Wingspan: 15 m
Length: 6.80 m
Wing area: 10.27 m²
Empty weight: 250 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 450 kg
Wing loading: approx. 32 to 51 kg/m²
VNE: 250 km/h
Maneuvering speed: 175 km/h
Stall speed: 65 km/h
Minimum descent speed: 0.60 m/s at 78 km/h
Maximum efficiency: 41 at 100 km/h
The Glaser-Dirks DG-300 is a high-performance single-seat standard-class glider designed by Wilhelm Dirks in 1983 and produced by Glaser-Dirks and Elan in over 500 examples.
Sensitive on the controls and prompt in response, partly due to its small weight and size, it is agile and a good “climber.”
The special feature of the DG-300 is the “blown” wings: 900 small holes located near the trailing edge regulate the laminar-to-turbulent flow transition of the boundary layer and energize it. Since they have no motors from which to tap compressed air, air is taken from two dynamic intakes located about halfway up the wing. The wings have a triple taper and a particularly neat profile, and inside them are ballast water bags with a capacity of about 150 liters.
The DG-300 has typical DG features that enhance comfort and safety: the cockpit is spacious and offers excellent comfort, the full-length canopy (canopy) allows feet to be carried by sunlight helping against cold weather at altitude, and the view from the cockpit is superb, adding to the pleasure of increased flight safety.