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Swing Arcus 3


The 2002 Arcus 3 keeps many of the characteristics of its predecessor, but Swing has given special attention to the handling, the launching behaviour, and the performance throughout the speed range. Development work has given the Arcus 3 defined and more sensitive handling, a reduced tendency to overshoot on launch and increased performance at higher speeds. The 3 sizes of the Arcus 3 (24, 26 and 28) are DHV certified 1-2, with weight ranges that go from 60 to 115 kg.

The manufacture of this intermediate glider includes silicone-coated Perseverance PN 6 (44g/sq.m) fabric for the top surface, a light material highly resistant to UV rays, and lines from Liros. The glider has 46 cells and a max speed of more than 50 k/h, according to Swing.

Designed as a pure Intermediate (with 46 cells and an aspect ratio of 5) the Arcus uses diagonal tape construction, load-bearing tape on the D-risers, split A-risers, stabiliser breaks etc. Swing give a 3 year (or 300 flight hours) warranty for the complete package, in particular the fabric.

The Arcus 4 has a DHV 1/1-2 (accelerated) classification and good damping, making it first-rate for thermal flying. The Arcus 4 is an ideal glider for a very wide range of pilots, from beginners and social pilots to cross-country pilots. The launch behaviour is perfectly tuned particularly for beginners with no tendency to overshoot. The canopy rises quickly and evenly above the pilot with low momentum. Despite its excellent performance (Vmax 50 km/h) the development team has placed great importance on good-natured behaviour in extreme flight.

Drawing on the profile of the Mistral 3 for the Arcus 4, the challenge was to modify the profile of a high-performance intermediate glider in such a way that the glider had uncompromising good-natured flight behaviour. The main difficulties lay in optimising the way it turns after an asymmetric tuck. Swing went through a few prototypes before the Arcus 4 result.

Swing decided to refine the Arcus 4 further. The design differences are not immediately apparent, but they are clearly noticeable when it comes to handling. In the air, the Arcus 5 has a generally more compact feeling. The thinner material used for the A and B lines has put its speed and liveliness up a notch, without having any impact on its usual good-natured handling. With its DHV 1/1-2 (accelerated) rating, the Arcus 5 is suited to cross-country flying, and has a very good safety margin, which make it suitable for learners. The Arcus 5 and the Arcus 4 both far exceed all other gliders with DHV 1 rating when it comes to performance and speed. Nevertheless the Arcus 5 has clearly more good-natured flight behaviour than pure DHV 1-2 gliders.

The Arcus 6 is designed with a 44g/sq.m fabric so that it will also withstand the demanding use in flying schools. In addition, Swing have been offering the Arcus 6 in the “Compact” version as well, for pilots who have completed their training.

The only difference between the two versions is the fabric used. The Arcus 6 Compact has used Techtex WT 3020 fabric (40g/sq.m) since July 2010. This was first used for the Mistral 6, Astral 6 and Twin 4. The canopy weight is somewhat less, which means that the glider rises even more easily in the inflation phase and the pack size is much more compact. However, the Compact is not a lightweight glider as such. The glider’s longevity takes priority.

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Arcus 6 Compact


Demand for the Compact version increased considerably since mid-2010 and as a result, Swing only produced the Compact version from January 2011. Customers have the option to place a special order for the original Arcus 6 version with the 44g/sq.m material (delivery time of 3 weeks).

A completely new design, the Arcus 6 Compact (unaccelerated) complies with the requirements for the LTF 1 class (German airworthiness standards). It is ultimately up to the pilot to decide when to treat the glider as an LTF 1-2. Nevertheless, pilots need not go without the handling and high trim speed of the LTF 1-2 in unaccelerated flight.

More than 10,000 Arcus gliders had been sold around the world before the Arcus 6. A total of 18 prototypes were fine-tuned until the flight behaviour satisfied the team led by Michael Hartmann ironed out any remaining imperfections were. The vast majority of pilots fly unaccelerated most of the time and this is what makes the Arcus 6 Compact a suitable glider for beginners. Reduced sail tension in combination with the oval air-entrances made it possible to design a canopy which is extremely smooth.

