(made in 1979)
The Cyclone is a high aspect ratio machine which utilises a tight sail and preformed battens. The glider has been designed purely for experienced pilots with cross country and competition flying in mind. The Cyclone has single deflexers and unusually a tip to control frame wire and is very sensitive to turning on the various turnbuckles. Handling is a little difficult until the pilot has adapted to the machine's peculiarities. Pitch and roll on the small 165 model are fairly light which normally leads to quite a lot of pilot induced oscilation. On the large 180 model roll is much heavier, leading to possible discomfort in rough air. Performance is excellent and the sink rate of a well tuned 180 Cyclone is hard to beat. As far as speed and penetration are concerned the glider is definitely the fastest of the current machines; the large one being faster than the small model. In 1980-81 the Chargus company brought out the Mk 11 Cyclone which features a floating keel which improves the handling.
Cyclone 180. Root 7.66ft, sail area 180 sq ft, span 36 ft, aspect ratio 7.2, price £595.00 inc bag VAT.