Europe Sails Independent

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Role Hang glider
National origin Austria
Manufacturer Europe Sails
Introduction 2003
Status In production
Produced 2003-present
Unit cost
5168 (2003, Independent 14 model)

The Europe Sails Independent is an Austrian high-wing, single-place, hang glider, designed and produced by Europe Sails.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Independent was introduced in 2003 as a "topless" competition design, lacking a kingpost and top rigging. It is available in two sizes.[1]

The aircraft is made from a combination of 7075 aluminum tubing and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, with the wing covered in 170g Dacron sailcloth. The wing nose angle is 132°. The wing features carbon fibre tips to smooth airflow and improve handling. The model number indicates the approximate wing area in square meters.[1][2]


Independent 13
Small sized model with a wing area of 13 m2 (140 sq ft) and a wing span of 10 m (32.8 ft). The pilot hook-in weight range is 56 to 90 kg (123.5 to 198.4 lb). This model sold for 5084 in 2003.[1]
Independent 14
Large sized model with a wing area of 14.3 m2 (154 sq ft) and a wing span of 10.35 m (34.0 ft). The pilot hook-in weight range is 75 to 110 kg (165.3 to 242.5 lb). This model sold for 5168 in 2003.[1]

Specifications (Independent 14)[edit]

Data from Bertrand and Europe Sails[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 10.35 m (33 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 14.3 m2 (154 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.4:1
  • Empty weight: 33.5 kg (74 lb)
  • Gross weight: 143.5 kg (316 lb)


  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
  2. ^ a b Europe Sails (n.d.). "Independent". Retrieved 15 February 2012.