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13 prototypes, new technology and extensive testing by two of Germany's best cross-country pilots – these are just a few of the stages undertaken by Swing in developing the Astral 7. The original idea was for this to be a further step in paraglider development, but it has turned out to be a major leap forwards.

Visually, the Astral 7 is still based on the glider it is replacing, the Astral 6. The high arc concept saw that glider rapidly become the state of the art in the EN-C category. Moving beyond the similarity in appearance, the Astral 7 features a number of fundamental innovations and enhancements, which set trend-setting new highlights in paraglider development at Swing.

Less is more

As a flawless 3-liner with optimised hybrid line system, the Astral 7 can offer reduced line drag and improved performance especially in accelerated flight. The saving in line materials is a full 18.5% - that's 60 metres for the size 24 compared to the glider it replaces. Glide performance could be improved by a good 0.5 points by the reduction in residual resistance in combination with the new profile and use of 3D-shaping to optimise tension. An ideal combination of canopy curvature and pilot position ensures greater canopy stability, higher projected aspect ratio and an optimum compromise between damping and handling.

The most important differences from the Astral 6

  • 3 line levels › line reduction of 18.5% means less resistance
  • New profile, optimised for glide when partially accelerated › very stable at its pressure point and very pitch stable, giving very high canopy stability across the entire speed range
  • Less canopy curvature › better roll damping and more peaceful flying
  • Interchangeable Plastic Wires (FT) › noticeable improvement in profile accuracy with less weight
  • 3D-Shaping › leading edge is airflow-optimised
  • Mini-Ribs › streamlined form at the trailing edge
  • Optimised speed system › acceleration requires less effort and is more efficient.

There is one respect, however, in which there is no difference at all between the Astral 7 and its predecessor – the feeling of delight which experienced cross-country pilots will feel the first time they fly this glider. Didi Siglbauer turned even a maiden flight on the first prototype into an impressive FAI triangle of 205km, and he flew a further 235 km triangle soon afterwards.  So any pilot who would like to be completely satisfied with a paraglider would be well-advised to test-fly the Astral 7 straight away.

Astral 7…
our best Astral yet!

Feedbacks

Torsten Hahne

Recipe for XC all-rounder Ingredients: Two type-test Astral FT gliders. Two XC-test pilots. 50 cross-country flights. 200 hours airtime. 3,600 km XC. 1st and 3rd placings in the sport class. Mix together all the impressions and experience gained, keep designer and test pilots on their toes with new ideas and improvements and allow everything to mature slowly. The new Astral 7 is ready. This was probably the world's most intensive and elaborate long-term testing in order to get a glider ready for series production. I am proud to have contributed a small part to the development of the new Astral 7.

Didi Siglbauer

"SWING provided me with an ASTRAL FT (one of the first protos) for long-term testing. I am extremely pleased that I was straight away able to achieve new personal bests and win the German cross-country champs flying this glider. With a further 6 prototypes, SWING has been able to answer all of my wishes and areas of concern, or improve on them, and so I can hardly wait to go cross-country flying again in 2012 with "my" ASTRAL 7." (Didi Siglbauer flew the Astral FT when he won the sport class and the German cross-country title for 2011).

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LTF homologation

C C C C

CEN homologation

C C C C
70 - 87 80 - 102 90 - 110 100 - 125

Cells

57 57 57 57

Wing area (m²)

24 25,5 27 28,5

Wing area projected (m²)

20,34 21,62 22,89 24,16

Wing span (m)

12,39 12,77 13,14 13,5

Projected wing span (m)

9,64 9,93 10,22 10,5

Aspect ratio

6,4 6,4 6,4 6,4

Projected aspect ratio

4,57 4,57 4,57 4,57

Glider weight (kg)

5,65 5,8 5,95 6,15

Min. sink rate (m/s)

1,05 1,05 1,05 1,05

Trim speed (km/h)

39 39 39 39

Max speed (km/h)

53 53 53 53

List price incl. 19% german VAT (EUR)

3690,- 3690,- 3690,- 3690,-

Scope of delivery

  • Swing ASTRAL 7
  • Sherpa Backpack
  • Protection Bag Plus
  • Compression Strap
  • Riser Bag
  • Manual

SWING Multi Grip Demonstration

  • Navigation

Special designs

In general there are two ways to individualise the paraglider,

  • firstly by a special design (see below) and,
  • secondly, by adding an advertising message to it.

Paraglider sponsoring

Here are some facts and information which you may find helpful in finding sponsors or applying for sponsorship.

Special designs

Note

The delivery time for special colors can vary strongly due to capacity utilization of our production. Please contact your dealer to inquire the respective delivery time.

SWING Annecy 744
SWING Annecy 1044
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 323 21x15,5cmx300dpi-BA
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 395 28x20,7cmx300dpi-BA
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 411 20,7x28Vx300dpi-BA
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 658 20,7x28cmx300dpi-BA
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 744 28x20,7cmx300dpi-BA
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 976 28x20,7cmx300dpi-BA
Astral-7 Vitek Ludvik 1044 28x20,7cmx300dpi-BA
Astral.7 Vitek Ludvik 323 21x15,5cmx300dpi-BA
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-6-18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-9-18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-10 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-13 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-16-27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-22 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-111 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-114 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-115 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-116 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-119 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-132 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-134 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-139 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-142 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-143 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-147 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-148 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-150 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-159
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-159 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-160 27x21cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-210 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-212 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-256 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-261 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-267 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-275 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-286 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-293 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-299 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-304 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-308 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-319 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-326 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-344 27x18cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf-355 18x27cm 300dpi
Swing Astral 7 Rainer Scheltdorf 18x27cm 300dpi-

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Testimonials

Der Astral 7 ist super! Hermann ist vom Gleiten meines Microastrals echt beeindruckt. - Andrea Ranninger


Ich bin schon lange nicht mehr so safe mit einem Flügel unterwegs gewesen, wie mit dem A7.- Didi Siglbauer


Das  beste  Argument für den Astral 7 ist der Schirm selbst! - Josef Gruber


Ich bin echt super glücklich mit dem Schirm und fühle mich sehr wohl damit. - Angela Dachs


Die Steigleistung ist sehr gut und ich konnte mit allen Schirmen locker mithalten. Gleiten ist wohl fast so gut wie beim Stratus. - Alfredo Studer

The Astral 7 is one of the best gliders manufactured by Swing, built with noticeable quality and every imaginable technological detail. - Daniel Crespo (Ojovolador.com)


A great glider! Everyone is delighted by this sail, a success! - Jean-Marcel Gau (Swing Air Import, FR)

Astral 7 Competition Results (selection)

1. Polish & Ukrainian Open 2012 (Sport) – Krzysztof Ziolkowski
2. Polish & Ukrainian Open 2012 (Sport) – Walter Wojciechowski
1. XC Copa Tocaima 2012 – Daniel Montejo
1. Open Tres  Provincias 2012 (General und Sport) – Andreas Mezger
3. Open Tres  Provincias 2012 (Sport) – Gustavo Adolfo Casasola
3. Cric Championship Central Italy (General) - Garolla Andrea
1. Cric Championship Central Italy (Sport) - Garolla Andrea
1. Cilp Championship regional Lombardo Piemonte - Marinuzzo Franco
2. DHV XC 2012 (Sport) – Dietmar Siglbauer
2. DHV XC 2012 (Damen) – Monika Mack
3. DHV XC 2012 (Damen) – Angela Dachs
2. XContest 2012 (Sport) – Michael Müller

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