The time has come to make our tandem wing, the popular FUN 42 MKIII into an even better, safer, more responsive and much more fun to fly.
Over the last years of service, we collected enough feedback on FUN 42 MKII to have a clear idea what should be improved to perfect our well liked tandem into a true best seller and champion of the skies.
The aim for this project was to update the launch and ground handling with significantly reduced brake pressure. Combined with highly refined, more precise, direct and immediate handling, while maintaining same or better performance than FUN 42 MKII.
(Fun 42 is one of the best glide ratio tandem gliders around)
Judging by feedback, we have fully succeeded in achieving the goals of the project . The glider was thoroughly tested by professional tandem pilots and recieved thumbs up!!
Main Performance improvements:
- Wider speed range with slower minimum speed
- Lighter brake pressure
- Better climb and soaring capacity
- Improved flare when landing
- More efficient thermalling - better climb
Longevity of tandem wing is one of the main parameters considered by tandem pilots.
Revised, careful blend of cloth and materials will guarantee many more hours of service for this new 3rd generation of FUN 42.
We at APCO believe that on Fun 42 MK III commercial pilots will be able to put in up to double the amount of hours before trashing, compared to market standard - making each hour of flight significantly less costly
(APCO wings are known for their sturdy, durable construction and this wing will continue the legacy)
Fun 42 MK III is equally great for both free flying and for paramotor tandem flying
It especially excels when flying under power with a small, weak engine due to the outstanding performance of the wing and is the #1 choice for many light tandem trike pilots.
Fun 42 MK III is fully certified in EN-B Class
APCO also performed thorough in-house intensive test flight sequence to verify that the wing is in-line with expectations on every parameter.
- Flexon® battens system for ultimate durability - pioneered by APCO more »
- HIT valve® equipped on L/E for rock solid stability find out more »
- Embedded top floor minimal drag ® Dyneema line with lifetime warranty (never needs replacing and adds a half point to L/D)
- Diagonal rib structure
- Split A riser with B stall power booster and trim tabs
- All metal parts Stainless Steel or Aluminium
- Advanced shape planform
- Heavy duty Technora lines
- Double coated siliconised cloth, covered by 3 Year / 250 Hour warranty
- Brake handle with neodynium magnets and anti-twist swivel
- Butt hole for easy cleaning
- Crown shape tip reinforcement
- Distinctive color designs
- Improved, more responsive handling
- Lighter, upgraded brake pressure
- Reduced wing weight
- Wider speed range (riser with large certified trim tab range)
- Perfect launch with closed and open trims in any wind condition
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|Area (projected) [m2]||37.1|
|Span [m] (incl. Stabiliser)||15.1|
|Span (projected) [m]||12.55|
|Aspect Ratio (projected)||4.2|
|Take off Weight (all up) [kg]||140-230|
|Canopy Weight [kg]||8.7|
|Root Chord [m]||3.38|
|Tip Chord [m]||0.67|
|Length of Lines on B [m]||9.4|
|Total Length of Lines [m]||465|
FUN 42 MKII successfully completed certification test flight for EN B Tandem rating with closed and open trimmers.
Flight test report - Trimmers closed, Click here
Flight test report - Trimmers opened, Click here
FUN 42 MKIII is certified EN B Tandem Class.
|FUN FOR TWO (42) MKIII||EN. B, additional DGAC|
|V-min @ optimum wing load||23 km/h|
|V-trim @ optimum wing load [km/h]||37-38 km/h|
|V-max @ optimum wing load[km/h]||47 km/h|
|Min Sink @ optimum wing load [m/s]||1.1 m/s|
FUN 42 is dressed in 4 distinctive color designs, following the latest trend in APCO.
The bottom surface produced from non-siliconised cloth to allow for advertising and logo application.
CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS
The wing uses the same cloth and lines with structure and design same as the Fun 42, so as to guarantee its integrity for entire expanded lifespan of the wing. Nevertheless we were able to reduce the weight of the wing by almost a half kilo thanks to advanced solutions applied. APCO is traditionally known for using materials and building techniques which offer double and triple lifespan over the expected (particularly important to professional tandem pilots)
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 superaramid covered with a polyester sheath for protection against UV, wear and abrasion. The bottom section of the brake lines is made of Dyneema because of its better mechanical properties. The Carabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.
|Sail Cloth||42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon|
|Rib Reinforcement||FLEXON® batten system|
|Warranty||3 years / 250 Hours|
|Material||Diameter [mm]||Strength [kg]|
|Top Floor||Dyneema||1.0mm||90kg x 2|
|Middle A1,3, B1,3||Superaramide||1.8||230|
|Middle A5, B5, C, D, St||Superaramide||1.5||150|
OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES
The Paragliding Bag can be replaced with Light Clinch bag for all wings on demand.