Ellipse Twist

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Twist
Role Hang glider
National origin France
Manufacturer La société Ellipse
Status In production
Unit cost
1890 (2003)

The Ellipse Twist is a French high-wing, single-place, hang glider designed and produced by La société Ellipse of Étuz.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Twist was designed as a beginner hang glider and is built in three different sizes.[1]

Typical of the series, the Twist 15 is made from aluminum tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 9.2 m (30.2 ft) span wing uses a single tube-style kingpost and upper flying wires. The nose angle is 120° and the aspect ratio is 6.5:1. The model number indicates the approximate wing area in square metres.[1]

Variants[edit]

Twist 13
Small sized model with a wing area of 13 m2 (140 sq ft), wing span of 9.2 m (30.2 ft), aspect ratio of 6.5:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 40 to 60 kg (88 to 132 lb).[1]
Twist 15
Medium sized model with a wing area of 15.5 m2 (167 sq ft), wing span of 9.2 m (30.2 ft), aspect ratio of 6.5:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 55 to 75 kg (121 to 165 lb).[1]
Twist 16
Medium sized model with a wing area of 16.5 m2 (178 sq ft), wing span of 9.2 m (30.2 ft), aspect ratio of 6.2:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 70 to 100 kg (154 to 220 lb).[1]

Specifications (Twist 15)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 15.5 m2 (167 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.5:1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 43. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X

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