Bautek Astir

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Role Hang glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Bautek
Status In production
Unit cost
4580 (2012)

The Bautek Astir is a German high-wing, single-place, hang glider designed and produced by Bautek, of Kenn, Germany.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Astir is an intermediate glider for recreational flying. It has an unusual bowsprit designed to crumple during a crash landing, preventing damage to the glider structure.[1]

The aircraft is made from aluminum tubing. The wing is covered in Dacron sailcloth and has a Mylar leading edge. Its 10.5 m (34.4 ft) span wing is cable braced. The nose angle is 130° and the aspect ratio is 7.6:1. Unlike many hang glider designs, the Astir comes in one size only with a wide hook-in weight range of 60 to 115 kg (132 to 254 lb). The Astir is certified by DHV as a class 2 glider.[1]

Specifications (Astir)[edit]

Data from Bertrand and Bautek[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 14.7 m2 (158 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.6:1
  • Empty weight: 29 kg (64 lb)
  • Gross weight: 144 kg (317 lb)


  • Maximum speed: 80 km/h (50 mph; 43 kn)
  • Stall speed: 25 km/h (16 mph; 13 kn)


  1. ^ a b c d Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 43. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Bautek (n.d.). "Astir ... eine Nasenlänge voraus (German language)". Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 

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