Mantra M6 SM 75-95
First impressions :
We had one day of flying weather and luckily the M6 arrived at my door steps at noon.
Taking off is relatively easy for an aspect ratio of 6.9 ! The glider inflates well in 10 km/h by the middle and the tips will follow eventually. It must be controlled but easily done by the brakes as it has the tendency to search forward.
There was lots of north wind coming from the side of the take off, making the air a bit turbulent. Under the 6.9 AR M6 the feeling is comfortable enough ! It moves more than Delta 2 SM for sure but less than an LM5 SM with same loadings. It goes toward the M4 side rather than the LM5 side in terms of comfort.
The M6 gives its pilot a confidence inspiring feeling, as the middle of the glider feels very solid and there’s no pitch back in entering a thermal, just some moderate pitch forward in strong air, making it a relaxed ‘D’ wing to fly under.
For a 6.9 AR, the handling and the way to turn the glider can be described as : linear, precise and agile ! I felt like i am on the Delta 2 SM with only ‘slighly’ less authority control !
I wasn’t expecting that on high aspect glider which is very good !!
The brakes on the M6 reacts better than those on the LM5, enabeling its pilot to control and turn it precisely in thermals.
If i can say that the handling is among the best D’s is that because it has flat quick turns without the dive !
The pressure on bar is similar to the D2 which is relatively light.
The performance looks very impressive ! But i must make a lot of flights before i can confirm it.. I will check also glide and the full speed at bar and some more interesting videos soon when the weather will favor it !