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Airwave Magic 
The Magic Comet was made by Airwave under the US UP license. It was therefore the first Airwave wing, which stood out from other productions by the quality of manufacture. At the time, the pilots who flew under ATLAS re-christened their wings MAGIC-ATLAS so they spoke only about MAGIC.
From experience gained in production of Comets under licence the Airwave company developed its own machine, the Magic, in 1982. The company policy is to use quality materials and to pay great attention to details. Aircraft quality bolts, stainless steel fittings, bushed bolt-holes and moulded plastic sleeves for swages are standard. The Magic was priced at £975.00-£996.00.
Airwave reworked the Magic to include a wider nose angle and new tips and designated the machine as Magic 2.
Airwave Magic
The 1983 Magic 165 was the only size at the first generation of Magic.
For advanced pilots, the Magic 3 166 take-off is without surprises with a 30 km/h wind, pleasant to pilot, but a bit physical though, easy to land.
Magic 3
The 1985 Magic 4 is based on a Magic 3 sail but featured a complete review of the airframe in order to reduce drag to a minimum. The kingpost has a deeper airfoil section offering lower drag coefficient, while wire junctions are tucked into a neat new top to give a clean finish. The crosstubes are lighter, being larger diameter than before, with a new wing bolt connection. The uprights are of deeper section fore and aft with a larger diameter internal tube. Injection mouldings are used extensively to give a high standard of finish.
The nose catch has been moved back along the keel slightly to allow the fitment of the later standard nose cone. In order to give easier pre-flight inspection of the wing bolt connections two zip pockets were fitted. The ball tips were lightened and combined with new crosstubes a reduced roll yaw inertia was obtained.


A progression of the early Magic series, the Magic 4 had a good climb rate, was quite stable, tended to weather vane into wind due to large keel pocket, and was an overall good glider for pilots with 35+ hours.
Magic 4 Full Race
Some have areofoil of round uprights. The A frame also seems extememly wide compared to modern gliders - especially tall on the 177.
It was easy to set up and the cam lever to hook back the crosstube pull back cable was a brilliant idea. Takeoffs were reasonably easy but sometimes the nose would pop up followed by a rapid dive as the Magic picked up speed. Pitch pressure was good, increasing progressively as the bar was pulled back, and it was easy to maintain a high speed with the VG on full with roll corrections fairly easy to make provided you kept your arms in good condition by flying often.
Energy retention in turns was very good and the IV thermalled best with a good high speed turn until you found the core and then you could ease the bar out into an easily coordinated turn with only minor corrections to pitch and roll. Steep coordinated turns were great fun on this glider. You could pull into a steep dive, pick up speed and roll into a 60 degree banked turn and push hard out until your triceps ached and not worry about stalling the glider.
Landings were a little tricker with a good hard flare required to end up on your feet in light conditions. If you left it too late the gilder wouldn't respond and you'd end up nosing in. Top landings were a breeze though particulary in strong condtions. You could line up square into the wind and pick your landing spot and then adjust the pitch angle to come down right on it without fear of nosing in or being flipped over. The pitch reponse was very authoritive and had no surprises.
It was a real pain to set up on the ground if the ground wasn't flat. The battens just wouldn't go in easily and would always catch the sail with much coaxing required to get them in. Also the battens would bend easily being made of very thin aluminium and checking the profiles was necessary quite often as the glider would develop a turn easily with only a slight increase in the camber of the outboard battens.
The Magic 4 "full race" with a vanishing edge edge in Kevlar of about ten centimeters was a little less manageable than the Magic 4 but more performance in transition.
Magic 1 165
Sail area 165 sq ft


Magic 135
Wing area: 12.54 m²
Hang glider weight: 26 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 45 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 84 kg
Magic 150
Wing area: 14.4 m²
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Magic 165
Wing area: 15.33 m²
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Magic 166
Wing area: 15.42 m²
Hang glider weight: 32 kg
Magic 177
Wing area: 16.44 m²
Hang glider weight: 34 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 68 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 113 kg
Magic 185
Wing area: 17.19 m²
Hang glider weight: 35 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 68 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 113 kg
Magic 3 150
Wing area: 13.95 m²
Wing span: 9.5 m
Aspect ratio: 6.26
Hang glider weight: 27 kg
Magic 3 155
Wing area: 14.4 m²
Wing span: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 6.7
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Magic 3 166
Wing area: 15.4 m²
Wing span: 10.4 m
Aspect ratio: 6.8
Hang glider weight: 30 kg
Magic 3 177
Wing area: 16.45 m²
Wing span: 10.6 m
Aspect ratio: 6.84
Hang glider weight: 32 kg
Magic 4 133
Magic 4 155

Magic 4 166
Sail area: 15.8 sq m
Aspect ratio: 6.8
Span: 10.4 m / 33 ft 8 in
Leading edge 19 ft 8 in
Root chord: 7 ft 10 in
Packed length: 6.0 m
Weight: 28 kg
Optimum pilot weight: 70-79 kg


Magic 4 177

Wing area: 16.44 m²
Hang glider weight: 34 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 68 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 113 kg
Maximum speed: 80 km/h
Packed length: 6.2 m
Packed length short: 4.2 m
Number of battens: 17

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