Icaro Relax

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Relax
Role Hang glider
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Icaro 2000
Introduction 2003
Status In production
Unit cost
£2125 (Relax 16 model, 2003 price)

The Icaro Relax is an Italian high-wing, single-place, hang glider, designed and produced by Icaro 2000.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Relax was introduced in 2003 as a beginner and flight training wing and also for recreational pilots looking for a wing that was easy rig and non-demanding to fly. The original Relax model was replaced in production by the improved RX2, or RelaX2. The RX2 comes in three sizes, "S", "M" and "L", with an "XL" version under development.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from 7075 aluminum tubing, with the single-surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. The RX2 has an optional vertical tail fin that improves stability and prevents Dutch roll when the glider is being towed.[1][2]

Variants[edit]

Relax 16
Original model introduced in 2003 and replaced in production by the RX2 M. It is a medium sized model for mid-weight pilots. Its 9.8 m (32.2 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The wing area is 15.8 m2 (170 sq ft) and the aspect ratio is 6.1:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 50 to 90 kg (110 to 198 lb). Certified as DHV Class 1-2.[1]
RX2 S
A small-sized model for lightweight pilots. Its 9.0 m (29.5 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 120°, wing area is 14.00 m2 (150.7 sq ft) and the aspect ratio is 5.8:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 55 to 75 kg (121 to 165 lb). Certified as DHV Class 1.[2]
RX2 M
A medium sized model for mid-weight pilots that replaced the Relax 16 in production. Its 9.8 m (32.2 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 120°, wing area is 15.95 m2 (171.7 sq ft) and the aspect ratio is 6.1:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 70 to 90 kg (154 to 198 lb). Certified as DHV Class 1.[2]
RX2 L
A large-sized model for heavier pilots. Its 10.10 m (33.1 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 120°, wing area is 17.80 m2 (191.6 sq ft) and the aspect ratio is 5.7:1. Pilot hook-in weight range is 85 to 120 kg (187 to 265 lb). Certified as DHV Class 1.[2]

Applications[edit]

Specifications (RX2 M)[edit]

Data from Company[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 9.80 m (32 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 15.95 m2 (171.7 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.1:1
  • Empty weight: 23 kg (51 lb)
  • Gross weight: 113 kg (249 lb)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 45. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e f Icaro 2000 (n.d.). "Hang Glider RX2". Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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