Mac Eden

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Eden
Role Paraglider
National origin Czech Republic
Manufacturer Mac Para Technology
Designer Peter Recek
Status In production (Eden 6, 2016)
Produced early 2000s-present
Unit cost
1,727 (Eden 2, 2004)

The Mac Eden is a Czech single-place paraglider that was designed by Peter Recek and is produced by Mac Para Technology of Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. It remains in production in 2016 as the Eden 6.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Eden was designed as an intermediate cross country glider.[1]

The design has progressed through six generations of models, the Eden, Eden 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, each improving on the last. The models are each named for their approximate wing area in square metres.[1]

The manufacturer claims a glide ratio of over 10:1 for the Eden 6.[2]

Operational history[edit]

Reviewer Ziad Bassil described the Eden 6 in a review, "the Eden 6 is a new breed of Mac Para gliders. There’s something different in the making. The glide angle is the best you can get. The climb rate is very good! The handling is pleasurable. The Eden 6 is fast! For sure, it’s a small step over the Eden 5 in piloting but ok for an experienced B pilot looking inside the high B category!".[2]

Jürgen Karthe reviewing the Eden 6 concluded, "The Eden 6 is a great wing, giving enormous pleasure. Its the "Bird of Paradise" in 6th generation. A switch from Eden 5 to 6 should differ only in the higher performance of the new sail. The new Mac Para Eden 6 has an overall balanced and manageable basic characteristic and provides a great, safe feeling in the flight (fly in peace). Even in turbulent conditions, the wing retains largely stoic and does not detract from the good feeling of flight. The glide of the Eden 6 is at the top of the current B segment. The manufacturer claims a glide ratio of 10+. This seems to be no dreamy optimism, but is according to our experience, corresponding to the reality."[2]

Variants[edit]

Eden 2[edit]

Eden 2 23
Extra small-sized model for very light pilots. Its 10.8 m (35.4 ft) span wing has a wing area of 23.24 m2 (250.2 sq ft), 48 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.02:1. The pilot weight range is 62 to 80 kg (137 to 176 lb). The glider model is DHV 1-2 and AFNOR Standard certified.[1]
Eden 2 25
Small-sized model for lighter pilots. Its 11.58 m (38.0 ft) span wing has a wing area of 25.29 m2 (272.2 sq ft), 51 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.3:1. The pilot weight range is 70 to 90 kg (154 to 198 lb). The glider model is DHV 1-2 and AFNOR Standard certified.[1]
Eden 2 28
Mid-sized model for medium-weight pilots. Its 12.28 m (40.3 ft) span wing has a wing area of 28.44 m2 (306.1 sq ft), 51 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.3:1. The pilot weight range is 85 to 105 kg (187 to 231 lb). The glider model is DHV 1-2 and AFNOR Standard certified.[1]
Eden 2 30
Large-sized model for heavier pilots. Its 12.71 m (41.7 ft) span wing has a wing area of 30.46 m2 (327.9 sq ft), 51 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.3:1. The pilot weight range is 98 to 127 kg (216 to 280 lb). The glider model is DHV 1-2 and AFNOR Standard certified.[1]
Eden 2 33
Extra large-sized model for much heavier pilots. Its 13.32 m (43.7 ft) span wing has a wing area of 33.48 m2 (360.4 sq ft), 51 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.3:1. The pilot weight range is 115 to 150 kg (254 to 331 lb).[1]

Eden 6[edit]

Eden 6 22
Extra small-sized model for very light pilots. Its 11.28 m (37.0 ft) span wing has a wing area of 21.54 m2 (231.9 sq ft), 56 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.91:1. The pilot weight range is 55 to 75 kg (121 to 165 lb). The glider model is LTF/EN-B certified.[2]
Eden 6 24
Small-sized model for lighter pilots. Its 11.86 m (38.9 ft) span wing has a wing area of 23.79 m2 (256.1 sq ft), 56 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.91:1. The pilot weight range is 70 to 90 kg (154 to 198 lb). The glider model is LTF/EN-B certified.[2]
Eden 6 26
Mid-sized model for medium-weight pilots. Its 12.31 m (40.4 ft) span wing has a wing area of 25.63 m2 (275.9 sq ft), 56 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.91:1. The pilot weight range is 78 to 100 kg (172 to 220 lb). The glider model is LTF/EN-B certified.[2]
Eden 6 28
Large-sized model for heavier pilots. Its 12.82 m (42.1 ft) span wing has a wing area of 27.81 m2 (299.3 sq ft), 56 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.91:1. The pilot weight range is 90 to 112 kg (198 to 247 lb). The glider model is LTF/EN-B certified.[2]
Eden 6 30
Extra large-sized model for much heavier pilots. Its 13.33 m (43.7 ft) span wing has a wing area of 30.08 m2 (323.8 sq ft), 56 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.91:1. The pilot weight range is 105 to 130 kg (231 to 287 lb). The glider model is LTF/EN-B certified.[2]
Eden 6 33
Very large-sized model for even heavier pilots. Its 13.97 m (45.8 ft) span wing has a wing area of 33.04 m2 (355.6 sq ft), 56 cells and the aspect ratio is 5.91:1. The pilot weight range is 115 to 145 kg (254 to 320 lb).[2]

Specifications (Eden 2 28)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 12.28 m (40 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 28.44 m2 (306.1 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 5.3:1

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 52 km/h (32 mph; 28 kn)
  • Rate of sink: 1.1 m/s (220 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 22. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mac Para Technology. "Eden 6". macpara.com. Retrieved 13 August 2016.

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