Discus

Not everyone has the desire or ability to take part in masters' competitions. A lot of pilots just enjoy flying cross-country or soaring in familiar places without feeling the restraints of a hang glider for beginners.

Intermediate gliders combine rather high performance with simple piloting and maintaining. They are more comfortable in the air than competitive gliders and easier to land.

Aeros team is glad to present Discus, which is our first really intermediate glider.

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cross-country-level
Medium level

Cross country

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Comfortable controls

Precise and responsive

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Good climbability

Easy and comfortable

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Good glide

Performance wing

Details

Aeros has been working on an intermediate design for about 3 years, but had not made it the priority that was warranted. The first prototype of the current design was flying in the spring of 2002 and U.S. Aeros received the first prototype during the summer for testing. After receiving this glider, U.S. Aeros' VP, Sunny Venesky worked with the designers at the Aeros factory to fine tune the glider to get it ready for the market — keeping in mind the criteria needed to make this glider a big hit. That criteria being:

very stable on tow (without a fin)

very stable in roll — mindlessly predictable handling

very easy to land

vg operation that actually does something

The result is a glider that we're extremely proud of. The Discus is a very stable glider with respectable performance, and the easiest to land glider that Aeros has ever produced!

Discus' design is unusual for Aeros wings. It's our first glider with curved tips. That was a successful debut: a balanced compromise between stability and controllability makes the glider affordable for pilots who have just learned soaring and pleasant for experienced masters. The wing is comfortable to fly and easy to land, it has wide speed range. Moreover, it is very stable on tow. The variable geometry mechanism allows to control sail tension in the air, optimizing the glider's configuration according to flight condition.

Features include: curve tips, wire braced washout tube — allowing for reduction in reflex bridles, Aeros' impeccable sail work, standard with Finsterwalder aerofoil hardware and speedbar, is available in an optional 2.4 m (7 ft) breakdown length.

Our research on this prototype has us expecting many advanced pilots to sell their topless wings and go back to a glider that is fun, easy to fly and land as well as very respectable in performance.

You can believe us when we tell you that this glider may outshine the leading competitors at this market.

Modifications

The glider is available in various modifications.

Discus A

Discus A breakdown length is 4 meters.

Discus B

Discus B breakdown length is 2.4 meters.

Discus M

A Discus M version is also offered. This modification has a keel tube design that allows to use this hang glider with motorized harnesses like Mosquito, Doodlebug and so on. The frame has no additional reinforcement at all, so the allowable hook-in weight fork is the same as a standard Fox has.

From the flying season 2006 a Discus version with aluminum airfoil speedbar and basetubes with reduced aerodynamical resistance is available. You can either order the modified Discus, or purchase an option (a speedbar, basetubes, lower wires and a keel tube) to upgrade the glider yourself.

Technical data

Discus

13

14

15

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

12.8 (138)

13.7 (147.5)

14.7 (158)

Wing span, m (ft.)

9.6 (31.5)

10 (32.8)

10.3 (33.8)

Aspect ratio

7.2

7.3

7.2

Nose angle, °

125-128

125-128

125-128

Pilot clip weight optim., kg (lb)

75 (165)

85 (187)

95 (209)

Weight (without bags), kg (lb) *

28.3 (62.3)

31 (68)

33 (73)

Number of upper sail battens

20

20

20

Number of bottom sail battens

4

4

4

Breakdown length, m (ft) *

4.9/3.94 (16.1/12.9)

5.1/4.1 (16.7/13.4)

5.2/4.2 (17/13.8)

Tested load, G

+6 / -3

+6 / -3

+6 / -3

Wind speed max, m/sec (mph)

12 (27)

12 (27)

12 (27)

Min. airspeed, km/h (mph)

29-30 (18-19)

29-30 (18-19)

29-30 (18-19)

Max. airspeed, km/h (mph)

80 (50)

80 (50)

80 (50)

Min. clip-in weight, kg (lb)

65 (143)

75 (165)

85 (187)

Max. clip-in weight, kg (lb)

100 (220.5)

115 (254)

125 (276)

Certificates

BHPA, Great Britain

Discus 13

Discus 15

DHV, Germany

Discus 13

Discus 15

Manuals

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Purchase Order Forms

If you are not a CIS-resident, we highly recommend you to contact our distributor nearest to you. In most cases they can offer you more favourable terms, provide for quicker service and technical support.

To fill in order form, right-click on the respective link, save order form file on your hard drive, then print it, fill it in and send to us.

Attention: wing images on the order forms are not exact drawings. It's rather drafts to understand general idea of how to colorize a sail.

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