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Solar Wings Rumour / Fever

Solar-Roum-01
Rumour
 
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.
 
Solar-Roum-02
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 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.
 
Solar-Roum-03
Rumour 3
 
The 1992 Fever 2 roll was much faster and easier pitch than the Rumour 1 (13m).
 
Solar-Roum-04
Rumour Fever 12
 
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
Wing span: 10.1 m
Aspect ratio: 7.3
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 85 kg
Nose angle: 127°
 
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°
 
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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