|Products||Hang gliders, Paragliders and accessories|
Most of the company's hang glider designs are intended to be folded down to a small size for man-packing up mountains.
Finsterwalder GmbH is made up of two divisions. The headquarters is in Munich and focuses on hang glider design, production and repair along with helmet design and production. Charly Products is located in Seeg and produces paragliders, harnesses and rescue systems.
The company was formed in 1974 by Thomas Finsterwalder as a kayak design and production enterprise. The first hang glider designed and produced was the Finsterwalder Bergfex (English: Mountain Freak), which weighed 11 kg (24 lb) and could be broken down in 8 minutes to a package 1.80 m (5.9 ft) long for ground transport.
In 1985 the factory and all equipment were destroyed by a fire, delaying production until the following year.
In 1990 the company bought out Charly Products adding paragliders and parachute systems to the company line. Since the take-over the company has done business as Finsterwalder & Charly. In 1994 Charly started a partnership with Nova Paragliders.
|Model name||First flight||Number built||Type|
|Finsterwalder Airfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Bergfex||300+||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Funfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Jetfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Lightfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Minifex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Perfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Skyfex||6 prototypes only||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Speedfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Superfex||680||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Topfex||hang glider|
|Finsterwalder Windfex||900||hang glider|
- Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 44. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
- Finsterwalder (2011). "About Us". Retrieved 17 February 2012.