The Mk3 is the third generation of the Goose concept.
The Goose concept is simple: optimizing performance without any compromise on safety and fun!
At Little Cloud, they believe that safety goes through long brake travel (deep stall point) and pitchless behavior.
It’s always easy to increase Aspect Ratio to get performance, but this always sacrifices passive safety.
The Goose Mk3 is keeping a low AR (5.5), but has been aerodynamically optimized to improve performance/glide and also air mass feedback.
We kept the same base (plan form, profile) of the Mk2, but focused on the wingtips. Tom at LC added 3 cells per side in order to get a better profile definition (cells width reduction). On the first prototypes, this was showing some interesting results.
The next steps were to change the tips shape into something more “pointy” in order to reduce lift and open slightly the arch (This artificially increase the flat AR -increase of the span due to the pointer tips- but keeps the large brake travel maintaining high passive safety level).
This was it! the first flights were done in the winter and the MK3 prototype showed some very nice abilities to thermal thanks to a much improved feedback through the brakes!
LC tested higher aspect ratio protos on the same base, but they realised that the performance benefit was too minimal compared to the loss of peace of mind!
We put more hours than ever on the final prototypes all over the world to fine tune it!
The Goose remains extremely fun to fly thanks to its very precise handling and maintains playful on the roll!
The XC range has been increased, improving the lighter condition part.
Sizing range has been increased to full fill the worldwide demand. We have now added a 25m2 glider to please larger pilots!
The Mk3 flies fantastic within all the weight range: you don’t have to get to the top of it to get nicer handling and greater speed. You will only have to choose your glider regarding what you will do with it. If you fly in weaker more humid conditions we recommend to choose the lower part of the AUW optimum range. This will help the float and will not affect so much the speed and stability! Please feel free to contact us for sizing advice.
The 20 has been specially trimmed for light : a little faster in order to optimized speed for pilots under 60kg