Advance Alpha 4 Hike Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Advance Alpha 4 Hike.

Advance Alpha 4 Hike Paraglider.
Nice shot of the Alpha 4 Hike paraglider's canopy, showing off one of those unusual winglets...

Year of Manufacture 2008
Certification LTF 1-2
Size 25

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Note: These international prices for the Advance Alpha 4 Hike paraglider are only a guide. They are May 2008 currency conversions from the 2008 price in Euros.
Euros 2950 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4600 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2300 GBP
Australian Dollars 4800 AUD
South African Rand 35000 ZAR
South Korean Won 4600000 KRW
Indian Rupees 190000 INR

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 65-105 kg (144-232 lbs)
wing weight 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs)
wing area (flat) 25.6 m² (275 ft²)
wing area (projected) 21.9 m² (236 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.0 m (36 ft)
wing span (projected) 8.8 m (29 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.8
aspect ratio (projected) 3.5
min sink 1.2 m/s (236 fpm, 4.3 kph, 2.3 knts)
best glide ratio 8.5:1
speed min 24 kph (15 mph, 13 knts)
speed trim 40 kph (25 mph, 22 knts)
speed max 49 kph (30 mph, 26 knts)

Some LTF Test Results

inflation evenly, immediately
rising behaviour immediately comes over pilot
take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel high
agility average
front collapse opening behaviour spontaneous, quickly
asymm. collapse course change 90 - 180 degrees
asymm. collapse loss of altitude average
asymm. collapse opening behaviour spontaneous
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit turn continues through < 180 degrees
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
landing behavior easy
All the above were recorded when this Advance paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Advance Alpha 4 Hike. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.
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