Arcus 6 Compact vs. Arcus 5 – how do they differ in flight?
a) better glide
b) more direct handling, greater agility
c) higher trim speed
d) greater control pressure towards the end of the control travel (stall point very easy to recognise)
e) greater canopy stability
f)  greater speed range on flare
g) size 32 can be used as both a tandem and a solo glider (up to 150 kg)

Arcus 6 Compact vs. Arcus 5 – how do they differ in design?
a) oval air entrances
b) higher aspect ratio
c)  a more swept-back plan form
d) new profile
e) no E line level

Arcus 6.32 - Compact is for “larger” pilots and can also be used as a tandem glider. It includes the 120 – 150kg weight group and can at any stage be converted into a small tandem glider. The 32 Compact can be converted into a tandem by using a second hangpoint  higher on the solo riser. It is ideally suited for lighter pilots and social pilots who would like to take their children or friends flying. Because of the greater demand, the 32 Compact is delivered with a tandem riser which has just one hang point. The spreader bar is not included in the parts delivered.

Technical Data

Swing Arcus (polare) S
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 65-85 kg
No. of cells: 43
Area flat: 27 sq.m m
Area projected: 22,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 11,4 m     
Span projected: 9,4 m
Aspect ratio: 4,85
Glider weight: 5,9 kg
Trim speed approx: 33-34 km/h
Max. speed approx: 46 km/h
LTF-certification: DHV 1-2 GH
LTF-certification accelerated: DHV 1-2 GH     

Swing Arcus (polare) M
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 80-105 kg     
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 29,5 sq.m
Area projected: 25,1 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,1 m     
Span projected: 9,8 m
Aspect ratio: 5,0     
Glider weight: 6,1 kg
Trim speed approx: 35-36 km/h
Max. speed approx: 49 km/h
LTF-certification: DHV 1 GH
LTF-certification accelerated: DHV 1-2 GH

Swing Arcus (polare) L
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 95-125 kg     
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 32,5 sq.m
Area projected: 27,4 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,8 m     
Span projected: 10,6 m
Aspect ratio: 5,0
Glider weight: 6,5 kg
Trim speed approx: 34-36 km/h
Max. speed approx: 48 km/h
LTF-certification: DHV 1 GH
LTF-certification accelerated: DHV 1-2 GH     

Swing Arcus (polare) XL
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 105-140 kg Mono / 105-170 kg Tandem
No. of cells: 48
Area flat: 34,7 sq.m
Area projected: 29,4 sq.m
Span flat: 13,3 m
Span projected: 11,1 m
Aspect ratio: 5,1
Glider weight: 6,9 kg
Trim speed approx: 33-36 km/h
Max. speed approx: 44 km/h
LTF-certification: DHV 1-2 GH
LTF-certification accelerated: DHV 1-2 GH

Swing Arcus 3 3.22
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 55-75 kg
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 25 sq.m
Area projected: 22,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 11,4 m     
Span projected: 9,2 m
Aspect ratio: 5,17
Aspect ratio projected: 3,7
Glider weight: 6,00 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,1 m/s
Max. speed approx: 51 km/h
Trim speed approx: 36 km/h
LTF-certification: 1

Swing Arcus 3 3.24
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 60-85 kg
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 26,5 sq.m
Area projected: 24,1 sq.m     
Span flat: 11,8 m     
Span projected: 9,45 m
Aspect ratio: 5,17
Aspect ratio projected: 3,7
Glider weight: 6,25 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,1 m/s
Max. speed approx: 52 km/h
Trim speed approx: 35-36 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 3 3.26
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 75-100 kg     
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 28,5 sq.m
Area projected: 25,8 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,2 m     
Span projected: 9,8 m
Aspect ratio: 5,17
Aspect ratio projected: 3,7
Glider weight: 6,5 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,1 m/s
Max. speed approx: 52 km/h
Trim speed approx: 34-36 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 3 3.28

Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 90-115 kg     
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 30,5 sq.m
Area projected: 27,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,6 m     
Span projected: 10,1 m
Aspect ratio: 5,17
Aspect ratio projected: 3,7
Glider weight: 7,0 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,1 m/s
Max. speed approx: 52 km/h
Trim speed approx: 36 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/ 1-2

Swing Arcus 3 3.30
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 105-140 kg
No. of cells: 46
Area flat: 32,5 sq.m
Area projected: 29,2 sq.m
Span flat: 13 m
Span projected: 10,4 m
Aspect ratio: 5,17
Aspect ratio projected: 3,7
Glider weight: 7,3 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,1 m/s
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
Trim speed approx: 36 km/h
LTF-certification: 1

