AirDesign Vita

AirDesign Vita
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Brand: AirDesign
Product Code: AirDesign Vita
Price: $3,700.00

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VITA FROM AIRDESIGN: TECHOLOGY FROM THE PERFORMANCE CLASS IN A FUN-TO-FLY PACAKGE FOR NOVICE AND INTERMEDIATE PILOTS

DESIGN AIMS
Stephan Stiegler, the AirDesign designer and test pilot has one aim in mind as he develops new gliders; the glider must have good handling and have top level performance in the class. In the entry LTF/EN B class it is especially important for the pilot to have total confidence in the wing. VITA is designed for pilots who want the highest standards of safety, but who want a wing that they can comfortably fly after finishing training as they expand their boundary's and increase experience.

PILOT PROFILE
Many years of flying, designing and competing have convinced us that a pilot who is comfortable flying a glider will learn quicker, fly more and have more fun in the air. Pilots who are looking for the maximum safety in the LTF/EN B class with no compromise on handling and agility will enjoy the flying sensation of VITA. Performance is way ahead of the class, making VITA the logical glider for the progression from training to first cross-country flights and 'fun' competition. VITA is aimed at pilots under instruction in the paragliding school and those looking to improve their experience and skill after training.

GLIDER INFO
The system is ingeniously simple: A loop is fixed with a velcrostrap to the front of the A-risers, with which the B-risers can be coupled to the A’s as well. The pressure point increases, and prevents the pilot pulling the A-risers too far downwards in considerably stressed situations. Thus the front collapse of the canopy is nearly impossible in the starting procedure.

DESIGN NOTES
How did we design and test VITA?

VITA started life as a small seed of inspiration when AirDesign designer & test pilot, Stephan Stiegler saw how beginner and novice pilots were always looking enviously at the wings of the competition pilots in his home valley.

Why did entry level gliders have to be built like parachutes without the details that gave the 'Performance Class' their finesse?

After a few proto-types and many hours of testing new riser geometry, altering the type and lengths of leading edge stiffening and then flight tests, the VITA was 'born' and brought a new standard of features to the class.

At AirDesign we don’t just test the ‘official’ manoeuvres during development. We also test more practical issues, such as what happens if a pilot reacts in the wrong way in-flight or during a manoeuvre and also what we think pilots themselves might try to do ‘just to see what happens’?

For example, we test what happens if a glider is stalled during a collapse? Or how high wingovers can be before the glider collapses? Is the glider stable in turbulence? Is it possible to make acro manoeuvres? How far does a glider dive in front if released wrongly after a stall?

They are not the most comfortable things to do, but we believe that this is a big part of how we make a glider work for the pilots who are going to buy it and fly it. In each certification category our wings have to fulfil far more than what is required by the standard certification tests, before we consider them ready to be certified. The practical flying and real-air testing is the most time-consuming test period during the development of a wing.

We need to know and understand the flying characteristics of the wing in moving air so we spend a lot of time collecting input while flying in different conditions, clipping-in at varying weights, using different harness’ and generally flying as much as possible in all conditions.

Fortunately our headquarters in the Austrian Alps allow us access to some of the most challenging and varied real-life conditions anywhere.

DESIGN DETAILS

  • Polyamide rods in the leading edge keep the profile in perfect shape and improve stability, launch characteristics and performance
  • Split A-risers for easy Big-ears
  • Swivels on brake lines
  • Adjustable neoprene covered brake handles
  • Risers with quality stitching, double webbing at pressure points and dyneema speed system with covered pulleys
  • Quality materials from leading suppliers: Porcher, Dominico, Edelrid, Liros
  • Dirt-holes at the wing tips to remove debris
  • Suitable for training

 

AVAILABLE COLORS


Fire


Jungle


Ocean

Download the AirDesign Vita Manual

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Size

XS

S

M

L

 Flat Surface Area (m2)

23.00

25.79

28.20

30.42

 Projected Surface Area (m2) 

 19.56 

  21.97 

 24.01 

 25.91 

 Flat Span (m)

 11.10 

 11.76 

 12.31 

 12.78 

 Projected Span (m)

 8.86 

 9.20 

 9.63 

 10.0 

 Flat Aspect Ratio

 5.4 

 Projected Aspect Ratio

 3.9 

 Cells

43

 Trim Speed (km/hr)

 37

 Max Speed (km/hr)

52

 Takeoff Weight (kg)

 60 - 75 

 70 - 90 

  85 - 105 

 100 - 125 

 Certification

 EN B 

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