MAESTRO: The Comeback!
The MAESTRO is the long awaited comeback of Hannes Papesh in the High B class. This wing exceeds the very high expectations.
The High B class is very important to me. It is my special discipline: over a long period of time, in collaboration with my test pilots, I have succeeded in developing outstanding wings in this class.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances, I could not build a glider in this class for 6 years (MENTOR 3). The MAESTRO is our comeback. Many have been waiting for this wing. We took our time to calmly develop a glider that is continuing our tradition.
number of cells
|60 / 120||60 / 120||60 / 120||60 / 120||60 / 120||60 / 120|
|projected span (m)||8.33||8.78||9.22||9.44||9.65||10.07|
|projected area (m²)||17.31||19.21||21.21||22.22||23.21||25.27|
projected aspect ratio
|flat span (m)||10.63||11.2||11.77||12.05||12.31||12.85|
|flat area (m²)||20.33||22.56||24.91||26.1||27.27||29.68|
flat aspect ratio
|line length (m)||6.32||6.66||6.99||7.16||7.32||7.63|
|total line length (m)||210.1||221.4||232.5||237.9||243.2||253.8|
|maximum chord (m)||2.38||2.51||2.64||2.7||2.76||2.88|
|minimum chord (m)||0.54||0.56||0.59||0.61||0.62||0.65|
|standard weight range (kg)||50-75||65-85||75-95||83-103||90-110||105-130|
|extended weight range (kg)||-||85-90||95-100||103-108||110-115||130-135|
|certified weight range (kg)||50-75||65-90||75-100||83-108||90-115||105-135|
|Porcher Skytex 32 / 27|
|riser length (mm)||500||540||540||540||540||540|
Standard colours: CC1 (Blue-Orange); CC2 (Orange-Blue); CC3 (Lime-Blue); CC4 (Red-White)
Custom colours (extra cost, longer delivery)
This wing can be ordered in custom colours. Colours can be chosen from the available serial colours. There is an extra cost and longer delivery time for this; see product options. Full payment is required in advance for all custom colour orders, and one placed these orders cannot be cancelled for any reason. Quoted delivery times are estimates, and may take longer. Email us your desired custom colours with your order, ideally with both text and a screenshot.
The secrets of the MAESTRO are the extremely low line drag in combination with a clean, optimized sail, amongst other things.
Scope of Delivery
Glider, backpack, compression strap, inner bag.
The PHI rucksack is designed to be reduced and light, but still robust and convenient to carry. It can be packed very small, to minimize storage space in the harness.
"... there's something special about this wing. It's absolutely worth testing if you are in the market for a high B wing for XC flying." - Greg Hamerton, Flybubble
"The team behind PHI is one of the most experienced pilots like Mike Kung for instance, who’s in charge for testing and fine tuning the gliders. Hannes Papesh, is a legend when it comes to designing gliders." "The finish details and construction are excellent!" "... the launching of the Maestro is super easy and well behaved, without any forward surge or hanging back." "... the brake pressure that feels ‘perfect’. Not hard at all, nor too light!" "The response on the brakes are immediate!" "... with a high degree of precision, that is rare to find on a high B glider! Pure pleasure for the pros!!" "After 4 hours of extensive flying... I can flawlessly confirm the excellent climbing abilities of the Maestro! This glider behaves and deliver exactly like a competition glider with D certificate in its climbing properties in strong air as it converts thermals into efficient lift." "The Maestro surges forward in a good climb, without any pitch back at all. I mean it moves forward very quickly in climbing mode and coring the well built thermal. In windy and challenging conditions or facing the valley breeze, the Maestro will deliver good climbing when encountering strong thermals! Those characteristics are rare to be found on a B glider!" "I can confirm that it climbs very close... as the higher certified gliders in strong thermals." "I have to mention that keeping it flying is very rewarding... Just like flying some high rated gliders. A delight!" "Doing some long glides with the Maestro at trim and at full bar showed me a super competitive glide angle... putting the Maestro on the top regarding gliding power. It’s gliding in moving air and difficult conditions that the Maestro could be quite rewarding." "The Maestro is definitely ‘not’ your first B glider. Not even after one small season on your first low B glider… The Maestro has some super fine qualities, and delivers impressive and valuable information for the keen pilot. It takes an experienced pilot to appreciate it, and to use it at its full potential." "Talking for the B category, the Maestro is like a Samurai sword if you know what i mean. It can cut swiftly and cleanly, if you seek it or know how to use it. Pilots flying some C’s and even D’s wanting a great weapon for XC with B certification, will cherish the Maestro feel and qualities. Pilots flying high B gliders for a season, will find in the B certified Maestro, the educative feedback that will allow them to understand and fly later higher rated gliders." "Trim speed is slightly faster than the Rush 5, Swift 5. Top speed is around 2 km/h more than the Swift 5 similarly loaded." "Conclusion: The best impressions you get is immediately after landing. Right? This is one of the few times I enjoy test flying a B glider. It’s not like driving a 8 cylinder family car. It’s like driving an “everyday” Sports car! Comfortable enough but pleasurable to drive." "... the Maestro... responds swiftly and precisely to every input." "The Maestro has a complete package of top overall performance, agile feel of a dynamic but “balanced” high B glider. Flying pleasure awaits you with spices for the refined gastronomist ! :-) For those flying qualities, test flying it is a must." - Ziad Bassil (full review)
"The inflation and launch were easy... " "... I was very impressed by how efficient the glider was and how little height I lost on glides." "The glider provides a lot of feedback about the air it’s travelling through." "One of the reasons I’m looking for a higher spec wing is because I feel that I fly through light lift sometimes without feeling it. The Maestro seemed to point out every little bit of lift and seems to get lift even on small bubbles that my Golden would just fly through. This gets even better on bar — it is difficult to feel the air on the Golden while on speed bar. On the Maestro I had a better feeling of the air while accelerated." "The efficiency of the wing was highlighted by the sound it made. I can hear the whistling lines on the Golden when at speed. On the Maestro, a few times I thought I heard the faint sound of a jet before realising it was the wing! The fewer lines on the Maestro make very little noise... " "The air got quite rough near the mountains and I had two asymmetric 30% collapses on both sides of the wing. In both asymmetric collapses, I didn’t notice any change in direction or pitch." "A 50% asymmetric collapse encouraged me to get out of there. The Maestro behaved very well again and didn’t change direction or pitch in this collapse." "Then it was just a long desperate glide South without any lift. I was again quite pleased with how well the Maestro glides." "Overall, I am very impressed by the Maestro. I felt very comfortable and safe flying it even in rough conditions and despite providing more feedback than my Golden, the workload isn’t any greater. I was also super impressed by the glide even though I could only push half bar. I was looking for a more talkative replacement wing with a better glide without reducing the safety level too much and this wing fits the bill." - Hammed Malik
Flybubble crew members Carlo, Nancy, Boris and Simon have all independently chosen the Maestro as their personal XC wing, which tells you something. Says Simon: "It's like a box of chocolates, with only the good ones left!"
|EN Certification||EN B|
|LTF Certification||LTF B|
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Current model|