SOL Ellus 3 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the SOL Ellus 3.

The SOL Ellus 3 paraglider canopy.
Perhaps the photographer used a filter, but the color of this Ellus 3 paraglider sure hits you in the eye!

Year of Manufacture 2009
Certification EN B / LTF 1-2
Size L

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Note: These international prices for the SOL Ellus 3 paraglider are only a guide. They are Nov 2009 currency conversions from the 2009 price in Euros.
Euros 2800 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4200 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2500 GBP
Australian Dollars 4500 AUD
South African Rand 31200 ZAR
Indian Rupees 193000 INR
South Korean Won 4830000 KRW

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 90-110 kg (199-243 lbs)
wing weight 7.0 kg (15.5 lbs)
wing area (flat) 30.3 m² (326 ft²)
wing area (projected) 25.0 m² (269 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.9 m (42 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.0 m (32 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.5
aspect ratio (projected) 4.0
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, 20 knts)
speed max 51 kph (32 mph, 28 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 15 to 45°
assymetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 50% - total course change less than 360°
assymetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 15 to 45°
assymetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
assymetric collapse 75% - total 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 30 to 60°
big ears - entry procedure Special device required
big ears - behavior stable flight
big ears - recovery Recovery through pilot action in less than a further 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 SOL paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the SOL Ellus 3. 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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