Technologies

Glider construction

Duralast

Reinforced robust construction, strongest materials, ultra strong and durable. Perfect for intensive training and professional use.

Example of material mix:

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

Duralight

Semi-light construction, mix of most robust materials where needed, lighter when not impacting overall strength and durability, for every pilot everyday use, everywhere.

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

Superlight construction, but no compromise on material quality and overall durability, only the lightest, but the very best. For light gear junkies but also for everyday use.

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

SAFE LINKS
Connection between riser and lines are made with specifically redesigned soft-links, with auto self-locking system (prevents from unintentional opening).
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).

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

3-liners can also be controlled with rear risers. However, pulling only the Cs will destroy the profile, (make it even more concave), and ultimately could bring the leading edge incidence closer to collapse. By pulling straight down with the green strap forming our B/C systems, you’ll play only on the full glider’s incidence, reduce the drag while maintaining a clean profile.