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  • 29/01/13 (rev 2)

    APCO Aviation Setting Future Standards

    Factory: 7, Chalamish Street - Industrial Park - Caesarea 38900 ISRAEL www.apcoaviation.com

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    CONTENTS: 1 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY................................................................................5 2 CONSTRUCTION ................................................................................................5 3 MATERIALS.........................................................................................................5 4 HIT VALVES (High speed In-Take)......................................................................6 5 BUTT HOLES (Velcro closure on trailing edge tip) ..............................................6 6 TRIMMING...........................................................................................................7 7 HARNESS............................................................................................................7 8 SPREADERS .......................................................................................................7 9 RISERS................................................................................................................8 10 TRIMMERS ....................................................................................................10 11 EMERGENCY PARACHUTE ATTACHMENT ................................................11 12 INSPECTION..................................................................................................11

    12.1 GENERAL...................................................................................................11 12.2 BRAKE SETTING .......................................................................................11 12.3 FIRST CHECK AND PREFLIGHT INSPECTION........................................12 12.4 REGULAR INSPECTION CHECKS............................................................12 12.5 LINE MAINTENANCE.................................................................................12

    13 LAUNCHING ..................................................................................................13 13.1 LAYOUT......................................................................................................13 13.2 ALPINE LAUNCH OR FORWARD LAUNCH ..............................................13 13.3 STRONG WIND AND REVERSE LAUNCH................................................14 13.4 TOW OR WINCH LAUNCHING ..................................................................14

    14 FLIGHT TECHNIQUES ..................................................................................14 14.1 FLYING SPEED..........................................................................................14 14.2 THERMAL FLYING.....................................................................................15 14.3 ASYMMETRIC COLLAPSE ........................................................................15 14.4 CRAVAT .....................................................................................................15 14.5 FRONT STALL OR SYMMETRIC COLLAPSE ...........................................15 14.6 B-STALL .....................................................................................................15 14.7 BIG EARS ...................................................................................................16 14.8 DEEP STALL OR PARACHUTAL STALL ...................................................16

    14.8.1 Signs of parachutal stall .......................................................................16 14.8.2 Exit from parachutal stall......................................................................16

    14.9 SPIRAL DIVES ...........................................................................................17 14.10 STRONG TURBULENCE........................................................................17 14.11 STEERING NOT FUNCTIONING............................................................17

    15 LANDING........................................................................................................18 15.1 TREE LANDING..........................................................................................18 15.2 WATER LANDING ......................................................................................18 15.3 LANDING IN TURBULENCE ......................................................................18

    16 PACKING .......................................................................................................18 17 MAINTENANCE & CLEANING.......................................................................19 18 STORAGE ......................................................................................................19 19 DAMAGE........................................................................................................19 20 GENERAL ADVICE ........................................................................................19 21 PLAY42 SKETCHES AND CERTIFICATION .................................................20

    21.1 SKETCHES.................................................................................................20 21.2 CERTIFICATION.........................................................................................22

    22 PLAY42 MK II SKETCHES.............................................................................23 ...................................................................................................................................

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    !!! WARNING

    This is not a training manual. Attempting to fly this or any other paraglider without proper instruction from a qualified professional instructor is extremely

    dangerous to yourself and bystanders.

    Apco Aviation's gliders are carefully manufactured and inspected at the factory. Please use the glider only as described in this manual. Do not make any changes to

    the glider. AS WITH ANY SPORT - WITHOUT TAKING THE APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS, PARAGLIDING CAN BE DANGEROUS.

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    GGLLIIDDEERR TTEECCHHNNIICCAALL DDAATTAA

    SIZE 42 Cells 46 Area m2 42 Area (projected) m2 35.4 Span (incl. Stabiliser) m 14.6 Span (projected) m 12.1 Aspect Ratio 5.1 Aspect Ratio (projected) 4.1 Pilot and Passenger Weight Kg 140 240 / 340 UL Weight of Canopy Kg 8.4 Root Cord m 3.47 Tip Cord m 0.66 Total length of line used m 496

    LINES Material Diameter / UL Strength / UL

    Top Floor Superaramide 1,2 mm / 1,5 mm 110 kg / 150 kg Middle Floor Superaramide 1.8 mm 230 kg Lower Floor Superaramide 2,3 mm 280 kg Lower A,B (UL) Superaramide 2,5 mm 450 kg Lower C,D,St (UL) Superaramide 1,9 mm 320 kg Brake Cascades:

    Uppper Dyneema 1,1mm 95kg Lower Polyester 2.0mm 85kg

    FABRIC Sail Cloth 46gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon

    Rib Reinforcement 180gr/m2 Mylar (Trilam) Warranty 3 Years / 250 hours

    GGLLIIDDEERR PPEERRFFOORRMMAANNCCEE DDAATTAA

    V-min @ optimum wing load 23 km/h V-trim @ optimum wing load 38 km/h V-max @ optimum wing load 45 km/h

    Min Sink @ optimum wing load 1.1 m/s GGLLIIDDEERR CCEERRTTIIFFIICCAATTIIOONN DDAATTAA

    PLAY 42 (42) BIPLACE

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    1 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY Taking into consideration the inherent risk in paragliding, it must be expressly understood that the manufacturer and seller do not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses and direct or indirect damage following the use or misuse of this product. APCO Aviation Ltd. is engaged in the manufacture and sale of hang gliding, paragliding, motorized para/hang gliding and emergency parachute equipment. This equipment should be used under proper conditions and after proper instruction from a qualified instructor. APCO Aviation Ltd. has no control over the use of this equipment and a person using this equipment assumes all risks of damage or injury. APCO Aviation Ltd. disclaims any liability or responsibility for injuries or damages resulting from the use of this equipment. The glider is designed to perform in the frame of the required class as certified by AFNOR / CEN

    2 CONSTRUCTION The glider is constructed with a top and bottom surface, connected by ribs. One top and bottom panel, together with the connecting ribs is called a cell. Each cell has an opening on the lower front part. The cells fill with air forcing the panels to take the shape dictated by the airfoil (rib) section. On either side the wing ends in a stabilizer or wing tip, which provides straight-line (Yaw) stability and produces some outward force to keep span-wise tension. The front part of the ribs is made from Trialm Mylar to keep the leading edge shaped at high speeds and in turbulent air. It also improves the launch characteristics of the glider. The line hook-up points are made of Dyneema or Nylon tape.

    3 MATERIALS 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 lines are made of superaramide covered with a polyester sheath for protection against UV, wear and abrasion. The bottom section of the brake lines is made of polyester because of its better mechanical properties. The carabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.

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    4 HIT VALVES (High speed In-Take)

    The Play 42 is equipped with an Active HIT Valve system (patent pending) to improve the overall performance and safety of the wing especially during accelerated flight. The valve system allo