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CHARLY hang gliding rescue systems:
Pionier and market leader since 1984

Even before it became mandatory for air sports pilots to carry a rescue parachute in 1986, CHARLY, thanks to its innovative strength, was already one of the leading suppliers of hang gliding and paragliding rescue systems.
Center line construction, double canopy technology, rocket deployment, steerable rescues – CHARLY has always been among the pioneers. With the TARGETcross, the first steerable cross canopy, another milestone in rescue system construction could be achieved.

With Tom Grabner, CHARLY was able to win a developer who combines extensive technical know-how from his many years as an aeronautical engineer with a unique wealth of practical experience. The extreme paragliding acro pilot tests his equipment under the toughest conditions. This enabled him to take rescue equipment development a decisive step further.


TARGETcross Delta Light    CHARLY HG   ROTOR






Innovative cross-cap rescue device
with best values
  Proven many times with top price-performance ratio   The plus in safety for hangglider and ultralight pilots


What you should pay attention to when selecting a hang gliding rescue system:

  • Flat inner container shape

    All CHARLY rescues are equipped with the special Tom Grabner Design inner container, which facilitates and accelerates pulling the rescue out of the harness compartment significantly.
  • Short connection between deployment handle and inner container

    The longer the connection, the more difficult it is to throw the inner container in a certain direction.
  • Unobstructed opening

    The inner container should be designed in such a way that the canopy is only released after the lines have been fully stretched. The Tom Grabner Design inner container ensures this by a separate closure for the lines. The canopy is thus prevented from getting caught in the glider. Opening speed is only marginally affected.
  • Opening speed

    After the lines have been fully stretched, the canopy should unfold as fast as possible. The decisive factor for a short opening time is the air intake at the canopy base, whereby cross canopies generally have an advantage over round canopies. However, despite a significantly increased production effort, the ideal solution in this regard is the specially fanned-out base of the TARGETcross which is achieved by different line lengths.
  • Sink rate in relation to max. load according to the certification
It is important to know that in the certification process, sink rates are determined without the glider. However, sink rates may be higher due to interactions with the glider. The maximum permissible sink rate of 6,8 m/s already poses a considerable risk of injury. Therefore, canopies with a higher max. load are recommended.
  • Oscillatory motion

    With the appropriate design, also round canopies can have good stability against oscillatory motion. Generally superior in this regard, however, are cross canopies with lateral drift, with those with defined lateral drift in one direction being the optimum (steerable rescues as well as all – also non-steerable – TARGETcross).
  • Fabric quality

    Low weight and small packing dimensions with high max. loads and sufficient robustness are made possible by the use of ultra-fine woven fabrics. The weaving process of such fabrics is very complex, however, which makes them very expensive.








  • The patented TARGETcross Delta Light is a cross canopy rescue system with diagonal drift and fanned out base. Its characteristics are fast deployment, minimal sink rates and almost no oscillatory motion. Available in sizes 125, 160 and 220.
  • Ultra-fine woven fabric and high-strength Dyneema lines allow for minimal weight and packing size.
  • The main riser is protected from damage by glider components by means of a Kevlar protective sleeve and is available with or without a built-in CHARLY Rotor swivel.
  • The flat inner container has been optimized on Tom Grabner's G-Force Trainer. It makes it easy to pull the rescue out of the harness compartment and ensures unobstructed opening.


 charly-hgInexpensive center line rescue parachute, proven for many years and characterized by relatively low weight and small packing dimensions. Its functionality and reliability have been demonstrated by numerous documented deployments. Surface 36 m², max. load 125 kg. Main riser available with or without built-in CHARLY Rotor swivel.







Modell TARGETcross
delta light 125

delta light 160
delta light 220
Charly HG
Max. load: 125 kg 160 kg 220 kg 125 kg
Flat surface: 30,7 m² 41,0 m² 59,2 m² 36 m²
Weight: 1430 g 1830 g 2570 g 2080 g
Weight incl. Rotor: 1600 g 1970 g 2710 g 2120 g
Sink speed: 

4,5 m/s @ 125 kg

3,5 m/s @ 85 kg

4,8 m/s @ 160 kg

3,5 m/s @ 110 kg

4,6 m/s @ 220 kg

3,6 m/s @ 160 kg

5.4 m/s @ 110 kg

4.9 m/s @ 100 kg

Volumetric value: 4700 ccm 5300 ccm 7300 ccm 7280 ccm
Certification: EN, LTF EN, LTF EN, LTF LTF
Article number: HFa195/125HG
HFa195/160HG HFa195/220HG HFa110
Preis incl. Rotor: 1.280,00 € 1.472,00 € 1.857,00 € 680,00 €
Preis without Rotor: 1.152,00 € 1.344,00 € 1.729,00 € 552,00 €




Swivel for hang glider and UL rescue systems

rotor2n emergency situations, hang gliders and ultralights (UL) often get into rotating spins that can tangle the reserve. This is effectively prevented by the CHARLY Rotor. The main risers of modern hang glider and UL rescue systems are equipped with a swivel as standard. Installed by the rescue system manufacturer, the CHARLY rotor is DHV approved for all hang glider and UL rescues.

Sofern ihr Rettungsgerät noch nicht damit ausgerüstet ist, empfehlen wir, den Rotor vom Rettungsgerätehersteller am Ende der Fangleinen in den Haupttragegurt einnähen zu lassen. Dies wird am besten bei der nächsten Packinspektion durchgeführt. Ausgerüstet mit Schlaufen kann der Rotor auch vom Piloten selbst in das Ende des Haupttragegurts eingeschlauft werden.

Der CHARLY Rotor ist dreifach gelagert und hat eine Bruchlast von 50 kN bei einem Gewicht von nur 120 g.




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