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The veteran ultralight (UL) aviation sector such as delta trikes, powered parachutes and ultralight planes, has a new addition to its ranks - Play 42 UL !

The Play 42 UL is the beefed up, heavily reinforced version of Play 42 MKII for loads up to 340 kg.

The Play 42 UL was born from market demand, following the success of the original Play 42 as a perfect tandem trike wing. Built to accommodate the majority of paramotor trikes on the market, the Play 42 UL brings all the best of Play 42 with a higher load limit. In addition, loading this wing gives even bigger speed range with maximum top speed of over 50 km/h with sharp, direct handling.

APCO, as world leader in the powered parachute market (PPC) is in the perfect position to build the best tandem trike wing. We have accumulated a great amount of knowledge and experience in building wings for heavy machines, supplying our powerwings for heavy PPC machines for many years, dominating this market.

Play 42 UL is a well tested and proven design which we are confident will continue to be the wing of choice for the growing trike sector. It uses the same platform and technical data as Play 42 MKII (based on existing certification). Constructed with stronger materials and internally reinforced on all load bearing elements, leading to a much stronger and well polished tandem trike wing.

Main design features of Play 42 UL:

  • Wide speed range with high cruising speed.
  • Light brake pressure with direct immediate, spotless handling.
  • Perfect launch - easier than you can imagine
  • Effortless flare for smooth, safe landings

APCO is well-known for the legendary longevity of its wings and Play 42 UL is even more long-lasting and robust. It will be safely used by professionals for a number of seasons, logging thousands of commercial flights, making Play 42 UL the best value per flight tandem trike wing on the market.

PLAY 42 UL - Double Your Fun


  • Wide speed range with higher than average trim speed and excellent wind penetration
  • Stable, inherent, auto-correcting flying characteristics - no roll or pitch
  • Stronger, more robust line rigging
  • Reinforced, stronger hook up points
  • Main ribs reinforced with V-brace nylon tape (Powerwing style)
  • Reinforced diagonal ribs
  • Use of famous durable, long lasting Gelvenor double siliconised fabric for external surfaces
  • Designed for loads up to 340 kg
  • Heavy duty Swivels on the brakes
  • Integral, built-in, Neodymium brake magnets with male/female connection
  • Sand removal system  "butt-holes"
  • Logo-ready bottom surface
  • HIT valve® equipped on L/E for rock solid stability find out more »
  • Vibrant color designs
  • Double coated siliconised cloth (covered by 3 years / 250 hours warranty)


  Play 42 UL
Product Code 16300
Cells 46
Area [m2] 42
Area (projected) [m2] 35.4
Span [m] 14.6
Span (projected) [m] 12.1
Aspect Ratio 5.1
Aspect Ratio (projected) 4.1
Take off Weight (all up) [kg] Up to 340
Canopy Weight [kg] 9
Root Chord [m] 3.47
Tip Chord [m] 0.66
Length of Lines on B [m] 8.5
Total Length of Lines [m] 496


Size Certification Type
Play for 2 UL ACPUL/ AFNOR Biplace
(certification up to 240 Kg. + additional load test)


V-min [km/h]   23
V-trim [km/h]   38
V-max P/M Version [km/h]   45+
Min Sink [m/s]   1.1


The bottom surface of the Play 42 UL is white especially for advertising purposes or placing of custom logos.

play 42 UL 2016 colors


The glider is made from tear resistant Ripstop Nylon cloth, which is P.U. coated to zero porosity and then siliconized to give the fabric high resistance to the elements. Different cloth is used for the top, bottom and ribs due to their different functions. The lines are made of heavy duty superaramid covered with a polyester sheath for protection against UV, wear and abrasion. The bottom section of the brake lines is made of dyneema because of its better mechanical properties. The karabiners that attach the lines to the risers are made of stainless steel.

Sail Cloth 42 gr/m2 "Zero Porosity" Ripstop Nylon
Rib Reinforcement FLEXON® batten system
Warranty 3 years / 250 Hours

  Material Diameter [mm] Strength [kg]
Top Superaramide 1.5 150
Middle Superaramide 1.8 230
Bottom A, B Superaramide 2.5 450
Bottom C, D Superaramide 1.9 320
Brakes (upper cascade) Dyneema 1.1 95
Brakes (lower - steering line) Dyneema 2.3 230


50012: Custom Logo
Customise your glider by adding a personal or company logo.

57006: Tandem Spreader Bars
Redesigned Spreader bars to attach a second harness to your tandem paraglider incorporating An automatic B-stall mechanism integrated into the spreader bar

50011: Custom Colour
Would you like to personalize the look of your paraglider? All APCO gliders can be tailored to meet your color needs.

42477-42459: Glider Backpack or Light Clinch Bag
The wing is supplied in Paragliding bag as standard.
The Paragliding Bag can be replaced with Light Clinch bag for all wings on demand.

To get more information view our paragliding accessories page »

50024: Riser Sock
Riser sock supplied as standard with each wing.

79999: Replacement Trim Webbing
Replacement webbing for riser trimmer

The Play42 ul comes in an ergonomic rucksack incl. an inner stuff bag, compression strap, riser sock, spares kit, owner's manual and an industry first 3 yr/250 hr warranty - all as standard.

The right to change prices, specifications or equipment at any time without notice is reserved