Airwave has been a leader in Hang Gliding and Paragliding for the last 20 years since it\'s creation in 1979.
Originally a Hang Glider manufacturer Airwave\'s early successes were on the Magic series of Hang Gliders, with a strong team of top British pilots who dominated the World Hang Gliding Competition circuit for over ten years. In 1989 Bruce Goldsmith set up the paragliding side of Airwave which has gained a reputation for safe, high quality paragliders. In 1997 John Pendry won the World Paragliding Championships flying an Airwave paraglider.
In November 1999 Markus Villinger took over Airwave and the company moved to his home town, Stubai, high in the Austrian Alps. Markus run Wills Wing Europe very successfully for many years during the early 1990´s. He not only distributed Wills Wing gliders in Europe but also worked on design and had his own competition team. After several very successful years Markus sold his share in the business and went into property development. He was successful in this too, but he always longed to return to the flying World. He saw the availablity of Airwave as exactly the opportunity he was looking for.
Markus has now set up the impressive and modern Airwave factory in his hometown of Fulpmes in a lush green valley high in the Ausrtian Alps. Markus develops the Hang Gliders himself in this new factory backed up by a team of enthusiastic pilots from Austria, northern Italy and Southern Germany. Hang Gliders are made in the new Airwave factory, whilst paragliders are manufactured by subcontract manufacturers carefully selected for their quality of production.
Airwave\'s new home in Austria
Bruce Goldsmith joined Markus at Airwave in May 2000 and is again designing Airwave\'s paragliders from his home in Greolieres, France. Bruce has chosen Greolieres to do his design as the flying conditions are the consisantly flyable throughout the whole year, enabling him to thoughly test gliders all year round.
- Hang Glider
- Rigid Wing