Airwave Gecko 2 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Airwave Gecko 2.

Airwave Gecko 2 Paraglider
Good close-up shot of am inflated Gecko 2 paraglider canopy.

Year of Manufacture 2012
Certification EN A
Size M

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Note: These international prices for the Airwave Gecko 2 paraglider are only a guide. They are Dec 2012 currency conversions from the 2012 price in Euros.
Euros 2500 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3300 USD
British Pounds 2000 GBP
Australian Dollars 3200 AUD
South African Rand 28000 ZAR
Indian Rupees 181000 INR
South Korean Won 3520000 KRW

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 80-105 kg (177-232 lbs)
wing weight 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.1 m² (281 ft²)
wing area (projected) 22.3 m² (240 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.4 m (37.2 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.0 m (29.6 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 3.9
aspect ratio (projected) 3.6
min sink 1.0 m/s (197 fpm, 3.6 kph, 1.9 knts)
est. best glide ???:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 35 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max 45 kph (28 mph, 24 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 12 to 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°
asymmetric collapse 50% - attitude max dive or roll 0 to 15°
asymmetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric collapse 50% - total course change less than 360°
asymmetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 0 to 15°
asymmetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric 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 not available
B-line stall, before release - behavior not available
B-line stall, after release - recovery not available
B-line stall, after release - dive angle not available
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 less than 720°, spontaneous recovery
All the above were recorded when this Airwave paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Airwave Gecko 2. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.

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