Ellipse Zenith

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Zenith
Role Hang glider
National origin France
Manufacturer La société Ellipse
Status Production completed
Unit cost
3506 (2003)

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

Design and development[edit]

The Zenith was designed as a competition hang glider and was built in only one size. With structural reinforcement it is also suitable for adding a motorized harness for powered hang glider operations.[1]

The Zenith is made from aluminum tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 11 m (36.1 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 132° and the aspect ratio is 7.7:1.[1]

Variants[edit]

Zenith 150
Sole unpowered model with a wing area of 15.3 m2 (165 sq ft), wing span of 11 m (36.1 ft), aspect ratio of 7.7:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 80 to 120 kg (176 to 265 lb).[1]
Zenith 150 Moteur
Powered model with structural reinforcement and a wing area of 15.3 m2 (165 sq ft), wing span of 11 m (36.1 ft), aspect ratio of 7.7:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 80 to 120 kg (176 to 265 lb).[1]

Specifications (Zenith 150)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 15.3 m2 (165 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.7

References[edit]

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