Air Design SuSi 3 #lightgearjunkie 23m

Air Design SuSi 3 #lightgearjunkie
23m, Lime color
February 2020 production date

Comes with AD 50/50 air pack bag

Three test flights on the wing (under 1h airtime), and three small puncture repairs.

2.81kg !

$1850 shipped, US

Brand: AirDesign
Certification: B (EN/LTF/DHV1-2)
Weight range:
50 kg / 110 lbs or less
55 kg / 121 lbs
60 kg / 132 lbs
65 kg / 143 lbs
70 kg / 154 lbs
75 kg / 165 lbs
80 kg / 176 lbs
85 kg / 187 lbs
90 kg / 198 lbs
95 kg / 209 lbs
100 kg / 220 lbs
105 kg / 231 lbs
110 kg / 243 lbs
115 kg / 254 lbs
120 kg / 265 lbs
125 kg / 276 lbs
130 kg / 287 lbs
135 kg / 298 lbs
140 kg / 309 lbs
145 kg / 320 lbs
150 kg / 331 lbs or more
Options:
Wing only
Harness only
Reserve only
Full kit
Tandem
Lightweight
Mini/speed
Paramotor
Accessory
Country: United States of America
Listing created May 20, 2020

Public discussion (3)

Daniel W

27 days ago

Looking for a super packable 2nd wing, for windy coast, but also something easy towing up on flatlands and soaring thermals. Currently borrowing a low B Niviuk Hook 2 from 2010 (like an 8.5/1 glide, 1.2 ms sink), and it works fine and is rock solid towing into thermals. I understand that the Susi 3 is a super basic hike and fly glider at it's heart, but do you think it can match the performance of a 10 yr old low "B". If so, I think it might work for me. I would be flying between 95-100kg AW on the 23m. I am in Michigan.

Wiktor R

27 days ago

Daniel,

I can’t comment on the glide and sink, but from what you are describing, this is a wing for you! It is miles ahead more packable compared to Hook 2, while super light. Windy coast flying is perfect for this. I know as My brother had Susi 2 18meter, and now Susi 3 18 meter. I have never towed, but being a B rated, this should be easy piece of cake.

On the manufacturer’s website, in the manual we read:

“How does it fly - The concept of Super-Simple relates not only to the construction, but even more to the flying characteristics. The SuSi3 is one of the most forgiving and easiest wings on the market – now proven with the certification (EN-B in many sizes and loadings). Simplest launching and a rock-solid canopy which defies the roughest turbulence are just a couple of the key characteristics of the SuSi3. Turning response is reminiscent to playing a high-speed video game – agile and responsive. Manoeuvres – such as Big-Ears, B-Stall or Spirals – are easy to achieve and are uncomplicated. Speed system acceleration is excellent and the glider remains ultrastable throughout the complete bar range, extending your adventure playground.”

I had a hook 2 in maroon color myself, however, I never even flew with it. As I was reading about wing, more and more, and finding DHV protocols about them, I was surprised to see how challenging Hook 2 can be. For this reason I upgraded to a much newer Tequila 4 wing (Tequila 5 was already out, so I bought 2nd to the latest) I bought mine used and saved a lot. I was just too heavy on it at 99kg with a wing being rated up to 95kg.

I think this wing definitely suits your described mission, the only question or concern I’d have is: are you ready for lighter material? If you don’t need to learn ground handling and you have that knowledge, you can read a wing, how to stand them up and control – then yes – this is for you. They just aren’t a best tool for students who can be less than gentle with a learning tool sometimes.

I can ship the wing to MI for you for free. Let me know!

Daniel W

26 days ago

Thank you for your thoughful reply. I'm actually a pretty experienced pilot, but getting back in after a several year hiatus. I have been able to fly fine in fairly rough conditions, and I had a Gin Explorer that I was just too light on so reasonably familiar with lightweight materials. The one question I was trying to work out was- how well does the Susi thermal? I understand it will work well in high costal winds, and will be great for Hike and Fly, but how well will it climb in thermals? I mentioned the Hook because it's rather old, and quite low performance by current standards (slightly worse than your average A rated school glider), I was trying to get a sense of how the 'big" SUsi's performance might stack up to it. At 100kg I would be loading it above the basic "green" area on their performance chart, but not into the solid blue " mini wing" weight range . I undertand you didn't fly it much, so perhaps you do not have the answers to these questions, but I appreciate any insight you may have.

Thanks,

Dan

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