Air Design UFO 21 & 18 Achieving EN-B certification for the UFO 21, we can now officially declare the everyday suitability of this incredible glider.
UFO 21 & 18
By now achieving EN-B certification for the UFO 21, we can now officially declare the everyday suitability of this incredible glider.The first ever certification of a single surface wing has been a sensation the world over. We are now proud to announce the certification of the UFO 18. All sizes of the UFO are easy to fly and exhibit very forgiving handling characteristics. With remarkably simple and stable launch phase response, coupled with extremely relaxed flight behaviour, the UFO is an incredibly safe and fun glider.
The UFO is a revolutionary single surface glider with no bottom sail, developed by Stephan Stieglair and Joe Keppler. With this new design, it has been possible to reduce glider weight to just 1.7kg (in size 16²).
Overall, the UFO flies almost like any other conventional glider and demonstrates comfortable and well-behaved all-round flying characteristics. It only takes a short time in the air to get used to the low dampening – meaning that the glider provides greater feedback in the air.
The art of simplicity…
Irrespective of whether you’re adopting a forward or reverse launch technique, the UFO inflates overhead with one step, and resists overshooting tendencies that you may normally expect within the category. The canopy design actually ensures that the glider centres itself without pilot input.
The special concept of single-surface technology translates to enhanced lift - meaning that the lift that the 21² generates is more comparable to a conventional 26², and that’s why launching is so easy. Even on the smallest of take-off locations, it’s possible to launch effortlessly thanks to the compact dimensions of the UFO and its outstanding starting behaviour.
At first launch, the UFO feels a little different to any other conventional paraglider due to the construction. With the exclusion of the bottom sail, glider feedback is more direct in nature. The overall impression in flight is confidence inspiring. Climbing behaviour in thermals is excellent, and the glider remains stable in all conditions.
UFO is available in "LITE" colours as standard. The UFO can be customised with a different colour of design stripes and trailing edge. The main top surface and leading edge is offered in white only.
|AREA FLAT (m²)||14,50||16||18,08||20,61|
|AREA PROJECTED (m²)||12,14||13,38||15,12||17,24|
|SPAN FLAT (m)||7,87||8,26||8,78||9,38|
|SPAN PROJECTED (m)||6,08||6,38||6,78||7,24|
|ASPECT RATIO FLAT||4,26||4,26||4,26||4,26|
|ASPECT RATIO PROJ.||3,04||3,04||3,04||3,04|
|TOTAL LINE LENGTH||226||237||252||269|
|V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) with 80 kg||40/45||38/43||38/43||36/41|
|TAKE OFF WEIGHT (kg) according EN||50-70||55-70||60-80||75-90|
|RECOMENDED TAKE OFF WEIGHT "STANDARD" (kg)||50-60||60-70||70-80||80-90|
|RECOMENDED TAKE OFF WEIGHT "MINI-WING" (kg)||70-100||70-110||80-120||90-120|