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Cabecera Swing Arcus 7



Foolproof take off
This glider has school-like inflation and launch behavior; it rises easily and you hardly have to do anything, it only wants you to keep some pressure when the canopy is over the head in order to sit there. The lift feels strong, more than what one expects from a beginner’s wing: we are quickly airborne and, furthermore, flying in 'high performance' style.

Swing Arcus 7

Sense of performance
The Arcus 7 flows in the air in a coordinated and smooth manner; it rarely squirms, the air movements are perfectly absorbed. The glider keeps a noticeable pressure. So, as a pilot, you immediately feel comfortable and confident under it. When we find lift it is enough to use 10-15 cm of brake to stay up. The Arcus seems ‘floaty’ but even flying it slow it penetrates very well in the air, which is ideal for thermal flight: You can enter the thermals easily and start to turn steadily right away with no need for major corrections. At first, until we fine-tune the turn, the Arcus 7 asks for about 30 cm of the inside brake and some corrections on the outside, but as soon as we have centered the core it will just need about 15 cm, a little weight shifting and some pressure on the outer side to tighten the thermal as if it was your own private elevator.

Swing Arcus 7

High-end details
These flight characteristics do not come by chance; you just need to take one look at the glider to confirm that –apart from a more attractive visual design- it has slightly more aspect ratio (3.95) than the Arcus 6 (3.7), it has a more arched canopy, and wingtips are more swept back. In addition, the total line length was reduced by 40 meters and it is now optimized on three floors, with the upper lines unsheathed like more advanced gliders. It also features rigid rods on the leading edge, although the profiles are quite thick, and a very complex trailing edge: with mini-ribs and ring-reef system for a clean brake line.


Swing Arcus 7

The +: Very good turn for thermals, without mysteries
The -: We really did not find anything questionable

Swing Arcus 7


Swing Arcus 7
22
24
26
28
30
Take off weight (kg) total min./max.
60-80
70-90
80-105
90-115
105-130
Cells
44
Wing Area m2
25,5
27,25
29
39,75
32,5
Wing area projected
22,1
23,6
25,1
26,7
28,2
Wing span (m)
11,51
11,9
12,28
12,64
13
Projected wing span (m)
9,31
9,62
9,93
10,22
10,52
Aspect ratio
5,2
Projected aspect ratio
3,95
Canopy weight (kg)
5,75
6,05
6,3
6,55
6,75
Min. sink rate (m/s)
1,05
Max speed (km/h)
+50 Km/h
LTF/EN certification not accelerated
A
A
A
A
A
LTF/EN certification 100% accelerated
B
B
B
B
B

Color range Swing Arcus 7 Swing Arcus 7

After testing several gliders of the Arcus series, we have always appreciated their high commitment to security, in all cases with smooth and docile handling proper for an out-of-school wing.
This time, Swing has provided the seventh edition of the Arcus with a very progressive control as well as very good sensations for thermal flying in line with high performance, all of this topped by a high level of construction that incorporates details from competition gliders.


Swing Arcus 7
Swing Arcus 7

Maximum safety

This glider is accessible for new pilots coming out of school. It is certified EN A in normal flight and EN B if the speedbar is used, which means that if you fly it with the speedbar pushed all the time, even when turning in turbulent thermals, the Arcus 7 will still remain an easy intermediate wing and practically any incidence should work out without pilot input. In actual flight it feels pleasantly compact, very solid in turbulence and very resistant to collapses, it seems as if the profiles were made of wood... The Arcus 7 makes you feel that the day is good and that thermals are tightly-knit when sometimes it is not so, at least for pilots on other more advanced paragliders.

Swing Arcus 7

Conclusion
As safe and solid as always, the 7th Arcus (EN A and EN B accelerated) is perfectly suitable as first glider but also, thanks to a sophisticated design and great construction details, it offers remarkable sink rate and glide performance. This, along with spectacularly progressive handling and turning, make this glider a very interesting option for learning to thermal and introducing into cross country adventures. The Arcus 7 could as well satisfy a 90% of the pilots; undoubtedly the best Arcus of all-time!

Swing Arcus 7


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

 

+ Info: Swing.de

Published: May 14th, 2013

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