Intended to continue the Vista legacy this totally new wing has been completely redesigned and fully equipped to meet the challenges of today’s market.

New APP Technology (Automatic Pressurised Profile) – commonly known as “Shark Nose” – installed for constant internal pressure allowing wider safe speed range and superior glide

Vista III is a true 3 liner (top to bottom)

Our comparison flights prove that the Vista III is at the top of its class, offering the optimal package for intermediate pilots – it is among the best performing wings in its Class. Simple and easy to fly, combined with extremely high passive safety, solid stability and probably the best handling around.

Remember how when you were a kid you were always excited to open your gifts on Xmas morning, finding new toys to play with. Vista III is so much fun to fly that when flying on this wing, you will feel like that kid once again !!!!

Our main effort concentrated on achieving an extremely stable, yet playful wing with a fully usable speedbar that should stand out in a crowd, making you look good while soaring at the top of the gaggle.

Work was done on reducing the drag on all fronts to achieve significant performance and L/D gain. The common alternative of taking the easy route, chasing higher aspect ratio wing, which sometimes leads to problematic handling and questionable security was something we dismissed from the start.

We believe the results are evident. Using a true 3 line concept, combined with APP technology + drag reducing bullet risers and unsheathed lines, as well as APCO’s innovative minimal drag hook up points , were our tools of choice to achieve ultimate performance with no compromise on safety and fun. Building Vista III we implemented all the latest technology available at APCO, creating the wing to beat the competition, making it lighter than most rival gliders, but also faster and sweeter, without sacrificing any of APCO’s legendary tradition in wing durability and longevity.


  • True EN B across entire speed bar range
  • Performance – in line with the top in EN B Class
  • Safety – reassuring and inspiring
  • Launch and ground handling – spotless
  • Handling – outstanding
  • Flying – breathtaking
  • Thermalling – a piece of cake!
  • Fun, Fun, Fun – lots of fun ……….


  • New generation of Bullet risers2® , slashing riser drag even further. more »
  • L/E Flexon battens® for improved launch, lighter weight, prolonged lifespan. more »
  • True 3 row line construction (top to bottom)
  • Minimal drag hook in points for extra saving on drag – (lines warranted for life)
  • New hi-tech APP profile more »
  • Mini ribs at trailing edge for better performance (pioneered by APCO 20 years ago!!)
  • Split A-riser
  • APCO’s traditional durable cloth
  • Advanced diagonal rib structure
  • Blend of Vectran and kevlar unsheathed lines for ultimate performance
  • All metal parts Stainless Steel or Aluminium
  • Neodynium brake magnets
  • Swivel on the brake handle to eliminate line twist
  • Air Extreme Ball bearing Pulleys


VISTA III X-Small Small Medium Large
Product Code 18610 18620 18630 18640
Cells 49 50 52 54
Area [m2] 24.8 25.7 27.5 29.3
Area (projected) [m2] 21.28 22.05 23.59 25.13
Span [m] (incl. Stabiliser) 11.43 11.76 12.41 13.06
Span (projected) [m] 9.10 9.36 9.87 10.38
Aspect Ratio 5.3 5.4 5.6 5.8
Aspect Ratio (projected) 3.77 3.98 4.13 4.37
Take off Weight (all up) [kg] 55-80 70-95 90-110 105-130
Canopy Weight [kg] 5.2 5.4 5.7 6.0
Root Chord [m] 2.72 2.72 2.72 2.72
Tip Chord [m] 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.52
Length of Lines on B [m] 6.61 6.89 7.45 8.01
Total Length of Lines [m] 244 252 268 284

Size Certification Type
VISTA III XS pending
VISTA III S Certificate EN. B Flight test report S EN.
VISTA III M Certificate EN. B Flight test report M EN.
VISTA III L Certificate EN. B Flight test report L EN.
Load Test – 178 Kg Max load Click for Load Test Report


V-min @ optimum wing load 21 km/h
V-trim @ optimum wing load [km/h] 38 km/h
V-max @ optimum wing load[km/h] 50+ km/h
Min Sink @ optimum wing load [m/s] 1.0 m/s



Materials –  The glider is made from tear resistant Ripstop Nylon cloth, which is P.U. coated to zero porosity and then siliconized to give the fabric high resistance to the elements. Different cloth is used for the top, bottom and ribs due to their different functions. The lines are a combination of unsheathed Vectran and Kevlar competition lines for optimized performance. The main brake lines are made of polyester because of its better mechanical properties. The carabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.


Sail Cloth 42 gr/m2 ”Zero Porosity” Ripstop Nylon
Rib Reinforcement FLEXON® batten system
Warranty 3 years / 250 Hours
Material Diameter [mm] Strength [kg]
Top, Mid & Brake Vectran 0.9 115
Bottom A, B, C Superaramide 1.4 254
Bottom St Superaramide 1.0 137
Brake top, St top Vectran 0.6 50
Brake bottom Polyester 2.0 85


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