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HBenton



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:36 pm    Post subject: Pulse 11 Meter Reply with quote #1   
Hello -

I'm looking for any information that someone can share with me about the Pulse 11 meter. I am considering the purchase of one - it would be my first glider. I am about to finish my Hang 1 training and just need some additional information about the wing.

Also, if you have an opinion about the cost of a used Pulse that would be great too.

Thanks,
Herb Benton
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulse 11 Meter Reply with quote #2   
The Pulse 11M was my first glider after training. I had no problems at all in the transition. Its a great first glider. In some ways I wish I still had it.

not sure of what a good price is for one now. Hopefully some one will chime in on that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #3   
Great first glider if you want a double surface.

Prices vary wildly based on location, condition and luck. Generally prices range from $800 to $2800 with about $1500 being average for one in decent shape.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #4   
I heard nothing but good things about the pulse when I was pricing gliders, I couldn't find one but the consensus was about $1200-1500 depending on condition of course. They have such a good rep sometimes demand can drive up the price.

I know lots of people on the org who strongly recommended the pulse.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #5   
Thanks everyone for the replies!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #6   
With all the good things I've heard about the Pulse, and with demand seemingly high, I wonder why someone hasn't copied the design and started manufacturing them again. The sound like the perfect first glider and many people seem to hang on to them even after stepping up the performance ladder.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #7   
look up TomGalvin...he flies one...quite well I might add
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #8   
My instructor recommended a Pulse for my first wing... I ultimately bought a Mark IV (basically the same wing... It was excellent, easy to launch and land, a very forgiving wing... Wish I still had it... drool I miss her Crying or Very sad

Good Luck !!!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #9   
Hullo,
since it hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet:
I highly recommend you read the 'So, you want to buy a glider?' section on Red's webpage: http://www.xmission.com/~red/
As far as my limited experience can tell, he's one of the most venerable members of the .org, and his invaluable advice is worth every penny.

Your instructor should be well placed to advise whether that model is suitable for you personally, and I'd add that asking as many experienced people, (especially those who've seen you fly) for as many opinions as you can is a healthy thing to do.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #10   
Imaposer wrote:
With all the good things I've heard about the Pulse, and with demand seemingly high, I wonder why someone hasn't copied the design and started manufacturing them again.


The Airborne Sting, Northwing Illusion/Horizon, and the Moyes Sonic are basically that.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #11   
Herb-
There is a Pulse 9 meter that is for sale on John Heiney's site.
If you are of average size, then it would probably be too small.
http://www.johnheiney.com/for_sale/gliders_for_sale.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #12   
Imaposer wrote:
With all the good things I've heard about the Pulse, and with demand seemingly high, I wonder why someone hasn't copied the design and started manufacturing them again. The sound like the perfect first glider and many people seem to hang on to them even after stepping up the performance ladder.


They did... Smile It's called the Northwing Horizon ET.
http://www.northwing.com/products_hang_horizon.shtml
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The Horizon ET glider is based on the ever-popular Vision style Hang Glider. For years, the Vision MK4 and Pulse (designed by Jean Michel Bernasconi of Pacific Air Wave) have been the staple in the industry for the new pilot's glider... Now we have one better! And Jean Michel Bernasconi agrees. ...


That said, when talking to my instructor, he recommended I get a Falcon 3 instead. And though at times I'm starting to look at the DS wings with envy, I'm incredibly happy with my F3. No doubt in my mind that I feel more comfortable and thus am learning quicker than if I was on any DS glider. Most pilots around where I live own both a Falcon and another glider, and manage to fly both (sometimes on the same day). I think my next wing will probably be a Sport 2 or similar, and I'll be keeping the Falcon. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #13   
Compared to the falcon, it flys a little faster, stays up a little longer, and has less roll response.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote #14   
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Nice looking wing. thumbsup
Place your wing add in the "Classified" section here on the Org.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulse 11 Meter Reply with quote #15   
HBenton wrote:
I am about to finish my Hang 1 training and just need some additional information about the wing.


The manual for the Pulse is here: http://deltaplane.brozs.net/manuels/pulse.pdf Have it inspected by your Instructor. It's a wonderful glider.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Pulse 11 Meter Reply with quote #16   
TomGalvin wrote:
It's a wonderful glider.


I agree with Tom. I've owned my Pulse 10M for 5 years and it's been a great wing to take me to H3. A blast to ridge soar, very predictable, and easy to set up and pack away. The major problem I've seen on most Pulse wings including mine is the delamination (peeling of clear plastic outside layer) of the leading edge. Some gliders look like a tree losing it's leaves. I had my LE replaced at North Wing (dacron), and I also had mylar inserts made to replace the foam inserts. Made a sweet flying glider even better! Kamron Blevins at North Wing did the work. He said the glider still is in such demand it was definitely worth the investment.

I'm just now seriously considering a higher performance glider, but if I don't upgrade for another year, I'll still enjoy every minute flying the Pulse. thumbsup

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #17   
Does anybody know pilot weights for the pulse? I did a search but had
no luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #18   
From the manual:

10m Pulse
Optimal Weight Range: 130 - 185
Usable Weight Range: 120 - 195

11m Pulse
Optimal Weight Range: 185 - 235
Usable Weight Range: 160 - 260

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #19   
hgmatt73 wrote:
Does anybody know pilot weights for the pulse? I did a search but had no luck.


It's in the Manual linked to above.

Pulse 10M
Optimal 130-185lbs
Usable 120-195lbs

Pulse 11M
Optimal 185-235lbs
Usable 160-260lbs

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HBenton



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote #20   
bsquare wrote:
This is my 11m pulse. I have it for sale in Wisconsin for $800.

Compared to the falcon, it flys a little faster, stays up a little longer, and has less roll response. I am selling because I am on the very low end of the weight range for this the wing, (and I want a new glider).


Brent -

I sent you an email about your Pulse and your ISP bounced it back to me. Rich suggested your wing to me - thats what prompted my asking Smile

If your in WW this weekend we can talk about it.

Cheers,
Herb
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