Thrust V

Best Option for Paramotor and Paragliding

Certification: DGAC

The APCO Thrust is one of the longest standing wings in our range. Thrust is a beginner / intermediate classic (non-reflex) wing, which is simple to use, safe and easy to progress with.
It is universally liked and has withstood the test of time throughout the evolution of paramotor wings.

The Thrust V continues the legacy of the Thrust, but is a completely new wing – updated with latest technology available!

  • FAR ® – Flow Aligned Ribs – Thrust V is the first model to incorporate this feature ! It is the correct way to position the ribs of the glider – simply explained the tips will generate more lift!  This additional lift improves performance and more importantly, the safety and stability of the wing.
  • APP ® – shark nose profile allows higher maximum speed while retaining a more constant internal pressure – the canopy is rigid, boosting confidence to novice pilots.
  • Butt holes 2 – as the name suggests, these holes will easily allow release of any sand or debris collected inside the canopy.
  • Launch – SRS® risers aids Launch, bringing the wing overhead quickly and effortlessly with no overshooting, making forward launch second nature for any pilot.
  • Risers – Redesigned, simplified riser, with 2 different attachment point options for any harness motor combination

Take Off and Landing – As easy as it gets, contrary to reflex profiles, the Thrust has a high lift, classic profile. This allows the wing to take off and land at the slowest speeds possible. The risers are cluster free, simple to operate and understand. This wing will be perfect for schooling as there is no simpler or quicker way to get airborne.

Handling – reconfigured – the wing is now more agile, quicker to respond with less brake pressure. The FAR® and Shark Nose allowed us to improve the Thrust V for sharper handling without undermining any other parameter.

Speed – the maximum speed of Thrust V is increased to up to 55+ [km/h] – outstandingly fast for this class!
This is due to the APP® shark nose profile which allows higher speeds without compromising safety.

Construction – built to last. APCO’s legendary double siliconised cloth together with other lighter types of material will guarantee more hours of enjoyment than any other wing.
Lines – all sheathed for maximum protection in all conditions.

Paragliding – leave the trimmers closed and the Thrust V becomes a well rounded paragliding wing to enjoy both disciplines.

Schools opting for a non-reflex wing for students, will find Thrust V to be the perfect wing, making it easier for both the pilot and the teaching process.


More Information

The Thrust IV also received a general make over – now dressed in well recognisable APCO color design.

THRUST VSmallMediumLargeX-Large
Area [m2]27.329.331.333.3
Area (projected) [m2]23.425.226.928.6
Span [m]11.5812.2012.9013.50
Span (projected) [m]9.329.8510.410.9
Aspect Ratio4.915.085.315.47
Aspect Ratio (projected)3.713.854.024.15
Pilot Weight (all up + paramotor unit) [kg]70-12585-145100-165110-185
Pilot Weight (all up) free flight [kg]65-8580-10095-120110-140
Canopy Weight [kg]
Root Cord m3.
Tip Chord [m]0.580.580.580.58
Length of Lines on B [m]
Total Length of Lines [m]399413432472
V-min [km/h]21
V-trim [km/h]37
V-trim off @ optimum wing load45
V-max @ optimum wing load50+
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 that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.

MaterialDiameter [mm]Strength [kg]
Middle A/B/C/DSuper Aramid1.2120
Bottom L/XLSuper Aramid1.8220
Bottom S/MSuper Aramid1.5155
Center Bottom (A/B) L/XLSuper Aramid1.9320
Center Bottom (A/B) S/MSuper Aramid1.8220
Brake CascadesDyneema1.195
Steering LinePolyester285
Sail Cloth42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Rib ReinforcementFLEXON® batten system
Warranty3 years / 250 Hours
Apco Thrust V 3D View

Read and download our 3 Year / 250 Hour warranty certificate.

Learn more about our outstanding factory service.

Order replacement lines from our Line Shop.

Wing Suitability



    The Thrust V is factory trained to have a smooth inflation with no tendency to overshoot or fall back (even if the A’s are released too soon – thanks to the SRS).  The Thrust V has a high lift profile which helps to give it its low lift-off speed.


    Low approach speed combined with long brake range, gives a highly efficient and safe landing flare.


    Low min sink, coordinated flat turns with no tendency to dive into the turn.


    The high lift capacity profile gives a lower power requirement  / RPM throughout the entire speed range.


    I was really pleasantly surprised by the easy inflation/handling of that wing, and it’s a pure joy to fly… I have flown several brands of gliders earlier, including Gin, Swing/Powerplay, Skywalk, Ozone, etc, but this one sure beats them all, and I will probably end up keeping it myself!”
    Anders Persson


    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 students abuse for as long as necessary.


    The Thrust V it the go to wing for beginner to intermediate pilots, and also doubles as a free flying wing, making it a very versatile choice.


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    DSC – Double Siliconized Cloth

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    Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR – pat. pending)

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    Stall Recovery System

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    Automatic Pressurising Profile

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    Butt Hole 2 – Auto debris clearing from the wing

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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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    Air Extreme Ball bearing Pulleys ®

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    Laser Cut

    Latest laser cutting technology.

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    Integral built-in neodymium brake magnets.

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

Approval – ULM identification

Paramotoring Approval (DGAC)

SizeCertification Type
SDGAC certification / EN-926-1
MDGAC certification / EN-926-1
LDGAC certification / EN-926-1
XLDGAC certification / EN-926-1
Load Test



Frequently Asked Questions

Thrust vs Lift EZ

Thrust is simpler to use then Lift EZ. It is a standard profile Vs the Reflex profile of the Lift EZ.

Thrust V:

  • Slower take off and lending then Lift EZ
  • Higher efficiency and better fuel consumption
  • No tip steering
  • Dual use as a free flying wing

Lift EZ:

  • Higher overall speeds
  • more efficient handling
  • Reflex profile stability

Riser set up for free flying?

Risers supplied as standard with Thrust are paramotor risers which include trimmers.

The trimmers are marked to indicate speed range from minimum speed to maximum speed. To use Thrust 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.

I have a questions about Thrust 5 certification:. It has DGAC but you recommend the Thrust 5 also as a safe free flying wing? What is your opinion? Is it a safe beginner glider for free flying? Is it comparable to a ENA- or ENB-glider?

Thrust V is comparable to a B rated glider and is safe for beginner to use in free flying.

Please make sure to keep the trimmers at neutral position.

During free flight use the speed bar only.


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.