Product Description

Elan 3


“Fly In Peace”–The philosophy of relaxed flying - reality or marketing crap?

The Elan 3 - is the most powerful glider in the entire Elan-series and remains consistently a supporter of easy combined with a relaxed flying style. The Elan 3 is suitable for ambitious XC pilots who require an extraordinary glider with excellent glide, pleasant behaviour and easy handling.

Thoughtful and tuned concept

During the development of several prototypes the starting point was new profiles from the Magus which subsequently received the "necessary" modifications. In the same way we experimented with a two-liner system at outermost part of the canopy but finally we returned to the three-row concept. The result is a balanced glider with good feedback and a high degree of stability.

Pitching is well balanced, easy to read without the need for large corrections and allows a very good climb in the thermals. The Elan 3 handles both weak, stronger and more demanding thermal conditions easily and efficiently. If I had to evaluate its handling I would classify it somewhere between Elan 1 and Elan 2. Although slightly suppressed, sporty manoeuvrability has been maintained, with emphasis on climbing performance. The Elan 3 combines comfort, performance, safety and the pure joy of flying.

Low weight and easy take-offs.

Thanks to the well-thought-out design of the canopy and the lightweight materials, the take-off characteristics of its predecessor could be maintained. The Elan 3 is designed as a "semi-light" glider, the smallest size weighs 4.20 kg. The result is a balanced wing with an AR of 6.35. Inflation of the canopy, the way it comes up and the low tendency to overshoot are very important parameters of the glider's safety for me as a designer. Even in zero wind, the filling of the canopy is smooth over the entire span and the canopy rises easily overhead. With its simple take-off behaviour, the Elan 3 significantly exceeds its competitors. Even in stronger wind, the take-off and pitching are easily controllable. Behaviour during extreme manoeuvres is precise and well predictable. The Elan 3 combines the performance of gliders of the "high-end" EN C category with flight comfort and a relaxed feeling comparable to the EN B category. Those who do not believe should try it.

Advanced technologies.

Thanks to the unique leading edge reinforcement system, the Elan 3 provides extraordinary performance over the entire speed range. In turbulence, the Elan 3 retains exceptional stability. The resistance to collapse of the canopy is enhanced by excellent penetration. The wing requires minimal correction with the C risers in accelerated flight. If necessary, the angle of attack can be corrected during accelerated flight by adjustment of the C risers. The transmission system partially changes the profile shape and at the same time corrects the angle of attack. Rare asymmetrical collapse of the canopy during the adjustment of the C risers is therefore much milder with less rotation from the direction of flight.


The C risers are equipped with padded grips beneath the line connections, and any correction of the angle of attack is thus easily achieved by maintaining adequate tension on the C risers. Practical self-cleaning holes at the ends of the stabilizers help to remove any sand, grass or small stones from the wing tip.

Tuned to perfection.

The 3D shaping of the panels (cells) offers the possibility of a new colour design of the canopy, but also provides greater aerodynamic clearance. The RFE system is combined with the negative 3D shaping on the leading edge, mini-ribs on the trailing edge and the new shape of the stabilizers, it all helps reduce drag and increase performance. The number of cells and their shaping, the diagonal system, the geometry of lines - everything has been optimized for the correct rigidity of the canopy, providing stability and pleasant flight comfort in active air

Effective control.

The steering range during normal thermal flying is quite short and the required forces on steering lines are low to medium. The steering forces increase progressively during further pulls and offer a sufficient safety margin. In the core of strong thermals or in thermal bubbles near rocks or trees, the glider's controls can be pulled more unilaterally and the glider turns significantly sharper on a small radius. Thanks to the glider's stability, it is not necessary to brake the opposite side of the canopy too much whilst thermaling. This increases the climb performance. The canopy is moderately sensitive to the weight-shifting.

Be yourself…

How to choose the right size and the colour design? You have to decide on the colour design according to your own colour preferences, but the dealer or MAC PARA can advise you on the right choice of glider size. Don't hesitate to arrange a test flight.

