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The Fast One :: F1 – the pinnacle of achievement in technology, performance and feel. A precision tool that in the right hands will produce incomparable results. Our objectives were to produce the best performing high end cross country wing on the market. Safety was the first priority which framed all other parameters and we are extremely proud of the final result.

The F1 is in a class of its own! A dedicated cross country wing, intended for classic competitions – a fast, efficient flying machine. Combining high aspect ratio with a full reflex profile results in performance and efficiency which are packaged into a very user friendly, coherent product that will take any experienced pilot to the next level!

Incorporated into the F1 is our Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR) feature, morphing direction from center to tip, it aligns the ribs with the natural direction of the flow, increasing both performance and stability throughout the speed range. The roll stability of the F1 is especially impressive, allowing for agile, precise handling.

The canopy incorporates 2 functional “3D cuts” for the best possible leading edge shape definition.
The canopy sail tension has been optimized to be a homogeneous unit, solid and reassuring in flight.

The riser / speed system / trim system was re-designed to incorporate all of Apco’s groundbreaking technologies, and has a greater usable range than any wing we have built before. The extensive speed range means you can launch and land at reasonable speeds, but can accelerate (speeds of up to 80 [km/hour]) with comfort during competition, or on the perfect long distance XC flight you’ve been dreaming about – but, be warned, unless your mates are on the F1 too, you will be flying alone!

With the trimmers closed, the F1 will thermal well, and has exceptional glide ratio (for a full reflex profile wing), so if you like to mix it up on a good day, idle or cut the motor and crank it up to cloudbase with ease.

Open the trimmers and enjoy a significant speed increase of approx. 15 [km/h] (without the use of the speed bar).
Choose the speed bar and the OAA system will allow you to accelerate to the maximum in one swift motion!

Construction – weight was saved wherever possible, bringing the weight down to as low as 4 [kg] while retaining APCO’s legendary durability. The low canopy mass, allowing surprisingly easy inflation, especially in nil wind take-offs.

Positioned as the top performing wing in our range, it will satisfy any experienced pilot who can settle for nothing but the best!

F1 / Size 18 20 22
Code 22818 22820 22822
Cells 64 64 64
Area [m2] 18 20 22.0
Area (projected) [m2] 15.26 16.95 18.65
Span(incl. Stabiliser) [m] 10.90 11.49 12.05
Span (projected) [m] 8.64 9.10 9.55
Aspect Ratio 6.6 6.6 6.6
Aspect Ratio (projected) 4.6 4.6 4.6
Weight Range (all up) Paramotor [kg] 70-100 70-120 70-140
Weight Range (all up) ParaTrike [kg] 70-120 70-140 70-165
Canopy Weight [kg] 3.9* 4.2* 4.6
Root Cord m 1.92 2.02 2.21
Tip Chord [m] 0.12 0.13 0.14
Length of Lines on B [m] 6.59 6.95 7.29
Total Length of Lines [m] 334 352 370

*Approximate Weight

Characteristics

  • TAKE OFF

    Slower speed than you would expect for such a wing. Best results will be achieved with trimmers fully closed. All thanks to new highly efficient reflex profile.

  • LANDING

    Approaches and flares like a competition class paraglider. With a highly efficient flare, that allows for gradual squeezing of all the speed/kinetic energy down to a soft landing.

  • HANDLING

    Accurate and agile, with great roll stability/self leveling out of turns – back into cross country “flying on rails” efficiency!

  • PERFORMANCE

    High aspect ratio, high performance design with the highest, safe, speed increase from opening the trimmers.
    The F1 is the weapon of choice for the XC / competition Warriors.

  • PILOT FEEDBACK

    “I’ve flown them all, and this wing, beats them all, in every aspect…
    I could not stop smiling, and didn’t want to land nor return the prototype I had the opportunity to test fly…
    Order for mine is in…”

    Beny Perez

  • CONSTRUCTION

    LIGHT – big weight saving choosing lighter materials for the bottom surface and ribs. Top surface incorporates our legendary double siliconized cloth for maximum durability.

  • F1

    The APCO F1 is the ultimate Speed Machine, designed for competition,
    but will be enjoyed by all experienced pilots who wish to fly the best.

FAQ’s

What are the differences between the F1, Force and NRG series?
The F1 is in a class of its own, designed around performance (both speed and efficiency), however, no compromises were made. Intended for experienced pilots, it is above the Force in all aspects and accordingly the necessary level of piloting. The NRG is a more playful wing designed for speed and energetic flying, but much less efficient than the F1.

Risers:

The risers have been redesigned to specifically match the chord and profile of the F1. This has allowed to dramatically increase the overall speed range, and especially the range on the trimmers.
The ABS was excluded, as the wing is naturally stable in design, throughout the speed range.
Due to the light materials and advanced profile and design, the launch was so good, that the SRS was not necessary on the risers.
Wing:

Higher aspect ratio than both NRG and Force – gives great safe performance.
The inclusion of APCO’s unique Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR – not existing on Force II and NRG) improve roll stability, safety and overall very homogeneous rigid canopy. Perfect sail tension on a balanced planform – further improving cohesion and rigidity of the canopy.

OAA – what trimmer settings should I use?

From the Manual “In order to engage the OAA one must detach the brummel hooks connected to the rear risers below the trimmers. Prior to using the speed system one must move the trimmers to the neutral position (all risers level). To disengage the OAA one must reattach the brummel hooks on the rear riser. When operating the speed system with the OAA disengaged one must release the trimmers open before activating the speed system.”

Basically when using OAA the trimmers should be at zero position and not opened completely.

The OAA brummel hooks can be managed in the air, just recommended not to adjust close the ground – pay attention that you have enough altitude (to avoid obstacles and have the time to react for engine failure etc.)

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