Aeros Discus

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Discus
Role Hang glider
National origin Ukraine
Manufacturer Aeros
Introduction 2002
Status In production
Unit cost
£2425 (2003 price, Discus 148 model)

The Aeros Discus is a family of Ukrainian high-wing, single-place, hang gliders, designed and produced by Aeros of Kiev and introduced in 2002.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The Discus series was conceived as a single-place intermediate hang glider for recreational cross country flying.[1][2]

Aeros explains the design role:

Not everyone has the desire or ability to take part in masters’ competitions. A lot of pilots just enjoy flying cross-country or soaring in familiar places without feeling the restraints of a hang glider for beginners. This problem is easily solved with the help of an intermediate glider. Such gliders combine rather high performance with simple piloting and maintaining. They are more comfortable in the air than competitive gliders and easier to land.[3]

Typical of the line, the Discus 148 model is made from aluminum tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 10.0 m (32.8 ft) span wing is cable braced with a kingpost. The nose angle is 128° and the aspect ratio is 7.3:1.[1]

The wing is also used on the British Flylight Dragonfly, Flylight Motorfloater and Flylight E-Dragon ultralight trikes.[4]

Variants[edit]

Discus
Original model introduced as an intermediate glider in 2002.[2]
Discus 148
Version sold circa 2003.[1]
Discus A
Version sold in 2012, with 4.0 m (13.1 ft) length when packed for ground transportation.[3]
Discus B
Version sold in 2012, with 2.4 m (7.9 ft) length when packed for ground transportation.[3]
Discus C
Introduced in 2006, this model offers higher performance. It features a Matrix (Bainbridge) sail and Wills Wing Litestream down tubes, Wills Wing basebar with streamlined fittings and a Wills Wing Slipstream kingpost.[2][5]
Discus M
Version with modified keel for use with Swedish Aerosport Mosquito and other power packages.[3]
Discus 15T
Version of the basic Discus wing, reinforced and with a modified control bar, for use on small ultralight trikes.[3]

Specifications (Discus 148)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 10.0 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 13.7 m2 (147 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.3:1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 41. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d Aeros (2008). "Chronicles of AEROS Company". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Aeros (2011). "Discus". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 212. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  5. ^ Aeros (2011). "Discus C". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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