AirDesign SuSi2 Superlight

SuSi 2 Superlight Mini Wing


Hike & fly started with the beginning of our sport when paragliders were used as a way of descending after climbing a mountain. Recent glider developments and new light materials have revived this trend.

All kinds of motives have led to a vast range of gliders suitable for various activities and pilots: The extreme athlete who wants to hike up a mountain quickly but doesn’t want to walk back down again; the hobby pilot who wants to keep fit; the ‘soul-flyer’ who prefers to enjoy nature alone; or the XC pilot who plans bivouac trips covering long distances.

With AirDesign Superlight gliders, the same flying behaviour as our standard wings, along with a reduction in weight and small packing volume are matters of the utmost importance.

If you want to go on long trekking tours, you need additional space for equipment.

When travelling, for example by train or plane, low weight and small packing volume are a great advantage.

If a pilot doesn’t want to carry much weight in general, Superlight equipment is also the right choice.

  • All Superlight gliders are delivered with the AirPack Light, so the wing can be packed as small as possible. The packing volume of a Superlight glider is at least 30% smaller than of a standard glider.
  • AirDesign Superlight wings come with unsheathed lines as standard. As an option, they can be ordered with sheathed lines.
  • The reduction in glider weight is about 20-30% (depending on glider type). If you also use a light-weight backpack, harness, and rescue system, your total equipment has half the weight of standard equipment!

Design Aims

SuSi – Super Simple – is a small, simple glider; a so called ‘mini wing’ with maximum of performance and incredibly easy flying characteristics.

These characteristics make the SuSi2 the perfect tool for hike & fly. You have the glide performance for crossing valleys and can thermal with ease whilst still dealing with more difficult conditions and strong winds.

The most outstanding characteristics of the SuSi2 are surely the performance on glide, the wide speed-range, high stability, comfortable feedback in turbulence, easy take-off behaviour and the agile yet controllable handling. All these characteristics make thermalling and dynamic manoeuvres easy. Moreover, the SuSi2 is very small to pack and extremely light.

By implementing our Razor Edge technology, we were able to increase the glide-ratio by one full digit. SuSi2’s predecessor already proved its strength in various competitions such as the Red Bull Dolomitenmann and the Red Bull Elements. With the increased glide, the SuSi2 set’s a new standard in this glider category.

SuSi2 doesn’t only perform better; its flying behaviour is even more comfortable. Exhibiting no nervous pitching, which often occurs with mini-wings, the glider dampens turbulence significantly and flying becomes stress free. We call this the AirDesign Comfort-in-Flight. This makes the SuSi2 is attractive to a wide range of pilots.

Pilot Profile

The AirDesign SuSi2 is a multi-purpose mini-wing:

– For hike & fly pilots as an alternative to a standard paraglider wing. Due to it´s small size and light weight SuSi2 has a very small packing volume.  With its excellent glide performance, new terrain can be explored.

– Dynamic Free Flying – More and more pilots get into asymmetrics, barrel rolls etc. SuSi2 with its great agility and direct handling is a fun package.

– Strong-Wind Soaring – Thanks to the higher trim speed, SuSi pilots are still able to fly, while others have to remain on the ground.  Also in normal conditions, SuSi2 has great thermal abilities.

 

Size 20 is our ‘entry’ level SuSi2, suitable for newcomers to mini-wings and for heavy pilots.

We consider size 18 the standard size of SuSi2. It is perfectly suitable for most experienced pilots.

Size 16 is another 4 km/h faster. It exhibits more energy in turns and dynamic manoeuvres. It is suited for experts or very light pilots.

Size 14 is the extreme wing with very high speed and the shortest brake travel. We recommend it to expert pilots only.

 

To help choose the right size, the following table gives an overview of the speed ranges with different weight loadings. This might be helpful for choosing the right size.

SIZES 14 16 18 20
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) at 105kg Take-Off-Weight 51/66 48/62 45/59 42/55
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) at 85kg Take-Off-Weight 48/63 45/59 42/56 39/52
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) at 65kg Take-Off-Weight 45/58 42/55 40/53 37/50
LTF/EN CATEGORY EN-926-1 LTF/EN D LTF/EN D EN-926-1
TAKE-OFF-WEIGHT (kg) 60-120 60-85* 60-95* 60-120
* Loadtest up to 120kg Take-Off-Weight (8G)

Tips & Techniques

To maximise glide, take hold of the C-risers at around the height of the maillons and pull down gently (~3cm). The glider slows down slightly and the performance increases by half a digit.

The C-risers are also very helpful to control the wing on glide. Check out our video section (C-balls). SuSi2 does not have C-balls attached, but by using the risers it is possible to control as described in this video.

