Technologien

Glider construction

Duralast

Die perfekte Wahl für gewerbliches Tandemfliegen, im Schulungsbetrieb oder für widrigste Umgebungen. Der stärkste Materialmix mit robuster Konstruktion und Fertigung.

Example of material mix:

  • Dominico Dokdo 30D top surface
  • Dominico Dokdo 20D bottom surface
  • Full Sheathed lines, Liros DSL, PPSL

Duralight

Semi-leichte Konstruktion, ein Mix aus robusten und leichten Materialien – klug eingesetzt für eine optimale Balance von Festigkeit, Haltbarkeit und Leichtigkeit. Geeignet für Jedermann/frau für den alltäglichen Gebrauch überall.

Example of material mix:

  • Dominico Dokdo 20D top surface
  • Skytex 27 Classic II double coated bottom surface
  • Sheathed lines Liros DSL / PPSL or unsheathed lines Edelrid 8000U

Superlight

Nur die leichtesten Materialen und die leichteste Konstruktion findet hier Verwendung. Zudem mit dem feinen Know-how für Qualität und Haltbarkeit – für Light-Gear-Junkies aber auch für den täglichen Gebrauch.

Example of material mix:

  • Skytex 27 Classic II double coated top surface
  • Skytex 27 Classic II double coated bottom surface
  • Unsheathed lines Edelrid 8000U

Canopy detail

WINGLETS

Winglet profile shape at tips, similar to modern airplanes. Enlarges the projected aspect ratio, improves performance by also reducing drag and enhancing directional stability.

VORTEX HOLES
Vortex holes help reducing the drag at wingtips, and increase performance. Besides, they allow a continuous removal of dust and particles otherwise trapped inside the canopy. Also helping to deflate the wing when packing it.
S-NOSE
Shark-nose type leading edge. Here the leading edge is formed by a unique S-shaped constrained rod, for optimized performance. The leading edge is aggressive, but remains light for easy take off and rigidity is optimized for a better glider feel.
NITINOL RODS
To improve glider packing, reduce glider weight while optimizing sail tensions, Nitinol rods are used in the leading edge. Nitinol has shape memory and super elastic nickel titanium alloy allowing strong deformations without being bent or damaged.
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RIGI-RODS
The clear and stiffer transparent rods are used mostly on performance wings – giving maximum stiffness for profile consistency. It requires a proper packing of the wing to durably ensure its form.
FLEX-RODS
These “orange” rods are more flexible than the transparent nylon rods. Improving the flying characteristics and less sensitive to bending and deforming. Nevertheless we still recommend to pack the wing properly specially for storage.
3D-CUT
All panels designed and cut according to state-of-the-art 3D technologies to improve profile consistency and control ballooning deforming, reduce wrinkles on 3D-formed shapes with soft materials. Cleaner surface is more performance.
MINI RIBS
A clean trailing edge is key for reducing drag, improving performance. One way to do this is to reduce deformations, by adding short ribs for a more stable surface finish.
RAZOR EDGE
A specific way to control the ballooning at the trailing edge. The thinner the trailing edge, the smoother the airflow, the lower the drag. That’s the aim of the razor edge, to channel out the airflow in the most efficient way.

Linesets

SHEATHED LINES
Sheathed lines offer a strong protection against handling on the ground, sharp edges and abrasion in general. They are preferred for training, intensive or professional use. Linesets are designed and dimensioned to last as long as your glider with proper handling.
UNSHEATHED LINES
Air-Design is only using the best grades of Edelrid aramid lines. Smooth handling on the ground, strong, highly durable, and dimensionally stable. Linesets are designed and dimensioned to last as long as your glider with proper handling.

Accessories

SWIVEL BRAKE LINKS
In order to reduce the risk of line twists, the brake lines are equipped with precision-machined swivel connectors (not to be mounted together with low-friction rings without specific protection).
SAFE LINKS
Connection between riser and lines are made with specifically redesigned soft-links, with auto self-locking system (prevents from unintentional opening).
SCHOOL RISERS
20mm, easy to read, easy to grab, well identified A’s, clear written instructions on big ear and B-Stall risers.
LOW-DRAG ARAMID RISERS – 13mm
Clean, clear, efficient and light risers are equipping our gliders. With their racy look, they remain easy to handle, and improve aerodynamics.
SUPERLIGHT DYNEEMA RISERS
Taurus Dyneema rope is used for clean, easy to read and use, and dimensionally stable Superlight risers. Saves around 200g compared to Race Aramid risers.
BS PULLEY CONNECTOR
AirDesign gliders are designed to be reactive to “Break-Shifting”. Pull the brakes more inward, you’ll turn tighter, pull outward, you’ll turn more flat. The pulley connector is specially dimensioned to allow the best Brake Shifting efficiency.
B/C CONTROL
The risers include an intuitive B/C control in a clean and simple construction. Just hold the risers on the green handle, pull down both C and Bs together for an efficient action on the trim, not deforming the airfoil. Smoothly improves your glide (read manual for details, short video to show).