Finding and keeping the right speed for thermalling
is natural. The stability gave me the impression of
flying a bigger glider than the other 18m-ships, but
it never felt sluggish.
With full aileron and rudder
the rate of roll is very similar to that of its
competitors, and very harmonic. Only the first few
centimeters of the stick movement doesn’t give much
of a response. Noise level is low, the seal of the
canopy seems to work well. The vent system is also
very quiet but could generate a little bit more
airflow. Attie said this will be changed in serial
All together it made a very positive impression. The
workmanship is outstanding for a prototype down to
little details in the cockpit.
Certainly the same
level as serial produced German gliders.
Unfortunately I had no chance to make a serious
comparison in performance. My observations during
flying against the JS1 during the 2 weeks (with
Attie as pilot) with several different gliders gave
me the impression that it performs very well in
strong conditions, probably equal to the benchmark (Ventus
2cx, ASG 29). It will be interesting to see it in
the first big events next year in Europe.