Axis Venus SC size S 72-92
My favorite Venus at the time was a Venus 2 RX, size Small. It was indeed a superb glider. Then I tried once the Venus 3 and didn’t blend in.
This is the new Venus SC for 2019.
The launching behavior is quite easy with an easy pull and the Venus comes up without any hard point. The takeoff is immediate.
I flew the Venus SC from 90 to 92 to discover that it's really nice at that weight.
The climb in weak thermals is super nice and is similar to the Best C’s. Going on glide with a Q-Light S showed me a little faster trim speed for the Venus SC with an impressive glide angle that also puts the Venus SC on top of the C category.
Despite the aspect ratio of 6.6, the turning behavior in thermals is exquisite. Good authority on the brakes and good agility. Could be similar in agility as the Artik 5 for example, with lighter brakes and also precise travel. But the piloting level under it needs a slightly more pilot workload than an Artik 5. It moves a bit in turbulence and work by itself a bit in a small yaw and roll movement.
The C steering control must be handled with care. The C is not attached to the B riser but offers a fair authority to stop small surges.
Ears are stable and need a slight pump to reopen.
Conclusion: Axis has made their masterpiece in creating the Venus SC! Glide and climb are among the best ones in the Category. In turbulent and active air it needs a good C pilot.
But that pilot would make long and efficient XC flights.