Paraglider review: Swing Discus. By Ojovolador.com
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Cabecera Swing Discus


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New design
The Discus is a completely new design and this is why it introduces a new name in the Swing range of gliders.  With aspect ratio of 5.2 and 3 risers, it has more square and thicker wingtips than its big brothers -which tips are sharper and lighter. The construction of the Discus includes rods forming mini-ribs on the trailing edge, internal diagonal ribs, and the house’s three-dimensional cutting ('3D shaping') of the leading edge. The lines have three different diameters, made of dyneema and aramid, and the sail fabric is nylon polyurethane. The L size we tested weights 5.8 kg.

Swing Discus

Inflating
In nil wind the Discus raises like a sigh, all in block. If there is more wind we must be careful as the cell openings are large, so they will catch air easily and the wing will want to take off.  We must be ready before opening the glider on the ground. If we want to go out in strong winds the best will be to have the wing in a rosette and gently pull the risers: the glider will quickly take shape and fly -as in the video above. Perhaps a rookie will not consider (neither should he) going out to fly in strong wind, but a more advanced pilot with cross country ambitions might.
Ground handling is comfortable; the Discus does not move brusquely and even in strong wind it handles well, offering a good compromise between the necessary stability for a beginner to stay out of trouble and enough maneuverability and control to make it a fun glider.

Photo: Swing
Swing DiscusSwing Discus

In the air
We soon noticed the EN A nature of the Discus. As soon as you take off, the glider conveys a great feeling of internal pressure that, honestly, it makes you feel comfortable and safe. It glides with hardly any pitch move, and everything with outstanding performance. The Discus floats and advances in face wind much more than we are used to with this class of gliders.

Swing Discus

Class A Security
Let’s recall that an approved EN A glider is designed to solve any incidence by itself, be it a front or asymmetric collapse, deep stall, etc.; the pilot will just have to raise his hands and the glider will quickly recover normal flight. In the Discus case, it is also very resistant to collapses. Turbulence that in other wings would translate in deflations, in the Discus turn into movements of the glider in a block. It sometimes changes the direction about 50° in one sense or the other; other times it's like jumping down a step in which all lines slacken, but there remains your Discus in one piece above your head like saying "come on, don't worry; just enjoy the flight!"
I induced a couple of asymmetric collapses and also pulled big ears, in both cases the glider reopened just as I released the risers...
The only safety characteristic to be considered by less experienced pilots or those just finishing their training course is that this paraglider flies a lot, more than any usual school paraglider, and therefore they will have to make a good landing approach, especially if the chosen landing field is small or has obstacles such as power lines or cables, water courses, etc.

Swing Discus
Progressive inflation, easy to control and not violent

Conclusion
Our amazing test flight made it clear for us: It is hard to find the limits of a paraglider like this. The Discus is a wonderful glider to begin enjoying flying with maximum security and without significant limitations, ideal for ambitious beginners who know from the start that they want to give cross-country a try. It is also a perfect choice for veteran pilots who move well in the air but are not flying regularly and want to enjoy performance flying without compromises.

Swing Discus

The +: Superb security-performance ratio.
The -: Perhaps too much glide for a pure rookie.
Swing Discus technical data XS S M L XL

LTF Certification

A

A

A

A

A

EN Certification

A A A A A
Take off weight min/max incl. equipment (kg) 55-80 75-95 85-105 95-115 105-130

Cells

44 44 44 44 44

Wing area (m²)

24 26,5 29,8 32,0 33,5

Wing area projected (m²)

20,5 22,7 25,4 27,4 28,6

Wing span (m)

11,2 11,8 12,5 13,0 13,3

Projected wing span (m)

8,8 9,2 9,8 10,1 10,4

Aspect ratio

5,2 5,2 5,2 5,2 5,2

Projected aspect ratio

3,7 3,7 3,7 3,7 3,7

Glider weight (kg)

4,9 5,1 5,5 5,8 6,0

Max speed (km/h)

47 ±2 47 ±2 47 ±2 47 ±2 47 ±2

Trim speed (km/h)

38 ±1 38 ±1 38 ±1 38 ±1 38 ±1

The best distance flight I did this spring was with a "humble" out-of-school paraglider. Swing's slogan for their new EN A model, the Discus, is "For future experts" and after having flown 120km in the first flight this statement is quite clear to us.
120 kilometers in 4 hours of flight, with a wing whose greatest virtue is not the pure performance, but rather its docility and security. It is not only that the Discus flies well: It flies well and it is a pleasure to fly as well, so it is a paraglider that a beginner will not outgrow easily, while it is also appealing to a very wide range of pilots that mainly demand security, without leaving behind the performance required to enjoy thermal flying and the thrill of cross country.

Swing Discus
Photo: Swing

It is a glider that moves always in one block. For example during inflation, as soon as a part of the wing catches air it immediately sends pressure to the rest of it, showing a clear tendency to rise in one piece. The wingtips have pressure from the first moment and the glider has a natural inclination to stay above the pilot, without pitch or roll tendency.

Swing Discus
Photo: Swing

Turning
The control travel is somewhat long for an experienced pilot, but considering who it is aimed at it is a progressive travel, which clearly hardens towards the end – in any case, generally, with a wrap on the brake lines we will be able to access all the normal and thermal piloting. The Discus sets the rotation with a few kgs of pressure on the inner side. Once installed in the turn it requires virtually no correction: just a touch of pressure on the outer side to make you feel as if you were uncorking a bottle of good wine. The glider climbs well, keeps circling with no tendency to exit and, best of all, even in turbulent thermals it remains consistent.

Swing Discus

Performance
In general, performance is usually not the most important aspect to take into account by pilots that are just starting to paraglide, however, with the Discus we must highlight a glide ratio of over 8.5, and it also surprises how easy it climbs – which added to its "narrow" range of speed between 38 and +-48 km/h, can give a good margin for cross-country flying. In fact, in this flight we used the speedbar constantly and even at full bar the glide keeps good, among other things thanks to the glider’s thin lines and the pod harness I used. At maximum speed the Discus feels almost as solid as without it.

Swing Discus

Swing Discus

Color range

Colores Swing Discus

+Info: www.swing.de


*Review by Daniel Crespo
Daniel is a long time pilot and competitor both in Paragliding & Paramotor.

 

Posted: June 27h, 2014

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