Apco Karma Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Apco Karma.

An Apco Karma paraglider in flight.
A nice photo of the Apco Karma paraglider, from the manufacturer. This one doesn't seem to have the factory standard colored leading edge on the lower surface. Apco gives the buyer the option to have different colors, for an extra fee. Photo used with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2006
Certification DHV 1
Size M

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Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being December 2006 currency conversions from the 2006 price in Euros.
Euros 2700 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3580 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1830 GBP
Australian Dollars 4560 AUD
South African Rand 25100 ZAR
South Korean Won 3310000 KRW
Indian Rupees 160000 INR

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 80-110 kg (177-243 lbs)
wing weight 6.3 kg (13.9 lbs)
wing area (flat) 28.6 m² (308 ft²)
wing area (projected) 25.6 m² (275 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.1 m (40 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.9 m (32 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.1
aspect ratio (projected) 3.8
min sink 1.1 m/s (216 fpm, 4.0 kph, 2.1 knts)
best glide ratio 7.7:1
speed min 20 kph (12 mph, 11 knts)
speed trim 36 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max 45 kph (28 mph, 24 knts)

Some DHV 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 slight
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 Apco paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the upper and lower surfaces of the Apco Karma canopy. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.
name upper lower
Royal Blue


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