Small. Lightweight. Fast
Made for Alpine adventures
Our TONKAs open up new horizons. They are super small, super light and super fast, which makes them predestined for alpine adventure. Each size has its own character. With only 10.2 m² of projected area, the TONKA2 XXS is the smallest and at 1.8 kg also one of the lightest LTF/EN approved paragliders. Depending on the take-off weight, the sizes XXS and XS are designed for competitive use or for fast flights to the valley. For pilots looking for less dynamics and speed, the TONKA is available in another size with just under 15 m² projected area. This is the perfect companion for ambitious Hike&Fly tours. The concept is based on our proven lightweight MASALA and therefore has the best genes so you can rely on the necessary safety reserves even on a hot ride!
“My new toy for Alpine adventures…!”
Our JET FLAPS extend the green arc as you approach the stall point, which substantially increases safety and also improves climb performance.
C-wires are nylon wires sewn into the glider over the anchor points of the C-level lines. Advantages: better load distribution, reduced drag, more performance.
Doubling the number of cells at the trailing edge increases its shape stability substantially. Advantage: fewer vortices improve the aerodynamics and with it the performance.
The Rigid Foil nylon wires on the leading edge help maintain its shape and ensure constant ram air pressure. Advantages: better takeoff behavior, more performance and lower canopy weight.
A precise calculation of the leading edge geometry and the installation of an additional strip of fabric reduce wrinkling in this sensitive part of the glider. Advantages: exact wing shape, more performance.
|Size||XXS (10.0)||XS (12.0)||S (15.0)|
|Area flat (m²)||12,13||14,1||17,46|
|Area projected (m²)||10,25||11,8||14,76|
|Wingspan flat (m)||7,63||8,22||9,16|
|Wingspan projected (m)||5,94||6,4||7,13|
|Aspect ratio flat||4,80||4,8||4,8|
|Aspect ratio projected||3,44||3,44||3,44|
|Glider weight (kg)||1,8||2,1||2,4|
|Certified weight range (kg)||69 - 73||60 - 85||60 - 90|
|min. profile depth||48,7||54,3|
|max. profile depth||213||237|
|Upper sail||Porcher Sport Skytex 38 / Skytex 27 Universal|
|Lower sail||Porcher Sport Skytex 27 Universal|
|Ribs||Porcher Sport Skytex 27 hard|
|Bands||Porcher Sport Skytex 32|
|Main lines||Liros PPSL 200, TSL 280|
|Middle lines||Liros PPSL 160/120, DSL 70|
|Top lines||Liros DC 60|
|Brake lines||Liros DFLP 200/32, DSL 70, DC 60|
|Risers||Liros 6mm Dyneema|
Is the deterioration on light-cloths higher than on a regular glider cloth?
Light-cloths are thinner than conventional glider-cloths and therefore less resistant against mechanical strain. That means you need to pay more attention on small rocks and bushes. Please avoid any unnecessary contact to the ground. With this strict observance you will have the same durability as with a conventional glider-cloth.
What are the glide ratio (L/D), trim and maximum speeds?
We know that these data are interesting for you as a pilot, but for us to publish them would be a bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Performance data are highly dependent on the drag of the pilot and are therefore related to sitting position and harness. The difference between aerodynamically favorable and unfavorable harnesses and sitting positions can be as much as a whole L/D number.
2) Performance increases with the size of the glider. A large glider will always outperform the same glider in a smaller size. So a question about the performance of a glider is always also a question about the size.
3) There is no normed method of testing the performance of paragliders. For example, speed varies with altitude and the associated different air pressure, but also with the total weight of the system.
That means that there simply isn’t THE speed or THE L/D that would allow a serious comparison with another glider. Performance data are dependent on the harness, the size of the glider, on the air mass and the total weight.
How do I calculate my takeoff weight?
Takeoff weight is calculated by adding the weight of the pilot including clothes to the weight of the equipment. The equipment consists of the harness, the reserve chute, the paraglider itself, and any flight instruments and other baggage you may carry (e.g. rucksack, etc.).
Is it OK for me to shorten the brake lines on my skywalk paraglider?
Changing the length of the brake lines can have a negative effect on the flying characteristics and extreme flight behavior. The paraglider needs a little more lead when flying on speed bar, otherwise the glider could be braked unintentionally, leading to a loss of performance. When performig extreme flying maneuvers, shortening the brake lines too much can cause complications during recovery from collapses, parachutal stall, etc.
Am I allowed to make modifciations to my skywalk paraglider?
No, because the glider is certified the way it is delivered to you. Even the brake line length is part of the trim and must not be changed.
Do the Dyneema-Rizers need special handling?
The handling is not different to any other risers. You just need a little bit of time to get used to the thin risers.
What are JetFlaps and how do they work?
Jet Flaps are a so-called split flap like those seen on a large airplane. When the glider is braked, the airflow is routed through the glider, restoring smooth airflow. This extends brake line travel and softens the stall behavior.
What advantage do the JetFlaps on my skywalk paraglider offer?
Lower flyable minimum airspeed. The speed range is wider and easier to control. The pilot has more time to react when flying near the stall point.
What size should I choose on this glider?
Size S really suits for hike&fly adventures and can be flown from pilots with less experience on miniwings. Size XS reacts really energetic and agile. Therefore size XS should only be flown from pilots with experience on miniwings.