Ruppert Composite Archaeopteryx
Designed by Roger Ruppert, the Archaeopteryx was conceived as a conventional glider configuration for foot launch. Primary targets were set to minimize the mass, allowing slowest possible flight speeds and providing good manoeuvrability based on a friendly stall behaviour as well as outstanding high-speed flight performances with full fairing on the cockpit. The concept permits a safe foot launch also in nil wind conditions. Excellent climb rates and an efficient riding out of extremely weak and slim thermals (microlift) are possible.
No. Built: 1
Wing span: 13.6 m / 44.6 ft
Wing area: 12.8 sq.m / 138 sq.ft
Gross Weight: 160 kg / 353 lb
MinSink: 0.44 m/s | 87 fpm