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Solar Wings Rumour / Fever

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Rumour
 
The 1989 Rumour was a fast, small, light, efficient and very clean glider which featured a new lightweight airframe, enclosed tip rods, enclosed keel, sealed kingpost hole and it was without a keel pocket.
 
 Sola-Rumour
 
Other features were 100 % double surface tips, VB, and rubber backed airfoil uprights.

 

The Rumor allowed Solar Wings to keep up with its UK competitor (i.e. Airwave) by winning the French and Italian championships in 89 and the UK ones in 89 and 90.
 
Very stable glider good in a straight line, but can be a little stiff in roll. Easy landings and rock solid in turbulance.

Plenty of examples around so not too expensive-good intermediate glider with reasonable performance, for 35hrs + pilot wanting to upgrade on a budget in May 2007 for £200.
 

The 1991 Rumour 2 had a new high-aspect ratio sail, a kingpost hang point, luff-line compensator and slightly reduced wing area in pursuit of improved handling and better glide at speed. The battens were of 7075.

 

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Rumour 2
 
The Rumour 2 has very good min sink despite being near the top of its weight range. Compared to the Rumour 3, it is not so sensitive in roll but the K/P hang point makes it not too bad. Pitch sensitivity is high, but not unpleasantly so. Glide-on in ground effect is long, but landing without a drag chute is easily achievable.
 
There are 14 top battens (15 including static one), 2 tip battens and 6 undersurface battens - 23 in total.
 
From 40 kph the sink rate of the Rumour 2 14 increases considerably. It is a "hard" wing that it costs to leave its inertia, therefore stable. Especially at low speeds (where it has its best performance) requires a very physical piloting and the knowledge of some tricks like the "penduleo" to start the turns. Although it lands well in the final braking, this awkwardness and slowness of reaction is also a problem for approach, which requires some anticipation.
 
The 1992 Fever is a new light weight glider for the smaller pilot,priced at £2850.00 inc VAT. Later models were designated Rumour Fever MK2. They were later updated with mods to the sail and airframe with reduced anhedral to improve roll response. It was claimed to have better roll control, yaw stability and glide performance at speed.
 
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Fever

 

The 1993 Rumour 3 is one of the last Kingpost designs and has very high performance and light handling characteristics. It has excellent performance at low and high speed. Landing characteristics are docile, but float in ground effect if coming in fast is very long. Roll control is lighter than tthe 2. Oddly, it has no wingtip washout struts.
 
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Rumour 3
 
The 1992 Fever 2 roll was much faster and easier pitch than the Rumour 1 (13m).
 
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Rumour Fever 12
 
The 1992 Rumour 3 looks similar to its predecessor but the handling was been improved giving much lighter roll. The bar position was changed from the Rumour 2 so that it is 4 cm further forward. The advantages of this are that when flying in 'budgie' position more speed can be pulled on before the bottom bar reaches the pilot's body, enabling pilots to take off and approach to land at higher speeds. Also a higher top speed can be flown. The Rumour 3 was produced in two sizes; 13 sq m and 14 sq m. The certification was BHPA C of A (No.9306090). The airframe material was 6082 TF T6 and battens 7075.
 
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Rumour 3
 
The Rumour 3 Special Edition was only available between November 1 1993 and end of February 1994. Cost £3000.00.The glider featured blue leading edges, light grey top surface and Solar logo.

 

Rumour 13
1989
Wing area: 13 m²
Wing span: 9.44 m
Aspect ratio: 6.6
Hang glider weight: 34 kg
Number of battens: 12
Nose angle: 128°
 
Rumour 14
1989
Wing area: 14.5 m²
Wing span: 10.5 m
Aspect ratio: 6.96
Hang glider weight: 34 kg
Number of battens: 12
Nose angle: 128°
 
Rumour 2 13
1991
Wing area: 13 m²
Wing span: 9.6 m
Aspect ratio: 5.6
Minimum pilot weight: 58 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 80 kg
Nose angle: 127°
Stall speed: 31 kph
Maximum speed: 95 kph
Glide ratio: 11
 
Rumour 2 14
1991
Wing area: 14 m²
Wing span: 10.1 m
Aspect ratio: 5.1
Minimum pilot weight: 65 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Nose angle: 127°
Stall speed: 31 kph
Maximum speed: 95 kph
Glide ratio: 11 at 37 kph
Min sink rate: 0.95 m/s
 
Rumour 3 13
Wing area: 13 sq.m
Certification: DHV 3/BHPA
Pilot weight: 60-75 kg        
Wing span: 9.6 m
Nose Angle: 127 degs
Aspect ratio: 7.1
Price (1998) £ 2850
 
Rumour 3 14
Wing area: 14 m² / 151 sq ft
Wing span: 10.1 m / 33 ft 2 in
Aspect ratio: 7.3
Weight: 31.7kg / 70 lbs
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg / 154 lb
Maximum pilot weight: 85 kg / 187 lb
Nose angle: 127°
Packed length: 5.8 m / 19 ft
Double surface: 85 %

Battens: 25 (6 undersurface)

 
Rumour 3 15
Wing area: 14.8 m²
Wing span: 10.4 m
Aspect ratio: 7.4
Minimum pilot weight: 80 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 95 kg
Nose angle: 127°
 
Fever
Sail area: 12 sq m
Weight: 27kg / 60lb

 

Rumour Fever 12
1992
Wing area: 12.1 m²
Wing span: 9.2 m
Aspect ratio: 7
Minimum pilot weight: 45 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 65 kg
Nose angle: 127°
 
Fever Compet
1992
Wing area: 12.1 m²
Wing span: 9.2 m
Aspect ratio: 7
Minimum pilot weight: 45 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 65 kg
Nose angle: 127°
 
 
 


 
 


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