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:: Powered Parachute Height Record ::
19,203 feet above sea level!
APCO Aviation would like to congratulate YARIV BEN-TOVIM and SEGEV BARAM for their new European Height Record !
The pair made no compromises to their equipment and chose the absolute best to reach their goal - APCO LIFT PPC.
Thank you guys for choosing APCO !
Here is the flight story by Yariv:
"Over the last few years, Segev and myself, studied the topic of high altitude flights and made multiple attempts where with each flight, the bar was raised by a few thousand feet.
For our last flight the goal was set at 20,000 feet MSL or as high as our equipment would take us. If we succeeded, this attempt would also break my previous Israeli height record of 14300 feet MSL.
We prepared the special equipment for the task that included warm and wind proof clothing, heated gloves, body warmer bags and Oxygen. Special clearance from authorities was required to make sure we do not meet any other fast planes on our way up.
For the wing, we chose the Apco LIFT PPC as the most efficient wing with best climb ratio.
Our Rotax 912 ULS equipped Powrachute Airwolf PPCs were not altered in any way in preparation for the flight. These are the same PPCs we use daily when we give flight lessons and fly across the country.
A few scheduled days ware set and canceled, until eventually, on June 3 2017, we had the perfect weather with no wind all the way up to our goal altitude.
Takeoff was with first light, when temperature is lowest, using the higher air density for maximum efficiency. Our takeoff field is at sea level and very close to the Mediterranean Sea.
The climb took about 1 hour and 30 minutes until we reached a point where climb ratio was almost 0 with max engine power. After reaching the record height and taking some pictures, we shut off the engine and enjoyed a 30 minutes glide, perfect views, and silence that was followed by the intoxicating feeling of achievement.
We achieved our goal and broke not only our personal records and the Israeli height record, but also the European PPC record, reaching 19,203 feet above sea level (5,853 [m])!
The LIFT PPC enabled us to have the best climb rate possible and we could not have achieved this feat without the advantages of this wing.
It is my pleasure to introduce our very first pilot profile! His name is Angelo Chirico out of West Hartford, Connecticut. With three GoPro cameras, Angelo has managed to capture the beauty of flight in a PPC.
Aside from flying his Destiny, he also owns a restaurant in West Hartford. Be sure to check out the link and if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to Angelo! Click here!
Check out his video here that will remind you exactly why you love being in the air!
:: CRUISER UPDATES ::
Narrow attachment version released
The APCO Cruiser Powered Parachute wing has now proven to be the most popular PPC wing in the World. Originally it was offered only in the standard wide attachment points version (55-63 inch / 140-160 cm spread), and many pilots with the Narrow attach points were left disappointed.
Now, following Numerous requests, the Cruiser is made available also in a narrow attachment point version (43 inch / 110 cm spread).
No retrofitting needed, you can use any narrow attachment plane with this version and enjoy the same performance as already proven on the standard Cruiser.
Download the Specification Diagram sheet for connecting the narrow version Cruiser to your frame: Narrow Spec Sheet Link
Download the Specification Diagram sheet for connecting the wide version Cruiser to your frame: Wide Version (Standard) Spec Sheet Link
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