This year Aeros has some kind of an
anniversary: we are 15 years old.
This is not only an occasion to celebrate, but an important milestone
as well. And having reached this milestone, it is good to look back, to
recall the past, to think of all the previous achievements and to move
on to further development and growth, taking the past experience into
What was the beginning of Aeros? That was the Antonov
Design Bureau, where young enthusiasts designed and built hanggliders.
By the way, even these gliders were quite competitive, and the members
of the USSR national team flew them. In 1991, after the Perestroika (Rebuilding)
and the following collapse of the USSR, Aeros Ltd. was formed. Its activity
began from creating competition hang gliders Stealth and trike wings Stranger,
and as the company was developing quickly, it soon started to produce
paragliders, harnesses and Down rescue parachutes. Step by step the serial
production of hanggliders has been arranged. Aeros has become the first
manufacturer of ultralight aircraft in the CIS whose products have passed
BHPA, DHV and DULV certification tests. Our products have been recognized
worldwide, and Aeros dealers appeared in Europe and in the USA, and later
on other continents as well; since the demand grew up, Aeros also expanded.
The experience gained allowed us to begin to produce the full range of
Ultralight aircraft: trikes, Skyranger ultralight airplane kits, and to
take part in the production of rigid wings… The variety of hanggliders
and paragliders covers all the classes of the wings from beginner to performance
ones. Besides, Aeros designs hangglider and paraglider harnesses using
the facilities of Antonov Design Bureau. Thorough tests of new models
in an aerodynamic tunnel help to choose the best shape for a harness and
to optimize it. Every harness is being made taking into consideration
the customer’s wishes, but the high quality of materials, professional
and accurate design are always a must.
Now, Aeros team consists of about a hundred skilful professionals. They
are all aviation enthusiasts and fully realize the importance and the
responsibility of their work. Hangglider assemblers and professional test-pilots
Oleg Bondarchuk and Sergey Semenov are the members of Ukrainian National
HG Team, and many other employees are pilots who fly hanggliders, paragliders,
sailplanes, trikes and ultralight planes. Aeros is constantly developing
and creating new wing models, which is absolutely necessary now, as the
UL aviation itself is changing quickly, and new ideas, technical solutions
and tendencies have to be traced all the time.
All this is of great importance for us. However, the positive comments
we receive from those who fly our gliders, and the leading places in various
competitions they take, have always been the best indicator of our level.
And we do have something to be proud of! Two valid world records have
been set on our gliders: one is the speed over a triangular course of
100 km (by Martin Henry), and the other is a feminine speed record over
a triangular course of 50 km (by Mia Schokker). Skyranger ultralight plane
has won the title of the World Champion for 4 times. Oleg Bondarchuk on
a Combat L is now the World Hanggliding Champion 2005. All the members
of the Ukrainian national hanggliding team, and many professional pilots
from other countries have chosen our competition gliders. For example,
in the European Hang Gliding Championship 2006, 46 out of 98 participants
(which is 46 percent) were flying Aeros gliders. Target gliders for beginners
and intermediate Discus gliders are also popular. In the East Coast Open
Championship 2006, pilots flying Discus wings took two leading places.
This shows that our intermediate gliders are not only comfortable to fly,
but can show great performance as well.
Certainly, all Aeros achievements of fifteen years can’t be covered
in one article, since during this time Aeros has transformed from a group
of enthusiasts into a company known worldwide. Nevertheless, we have reviewed
at least this year’s small and great victories to demonstrate the
So, in 2006 Aeros has released Combat
L 2006, which is a new modification of our most professional wing,
L 12 with reduced wing area for lightweight pilots. Discus
12 and Discus 13 are also available to order from now on.
The production of the tandem glider Target 21 and of the strutted trike
TL has been started. Amigo
29 paraglider has passed CEN flight and load tests and obtained
CEN certificate number 1. CEN is a new European certification system,
and from now on all the paragliders will be certified by it.
Two out of three leading places in the European Championship were won
by pilots on Combat L wings. The third place in the Women’s HG World
Championship was also taken by a participant flying Combat L.
Now, looking at the wide range of products that Aeros manufactures and
at the great number of pilots who are flying our wings in many countries,
we hope that the next years will be equally lucky and efficient for us!