Gradient Aspen 6

Article number: Aspen 6-28m2-Lime Green
Availability: Available to Order - Contact for ETA
Our development team has started its design work on Aspen 6 during the summer 2016. The development team had still in mind the Nevada2 glider which excels in great manoeuvrability, speed, and safe behaviour. The assignment and the goal were clear but not quite easy. The aim was to transfer newly gained experience into a new generation of high performance glider within the EN-C category. After a month of design preparation, the team has chosen from several options the one that fulfils all substantial criterias. At first sight, it can be seen that this conceptually new glider is different from all previous Aspens. Aspen6 has a new frontal shape of the canopy which goes into a loosely released curve with minimal aerodynamic distortion that lowers the induced drag and improves the behaviour of the glider. With increased flat aspect ratio and higher number of cells, it was decided to use three main lines suspension with optimised upper line forks. This concept in combination with its internal (diagonal ribs) structure allowed us to save some extra weight which is always important for the feeling of the glider as well as the glider's behaviour. The three main line suspension system will be appreciated by pilots as the take off is easier, the responses of the glider are not that steep and the flight itself is more smooth. The drag of the lines is crucial to the performance of a glider so we have prepared two options of suspension system with different line diameters so the smaller sizes of Aspen6 would not lose their performance. With the most firm suspension of Aspen6 30 handles the load of 8G for 162Kg(!) without any damage. This demonstrates how strong is the Aspen6's structure. In the same time Aspen6 is a semi light glider and in its standard version in size 26 (85-105Kg) weights only 4.65kg. We are also about to introduce the X-Alps light version for XC high level hike&fly.Shock and load test was made for both the normal and the light version. The development team successfully fulfilled the set goals and Gradient proudly introduces Aspen6. We believe that you will be as satisfied as its test pilots are.
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