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Electra Flyer Floater
 
Elect-Float
 
Designed primarily by Tom Price (with some input from Tom Peghiny and Larry Newman) and released in 1979, the Floater was Electra Flyer's first attempt at a glider to compete with the Moyes gliders and La Mouette's Atlas, both of which employed light wing loading to achieve a low sink rate while still offering some glide at speed. While it achieved both goals, it turned out not to be competitive with its rivals. It remained in production for a year, being replaced with a somewhat smaller version called the Spirit which, while it did not have the Floater's sink rate, was more maneuverable and easier to fly.

The largest size Floater was a popular tandem glider in the early 1980s.
 
Floater 165
Wing area: 15.3 m²
Hang glider weight: 24 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 45 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 70 kg
Minimum speed: 29 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 7.5
Minimum sink rate: 1.15 m/s
Number of battens: 24
 
Floater 185
Wing area: 17.2 m²
Hang glider weight: 25 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 60 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 80 kg
Minimum speed: 29 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 7.5
Minimum sink rate: 1.15 m/s
 
Floater 205
Wing area: 19 m²
Hang glider weight: 26 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Minimum speed: 29 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 7.5
Minimum sink rate: 1.15 m/s
 
Floater 235
Wing area: 21.8 m²
Hang glider weight: 30 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 80 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 100 kg
Minimum speed: 29 km/h
Max glide ratio (L/H): 7.5
Minimum sink rate: 1.15 m/s
 
 
 
 


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