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Airwave Magic 
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Magic 3
 
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.
 
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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 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
 
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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