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C'est un Pacific Airwave Vision, un DSTI intermediaire. Pacific Windcraft (USA) devenait partie de Airwave environ 1983, depuis nommé Pacific Airwave òu en bref PacAir. En 1986 PacAir fermait les portes. Il y avait aussi une version Vision biplace ("Double vision")
This is the glider on which I learned to fly. It is an excellent all round recreational glider, very maneuverable, with performance somewhat better than single surface models. Its only failing is lack of glide ratio at high speeds, although this can be an advantage when landing in tight fields. Its maneuverability allows it to take advantage of small areas of lift that higher performance “stiffer” wings cannot.
I flew this glider from 1988 to 2002 in California. I had previously flown a WW Duck, high perfomance glider, that I disliked because of it's heavy handling. I decided to buy this glider as it had superb handling and a great sink rate. You could really slow this glider down and get close to the mountain. It was easy to set up, launch, thermal, and land. It had an elevated king post hang-point for easy roll control. It had great static balance and was a light glider.
Hiway Hang Gliders (1983) Ltd has offert the Vision 18, designed by Pacific Windcrat, along with the Excalibur and Explorer2.
The gliders in these pix are not Vision Mk IVs, they are an earlier model called plainly a Vision (not MK IV). The Vision MkIV has no keel pocket
Correct you are; the photo is not of a Mark IV. I advised DC82 of that little detail last year; also provided them a correct photo. Guess they didn't buy it.