With their range of gliders, we think that Peszke S.C. has hit the sweet spot and has done so with impeccable timing. Sales to date confirm our view (as do recent competition results! See under the GP14 Velo link below).
After decades where manufacturers were chasing performance with ever increasing wing spans, focus recently has been on extracting maximum efficiencies from smaller, lighter, easier handling machines. This trend is evidenced clearly by the Open Class entries in the last two World Championships – and by the results – and by the rapidly growing interest in the FAI 13.5 meter class. Also, there has been an explosion in world wide sales of Microlights and Ultralights. This is no coincidence. They are smaller, lighter, fun to fly but more importantly, cheaper to fly and to maintain than conventional aircraft, due in no small part to reduced regulation.
GP Gliders take that philosophy to new levels. The gliders are light and easy to rig and fly. Empty weights range from the GP11 Pulse at under 120Kg to the GP15 Jeta – complete with motor and battery – at 185Kg. They are designed to fit into the SSDR category, introduced in the UK in 2014. In Ireland they will be totally de-regulated pursuant to AN A.112 published by the IAA in June 2017.
Yet in terms of performance they seem set to cause some furrowed brows amongst established manufacturers. The GP 15 Jeta, for instance, has an aspect ratio of 29, a wing loading range from 33-60kg/m2 and an L/D of over 50:1. That’s 18 meter territory! Even the entry level GP11 Pulse, ideal for clubs and early solo pilots with it’s fixed undercarriage and flapless wing, offers a glide angle of 39:1.
All models come complete with auto connecting controls, basic instruments and a ballistic recovery parachute included in the price and a range of options to suit all tastes. GP Gliders also supply very elegant, light and streamlined trailers which will protect your investment, offer a large storage area and can allow one man rigging. Click on the links below for some further details. Please then contact us to discuss a detailed spec & pricing on your chosen model.