Airwave Sport 4 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Airwave Sport 4.

The Airwave Sport 4 paraglider in flight.
Doing a spot of ridge flying in a Sport 4 paraglider. Manufacturer's photo.

Year of Manufacture 2008
Certification EN B
Size M

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My Airwave Sport 4 
Before getting the Airwave Sport 4, my first 3 years of flying were on a SOL Ellus (M). It is a very good wing once you're in the air. However, our local …

Airwave Sport 4 - Best Wing Ever 
Prior to owning the Airwave Sport 4 I had flown a Sport 2 (L) for over three years and loved it for it's speed and benign behavior in turbulent bumpy conditions. …

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Note: These international prices for the Airwave Sport 4 paraglider are only a guide. They are February 2008 currency conversions from the 2008 price in Euros.
Euros 3400 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4980 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2530 GBP
Australian Dollars 5520 AUD
South African Rand 38200 ZAR
South Korean Won 4700000 KRW
Indian Rupees 197000 INR

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 80-105 kg (177-232 lbs)
wing weight 6.2 kg (13.7 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.7 m² (287 ft²)
wing area (projected) 22.8 m² (245 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.0 m (39 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.2 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.4
aspect ratio (projected) 4.6
min sink 1.0 m/s (197 fpm, 3.6 kph, 1.9 knts)
best glide ratio 8.6:1
speed min 23 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 37 kph (23 mph, 19 knts)
speed max 52 kph (32 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 less than 90° dive or 0 to 15° roll
assymetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 50% - course change less than 360°
assymetric collapse 75% - attitude less than 90° dive or 15 to 45° roll
assymetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 75% - 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 Airwave paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

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