Swing Arcus 4 4.22
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 55-80 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 26,0 sq.m
Area projected: 22,8 sq.m     
Span flat: 11,6 m     
Span projected: 9,2 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 4 4.24
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 65-90 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 28,0 sq.m m
Area projected: 23,8 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,1 m     
Span projected: 9,45 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6,25 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 4 4.26
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 80-105 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 30,0 sq.m
Area projected: 25,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,5 m     
Span projected: 9,75 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6,55 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 4 4.28
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 90-115 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 31,5 sq.m
Area projected: 26,8 sq.m
Span flat: 12,8 m     
Span projected: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6,9 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 4 4.30
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 105-130 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 33,5 sq.m
Area projected: 28,5 sq.m
Span flat: 13,2 m
Span projected: 10,3 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 7,3 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 5 5.22
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 55-80 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 26,0 sq.m
Area projected: 22,8 sq.m     
Span flat: 11,6 m     
Span projected: 9,2 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 5 5.24
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 65-90 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 28,0 sq.m
Area projected: 23,8 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,1 m     
Span projected: 9,45 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6,25 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 5 5.26
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 80-105 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 30,0 sq.m
Area projected: 25,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,5 m     
Span projected: 9,75 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6,55 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 5 5.28
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 90-115 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 31,5 sq.m
Area projected: 26,8 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,8 m     
Span projected: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 6,9 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Swing Arcus 5 5.30
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 105-130 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 33,5 sq.m
Area projected: 28,5 sq.m
Span flat: 13,2 m
Span projected: 10,3 m
Aspect ratio: 5,2
Aspect ratio projected: 3,71
Glider weight: 7,3 kg
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 37 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     6.22
Glider weight: 6 kg    
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 60-80 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 25,7 sq.m
Area projected: 22 sq.m
Span flat: 11,6 m     
Span projected: 9 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     6.24
Glider weight: 6 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 65-90 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 28,0 sq.m
Area projected: 23,9 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,1 m     
Span projected: 9,46 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6 6.26
Glider weight: 6,30 kg    
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 80-105 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 29,7 sq.m
Area projected: 25,4 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,5 m     m
Span projected: 9,75 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     6.28
Glider weight: 6,55 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 90-115 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 30,7 sq.m
Area projected: 26,3 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,7 m     
Span projected: 9,9 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     6.30
Glider weight: 6,9 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 105-130 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 33,5 sq.m
Area projected: 28,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 13,2 m     13,6 m
Span projected: 10,3 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     6.32
Glider weight: 7,3 kg     
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 120-150 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 35,0 sq.m
Area projected: 29,9 sq.m
Span flat: 13,6 m
Span projected: 10,6 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     Compact 6.22
Glider weight: 5,55 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 60-80 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 25,7 sq.m
Area projected: 22 sq.m
Span flat: 11,6 m     
Span projected: 9 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     Compact 6.24
Glider weight: 5,80 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 65-90 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 28,0 sq.m
Area projected: 23,9 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,1 m     
Span projected: 9,46 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     Compact 6.26
Glider weight: 6,15 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 80-105 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 29,7 sq.m
Area projected: 25,4 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,5 m     
Span projected: 9,75 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     Compact 6.28
Glider weight: 6,35 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 90-115 kg     
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 30,7 sq.m
Area projected: 26,3 sq.m     
Span flat: 12,7 m     
Span projected: 9,9 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     Compact 6.30
Glider weight: 6,7 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 105-130 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 33,5 sq.m
Area projected: 28,6 sq.m     
Span flat: 13,2 m     
Span projected: 10,3 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

Arcus 6     Compact 6.32
Glider weight: 6,85 kg
Take-off weight incl. Equipment: 120-150 kg
No. of cells: 44
Area flat: 35,0 sq.m
Area projected: 29,9 sq.m
Span flat: 13,6 m
Span projected: 10,6 m
Aspect ratio: 5,25
Aspect ratio projected: 3,73
Min. sink rate approx: 1,05 m/s
Trim speed approx: 38 km/h
Max. speed approx: 50 km/h
CEN Certification: B
LTF-certification: 1/1-2

 

 


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