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>>> Hang glider KISS / MAGIC KISS


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Hang glider card : Kiss / Magic Kiss
Name :
KISS / MAGIC KISS
Manufacturer :
Airwave
Year :
1989
Pilot level :
-
Manual :
Kiss-Manual.pdf
Document(s) :
-
 
Hang glider model :
144
154
Wing area (m²) :
13.38
14.2
Wing span(m) :
-
10.4
Aspect ratio :
-
7.4
Hang glider weight (kg) :
30
30
Minimum pilot weight (kg) :
50
60
Maximum pilot weight (kg) :
80
90
Minimum speed (km/h) :
-
26
Maximum speed (km/h) :
-
83
Max glide ratio (L/H) :
-
-
Max glide ratio speed (km/h) :
     -
     -
Minimum sink rate (m/s) :
     -
     -
Packed length (m) :
-
-
Packed length short (m) :
-
-
Number of battens :
-
29
Nose angle (°) :
-
127

Comments

 
11/09/2003

Very light handling glider, very easy to land but good performance.
Some can tend to yaw but you get used to it after a while.
For pilots with 50hrs+


bsk
03/10/2003

Very hard for landing, for expiriece pilot only


 
24/11/2003

I found this to be a very nice, easy-to-fly hangglider, though definitely 'advanced'. Very easy to land, in my experience.
Wing-wires are not too slack, so she handles well on take-off.


 
10/06/2004
[Translation of the original French comment]
This wing is performant, beautiful and very pleasant to fly. Not very good at hight speed but there is no problem for aerotowing. Very easy to land, this wing is also pleasant in thermals.
But this wing is unusual,so it is almost impossible to find parts.


 
09/07/2004

Fantastic glider. High performance but glide not the same as the new modern gliders. Cork screws in a thermal with a bicycle turn. Yet has near perfect landings. I usually land with one or two steps. Large flare window. It does tend to have roll control problems if not set properly. Other wise very light on the controll.


Bart Doets
27/09/2004
[Translation of the original French comment]
The Kiss and the Magic Kiss are the same hang glider.


 
31/10/2004

The Magic Kiss is a wonderful glider to fly, excellent performance especially in light thermal conditions, maneuverable almost to the point of instability, a real glider for real pilots. Flying this glider is the most fun I’ve ever had in the air but it is definitely not suitable for beginners. It is a very “yawy” wing requiring a light touch and “active flying” to keep it under control.
Pilots transitioning from stiffer wings may have a tendency to PIO or even dutch-roll especially at higher speeds.


 
22/08/2005

Yep sweet glider great handling but if you want to stuff the bar for speed the contempory Rumours had no yaw probs (but were stiff in roll)


 
29/11/2005

One of my favorite hang gliders. very well coordinated pitch/roll. Tends to wind in a little when circling but easy to counter. good landing characteristics.


 
01/04/2006

Yes good glider. Sensitive nice thermaling.
On the other hand:
I wonder if someone ever tried towing.... :-)
In my opinion a clear example of a glider not suitable for towing.




 
06/04/2006

Ce qui est dit est justifié. Plaisir de pllotage et ca chute si on tire. La seule aile ou j'ai toujours les montants d'origine (ca calme quand on voit leur corde!). je vole toujours avec l'hiver, et elle vieillit bien.


 
25/08/2006

Have flown a Kiss for 15 years. Currently also fly a WW Fusion. I platform towed the Kiss for many years and found it to climb out strongly with no control problems. I routinely aerotow the Kiss with no problems, but if new to aerotowing, recommend flying with a tail for the first few flights, otherwise overcontrol will occur. The glider is simply sensitive. Never fly without the nose cone - the glider will become divergent at speed.


Martynas Makelis
02/10/2006

Very nice wing, I have been flying for about 2 years now only towing with winch. No problems at all.


