFT EZ based on our new reflex profile!
This design emerged superior to rest of the designs, including the prototype based on the latest generation “sharknose” profile.
Perhaps you were expecting the recent trend sharknose profile to win, but it was not the case. Our Reflex was the best!
The new wing has turned out to be a great all round paramotor wing – named LIFT EZ . (EZ is for “EASY” – Just because flying it is so damn easy!!) The LIFT EZ continues the legacy of LIFT – similar feel, trim speed and speed range, but there is difference.
- significantly shorter take-off run
- much slower take off speed
- slower and flatter landing approach
- better glide and lower fuel consumption
- lighter, more coordinated handling
- flatter turning, more agile wing
The LIFT EZ features the new, innovative tip steering system – “Wind Scoop System” or WSS ® dramatically improving handling of the wing and its turning ability
We believe we achieved the goal, creating the easiest to fly paramotor glider, without compromise!
(2EZ & EZ-R)
|Area (projected) [m2]||22.3||23.5||25.1|
|Span (projected) [m]||9.15||9.65||10.17|
|Aspect Ratio (projected)||3.8||4||4.2|
|Pilot Weight (all up) free flight [kg]||70-100||85-120||110-140|
|Pilot Weight [kg] (all up paramotor)|
|75 - 120 |
|100 - 145 |
|125 - 165
|Canopy Weight [kg]||5.5||5.85||6.1|
|Root Cord m||2.76||2.76||2.76|
|Tip Chord [m]||0.53||0.53||0.53|
|Length of Lines on B [m]||6.65||6.95||7.25|
|Total Length of Lines [m]||301||321||346|
* Higher load is recommended for use with a trike.
|V-trim off [km/h]||48-50|
|Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading||less than 1.05 m/sec|
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 that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.
|Material||Diameter [mm]||Strength [kg]|
|Bottom (A3/A5/B3/B5)||Super Aramid||1.8||220|
|Bottom (A1/B1)||Super Aramid||1.9||320|
|Bottom (C/D)||Super Aramid||1.5||150|
|Brakes Cascade/ St. Top||Dyneema||1.1||95|
|Sail Cloth||42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon|
|Rib Reinforcement||FLEXON® batten system|
|Warranty||3 years / 250 Hours|
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Lift EZ stability and handling Vs Force 2
Roll stability and handling (maneuverability) are opposites.
The more stable a wing is, the harder it is to get it to turn, rendering the handling less efficient.
The Handling on the Lift is less efficient then the Force2 but is is more roll stable!
I was wondering if an Apco Lift-EZ is an acceptable wing for free-flying in addition to using a motor?
Yes – it’s possible.
The Lift EZ was designed for Paramotor use and that it where it excels!
With that using the wing for free flying perfectly safe and possible.
As a reflex profile wing, it will not have the glide ration 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.