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Delta Wing Kites and Gliders Phoenix / Phoenix SX
 
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Phoenix
 
The Delta Wing Kites and Gliders Phoenix first came out in 1975 or 76. It was a new swallow-tail design and was so much quieter and smoother than the old 87 degree nose angle Bennett Rogallos the we had been flying up until that time.
 
When pulling it out of the water, it could easily get banked off to one side, and you could not recover and just had to release the tow line and start over.
 
The Phoenix SX featured gret stability for those leasrning to fly hang glider, yet had the performance for advanced pilots. It was designed for the havier pilot and was also good for tandem. It has a double batten roach sail, single wing deflector wires, adjustable cambered keel, adjustable cambered leading edges and inflatable leading edge pockets. It adjusts quickly from seated to prone position.
 
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Phoenix SX
 
The cross bar has special breakdown feature, and the control bars are knurled for sure grip.
 
The airframe spars are 6063-T832 clear anodised aluminium tubing, 1.5in x .049 and 1 5/8in x .058 for the leading edges and keel, and 1 5/8in x .058 for the crossbar.
 
Rigging cable is 3/32in 7x7 stainless steel, cable ends are nico swedged and have clear protective coverings. No turnbuckles are used. Upper rigging uses cable tensioners.
 
All nuts and bolts are aircraft quality. There are specially designed cable tensioners, saddles, bushings, wingposts, noseplate, brackets, tangs, and nut covers. Eye bolts are used to eliminate shackles.
 
The sail is custom sewn 3.8oz Howe & Bainbridge stailised dacron, with all seams double zig-zag stitched, and was available in 11 colours.
 
A seat, supine harness or prone harness were optional.

 

When pulling it out of the water, it could easily get banked off to one side, and you could not recover and just had to release the tow line and start over.
 
The Delta Wing Kites and Gliders Phoenix 4B first came out in 1976.
 
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Phoenix 4B
 
The Phoenix VI is a high performance glider with quick control response and excellent stability. It is a glider lighter pilots can learn on, yet is flown by experts in turbulent mountain soaring conditions. The VI features special batten sail, single wing deflector wires, adjustable cambered keel, adjustable cambered leading edges, and inflatable leading edge pockets. It adjusts quickly from seated to prone flying positions, and may be adapted for towing.
 
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Phoenix VI
 
The crossbar has a special breakdown feature. Control bars are knurld for sure grip. It may be set up for towing with optional stainless steel nuts and bolts, special 4030 chrome molley steel with precision release and floats.
 
The airframe spars are made from 6063-T832 clear anodised aluminium tubing, 1.5in x .049 and 1 5/8in x .058 for the leading edges and keel and 1 5/8in x .058 for the crossbar. Rigging cable is 3/32in 7x7 stainless steel and cable ends are nico swedged and have protective coatings. No turnbuckles are used. Upper rigging used cable tensioners.
 
All nuts and bolts are aircraft quality. Specially designed cable tensioners, saddles, bushings, wingposts, noseplates, brackets, tangs, and nut covers. Eye bolts are used to eliminate shackles.
 
The sail is custom sewn from 3.8oz Howe & Bainbridge stabilised dacron in a choice of 11 colours. All seams are double zig-zag stitched.
 
A seat, supine harness, or prone harness were optional.

 

The Delta Wing Kites and Gliders Phoenix 6B first came out in 1976.
 
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Phoenix 6B
 
The Phoenix VI-B was the first glider to have Radial tip battens. With performance for competition, the radial tips allow for improved ¼ chord sweep design and less sail billow, permitting higher penetration and preventing tip stalls and flat spins. The VI- features double deflector wires, adjustable cambered keel, adjustable cambered leading edges, and inflatable leading edge pockets.
 
The airframe, rigging, sail, hardware and pilot support system are the same as the Phoenix VI.
 
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Phoenix VI-B
 
The Phoenix 6C was released by the end of 1977.
 
