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Comes in 3 sizes, 140, 160 and 180, of which the uncertified 180 was supposed to be the nicest. Flew 3 examples for total of about 40 hours. Takes off and lands easy. Largely viceless, except for stiff handling, which can lead to being tipped ridgewards in an alarming fashion when scratching in thermic conditions. Tendency to leave non-Clubman pilots with sore arms after a good thermal flight, but climbs well. Tends not to go well into wind, as you might expect from this era of glider. Used to be used as a post-school glider in Britain and great for that (no subtlety required), with due regard to being turned ridgewards. Last Arial Arts Clubman was made a very long time ago, production then being taken up by Avian, who stopped making them a long time ago...
Still flying one, after trashed newer wing.
Better performance than a skyfloater, and very lightweight (~21Kg) due to rather thin LEs with 2 size steps.
Always forgiving + easy to fly, but rather slow by modern standards.
Control forces high, but will turn very tight (low aspect ratio?)
Only the C160 (medium) was certified in UK.
It is said the small and large sizes were more variable than the medium -some of them nice, some dogs!
When Avian took it over, they re-engineered it and it became the Avian Elan -said to be a bit faster + more efficient but not quite such a breeze to land.
I have about 25 hours on a Clubman 160. It was my first glider so I did not realized how bad was its handling and performance until I got a Scandal 136. It was very unstable on take off in windy condition 15 MPH+, and to make it turn I needed to push all the way the bar about three times. Not as ease to land as the Scandal 136. There is nothing nice to say about the Clubman 160.
Clubman C160 Hang Glider Can someone tell me are good for beginner?
I started to fly the clubman 140 of witch I am near its top weight. after having not flown for about 15 years. I found it to still fly very slow even with my wieght and landing in very light winds like stepping of a house brick. nothing bad to say about this machine little glider