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This new engine operation concept means that besides the ASG 29 E there is now an additional variant: the ASG 29 Es.

The ASG 29 Es SOLO 2350 engine unit is equipped with an electric starter which is powered by an additional battery located in the engine compartment. The control unit in the cockpit takes over all the duties of the previous single lever so that the pilot now only has to operate a switch to extract and start the engine.

Even the fuel cock is opened and closed automatically. Nevertheless, there is an additional switch in the control unit which allows the pilot to operate the fuel cock manually in an emergency.

Engine retraction is just as easy. With the engine running, all that’s required is to move the switch to the “retract” position. With that not only is the ignition turned off but the starting motor also automatically brakes the propeller and positions it vertically. As soon as this is completed, the engine unit is independently retracted. The pilot can devote his complete attention to flying the aircaft. The whole engine stop and retraction procedure takes only about 15 seconds.

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ASG 29: Optimal 18-m class glider, with optional sustainer.

With this aircraft we have focused on top performance and the interest of the competition pilot. Later self launching versions were ruled out right from the start, allowing our design team to avoid the numerous design compromises which have plagued previous 18m flapped gliders. Instead the team around Michael Greiner focused on optimizing competition scores.

With a very low empty weight of approx. 280 kg (617 lbs) we were able to reduce the wing area to only 10.5 m² (113 sqft) resulting in a performance boosting aspect ratio of almost 31.

Still, a minimum wing loading of 33 kg/m² (6.75 lb/sqft) is possible, which can be increased to 57 kg/m² (11.67 lb/sqft). Wing tanks holding 2×85 liters plus an optional fuselage tank of 35 liters make for a total of more than 200 liters of water ballast. A tail tank for C of G adjustments is available as an optional extra.

For an optimum wing lay-out in both 15m as well as 18m configuration a wing joint is located at just over half wingspan. This approach has reduced the weight of all four wing panels to easily manageable levels and allows the exchangeable winglets to be used for 15- and 18-metre configuration.

Very long ailerons and a further refined aileron/flap control system ensure a superb control response and a very fast roll rate. The blowhole boundary layer control system was adopted from the successful ASW 27.

Prices starting at €87.900 netto, ask for conditions and terms.

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