Hangar 9's Aspire is perfect for pilots who want to take up the soaring challenge. This 2-meter sailplane comes 90% pre-built and pre-covered with Goldberg UltraCote® in a transparent blue with white and silver trim. The Aspire can easily be built in two evenings, but don't let the fact that this is an ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) fool you. Like Hangar 9's other Ultra Series aircraft, the Aspire offers a level of craftsmanship and quality that will have others at the field patting you on the back for a building job well done. They'll never know it's pre-built! And when they see it perform, they'll be even more convinced that you carefully crafted the Aspire yourself, thanks to its modified Sileg 7037 airfoil and light 9 in./oz. wing loading.
Hangar 9's new Aspire was designed by World-class TOC pilot Mike McConville. Mike said that a lot of attention was given to turning handling and performance, which is important because when flying in a thermal, it's necessary to maintain a constant bank angle and turn radius once the thermal is cored.
With some sailplanes, you need to constantly give inputs (sometimes even opposite rudder) to maintain a constant circle, and you spend more time concentrating on flying than staying in lift. Not so with the Aspire when you find lift, all you need to do is bank to the desired angle and then pull and hold some up elevator. The Aspire will maintain a constant circle with very little rudder correction needed. This leaves you free to concentrate on exactly where the lift is the strongest and work over in that direction. It's surprising how fewer thermals you fly out of when you're concentrating on where they are rather than keeping the airplane in the right place.
The Aspire features a modified Selig 7037 airfoil that gives great penetration performance, but slows down well for thermaling and landings. An adjustable tow-hook allows for nearly 1" adjustment. In the forward position, stable hands-off launches are achieved, while in the rearward position higher launches are possible with slightly less launch stability. And the Aspire's select all-wood construction weighs in at 44 oz. with standard servos and 600mAh pack.
The transparent blue UltraCote® shows off the beautiful internal construction and really looks great in the air with the sun glistening through.