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ADVANCE -IOTA - Easy Performance

ADVANCE launches the new IOTA Series, a High-Level EN B glider for ambitious  cross-country pilots. Featuring an optimized, low-weight design, the XC-Intermediate IOTA represents the most accommodating balance between performance and piloting ease within the entire ADVANCE product range. The high performance capabilities of the IOTA open the door to the world of long cross-country flights

very light perfect balance performant

Quality Lightweight Technology
There is now a new light category. Thanks to computationally modelled lightweight-structure design techniques, the IOTA weighs only 4.45kg ( 23m2 size). And yet the IOTA is a robust and durable product thanks to the material choice of Skytex 32 and 38 from Porcher Sport. The low weight of the canopy improves takeoff behaviour, considerably increases passive safety, and contributes to direct handling.

A computational analysis of the interior of the glider resulted in a massive reduction of the overall weight.  The topology of the lightening holes of the profiles and diagonal ribs was optimized with respect to the operational stresses and forces.  The complex structure is initially reminiscient of a block of Swiss cheese.  The outcome of this intensive development process is a product which is noticeably lighter and yet still durable, with an unvarying flight behaviour over time.

The unique combination of the ADVANCE semi-circular inlets and Air Scoop Technology enables a significantly lower brake position at stall and considerably larger progressivity in brake pressure, yielding a lower spin tendency when turning.  The inner pressure remains high even at high angles of attack thanks to the careful design of the air inlets.  The overall goal of this optimization of the inner pressure is the improvement of passive safety.

The IOTA comes 100% equipped with low stretch, unsheathed Aramid lines manufactured by Edelrid.  There are no Dyneema lines used at all.  Durability and robustness have been maximized thanks to the careful assembly of inner and outer loop reinforcements as well as an elaborate yarn coating.  Many years of experience using this top-quality product are evidence that the advantages of using unsheathed Edelrid lines dominate over all alternatives.

Keeping a close eye on the forces and strains in the canopy is crucial for having the least amount of wrinkles and the best performance.  Our design tools and methods are capable of computing the distribution of forces and strains in the entire canopy.  The optimal aeroelastic design, from 3D panel shaping through to ballooning, is achieved in an iterative, computational process.  This enables the maximum conversion of theoretical performance into real performance.

Where does the name IOTA come from?
fold faq How is the IOTA positioned between the EPSILON and the SIGMA?
fold faq Why are all of the lines on the IOTA unsheathed?
fold faq Which harness is best for flying the IOTA?
fold faq Why does the IOTA have no miniribs?

Technical Technical data Materials

IOTA  23 26 28 30  
Flat surface m2 23 26 28 30
Projected surface m2 19.2 21.6 23.3 24.9
Recommended takeoff weight kg  60-85 75-100 90-115 105-130
Glider weight kg 4.45 4.85  5.15 5.45
Aspect ratio 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5  
Projected aspect ratio  3.9  3.9  3.9  3.9  
Span m 11.35  11.95 12.45 12.85
Projected span m 8.65 9.15  9.45 9.75
Trim speed  km/h 38.5 (+/-1) 38.5 (+/-1) 38.5 (+/-1) 38.5 (+/-1)
Max. speeds km/h 53 (+/-2) 53 (+/-2) 53 (+/-2)  53 (+/-2)
Certification  EN/LTF B EN/LTF B  EN/LTF B EN/LTF B  
Number of cells  59  59  59  59  
Number of risers 3+1 3+1 3+1 3+1  



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