GAPA ultralight, experimental
lightsport, amateur built
The PW-2 Gapa
was designed at the Warsaw University of Technology and is
the last in a series of primary trainers they designed there
before moving on the higher performance designs of which the
PW-5 is one.
The strut-braced wings are of
composite construction with spars and D-tube of fiberglass,
ribs from dense foam, and covered with Tedlar (a film
similar to the mylar used to cover model airplanes, but
about three times thicker). The wing struts are metal tubing
covered with aerodynamic fiberglass fairings which double as
the dive brakes, when rotated.The fuselage is made of molded
The control hookups use the same hardware as the PW-5 and
the tow hook is the same Tost model used by almost all other
European gliders. The main landing gear uses the same shock
strut and geometry as that on the PW-5. The only brake for
ground operations is the metal nose skid that is cushioned
with rubber donuts.
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