Advance Alpha 4 Paraglider

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

3 Advance Alpha 4 paragliders in flight.
A spectacular coastal shot of three Alpha 4 paragliders flying in formation. Manufacturer's photo.

Year of Manufacture 2007
Certification DHV 1
Size 28

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Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being June 2007 currency conversions from the 2007 price in Euros.
Euros 2750 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3720 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1860 GBP
Australian Dollars 4420 AUD
South African Rand 26600 ZAR
South Korean Won 3446000 KRW
Indian Rupees 149400 INR

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 78-106 kg (172-234 lbs)
wing weight 6.1 kg (13.5 lbs)
wing area (flat) 28.5 m² (307 ft²)
wing area (projected) 24.4 m² (263 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.6 m (38 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.3 m (31 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 7.7:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 47 kph (29 mph, 25 knts)

Some DHV Test Results

inflation evenly, immediately
rising behaviour immediately comes over pilot
take off handling easy
roll damping high
control travel high
agility average
front collapse opening behaviour spontaneous, delayed
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 the Advance Alpha 4 was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

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