A safe, fun and capable wing to learn on … and keep progressing on, long after flying school.
- One glider concept for school and beyond
- Progressive stability
- Cord cut billow (CCB)
- Exceptional roll stability
- Safety and performance
- Impeccable spiral behaviour
The Magic takes safety and performance to whole new levels, in a colourful and fun-to-fly package. It’s easy to launch, a joy to thermal and exceptionally roll stable, helping students avoid unintentional side-to-side oscillations.
The Magic lightens the workload of learning to fly without reducing the fun: great BGD handling and quick responses ensure it’s always a joy. It has good pitch stability, gently biting forward into lift and reacting very nicely in thermals.
Robust and durable materials mean it can cope with the rigours of training, but modern materials manage this without making it heavy – the M size is 4.9kg.
If you fly already, you’ll know it – that feeling. The first time your feet leave the ground, the thrill of gliding through the air extinguishing any clammy pre-launch nerves. The pure joy of free flight!
The feeling grows, flight after flight, spilling over like Grimm’s Magic Porridge Pot, never running out. The Magic is the perfect partner, from a pilot’s first fly-downs until they are confidently soaring, thermalling and exploring. EN/LTF-A security keeps them safe while BGD handling and solid performance encourage confident progression.
The Magic is a wing for pilots to train on, and to keep progressing on long after their school days are behind them.
With the Magic I wanted to design the perfect glider for a student to learn on and then to continue to progress with after school, a One Glider concept. The Magic has the safety beginners need, and will continue to look after them as they grow in confidence and become more adventurous.
Its spiral behaviour is astounding! Spiral stability can be a problem with low aspect-ratio beginner wings, but we have tested the Magic extensively with different inclinations and sink rates, and never, ever has it stayed in a spiral, once! This is very unusual for a school glider and is a big safety bonus.
The brake travel to the stall point is long (72cm) so pilots won’t find themselves accidentally stalling or spinning the wing either. In short I am very excited about the Magic and sure it will bring ‘that feeling’ to whoever flies it.
Designed for progressing pilots this glider has outstanding roll stability. Paragliders are inherently unstable on the ground, added roll stability makes the glider easier to launch and more comfortable in the air.
Optimised Line Layout
Over the years BGD have perfected their system of optimising the line layout of their wings. They use numerous equations, software, and the plain old guess-and-check method to build their line layouts. The result is simple: fewer lines making stronger, faster gliders.
Safety and Performance
The Magic has the safety beginners need, and will continue to look after them as they grow in confidence and start using the gliders’ performance more and more.
BGD have added a ‘big ears’ A riser which is also on a ½ ratio with the rest of the A lines. This facilitates easy use of big ears while helping speed and stability while on bar. The speed system is light and simple without reflex really helping glide at speed.
Snap Locks are lightweight, compact attachments that effortlessly connect the brakes to the risers. A small focused magnet inside the catch and an internal locking system hold the handle in place, releasing only if the handles are pulled down towards the pilot. This unique design feature means the handles don’t fall off while kiting, packing, or performing manoeuvres. The Snap Lock system solves many of the problems associated with press-studs and magnets.
Impeccable Spiral Behaviour
The spiral behaviour is astounding – spiral stability can be a problem with low aspect-ratio beginner wings, but we have tested the paraglider extensively, with different inclinations and sink rates, and never, ever has it stayed in a spiral, once! This is very unusual for a school glider and is a big safety bonus.
Progressive stability has been designed into all our gliders to help pilots feel turbulence and avoid it. This makes for safer and more comfortable flying.
Weight Optimise Ribs
We have maintained the strength and rigidity of the ribs while removing unnecessary material. This means less weight for no increase in cost or reduction in strength of the wing. The hole positioning and size depends on the loads taken locally by the sail, and it is thanks to recent developments in our software that it is now possible to accurately calculate this.
Eyes wide open safety
Gliders that talk are safer. Safer gliders make pilots perform better. Better performing pilots fly further. Further flying pilots are happier pilots. Eyes Wide-open Safety produces happier pilots.
Cord Cut Billow (CCB)
Cord Cut Billow technology has been developed to improve the form friction, glider stability and overall performance of BGD paragliders. Two seams run chord-wise across the top panels of the leading edge to accommodate the panel ballooning that happens when the wing is inflated. Up to five centimetres of excess material is created on the sides of an inflated flat panel bending over a wing profile. Cord Cut Billow technology absorbs the material with a 3D panel resulting in fewer ripples and improved rib profile shape and stability.
Tripple Finger Diagonals
Across the whole chord of the profile BGD have designed three-piece diagonal supports that pass through the holes in other ribs. They ensure structural integrity by avoiding cloth bias from the ribs and creating a more solid wing even when brake is applied. This is particularly important near the trailing edge since the profile is thin and the diagonal ribs are shallow supporting higher loads.
|LINEAR SCALING FACTOR||0.9||0.96||1||1.04||1.08|
|PROJECTED AREA (M²)||17.8||19.5||21.2||22.9||24.6|
|FLAT AREA (M²)||21||23||25||27||29|
|GLIDER WEIGHT (KG)||3.9||4.3||4.7||5.1||5.5|
|TOTAL LINE LENGTH (M)||202||222||241||260||280|
|NUMBER OF MAIN LINES (A/B/C)||3/4/3|
|FLAT ASPECT RATIO||4.7|
|PROJECTED ASPECT RATIO||3.5|
|ROOT CHORD (M)||2.6||2.7||2.8||2.9||3.1|
|FLAT SPAN (M)||10.1||10.5||10.9||11.4||11.8|
|PROJECTED SPAN (M)||7.9||8.27||8.6||8.9||9.3|
|TRIM SPEED (KM/H)||38|
|TOP SPEED (KM/H)||50|
|MIN SINK (M/S)||1|
|IN-FLIGHT WEIGHT RANGE (KG)||50-70||60-80||75-95||88-108||100-125|