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Apco F1

Apco F1
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Product Code: F1-APCO-18
Brand: Apco Aviation
RRP: £2,936.19
Our Price: £2,862.78
14KIT - Tip Steering Extensions (High Hang Point)
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Glider Bag
Wonder Bar
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apco F1 logo the fast one

The Fast One :: F1 – the pinnacle of achievement in technology, performance and feel. A precision tool that in the right hands will produce incomparable results. Apco's objectives were to produce the best performing high end cross country wing on the market. Safety was the first priority which framed all other parameters and we are extremely proud of the final result.

The F1 is in a class of its own! A cross country wing, intended for classic competitions – a fast, efficient flying machine, but yet as agile as a slalom wing when you want to play. Combining high aspect ratio with a full reflex profile results in performance and efficiency which are packaged into a very user friendly, coherent product that will take any experienced pilot to the next level!

Incorporated into the F1 is Apco's Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR) feature, morphing direction from center to tip, it aligns the ribs with the natural direction of the flow, increasing both performance and stability throughout the speed range. The roll stability of the F1 is especially impressive, allowing for agile, precise handling.

The canopy incorporates 2 functional “3D cuts” for the best possible leading edge shape definition.
The canopy sail tension has been optimized to be a homogeneous unit, solid and reassuring in flight.

The riser / speed system / trim system was re-designed to incorporate all of Apco’s groundbreaking technologies, and has a greater usable range than any wing we have built before. The extensive speed range means you can launch and land at reasonable speeds, but can accelerate (speeds of up to 80 [km/hour]) with comfort during competition, or on the perfect long distance XC flight you’ve been dreaming about – but, be warned, unless your mates are on the F1 too, you will be flying alone!

With the trimmers closed, the F1 will thermal well, and has exceptional glide ratio (for a full reflex profile wing), so if you like to mix it up on a good day, idle or cut the motor and crank it up to cloudbase with ease.

Open the trimmers and enjoy a significant speed increase of approx. 15 [km/h] (without the use of the speed bar).
Choose the speed bar and the OAA system will allow you to accelerate to the maximum in one swift motion!

Construction – weight was saved wherever possible, bringing the weight down to as low as 4 [kg] while retaining APCO’s legendary durability. The low canopy mass, allowing surprisingly easy inflation, especially in nil wind take-offs.

Positioned as the top performing wing in Apco's range, it will satisfy any experienced pilot who can settle for nothing but the best!

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apco f1 colours

Custom Color

Apco Gliders can also be ordered with custom colors to suit your needs, be it a personal preference or for advertising purposes.

The technical limitation of custom color wings is that they must retain the the design/ color segments of the original wing model. If on the intended wing there is a part which is for example Black, the entire part can be replaced to any other available color, but it can not be changed to more then one color. Each color section can change to different color or to same color to create a uniform color scheme. This means that even if your request is an all white glider the panels of the glider will still be composed from different sections that were originally intended to create the color design of the wing. From the Air the wing will be a perfect single color!

If you are interested in ordering a custom glider, please contact us

F1 / Size 18 20 22
Code 22818 22820 22822
Cells 64 64 64
Area [m2] 18 20 22.0
Area (projected) [m2] 15.26 16.95 18.65
Span(incl. Stabiliser) [m] 10.90 11.49 12.05
Span (projected) [m] 8.64 9.10 9.55
Aspect Ratio 6.6 6.6 6.6
Aspect Ratio (projected) 4.6 4.6 4.6
Weight Range (all up) Paramotor [kg] 70-100 70-120 70-140
Weight Range (all up) ParaTrike [kg] 70-120 70-140 70-165
Canopy Weight [kg] 3.9* 4.2* 4.6
Root Cord m 1.92 2.02 2.21
Tip Chord [m] 0.12 0.13 0.14
Length of Lines on B [m] 6.59 6.95 7.29
Total Length of Lines [m] 334 352 370

*Approximate Weight

V-min [km/h] at optimal wing loading27
V-trim (closed) [km/h] 38 - 42
V-trim (neutral) [km/h] 45 - 49
V-trim (open) [km/h] 55 - 59
V-max [km/h] at optimal wing loading 80
Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading 1.2 m/sec
Min Sink [m/s] at optimal wing loading 1.2 m/sec

All Data measured at sea level, using a combination of GPS and Speed Probe, averaged over several runs

APCO is traditionally known for using materials and building techniques which offer double and triple lifespan over the expected. The glider is made from tear resistant Ripstop Nylon cloth, which is P.U. coated to zero porosity and then siliconized to give the fabric high resistance to the elements. Different cloth is used for the top, bottom and ribs due to their different functions.

The F1 wing uses the same long lasting cloth as on previous APCO wings. This is to guarantee its integrity for entire expanded lifespan of the wing. Nevertheless we significantly reduced the weight of the wing thanks to advanced solutions applied, without compromising on any of APCO’s legendary durability.

The top surface utilizes our double siliconized cloth  – top front is critical area in terms of porosity as this is where most of the lift is generated.

The bottom surface has been upgraded to a lightweight 27 gr. material with an advanced ripstop arrangement which saves additional weight.

The ribs are separated into supported and unsupported ribs, with lightweight material on unsupported ribs for additional weight saving.

The lines are a mix of different materials in different positions, to optimize to the fullest the diameter/strength according to the required load.
The top lines are our life-time warranted embedded hook in points made from Dyneema fiber.
Middle floor is unsheathed Vectran for reducing drag.
Bottom floor is made of unsheathed lines for further reduction in drag. Material used is Kevlar for its stability and resistance to elastic changes in length.
The bottom section of the brake lines is made of Polyester because of its better mechanical properties. The Karabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.

Material Weave Diameter [mm] Strength [kg]
Top Dyneema Unsheathed 1.0 90
Mid (a1:b1:c1:d1) Vectran Unsheathed 1.0 153
Mid (**Brake;a3,5;b3,5;c;d) Vectran Unsheathed 0.9 115
Bottom (A3,5;B3,5) Super Aramid Unsheathed 1.4 254
Bottom (A1;B1) Super Aramid Unsheathed 1.6 325
Bottom (C; D; St) Superaramide Unsheathed 1.0 137
Brake Cascades; St top Vectran Unsheathed 0.6 50
Steering Line Polyester Sheathed 2.0 90
Sail Cloth: Top 42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Sail Cloth: Bottom 27 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Rib Reinforcement FLEXON® batten system
Warranty 3 years / 250 Hours

In the box

Warranty, stickers, and repair kit

Glider Backpack or light clinch bag
Glider stuff bag
Closing belt
Riser sock
Wind sock

Optional extras

Concertina Bag

Wonder Bar

Price reduced with Wing Purchase

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