July 2018

Newsletter- July 2018

I’m pleased to report that Grif Italia Srl have come up with a couple of new wing designs for the 2018 summer season; the new Zip wing and the HX series of high-speed touring nanolight wings.

The Zip should prove to be of particular interest to Snake pilots who wish to operate within the sub-70kg category of licence-free flying. The Zip carries just enough double-surface to enclose the cross-tubes, so offering improved efficiency over the HS14 wing it is designed to replace. It uses the same basic frame as the 3DC, but omits the four under-surface battens allowing even quicker rigging times.

It sits somewhere between the 3DC and Aeros Fox wings in terms of performance, weight and price. The Zip weighs approximately 28kg and still retains a massive 190kg MTOW (tested at +6G)!
UK retail price is £4,488 (inc VAT), with lead times around 3-8 weeks.

The HX11 and HX12 wings utilize much higher wing-loadings to achieve hands-off trim speeds of up to 60mph, and are aimed at competition and touring pilots. This extra energy takes the combination outside of the stall speed limit for sub-70 operation, and so will require an appropriate licence to operate. Please contact me if you would like more details.


After working closely with Avian over the past few months I’m happy to say that I have recently completed the initial testflight of a Rio2 on the Snake trike. With a detachable hang-bracket (compatible with existing Rio and Fly wings) this wing can now be free-flown in supine configuration or used on the Snake nanolight. The conversion only takes a matter of minutes, and the handling and performance of the wing is little affected by the addition of the trike.

The Rio (I flew the 15m² version) is a docile beginner/intermediate wing, and probably has the lowest sink rate of all the wings available for the Snake. Optional extras include laminate sail options and Variable Geometry to allow in-flight adjustment of the sail tension. Due to the slower stall speed the Rio also has a truly spectacularly short take-off and landing roll!

The Fly single-surface wing uses the same basic frame, and so can be upgraded to a Rio cost-effectively. Prices for the Fly start at £3,940, with the Rio from £4,667 (inc VAT), complete with the hang-bracket for trike use.

All of these wing options are now on the website at http://www.airplayaircraft.co.uk/snake/wing-options/ and the price list has been updated accordingly.


Finally, I will be exhibiting the Snake at the Paramotor club summer fly-in this weekend, as well as Parafest at the end of the month. I hope to see you there!

Kind Regards,
Dave Broom.


Phone: +44(0)7773 253454
Web: www.airplayaircraft.co.uk