SchleicherASW 20 ·GliderReview

SchleicherASW 20

ASW 20
Average Price €23000 1

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Average Flown Distance

(source: OLC 2016)

For Beginners
Spin Recovery

The ASW20 and ASW20L combine a performance that was unmatched when they were introduced and is still good now, with delightful handling and, because the wing is flexible, a soft ride through turbulence. The very effective flaps allow you, as has been said, "to get into the field you really shouldn't have chosen!".

On the downside it requires good speed control on approach, due to a low maximum speed with landing flaps, and (in mine anyway) the Hotelier connectors make care during rigging essential. But with belly hook only, reasonably experienced pilots only to aerotow?

Roger Burghall

Why buy

Delightful handling - good performance for its price range - ability to get into small fields.

General characteristics

Class FAI 15 Metre
Crew 1
First flight 1977
Built 511

Technical characteristics

Height 1.45m
Length 6.82m
Wingspan 15m
Wing Area 10.5m²
Aspect Ratio 21.43
Flaps Yes
Empty Weight 255Kg
Gross Weight 454Kg
Ballast 120Kg
Retractable Gear Yes
Retractable Propeller No
Self Launching No


Min Sink 0.59m/s
Glide Ratio 42
Stall speed 66Km/h
VNE 265Km/h
Gs 5.3/-2.65