As the passengers safety and comfort is a great issue for all of us, we wanted to make a glider which is easy to land with exceptional flair qualities. At the take-off, we wanted to avoid the usual rugby and football shouts when running after the inflation and the goal to make it a real experience for the passenger from the very beginning...
As the glider was a well behaved child from the very first prototype, we could spend half a year trimming and test flying the wing in many different conditions.
As far as the construction is concerned, it must be light and long lasting. Well, all the usual demands...
So, we used the usual motto we have: the METIS 3 has ALL the pieces it needs and ONLY the pieces it needs.It uses classical V structure, light Nylon rods structure the Mylar nose-reinforcements on the main ribs; they are removable and replaceable and are mainly meant to prevent the pilot from over-creasing the nose-section of the ribs while packing, retaining structure and form for many hours of use. Importantly, they do not run next to the top surface which has proven to be a wear point on hard working gliders.
The addition of Hypalon to the mylar within the nose, further ensures that the mylar retains its form.
Trimmers are fitted as a standard feature. It’s a well known fact that over many hours of use, trimmers can become worn and cease to function optimally. Our ingenious design allows for the wear pieces to be fully replaceable with a retro fit spare kit to keep your METIS 3 flying at optimal performance throughout, the often hard, lifespan of your METIS 3.
So, this is what we did and the way we thought about the glider. it is up to you to test the glider with a passenger and let us know how is the job we did.