Rio2 15

Rio2 15
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  • Rio2 15
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  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
  • Rio2 15
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The new Rio 2 is the latest Club/sports hang glider from Avian. The Rio 2 is even more user friendly. It is easier and quicker to rig, easy to fly and easier to land. Of-course, with a totally new airframe and all new fittings, it looks smarter on the ground as well as cleaner in the air.
Aerofoil uprights Aerofoil rubber backed uprights.
Speed bar Speed bar for comfortable flight.
V.G. Variable Geometry option.
Power use Suitable for use with FLPA power units.
Clip end battens Special clip end battens as used on competition machines.
Model Number AVIAN-RIO2
In Stock Yes
Product Description
Greater Range of Pilot Weights.
The Rio 2 now comes in two sizes the 15m and 17m. The Rio 2 15 is suitable for the medium to light pilot.  Medium pilots who want to use FLPA power might want to consider the larger Rio 2 17 though the 15m is certified for payloads up to 120kg.
Rigging and De-Rigging.
The Rio will of course rig flat, which is vital for windy hill flying conditions such as those found in the British Isles. However the Rio 2 is easier to rig and especially so when on the keel. Its new control frame fittings prevent the glider flopping from side to side.
New Sail Design
Of course just looking at the Rio 2 the new sail is obvious. The batten ends and elastics on the trailing edge have disappeared in favour of new clip batten ends. These robust, easy to use fittings give the longest sail life. The new under-surface shape with logo cut into the sail is striking but only the more observant will notice the new wide keel pocket to reduce drag and improve handling.
Even less obvious are the new production methods used to manufacture the Rio 2. The new sail is now cut with a laser. This of course gives great accuracy and all fabric edges ‘hot cut’ resulting in no fraying.
Variable Geometry Option.
Variable Geometry is now available on the Rio 2. This allows the pilot to adjust the wing tension in flight changing the blend of performance and handling. This can be useful in both Aerotowing and cross country flight.
Short Packing
Those of you who travel by plane, with your hang glider, will know how important it is for the baggage handlers to have packages under 12 feet in length. Amazingly both sizes of Rio 2 will short pack under 12 feet.  A standard Rio 17 short packs slightly longer than 12 feet unless a super short pack option is chosen. 
Avian Ltd. are committed to the BHPA airworthiness scheme and its pitch stability and physical strength tests. Avian are also committed to continuous safety improvement throughout the glider. It is for this reason that the Rio 2 now has both ‘luff lines and washout control. These are two, well tested, means of ensuring good pitch stability at
all speeds and VG settings.

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Many fans of the very popluar Rio 15 (Mk 1) ask, "What has changed on the Rio 2?"  A PDF datasheet is available: what's new on the Rio 2? listing many of the improvements.

Some of the options and feartures are explained above.  However the Rio 2 has also been reviewed independantly.  Copies of the reviews are available below.

1st Short review free flying.Skywings March 2011 Rio 2 1st Impressions
2nd Longer review also testing flying with FLPA power.Skywings August 2011 Rio 2 15 & 17m

Customer reviews for this product

By Oliver on 14/04/2015  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
I chose the Rio 2 for my return to hang gliding after a 12-year gap. I could not be more pleased. Compared with my previous competition glider the Rio 2 is slower (of course), but also lighter (28 kg compared with 34 kg, weighed by me), more stable and much, much easier to land. The glider is quite long in the bag, with rigid tips and tip struts that extend beyond the leading edges with the wing folded. However, it is easy and quick to rig, either flat or on the A-frame. Takeoff is straightforward. The Rio 2 does not accelerate as quickly as sportier gliders, so I feel that it takes a bit more oomph to get moving; but, once the wing is flying, liftoff is easy and predictable. In flight the controls are intuitive; neither quick and twitchy, nor heavy and unresponsive. The glider responds immediately to control inputs, but rolls into and out of turns in quite a stately fashion: not exactly racy, but very confidence inspiring. In thermals the glider does not wind in or out, and seems to climb pretty efficiently: at any rate, it was good enough to get me to cloudbase within 15 minutes of my very first takeoff at Wether Fell. The VG is effective, although I find it hard to pull - partly because of an old injury which has left me with a rather weak right arm. The glider remains controllable (although heavier) with fully tight VG, but there is a noticeable slowing-down when the VG is released. Landing behaviour is really excellent. The flare window seems very wide (I have not yet found its limits) and the stall speed pretty low. So far I seem to be flaring rather early, perhaps because my previous glider had a much higher stall speed, and so I tend to zoom upwards a bit; but holding the flare results in a gentle, level and controlled descent to the ground. In summary, I am very pleased. In phase 1 of my hang gliding career I flew many different models, but I think the Rio 2 has better handling than any of them.
By Richard on 12/11/2013  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
Flew my Rio2 twice today at Westbury. What can I say, she flies like a dream. I was surprised at how much more stable and planted it felt compared to the Rio1, it felt a bit less responsive in roll against the Rio1 at trim speed but I liked the way it felt - saying that the roll response increased quicker with increased speed than the 1. Both the landings went very well, the second one was the best landing I have done in 25 flights, like you said she lands beautifully. All in all I'm really pleased with her, she was certainly getting much more attention on the hill than the 1. I will be putting both flights on YouTube within the next few days under the channel name '2skydream' if you are interested. Thanks for building me a superb glider, looking forward to next summer even more now.
By Mike on 05/03/2013  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
The holiday to Lanzarote went well, we flew nearly every day and the Rio2 flew beautifully. It felt like a really well oiled machine that didn't need me to do anything. Pulling in speed as I came in to land did give me a hint of PIO as I turned but nothing to worry about. All the parts of the glider fit together beautifully and lots of people have commented on how lovely the glider looks. Thanks for making me a great looking and great performing flying machine!"
By Jim on 20/11/2011  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
I had my first flights on the RIO 2 yesterday, which was the first day of my CP with John down at south downs hanggliding. I must say despite my very raw skills I found the RIO 2 really easy to fly and in particular the take off and and landing behavior was a dream. The Rio 2 was getting some really admiring looks from the other students so I'm sure you'll see some more orders before long. As soon as I have my CP out of the way I'll get myself up to the peaks for a fly with the Avian team. Thanks & Regards Jim...
By Loz on 15/07/2011  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
Had 4 flights Monday, 1 on Wednesday, had to land to pack up and go to work, I was pig sick as the guys who took off after me got to 2600 feet in nice smooth air and had to force there wings down,I could only watch, and yesterday (Thursday) 1 flight, my longest flight of the year. so have not had much sleep this week and I am not looking forward to going back to flying the Gypsy. It takes off better, fly's better and lands better. have not had to use the spare upright and the wheels have not done anything more than keep the bottom bar off the ground. will call you soon. attachment is vid some took of me taking off on Rio 2 at Llan, wind was strong. Plays best on window media player I believe. It automatically opened in that for me anyway.
By Julian on 03/07/2011  BOX_REVIEWS_TEXT_OF_5_STARS
I flew the glider today on Bradwell, I took off a little too fast, but flew nicely when relaxed. did top to bottom, not enough lift to keep up :( Glider looks very nice :)) Thanks Julian
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