Your Reliable Companion.
From your first short hops to your first triangle
“As a beginner I make no experiments. Especially with my glider choice!”Lena Bähring,
The M4 climbs beautifully in weak thermals as well. The glide ratio is at a new level which just a few short years ago belonged solely to the domain of high performance wings.
The trim speed is more than sufficient and with the speed system an additional 10km/h can easily be achieved.
All in all a perfect package for the training hill, long thermal flights as well as the first xc flight experiences.
Reaction to disturbances, should they occur despite the high stability, are very moderate. Pitch and pendulum activity after a collapse are very subdued, the wing opens quickly and dependably.
Thanks to integrated Jet Flap Technology, travel to stall is very long and an early, massive increase in brake pressure. It is not so easy to destabilise the MESCAL4, making it an ideal relaxed companion for all conditions!
Our JET FLAPS extend the green arc as you approach the stall point, which substantially increases safety and also improves climb performance.
C-wires are nylon wires sewn into the glider over the anchor points of the C-level lines. Advantages: better load distribution, reduced drag, more performance.
Doubling the number of cells at the trailing edge increases its shape stability substantially. Advantage: fewer vortices improve the aerodynamics and with it the performance.
The Rigid Foil nylon wires on the leading edge help maintain its shape and ensure constant ram air pressure. Advantages: better takeoff behavior, more performance and lower canopy weight.
A precise calculation of the leading edge geometry and the installation of an additional strip of fabric reduce wrinkling in this sensitive part of the glider. Advantages: exact wing shape, more performance.
|Area flat (m²)||22,73||26,18||28,70||31,94|
|Area projected (m²)||19,21||22,12||24,26||27,00|
|Wingspan flat (m)||10,45||11,21||11,74||12,38|
|Wingspan projected (m)||8,13||8,72||9,14||9,64|
|Aspect ratio flat||4,80||4,80||4,80||4,80|
|Aspect ratio projected||3,44||3,44||3,44||3,44|
|Glider weight (kg)||4,9||5,4||5,8||6,1|
|Certified weight range (kg)||55-85||70-95||85-110||100-130|
|Certified weight range with motor (kg)||/||100-125||105-130||120-150|
|Upper sail||Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal, Dominico Dokdo 30 DMF|
|Lower sail||Dominico Dokdo 30 DMF|
|Ribs||Dominico Dokdo 30 DMF|
|Main lines||Liros PPSL 200, TSL 280|
|Middle lines||Liros PPSL 160/120|
|Top lines||Liros DSL 70|
|Brake lines||Liros DFLP 200/32, Liros DSL 70|
|Risers||Güth & Wolf 25mm Polyester|
Can the MESCAL4 be flown with a motor?
Sizes S, M and L are certified for use with a motor. With the optional hybrid risers, the MESCAL4 can be flown as a paraglider and as a powered paraglider.
What are the glide ratio (L/D), trim and maximum speeds?
We know that these data are interesting for you as a pilot, but for us to publish them would be a bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Performance data are highly dependent on the drag of the pilot and are therefore related to sitting position and harness. The difference between aerodynamically favorable and unfavorable harnesses and sitting positions can be as much as a whole L/D number.
2) Performance increases with the size of the glider. A large glider will always outperform the same glider in a smaller size. So a question about the performance of a glider is always also a question about the size.
3) There is no normed method of testing the performance of paragliders. For example, speed varies with altitude and the associated different air pressure, but also with the total weight of the system.
That means that there simply isn’t THE speed or THE L/D that would allow a serious comparison with another glider. Performance data are dependent on the harness, the size of the glider, on the air mass and the total weight.
How do I calculate my takeoff weight?
Takeoff weight is calculated by adding the weight of the pilot including clothes to the weight of the equipment. The equipment consists of the harness, the reserve chute, the paraglider itself, and any flight instruments and other baggage you may carry (e.g. rucksack, etc.).
Is it OK for me to shorten the brake lines on my skywalk paraglider?
Changing the length of the brake lines can have a negative effect on the flying characteristics and extreme flight behavior. The paraglider needs a little more lead when flying on speed bar, otherwise the glider could be braked unintentionally, leading to a loss of performance. When performig extreme flying maneuvers, shortening the brake lines too much can cause complications during recovery from collapses, parachutal stall, etc.
Am I allowed to make modifciations to my skywalk paraglider?
No, because the glider is certified the way it is delivered to you. Even the brake line length is part of the trim and must not be changed.
Why shall I not navigate my glider through the C-level?
As opposed to gliders with two line levels with which you can change the angle of attack by pulling the rear risers, doing the same on a glider with three line levels causes the profile to deform. This results in a crease forming between levels, which makes the glider more susceptible to collapses. In an emergency, control deflections of several centimeters are possible.
Do the nylon wires in the glider near any special attention or packing method?
Our nylon wires are flexible and kink resistant, so they won’t break under normal circumstances. But due to the packing volume it is a good idea to lay the Rigid Foils in the leading on top of each other on both sides.
What are JetFlaps and how do they work?
Jet Flaps are a so-called split flap like those seen on a large airplane. When the glider is braked, the airflow is routed through the glider, restoring smooth airflow. This extends brake line travel and softens the stall behavior.
What advantage do the JetFlaps on my skywalk paraglider offer?
Lower flyable minimum airspeed. The speed range is wider and easier to control. The pilot has more time to react when flying near the stall point.