COMBAT C

Combat C is the glider with high aspect ratio, so the horizontal stabilizer is required to fly it safely and efficiently.

New generation of stabilizers is very light, you do not feel it in the air at all, but together with the glider's new advanced airfoil it gives a visible advantage on glide in turbulent air. We have made a stabilizer even lighter with more compact shape allowing to store it much easier.

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The first thing that would impress you upon the arrival of your glider from the factory in a box is its transportation possibilities. The glider is very easy to break down to 3.5 meters package just by taking the outer LE off it. This must be the shortest package of a topless glider on the market. And it is light. Really light. Short pack together with its light weight (in lightest modification it is 31 kg without bags for 12.7C and 32 kg for 13.5C) makes it very easy to transport with airlines as a hand luggage without taking the glider apart or taking a sail off the glider. The leading edge consists of three tubes, this makes it really good for replacement in case of damage. For the further weight reduction Combat C has not only carbon fiber main and outer sprogs but also Dynema sprog cables. Another modification of Combat C - Combat C Swiss edition has stiff and light weight Swiss made cross beams, together with the carbon fiber light weight central unit of the cross bar. Most of these features are unique on the hang gliding market nowadays.

Now a few words about flying characteristics. The most remarkable feature of a Combat C is its incredibly good climbability, it simply climbs better than the others, and it is just like a hot air balloon would bring you all the time on top of most dense gaggles. The new innovative airfoil makes a really huge improvement on climb. Such an airfoil was possible to achieve due to the elliptical shape of the carbon leading edge tubes tapered along their entire length all the way towards the end of the tubes. Now we received the profile close to that of a sailplane, which immediately showed its advantage at climb and in stall speed.Not only climb characteristics are improved with this profile, but even take off and landing became much easier.

He glider is very easy to fly and effortless to control, nice coordination without even a sign of adverse yaw — this is a remarkable feature compared to our previous gliders. Light bar pressure all the way up to 80 km/h, after that it is increasing progressively.

Another huge advantage is that the glider absorbs turbulence and it does not feel in the air that turbulent if compared to flying any other glider. This allows to feel the air much better and search for the lift more efficiently. Carbon elliptical leading edge tubes are less rigid vertically, that's why they damp vertical air turbulence similar to long wings of an open class sailplane.

Gliding is not that much special in calm air but as soon as you get an influence from thermal activity the glider starts to glide very well, quite often arriving to the next thermal higher than most of the others.

Combat C is the glider with high aspect ratio, so the horizontal stabilizer is required to fly it safely and efficiently. New generation of stabilizers is very light, you do not feel it in the air at all, but together with the glider's new advanced airfoil it gives a visible advantage on glide in turbulent air. This year we have made a stabilizer even lighter with more compact shape allowing to store it much easier.

A great advantage which makes you fly really relaxed in rather nasty conditions is that you can have the sprogs setting exactly within the tolerance range of the certified configuration. There is no reason to go any lower with settings. The glider feels very nice in the air, entering and leaving thermals is very different to a tailless glider. It does not pitch up when entering a strong lift; you do not have to hold the speed bar from going forward. It is the same feeling when leaving a strong lift. The glider does not pitch down also. The whole flight is very relaxed. When pilots are talking about rough air, it is hardly possible to believe the air was rough at all, so smoothly the glider floats in the air.

Even though the glider was not in a serial production for quite a long time, being under the testing and development, there is already a long list of Combat C achievements:

2014 Aeros Winter Race, Oleg Bondarchuk — 2nd

2014 Flytec Americus Cup, OlegBondarchuk — 1st

2014 German Open, Primoz Gricar — 1st

2014 Swiss Open, Peter Neuenschwander — 1st

2014 Swiss Open, Francis Gafner — 2nd

2015 French Nationals, Mario Alonzi — 1st

2015 Aeros Winter Race, Primoz Gricar — 1st

2015 World Hang Gliding Championship, Christian Voiblet — 3d

2015 Flytec Championship, Oleg Bondarchuk — 1st

2015 Flytec Race & Rally, Oleg Bondarchuk — 2nd

2015 East Coast Championship, Oleg Bondarchuk — 1st

2015 Telomoyo Cup, Primoz Gricar — 1st

Tail

The horizontal stabilizer (the tail) is designed to increase a hang glider pitch stability. Although it was designed and tested for Aeros hang gliders, it can be also mounted to any other hang glider as well.

The tail allows flying with lower sprogs settings keeping DHV required pitch-up moment. The diagram below is taken from the DHV tests and shows the momentum distribution of the same glider with three different setups when driving with the test vehicle from 40 to 100 km/h. The red line shows the DHV required pitch. The blue line shows pitch for glider without the tail with sprogs set 2 deg. lower than DHV certification with VG on. The yellow line is for the same glider with the tail and VG on. The dark green line is for the same glider with the tail and VG off. For all 3 drives (glider without tail -VG 100%, glider with tail VG 100% and glider with tail VG 0%) the sprogs were set to the same level.

After numerous flight tests and competition flights it was determined that the tail greatly increase not only the pitch stability but the directional stability as well. Properly adjusted hang glider with the tail retains the same good handling, but the tail adds directional stability and makes the glider pleasure to glide at higher speed in turbulent air, bringing significant gain in performance when flying in turbulent air.

The difference you can see at these two tracks taken from the real track log on final glide of two gliders — one (lower one) with the tail, another one (higher one) — without.

Surprisingly enough, the glider with a tail is more comfortable and easier to land than the tailless glider.

The tail has symmetrical low drag profile and is rigidly mounted at 5 deg. negative angle of attack to the slightly extended keel tube. The tail consists of three parts: the center tail section and the left and the right outer tail sections. It is made of stiff light weight carbon fiber and strong enough to withstand a point loading. It can be easily stored when de-rigged and packed in a glider bag or in a harness bag.

Span 1600 mm

Tail area 0.25 sq. m

V-angle +4 deg

Mounting angle -5 deg

Weight 750g

Technical data

Combat C

12.4

12.7

13.5

Sail area, sq.m. (sq.ft.)

12.4 (134)

12.7 (137)

13.5 (145)

Wing span, m (ft.)

10.00 (33)

10.35 (34)

10.70 (35)

Aspect ratio

8.05

8.40

8.50

Nose angle, °

129-131

129-131

129-131

Weight (without bags), kg (lb)

30.5 (67)

31.0 (68)

32.0 (70)

Number of upper sail battens

24

24

24

Number of bottom sail battens

6

6

6

Breakdown length, m (ft)

3.4/5.6 (11.2/18.4)

3.5/5.8 (11.5/19.0)

3.6/5.9 (11.8/19.3)

Tested load, G

+6 / -3

+6 / -3

+6 / -3

Vmin with rec. pilot clip-in weight, km/h (mph)

31-32 (19-20)

31-32 (19-20)

30-31 (18-19)

Vmax with rec. pilot clip-in weight, km/h (mph)

110+ (68+)

110+ (68+)

110+ (68+)

Recom. pilot clip-in weight, kg (lb)

75-85 (165-187)

85-95 (187-209)

100-105 (220-231)

Pilot clip-in weight, kg (lb)

65-85 (143-187)

80-100 (176-220)

90-110 (198-243)

Certificates

DHV, Germany

Combat C 12.4

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