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Simple preparation for launch, easy, pleasant take-off and flight at a relatively low trim speed mean that flying becomes accessible to everyone, and learning it is pure pleasure.
The main advantage of the V-King ES is its compactness, still allowing for decent performance and pleasant handling. It is perfect to take it on a long journey, because it does not take up much space in your luggage (precious thing in air travels).
V-King ES is the perfect complement to the suitcase paramotors, recently appearing on the market.
V-King ES belongs to the single-surface canopy class. There is fundamental difference between classic double skin and modern single skin canopies. All the launch, landing and steering techniques look a bit different. If you are an established paraglider pilot, you shouldn’t have any problems with adapting to the wealth of new possibilities brought to you by the V-King. However, this doesn’t work both ways: if you started your paragliding experience with the single-skin gliders, be aware that you are not qualified to safely fly standard double-surface canopies.
The model and its performance proved so promising that at the end of 2016, the "V-King" project was launched. By using the appropriate number of cells, and a combination of V-supports as well as suspension fins, the minimum number of lines has been maintained under a relatively high wing load. We have devoted a lot of attention to securing an optimal canopy shape. The self-filling, closed tube on the leading edge effectively stiffens it, which is especially important in designs featuring small number of cells. Central tunnels running along the chord play a similar role.
Due to the unsheathed lines, we have reduced the weight and volume of the V-king when packed. It also has a positive effect on the speed of the wing.
The unusually long history of this wing and its development brought about revolutionary results. Compactness, very low weight, versatility and flying characteristics offer the pilots a lot of fun.
In the meantime, V-King became the prototype of the lightest paraglider in the world - Run&Fly.
During testing of subsequent prototypes, V-King aroused interest of instructors and school owners. The ease of launching results in quick and efficient mastering proper skills by the trainees. At a specific request of flying schools, we are currently preparing a dedicated ES version made of more durable, sheathed lines, thicker fabric and standard quick-links in risers.
For those interesting standard, lighter version of the wing, we invite to visit V-King website.
The V-King ES has already passed loading and flight tests, resulting in an EN-B certificate for sizes 18, 20 and 23 qm. An ULM approval (DGAC) are completed too.
|Size||V-King ES 16||V-King ES 18||V-King ES 20||V-King ES 23|
|Approval - ULM Identification||yes/pending||yes/pending||yes/pending||yes/pending|
|Number of cellsl||37||37||37||37|
|Wing area flat [m2]||16.00||18.00||20.50||23.50|
|Wing area projected [m2]||13.75||15.46||17.61||20.19|
|Wingspan flat [m]||8.76||9.29||9.92||10.62|
|Wingspan projected [m]||7.02||7.44||7.94||8.51|
|Aspect ratio flat||4.80|
|Aspect ratio projected||3.58|
|Sink rate [m/s]||min = 1.2 (+/- 0.1 m/s)|
|Speed* [km/h]||min = 35 ; max = 42 (+/-2 km/h)*|
|Lines + risers length [m]]||5.35||5.67||6.05||6.48|
|Total lines length [m]||285.64||303.63||324.76||348.48|
|Total take-off weight** PG [kg]||50-74**||60-85**||80-100**||100-130**|
|Total take-off weight*** - PPG [kg]||50-105***||60-120***||80-135***||100-155***|
|Maximum symmetric control travel at maximum weight in flight [cm]||55||60||65||65|
|Distance betwen risers [cm]||40||44||46||48|
|Canopy weight [kg]||3.0||3.24||3.55||3.89|
|Lines||A-8000U-070 / Technora: 090; 140; 190; 280|
|Cloth||Dominico 30DMF 41 g/m2, Dominico 30DFM hard finish 41g/m2|
* Speeds are given as estimated for the middle wing size and the middle of its weight range. These speeds can vary within +/- 2 km/h depending on the size, take-off weight and additional factors such as air pressure and temperature.
** The basic rule is to choose the size of the wing so that the take-off weight is in the middle of the weight range. Less weight on the wing (lower range take-off weight) can be considered for foot take-off, when flying in calmer conditions, or when we want to improve economy. More experienced pilots who want to fly dynamically, have higher speed and fly in more demanding wind conditions can consider greater wing loading (take-off weight in the upper range). This is a common option among trike users.
*** Note - the canopy significantly changes its behavior with increasing wing loading. The greater the loads, the greater skill and concentration of the pilot are required.
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