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The AIR ATOS VQ 12 is designed to be easier and more fun to fly than the VR, with quicker more agile handling making this glider excellent in thermals. The steady improvement in performance due to the development of the VQ leaves its performance very close indeed to the VR. In thermals the climb rate is often even considered better than the VR.
Faster rigging The VQ has easier rigging than the old VR etc.
Faster Roll Rate The roll rate on the VQ makes it feel small despite the span.
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Brand AIR
Model Number ATOSVQ
In Stock No
Available Options:
Adjustable Tail:
Basebar Protection:
Coloured Stripe:
Technora Sail:
Product Description
The ATOS VQ 12 is the latest incarnation of the successful ATOS series. It first inherited  the proven features of the ATOS VR. However the design focus was reduced weight, quicker rigging and less complication (without winglets) than the VR.

The VQ has a slightly shorter span using a lighter “traditional” curved wing-tip instead of the winglets (typical on the VR) and a slightly more tapered wing planform.  These combine to massively improve the roll rate compared to the VR.  When moving from the VR this is the first thing you notice feels far smaller.

The performance polyhedral of the wings (the wing tips bend up and back) give the glider a lovely poise and 'floaty' feel in the air.  It feels stable and secure and still has the great roll rate.

As far as performance goes it is claimed that the VR has a slightly better high speed glide due to its comparitively reduced washout.  When the VQ was launched the difference was claimed to be small.  Since then the gradual improvement in the VQ means that it has now got performance extremely close to the VR. 

Rigging:  The new rigging system makes set-up faster and easier than on all other Atos models.  In fact it was so sucessful that it has now been moved to all other gliders in the ATOS range.


The VQ has a couple of options.

The glider has full DHV certification.

Technical data:

Span: 13,4 m
Wing area: 14,2 m2
Aspect ratio: 12,64
Min. sink speed: 0,65 m/s
Glider weight: 40 kg
Min. take-off weight: 90 kg
Max. take-off weight: 179 kg
Transport dimensions: 5,15x0,48x0,2 m
Rigging/Deriggging: ca. 12 Minuten
Certification: DHV

Customer reviews for this product

By Steve on 26/10/2012  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
Having flow a VR and an early VQ before I was very keen to get a VQ with the moveable tail option. This option means that you loose the pretty carbon boom on the standard VQ but in the air the moveable tail is brilliant. It extends the speed range over which it is possible to trim the standard glider and the set up time etc is unchanged. I prefer the VQ to the VR to live with because it is lighter to carry and I don't have to worry about the winglets. In the air you can immediately tell the improved roll rate of the VQ too. I loved it within seconds of take off. Some claim the climb rate is even better than the VR due to the extra agility. The later VQs have also benefited from improved performance. My feeling was that any performance improvement the VR has is pretty small. This is a fantastic hang glider.
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