A real challenger - speedwise - for the Gryphon. However, eventhough the Gryphon was very heavy to handle, this one was even worst, hardly controlable...unless you were into body building!
" ... celui-là était limite pilotable... sauf pour monsieur Muscle"
Cette critique était (peut être) valable pour les premières versions. Mon cyclone, acheté en 1979 (3ième au championnats du monde), a été modifié en 1980 pour y inclure une cross-barre flottante de superbe facture.
Mes petits 48 Kgs balançaient cette merveilleuse aile dans touts les sens :
Très bonne manœuvrabilités, extrême nervosité grâce aux câbles reliant le trapèze aux bouts d'ailes. c'est, comme mon laminar, une aile qui se pilote d'abord en tangage !
I saw an early cyclone violently "tucking" on Mill Hill near Brighton. Must have been 1978 or 1979. I was preparing for launch myself watching this cyclone soaring above all other gliders. A little late the pilot decided to come in for a top landing and at his downwind leg he probably stalled, dived and then we saw him pushing the bar to try to recover attitude but instead of that the glider picked up more and more speed until the glider tucked with a violent just before impacting the ground. The tuck broke the glide and amazingly also its speed, and the pilot miraculously survived with a slight concussion after some hill side bushes had broken his fall even more. He was very lucky to survive! I spoke to him the next day. he was talking about getting a new glider because he couldn't wait to fly again...