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Solar-Scandal

 

Under power the large & small Scandal (kingposted) goes exceptionally well. The spiral stability is good and handling firm, but not stiff.
 
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Scandal
 
The Solar range of gliders were unique in that they had 100% double surface at the tips. The key to this was a "rubber membrain" which allowed the upper and lower surface to move relative to each other. This was dropped on the Scandal range of gliders, when Solar introduced a presurised leading edge. This prvents the leading edge from colapsing when flying at high speed. It has a clever active pressure system - At low speed the holes in the leading edge are in the low pressure air, so it sucks air out of the double surface, giving concave lower surface at the wing tips, effectively adding camber to the wing. The Solar Gliders had a reputation for being more stable and less "twitchy" or sensitive.
 
The 1995 Scandal wing is 'uniform', easy to fly, to take-off, to land, and it accepts slow flight. Slow landings even with AUW over 100kg and sink rate with engine off 220 fpm. Neutral ground handling, not tail heavy. A much nicer glider than the Rumour. Handling better and more docile in pitch while thermaling. Lighter, stiffer leading edges & X tubes made big difference to the weight.
The Scandal 13.6 has a very nice glide, good penetration into wind and is a real confidence builder when you come to landing.
This is a very nice glider for a small light pilot. The glider is quite light. The A frame is small and "fits my shoulders". Landing - no vices good large flare window. This glider has vents in the leading edge which stop it from collapsing at high speed. They seem to work, in that at high speed the Glide Angle does not deteriate as fast as other gliders.

Stright line at speed it is stable. Thermaling and scratching the ridge the glider is nice and responsive, and not too sensitive to turbulance. A very nice glider with great glide ratio but rather slow to initiate a turn. The wing has a tendency to drop the nose when held against the wind on take off. But as soon as you start running the wing behaves normal and the take off is just as easy as with any modern glider. Easy to land as well, light in construction and easy to set up.
 

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After the kingposted Scandal came the topless XK then the 2000 XK-R which had a roll-assist hang point arrangement. Said to be out-performed on glide by contemorary gliders such as the Laminar and rather variable in handling between different examples.
 
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Scandal XK-R
 
Scandal 12.4
Wing area: 12.4 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 48-68 kg
Wing span: 9.4 m
Nose Angle: 131 degs        
Aspect ratio: 7.1
Price (1998) £ 3350
Scandal 13.6
Wing area: 13.6 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 58-78 kg        
Wing span: 9.9 m
Nose Angle: 131 degs        
Aspect ratio: 7.3
Price (1998) £ 3350
Scandal 14.4
Wing area: 14.4 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 72-92 kg        
Wing span: 10.35 m
Nose Angle: 131 degs        
Aspect ratio: 7.44
Price (1998) £ 3350
Scandal XK
1997
Wing area: 13.2 m²
Minimum pilot weight: 75 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 95 kg
Minimum speed: 28 km/h
Maximum speed: 90 km/h
Number of battens: 23
Scandal XK 13.6
Wing area: 13.6 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 58-78 kg        
Wing span: 9.9 m
Nose Angle: 131 degs        
Aspect ratio: 7.3
Price (1998) £ 3795
Scandal XK 14.4
Wing area: 14.4 sq.m
Certification: BHPA
Pilot weight: 72-92 kg        
Wing span: 10.35 m
Nose Angle: 131 degs
Aspect ratio: 7.44
Price (1998) £ 3795
Scandal XK-R 13.6
Wing area: 13.6 m²
Wing span: 9.9 m
Aspect ratio: 7.3
Minimum pilot weight: 58 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 78 kg
Nose angle: 127°
Scandal XK-R 14.4
Wing area: 14.4 m²
Wing span: 10.35 m
Aspect ratio: 7.44
Minimum pilot weight: 72 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 92 kg
Nose angle: 127°
 
 
 

 

 


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