Glasflugel 205 Club Libelle
The Libelle and Standard Libelle had proved to be so popular that the need was recognised for a development of these designs suitable for club training, especially for conversion training to the modern high performance glassfibre types in both Standard and Open Classes, and also for advanced cross-country soaring in preparation for Diamond C flights. Good handling characteristics and ease of landing away from base for the less experienced pilot were also necessary, and these were the qualities Eugen Hanle sought in the Club Libelle.
This was based on the Standard Libelle, differing from it principally in having new double-taper shoulder-mounted wings with a double taper, and a T-tail. The two-piece wings are of glassfibre reinforced plastic (GRP) foam section with spar flanges of parallel glassfibre and spar webs of GRP-balsa. The wings carry broad-span trailing edge flaps for approach control.
The fuselage is an all glassfibre monocoque with no balsa or other type of sandwich, and there is a fixed monowheel with a brake. The cockpit is roomier than the Standard Libelle's, although the one-piece canopy is shorter, and the Club model does not carry water ballast.
The prototype Club Libelle made its first flight in September 1973 and a total of 171 had been built when production ended in August 1976.
Wing span: 15m / 49 ft 2.5 in
Wing area: 9.8 sq.m / 105.5 sq.ft
Aspect ratio: 23
Length: 21 ft 0 in
Height: 4ft 7in
Empty Weight: 200 kg / 441 lb
Payload: 130 kg / 286 lb
Gross Weight: 330 kg / 727 lb
Wing Load: 33.67kg/sq.m / 6.9lb/sq.ft
Water Ballast: 0
Max speed:124 mph
L/DMax: 35.1 at 90 kph /49 kt / 56 mph
MinSink: 0.56 m/s / 1.84 fps / 1.09 kt at 42 mph