Paraglider Review: 2010 Pegas Power X 20
Flown 2010-Nov-15 , Reviewed 2010-Dec-4 | Ratings: 1 is bad, 10 is
| About the Testing
Flying Small Wings.
The Power X is Pegas' targeted entry into
motoring wings, specifically the realm of small, fun wings. Like many in
this class, they're intended for experienced pilots. At 19.5 m� flat
(16.9 m� projected) it's a hotrod even for my 150 pounds. I flew on a
Blackhawk 172 weighing about 75 pounds so I my wing loading was quite
high. Weight was 237 pounds (150 + 75 + 12 for wing) so the wing loading
was pretty high at 14 pounds per m�.
Handling (7): The handling is quite
conventional with sportiness derived mostly from being heavily loaded.
Inflation (7): Each time I flew it
there was enough wind for a pretty easy reverse and it came up crisply.
Even in calm wind it should be straightforward and small-wing easy.
Efficiency (-): Without a sink rate
test it's hard to say but it felt like it would be as good as any modern
EN-B or DHV 1-2 wing.
Speed (-): Too cold for testing speed!
Sorry. But I was flying circles around everyone at the field as you would
expect given the high wing loading.
Construction (-): It's well built with
one unique feature that I didn't even notice right away. The leading edge
has a Mylar line running spanwise along it. I'm not sure if the wing is
made for acro but this sure would help avoid the wing coming apart in
flight. And I've watched that happen on another (probably well-worn)
glider after a a maneuver went bad. His lines went slack and, when it
reloaded with a bang, the glider split in two. That's not likely with this
Certification & Safety (-): It's not
certified and I'm not ballsy enough to do collapse tests on small gliders
but it's handling was straightforward, even a bit subdued for a wing this
small. Although I still wouldn't recommend a beginner go this heavily
loaded it would be a good first step in that direction.
Overall (-): This would be a good wing
for someone wanting to explore smaller wings, and the handling and speed
that goes with them. It's still gonna be faster on takeoff and landing,
and be less forgiving of errors, so I'd recommend them only to someone
with experience enough to safely handle flying small wings.
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