PI 3 – Light Versatility
For years the PI series has offered the best Hike & Fly package in terms of lightness in combination with a lot of performance and a definite fun factor. Originally conceived as a product to fulfill a specific demand, the PI series has become an established feature of our wing selection. The “Light Versatility” motto will carry even higher significance in this third generation: there are two additional 21 and 25 sizes for the PI 3, and it is even lighter and more compact.
Different demands depending on size
The 16 and 19 sizes are more directed towards extreme Hike & Fly and Climb & Fly adventures – they have been uncompromisingly optimised for minimum weight and volume. Nitinol wires at the leading edge and extremely light Dominico 10D cloth make minimalistic weight a reality. From the 21 size the focus is more on ease of use and durability, and here we employ well-tried Porcher Skytex 27gm cloth and use Nylon wires.
New unified risers
The PI 3 has only one riser version; the advantages of the previous versions have been combined. This riser is extremely light but also easy to manage. 21 to 27 sizes have split A-risers for easy big ears: the smaller 16 and 19 do not have this function so save weight. Like all ADVANCE risers, all sizes have the popular and useful Easy Connect system.
|Recommended takeoff weight||kg||50-90||50-75||65-85||75-95||85-105||97-115|
|Increased takeoff weight||kg||–||75-95||85-100||95-110||105-120||115-125|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5|
|Number of cells||38||38||38||38||38||38|
|Certification Recommended takeoff weight||EN-C||EN-B||EN-A||EN-A||EN-A||EN-A|
|Certification increased takeoff weight||–||EN-B||EN-B||EN-B||EN-B||EN-B|
Higher wing loadings mean more demanding flight characteristics and handling. Small wings are basically more agile and demanding to fly, even when they are flown at normal wing loadings. Loading recommendations for Beginner, Recreational pilot and Expert are given in the table. A new feature is the fact that the PI 3 19 remains EN/LTF B certified over its entire weight range.