With our 18 meter version, the Antares 18T, we are offering the perfect sailplane for ambitious cross country pilots, who like to compete in the 18 meter class. All factors concerning its performance are consequently configured for fast cross country flying.
Being able to configure the wing for an 18m wingspan without having to accept any performance deteriorating compromises, we were able to realize a perfectly balanced aerodynamic concept. The wing includes an absolutely innovative wing layout, which reduces the induced drag down to its theoretical minimum while maintaining exellent handling over the compete speed range.
The Antares 18T’s three-stage water tank system, consisting of each separated wing and fuselage tanks, permits a wing loading of up to 60,2 kg/m². Fully ballasted you may still very well work even narrow and turbulent thermals.
We also installed an additional negative flap setting (–3°), which is especially designed to fly speeds beyond 200 km/h.
Thanks to all these parameters the Antares 18T may fly superior speeds while keeping its very high gliding performance.
During extended flights in the Antares 18T’s comfortable and ergonomically thought-out safety cockpit and while operating its smooth-running controls over the whole speed range, the pilot will never feel exhausted. The workplace is of course optimally adjustable for pilots of almost any size.
In terms of safety, our Antares concept sets new standards, too. It is for example outfitted with defined collapsible zones, a high-tensile survival space, a big spring mounted 5"-wheel equipped with a disk brake and shock absorbing elements in its suspension struts.
Due to a high component-identity between Antares 20E and Antares 18T (> 97% of all parts), the latter had already been a well-proven and reliable design at the time of her bigger sister’s maiden flight.
If you want to learn more about our product, feel free to contact us for an appointment to visit our facilities and test-fly our Antares 18T.
Our Antares 18T in short words:
- Superior gliding performance for fast cross countries
- Sensitive, smooth-running controls and exceptional handling qualities
- Most variable cockpit, thanks to manifold individual adjustments
- Highest safety while keeping best convenience
- Sustainer engine with simple handling features
- Finally: A pretty elegant sailplane!