Airwave Sport 3 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Airwave Sport 3.

Canopy of the Airwave Sport 3 paraglider.
A striking air-to-air shot of an Airwave Sport 3 paraglider canopy. Used with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 1-2
Size Designation M

Ever Flown This Wing?

If so, feel free to share anything you like about the experience here. What were your first impressions?

Please state your experience level, just to put your comments in perspective.

For example, you might be a low-time pilot flying a new wing for the first time and loving it!


Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Sep 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 3200 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4100 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2200 GBP
Australian Dollars 5400 AUD
South African Rand 31400 ZAR
South Korean Won 3870000 KRW
Indian Rupees 188300 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 80-100 kg (177-221 lbs)
wing weight 6.3 kg (13.9 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.7 m² (287 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.5 m² (253 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.7 m (38 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.2 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.1
aspect ratio (projected) 4.4
min sink 1.1 m/s (216 fpm, 4.0 kph, 2.1 knts)
best glide ratio 8.6:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 37 kph (23 mph, 20 knts)
speed max 52 kph (32 mph, 28 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel high
agility average
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit turn continues through < 180 degrees
landing behavior easy
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
All the above were recorded when the paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Sport 3. I hope this approach is useful for getting a good idea of the colors when quickly comparing wings. Most paragliders have a basic wing color plus something different adorning the leading edge.

'Sunset' - red leading edge, white, yellow trailing edge

'Slide' - blue leading edge, white, red trailing edge

'Time' - red leading edge, white, gray trailing edge

'Ice' - light blue leading edge, white, blue trailing edge


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