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Airwave Gliders Concept

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Concept
 
Mark Gibbson did much of the development of this and Tim Buckley owned the prototype Concept for many years after Mark had finished with it.
 
The 1997 Airwave Concept wing has no return cable but two ballestrons foam / carbon profiles embedded in the double surface of each half-wing. The concept has a mast. Released on the market at the same time as the Laminar without mast, it generally has the same performance in transition and very good handling. Neutral spiral, it presents no difficulty in landing. It has two carbon winglets at the end of the pen which slightly increase the elongation.
 
The Concept FR was available with a kingpost, or as a topless model. The kingpost model costing around £500 less. The FR utilises carbonfibre fin wingtips.

 

The 1997 Concept FR new kingpostless design was released in '39' and '49' sizes. Carbon-fibre spars take the place of the top rigging and cross-tubes, yet the weight is similar to that of the standard kingposted Concept. The new wing was claimed to be light in pitch and to have a wide trim speed adjustment and VB range.
 
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Concept FR
 
The Concept FR Spare Rib system of the original Concept, said to confer handling, drag reduction and climb advantages was retained. This was Airwave's first kingpostless glider.
 
The 1997 Concept 49 incorporated the 'Spare Ribs' technology as an alternative to the kingpostless route. The design dispenses with luff-lines and provides essential pitch stability through a system of 'floating ribs' attached to the outboard leading edge and restrained to give adequate washout at low angles of attack. Winglets, which on the Klassic were an optional extra, became on the Concept an integral part of the design. The Concept 49 airframe material is 6080-T6 and 7075-T6, priced inc VAT at £3700.
 
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Concept 49

 

Concept 46
Wing area: 13 m²
Wing span: 10.29 m
Hang glider weight: 34 kg
Minimum speed: 31 km/h
Number of battens: 27
 
Concept 49
Sail area: 13.8 sq m
Span: 10.3 m
Nose angle: 131 deg
Aspect ratio: 7.6:1
Packed length: 5.8 m
Battens: 29 (inc 6 under)
Flying weight: 35 kg
Pilot weight: 58-91 kg
 
Concept 59
Wing area: 14.77 m²
Wing span: 10.54 m
Hang glider weight: 36 kg
Minimum speed: 31 km/h
Number of battens: 29
Pilot weight: 160 - 280 lb (72 - 127 Kg)
Stall speed max pilot weight: 7m/s (25 km/h)
Max speed min pilot weight: 28m/s (100 km/h)
Packed length: 5,7 m

 

Concept FR 39
Hang glider circa 1998.
Wing area: 12.64 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 47-79 kg
Wing span: 10 m
Nose Angle: 132 degs
Aspect ratio: 7.92
Price (1998) £ 3999

Concept FR 49
Hang glider circa 1998.
Wing area: 13.85 sq.m
Pilot weight: 58-91 kg
Wing span: 10.29 m
Nose Angle: 132 degs
Aspect ratio: 7.64
Price (1998) £ 3999

Concept FR 59
Hang glider circa 1998.
Wing area: 14.77 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 76-101 kg
Wing span: 10.54 m
Nose Angle: 132 degs
Aspect ratio: 7.52
Price (1998) £ 3999

 

 


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