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Phoenix 6C
 
The Phoenix 6D was released in 1980.
 
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Phoenix 6D
 
A group of Ecuadorians who used 6D's from training all the way to national competitions in the 80's. They were regarded as magnificent, reliable and easy to maneuver, having flown over 12000 feet asl in all kinds of weather, and the gliders were so reliable. Some hold some of the national records and won the 1st place and 2nd place in one of the national competitions in Quito. Part of the success was that they performed as expected.
 
The Phoenix 8 was a 1976 version.
 
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Phoenix 8
 
The Phoenix 8 gave approximately 8:1 glide ratio. Turns started slow and then would whip around. A little squirrelly to handle on the ground and in the air. It had great wind penetration and was able to fly in higher winds then most kites of the time.
 
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Phoenix 12
 
Phoenix SX
Leading edge: 19.5 ft
Keel length: 16 ft
Wing span: 28.9 ft
Wing area: 205 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 4.06
Nose angle: 95,5˚
Sail billow: 3.25˚
Weight: 45 lb
Pilot weight: 160-230 lb
 
Phoenix VI
Leading edge: 19.5 ft
Keel length: 14 ft
Wing span: 29.9 ft
Wing area: 178 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 5.0
Nose angle: 100˚
Sail billow: 2.75˚
Weight: 43 lb
Pilot weight: 130-180 lb

 

Phoenix 6B
Wing area: 17.9 m²
Wing span: 9.4 m
Aspect ratio: 5.25
Hang glider weight: 20 kg
Packed length: 6.25 m
Nose angle: 100°
 
VI-B Junior
Leading edge: 18.5 ft
Keel length: 9 ft
Wing span: 29.4 ft
Wing area: 165 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 5.22
Nose angle: 105˚
Sail billow: 0.5˚
Weight: 41 lb
Pilot weight: 140-200 lb
 
VI-B Standard
Leading edge: 20.5 ft
Keel length: 11.5 ft
Wing span: 31.4 ft
Wing area: 185 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 5.33
Nose angle: 100˚
Sail billow: 0.25˚
Weight: 44 lb
Pilot weight: 150-210 lb
 
VI-B Senior
Leading edge: 21 ft
Keel length: 12 ft
Wing area: 210 sq,ft
Aspect ratio: 5.25
Nose angle: 105˚
Sail billow: 0.5˚
Pilot weight: 160-240 lb
 
Phoenix 6C Junior
Wing area: 15 m²
Wing span: 9 m
Aspect ratio: 5.4
Hang glider weight: 23 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 50 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 70 kg
Packed length: 5.65 m
Packed length short: 3.5 m
Number of battens: 10
Nose angle: 104°
 
Phoenix 6C Médium
Wing area: 16.7 m²
Wing span: 9.6 m
Aspect ratio: 5.52
Hang glider weight: 25 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Packed length: 6.28 m
Packed length short: 4.3 m
Number of battens: 10
Nose angle: 100°
 
Phoenix 8 Junior
Wing area: 15.8 m²
Wing span: 9.98 m
Aspect ratio: 6.3
Hang glider weight: 25 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 56 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 80 kg
Packed length: 6.1 m
Packed length short: 3.5 m
Number of battens: 10
Nose angle: 110°
 
Phoenix 8 Médium
Wing area: 17.18 m²
Wing span: 10.98 m
Aspect ratio: 7
Hang glider weight: 26 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 95 kg
Packed length: 6.7 m
Packed length short: 3.5 m
Number of battens: 10
Nose angle: 110°
 
Phoenix 8 Senior
Wing area: 20.9 m²
Wing span: 10.98 m
Aspect ratio: 5.7
Hang glider weight: 28 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 85 kg
Packed length: 6.7 m
Packed length short: 4.3 m
Number of battens: 12
Nose angle: 110°
 
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Phoenix SX

 

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Phoenix VI

 

 

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Phoenix 6B

 

 

 
 
 
 


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