Play 42 UL

Double your Fun

Certification: Afnor – Tandem

The veteran ultralight (UL) aviation sector such as delta trikes, powered parachutes and ultralight planes, has a new addition to its ranks – Play 42 UL !

The Play 42 UL is the beefed up, heavily reinforced version of Play 42 MKII for loads up to 340 kg.

The Play 42 UL was born from market demand, following the success of the original Play 42 as a perfect tandem trike wing. Built to accommodate the majority of paramotor trikes on the market, the Play 42 UL brings all the best of Play 42 with a higher load limit. In addition, loading this wing gives even bigger speed range with maximum top speed of over 50 km/h with sharp, direct handling.

APCO, as world leader in the powered parachute market (PPC) is in the perfect position to build the best tandem trike wing. We have accumulated a great amount of knowledge and experience in building wings for heavy machines, supplying our powerwings for heavy PPC machines for many years, dominating this market.

Play 42 UL is a well tested and proven design which we are confident will continue to be the wing of choice for the growing trike sector. It uses the same platform and technical data as Play 42 MKII (based on existing certification). Constructed with stronger materials and internally reinforced on all load bearing elements, leading to a much stronger and well polished tandem trike wing.

Main design features of Play 42 UL:

  • Wide speed range with high cruising speed.
  • Light brake pressure with direct immediate, spotless handling.
  • Perfect launch – easier than you can imagine
  • Effortless flare for smooth, safe landings

APCO is well-known for the legendary longevity of its wings and Play 42 UL is even more long-lasting and robust. It will be safely used by professionals for a number of seasons, logging thousands of commercial flights, making Play 42 UL the best value per flight tandem trike wing on the market.

PLAY 42 UL – Double Your Fun

PLAY 42 UL42
Area [m2]42
Area (projected) [m2]35.4
Span(incl. Stabiliser) [m]14.6
Span (projected) [m]12.1
Aspect Ratio5.1
Aspect Ratio (projected)4.1
Take off Weight (all up) [kg]Up to 340
Canopy Weight [kg]9
Root Cord m3.47
Tip Chord [m]0.66
Length of Lines on B [m]8.5
Total Length of Lines [m]496
V-min [km/h] @ optimum wing load23
V-trim [km/h] @ optimum wing load38
V-max [km/h] @ optimum wing load45+
Min Sink [m/s] @ optimum wing load1.1


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]
Bottom A, BSuperaramide2.5450
Bottom C, DSuperaramide1.9320
Brakes (upper cascade)Dyneema1.195
Brakes (lower - steering line)Dyneema2.3230
Sail Cloth42 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.

Play42 UL Vs Lift EU

Play 42 has a classic profile (non Reflex) which is more efficient in fuel consumption, but the overall speed range of the wing is lower than that of the Lift EU.

Lift EU has Reflex Profile and Tip steering. It is a faster wing with more capabilities than the Play42 UL

In The Box

Options and Accessories

42459: Light Clinch Bag


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.

Mayday 28 UL


Mayday 28 UL capable of safely handling loads of up to 400kg. Formally load tested by EN approved laboratory – Air Turquoise – confirming safe opening and descent with maximum load of 340 kg.



Wing Suitability



    Trimmed specifically for trike use, ensuring a easy inflation, and great roll stability, making it a safe and easy trike wing that wil satisfy pilots across the range, from students to professionals.


    Efficient Flare combined with a low sink rate and approach gives a great landing, even at higher elevations and light wind conditions.


    Given its relatively high trim speed, esp at higher loadings, the Play makes a great touring wing, giving good fuel efficiency while cruising.


    The best trike wing I could hope for. It is the most durable work horse for my business – Trike tandems


    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 daily use.

  • Play42 UL

    Safe, reliable, perfect launching workhorse for Heavy trikes!


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    DSC – Double Siliconized Cloth

  • 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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    Integral built-in neodymium brake magnets