Our Flybubble MATCH service customers are often asking us which size of Phi VIOLA they should go for. Here's some guidance on this.
The VIOLA is EN/LTF certified in all eight (!) sizes, from XXXXS (12) to XL (26). These cover a very wide range of all-up flying weights, uses/activities and pilot skill levels. Certified all-up flying weights start at a very low 50 kg and go all the way up to 145 kg.
Uses/activities cover everything from student training for absolute beginners through recreational flying and hike-and-fly adventures for intermediate pilots up to extreme mini wing flying for experts only, according to size and wing loading, and the situation and conditions flown in.
As to be expected, the behaviour of each size of VIOLA will vary significantly according to the wing size and loading, and so the certification of each size also varies according to the size chosen and all-up flying weight.
We've put together some general rough guidance for all sizes of VIOLA below, starting from the lowest to highest pilot demands.
Phi VIOLA XXS-XL (16-26) standard weights (50-145kg, EN A)
Sizes XXS-XL of the VIOLA are certified EN A for their standard weight ranges, covering 50-145 kg all-up. When flown in this part of their weight ranges, these sizes are suitable for everything from student training for absolute beginners to recreational flying and hike-and-fly for intermediate pilots.
Phi VIOLA XS & S (18 & 20) extended weights (110 & 120 kg, EN B)
VIOLA sizes XS and S are also certified EN B for their extended weight ranges, up to 110 kg and 120 kg respectively. When flown in this part of their weight ranges, these sizes are suitable for recreational flying, hike-and-fly and mini wing flying in moderate winds for intermediate pilots.
Phi VIOLA XXS (16) extended weight (110 kg, EN C)
The size XXS of the VIOLA is also certified EN C for its extended weight range, up to 110 kg. When flown in this part of its weight range, this size VIOLA is suitable for more experienced pilots for hike-and-fly and mini wing flying in moderate and slightly stronger winds.
VIOLA XXXS (14) (50-90kg, EN C)
The XXXS size of the VIOLA is certified EN C for its entire weight range, from 50-90 kg all-up. This size is designed for experienced pilots only.
VIOLA XXXXS (12) (50-90kg, EN D)
The XXXXS size of the VIOLA is certified EN D for its entire weight range, from 50-90 kg all-up. This size is designed for highly experienced and expert pilots—who don't need guidance on what to do, or when to do it—only.
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