Ellipse Fuji

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Fuji
Role Hang glider
National origin France
Manufacturer La société Ellipse
Status In production (2013)
Unit cost
2476 (2003)

The Ellipse Fuji 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 Fuji was designed as an intermediate hang glider for local recreational and cross country flying. Built in four sizes, it is also suitable for adding a motorized harness for powered hang glider operations.[1]

Typical of the series, the Fuji 15 is made from aluminum tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 10 m (32.8 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 122° and the aspect ratio is 6.6:1. The model number indicates the approximate wing area in square metres.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The Fuji 15 is used on the DTA Alizés nanotrike and the Electravia Electro Trike.[1]

Variants[edit]

Fuji 13
Extra-small sized model with a wing area of 13.5 m2 (145 sq ft), wing span of 9.2 m (30.2 ft), aspect ratio of 6.3:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 40 to 60 kg (88 to 132 lb).[1]
Fuji 14
Small sized model with a wing area of 14 m2 (150 sq ft), wing span of 9.6 m (31.5 ft), aspect ratio of 7.1:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 55 to 75 kg (121 to 165 lb).[1]
Fuji 15
Medium sized model with a wing area of 15.5 m2 (167 sq ft), wing span of 10 m (32.8 ft), aspect ratio of 6.6:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 70 to 85 kg (154 to 187 lb).[1]
Fuji 16
Large sized model with a wing area of 16.5 m2 (178 sq ft), wing span of 10 m (32.8 ft), aspect ratio of 6.3:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 70 to 100 kg (154 to 220 lb).[1]
Fuji 16 Moteur
Large sized model, structurally reinforced for motorized flight, with a wing area of 16.5 m2 (178 sq ft), wing span of 10 m (32.8 ft), aspect ratio of 6.3:1 and a pilot hook-in weight range of 70 to 100 kg (154 to 220 lb).[1]

Specifications (Fuji 16)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 16.5 m2 (178 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, pages 43 and 98. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X