8.19 / 10

Swing Apus RS Hike

An ambitious EN B glider from young and ambitious brand

2020-07-09

The histories of DaVinci and Flow companies are closely connected from their beginning. The first product ranges from both brands were developped in close collaboration, the differences between glider models were mainly in naming and color schemes. But in 2019 the game has changed: being still in collaboration, each brand now follows its own way. The Funky (high EN B) is the first child of this approach. So let's see what is the modern EN B vision from Jihun Lee, DaVinci owner and designer...

8.17 / 10

Construction


8 / 10

Risers




8 / 10

Lines


8.5 / 10

Canopy





9 / 10

Build quality

8 / 10

Surface smoothness


7.5 / 10

Takeoff and groundhandling


7.5 / 10

Groundhandling



9 / 10

Groundhandling in low wind consitions

6 / 10

Groundhandling in strong wind consitions

7.5 / 10

Takeoff



9 / 10

Takeoff in low wind consitions

6 / 10

Takeoff in strong wind consitions


8.08 / 10

Flight




8.5 / 10

Turn ability



9 / 10

Brakes efficiency

8 / 10

Weight shift efficiency

8 / 10

Comfort and feedback



9 / 10

Comfort

7 / 10

Feedback

9 / 10

Soaring and sink rate



9 / 10

Sink rate in straight flight

9 / 10

Sink rate in spiral

8 / 10

Glide


7 / 10

Dynamics and energy retention



7 / 10

Dynamics

7 / 10

Energy retention

8 / 10

Accelerated flight



8 / 10

Speed gain


9 / 10

Dangerous flight regimes


9 / 10

Asymmetric collapse


9 / 10

Frontal collapse



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Copyright

  • Foto: I. Shingarev, A.Tarasov

Model

Year2020
BrandSwing
HomologationEN A / C
Positioningminiwing

Conditions

Flight sitesChegem, Yutsa (North Caucasus)
Harness
Total flight weight100 kg
Recommended TOW, kg80-105 (EN C)

Technical data

Flat area, sq. m.23
Flat A.R.5
Flat span, m10,7
Projected area, sq. m.19,9
Projected A.R.3,8
Projected span, m8,7
Cells, total34
Takeoff weight, kg65-80 (EN A) / 80-105 (EN C)
Glider weight, kg3,4
Size20

Materials and components

Upper surface, leading edge27 g/m2
Upper surface except leading edge27 g/m2
Bottom surface27 g/m2

Links

Swing Apus RS Hike at Swing website