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Schempp-Hirth Discus

Discus
Average Price €30000 1
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    Average Flown Distance

    (source: OLC 2016)

    For Beginners
    Crosscountry
    Competition
    Handling
    Climbing
    Spin Recovery
    Aerobatics
    Rigging

    First produced in 1984, the Discus was probably the most innovative glider of its time: it was the first to introduce the distinctive elliptic-like wing to reduce the induced drag (a triple trapezoidal approximation of an actual ellipse is the tradeoff between the ideal shape and viable construction costs). It also makes large use of carbon fiber to achieve robustness and reduced mass.

    Despite being an outstanding race ship that literally dominated all Standard Class competitions in the '80s, the Discus is still one of the easyest sailplanes around. It is very stable in level flight even at high speed, it has a reassuringly benign stall and spin behavior and, once you hooked your thermal, you can basically trim it and let it climb on its own. As a plus, its powerful airbrakes and the low landing speed allow for easy and safe outlanding.

    Discuses are also quite easy to rig, thanks to the lightweight wings and the automatic connections on all controls.

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    Why buy

    It's an high-performer suitable for beginners, and when you are experienced enough to race you don't have to upgrade.

    General characteristics

    Crew 1
    First flight 1984
    Built 850

    Technical characteristics

    Height 1.27 m
    Length 6.68 m
    Wingspan 15 m
    Wing Area 10.58 m²
    Aspect Ratio 21.3
    Flaps No
    Empty Weight 233 Kg
    Gross Weight 525 Kg
    Ballast 180 Kg
    Retractable Gear Yes
    Retractable Propeller No
    Self Launching No

    Performance

    Min Sink 0.59 m/s
    Glide Ratio 42.5
    Stall speed 66 Km/h
    VNE 250 Km/h
    Gs 5.3/-2.65