Gradient Aspen 3 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Gradient Aspen 3.

A Gradient Aspen 3 paraglider in flight.
The Aspen 3 paraglider in flight. Perhaps it's a prototype, since the color doesn't match any of the published color schemes!

Year of Manufacture 2009
Certification EN C
Size 26

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Gradient Aspen 3 flown in Scotland 
Flew the Gradient Aspen 3 last week in initially light conditions. Amazingly manouverable, turns on a sixpence, easy to keep the turn flat, maintain smoothness …

Gradient Aspen 3 Review 
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Note: These international prices for the Gradient Aspen 3 paraglider are only a guide. They are June 2009 currency conversions from the 2009 price in Euros.
Euros 3550 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4900 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 3000 GBP
Australian Dollars 6200 AUD
South African Rand 40000 ZAR
Indian Rupees 234000 INR
South Korean Won 6180000 KRW

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 80-100 kg (177-221 lbs)
wing weight 5.2 kg (11.4 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.0 m² (280 ft²)
wing area (projected) 22.3 m² (240 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.4 m (41 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.1 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.9
aspect ratio (projected) 4.6
min sink 1.0 m/s (197 fpm, 3.6 kph, 1.9 knts)
best glide ratio 8.8:1
speed min 23 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 55 kph (34 mph, 30 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 30° to 60°
full stall - collapse? no
full stall - rocking back less than 45°
assymetric collapse 50% - attitude max dive or roll 0 to 15°
assymetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 50% - course change less than 360°
assymetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 45 to 60°
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 Standard technique
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 Gradient paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Gradient Aspen 3. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.
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