Airwave - Gecko

GECKO - the new beginner glider from Airwave

Your early days in the sport are in many ways the most important. The experiences you go through now are the ones that will determine where you go with the sport, and what you get from it. You need stability, security and a wing that looks after you and makes learning easy. To help you through this formative period of your flying career we've created the Gecko, a straight forward, no nonsense, cost effective paraglider that is perfect for school use or your early days. The Gecko has passed the stringent CEN A (23A,1B) tests, the strictest level of certification currently in existence.

DESIGN NOTES

We know that one of the most important attributes of a wing of this level is the ease of launch - if you're finding it hard to get off the ground you'll get less time in the air, and soon get frustrated. With this in mind we've spent a long time working on building in exceptionally forgiving launch and ground handling characteristics into this wing; the Gecko climbs overhead with a very smooth motion and has no tendency to overshoot, no matter how hard and aggressive you are with it. Even if the glider comes up off to one side it's very easy to correct and continue with the launch. The most important attribute in a wing of this class has to be security and stability. By bringing the centre lines together and reducing the amount of roll we've made the Gecko feel incredibly secure, even to a novice. Internally we used an unusual box construction within the wing to give greater stability at the front of the wing. The A's and B's are closer together than normal so the profile is thicker and more stable than usual. This make the leading edge feel like a rigid box and makes the wing more stable and resistant to collapse. Even if you pull too hard on the A's during the launch the glider won't collapse, and if you hang on the B-lines the glider just carries on flying, it won't stall because of this feature.
Finally we increased the brake range, so the pilot can fly with their hands locked down without stalling, to make the Gecko almost bombproof.

TECHNICAL DATA

  Gecko 2 EN B /LTF 1

 

Size / Type

S

M

L

   

Linear scaling factor

0,95

1

1,05

 

 

Projected area (Sq m)

20,10

22,27

24,55

 

 

Flat area (Sq m)

23,58

26,12

28,80

 

 

Weight excl bag (kg)

4,4

4,8

5,2

 

 

Total line length (m)

390

416

441

 

 

Height (m)

7,10

7,44

7,80

 

 

Number of main lines

3/4/3

3/4/3

3/4/3

 

 

Cells

34

34

34

 

 

Flat aspect ratio

4,93

4,93

4,93

 

 

Root cord (m)

2,66

2,81

2,95

 

 

Weight range (kg (PTV))

60-85

80-105

100-125

 

 

Trim speed (Km/h)

35

35

35

 

 

Top speed (Km/h)

45

45

45

 

 

Min sink (m/sec)

1,0

1,0

1,0

 

 

Best glide

7,5

7,5

7,5

 

 

Certification

EN B/LTF 1

EN B/LTF 1

EN B/LTF 1

 

 

AVAILABLE COLORS

Core

Force

River

Choose your colours (Delivery time for Special colours 6-7 weeks !!)