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Sensor 610 F5

The highest performance king post class hang glider in the world.

Performance ahead of its time.

Sophisticated, simple, lightweight, easy to fly and very high performance. It’s proven by a lifetime of innovative and original revolutionary hang glider technology.

More than flaps make it perform.

The Sensor 610 F5 possesses stunning amounts of low speed lift, enough to keep up with and sometimes out climb (Red-Tail Hawks measured min sink rate at 140 FPM) yet, the F5 probably possesses the best maximum glide ratio and speed range of all king posted gliders in the world that is still meant to be fun, easy to fly yet truly high performance. Tuned properly and with our very low-drag truncated streamlined tubing introduced in 1995, the Sensor 610 not only equaled but surpassed the high-speed performance of gliders like the Ram Air and most all the early topless gliders from around the world in the late 90's.

Jim Gibson overhead in Santa Barbara flying the F5 145:

Trademarks of the original SENSOR have become state of the art:

  • Curved fiberglass wing tips.
  • Enclosed crossbars inside large double surface sail.
  • High quality airfoil structure and shape, wrap-around Mylar LE pocket and Kevlar TE sail technology.
  • High aspect ratio, high spans and high wing loading.
  • VG (in-flight variable geometry) or wing twist.
  • Double Mylar over every rib.
  • Steel cable trailing edge reflex wires for light weight simplicity and enhanced pitch and yaw stability.
  • Shear ribs for reduction in ballooning of the double surface at high speeds.
  • Flaps interconnected with the VG pull cord (all in one system); aerodynamically the proper way.
  • Added directional stability in the simplest, lightest possible way with the tail (bull) feather.
  • Hard leading edge carbon composite inserts inside the leading edge pocket, (optional).
  • Low drag control bar tubing with a truncated trailing edge creating the phantom trailing edge effect and properly researched and tested boundary layer energizing turbulators.

The sleek outlines of Jim Gibson's Sensor F5


Features in particular on the new F5 model Sensor 610

  • Curved, camber changing flaps on the first two root ribs interconnected with the VG (one operation). The effect of pulling down the root in VG loose adds noticeable low-end lift, measured 4 MPH lower stall speed and reduced minimum rate of sink. The wing morphs from highly twisted and cambered in VG loose to having a lower camber, reflexed root and low wing twist in VG tight.
  • Increased rib density and tighter rib spacing, including 10 main ribs per side and 16 total shear ribs.
  • Carbon lower surface battens, 4 per side.
  • High lift, high L/D airfoil.
  • New planform with wider tip cords and Sensor sail quality.
  • Normally equipped with TE reflex wires only, but the option exists for pairs of washout struts in the wing tip replacing one or more reflex wires.

Specifications: Sensor 610 F5 (advanced king post class)

Size 138 145 152
Span [ft, m]
33.1 ft, 10.1 m 34.1 ft, 10.4 m 35.1 ft, 10.7 m
Area [sq.m]
Aspect Ratio
Glider Empty Weight. [lbs] 62-65 64-67 66-69
Hook-in Weight [lbs] 145~195 lb, 66~88 kg 160~210 lb, 73~95 kg 175~225 lb, 79~102 kg
Packed Length [ft, m] 17 ft, 5.2 m 17.5 ft, 5.3 m 18 ft, 5.5 m
Double Surface Percentage [%] 93 93 93
Top Surface ribs, per side 10 10 10
Lower Surface Battens, per side 4
Fabric shear rib profiles 16 total 16 total 16 total
Glide ratio depending on harness drag between 13.5 and 14.5 to 1
Minimum sink depending on wing loading between 140 and 160 ft./min.
Speed range 19 –65 mph VNE, 56 mph VA

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Jim Gibson takes out his F5 on a sight seeing flight, July 2008