New EN-C gliders are so expensive. Fortunately, an advert with acceptable price for slightly used UP Trango X-Race, sold by a very skilled pilot, was too hard to refuse. I fly at 90 kg from 78-100 kg certified range in Advance Lightness 2 harness and bellow you will find my extensive experience after about 80 thermic hours with it.
Reading a lot about Littlecloud wings, their miniwing genes always discouraged me. With Gyps introduced, it promises high fun factor and also nice XC abilities. Fortunately, I had a chance to try one for several flights.
I was lucky to get new Sigma 10 for flight. Ziad’s reviews are always positive, but the one for S10 is extremely positive. My experience was limited mostly to 50 minutes of soaring strong but laminar wind (7-10 ms), fortunately with tiny thermic activity.
During a testival in Kossen I had a chance to fly Ozone Delta 3 MS (at ~87 in 75-95 range). I wrote some impressions.
Recently I had a chance to fly UP Summit XC4 prototype. Luckily during testing day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen I met all possible conditions, from calm air with minimum wind to violent thermals, landing in turbulent 10 ms valley wind and calm soaring with many wingovers. As having some experience with XC3 version I liked this version more. Interested in reasons?
A rumours heard Kibo was originally developed as a new version of Makalu (school or low EN-B) but it had too much performance and agility. By now I have flown UP Kibo M (85-115 kg) for 130-150 hours in all possible conditions, mostly on 88-92 kg take off weight, sitting in Advance Lightness 2 harness. The achieved longest flight has been 180 km. You can read my intensive experience in the article. Continue reading “UP Kibo – review after 150 hours experience”