 
24/01/2007

My last, though not favorite glider. I flew my Kiss in '98 and '99 and only logged about 20 hours. I'd been out of flying for a few years so it probably wasn't the best glider to get back into it again. Thermalling the Kiss was straightforward but not as enjoyable as on my Magic IV 155FR. Glide was good up until you reached high speed. The Kiss then tended to yaw from side to side. Not disconcertainly so, but enough to require constant corrections, though you did automatically begin correcting for the yaw. Roll inputs were fairly light though it wasn't as easy as my MagicIV to coordinate in turns. I think the Kiss required more push out or it would tend to slip into the turn. I never really mastered the correct landing technique finding the Kiss to climb rapidly and drop if flared too early, or to nose in if you flared with not enough speed on. My biggest beef with the glider was the amount of effort required to pull back and hook in the crosstube tensioning cable. I'm no weakling and I remember cursing the glider on several occasions when I couldn't hook the cable in!


 
25/04/2007

I need the "Kiss" manual. Where can I get it?


 
03/12/2007
[Translation of the original French comment]
It is the most fantastic glider I have ever owned. Great all over, very strong. I have only broken one upright / downtube over a 15 year period. I would buy a new one tomorrow if it were still manufactured.


 
10/12/2007

L'aile de tous les records qui amena sur les podiums JOHN PENDRY, ROBY WHITHALL et bien d'autres;l'aile qui permis à roby de gagner les championnats du monde dans les alpes suisses, dans des conditions dantesques, avec trés fort vent du nord et cisaillement conséquents et aprés deux tumblings et fortes sueurs froides. Le KISS, une aile qui romp radicalement avec les précédentes ailes airwave, magic iv et iv full race, toutes deux peu maniables et lourdes au pilotage. Le KISS se remarque par une maniabilité assez fantastique qui permet de le placer dans la petite combe à 3 ou 4 m des arbres pour récuperer les frémissements quant il n'y a plus rien de bon. Le KISS monte trés trés bien en thermique mais manifeste une forte instabilité spirale qui oblige à se positionner à l'extérieur du virage lors des thermiques travaillés à forte inclinaison.La maniabilité est due au dièdre négatif. En transition, l'aile présente un fort roulis hollandais que l'on arrête qu'en rendant un peu la main.Ceci est du à un lattage d'intrado insuffisant et présent uniquement dans la partie centrale de l'aile.En conditions fortes, l'aile devient vite surprenante, parfois inquiétante tant elle est instable et sensible. Heureusement l'atterrissage est un vrai plaisir. Le KISS, une aile fantastique à l'époque, à ne mettre qu'entre les mains de pilotes chevonnés dont les dents rayaient le parquet.


 
31/03/2010

The best glider I have ever owner. Flew it for six years 89-95. Took a few flights to dial into its different handling, but I felt very confident with it and found its type of handling superb. Landing a snap, I don't think I ever dropped it. Never replaced an upright anyway. Those were the days.


 
14/08/2011

Quisiera agradecerles si mi puede decir si el ala delta magi kiss se puede motorizar a trike. ya que estoy construccion de uno.


 
19/03/2012

Hey, we have new magic kiss sail and a frame of airwave magic or so, and want to put the sail on the frame, so we need blueprints or construction plans of airwave magic kiss.So maybe you know where i can get exact plans of this hang glider?Answer to my email, i will be very thankful.

Gedas


Richard M
20/08/2018

I love my kiss and still fly it today.

I agree with the yaw at speed thing, although it only happened to me one time. I pulled full bar after a couple of flights and the glider started to weave. After pulling the VG she flew straight. Never again did this happen to me at any speed or VG setting. As others have said you just get used to it and naturally fly the glider better. Its pilot induced for sure. The glider is just more sensitive in roll than the Magic 4 i was flying before.


 
24/05/2019

bonjour je viens de faire l'acquisition d'un magic kiss c'est une tres bonne aile apres quelques petits réglages elastiques de lattes contrôle du profil de lattes intrado plus extrado il ne fait pratiquement pas de roulis hollandais mania top super perfo bien sur au dessous des ailes actuelles mais bon!!! pour le poser c'est royal vraiment merci ALEX de me l'avoir vendue je ne regrette rien et de plus c'est du costaud et elle viellie bien super etat de la voile pour les nostalgiques de la balle!!!!