Advance ALPHA 5 (PAST MODEL)

£2,499.00

Product code: ADVNC-ALPH5

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Status: Past model

Condition: New

Advance ALPHA 5 - flying essentials

You want to live your dream of flying. As a beginner or leisure pilot you’d like a paraglider that you can trust 100%. The ALPHA 5 has this essential quality. It is the classic for first flights – and more! This 5th generation of the ALPHA line builds on more than 20 years’ experience of paraglider-making, and includes the latest technology.

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Lift-off made easy

Light build, easy to take off. This simple formula means that your first ALPHA 5 pull-ups become an unforgettable experience. New Nylon wires hold the leading edge profile in perfect shape. Greatly reduced canopy weight and characteristic ADVANCE semi-circular air intakes make the ALPHA takeoff a simple affair.

Simply flying safely

Analytically designed cross ports in the cell walls make a significant contribution to safety. They improve air transfer across the inside of the wing, so improving passive safety. The ALPHA 5’s compact shape makes it very straightforward to deal with, keeping you feeling good from the moment you get into the air.

All the essentials to best effect

The ALPHA 5 doesn’t just make your first flights a lot of fun. A special design feature is internal diagonal ribs. Together with an optimised line plan this means noticeably better performance and the top speed in the A classification. With the ALPHA 5 you can make real headway in exploring the countryside.

ADVANCE Innovations & Quality

ADVANCE pays great attention to small details:

  • The winglets decrease the induced drag (vortex effect).
  • The “ring reefing system” improves the coordination of the brake and turn behaviour of the glider.
  • With our Smart Sail System in the leading edge, the layout of the specially impregnated ripstop material has been carefully calculated to match the diagonal tractive forces.

The many small but important details like these add the finishing touch to the product.

FAQs

A selection of frequently asked questions about the ALPHA 5

Why is the ALPHA 5 especially suitable as a beginner’s glider?

The ALPHA 5 has very easy takeoff qualities. It has very stable flying qualities and does not allow over-strong or mistaken brake inputs to build much energy. Analytically optimised cross-ports contribute to high passive safety. Crossports are holes in the ribs that allow lateral air transfer during inflation at takeoff, and to counter canopy deformations. The ALPHA 5 also has a deep brake stall point, clearly indicated to the pilot by strongly increasing brake pressure.

Why is the ALPHA 5 so easy to take off?

Reduced canopy weight and the introduction of profiling Nylon wires makes the ALPHA 5 extremely easy to take off. These plastic rods keep the leading edge in shape, so that the important airflow pattern around the leading edge of the wing always sets up well. This is one property, that along with the choice of wing profile and semi-circular intakes, is responsible for the wing’s easy takeoff qualities.

What makes the ALPHA 5 different from a basic beginner wing?

The ALPHA 5 is one of those very few wings of the A classification that has diagonal ribs. This elaborate design allows a significant reduction of total line length, thus contributing to higher performance. This makes the ALPHA 5 quite different from a basic beginner wing.

Can I continue to fly my ALPHA 5 after training?

Yes. The ALPHA 5 gives you high passive safety and is stable in thermals, but It also performs very well because of its diagonal ribs: with a top speed of 47 km/h the ALPHA 5 is one of the fastest A classified wings, at the same time ensuring that the pilot keeps a comfortable safety margin. These qualities provide the basics, encourage more adventurous flights, and safely support the pilot’s first long flights.

How can the ALPHA 5 be so robust, even though it is much lighter?

New technology makes it possible to simulate the loads inside the wing structure and therefore assist the efficient choice of materials. The ALPHA 5 is the lightest glider in its class. Robust and shape-holding Nylon wires in the leading edge replace heavy Mylar fabric. Despite weight reduction the ALPHA 5 is however a very robust glider. The introduction of continuous diagonal ribs and the use of the Smart Sail System at the leading edge also account for a very robust wing.

What is new in the ALPHA 5 design?

The ALPHA 5 was designed using new development software. The ALPHA 5 aspect ratio has been increased by 1/10, the line plan optimised, and continuous diagonals contribute to a clean upper wing surface. But also the interior of the ALPHA 5 has been further improved: optimised cross ports provide for better internal air transfer, enabling the wing to stabilise itself faster.

What is the ALPHA 5 handling like?

One aim of ALPHA 5 development was, among other things, to refine the handling further. This was primarily achieved by significantly reducing the canopy weight. The result is a refined and slightly more direct handling compared with the Alpha 4. Despite this improved handling it was possible to lengthen the effective brake travel and thereby further improve the stall behaviour. The ALPHA 5 pilot achieves the same wing response with less brake travel than with the last Alpha.

Dynamic flying in the extended weight range

The ALPHA 5 has been developed bearing in mind the interests of the acro pilot generation: The upper weight limit of the EN/LTF A certified 23, 26 and 28 sizes lies approximately 15 kg above the recommended weight range. If the ALPHA 5 is flown in its upper weight area the higher wing loading will result in a higher trim speed, and a more dynamic and agile flying behaviour. The fact that the ALPHA 5 keeps its EN/LTF A at the raised wing loading confirms its high level of passive safety.

