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Gradient Golden 3 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Gradient Golden 3.

Canopy of the Gradient Golden 3 paraglider.
Close-up of the Golden 3 paraglider canopy, showing plenty of leading-edge detail.
(Source: para2000.org)

Year of Manufacture 2010
Certification EN B
Size 26





Price

Note: These international prices for the Gradient Golden 3 paraglider are only a guide. They are Mar 2010 currency conversions from the 2010 price in Euros.
Euros 3250 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4400 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 3000 GBP
Australian Dollars 4800 AUD
South African Rand 33000 ZAR
Indian Rupees 200000 INR
South Korean Won 4990000 KRW


Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 85-100 kg (188-221 lbs)
wing weight 5.3 kg (11.7 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.5 m² (285 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.0 m² (247 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.9 m (39 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.0 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.4
aspect ratio (projected) 4.4
min sink 1.1 m/s (217 fpm, 4.0 kph, 2.1 knts)
best glide ratio 8.1:1
speed min 24 kph (15 mph, 13 knts)
speed trim 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 50 kph (31 mph, 27 knts)


Some EN Test Results

take-off - rising behaviour smooth, easy and constant rising
take-off - special technique? no
landing - special technique? no
speed range > 10 kph using controls yes
roll stability and damping - oscillations reducing
gentle spirals - return to straight flight spontaneous exit
steep banks - sink rate after 2 turns more than 14 m/s
symmetric front collapse - entry rocking back less than 45 degrees
symmetric front collapse - recovery Spontaneous in less than 3 sec
full stall - dive forward angle 0° to 30°
full stall - collapse? no
full stall - rocking back less than 45°
assymetric collapse 50% - attitude max dive or roll 15 to 45°
assymetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 50% - total course change less than 360°
assymetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 15 to 45°
assymetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 75% - total course change less than 360°
maintained collapse - able to maintain course yes
maintained collapse - 180° turn away yes, under 10 seconds
tends to spin at low speed? no
after release from developed spin stops spinning in less than 90°
B-line stall, before release - course change less than 45°
B-line stall, before release - behavior remains stable with straight span
B-line stall, after release - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec.
B-line stall, after release - dive angle 0 to 30°
big ears - entry procedure dedicated controls
big ears - behavior stable flight
big ears - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec.
big ears - dive forward on exit 0 to 30°
steep spiral - exit behavior spontaneous exit
steep spiral - recovery turn angle less than 720°, spontaneous recovery
All the above were recorded when this Gradient paraglider was flown at max weight.


Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Gradient Golden 3. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.
name upper lower
Green
Yellow
Red
Sangria


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