Phi: Resuming a revolution
The SYMPHONIA is a super-high A wing which benefits from highly advanced technologies: 50 cells, internally sewn mini-ribs, double 3D shaping, brake reef system across the wingspan, 32g high quality Porcher cloth, diagonal finger straps, highly reduced rigging, unsheathed lines, and wrinkle-reducing reinforcements.
These complex techniques in combination with a very clean surface finish widen the performance frame in the A class by a significant margin.
Never before has this kind of performance and speed been combined with such a high level of safety and comfort.
Never before has this kind of performance been safely flyable for so many pilots.
Our PHI SYMPHONIA is opening the door to a new era: high performance wings have reached A class safety. A pilot can develop himself and choose to fly a simple training hill wing, a classical beginner wing or finally a high performance wing without taking more risks by leaving the A class.
The idea to expand the usual one dimensional relation between gliders classification and complexity, however, is not new. Traditionally, A wings are technically very simple, as D wings are very complex. Building technically complex wings in the A class is extruding the scale to a two dimensional field: the relationship between classification and complexity is not linear any more.
Some years ago, I was able to push the limits by a revolution in the B class with the Mentor 2 and 3. These low aspect ratio wings were found on the top of the XC rankings and impressed many high-performance pilots who normally flew more demanding wings.
Through progress in technology and knowledge it is now possible to repeat the same in the A class. The SYMPHONIA is resuming the revolution of safe, low aspect ratio wings!
As the B class got wider and wider in recent years, the next logical step was to raise a new standard by presenting a high-performance wing in the A class. Enjoy!
|number of cells||50||50||50||50||50|
|projected span (m)||8.18||8.59||8.99||9.40||9.76|
|projected area (m²)||18.24||20.08||22.02||24.05||25.93|
|projected aspect ratio||3.67||3.67||3.67||3.67||3.67|
|flat span (m)||11.52||11.04||11.56||12.08||12.54|
|flat area (m²)||21.54||23.72||26.00||28.40||30.62|
|flat aspect ratio||5.14||5.14||5.14||5.14||5.14|
|line length (m)||6.27||6.58||6.89||7.20||7.48|
|total line length (m)||218.30||229.10||239.90||250.70||260.30|
|maximum chord (m)||2.55||2.67||2.80||2.93||3.04|
|minimum chord (m)||0.60||0.63||0.66||0.69||0.72|
|weight range (kg)||55-75||65-85||75-95||90-110||105-130|
|material top-, buttomsail, inside||Porcher 32, Porcher 38||Porcher 32, Porcher 38||Porcher 32, Porcher 38||Porcher 32, Porcher 38||Porcher 32, Porcher 38|
After the first comparison flights, pilots usually ask about the secrets of the SYMPHONIA. Since it has the technical complexity of a modern high level B-wing, the performance is surprisingly high. Especially against the wind the SYMPHONIA shows its performance potential impressively by pulling forward, when it picks up the energy of a gust, instead of banking up and getting slower.
The airfoil shows a very high level of stability and form stiffness, but collapses softly and reacts harmlessly in case of a deflation. We also love the clean surface finish. The outstanding technical skills and craftmanship of our factory (Aerodynamics in Sri Lanka) have made it possible to make the 3D shaping canopy seams and colour design cleaner than ever before. In combination with a new, optimized 3D shaping concept, the airfoil smoothness has reached a new level.
Some secrets we will keep to ourselves, but an important factor for this success is time: the time that the development team took to improve the prototypes and to reach the target of A rating safety without restraining performance and speed.
Scope of delivery
The SYMPHONIA is delivered with: Glider, compression belt, innerbag, backpack.
Phi SYMPHONIA reviews
Symphonia pilot feedback
"I fly the SYMPHONIA almost every flyable day and am thoroughly impressed. Always in the last many years when I test fly a new model A or B, its been the same experience - I fly it one day - get impressions of its very average and to me quite boring qualities - and put it aside to sell to pilots needing that class of safety - and would not feel any desire to fly it again.The SYMPHONIA is very different - I have been surprised and delighted with its balance, lovely light agile feel & handling, and a fun factor way above its safety class!! - And look forward to flying it each day and in different conditions. So this is very different to other A’s and I congratulate Hannes and the team for bringing top levels of fun and a new & nice performance to this class." - Alan & Belinda, New Zealand
"Every now and then a new wing comes along that is so unique and extraordinary that it totally blows away its class, setting a new, much higher standard. In my opinion, the PHI Symphonia is that wing, and it has shattered what we think of as the EN A class." PHI Symphonia: in a nutshell: "I am extremely, extremely impressed. It launches very easily in light winds and can be controlled well with A’s and C’s in strong winds. But its strong point is the handling which is absolutely SUPERB. It just is a delight in the air. The wing is responsive and the brakes are light and linear. You can turn it easily either flat or banked up. I haven’t liked a wing this much in a long, long time. I immediately felt at home on it – I absolutely LOVE this glider." - Susan Kent, California, USA (full feedback at the bottom of our review)
"The Symphonia is an awesome wing. It glides amazingly well. It climbs effortlessly. I fly the 20 at the top of the weight range and it is an agile wing that I can throw around in the sky. What is most amazing is the way it stays over your head, effortless pitch control. I'm really enjoying flying XC with it." - Rolf Schatzmann
|EN Certification||EN A|
|LTF Certification||LTF A|
|Shipping Details||1-3 workdays|
|Model Status||Current model|