The Elan 3 - It's comfort, performance, safety and the pure joy of flying.

Peter Recek

Technical Specifications

Elan 3 22 (XS) 24 (S) 26 (M) 28 (L) 30 (XL) 33 (XXL)
Zoom flat [%] 89 92 96 100 104 109
Area flat [m2] 22,16 23,68 25,79 27,98 30,26 33,24
Area projected [m2] 19,36 20,69 22,52 24,44 26,43 29,04
Span flat [m] 11,86 12,26 12,80 13,33 13,86 14,53
Aspect ratio flat 6,35 6,35 6,35 6,35 6,35 6,35
Root cord [m] 2,35 2,43 2,53 2,64 2,75 2,88
Cells 67 67 67 67 67 67
Weight [kg] 4,20 4,43 4,80 5,20 5,35 5,60
Weight range *[kg] 58 - 80 75 - 95 87 - 105 92 - 118 105 - 130 115 - 145
Weight range *[lbs] 128 - 176 165 - 209 192 - 231 203 - 260 231 - 287 254 - 320
Min. speed [km/h] 23 - 25 23 - 25 23 - 25 23 - 25 23 - 25 23 - 25
Trim speed [km/h] 38 - 40 38 - 40 38 - 40 38 - 40 38 - 40 38 - 40
Top speed (accelerator)[km/h] 53 - 55 53 - 55 53 - 55 53 - 55 53 - 55 53 - 55
Glide ratio 10,5 10,5 10,5 10,5 10,5 10,5
Min. sink rate [m/s] 1,05 1,05 1,05 1,05 1,05 1,05

* pilot equipped = weight naked + approx. 20 kg (44 lbs)

Used Materials

Item Material
Surface Top/Bottom Leading Edge Skytex 38 Universal - E25A, 38 g/m2
Surface Top Trailing Edge: Skytex 32 Universal - E3W, 32 g/m2
Surface Bottom Trailing Edge: Skytex 27 Classic II - E71A, 27 g/m2
Main ribs: Skytex 32 Hard - E29A, 32 g/m2
Diagonal ribs: Skytex 32 Hard - E29A, 32 g/m2
Minor ribs: Skytex 32 Hard - E29A, 32 g/m2
Upper lines: Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar
8000U -50 kg; -70 kg; -90 kg; -130 kg
Main lines: PPSL - 180 kg; -200 kg

The Elan 3 is manufactured using the paragliding industries well established lightweight materials with excellent durability Skytex 38, Skytex 32 and Skytex 27 from Porcher Sport. For the supporting and diagonal ribs we use Skytex 32 Hard. This gives the advantage of a sail that is both lightweight and very durable.


Color Design


“Fly in peace” is the Mac Para mantra.

“Fly in peace” is the Mac Para mantra.

Mac Para’s previous mountain wing, the Outback, came in one size only but with a huge weight range. Its replacement, the Aravis, comes in six sizes covering weights from 55kg to 115kg. We took the 19m2 XS into the mountains of the southern French Alps to try it in hike-and-fly and thermalling modes.

Marcus King
Marcus King
Cross Country
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ELAN 3 Report by Ziad Bassil

ELAN 3 Report by Ziad Bassil

Having flown both earlier versions, I was excited to test fly their latest release. Shark nose, The Elan 3 is manufactured using the excellent lightweight materials from Porcher Sport. The construction and details are superb. The risers have a connection between the B and the C for efficient C steering.

Ziad Bassil
Ziad Bassil
Dust of the universe
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Elan 3 - Thermik Review

Elan 3 - Thermik Review

Die 3. Auflage der Elan-Baureihe ist da! Der Vorgänger überzeugte mit einem Traumhandling selbst in kniffligen Bedingungen. Für den Nachfolger propagiert Mac Para das Motto „Fly In Peace - entspanntes Fliegen! Realität oder bloß ein Marketingslogan?

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