Design Details

  •    The airfoil of SuSi2 was developed especially for this type of wing together with technology developed for our 2-line race gliders.
  •    A new line-layout results in relatively neutral flying characteristics and reduction in total line consumption.
  •    3-line concept with split D at the upper C-lines.
  •    Nylon rods in the leading edge keep the profile in perfect shape and improve performance and launch characteristics.
  •    3D Cut: a technical sail cutting method used across the leading edge area. This produces an improved air flow and increased performance.
  •    Performance style reinforced 12mm risers, speed system, adjustable brake handles and dirt-holes at the wing tips complete the quality finish.
  • Razor Edge: A specially designed, precise trailing edge cutting technique which optimizes the profile and improves the glide substantially.

Designer´s Notes

Test flights have proven that SuSi2 has good pitch stability with easy handling for a wing of this type.

With only a little brake input, SuSi2 can be turned flat and has an astounding climb for its small size. With more brake input SuSi2 is super agile, super fun and can be turned like a speed glider. SuSi2 responds to brake input directly and quickly builds momentum to make dynamic wing-overs or hook-turns absolutely thrilling!

For a wing of this type, SuSi2 has a good glide with around 8 to 8.5, making it comparable with many extra small intermediate paragliders. SuSi2 cuts through turbulence without excessive reaction, absorbing the bumps with minimal pitch or roll. The handling, whilst still active, has been reduced to manageable levels making SuSi2 one of the most comfortable gliders of this type.

Safety Information and FAQ´s

Description:

SuSi2 can be described as a mini-wing, meaning it is a small paraglider with characteristics comparable to a paraglider rather than a speed wing. SuSi2 has an accelerator (speed bar) and no trimmers. It is suitable for thermic flights, mountain descents and soaring – a true multi-purpose paraglider.

SuSi2 is slightly faster than a standard paraglider to maximize agility and the fun flying experience. For better glide, pull down the C-risers. (see above tips & Techniques)

The SuSi range comes in various sizes from 14m² to 20m². Sizes 14 is load- and shock tested according to EN 926-1. Size 16 and 18 is also type-tested within LTF/EN-D and size 20 is type-tested LTF/EN-C.

Read more: Safety Information and FAQ´s

Colours

Standard colour for the SuSi SuperLight  is Lime.

The SuperLight edition can be customised with a different colour leading edge and design stripes.
The main top and bottom surface is offered in white.

Technical Details

SIZE 14 16 18 20
AREA FLAT (m²) 14 15.5 18 20
AREA PROJECTED (m²) 12.2 13.25 15.47 17.2
SPAN FLAT (m) 8.31 8.49 9.43 9.94
SPAN PROJECTED (m) 6.6 7.04 7.56 7.97
ASPECT RATIO FLAT 5 4,65 5 5
ASPECT RATIO PROJECTED 3.69 3.75 3.69 3.69
CELLS 34 34 34 34
TOTAL LINE LENGTH 186 201 216 231
TOTAL LINES 160 160 160 160
LINE DIAMETERS –  SUPERLIGHT 0.8/1.0/1.3
WEIGHT (kg) –  SUPERLIGHT 2.4 2.6 2.8 3
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) WITH 105kg TAKE-OFF WEIGHT 51/66 48/62 45/59 42/55
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) WITH 85kg TAKE-OFF WEIGHT 48/63 45/59 42/56 39/52
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) WITH 65kg TAKE-OFF WEIGHT 45/58 42/55 40/53 37/50
LTF/EN CATEGORY –  SUPERLIGHT EN-926-1 EN/LTF-D EN/LTF-D EN-926-1
TAKE-OFF WEIGHT (kg) – SUPERLIGHT 60-120 60-85* 60-95* 60-120
LTF/EN CATEGORY –  STANDARD VERSION EN-926-1 EN-926-1 EN/LTF-D EN/LTF-C
TAKE-OFF WEIGHT (kg) – STANDARD VERSION 60-120 60-120 60-95* 60-100*
MINI-WING CHARACTER extreme radical standard comfort
* load tested to 120kg total weight (8G)

 

Materials:

Sail:
Top sail design: Dominico 30DTop sail:  Porcher Skytex 27  classic IIBottom sail: Porcher Skytex 27  classic IIRibs: Porcher Skytex 27 RippmaterialRisers:   Cousin 12mm Technora
Lines:Top lines:Edelrid 8000/U-090Middle lines:Edelrid 8000/U-130Main lines: EDELRID 8000/U-230Mailons:  JOO TECH

 

Downloads

LTF – EN Test Report Owners Manual Brochure english/german
LTF-EN certificate Line Layout Susi2 Logo
Pictures Line Lengths Inspection / Service Instruction

What comes in the Box?

Glider
AirDesign AirPack light,
riser bag,
AirDesign glider bag (volume approx. 115 lites),
speed bar,
Folder including manual (USB-stick), repair kit and AirDesign stickers
surprise present

Pilot Impressions

We gave our SuSi to a bunch of mountain pilots. Here is what they had to say:

•    SuSi2 lifts off much earlier than its predecessor and in the air it is more damped pitch and roll wise.