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La Mouette Profil

LaMou-Profil
Profil
 
In the original 1984 Profil the two winghalves were joined by bungees, there was a large gap inbetween; it had a floating hangpoint.
 
The whole wing was designed for advanced pilots by Jean Louis Darlet when he was working for La Mouette. His concept with the separation of the wing halves was to overcome the roll limitations that persist to this day. While the billow shift mechanism does improve roll control, the inertia of the unloaded side delays upward billow.

Darlet sought to improve roll response by separating the wing halves and reconnecting with a rubber bunge to allow the loaded wing half to billow up independently to the unloaded side.

Darlet claimed the roll response was consideribly improved with this concept such that the wing could be safely towed free from fear of lateral lock outs. Pilots were apparently less enthusiastic (and possibly not prepared for such positive and light control inducing PIOs) and the wing was modified by La Mouette, firstly with the LE to kingpost junction reconnected so only the rear half of the wing was separted, then finally the entire wing was rejoined.
Follow-ups Profli Sport and Profil Competition had hardly anything in common with the original.
 
LaMouProf-comp
Profil Competition
 
The Profil Competition was wing without surprise, rather well made, with the qualities and faults of the time.
 
LaMouProf-Proto
Profil Proto
 
The 1983 Profil Proto was for advanced pilots.
 
Profil 13
Hang glider circa 1998.
Wing area: 12.9 sq.m
Pilot weight: 45-60 kg
Wing span: 9.58 m
Nose Angle: 120 degs
Hang glider weight: 23 kg
Packed length: 3.7 m
 
Profil 15
Hang glider circa 1998.
Wing area: 14.9 sq.m
Pilot weight: 55-80 kg
Wing span: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 6.66
Nose Angle: 120 degs
Hang glider weight: 27 kg
Packed length: 4.1 m
Price (1998) £ 2300
 
Profil 16
Hang glider circa 1998.
Wing area: 16.3 sq.m
Pilot weight: 70-95 kg
Wing span: 10.5 m
Aspect ratio: 6.76
Nose Angle: 120 degs
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Packed length: 4.3 m
Price (1998) £ 2300
 
Profil Competition 15
Wing area: 14.9 m²
Wing span: 10 m
Aspect ratio: 6.71
Hang glider weight: 29 kg
Packed length: 4.1 m
Nose angle: 120°
 
Profil Competition 16
Wing area: 16.9 m²
Wing span: 10.5 m
Aspect ratio: 6.52
Hang glider weight: 30 kg
Minimum pilot weight: 70 kg
Maximum pilot weight: 90 kg
Packed length: 4.3 m
Number of battens: 23
Nose angle: 120°
 
 
 
 


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