BIBETA 6 - More fun at work
Flying should be fun. If you make ten flights a day as a professional tandem pilot - where efficiency, economy and passenger safety share priority – flying is often hard work. In the BIBETA 6 we have managed to achieve the difficult objective of packing the best of current tandems into one product – with no compromise: fun all round - all day.
Developed, tried and tested together with tandem professionals
For the first time, commercial tandem pilots were closely involved in the development process of a BIBETA design. Together with several professional pilots from companies operating in the Interlaken tandem Mecca we defined the best individual takeoff, in-flight handling and landing qualities of current tandems as our benchmark criteria. During a long test program BIBETA 6 prototypes were tried out in everyday use by our extended development team, and the intricate feedback obtained reworked into the design until each desired criterion had been not only achieved, but exceeded. At the end the professionals had only one question: when can we get one?
“As well as light weight the BIBETA 6 is also very maneuverable at the top of its weight range, and, with careful braking, can be circled very flat just as well in a thermal.” ~ Dino Scheidegger, cross country & professional tandem pilot with 6,000-7,000 tandem flights
From only 6.7 kg, but strong and long-lived
The BIBETA 6 is a completely new design and now comes in two sizes, 38 and 41. Line sorting is a breeze. Give the three-liner risers a shake and the lines separate; sorting is quickly done. The canopy rises evenly without overshooting, and passenger and pilot are soon airborne. In flight the BIBETA 6 responds directly and precisely to the smallest brake input. Comfortable brake loading and perfect flare behavior complete the satisfying experience. Reinforced sliced diagonals, crossing rods in the leading edge, broad-gauge lines and strengthened support points give this working tandem a specially long life. But despite the strong design the wing packs up small and weighs a sensationally low 6.95 kg for the 41.
"The BIBETA 6 inflates very well, comes up well, doesn’t overshoot and, above all, lifts off early." ~ Dominik Wicki, Interlaken, extreme sportsman & professional tandem pilot with 8,000 tandem flights
High strength Magix Pro Aramid lines
The BIBETA 6 mostly has uncovered Magix Pro Aramid lines by Edelrid, the German high quality maker. New technology and complex finishing processes give this High-End product 20% more strength, 17% better kink and bending resistance as well as longer life – compared to equivalent covered lines. The Aramid lines are extremely stable in length and easy to sort by their color coding. Their outstanding resistance to water and dust means that they do not need special handling. Detailed information about the lines can be found on this website or in the Line Guide.
"Fun at work is important. With the BIBETA 6 I have it!" ~ Stefan Wyss, Interlaken, World Cup winner 2015 & professional tandem pilot with 5,000 tandem flights
|Recommended takeoff weight||kg||100-180||120-225|
|Projected aspect ratio||4||4|
|Number of cells||53||53|
|Number of risers||3+1||3+1|
|Max length of the risers||cm||32||32|
|Certification||EN / LTF B||EN / LTF B|