Kollman Composites specializes in flying wing aircraft. We have extensive knowledge and experience in composite aircraft construction and specialize in composite wing spars employing graphite rods. In addition to our line of aircraft and wings, we offer custom spars and wings built to your specifications. Our full line of composite parts and aircraft is hand crafted. All products are built in the United States by skilled craftsmen – many of whom are also pilots.
Kollman Composites is proud to announce our teaming arrangement with Jim Marske, designer of the Monarch and the Pioneer sailplane. This teaming has resulted in the latest version of the Pioneer: The Pioneer III. Preliminary flight testing of the prototype Pioneer III has completed. The prototype Pioneer III delivered excellent performance with no surprises. Testing of the prototype will conclude in the spring of 2012. Confidence gained through prototype testing has allowed us to begin construction of the first production version of the Pioneer III.
A key design adaptation employed in the Pioneer III production is the standardization of the fuselage/wing integration. This will make it possible to employ the same fuselage with different wing variants. In addition, the information gained through flight testing of the sport wing will allow Mr. Marske to finalize the design of a high performance/race wing. The race wing will employ a fifteen meter span designed to maximize laminar flow; this will result in a glide ratio of 50+. The composite fiberglass construction will also allow for the addition of ballast tanks.
Through our teaming arrangement with Mr. Marske, Kollman Composites has also performed flight testing on the original Monarch. This aircraft has performed extremely well in light conditions and has towed exceptionally well with the scooter tow system normally used for hang gliders. It is a great match for the Dragonfly and trike-towing. A motorized Monarch ultralight is also in design.
In addition to the Pioneer and the Monarch, Kollman Composites also produces the Raptor hang glider. The Raptor, the Monarch, and the Pioneer III are offered in both kit forms and in ready-to-fly versions.