Ikarus Funflyer

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Funflyer
Role Hang glider
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Ikarus Drachen Thomas Pellicci
Designer Thomas Pellicci
Status In production
Unit cost
2450 (2003)

The Ikarus Funflyer is a German high-wing, single-place, hang glider, designed by Thomas Pellicci and produced by his company Ikarus Drachen Thomas Pellicci.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Funflyer is intended to be a simple single surface glider with easy handling and modest performance for student use and flight training. It is particularly easy to take-off and land. Unlike many hang glider models, the Funflyer is available in just one size.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from aluminum tubing, with the wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 9.9 m (32.5 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 120°, double surface is 35%, wing area is 15.6 m2 (168 sq ft) and the aspect ratio is 6.28:1. The glider achieves a glide ratio of 8:1. The pilot hook-in weight range is 50 to 87 kg (110 to 192 lb). The aircraft can be broken down to a length of 4 m (13.1 ft) for storage and ground transport. It is certified as DHV Class 1.[1][2]

Specifications (Funflyer)[edit]

Data from Bertrand and Company[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 15.6 m2 (168 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.28:1
  • Empty weight: 23.5 kg (52 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 70 km/h (43 mph; 38 kn)
  • Stall speed: 28 km/h (17 mph; 15 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 8:1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 46. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c Ikarus Drachen Thomas Pellicci (n.d.). "Ikarus Funflyer 390 - der Einsteiger zum Aufsteigen Zentraler Punkt des 390er Konzeptes ist das leichte Erlernen des Fliegens (German language)". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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