Design of this single-seat sailplane began in 1974, and the first flight of the prototype was that same year. Thecantilevered mid-wing has a constant chord with ailerons and upper-surface spoilers but no tabs or flaps.The fuselage is all-aluminum with a flush-riveted skin, and the swept T-tail has a one-piece elevator. One unsprung nosewheel with a more »
Founded by Alexander Schleicher in 1927, the company is the world’s oldest sailplane manufacturer. The company makes both pure sailplanes and motorgliders, with entries in every category, from the entry-level ASW 21 to the remarkable ASW 28 and its 48:1 glide ratio. The ASW 28 series also offers a retracting engine and optional solar panels more »
Alisport’s sailplane division produces the Silent Club and Silent 2 series of light sailplanes. The Silent Club is available as a pure sailplane or as a self-launcher, with either fuel-injected or electric power. The Silent 2 is available with a fuel-injected engine. Both aircraft series offer exceptional handling and performance. Alisport Srl is based in more »
The Apis series includes both a 13- and 15-meter sailplane, is a combination of composite construction and old world craftsmanship. The Apis is intended for the sport flyer, but still holds several world records. They offer a forward-hinged canopy, automatic control hookups, in-flight adjustable rudder pedals, full-span flaperons, blended winglets, and Schempp-Hirth type airbrakes. They more »
L13 L19 The original L13 Blanik was built in 1958 and several thousands of them are flying worldwide. The two-seat, all-metal L13 evolved into the L23 Super Blanik. The new glider retains the excellent flying and maintenance characteristics of the L13, while visibility and handling are further refined. Among the many improvements are the new more »
Gus Briegleb began designing and building sailplanes in the 1930s. In 1940, he came up with his sixth design,the BG-6, and initially sold it in kit form. As a utility-training glider, it had a lift-to-drag ratio of 16 and a minimum sink of about 3 fps. The BG-7 was an improved version using the same more »
Designer R.E. Schreder built the RS-15 to OSTIV Standard Class specifications. Licensed in the amateur-builtexperimental category, its assembly is relatively simple with most major components pre-made to cut buildingtime to about 500 hours. The shoulder-type wings are all-metal with the exception of polyurethane foamribs. Provision for a 200-pound water ballast is inside the wing’s box more »
A quick glance at the gross weight or wingspan of the Calif motorglider or sailplane should tell the enthusiast that the pair are not ordinary aircraft. With 66.9 feet of wingspan, the A-21SJ is the only production turbojet-powered sailplane in the world. It offers side-byside seating and all-metal construction. The engine retracts into the fuselage more »
DG300 DG600 DG800 DG1000 Gerhard Glaser, owner of a civil engineering business, and Diplom Ingenieur Wilhelm Dirks, founded the Glaser-Dirks Flugzeugbau GmbH company. In 1972, they built their first glider, the DG-100. Glaser-Dirks produced 105 DG-100 and another 222 units have been produced later at the Elan factory. In 1977 the 15-meter class sailplane DG-200 more »
The Katana X-Treme was born in Austria in 1990. The all-composite two-seater flies with 80, 100, and 115-hp Rotax engines, operating as both a sport plane (under the name HK36 Super Dimona in Europe) and as the Eco Dimona, a variant modified for surveillance and observation. This model features a movable Wescam camera and cockpit more »
The biggest improvement for the G-103, the successor to the Twin Astir, came from modifications to the ailerons. Pilots reported a substantial improvement in feel (with the steel control pushrods) and overall roll re-sponse for greater aerobatic performance. The mains, which sits aft of the aircraft’s center of gravity in a fairing, features a hydraulic more »
Libelle 205 Kestrel Hornet 206 Mosquito 303 Glasflugel 304 Glasflugel was founded by Eugen Hänle in 1962 and carried the logo of a dragonfly (in German “Libelle”). In May 1975, financial problems lead to a co-operation with the firm Schempp-Hirth. Until 1979 Glasflügel carried the name “Holighaus & Hillenbrand” and was then dissolved in 1982 more »
Vernon Oldershaw’s motorglider features a retractable power plant that can be used for takeoff and climb to soaring altitude. A 31-hp Yamaha snowmobile two stroke flat-twin engine drives a wooden pusher propeller and feeds from a N-gallon fuel supply. The shoulder-type wings are built with a spruce spar, plywood ribs, and plywood skin; the wing more »
The Orlik 2 first flew in 1938, and an improved variation, the Orlik 3 competed in the 1940 Olympic Games. It had airbrakes beneath the wings. The design briefly held a world altitude record in 1948 of 30,000 feet.
The PIK motorized glider has a manually retractable engine and propeller. The Rotax 503 500cc two-stroke two-cylinder engine produces 43 hp at 6,200 RPM. With double carburetors and resonance exhaust system, the whole snowmobile engine has been redesigned and built to aircraft requirements. The propeller is belt driven giving a 1:2 reduction. When not more »
The only glider manufactured by Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus was the B4. About 300 were produced beginning in 1972 until the Japanese company Nippi bought the rights to the design. The P4 is all metal and economical to maintain, and has good acro capabilities.
This sleek motorglider is essentially a stock KR-1 with longer wings and a bigger tail. For a wing curve, an RAF-48 standard KR-1 airfoil was used for the center section and the GA(W)-2 airfoil for the replacement outer panels. The outer wing section provides a clean and responsive curve for use with a spoiler/flap control, more »
SF-25 SF-28A The two-place all-fiberglass SF-H34 has pleasant flight characteristics and a low construction weight. Schempp-Hirth airbrakes on the top surface of the wings are provided for glide-angle control. The nosewheel is fixed, and the main landing wheel is sprung. A disc brake is mounted with the main landing wheel. Visibility is excellent through the more »
Cirrus 75 Discus 2A Discus 2C Duo Discus Nimbus 2 Nimbus 3 Nimbus 4 Ventus 2AX Ventus 2BX Ventus 2C Martin Schempp and Wolf Hirth first met in 1928 Their life-long collaborations would bring about some of theworld’s most respected sailplane designs. Beginning in 1935, the team developed the Minimoa, the first highperformance glider to more »
Sonex, Ltd. is a kit manufacturer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their original design, the all-metal, two-seat Sonex single engine monoplane morphed into the V-tailed Waiex. Add a 45′ wingspan to that airplane, and a motorglider, the Xenos, is born. The company boasts the talents of John Monnett, creator of the Monerai sailplane and the Moni motorglider.
Stemme’s S10 is one of the truly remarkable combinations of power and glide. The big-winged aircraft has a 50:1 sink rate. The mid-engine-front propeller drive was somewhat of an evolutionary moment for motorgliders and has set a number of world records. The two-seater has carbon-fiber wings and solar panels for 30W of electrical power once more »
Woodstock No special jigs or fixtures are needed to build the Woodstock. Every effort has been made to keep the hardware simple. The Woodstock weighs only 235 pounds empty and can be launched by auto tow, aero tow, winch tow, or bungee-launched off a hill. The wing is built around a single main spar formed more »