Rise 4
Rise 4
Rise 4
Rise 4

Rise 4

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We are mountaineers, aren’t we?!”

Rise 4 – the wow effect

It felt so good to have a lightweight backpack while we were walking to our improvised take-off. Christmas time was in the air as we opened up our present: a beautiful new Rise 4 made with love and passion to offer fun and durability. We felt young and beautiful, like in the song! The launch was a formality. Once in the air, the game was on. Whereas we were expecting a long and nice glide, the vario started to friendly sing and opened up our perspectives. We began to play in the light thermals. We were having so much fun and it all felt so natural. The Rise 4 was moving nicely and appeared to be totally reliable above Lake Annecy. The carve was light, smooth and progressive. Pushing the bar put a grin on our faces. What a flight! We had the Rise 4 so we went, and the day just proved us right. AirDesign Rise 4: Break your own rules.


… in one word?


… in one image?

Gliding home at the end of an epic XC flight an April day in the Alps

… in one dream?

Some bivouac-flying with tons of top landings, the Rise 4 is made for it!

Designer’s words…

“For every AD wing, we use a claim and a hashtag. For the Rise 4, we chose The Wow Effect and the #thermalmonkey. We really had this moment on the first flight. We were just amazed by the simplicity of the wing. Everything is just simple. And at same time it’s a performance monster. The glider is simply perfect!”

Stephan Stiegler


Construction & Features

The increase of performance was mainly achieved by a modified profile and refined inner structures.

We added some cells for more profile consistency and chose material optimized to get a light canopy resulting in a low glider weight. Still, passive safety is striking higher than you would expect in this class.

The trailing edge looks optically cleaned by adding a brake-raff system.

The new designed riser has got a B-C control which is effectively working throughout the whole speed range.

We also added to the accelerator RONSTAN ball-bearing pulleys for a soft feeling at the speed bar.

Area flat (m2) 18,77 21,34 23,83 25,91 28,08
Area projected (m2) 15,97 18,16 20,27 22,04 23,89
Span flat (m) 10,54 11,24 11,88 12,39 12,89
Span projected (m) 8,47 9,03 9,54 9,95 10,35
Aspect ratio flat 5,92
Aspect ration projected 4,49
Cells 53
Weight (kg) 3,59 3,90 4,25 4,52 4,75
V-TRIM/V-MAX (km/h) 38/55 38/55 38/55 38/55 38/55
LTF/EN Category B B B B B
Start weight (kg) 50-65-72 60-78 72-92 85-105 100-125
* 50-65kg is the standard payload, 65-72kg is an increased payload (both areas EN-B)