Does the ALPHA 5 have paramotor approval?

As well as its EN/LTF certification the ALPHA 5 also has Paramotor approval (LTF 23 05) for the 26, 28 and 31 sizes. You can find the technical data as well as Information on operating conditions, flying qualities and certification in an appendix to the ALPHA 5 manual. See ADVANCE ALPHA 5 Paramotor

What sets ADVANCE products apart from other paragliders?

From ALPHA to OMEGA there’s one unique principle – ADVANCE has included innovations and the well-tried details of 20 years’ experience in ALPHA 5 development.

  • The distinctive winglets reduce induced drag (vortex-effect) and improve directional behaviour.
  • The Smart Sail System works at the leading edge: The RipStop weave is exactly aligned with the tension forces, thus avoiding distortion of the cloth.
  • The “Ring-Raff-System” brakes the wingtip first when a steering input is applied, where the brake creates the best turning moment. This makes steering response more harmonised and handling more direct.

Technical details

ALPHA 5 size

 

23

26

28

31

Flat surface

m2

23.75

25.97

28.48

31.81

Projected surface

m2

20.40

22.30

24.46

27.32

Recommended take off weight range**

kg

55-80

70-95

85-110

100-130

Increased take off weight range**

kg

80-95

95-110

110-125

-

Certified take off weight range**

kg

55-95

70-110

85-125

100-130

Glider weight

kg

4.7

5.0

5.5

6.0

Flat aspect ratio

 

4.85

Trimm speed *

 

38 +/- 1

Max. speed *

m

47 +/- 2

Min. sind rate *

m

1.15

Best glide *

kg

8.4 +/- 0.1

Certification

 

EN / LTF

* Values depend on wing loading, harness/pilot and glider size within the recommended take-off weight ranges

** Pilot, wing, equipment

Supplementary technical details

ALPHA 5 size

 

23

26

28

31

Span

m

10.75

11.24

11.77

12.44

Projected span

m

8.75

8.96

9.38

9.92

Projected aspect ratio

 

3.6

Max chord

m

2.76

2.88

3.02

3.19

Min chord

m

0.62

0.65

0.68

0.72

Number of cells

 

39

Number of risers

 

4+1

Risers length

cm

44

46

48

50

Maxi length of the lines with the risers

cm

681.5

713.0

746.0

788.7

Trimmer

 

no

Min. speed *

km/h

22 +/- 1

Paramotor LTF 23-05

kg

-

87-137

87-137

112-137

* Values depend on wing loading, harness/pilot and glider size within the recommended take-off weight ranges

Materials

Leading edge

New Skytex 6.6 Evolution water-repellent, 9092 E117, 44 gr/m2

Top surface

New Skytex 6.6, 9017 E77A, 40 gr/m2

Bottom surface

Dominico DOKDO-20MF, 34 gr/m2

Supported ribs

New Skytex 6.6 hard, 9017 E29, 40 g/m2

Unsupported ribs

New Skytex 6.6 hard, 70000 E91, 27 g/m2

Enclosing strap of the leading edge and trailing edge

Polyester/Mylar 20 mm

Enclosing strap of the leading edge lower surface

Polyamid 16 mm

Suspension lines

  • Edelrid Technora (Aramid) 6843, 240/200/160, sheated, 2.1 mm / 1.9 mm / 1.5 mm (main lines)
  • Edelrid Technora (Aramid), 6843, 120, sheated, 1.4 mm (2nd level)
  • Liros Dynema, DSL 70, sheated, 0.95 mm (1st level)
  • Liros Dynema, DSL 70 / DFL 115, sheated, 0.95 / 1.3 mm (brake lines)
  • Liros Dynema, DFL 115, sheated, 1.3 mm (stearing line up)
  • DFLP 200, Dyneema/Polyester, sheated, 1,9 mm (stearing line low)

Risers

Polyester 22 mm - 1100 kg

Quick links

Maillon Rapide, Inox stainless, 3.5 mm - 750 kg

Stitching thread

Polyester


Certification

The ALPHA 5 has EN and LTF certification in all sizes in both un-accelerated and accelerated flight.

More about the certification

Certification ratings are only able to provide limited information on a paraglider’s flying behaviour in thermally active and turbulent air. The certification is based primarily on provoked extreme flight manoeuvres in non-turbulent air.

During the development of an ADVANCE paraglider, the emphasis is first and foremost on flying behaviour and handling and not exclusively on the certification test. The result is a balanced product with the familiar ADVANCE handling. Nevertheless, certification rating occupies a significant proportion of the specifications that must be fulfilled.

Colours

Standard Colours: Aubergine; Azur; Orange; Palm; Yellow

Advance Alpha 5 Colours

Notes: The displayed colours may differ from the original colours due to individual monitor settings.

Downloads

Here you can download the user manual including lineplan, detailed description and speedsystem.

Test reports EN 

Test reports LTF 

Type of specification EAPR Paramotor 

Additional Information

Condition New
EN Certification EN A
LTF Certification LTF A, LTF 23-05 Paramotor
Model Status Past model

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