Azerbaijan, Baku, June 26 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran has started to manufacture small glider aircrafts, Mehr News Agency reported.
Glider aircraft are heavier-than-air craft that are supported in flight by the dynamic reaction of the air against their lifting surfaces, and whose free flight does not depend on an engine.
Iranian specialists started to manufacture such aircrafts sometime ago. According to them, Iranian glider aircraft, which is named "Ava-101" is able to fly up to 3 hours.
There are a wide variety of types differing in the construction of their wings, aerodynamic efficiency, location of the pilot and controls. Some may have power-plants to take off and/or extend flight.
Mostly these types of aircraft are intended for routine operation without engines, though engine failure can force other types of aircraft to glide. Some gliders have engines for extending their flights and some have engines powerful enough to launch.
Iranian "Ava-101" aircraft can be used for air maneuvers, and can be launched from a SUV or any other smaller car.
Gliders are principally used for the air sports of gliding, hang gliding and paragliding but are also used for recovering spacecraft.
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