The Fast One :: F1 – the pinnacle of achievement in technology, performance and feel. A precision tool that in the right hands will produce incomparable results. Our objectives were to produce the best performing high end cross country wing on the market. Safety was the first priority which framed all other parameters and we are extremely proud of the final result.
The F1 is in a class of its own! A cross country wing, intended for classic competitions – a fast, efficient flying machine, but yet as agile as a slalom wing when you want to play. Combining high aspect ratio with a full reflex profile results in performance and efficiency which are packaged into a very user friendly, coherent product that will take any experienced pilot to the next level!
Incorporated into the F1 is our Flow Aligned Ribs (FAR) feature, morphing direction from center to tip, it aligns the ribs with the natural direction of the flow, increasing both performance and stability throughout the speed range. The roll stability of the F1 is especially impressive, allowing for agile, precise handling.
The canopy incorporates 2 functional “3D cuts” for the best possible leading edge shape definition.
The canopy sail tension has been optimized to be a homogeneous unit, solid and reassuring in flight.
The riser / speed system / trim system was re-designed to incorporate all of Apco’s groundbreaking technologies, and has a greater usable range than any wing we have built before. The extensive speed range means you can launch and land at reasonable speeds, but can accelerate (speeds of up to 80 [km/hour]) with comfort during competition, or on the perfect long distance XC flight you’ve been dreaming about – but, be warned, unless your mates are on the F1 too, you will be flying alone!
With the trimmers closed, the F1 will thermal well, and has exceptional glide ratio (for a full reflex profile wing), so if you like to mix it up on a good day, idle or cut the motor and crank it up to cloudbase with ease.
Open the trimmers and enjoy a significant speed increase of approx. 15 [km/h] (without the use of the speed bar).
Choose the speed bar and the OAA system will allow you to accelerate to the maximum in one swift motion!
Construction – weight was saved wherever possible, bringing the weight down to as low as 4 [kg] while retaining APCO’s legendary durability. The low canopy mass, allowing surprisingly easy inflation, especially in nil wind take-offs.
Positioned as the top performing wing in our range, it will satisfy any experienced pilot who can settle for nothing but the best!
Slower speed than you would expect for such a wing. Best results will be achieved with trimmers fully closed. All thanks to new highly efficient reflex profile.
Approaches and flares like a competition class paraglider. With a highly efficient flare, that allows for gradual squeezing of all the speed/kinetic energy down to a soft landing.
Accurate and extremely agile, with 2D Steering and Tip Steering, with great roll stability / self levelling at high speed!
High aspect ratio, high performance design with the highest, safe, speed increase from opening the trimmers.
The F1 is the weapon of choice for the XC / competition Warriors.
“I’ve flown them all, and this wing, beats them all, in every aspect…
I could not stop smiling, and didn’t want to land nor return the prototype I had the opportunity to test fly…
Order for mine is in…” - Beny Perez
LIGHT – big weight saving choosing lighter materials for the bottom surface and ribs. Top surface incorporates our legendary double siliconized cloth for maximum durability.
The APCO F1 is the ultimate Speed Machine, designed for competition,
but will be enjoyed by all experienced pilots who wish to fly the best.
Please visit Apco Aviation here.
Review at Cross Country Magazine here.
Apco Aviation is one of the world’s leading producers of sport aviation equipment – paragliders for free flying and powered flying, as well as wings for powered parachutes, harnesses, rescue systems and accessories for our sports, and for UAV. Apco has been producing world-beating products since the early 1970’s and continues to be the most veteran company in the field! Apco remains at the leading edge of the industry for more than 40 years and their products hold over 16 World records and countless achievements on the national and international scene.
Inside the 3200 m2 state of the art factory specifically built for APCO’s production requirements. All APCO paragliders, harness, reserve systems and accessories are manufactured on location. Each paraglider is individually sewn by a skilled machinist, as are the Mayday emergency parachutes and the entire range of APCO harnesses. Once the paraglider is complete and has passed the various quality control checks it is taken out for a test inflation at one of APCO’s test sites.
The secret to this is the cloth which is coated with a silicone based coating – two times on each side. This is contrary to most other brands who use lighter fabric only coated one time on each side, and in some cases only one time on only one side! The cloth was strategically designed in cooperation with Apco's cloth supplier during the 1990’s and until today is the best on the market.
On the current range of wings, Apco uses this fabric on specific locations on the canopy where porosity is most important. These locations are where aerodynamically there is the highest pressure difference (lift) between internal and external parts of the wing. These locations are also prone to the highest rate of porosity deterioration, making the use of this fabric even more important. On the rest of the canopy where porosity is not a critical factor, Apco use lighter materials.
Starseed has collaborated with Apco Aviation for over 20 years, both as an importer, dealer, co-developer of parts for Starseed and as personal friends of the staff. It is in our belief that Apco represents the very highest product quality and the ability to constantly innovate where many others copy. Apcos brand promise, Setting Future Standards, is for sure very legitimate.
Please visit Apco Aviation for more information or visit Starseeds own shop for Apco products (currently only available for customers in Norway).