Independence Merlin Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Independence Merlin.

An Independence Merlin paraglider in flight.
Photo shown here with permission from Independence.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 1
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 Oct 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 prices in Euros!
Euros 2500 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3100 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1700 GBP
Australian Dollars 4200 AUD
South African Rand 24300 ZAR
South Korean Won 3007000 KRW
Indian Rupees 143300 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 75-100 kg (166-221 lbs)
wing weight 5.6 kg (12.4 lbs)
wing area (flat) 28.1 m² (302 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.8 m² (256 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.8 m (39 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.8 m (32 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.9
aspect ratio (projected) 4.0
min sink 1.2 m/s (236 fpm, 4.3 kph, 2.3 knts)
best glide ratio 7.7:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 36 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max 45 kph (28 mph, 24 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 spontaneous
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 this Independence paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Independence Merlin. 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.

red, black design, white leading edge

pale yellow, black design, white leading edge

orange, black design, white leading edge

blue, black design, white leading edge


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