Firebird Laser 12.8
An easy to fly modern high performance hang glider.
Uncritical handling qualities, low control forces, and an excellent glide performance make the LASER, designed by Christof Kratzner, a competitive pilot, the ideal glider for the recreational flyer. In addition to the basic model LASER 13.9, the Firebird Company developed the LASER 12.8 with a somewhat smaller wing area specifically for lighter pilots.
The sail is stabilized with 33 battens and extends from the top surface over the leading edge and almost to the trailing edge. The double sail thus forms an airplane-like wing profile. The pilot can regulate the sail tension with cords and thus influence the aerodynamic characteristics. High-grade materials such as corrosion-resistant Perunal (AlZnMgCu-alloy) used for the tubular frame and fiber glass for the wing tip edge of the leading edge are typical of the state-of-the-art in the early 1990s.
The glider on display was the test glider used to work out the legally prescribed DHV certification seal of the type.
- Manufacturer: Firebird Sky Sport AG, Seeg, 1992
- Wing span: 10.15 m
- Wing area: 12.8 m2
- Mass: 29.5 kg
- Gliding ratio: about 13
- Dimensions, packed: 3.70 m x 0.30 m x 0.30 m