Sun Gliders Lava Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Sun Gliders Lava.

Sun Gliders Lava Paraglider
An interesting in-flight shot of a Lava paraglider. Besides showing the lower end of the lines in great detail, see the camera mount being dangled over the side!

Year of Manufacture 2013
Certification EN C
Size M

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Note: These international prices for the Sun Gliders Lava paraglider are only a guide. They are April 2013 currency conversions from the 2013 price in Euros.
Euros 2900 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3800 USD
British Pounds 2500 GBP
Australian Dollars 3600 AUD
South African Rand 33800 ZAR
Indian Rupees 207000 INR
South Korean Won 4280000 KRW

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 80-105 kg (177-232 lbs)
wing weight 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs)
wing area (flat) 27.4 m² (295 ft²)
wing area (projected) 24.6 m² (265 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.3 m (40.3 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.4 m (34.1 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.6
aspect ratio (projected) 4.4
min sink 0.9 m/s (177 fpm, 3.2 kph, 1.7 knts)
est. best glide ???:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 39 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 50 kph (31 mph, 27 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 0 to 30°
full stall - collapse? no
full stall - rocking back less than 45°
asymmetric collapse 50% - attitude max dive or roll 15 to 45°
asymmetric collapse 50% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric collapse 50% - total course change less than 360°
asymmetric collapse 75% - attitude max dive or roll 45 to 60°
asymmetric collapse 75% - re-inflation spontaneous
asymmetric 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 stable with straight span
B-line stall, after release - recovery spontaneous in less than 3 sec
B-line stall, after release - dive angle dive forward 30° to 60°
big ears - entry procedure dedicated controls
big ears - behavior stable flight
big ears - recovery with 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 less than 720°, spontaneous recovery
All the above were recorded when this Sun Gliders paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

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

name upper lower
Red/Yellow/Royal Blue
Royal Blue/White/Yellow
White/Yellow/Royal Blue


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