Glasflügel 205 Club Libelle

The Glasflügel 205 Club Libelle is a high wing, T-tailed, single seat glider that was designed and produced in West Germany by Glasflügel for club and rental use.[1][2]

205 Club Libelle
Role Glider
National origin West Germany
Introduction 1975
Status Production completed
Number built 171 (as of 1983)
Developed from Glasflügel H-201

Design and development edit

Club Libelle
Club Libelle D-2468 with retractable undercarriage, possibly a unique modification.
Club Libelle

The Glasflügel H-201 Standard Libelle proved immensely popular, but was not an optimal aircraft for club and rental use, due to its mid-wing and low tail which could both be damaged in off-airport landings. Also its small cockpit fits only a certain demographic percentage of soaring pilots. The company developed the 205 with the design goals of a simple, rugged aircraft that would withstand club and fixed-base operator rental use. The resulting aircraft has a high-wing and a T-tail to provide more obstacle clearance as well as a larger cockpit. To eliminate gear-up landings the monowheel landing gear is non-retractable,[1][2] although at least one Club Libelle exists (D-2468 - s/n 114) which is equipped with retractable landing gear.

The aircraft is constructed from fibreglass. It has a new wing that uses a double-taper planform and incorporates combination spoilers and flaps that occupy two thirds of the wing's trailing edge. The 15.0 m (49.2 ft) span wing employs a Wortmann FX 66-17A II 182 airfoil, the same as is used on the Standard Libelle and the Glasflügel 206 Hornet.[1][2][3]

The Club Libelle was type certified in Germany as well as in the United States. The US certification was granted on 8 September 1975 and includes aerobatic approval for spins, loops, hammerhead turns and lazy eights. Due to its fibreglass construction, the aircraft's certification contains the restriction: "All external portions of the glider exposed to sunlight must be painted white. Registration and competition numbers must be painted blue-gray or in any other light color."[4]

Operational history edit

In July 2011 there were six 205s on the United States Federal Aviation Administration registry.[5]

Specifications (205) edit

Data from Sailplane Directory, Soaring and US Type Certificate G12eu[1][2][4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 15.0 m (49 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 9.80 m2 (105.5 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 23:1
  • Airfoil: Wortmann FX 66-17A II 182
  • Empty weight: 200 kg (440 lb)
  • Gross weight: 350 kg (772 lb)


  • Stall speed: 70 km/h (44 mph, 38 kn) with dive brakes closed
  • Never exceed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph, 108 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 35:1 at 56 mph (90 km/h)
  • Rate of sink: 0.56 m/s (110 ft/min) at 42 mph (68 km/h)
  • Wing loading: 34 kg/m2 (6.9 lb/sq ft)

See also edit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Activate Media (2006). "Club Libelle 205 Glasflugel". Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 80, Soaring Society of America November 1983. USPS 499-920
  3. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Federal Aviation Administration (September 1975). "Type Certificate Data Sheet SHEET NO.G12EU" (PDF). Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  5. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (July 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Glasflugal 205". Retrieved 10 July 2011.

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