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UP Trango XC

Source: UP Paragliders
9/23/09

After a decade of class-defining performance, the Trango family is ready for the next incarnation – and this time we’ve got something very special in store for you! Made to take the word ‘performance’ to the next level, this is THE wing for XC and Serial Class competition hounds.
UP Trango XC – the best performing certified wing, this thoroughbred 3-line race machine makes fast flying easy, and has the feel and the handling to help the pilot centre lift fast every time. We call it SENSATIONAL BALANCE

A true 3-liner is a wing that has only A, B and C line attachments on the canopy - just like the UP Edge, just like the new Trango XC. The advantages are obvious, with lines meaning drag, and less drag equalling more performance. On the new Trango XC the 3-line concept has been enhanced with the second generation of the UP Pitch trimmers, where the entire airfoil is changed when the trimmers are applied, so that although the wing is slowed down in climbing mode its near-perfect stalling characteristics don't change at all! The brake travel even remains the same!

Highlights of the UP Trango XC

  • True 3-liner - less drag, more performance, more fun
  • New risers designed in conjunction with the comp prototype risers - efficient and easy speed increase at at your feet
  • 2nd generation Pitch Trimmers - slow down the airfoil in lift without compromising slow flight feel. Also handy for tight landings
  • New wingtips - better handling, gentle stall characteristics and reduced induced drag
  • New canopy camber - tips are higher in relation to canopy center compared to recent UP wings. This makes for higher projected aspect ratio, and has allowed us to go reduce the flat area of the wing for the same weight ranges
  • Rounded cell openings - improves the inflation and strengthens the leading edge for increased tuck resistance
  • Full race line concept - all lines made from unsheathed Aramide
  • 2nd generation Airfoil Stabilising System in the leading edge. Straight from the competition prototypes, this UP innovation keeps the leading edge shape with NO MYLAR inserts, and allows pilots the performance and stability of comparable Mylar leading edges without the hassle of accordion folding, and with no risk of cravattes
  • Partial Brakeline Tensioning System - the UP BTS is employed for most of the trailing edge, in the middle the brake lines are moved forward from the trailing edge to improve canopy definition and control
  • SpaceFrame Concept - no rigid or semi-rigid Mylar inserts in the canopy design, all shapes are maintained with carefully calculated pull only, just like in a Space Frame

 

This all translates to a new performance wing like no other. It launches better than most school wings, it handles like a hot knife in butter, it has a high top speed of 57km/h and it remains very stable all the way up there. Add to this the directional stability at speed and the very docile behavior when the going gets rough, and you have the perfect tool for going far, fast.

We expect to begin delivery of the M size in December 2009, with the other sizes to follow shortly thereafter.

Trango XC Tecnical specs

Size
S
S/M
M
L
Flat Area
23.17
25.52
27.60
29.97
Projected Area
19.67
21.66
23.59
24.44
Flat Span
12.13
12.74
13.29
13.80
Projected Span
9.62
10.10
10.54
10.94
Flat AR
6.4
6.4
6.4
6.4
Projected AR
4.71
4.71
4.71
4.71
Chambers
72
72
72
72
Load-bearing ribs
26
26
26
26
Total line length incl. brakes
293
307
321
333
Number of lines incl. brakes
168
168
168
168
Line dimensions
0.8/0.9/1.1
0.8/0.9/1.1
0.8/0.9/1.1
0.8/0.9/1.1
LTF Category
2/3
2/3
2/3
2/3
EN Category
D
D
D
D
Vtrim/Vmax
39/57
39/57
39/57
39/57
Start weight min/max
65/80
77/93
90/107
104/122

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