In 1998 we released the Icarus Safire. A revolutionary canopy,
being the first all purpose 9 cell canopy to include a lightly
& truly elliptical planform shape offering superior
openings and flight characteristics compared to competing
mid-performance 9 cell designs at the time.
We knew that the superior characteristics
of this design (such as a lightly elliptical planform shape,
and constant cell proportioning) would not be ignored by
other canopy manufacturers. This style of design would become
the benchmark for mid-range performance canopies and other
manufacturers would build similar designs.
The Safire 2 goes one step ahead of the competition again. Like
the original Safire it is a truly elliptical canopy with
a light shaping incorporating a constant cell aspect ratio
which consistently controls the airfoil shape across the
canopy, maintaining increased rigidity and reducing drag.
The Safire 2 is an enhanced
version integrating new trim and plan form shaping techniques
offering an increased glide ratio, more responsive flight
controls both on toggles and risers, a more powerful flare
and a shorter recovery arc making the canopy even more predictable.
Its openings are arguably the sweetest of any canopy in its
class. So much so that you'd swear it was a 7 cell opening
above your head.
The Safire2 has been designed
as an all-round, no hassle mid-range canopy offering the
benefits of a 9 cell performance but without getting radical
or requiring any special attention. It's easy to use with
no hassle consistent openings, easy packing and great landings.
This makes the Safire's performance
suitable for a wide range of uses. It is suitable for a
first canopy when lightly loaded or can be a modern mid-range
performing wing at heavier wing-loadings.
The result - An impressively balanced all-round wing offering
superior opening qualities, exceptional glide and range,
outstanding slow flight stability and superior safety.
For those who want the latest
that technology has to offer, but cant be bothered dealing
with the issues normally associated with ellipticals, or
don't wish to jump outdated designs with limited performance,
then the Icarus Safire is the perfect choice.
As with all our canopies the
Safire is available in any size you choose.
We recommend it for wing
loadings from 0.75 PSF to 1.6 PSF.
Standard sizes: 99, 109, 119,
129, 139, 149, 169, 189, 209, 229.
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