“Breathe, breathe in the air … long you’ll live and high you’ll fly” Pink Floyd
|Linear scaling factor||0.96||1||1.04||1.08||1.12|
|Projected area (m²)||17.7||19.7||21||24.5||26.3|
|Flat area (m²)||21||23||25||27||29|
|Glider weight (kg)||2.78||2.99||3.22||3.36||3.54|
|Total line length (m)||227||233||244||254||263|
|Number of main lines (A/B/C)||3/4/3|
|Flat aspect ratio||4.8|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.6|
|Root chord (m)||2.6||2.7||2.9||3||3.1|
|Flat span (m)||10.1||10.5||10.9||11.4||11.8|
|Projected span (m)||7.9||8.2||8.6||8.9||9.2|
|Trim speed (km/h)||38|
|Top speed (km/h)||50|
|Min sink (m/s)||1|
|Weight range (kg)||50-70||65-80||75-95||85-108||100-125|
|Extended weight range (kg)||70-80||80-90||95-105||108-117||125-130|
‘Anda’ means ‘breathe’ or ‘spirit’ in Icelandic. It’s our lightweight, life-loving little soul, a companion spirit of hike-and-flyers, travellers and escapees of the nine-to-five. The Anda is light and compact enough to be carried in hand luggage, safe and comfortable so you can confidently unpack in new places and go exploring. It’s for grabbing life by the horns, taking the leap and finding adventure where you can.
The two smallest sizes come in under 3kg and the five sizes accommodate all-up weights from 50kg to 130kg.
The ANDA has extended weight ranges. This means it can be flown at a higher wing loading than “standard”, useful if you want to carry extra equipment to camp in the mountains etc. It is EN/LTF A in the standard and extended weight ranges with the inherent safety this implies, but it will have slightly different flight characteristics:
In the standard weight range you will have a good sink rate and thermalling ability, turns will be easy and predictable with the ability to float and turn flat in weak conditions.
In the extended weight range the wing loading is higher so the glider will be faster and more dynamic. Handling will be more reactive and it will be hard to stay up in weak conditions. This is typically used for mountain descents or soaring in higher winds.
The Anda was developed as a lightweight EN-A wing that’s beginner-friendly. It’s a hike-and-fly wing that anyone can fly, and packable for travelling with. It has good performance and fun handling, so you can ride the early-morning thermals, soar the sunset cliffs or launch from a high mountain safe in the knowledge you have a good reach to the landing. It would be a good first wing for a careful new pilot who enjoys hiking, but as with all lightweight wings, it needs to be treated with care.
It’s been quite a journey for the R&D team, exploring materials and techniques to make a wing that is light, easy and safe, with soaring and thermalling performance. All the materials were selected so the Anda has the best balance of light weight and usability; we kept it light, but a little extra weight was accepted if we felt it really improved handling or durability.
The sail is double-coated Porcher Skytex 27, with now-proven longevity. The unsheathed Kevlar lines are the latest Edelrid Pro Dry, whose new treatment makes them 60% more water repellent.
The Anda comes with softlinks as standard – they are strong and light and avoid the hard points in the link between pilot and wing. Maintaining flexible materials from the riser through to the lines and up to the wing simply makes sense. It is both lighter and more elegant. It’s not often you’ll need to undo the soft links, but we made a video to show how quick and easy it is if you need to. (Just to the right of this text, or below on mobiles)
The risers are easy-handling 12mm Kevlar with lightly-padded handles and our snap locks for the brakes. Snap locks have now become industry standard since BGD introduced them back in 2016. Like the Base 2 Lite, the speed bar attachments are Universal knots rather than Brummel hooks. They are universal so attach easily to either loops or fist knots or Brummell hooks and they don’t come undone when you don’t want them to.
The unsheathed Kevlar lines on all BGD gliders are now the new Edelrid Pro Dry 8001 lines. These have been specially treated to make them 60% more water repellant
Launch on the Anda is outstanding in all conditions, from tailwind to strong wind. Our testers particularly commented how easily the Anda sits above your head on launch in light winds, and we’ve made sure it’s forgiving of over-zealous pulling on the A’s to make the launch super easy for beginners. the Anda’s slow stall speed and hard brake pressure as you approach stall are real safety assets. It would be difficult to accidentally spin or stall the Anda, but if you do manage to, it will fly again very quickly.
We are fans of stress-free packing, so we made a smaller compress bag just for the Anda. It means the glider is very easy to pack, and you always end up with a sleek and compact package that slides into your rucksack of choice.
|Top surface||Porcher Skytex, Classic II 27g/m², 32g/m²|
|Bottom surface||Porcher Skytex Classic II 27g/m²|
|Internal structure||Porcher Skytex hard finish 27g/m²|
|Nose reinforcing||Plastic wire|
|Risers||12mm Kevlar / Nylon webbing|
|Top lines||Edelrid Magix Pro Dry 8001U|
|Middle lines||Edelrid Magix Pro Dry 8001U|
|Lower lines||Edelrid Magix Pro Dry 8001U|
|Brakes||PPSL, Edelrid Pro 8001U|
Take The Leap! Paula works through a childhood fear of heights with the help of flashbacks of her friends flying the Anda paraglider. More
On 18 May 2023, BGD Team Pilot Li Shengtao, known to his friends as Muzi, flew from the South Col of Everest, 8,000m, landing safely at base camp on his BGD Anda XS.
Muzi said, "Anda is a super nice glider, it flies so well even at such a... More